iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S10: Which one is right for you?


Samsung just announced the highly-anticipated Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e at its launch event in New York. The Galaxy S10 lineup is a huge upgrade over its predecessors with a better display, smarter fingerprint scanners, and excellent camera performance. Samsung’s new flagship phones will take on Apple’s iPhone lineup on the market. Indeed, the iPhone XS will be the Galaxy S10’s biggest competitor this year, and it won’t be easy to choose between them.

If you are in the market for a flagship smartphone, then there are a lot of factors to consider. On the paper, the Galaxy S10 might lead in terms of display and camera, but it remains unclear how many S10 units will be shipped this year. The iPhone XS, on the other hand, has its own features that are worth your penny, including optimized software, a premium design, and a capable camera.

In this guide, we are going to compare the two across some key factors, so you can find out which one is right for you. For some background, the Galaxy S10 will hit stores on March 8 in select markets. The S10 price starts at $899, which is $180 more expensive than the last year’s offering. The XS, on the other hand, is the same price as the iPhone X ($999).

  1. Design

The Galaxy S10 retains the same design language from its predecessors with glass and metal frame. But, Samsung has pushed the screen right to the edges, leaving behind a small bezel at the bottom. There is no notch, instead, a cut-out at the top right corner for the front-facing snapper.

The fingerprint scanner has been integrated into the display, making it the first of Samsung’s devices with an in-display reader. There is now a triple-camera setup on the back, allowing for a much-improved quality and details in low-light conditions.

The iPhone XS, on the other hand, features a glass back and a metal frame, just like the iPhone X. The XS has a small bezel and an almost edge-to-edge OLED display, thus offering a premium look. In reality, the iPhone XS offers a more comfortable hands-on experience compared to the S10. And it looks sturdier than its rival thanks to its stainless steel chassis.

  1. Display

The Galaxy S10 features a 6.1 inch Super AMOLED display with Infinity-O Dynamic technology, which looks stunning. In reality, the S10’s screen is one of the best on the market you can buy right now. The edges are beautifully curved on both sides, offering an immersive experience when compared to the last year’s model.

With the S10, Samsung continues to stay away from top-notch, something that the smartphone industry is following. The S10, instead, features a punch-hole for the front-facing shooter. This cut-out hole may look weird when you first see it, but it is not new out there. In reality, the Honor View 20 features a tiny black cut-out at the top reserved for selfie snapper.

The 5.8-inch OLED display on the iPhone XS looks beautiful, but it has a lower resolution than that of the S10. The iPhone XS supports HDR, allowing for a better experience, while the S10 is the first smartphone to come with HDR+ on the market.

  1. Power

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor in the US. The new chip offers a huge boost in terms of power efficiency and performance when compared to its predecessors. The S10 can handle every task you throw at it, from playing intense-graphics games to editing photos.

The iPhone XS features the A12 Bionic processor, the first chip that’s built using the 7nm process on the market. The A12 chip is insanely powerful and even beats some mid-range laptops out there. It’s hard to tell who wins this fight as both offer excellent performance.

  1. Camera

The Galaxy S10 features a triple camera setup on the back while the XS is packed with a dual-camera setup. Both phones come with a secondary 12MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor with OIS support, allowing for 2x optical zoom. The biggest difference lies in a brand new 6MP ultra-wide lens at the S10’s rear, but the iPhone XS’s camera still has a lot going for it.

On the front, the iPhone XS sports a 7MP snapper with TrueDepth support. The adoption of the TrueDepth technology paves the way for Face ID and Animoji. The S10, on the other hand, comes with a 10MP selfie shooter with improved sensor. Therefore, the S10 produces impressive selfies even in low-light conditions and also supports 4K video recording.

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