Arguably the most-awaited Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is here. The phone features a new design, far-improved specs, and a beautiful large display, making it easily one of the best phones on the market, and definitely one of the most interesting.
Of course, the Galaxy S10 isn’t the only flagship smartphone on the market. Another top-tier device that has been loved since its release is the Google Pixel 3, which is largely known for offering ultra scaled-back software and an excellent camera. Can the Samsung Galaxy S10 take out the stock Android king? We put the two head-to-head to find out.
|Samsung Galaxy S10||Google Pixel 3|
|Size||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches)||145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm (5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches)|
|Weight||157 grams (5.54oz)||148 grams (5.22 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.1-inch AMOLED||5.5-inch AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||3,040 x 1,440 pixels (551 pixels per inch)||2,160 x 1,080 pixels (443 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Storage space||128GB, 512GB||64GB, 128GB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||Triple 16MP, 12MP, and 12MP rear, 10MP front||Single 12.2MP rear, dual 8MP and 8MP front camera|
|Video||2,160p at 60 frames per second, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, 720p at 240fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack||USB-C|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (in-display)||Yes (back)|
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Qi wireless charging with Wireless Power Share
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon||AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon|
|Colors||Prism black, prism blue, flamingo pink, prism white, prism green||Just black, clearly white, not pink|
|Review score||4 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
One of the main differences between these two phones is the hardware specs under the hood. While both of the devices are flagship-tier, the fact is that the Pixel 3 is a generation older than the Galaxy S10. Because of that the Pixel 3 has a slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and a massive 8GB of RAM. Safe to say, the Galaxy S10 is a more powerful phone. It also has more storage — the Pixel 3 comes with up to 128GB, while the Galaxy S10 has up to a whopping 512GB.
The battery on the Galaxy S10 sits in at 3,400mAh, which is a little larger than the 2,915mAh battery in the Google
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S9 was a nice-looking phone, but the Galaxy S10 really steps things up. Samsung has adopted the edge-to-edge display for the Galaxy S10, and to make space for the front-facing camera there’s a small hole in the display. It’s not as intrusive as a notch, and the trade-off is that there’s really no forehead, and only a small chin on the device. On the back, there’s a triple-lens camera, but apart from that the back is minimalist and looks great.
On the back of the Google
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10
The display on the Google
The Galaxy S10 has a display that’s better in every way. It’s the winner here.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10
The Google Pixel series is known for offering excellent cameras, and that’s driven largely by artificial intelligence. While the Pixel only has a single-lens camera, Google has invested a ton of time and money into ensuring that it can still offer features like decent bokeh without the need for multiple sensors — and it has largely worked. The
The Galaxy S10, however, goes another route — on the back, it has three camera lenses. There’s one ultra-wide sensor with a resolution of 16 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.2, one standard lens with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a variable aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4, and one telephoto lens with a resolution of 12 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.4. The device also supports features like 4K HDR10+ video capture.
The front-facing cameras are also pretty impressive. The Google
There’s no doubt the S10 has the more versatile camera, but phones like the LG V40 have multi-camera arrays and the
Both the Google
Perhaps the most important thing to consider, however, is updates — and that’s where Google really shines. Because the
Google has been working on a range of interesting features for the Pixel series, and they can be pretty useful. For example, the
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a few cool features of its own. For starters, the S10 offers Samsung Dex, which allows you to use your phone as a desktop computer. The phone also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, support for Samsung Pay, and the ability to wirelessly charge any Qi-certified device. Samsung is also talking up A.I. with new camera features and Bixby options.
There’s no surprise here — the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a newer phone with more modern specs, and as such it’s the clear winner. If you want one of the most powerful phones on the market, with an ultra high-resolution display and great cameras, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the phone to buy. If, however, you like a simpler software experience (and timely updates) as well as the smart features Google is known for, then the Google
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