Samsung has released a flagshipping Galaxy S smartphones each year, but in 2019, we're getting The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E. [If you count the S10 5G that's coming out in a few months, it's actually four.]
How are they supposed to make sense of the new lineup? When it comes to the fundamentals. Buying the $ 750 Galaxy S10E does not mean you're sacrificing any of the critical improvements and hardware upgrades. But there are perks to dropping out and dropping $ 1,000 on the S10 Plus.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
All of the Galaxy S10 models so share at least two cameras:
1. Primary dual-aperture (f / 1.5 or f / 2.4) 12-megapixel camera
2. Ultra-wide (123-degree field of view) 16-megapixel camera
The S10E, S10, and S10 Plus video on both their rear and front-facing cameras, they each have a "super steady" mode that dramatically stabilizes videos shot with the ultra wide camera, and all three can capture 960 fps super slow-mo video. For silent, Samsung gives all of its Pro Assist AI-based scene recognition, which is automatically based on your subject. Like the Note 9 before it, the S10 wants to tell you when it detects if it's just taken something blurry or if someone blinked in the shot.
Pick the Galaxy S10 if you want the flagship but do not want to pay $ 1,000
128GB | 8GB: $ 899.99
6.1-inch Quad HD + curved OLED display | 3,800mAh battery
The Galaxy S10 has all of Samsung's latest tech for a grand. It's got a hole-punch camera cutout that seems to me much less noticeable than a notch cutting into the screen. It's powered by the latest generation Snapdragon 855 processor. The screen is Samsung's best OLED panel yet, and the camera system includes a pair of rear cameras that basically puts on an entire lens kit on your phone, including a telephoto / portrait lens.
There's also the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into the display, which promises to be more accurate than the optical in-fingerprint sensors we've seen from OnePlus and others. The screen is smaller than the S10 Plus, but it's the same resolution and overall quality. So the S10 has a bigger battery than last year's S9, so combined with Android 9 Pie's battery-saving tricks, it should last a good bit longer.
Pick the Galaxy S10 Plus if you want the biggest screen and absolute best specs
128GB | 8GB: $ 999.99
6.4-inch Quad HD + curved OLED display | 4,100mAh battery
The S10 Plus has a larger display, bigger battery, and can be used with more RAM than the regular S10. It also beats out the S10 5G on storage and memory. This is the phone for the spec heads. You can buy it with up to 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM, which should future-proof the phone for years to come.
It's available with a ceramic black or white back if you opt for the higher-end 512GB or 1TB models, which is not offered on the standard S10. The S10 Plus has RGB depth camera shots and selfie effects. The S10 Plus' 4,100mAh battery is a higher than the grade 9's rating, which was already great, all -day phone. This is the only S10 that I really consider using Wireless PowerShare with since it's got enough juice to charge up a friend's phone in a pinch without leaving you looking for a charger yourself.
Pick the Galaxy S10E if you want the best value and more color options
128GB | 6GB: $ 749.99
5.8-inch Full HD + OLED display | 3,100mAh battery
Samsung's new lineup, the Galaxy S10E still offers a lot of what's best about the pricing devices. It has the same Snapdragon 855 processor as the standard S10 and S10 Plus. The base model has slightly less RAM (6GB), but you can get 8GB if you choose the model with 256GB of storage. Even if you do not bother, 6GB should be enough for this upgrade cycle.
Its 5.8-inch screen is the smallest of the bunch, and it drops down a bit, but that means it's easier to manage in one hand. It has all the enhancements of Samsung's latest-generation "dynamic" OLED screen, like reduced blue light and even against HDR color palette. The display is flat, unlike the curved S10 and S10 Plus. Apple went with a lower-res (but still high-quality) LCD for the iPhone XR, but I think Samsung's S10E might have won the XR in this category.
With the S10E, you're on the same primary (wide), ultra-wide, and self-owned camera as on the S10. There's no telephoto camera, however, so if you're someone taking a portrait, this is something to consider. And the fingerprint sensor is a traditional capacitive scanner integrated with the power button, so you get out on the cool, all-new ultrasonic technology the more premium S10s get.
The main downside of the S10E, though, is its 3,100mAh battery. Will that be enough to carry this high-powered phone through an entire day? It's more than the Galaxy S9 had last year, but the S9 was not known for great endurance on a charge.