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Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9, S10 Plus, S10E, S10 5G: What's new and what's different?

Samsung released a dizzying number of Galaxy phones this year. Here's what makes them different from one another.

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The Galaxy S10E, S10 and S10 Plus.

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Things have been a bit crazy for Samsung this year. On Aug. 7 it held its second Unpacked event to launch the Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 Plus phones. This is on top of the four standard flagships it already released -- the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy S10 5G and the more affordable Galaxy S10E. The company also admitted that it rushed the development of its foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, leading Samsung to delay its sale to September.

So if you're just tuning in, the sheer number of new Galaxy phones that are available can be confusing, especially since Samsung's flagship from last year, the popular Galaxy S9, is still being sold by retailers.

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To give a quick rundown on just the main S10 flagship line, the marquee phones are the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. Released on March 8, the S10 features a 6.1-inch display, three rear cameras and a single front-facing camera. The S10 Plus, meanwhile, is a bit larger with a 6.4-inch screen. The bigger display is accommodated with a higher-capacity battery (a 4,100-mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S10's 3,400-mAh one). It, too, has three rear cameras, but Samsung added a second 8-megapixel front-facing camera. 

Both phones are larger than last year's Galaxy S9, which had a 5.8-inch screen. The Galaxy S9 also only had a single 12-megapixel rear camera, a Snapdragon 845 processor and less expandable memory (up to 400GB compared to the Galaxy S10s' 512GB). The Galaxy S9 had a smaller, third memory option, too. It had a 64GB tier, while the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus start at 128GB and 512GB, respectively.

New to the Galaxy lineup is the Galaxy S10E. Though it still has a premium $750 price tag, it's not as expensive as the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus. With its 5.8-inch screen it's slightly smaller than the rest and has a smaller-capacity 3,100-mAh battery. It only has dual rear cameras and, like the Galaxy S10, a single front-facing shooter.

Lastly, there's the Galaxy S10 5G. It has a 6.7-inch screen and works on high-speed 5G mobile networks, which will roll out in the US in earnest throughout this year and 2020. It launched first exclusively on Verizon, but T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint now sell it too. On the back is a whopping four-camera setup, which includes a 3D Depth camera.

To see how these phones compare spec-by-spec, check out our chart below. And for a comparison of these phones with the even newer Note 10 phones, check out: Which Samsung Galaxy phone should you buy? We compare all 9 of them.

Galaxy S10 lineup


Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S10E Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Display size, resolution
5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels  
5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440 pixels 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440 pixels 6.7-inch AMOLED
Pixel density 
570ppi  
438ppi 550ppi 522ppi 505ppi
Dimensions (inches)
5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in. 
5.59 x 2.75 x 0.27 in. 5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in. 6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in. 6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (millimeters)
147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm  
142 x 69.9 x 7.9mm 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 
5.75 oz.; 163g 
5.29 oz.; 150g 5.53 oz.; 157g 6.17 oz.; 175g 6.98 oz.; 198g
Mobile software 
Android 8.0 Oreo  
Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera 
12-megapixel 
16-megapixel, 12-megapixel 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)
Front-facing camera 
8-megapixel
10-megapixel 10-megapixel 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA)
Video capture 
4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core), or Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz octa-core)  
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 
64GB, 128GB, 256GB 
128GB, 256GB 128GB, 512GB 512GB, 1TB 256GB
RAM 
4GB 
6GB, 8GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB
Expandable storage 
Up to 400GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB No
Battery 
3,000 mAh 
3,100 mAh 3,400 mAh 4,100 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor 
Back Power button In-screen In-screen TBA
Connector 
USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes TBA
Special features Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning  
Wireless PowerShare; hole-punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Wireless PowerShare; hole-punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Wireless PowerShare; hole-punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Wireless PowerShare; 3D depth cameras (not for face unlock); water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Base price off-contract $720, £739, AU$1,199 at launch
$750, £669, AU$1,199 $900, £799, AU$1,349 $1,000, £899, $AU$1,499 TBA

Originally published Feb. 20, 2019
Update, May 25: Adds Galaxy Fold news and Galaxy S10 5G testing with Verizon.
Update, July 4: Adds Note 10 event.  

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