Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3: All specs compared

How does Samsung's latest Galaxy S10 stack up against its Apple and Android rivals spec-by-spec?

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The new Galaxy S10 sports three rear cameras instead of the two on the iPhone XS and the one on the Pixel 3.

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The Galaxy S10 was heavily leaked for months, but on Wednesday at the Unpacked event in San Francisco,  Samsung made things official by announcing the four new phones: Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10  5G  and budget S10E. The new phone features a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen with a hole-punch notch called the Galaxy O display. The fingerprint reader has moved from the back to the front and is now built into the display. 

The Galaxy S10 with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is -- on paper -- the most powerful Android phone. But it has to contend with Apple's iPhone XS  and its blazing fast A12 processor, and the Google Pixel 3 which has arguably one of the best still cameras on any phone today and costs $100 less.

Editor's note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here's more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung's first foldable phone.

To see how these phones compare, check out the spec chart below.

Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3 specs

Samsung Galaxy S10iPhone XSGoogle Pixel 3
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440-pixels5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels5.5-inch "flexible" OLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 550ppi458ppi443ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.53 oz.; 157 g6.2 oz; 177 g5.2 oz; 148 g
Mobile software Android 9.0 with Samsung One UIiOS 12Android 9 Pie
Camera 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)Dual 12-megapixel12.2-megapixel
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel7-megapixel with Face IDDual 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Apple A12 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz + 1.6GHz octa-core)
Storage 128GB, 512GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB64GB, 128GB
RAM 8GBNot disclosed4GB
Expandable storage Up to 512GBNoneNone
Battery 3,400mAhNot disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 30 min. longer than iPhone X2,915 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screenNone (Face ID)Back cover
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-C
Headphone jack YesNoNo
Special features Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; MemojiIPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box
Price off-contract (USD) $900$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB)$799 (64GB); $899 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £799£999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB)£739 (64GB); £839 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB)AU$1,199 (64GB); AU$1,349 (128GB)

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