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If you're on the fence about which Galaxy S10 phone to buy, you have a tough choice ahead of you. The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10E are all excellent phones on sale right now. Then there's the foldable Galaxy Fold coming out April 26 and the Galaxy S10 5G that will sell some time this summer (Q2, specifically). With so many Galaxy phones, how are you supposed to choose the best one for your needs?
I'm not going to lie. This is a decision you'll ultimately have to make on your own, because only you know if screen size will be the clincher ("I just don't want a phone that big") or battery life ("I don't want to ever have to worry"), price or some other variable.
That said, here's my breakdown of all five new Galaxys and who they're probably best for. You'll find a full specs comparison at the very end.
What it is: E is for "Essential." The Galaxy S10E is the smallest, cheapest Galaxy S10 with the most basic specs. You still get the same core front and rear cameras, processor, Android build and design as the larger and more expensive Galaxy S10 phones, but without as much embellishment. The fingerprint scanner is in the power button. Battery is also a bit trimmed back. The Galaxy S10E review says it all: this little-but-mighty phone delivers on its promise.
Who it's for: Everyone, but particularly those who want a Galaxy S10 for less and for people who like a smaller phone.
What it is: The largest, priciest Galaxy S10 phone with the most cameras: three on the back and two on the front. Phenomenal battery life, and 512GB and 1TB options that come with a ceramic backing. This is an excellent, everything phone with great photography and few compromises. Read my full Galaxy S10 Plus review.
Who it's for: People searching for a top-notch premium phone, buyers looking for all-day reliable battery life, and those who prefer a large-screen device.
What it is: Sandwiched between the S10E and S10 Plus, the standard Galaxy S10 has the S10 Plus' power in a smaller body. But its purpose is also less clear. It's only $100 less than the S10 Plus, which isn't much of a deal. And it's $150 more than the S10E, which is such a great value. Still, it's a more than solid option for a smaller-than-Plus device. As for the cost, it's likely that this standard S10 will see a lot of seasonal sales and deals that will make the price more palatable. Read more about the Galaxy S10 here.
Who it's for: Buyers looking for a high-end Goldilocks-size phone and people taking advantage of a promotion.
Cost: TBA, but pricier than the Galaxy S10 Plus, and will require a 5G service plan Screen size: 6.7 inches Competition: Every other 5G phone, Galaxy S10 Plus
What it is: Samsung's first 5G effort, which will theoretically be ready to go when 5G networks come online. It's the largest of all the Galaxy S10 phones, with four cameras on the back and two on the front, including a 3D sensor for each side. This is the only S10 that will be able to shoot portrait video (the embedded video shows it in action). I went hands-on with the Galaxy S10 5G here.
What it is: A foldable phone that opens into a tablet, with a 4.6-inch exterior screen, a 7.3-inch interior screen and six cameras. Running on Android 9 Pie, the idea is that you unfold it to get more detail. Multitasking embraces up to three live screen areas at a time. I called it one of the most exciting phones I've "seen" in years.
We're still waiting to touch the Galaxy Fold -- we've "seen" it behind layers of glass and in video -- I have seen enough of a competitor device, the Huawei Mate X, to sense who a foldable phone would appeal to.
Who it's for: People who crave a conversation-starting statement device, who have cash to burn.
When to buyit: It goes on sale April 26.
Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold specs, compared
Galaxy S10 range
Samsung Galaxy S10E
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Display size, resolution
5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280x1,080-pixels
6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440-pixels
6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440-pixels
4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED