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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: What’s New and Different?

Samsung’s Unpacked 2019 event was a grand affair with new Galaxy Fold, the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, and Galaxy Buds launched. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the successor of the Galaxy S9 launched last year, and also marks the company’s ten-year anniversary for its ‘Galaxy S’ series. Because of the ten-year milestone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is touted to be a major upgrade and is seen to sport a triple rear camera setup, an Infinity-O Display panel, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with Adobe Premiere Rush integration for video editing, and an Instagram mode inside the camera app as well for better social sharing.

We pit the Samsung Galaxy S10 with the Samsung Galaxy S9 to see whether the new entrant is a worthy enough upgrade on paper.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 price

The Samsung Galaxy S10 price starts from $899.99 (roughly Rs. 63,900), and will be available in Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, and Prism White colour variants. Shipping in the US is said to begin from March 8 with pre-orders already underway. Its India pricing and availability hasn’t been revealed yet.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 was launched last year in India starting at Rs. 57,900 for the 64GB model, and goes up to Rs. 72,900 for the 256GB variant. It later launched the 128GB variant in India at Rs. 61,900 as well. The phone is offered in Coral Blue, Polaris Blue, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black colour options. The US launch price of the Samsung Galaxy S9 started at $719.99 (roughly Rs. 51,500).

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 specifications

Comparing the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S10 runs on Android Pie-based One UI out-of-the-box, but the Galaxy S9 runs on Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0. However, the latter has received the One UI update recently. The Galaxy S10 features a 6.1-inch QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The Samsung Galaxy S9, on the other hand, features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is powered by the 7nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC (2.8GHz+2.4GHz+1.7GHz) in some regions, and the 8nm octa-core Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC (2.7GHz+2.3GHz+1.9GHz) in other regions such as India. It features 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM. In comparison, the Galaxy S9 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in US and other select markets, while in other regions (including India), it is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. It packs 4GB of RAM.

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There is a triple rear camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy S10, and the setup consists of a 12-megapixel 77-degree lens wide-angle camera coupled with 2PD autofocus, a variable aperture ranging from f/1.5 to f/2.4, and OIS; a 12-megapixel 45-degree lens telephoto (0.5x and 2x optical zoom) camera with autofocus, an f/2.4 aperture, and OIS; apart from a 16-megapixel 123-degree ultra-wide lens camera with fixed focus and an f/2.2 aperture. The setup also provides up to 10x digital zoom. On the front, the Samsung Galaxy S10 uses a single selfie camera – a 10-megapixel sensor coupled with 2PD autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and 80-degree lens.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 just bears a single rear camera setup with a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor with OIS. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.22-micron) selfie sensor as well.

The Galaxy S10 comes in two inbuilt storage variants – 128GB and 512GB – both of which are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The Galaxy S9 comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options with the option to expand further using a microSD card (up to 400GB).

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 packs a bigger battery at 3,400mAh, while the Galaxy S9 only packs a 3,000mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is surprisingly lighter and slimmer than the Galaxy S9 measuring at 149.90×70.40×7.80mm and weighing 157 grams. The Galaxy S9 measures at 147.70×68.70×8.50mm and weighs 163 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, as well as 2Gbps LTE speeds, up from 1.2Gbps LTE speeds found in the Galaxy S9 last year. Wi-Fi 6 on the Galaxy S10 works four times faster in crowded areas, and offers 20 percent faster speeds than the Galaxy S9, or so the company touts. Of course, Wi-Fi 6 routers aren’t so commonly used right now, and it’ll be a while before users start seeing the benefits of this feature. Lastly, Samsung Galaxy S10 also features reverse wireless charging, something that isn’t available on the Galaxy S9.

With Galaxy Fold, has Samsung kicked off a revolution in smartphone tech? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 comparison

  Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S9
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
Release date February 2019 March 2018
Dimensions (mm) 149.90 x 70.40 x 7.80 147.70 x 68.70 x 8.50
Weight (g) 157.00 163.00
IP rating IP68
Battery capacity (mAh) 3400 3000
Removable battery No No
Fast charging Proprietary Quick Charge 2.0
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Colours Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism White Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue
Launched in India Yes
Screen size (inches) 6.10 5.80
Aspect ratio 19:9 18.5:9
Resolution 1440×2960 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Pixels per inch (PPI) 568
Processor 1.9GHz octa-core octa-core (4×2.7GHz + 4×1.7GHz)
Processor make Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC Samsung Exynos 9810
Internal storage 128GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 512 400
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.5) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) 12-megapixel (1.4-micron)
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Front camera 10-megapixel (f/1.9) 8-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.22-micron)
Front autofocus Yes Yes
Rear flash LED
Front flash No
Operating system Android 9.0 Android 8.0
Skin One UI Experience 9.0
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes Yes
USB Type-C Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes

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