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

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

Samsung Galaxy S10 is compared with the predecessor Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 supports Wi-Fi 6, reverse wireless charging
  • It comes with the latest processors, more RAM, better camera
  • Galaxy S10 sports an Infinity Display, 3,400mAh battery

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 149.90x70.40x7.80mm and weighing 157 grams. The Galaxy S9 measures at 147.70x68.70x8.50mm 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
ModelGalaxy S10Galaxy S9
Release dateFebruary 2019March 2018
Dimensions (mm)149.90 x 70.40 x 7.80147.70 x 68.70 x 8.50
Weight (g)157.00163.00
IP ratingIP68-
Battery capacity (mAh)34003000
Removable batteryNoNo
Fast chargingProprietaryQuick Charge 2.0
Wireless chargingYesYes
ColoursPrism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism WhiteLilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue
Launched in India-Yes
Screen size (inches)6.105.80
Aspect ratio19:918.5:9
Resolution-1440x2960 pixels
Protection type-Gorilla Glass
Pixels per inch (PPI)-568
Processor1.9GHz octa-coreocta-core (4x2.7GHz + 4x1.7GHz)
Processor makeSamsung Exynos 9820Samsung Exynos 9810
Internal storage128GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)512400
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/1.5) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2)12-megapixel (1.4-micron)
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocus
Front camera10-megapixel (f/1.9)8-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.22-micron)
Front autofocusYesYes
Rear flash-LED
Front flash-No
Operating systemAndroid 9.0Android 8.0
SkinOne UIExperience 9.0
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYes-
Wi-Fi Direct-Yes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
Face unlockYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sturdy and compact
  • Very good cameras
  • Powerful SoC
  • Bad
  • Gets warm under heavy load
  • Hole-punch design might not appeal to everyone
Display 6.10-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 9820
Front Camera 10-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3400mAh
OS Android 9.0
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent build quality and compact design
  • Stereo speakers
  • Good battery life
  • Snappy all-round performance
  • Very good rear camera
  • Vivid HDR display
  • Bad
  • Intelligent Scan feels clunky
  • Attracts fingerprints easily
Display 5.80-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 9810
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 8.0
Resolution 1440x2960 pixels

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to More
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