See how Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy S10 Plus stacks up against its Apple and Android rivals spec by spec.

The Galaxy S10 Plus in all its newness.

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On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsunglaunched the Galaxy S10 Plus — the larger brother to the Galaxy S10. The phone was one of four new phones announced including the Galaxy S10 5G and the “cheaper” S10E. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, none of these phones fold in half. The Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with two front-facing cameras housed in a double hole-punch cut-out that Samsung calls the Galaxy O display. Like the Galaxy S10, it has a fingerprint reader built under the display, but unlike the smaller Galaxy, the S10 Plus has dual cameras on the front for selfies.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is — on paper — the most powerful Android phone. But it has to contend with Apple’s iPhone XS Max with its blazing fast A12 processor. It’s also up against the Google Pixel 3 XL, which has one of the best cameras on any phone today and is $100 cheaper.

Check out our spec chart below to see how these top dollar phones compare.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus iPhone XS Max Google Pixel 3 XL
Display size, resolution 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels 6.3-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels
Pixel density 438ppi 458 ppi 522 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.20×2.92×0.31 in 6.2×3.0x.3 in 6.2x3x.03 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 157.6×74.1×7.8 mm 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm 158×76.7×7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.17 oz; 175 g 7.3oz; 208g 6.5 oz; 184g
Mobile software Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI iOS 12 Android 9 Pie
Camera 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Dual 12-megapixel 12.2-megapixel
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 7-megapixel with Face ID Dual 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Apple A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)
Storage 512GB, 1TB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB
RAM 8GB, 12GB Not disclosed 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 512GB None None
Battery 4,100-mAh Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than the iPhone X 3,430-mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen None (Face ID) Back cover
Connector USB-C Lightning USB-C
Headphone jack Yes No No
Special features Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box
Price off-contract (USD) $1,000 $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) $899 (64GB); $999 (128GB)


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