4 methods Samsung’s Galaxy S10e blows away the iPhone XR (and 4 methods it doesn’t)

Apple is likely to be struggling to promote the iPhone XR, however that’s not stopping Samsung from utilizing an analogous technique with the launch of the brand new Galaxy S10 line. Alongside the standard common and plus fashions, Samsung has additionally launched the S10e, which takes—nay rips out—a web page from Apple’s playbook.

As with every little thing Apple and Samsung, the 2 telephones usually are not created equal. They could each have the identical $750 price ticket and premium sensibilities, however the S10e performs by a special algorithm, for higher and worse.

Four methods the Galaxy S10e beats the iPhone XR

The S10e has an OLED display

The most important distinction between the iPhone XR and XS is clearly the show. The place the XS has an excellent HDR OLED show, the XR has a 179×828 LCD display with a just-enough-to-be-Retina 326 ppi. The S10e, then again, doesn’t skimp almost as a lot on the show. Just like the S10, it additionally has an OLED show, although with fewer pixels: it’s solely full HD (1080) versus quad HD (1440) on the S10 and S10+. But it surely’s nonetheless a complete lot higher than the XR’s, liquid retina and all.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a twin digital camera whereas the XR solely has one.

The S10e has a twin digital camera

Apart from the display, Apple additionally downgraded the digital camera on the XR, choosing a single 12 megapixel wide-angle lens somewhat than the twin 12 megapixel wide-angle and telephoto array on the XS. Samsung, too, has put a lesser-quality digital camera within the S10e, however that’s solely as a result of its bigger telephones have three cameras. The S10e pair a 16 megapixel wltra-wide lens with a 12 megapixel wide-angle lens for true portraits, together with 4K selfies, tremendous regular video, and tremendous slo-mo.

You need to use the S10e to cost one other cellphone

One of many S10’s premier options is known as Wi-fi PowerShare, which helps you to cost one other cellphone utilizing the again of the S10 as a wi-fi charging pad. The XR has wi-fi charging too so it may possibly borrow some juice from the S10e—however it may possibly’t return the favor.

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You’ll be able to flip your Galaxy S10e right into a wi-fi charger with a faucet.

The S10e’s base configuration has twice as a lot storage

Apple fortunately stopped forcing us to make do with 16GB of house years in the past, and the entry-level XR has a good 64GB of storage, with an additional $50 getting you all the way in which as much as 128GB of storage. Samsung affords 128GB within the least expensive S10e configuration, together with a slot for an SD card.

Four methods the the iPhone XR beats the Galaxy S10e

The S10e has a bizarre fingerprint sensor and no Face ID clone

The S10 and S10+ have a next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that makes use of sound to learn the ridge patterns, however you gained’t discover it on the S10e. As a substitute, Samsung’s latest cellphone has a fingerprint sensor constructed into the aspect energy button, a doubtful innovation we thought was lengthy gone. And none of Samsung’s telephones have a method to emulate Face ID, which is constructed into the XR’s notch.

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The iPhone XR’s notch is healthier than a gap within the display.

The S10e has thicker bezels and a gap within the display

The iPhone XR picked up plenty of criticism for its bezels, that are mere millimeters thicker than the iPhone XS and symmetrical throughout, however the Galaxy S10e has thick aspect bezels and an enormous brow and chin, to not point out an enormous gap within the display for the digital camera. What was that Samsung followers have been saying in regards to the notch?

The worth is larger with the iPhone XR

The S10e could also be only a buck dearer than the iPhone XR, however Apple and Samsung have completely different definitions of worth. For instance, the 6.4-inch S10+ with 128GB of storage begins prices a thousand bucks, $100 lower than the 6.5-inch XS Max with half the storage. Put it one other approach: The most cost effective S10e truly prices $30 greater than the most affordable S9 did when it launched. Granted, you get a twin digital camera right here and twice as a lot storage, however clients may not discover all that. With the iPhone XR, Apple is providing an actual financial savings over the XS, however with the S10e, it’s not so clear.

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The Galaxy S10e isn’t such an important worth in comparison with the S10.

The S10e’s battery life most likely gained’t be nice

The iPhone XR’s greatest function is its battery life, which may simply energy by means of a day of streaming and browsing regardless of its comparatively small 2,942 mAh battery. The S10e has a bigger battery than the XR—3,100 mAh—however primarily based on previous Galaxy efficiency, which may not get you thru a full day of heavy use. With the XR, Apple sacrificed display high quality for higher battery life on the XR, however which may not be the case with the S10e.

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