The S10, S10e, and S10+: Which Flagship Galaxy S10 is Right for You?


Samsung has been at the forefront of the smartphone category for years. So, we were all in for a treat when the company announced its highly anticipated new flagship, the Galaxy S10. The treat came in the form of two additional members of the Galaxy S10 family, the S10e and S10+. If you’re wondering which one you should get, then you’ve come to the right place. This buying guide will highlight what’s unique about each model, helping you make an educated purchase that will best fit your needs.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Family

Even though there are three models of S10, there’s a fourth phone that you need to consider, and that’s the one you already own. Seriously, take a close look at your current phone and take note of what you like, what you don’t, and what you wish you had. Ready to go? Great. Now, let’s start with some of what makes the S10 models a family, and highlight a few features and functions they will all deliver.

The Galaxy S10 Family

The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ all feature a stunning AMOLED Infinity-O display. You may already be familiar with OLED’s brilliant color and contrast, but Infinity-O is a new term that was born with the S10 line. It’s meant to represent the notch-less, edge-to-edge screen design. The “O” in Infinity-O achieves this seamless look with a literal hole cut into the front display—just enough to maximize display space greatly, while giving the front cameras a place to live.

All models also share the new PowerShare feature. PowerShare is a wireless Qi pad built into the back of each phone. Lay your Qi-compatible watch or phone on it, and any S10 phone will recharge the device. Additionally, everyone in the S10 family sports a 16MP ultra-wide rear camera with 123-degree FOV that mimics the human eye. Internally, they have a fast Snapdragon 855 processor, at least 6GB of RAM, and more. Let’s now turn our attention to what makes each S10 unique.

Galaxy S10+

Let’s be honest, the S10+ has it all. If your one and only requirement is to have the best, regardless of price, then jump to the bottom of this guide for the link. For everyone else, you need to know the S10+’s claim to fame is size. The screen size is a huge 6.4", the RAM size tops out at 12GB, and you can get one that sports a crazy 1TB of storage space. As someone who has a 32GB phone, I can’t tell you how much I want this one.

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The S10+ also has the biggest battery, at 4100mAh. When it comes to photos, it has a 5-camera array, and is the only S10 with a second front-facing camera. The 8MP RGB depth-sensing camera gives you the ability to take professional-quality portraits with special effects, such as blurring the background. If size, selfies, and storage are high on your must-have list of features, then the S10+ is something to seriously consider.

Galaxy S10

The flagship. The Galaxy S10 sits in the middle of the pack, offering you a decent compromise between the S10+ and S10e. Compared to the S10+, the S10 loses the second front-facing camera, but it does compensate for that with built-in software to help achieve similar results. The screen is still big, at 6.1", and you can get it in 128GB or 512GB configurations. With 3100mAh of battery life, it also mimics the S10+’s ability to go all day. If you’re someone who likely won’t use the extra selfie camera, and 128GB/512GB is more than enough, then the S10 could easily work for you as your new next-gen phone.

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Galaxy S10e

The S10e is the least expensive of the three, which means there are a couple of features to note that you won’t get with this model. We haven’t mentioned it before, but this model loses the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which lets you unlock your phone by simply touching the display, a feature found only on the S10 and S10+. Also, the S10e loses the 12MP rear telephoto camera that’s found in both of its siblings.

Samsung Galaxy S10e SM-G970U

However, the S10e comes with the same storage configurations as the S10, and there’s even a model that matches the S10’s 8GB of RAM. For battery life, the S10e’s 3100mAh battery can last you an entire day, as well. Then there’s the 5.8" display. It’s smaller than the rest, but large enough to give you an immersive experience with mobile games and streaming video. If you’re looking for an everyday phone that’s compact and pocket-friendly, a bit easier on the wallet, yet still enjoys some next-gen bells and whistles, then the S10e could be a perfect fit.

So, have you made your decision yet? Sound off below and let us know which of the Galaxy S10 smartphones you would choose, and why. Do you like the compact S10e, the impressive compromise of price and power with the flagship S10, or is the S10+, with is full array of features, the only one for you? You can get even more information and pick up your favorite model right now at B&H.