Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is the first headline–grabbing phone of 2019. But it’s how it stacks up against one of 2018’s front-runners that will really define the S10.
The iPhone XS might not be selling quite as well as Apple hoped, but it’s still the handset against which most phones, and especially top-of-the-range Samsung ones, are measured.
So, how do the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS match up? Read on and we’ll show you how the key features on each device differ. And which one we'd plump for, given the choice.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS screen
Samsung Galaxy S10
iPhone XS and XS Max
The iPhone XS’s display clocks in at 5.8–inches, with a 2,436 x 1,125 pixel resolution at 458 pixels per inch.
It’s OLED-based, meaning colours look the part and its size doesn’t feel overly big in the hand.
By comparison, the standard model of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is larger, at 6.1–inches and has a resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels with a 550 pixel-per-inch density.
Throw in AMOLED display technology and it looks that bit clearer and sharper than the iPhone, with amazing colour reproduction.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS camera
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera
iPhone XS Max camera
With dual 12 megapixel wide–angle and telephoto lenses, portrait mode and portrait lighting with five effects, the iPhone XS’s camera is the best Apple has ever produced.
It’s backed up by the 3D–depth sensing TrueDepth camera up front, which can take killer selfies as well as unlock the phone via Face ID.
However, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 takes things further, with a triple lens set up featuring a pair of 12-megapixel lenses and an ultra-wide 16-megapixel effort.
The front–facing camera may not have 3D facial mapping, but its 10-megapixel lens can take selfies every bit as good as the iPhone XS.
Samsung Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS design
Samsung Galaxy S10
The iPhone XS sticks with the same tried and tested full–screen finish found on the iPhone X.
That means that while there’s no home button, it comes with a notch at the top for the front–facing camera, as well as other essential sensors.
The overall look is as sleek as you expect from any Apple product.
The Galaxy S10 has an all–screen look and curved display, but has a special ‘hole punch’ cutout for its front–facing camera, with no notch in sight.
That means it looks far sharper than older Samsung phones and as slick as the iPhone XS.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS battery
Apple says the iPhone XS’s battery lasts half an hour longer than the iPhone X, with p to 20 hours talk time and 12 hours of inter usage.
But the fact is that the battery itself is smaller than its predecessor, just 2658mAh.
That doesn’t stack up well with the Galaxy S10, which has a hefty 3,400mAh effort inside.
What’s more Samsung’s phone comes with a special new power sharing function which allows you to charge other products using its power.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS storage
Apple offers the iPhone XS in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB options, with no way of bolstering via microSD. Samsung is selling the Galaxy S10 with 128GB or 512GB storage.
However, this can be boosted by a further 1TB using a microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS security
Samsung Galaxy S10
Apple’s Face ID system is class leading. While the iPhone XS lacks a fingerprint scanner, its facial scanning means you can pick up and unlock your phone with a glance.
It’s seamless and puts rivals to shame.
The Galaxy S10, however, has an in–screen fingerprint scanner which allows users to tap the display to unlock it.
This is really down to consumer preference, with both systems offering secure locking that’s virtually impossible to break.
Samsung Galaxy S1O vs iPhone XS price
When it comes to SIM–free price, the current iPhone is far more costly than Samsung's standard Galaxy S1O.
A 64GB iPhone XS costs a massive £999. A 128GB Galaxy S10 will set you back £799.
A 512GB Galaxy S10 costs £999. Meanwhile, a 256GB iPhone XS costs £1,149, rising to £1,349 for 512GB.
Contracts are more affordable for Samsung’s phone, too. Our favourite pay monthly Galaxy S10 deal at the time of writing is on EE and gets you the entry-level 128GB Galaxy S10 with 50GB of data for £43 per month and £99 upfront. Total outlay comes in at £1,131 over the 24-month contract term.
By way of contrast, if you want the iPhone XS with the same 50GB per month allowance on EE you're looking at £58 per month with £95 to pay upfront. That spells total spend of £1,487 over two years.
No small difference. Especially given that the Galaxy S10 has specs and features that more than match Apple’s efforts at prices that won't break the bank.