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Updated: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (Exynos) Camera test

This device has been tested in 2019. Please note that the score and contents below refer to an older Camera test protocol.


Please note: In September 2019, we updated the DXOMARK Mobile test protocol to cover ultra-wide-angle performance and have renamed the protocol DXOMARK Camera. We also expanded our low-light testing and created the new Night sub-score, which incorporates the previous Flash score. We have retested this device using the new Wide and Night test protocols and updated this review. The updated elements and scores are right at the top; you can still find the original review further down the page. For more information, please see the articles about our new Wide and Night test protocols.

The Galaxy S10 5G is the ultra-premium version of Samsung’s flagship S10 family of smartphones, and apart from 5G connectivity, comes with 8GB of RAM and a 6.7-inch, HDR10.certified AMOLED display. The main camera system combines a primary 12Mp camera and variable-aperture lens with a 16Mp ultra-wide-angle module and a 12Mp 2x telephoto module. Compared to the standard S10 model, the 5G model also adds a Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor to assist with bokeh when shooting video as well as with augmented reality applications.

Update summary

Thanks to excellent results in both our new wide-angle and low-light tests, the Galaxy S10 5G maintains its position very close to the top of the DXOMARK Camera ranking. The Samsung offers one of the widest fields of view of all devices on the market, and despite the optical challenges that come with that, it still manages to maintain decent image quality across all wide-angle focal lengths. Levels of detail are low compared to the competition, and there is strong softness in the corners, but outdoor images show good exposure, nice colors, and a fairly wide dynamic range. Noise is visible across all light conditions, especially in low light, but compared to most competitors, it is pretty well-managed.

The S10 5G is also one of the best performers in the new Night category, with generally good results at all flash settings. Only when shooting with the flash switched off in very low light can images be underexposed. (The firmware version we used for our testing does not offer a Night mode, so the S10 5G could not earn any bonus points for this feature.)

The Galaxy S10 5G is also still one of the best devices in our database in most other areas. It cannot keep up with the Huawei P30 Pro’s impressive zoom performance, but delivers excellent still image results in almost any other aspect and is outstanding for video as well. Video footage still shows the same excellent target exposure and color as on the S10, and the 4K resolution at default settings helps improve texture, noise, and artifact scores. Overall, the S10 5G is still a great option for mobile photographers and videographers alike.


Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (Exynos)

When switching to its wide-angle camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G offers a very wide equivalent focal length of 12mm and is capable of maintaining good image quality across all wide focal lengths in indoor and outdoor conditions, earning itself one of the current best Wide scores. In the comparison below, you can see that at the widest zoom setting the Samsung offers a considerably wider field of view than the Huawei P30 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Exposure is generally accurate in outdoor conditions, with only some slight instabilities at wider settings. Color rendering is generally stable and pleasant, although some outdoor images can show a slight blue cast. Dynamic range is good, allowing for decent shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast scenes, but we also saw some haloing along high-contrast edges in those conditions. While some noise is visible in all light conditions, especially indoors and in low light, it tends to be fairly well-controlled in comparison to the competition.

On the downside, the level of detail that the S10 5G wide-angle camera captures is lower than for most direct competitors, even in bright light. In the comparison images below, you can see that the S10 5G doesn’t render fine detail and textures quite as well as the Huawei P30 Pro at wide-angle settings.

Various artifacts also drag down the Samsung’s Wide score, but become less intrusive as you move from the widest available focal lengths to less extreme settings. A lack of sharpness in the corners and distortion are very noticeable at the widest settings, but considering that the Samsung offers a wider angle of view than most rivals, the image quality is still acceptable.

Our testers also found some anamorphosis (deformation of faces close to the edges of the frame), haloing, and color fringing in the S10 5G’s sample images, and ringing is often visible when shooting under indoor lighting. Despite these imperfections, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is currently one of the best performers for wide-angle shooting overall. However, there is still quite some room for improvement and we can expect future device generations to increase wide-angle image quality considerably.


Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (Exynos)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G achieves one of the highest Night sub-scores so far, but as with almost any other smartphone, there is still quite a lot of room for improvement when shooting in low light.

At its default setting, the Samsung’s flash-auto performance is excellent. The flash always triggers when it detects a face in the frame, and the resulting images show good target exposure, fairly accurate white balance, and good levels of detail. The flash also occasionally triggers when capturing a landscape or cityscape scene—which isn’t particularly ideal—but image quality is usually still decent even on those occasions.

With the flash switched off, target exposure in cityscapes and dynamic range are pretty good, resulting in quite pleasing night shots overall. When viewing images at full size, it becomes obvious that the levels of detail are pretty low compared to the competition, but image noise is fairly well under control.

Images are severely underexposed in very low light. In the comparison below, you can see that the Huawei P30 Pro manages to get a noticeably brighter exposure than the S10 5G out of this extremely dark test scene. This said, the Xiaomi image is even darker than the Samsung’s.

When shooting under typical urban sodium vapor street lighting, the white balance system tends to produce a yellow cast that is quite noticeable, but within acceptable limits.

With the flash forced on, the Galaxy S10 5G improves on the already excellent performance of the S10. Like the S10, flash photography with the S10 5G features accurate exposures, neutral white balance, and good detail preservation. Samsung has lessened the light falloff compared to the S10, providing more pleasing images both when using flash only and when combining flash with ambient light. However, red-eye artifacts can be visible.

Please note: With its latest firmware version, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G comes with a dedicated night mode. However, we undertook the Night testing for this updated review using the same firmware version as the original test, which did not include a night mode.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G camera review (originally published April 16, 2019)

The Galaxy S10 5G is the new, ultra-premium version of Samsung’s flagship S10 family of smartphones. It comes with 8GB of RAM, along with a 6.7-inch, 3040×1440 pixel, HDR10.certified AMOLED display. It’s loaded with either 256GB or 512GB of memory, which is helpful, since there is no microSD slot. The main camera system combines a primary 12Mp camera and variable-aperture lens with a 16Mp ultra-wide-angle module and a 12Mp 2x telephoto module. Compared to the standard S10 model, the 5G model also adds a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor to assist with bokeh when shooting video as well as with augmented reality applications. Read our review to find out how the Korean manufacturer’s new high-end version of its S10 flagship phone performed in our DxOMark Mobile testing.

Key camera specifications:

  • Quad-camera setup, including a dedicated TOF sensor
  • Primary: 12Mp sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm-equivalent, f/1.5–2.4 aperture lens, dual-pixel AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 16Mp sensor 1.0µm pixels and 13mm-equivalent, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12Mp sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm-equivalent, f/2.4 aperture lens, PDAF, OIS
  • 2160p/60fps, shoots 4K video at 30fps by default

Please note: The camera firmware used for the DxOMark tests is not yet currently available to consumers. Samsung will make it available as an over-the-air update before the end of the month.

About DxOMark Mobile tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DxOMark engineers capture and evaluate over 1500 test images and more than 2 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DxOMark Mobile test protocol, click here. details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

Its overall DxOMark Mobile score of 112 ties the Samsung S10 5G with the Huawei P30 Pro for our very best score so far. The Samsung lags behind the Huawei by 2 points in its Photo score, due mostly to the impressive Zoom performance of the P30 Pro with its 5x telephoto lens; however, the S10 5G makes up for that with a 100-point score for Video.

Samsung Galaxy S10 y S10: la gran apuesta del año para Samsung viene con pantalla con agujero y más cámaras que nunca

Se dijo, se comentó, se rumoreó (y mucho): Samsung no estaba dispuesta a que el notch invadiese a sus buques insignia y en éstos no hemos visto muesca, sino agujero como en el Samsung Galaxy A8s. Son cuatro los presentados hoy, siendo la opción estándar y la avanzada (sin 5G) los Samsung Galaxy S10 y Galaxy S10.

Éstos formarían el dúo esperado con respecto a lo que veíamos en los lanzamientos de los Galaxy S7, S8 y S9, pero en esta ocasión hay un primer Samsung Galaxy S10e más básico y modelo 5G, el Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Así, como opciones intermedias dentro de los cuatro hermanos están estos dos, acomodando la doble cámara trasera e introduciendo una edición especial cerámica con hasta 1 TB de almacenamiento, cumpliendo su palabra de que lo veríamos en algún buque insignia de este año.

Ficha técnica de los Samsung Galaxy S10 y S10

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Sistema operativo

Cámaras traseras

Cámaras frontales






149,9 x 70,4 x 7,8 mm, 157 gramos 157,6 x 74,1 x 7,8 mm, 175 gramos
Curva, 6,1″ Dynamic AMOLED WQHD 19:9 Curva, 6,4″ Dynamic AMOLED WQHD 19:9
Ocho núcleos, 8 nm Ocho núcleos, 8 nm
8 GB 8 GB 12 GB (sólo edición en cerámica)
128 / 512 GB (hasta 512 GB con microSD) 128 GB 512 GB / 1 TB sólo en versión cerámica (hasta 512 GB con microSD)
Android Pie One UI Android Pie One UI
16 MP ultra gran angular f/2.2 FF Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS gran angular f/1.5- 2.4 AF 12 MP OIS tele f/2,4 AF 16 MP ultra gran angular f/2.2 FF Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS gran angular f/1.5- 2.4 AF 12 MP OIS tele f/2,4 AF
Dual Pixel 10 MP AF f/1.9 Dual Pixel 10 MP AF f/1.9 8 MP AF (profundidad, f/2.2)
3.400 mAh con carga rápida inalámbrica y carga inversa 4.100 mAh con carga rápida inalámbrica y carga inversa
Acelerómetro, barómetro, giroscopio, brújula, proximidad, RGB Acelerómetro, barómetro, giroscopio, brújula, proximidad, RGB
Lector de huellas en pantalla Reconocimiento facial 2D Lector de huellas en pantalla Reconocimiento facial 2D
LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 20
Desde 909 euros Desde 1.009 euros

Un frontal con aún menos marcos y que nos mira con uno o dos ojos

Como se ha estado rumoreando y filtrando, hay algunos cambios en el diseño de los nuevos Galaxy S10 con respecto a los Samsung Galaxy S9 y el Samsung Galaxy Note 9, hablando sobre todo de las partes superiores de las caras traseras y frontal. Las cámaras quedan en disposición horizontal, siendo en este caso tres (como veremos en detalle más adelante), sin estar acompañadas del lector de huellas, y aunque se mantiene la característica curvatura y la combinación de cristal y metal, la parte frontal se diferencia más de estos antecesores.

Los Galaxy S10 son los encargados de estrenar la nueva nomenclatura de las pantallas de Samsung, Dynamic AMOLED, optando como cabía pensar por esta tecnología y siendo los primeros smartphones en recibir la certificación HDR10. Para la resolución en este caso vemos que se trata de WQHD, siendo así mayor que la del S10e más básico y algo por encima de la que vimos en los Galaxy S9, pero manteniendo el aspecto 19:9.

6,1 y 6,4 pulgadas para unos Galaxy S10 y S10 que, cumpliendo con la gran cantidad de material filtrado, vienen con pantalla perforada para que la cámara subjetiva (o las cámaras, como veremos en ese apartado) tenga una ventana al exterior sin recurrir a una muesca o a integrarla en un fino borde superior como venían haciendo hasta ahora. De este modo, el agujero para la cámara culmina finalmente con el frontal simétrico que caracterizaba los smartphones de alta gama de la marca.

Las diagonales distintas implican también en este caso que las dimensiones sean diferentes para estos dos S10, aunque mantienen la misma delgadez de 7,8 milímetros. Lo que cambia bastante es el peso, en parte por la diferente batería que integra uno y otro y quedando un S10 de 175 gramos frente a un S10 de 157 gramos.

Aunque hay otra distinción mayor entre los mellizos S10. El S10 tendrá, a su vez, dos variantes a tenor del acabado y de los componentes con una edición especial con acabado cerámico (confirmándose de nuevo lo filtrado), aunque lo que realmente es llamativo de este modelo va por dentro como veremos a continuación.

Cerámico (o no) por fuera, potente por dentro

El motor que mueve a toda esta familia de nuevos topes de gama dependerá probablemente de la región como solemos ver en los móviles de la compañía, pero al menos el modelo presentado hoy incorpora el procesador propio de la casa Exynos 9820. Un procesador con litografía de 8 nanómetros y unidad de procesamiento neural (NPU), con ocho núcleos compuestos por dos CPUs de fabricación propia, dos núcleos Cortex A75 y cuatro núcleos Cortex A55.

Lo que va a determinar la potencia de un modelo y otro (y de una variante y otra) será la RAM, que abarca desde los 8 hasta los 12 GB. De este modo, el S10 tiene una única opción de 8 GB de RAM y el S10 estándar parte de los 8 GB, para saltar a los 12 GB directamente con el modelo en cerámica.

Esta edición especial cuenta también con el almacenamiento interno de 1 TB, sin que se obtenga esta capacidad por la suma de lo propio y lo que puede añadirse por microSD. El punto de partida para los S10 y S10 es pues de 128 GB, con opción a un modelo de 512 GB en el caso del S10 y ampliables hasta 512 GB con tarjeta microSD, quedando de este modo:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10: versiones de 8 GB 128 GB y 8 GB 512 GB
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 estándar: único modelo de 8 GB 128 GB
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 cerámico: modelos de 8 Gb 128 GB, 8 Gb 512 GB y 8 GB 1 TB

La batería también va a ser una de las diferencias, como comentábamos al hablar del peso. En el caso del Galaxy S10 dispone de una batería de 3.400 miliamperios/hora, quedando entre la de los Galaxy S9 (3.000 mAh) y S9 (3.500 mAh) y por debajo de la de su hermano mayor, que incorpora una pila de 4.100 mAh. Por precedentes (ese Note 9 con 4.000 mAh) no pinta nada mal, aunque el que lleva camino de ganar en autonomía es la edición 5G, con una batería de 4.500 mAh (y mayor volumen y peso, también).

Si otros integran cinco cámaras, Samsung no va a ser menos

No, el Nokia 9 no es oficial (¿aún?), pero móviles de cinco cámaras ya los hay. Claro está, repartidas entre trasera y frontal, una jugada que vemos en el Samsung Galaxy S10 y que hemos visto y comprobado en el LG V40 ThinQ.

Las cámaras traseras, tres, son las mismas para el S10 y S10. Hablamos de una triple cámara compuesta por un sensor de 16 megapíxeles con una lente de ultra gran angular con un campo de visión de 123 grados y apertura f/2.2, con un sensor Dual Pixel de 12 megapíxeles con lente gran angular, apertura dual f/1.5- 2.4 y estabilización óptica de imagen, lo cual también añade el otro sensor de 12 megapíxeles, tratándose en este caso de un objetivo telefoto con apertura f/2,4.

De este modo, Samsung mantiene lo que eligió como rasgo distintivo en la fotografía de sus topes de gama (la apertura dual), añadiendo un teleobjetivo y el súper gran angular que también está siendo una de las tendencias en fotografía, como vimos en el Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Habrá que ver si el añadido de una cámara secundaria en la parte frontal mejora el modo retrato al tener más información sobre la profundidad, pero en general representa una configuración interesante de cámaras sumando lo que pueda aportar esa NPU a nivel de optimización y procesado.

En cuanto al vídeo, los S10 ofrecen además estabilización digital Super Steady. Las traseras pueden grabar en HDR10 y tanto traseras como delanteras pueden capturar escenas en calidad UHD.

Sonido estéreo, inteligencia artificial y móviles que son baterías

Los nuevos terminales de Samsung vienen con sonido Dolby Atmos y altavoces estéreo, habrá que ver qué opciones ofrece el software para configurarlo. Además, todos soportan carga rápida inalámbrica, y respecto a esto otra de las novedades es lo que han llamado Wireless powerShare, que consta en que el propio S10 sea el que hace de batería de manera inalámbrica al poder cargar otros dispositivos con certificación Qi mientras está conectado a un cargador convencional.

Hablando del software, lo que explica el fabricante es que la inteligencia artificial se usa también para optimizar el uso de la batería, la memoria RAM, el procesador y que también ayuda a estabilizar la temperatura. Prometen que el dispositivo irá “aprendiendo” de las pautas de uso, de modo que acabe reconociendo cómo se utiliza en cada caso y abra más rápidamente las apps más usadas.

La conectividad también se beneficia de esta característica al incorporar una función Wi-Fi inteligente, la cual va intercambiando entre Wi-Fi y LTE para lograr una conexión estable, advirtiendo cuando detecta que una red inalámbrica puede ser un riesgo. Por supuesto, Bixby está presente (y tiene su botón), ofreciendo recomendaciones personalizadas y modos para la conducción o para cuando queremos dejar de recibir notificaciones.

Precios y disponibilidad de los Samsung Galaxy S10 y S10

Los Galaxy S10 y Galaxy S10 estarán disponibles en los colores prisma blanco, prisma negro, prisma verde, prisma azul, amarillo canario y rosa flamenco. Además, como hemos ido comentando el Galaxy S10 también estará disponible en dos modelos cerámicos en negro o blanco.

En cuanto a los precios y la disponibilidad, según el modelo y la configuración son los siguientes:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10: 909 euros (8 GB y 128 GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10: 1.009 euros (8 GB y 128 GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 cerámico: 1.259 euros (8 GB y 512 GB) y 1.609 euros (8 GB y 1 TB)

La reserva empieza a estar activa hoy día 20 de febrero desde su web (ofreciendo de regalo los Samsung Buds), saliendo a la venta el día 8 de marzo.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the all-out premium flagship that is the absolute best Samsung can put in a phone, but if you don’t feel like spending 1,200 dollars or more on a phone, you might wonder how this brand new Galaxy S21 Ultra compares against the two-year old Galaxy S10 Plus that is still available, and at some great too.

So. Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S10 Plus: let’s dive deeper with the size differences, how the display has changed, the performance, camera, battery life and not least, the price you’d have to pay.

Is the newer S21 Ultra worth the high price tag, or should you opt for the oldie but goodie S10 Plus instead?

Design and Display

The S21 Ultra is a big and bulky phone, but it offers a better screen and now, S Pen support

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The Galaxy S10 Plus was the best big phone Samsung had two years ago, but by modern standards it looks like a downright mini phone compared to the S21 Ultra. It’s noticeably thinner, lighter and much more compact than the gigantic S21 Ultra. This size difference is not something you should just overlook: the S21 Ultra is much more powerful, yes, but that comes at the price of a bulkier build and a heavier phone that’s far less comfortable to carry in a and use with one hand.

With this in mind, here are all the screen advantages that newer technology and bigger size affords the S21 Ultra over the S10 Plus:

Galaxy S21 UltraGalaxy S10 Plus

There is a noticeable difference in screen size, but we would argue that the real game changer is the fast refresh rate supported on the S21 Ultra. The S10 runs at 60Hz and while not slow, there is a bit of a stutter here and there, micro-lag if you will, while the S21 Ultra feels silky smooth throughout. This is a difference that is far more noticeable than the faster processor or the changes in RAM, it’s really substantial, and this one thing alone is a big advantage for the S21 Ultra.

La Familia Samsung Galaxy S10 es OFICIAL y estos son sus PRECIOS EN MÉXICO

Then, the S21 Ultra brings a newer generation of the OLED technology for the screen with improved colors, power efficiency and most noticeably, brightness. The S21 Ultra also has the highest brightness of any phone (it can go to as high as 1,500 nits), meaning it will be easier to read that screen outdoors even under direct sunlight.

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display’s color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The ‘x: CIE31’ and ‘y: CIE31’ values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. ‘Y’ shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while ‘Target Y’ is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, ‘ΔE 2000’ is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display’s measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S10, however, performs very well in the screen department in all important quality metrics but the refresh rate, of course. It is also very bright, has near-perfect white balance, and is color-credible. The addition of an S Pen digitizer, and a large third-gen ultrasonic finger scanner on the S21 Ultra has it beat when it comes to features.

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See the full Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S10 size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.


Under the hood of the Galaxy S21 Ultra hums the latest and most powerful chip by Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 888, compared to an older generation Snapdragon 855 chip used on the S10. At least, those are the chips used in the United States, international models of these phones are powered by Samsung’s Exynos chips instead.

As for the difference between the newer and older chips, the Snapdragon 888 is vastly more powerful than the 855. It uses a newer, 5nm manufacturing process that allows for more transistors and higher performance without a big hit on battery life. What about the Galaxy S10 Plus? The Snapdragon 855 chip on it still provides enough speed for a zippy experience in daily use, but if you are a heavy user who plays graphically intense games or multitasks a lot, you will notice that the S10 is at a disadvantage.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: What are the key differences?

If you’re shopping for a Samsung Galaxy S21, it makes sense to compare the latest phones to previous Samsung handsets, if only to see what improvements have been made. The most natural comparison focuses on how this year’s models measure up against the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. After all, if you bought one of those two phones when they came out in 2019, you’re likely considering an update by now.

Such a comparison shows off several key upgrades in the latest versions. Both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus offer impressive displays, a big boost in speed thanks to the Snapdragon 888 processor, significant camera improvements, and 5G support as standard instead of requiring a separate, more expensive model.

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Two years makes a big difference in the world of smartphones, so it’s obvious that the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus would have the high ground compared to their S10 cousins. And though the newer devices have lost a couple of features you can find in Samsung’s older phones, our Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10 face-off finds that now’s a great time to update.

We’ll break it all down for you so that you can decide for yourself.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10 specs

Row 0. Cell 0Launch priceScreen sizeRefresh rateCPURAMStorageMicroSDRear camerasFront camerasBattery sizeBattery life (Hrs:Mins)WirelessSizeWeightColors
Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10
799 999 899 999
6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2400 x 1080; 48Hz. 120Hz) 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2400 x 1080; 48Hz. 120Hz) 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED (3040 x 1440; 60Hz) 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED (3040 x 1440; 60Hz)
48-120Hz 48-120Hz 60Hz 60Hz
Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855
8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB, 1TB
No No Yes Yes
12MP (f/1.8) wide; 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto with 3x optical zoom 12MP (f/1.8) wide; 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto with 3x optical zoom 12MP (f/1.5, f/2.4) wide; 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 12MP (f/2.4) telephoto with 2x optical zoom 12MP (f/1.5, f/2.4) wide; 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 12MP (f/2.4) telephoto with 2x optical zoom
10MP (f/2.2) 10MP (f/2.2) 10MP (f/1.9) 10MP (f/1.9); 8MP (f/2.2)
4,000mAh 4,800mAh 3,400mAh 4,100mAh
9:53 (60Hz); 6:31 (adaptive) 9:53 (60Hz); 9:41 (adaptive) 10:19 12:35
5G, Wi-Fi 6E, UWB 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, UWB LTE, Wi-Fi 6 LTE, Wi-Fi 6
6 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches 6.4 x 3 x 0.31 inches 5.9 x 2.77 x.31 inches 6.2 x 2.92 x.31 inches
6.07 ounces 7.13 ounces 5.54 ounces 6.17 ounces
Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, Phantom White Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, Phantom Black Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Cardinal Red, Smoke Blue Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Cardinal Red, Smoke Blue

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Prices

Samsung opted to introduce the Galaxy S21 family at lower this year, dropping from what many considered to be too high with the S20 series. The entry-level Galaxy S21 with 128GB of storage will cost you 799; add on another 50 to get the 256GB variant.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Plus comes in at 999 for the base model and another 50 for the 256GB version.

Starting for the Plus models hasn’t changed, with the Galaxy S10 Plus debuting at 999 in 2019 before Samsung cut the price to 849 with the launch of the Galaxy S20 Plus a year later. have dropped further since then.

As for the entry-level models, the Galaxy S21 is 100 cheaper than the Galaxy S10 was at launch. What’s more, the S10’s price has dropped, first to 749 in 2020, with further declines into this year.

Should you be considering an upgrade, head to Samsung first, where the phone maker is offering rebates when you trade-in older models. For instance, a Galaxy S10 will get you up to 450 in credit on either the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S21 Plus. We’re tracking the best Samsung Galaxy S21 deals at other retailers and wireless carriers as well.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Design

Samsung changed its design language with the S20 series, refining it for the S21. The rear cameras are confined to one corner on the back instead of being a bar. The front camera cutout is centered along the top instead of being off to one side. In short, some similarities remain between the two device families, but you really have to look for them.

The S10 and S10 Plus received plenty of fun and wacky color options, notably the yellow one, whereas the S21 and S21 Plus are more reserved in their Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink (S21), Phantom Black (S21 Plus), and Phantom White (S21) colorways.

Both the S21 and S21 Plus are heavier than the S10 and S10 Plus — the S21 is almost as heavy as the S10 Plus, in fact. All of these phones are the same thickness at 0.31 inches, but the S21 and S21 Plus are larger at 6 x 2.8 inches and 6.4 x 3 inches, respectively. Compare that to the 5.9 x 2.77-inch S10 and 6.2 x 2.92-inch S10 Plus. It’s a moderate difference, especially given that the batteries in the S21 and Plus are bigger than those found in the S10 and S10 Plus.

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Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Display

Samsung has had some of the best smartphone displays for years, but with the S20 series, it embraced high refresh rates. For the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus, Samsung lowered the screen resolution to Full HD (1080p), but offered a variable refresh rate, which can ramp up to 120Hz.

So while the total resolution isn’t as high as the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the S21 and S21 Plus can be locked to 120Hz all the time or adaptively dropped to save battery. The S10 models are stuck at 60Hz, though with QHD resolution.

You still have incredible displays on these older Samsung phones, but once you see Android at 90 frames per second or higher (120fps in the case of the S21/Plus), it’s hard to go back to 60. The difference is very noticeable and it’s for the better.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Cameras

Samsung stuck with a triple camera setup on the S21 and S21 Plus — which is basically the same as the Galaxy Note 20’s — though there have been improvements to the telephoto lens. It now sports 3x optical zoom versus the 2x on the S10 and S10 Plus, while Samsung’s Space Zoom feature can result in 30x photos on the newer phones. It’s rather impressive.

All of these Samsung phones feature ultrawide lenses to get those dramatic shots, especially for nature scenes. The big differences come down to software-powered camera features on the newer models, like the crazy Space Zoom feature that can net you 30x zoom photos, or the Super Steady mode that uses AI to keep your video steady.

Some camera features have found their way to the S10 by way of software updates. Verizon users, for example, got a software update for the Galaxy S10 models that lets the Photo, Portrait, and Hyperlapse camera modes detect low-light. Still, if you want the best camera features possible, it’s better to go with the newer models.

For the front cameras, all four phones have a 10MP sensor, though the Galaxy S10 Plus adds an additional 8MP shooter alongside. If the selfie game is important to you, you won’t be disappointed with the S21 and S21 Plus, though the differences in photo quality versus the S10 and S10 Plus may not be readily apparent to most people.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Performance

It may seem obvious, but performance metrics will be much different between the S21 and the S10 families. The new Snapdragon 888 in the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus is a beast and is the best performing CPU in Android land.

Conversely, the S10 and S10 Plus rock the Snapdragon 855, which is still more than fine for the vast majority of people out there but two years older than the Snapdragon 888. Basically, unless you’re a spec junky, there’s no need to jump to the S21 just to get the bump in performance.

The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus were the fastest Android phones we’ve tested when they came out, though the OnePlus 9 Pro and ROG Phone 5 have since surpassed Samsung’s devices. We have a full breakdown of our original Galaxy S21 benchmarks if you’re interested in checking that out.

Paired with the 8GB of RAM, you won’t find anything that the S21 and S21 Plus can’t do as far as smartphones go. The higher-end version of the S10 Plus came with 12GB of RAM as an option, which could be helpful with keeping more apps in memory. That being said, we’re confident that most of you will be just fine with the S21/Plus’ 8GB.

Storage on all of these phones starts at 128GB. The S21 and S21 Plus go up to 256GB, while the S10 topped out at 512GB. That doesn’t even come close to what the top-tier S10 Plus saw: a whopping 1TB. All of that was on top of a microSD card slot, which the S21 series lacks. So if you store all the things on your phone and you opted for the 512GB or 1TB options on your S10 or S10 Plus, you may want to find a backup solution elsewhere if you’re upgrading to an S21 or S21 Plus.

5G connectivity comes standard on the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus, which are compatible with all the 5G networks available in the U.S. Samsung released a separate Galaxy S10 5G back in 2019, and it was a pretty pricey model for early adopters.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Battery and charging

Both the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus pack larger batteries than their S10 counterparts. The smaller S21 has a 4,000 mAh battery compared to the S10’s 3,400mAh; the S21 Plus houses a 4,800 mAh battery versus the S10’s 4,100mAh.

Not only are the batteries physically bigger in the S21 series, but they’re paired with the more power-efficient Snapdragon 888. Samsung has also talked about the new AI features on the S21 and S21 Plus, claiming that it will learn your usage patterns and adjust the power consumption accordingly.

Sadly, that didn’t translate to great times in our battery test, where we have phones surf the web until they run out of power. The Galaxy S21 lasted 9 hours, 53 minutes and that was with the phone’s display set at 60Hz; turn on the adaptive display and the S21 ran out of juice 3 hours faster. The Galaxy S21 Plus turned in a more consistent performance in line with the average smartphone. However, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus both lasted longer on a charge when we tested those phones in 2019.

The S21 family features 25W fast charging, meaning you can top off your phone pretty quickly, assuming you buy the charger separately since it’s not included with the phones. The S10 and S10 Plus saw 15W charging out of the box. (The S10 5G had 25W fast charging.)

It’s worth noting that none of the Galaxy S21 phones come with a charger, so in order to get the full fast charging experience, you’ll need to pay separately for a charging brick. Some make arguments for this, in terms of reducing electronic waste and packaging, but we understand why some might find this decision annoying.

Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S10: What about the Galaxy S22?

Of course, it’s a new year, which means that it’s time for a new round of Galaxy S devices. The Galaxy S22 is right around the corner, so if you’re still holding onto your Galaxy S10, then we’d recommend you hold out just a little bit longer. Rumors paint all three Galaxy S22 models to be significant upgrades over your current hardware. Three years will do that.

Unless you find a steal of a deal on a Galaxy S21, we think it’s best to wait to see what Samsung has in store. We won’t have to wait long.

Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S10: Bottom line

If you’re still using a Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, the S21 and S21 Plus are great options if you’re looking to, or are ready for, an upgrade. You’ll get even better displays, 5G, improvements to the cameras, faster charging, and bigger batteries. Not only that, but you get the latest that Qualcomm has to offer with the Snapdragon 888 processor.

Coming from the S20 series is a much smaller jump, so unless you really want Samsung’s latest, there’s not a whole lot you’re missing out on. It is amazing, however, what a difference two years can make in smartphone technology.

It’s a bummer that the S21 and S21 Plus don’t include a charger, but the truly grating omission is the removal of the microSD card slot. Why Samsung did this remains a mystery, but it’s not going to be a move that makes users happy. If you must have expandable storage, it’s probably best to stick with your S10 or S10 Plus, or grab one of the S20 phones now that their have gone down.

Even so, it’s no surprise that the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus are superior to their S10 cousins. If you’re ready to upgrade, these might be the Samsung models that finally push you to trade in your phone.

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Samsung just launched its next major smartphone, the Galaxy S20 — here’s how it compares to last year’s Galaxy S10

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  • The biggest difference between the Galaxy S20 and its predecessor is in its camera. The new model, which Samsung launched on Friday, has an upgraded 64-megapixel camera, while the Ultra version has a whopping 108-megapixel camera.
  • There are also other differences to note when it comes to the screen and performance as well.
  • The phones in the new lineup, for example, have larger screens with a higher refresh rate.
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After making a splashy announcement last month, Samsung just launched its next major smartphone — the Galaxy S20. Like its predecessors, the S20 comes in multiple versions and sizes.

The biggest change to this year’s model is in its camera. In fact, Samsung says it’s the biggest overhaul to its smartphones’ camera since the Galaxy S7 was released in 2016. The S20, S20 Plus, and their more premium sibling, the S20 Ultra, come with larger camera sensors that are better equipped to take in more light, although the specifications vary between them.

The camera may be the most significant update, but there are plenty of other changes between the S20 and its predecessor, especially when it comes to their screens and performance. The Galaxy S20 will also have Google’s Duo video chat app directly integrated into the phone’s dialer — likely a move to offer a competitor to Apple’s FaceTime. That feature will be coming to some previous Galaxy phones as well.

The Galaxy S20 starts at 1,000, while the Galaxy S20 Plus begins at 1,200 and the entry-level Galaxy S20 Ultra costs 1,400.

Here’s a look at the biggest differences between the new Galaxy 20 and last year’s Galaxy S10.

The S20 is getting a big camera upgrade compared to last year’s phone.

Samsung has made some noticeable changes to its smartphones’ camera with the Galaxy S20. The Galaxy S20 and its larger counterpart, the Galaxy S20 Plus, both have a 64-megapixel camera with a 30x zoom.

Specifically, the Galaxy S20 has a triple-lens setup with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens. The Galaxy S20 Plus has a quadruple main camera that consists of the same lenses and sensors found on the standard S20 but with the addition of a depth-sensing camera.

The Galaxy S10, by comparison, has a 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. It can also only zoom up to 10X. The same goes for the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S20 5G, the latter of which also has a 3D camera.

Otherwise, the S20 and S20 Plus also have larger wide and ultra-wide angle sensors compared to the Galaxy S10, which should provide better low light and sharper detail.

But it’s the more expensive Galaxy S20 Ultra that has the most significant changes when it comes to camera quality. The Ultra model has quad-camera setup with a massive 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, which is more megapixels than Samsung has ever put in a smartphone camera sensor.

Those 108 megapixels are also capable of grouping together to form one 12-megapixel sensor with larger pixels so that it can take in more light. Otherwise, it has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens as well as a depth-sensing camera.

The Galaxy S20 lineup can also record video at 8K resolution, whereas the Galaxy S10 can only shoot up to 4K.

All variants of the Galaxy S20 support 5G.

The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra all support 5G connectivity. That’s a departure from last year’s lineup, in which only the appropriately-named Galaxy S10 5G supported the next-generation wireless network.

The new phones also have larger screens than last year’s Galaxy S10 family.

Samsung’s newest Galaxy phones are getting a small bump in screen size as well. The Galaxy S20 has a 6.2 inch screen, while the Galaxy S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch display and the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch screen.

The Galaxy S10, by comparison, has a slightly smaller 6.1-inch screen, while the Galaxy S10 Plus’ screen measures 6.4 inches and the Galaxy s10 5G’s display measures 6.7 inches.

And the displays on Samsung’s newest phones have a higher 120Hz refresh rate, which should make the screen more responsive.

Last year, OnePlus and Google both released smartphones with screens capable of achieving refresh rates of 90Hz — higher than the average 60Hz refresh rate.

Now, Samsung is going one step further by bringing a 120Hz refresh rate to its new Galaxy lineup. That speedier refresh rate — which refers to the number of times the phone’s screen refreshes per second — should make the screen generally feel smoother and more responsive.

Samsung isn’t the only company that sells phones with 120Hz refresh rates. Gaming hardware company Razer also offers a smartphone with the same refresh rate.

The phones will also have larger batteries than last year’s model.

Samsung‘s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra will have batteries with respective capacities of 4000 mAh, 4500 mAh, and 5000mAh, making them considerably larger than the batteries in last year’s Galaxy S10 lineup. The Galaxy S10, for example, has a 3400 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 4100 mAh battery and the S10 5G includes a 4500 mAh battery.

It’s unclear if that will result in additional battery life, however, since that larger capacity is probably needed to power 5G connections and the screen’s higher refresh rate.

All models will have much more RAM too, which should make them feel quick and snappy.

The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra will all come with 12GB of RAM. That’s a significant bump from the 8GB of RAM in the Galaxy 10, entry-level Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10 5G. Last year’s Galaxy S10 Plus is available in a configuration that has 12GB of RAM, but now the company has made this standard across the board.

RAM is short for “random access memory,” and it’s the short-term storage your phone uses to pull data for apps and other aspects of your phone’s software while they’re in use. This type of storage is considerably faster than your phone’s main storage, where photos, apps, videos, and other content are stored. RAM in a smartphone should make your phone generally feel faster.

Although that much RAM in a phone is somewhat rare, it’s not completely unheard of. Other than the Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus also offers a 12GB RAM option, as does the OnePlus 7 Pro.

They come in new color choices too.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is available in pink, blue, and gray, while the Galaxy S20 Plus will be sold in gray, blue, and black, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in gray and black. Last year’s Galaxy S10, comparatively, comes in black, green, blue, and white. The Galaxy S10 5G also came in gold.

Overall, the Galaxy S20 makes it clear that Samsung is focusing a lot of its efforts on developing better cameras when it comes to the smartphone experience. The S20 will also probably feel a bit faster thanks to its additional RAM and 120GHz screen, but the camera is really the center of Samsung’s attention.

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