Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XR: what's the difference?

The new Galaxy S10 from Samsung should become a competitor to Apple's iPhone XS, if we compare the characteristics and cost. However

Samsung smartphones often offer generous discountsafter the first weeks of sales, and this time will be no exception. This means that the cost of the Galaxy S10 can be equal to the cost of the iPhone XR, which is very interesting.

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Can the iPhone XR compete with the new Galaxy S10? Understand this below.


In the design of the Galaxy S10, the obvious winner. Unlike the iPhone XR with a notch on the screen and noticeable frames around it, the Galaxy S10 has an Infinity-O display with minimal frames. Although the iPhone XR has a frameless design, it looks worse than the Galaxy S10.

The iPhone XR is available in more colors, but the Galaxy S10 still looks better. Galaxy S10 is protected from water and dust with IP68 certification, and iPhone XR - IP67.


  • iPhone XR – 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD, 1792 × 828 pixels
  • Galaxy S10 - 6.1-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with rounded edges, 1440 x 3040 pixels (550ppi), HDR10, Dynamic AMOLED

Here the Galaxy S10 is again the clear winner. The Galaxy S10 AMOLED panel has a higher resolution, HDR10 support, and it reaches a brightness of 1200 nits. In addition, he has the best contrast and quality in general. The iPhone XR LCD panel is good, but it doesn’t compare with the Galaxy S10 panel.


  • iPhone XR - 7nm A12 Bionic
  • Galaxy S10 - 7n Snapdragon 855 or 8nm Exynos 9820

This is the only feature in which the iPhone XR can somehow withstand the Galaxy S10.

The Galaxy S10 will have a 7nm Snapdragon 855 processorfor USA and 8nm Exynos 9820 for other countries. Although the new Snapdragon 855 processor is more powerful and more economical than the previous one, it is not as powerful as the A12 Bionic. Apple has an excellent team of processor developers, and they have been setting the highest bar in the field of mobile processors for years.

Snapdragon 855 includes the more powerful Adreno 640 graphics processor, but it doesn’t really matter, because Android doesn’t have as many good games as iOS does.


  • iPhone XR - 12 megapixel f / 1.8 lens, optical image stabilization, Smart HDR, Focus Pixels, portrait mode with adjustable depth effect
  • Galaxy S10 – Triple camera, main 12 MPdual aperture lens f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture, optical image stabilization; additional wide-angle 16 MP f/2.2 lens; third telephoto lens 12 MP f/2.4 with optical image stabilization, 2x zoom, Auto HDR, Super Speed ​​Dual Pixel, Live Focus with customizable bokeh effect

The iPhone XR has one main camera, and the Galaxy S10- three whole! Although the main lenses of smartphones are approximately at the same level, the Galaxy S10 wins because of the triple camera. It has a second telephoto lens and a third wide-angle lens, which is useful for shooting panoramas and group shots.

In front of the Galaxy S10 10 megapixel selfie camera, andiPhone XR - 7 MP TrueDepth Camera. Improved front camera S10 takes better pictures, especially in low light. In addition, this is the first smartphone that can record 4K video on the front camera.


  • iPhone XR - 64/128/256 GB
  • Galaxy S10 - 128/512 GB, microSD card slot

The basic version of the iPhone XR has 64 GB of memory, andGalaxy S10 - 128 GB. This also applies to RAM. The Galaxy S10 has 6 GB of RAM, and the iPhone XR has only 3 GB. Galaxy S10 is a better deal for your money. Due to the larger amount of RAM, the Galaxy S10 is much better in terms of multitasking.

Biometric authentication

  • iPhone XR - Face ID
  • Galaxy S10 - Built-in fingerprint scanner, facial recognition

Apple is the only company that fullyrefused fingerprint scanners for their smartphones. The iPhone XS has only a Face ID. Although the technology has become faster and more accurate, in terms of speed, it still doesn’t compare with the second-generation Touch ID.

Samsung took the best of both worlds, adding both a fingerprint scanner and face recognition.

Face Detection on the Galaxy S10 much fasterFace ID, but technology is less secure. There is also a fingerprint scanner built into the display. It’s not as fast as the Galaxy Note 9 and OnePlus 6, but better than nothing.


  • iPhone XR - SIM / eSIM, LTE, Wi-Fi ac MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, VoLTE, NFC with read mode
  • Galaxy S10e - Dual SIM, Cat 20. LTE (2 GB / s), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, VoLTE, NFC, 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Here, the Galaxy S10 is much better than the iPhone XR. The S10 LTE modem has a speed of up to 2 GB / s, and also has Wi-Fi 6 support for improved signal.

The iPhone XR does not even support Gigabit LTE, like the iPhone XS, and this is very noticeable in the speed of the mobile Internet. In addition, the smartphone is much harder to catch the signal.

Moreover, the Galaxy S10 has a headphone jack, which the iPhone XR does not have.


The iPhone XR has a battery capacity of 2942 mAh, andGalaxy S10 - 3400 mAh. Despite this, the iPhone XR lasts longer than the Galaxy S10, because it has a less energy-consuming LCD display. If the battery is important to you, it is better to consider buying an iPhone XR.

Galaxy S10 wins in terms of charging speed. Samsung did not improve the speed of wired charging, but the S10 at least comes with a 15 watt power adapter, not 5 watts like the iPhone XR.

Both smartphones support wireless charging standard Qi, but here the Galaxy S10 also wins, because it can be charged at a speed of 12 watts. This is better than 7.5 watts on the iPhone XR.

In addition, the S10 supports reverseWireless charging with which you can charge Galaxy buds headphones and other accessories. Using the function, you can charge other smartphones, but this is not very practical. You can even charge your Galaxy S10 and simultaneously charge another device from it.


  • iPhone XR - from 749 dollars in the USA
  • Galaxy S10 - from 899 dollars in the USA

Galaxy S10 for $ 150 more expensive iPhone XR. However, bundled with the Galaxy S10 are the Galaxy buds headphones for $ 129. If you do not need them, you can sell them after buying a smartphone. Or you can wait a few weeks until the cost of the Galaxy S10 drops to $ 700.

The iPhone XR and Galaxy S10 are smartphones of various levels, as can be seen from this comparison. Ideally, the iPhone XR should be compared with the Galaxy S10e, the cost of which is not much different.