APPLE and Samsung are facing off once again – but which tech titan comes out on top?
We reveal the biggest differences between Apple’s iPhone XS and the new Samsung Galaxy S10.
Apple Apple’s iPhone XS is one of the most powerful smartphones you can buy today
First look at the new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone – the latest iPhone rival
What is the iPhone XS? Design, specs and more
The iPhone XS launched late last year, and is one of the best smartphones you can buy today.
Apple is selling the blower on its website from £999.
It’s got a large 5.8-inch screen that fills the front of the phone, with a very sharp, dense 1,125 x 2,436 pixel display resolution.
The handset is powered by Apple’s custom-built A12 Bionic chipset, which is widely regarded as the fastest mobile processor on the planet.
In fact, several tests have shown that the phone’s processor is quicker than many laptop models.
Apple The gadget has a huge and visually impressive display
Apple has kitted the iPhone XS Max out with Face ID face-scanning tech, a sleek all-screen design, and a revolutionary camera that combines several frames to create super-photos.
The handset is completely water-resistant (up to depths of two metres for 30 minutes), and is coated in scratch-resistant glass.
There’s also a sizeable 2,658mAh battery on board that will easily take you through a day’s usage.
Here are the key iPhone XS specs:
iPhone XS dimensions – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm / 177 grams
iPhone XS display – 5.8-inch (19.5:9) Super AMOLED display with 1125 x 2436 resolution
iPhone XS processor – Apple A12 Bionic 7nm (lower number is better)
iPhone XS rear camera – Dual camera: 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto
iPhone XS selfie camera – 7MP f/2.2
iPhone XS memory – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage / 4GB RAM + 256GB storage / 4GB RAM + 512GB storage
iPhone XS battery and charging – 2,658mAh battery / Fast Battery Charging (15W) / Qi wireless charging
iPhone XS sensors and security – Face ID facial recognition / accelerometer / gyro sensor / proximity sensor / compass / barometer
Apple The iPhone XS has a particularly impressive dual-camera setup
What is the Samsung Galaxy S10? Design, specs and more
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been given a major makeover, with a newly designed front.
It’s £200 cheaper than the iPhone XS, coming in at £799.
Samsung has followed Apple’s iPhone XS with an “all-screen” design that fills the front of the handset almost entirely with display.
There is, however, a small pinhole cut-out in the top right corner, which houses the selfie camera.
The end result is a more display-filled front than Apple has been able to achieve, and it looks very attractive.
The Sun Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 is a stunning all-screen offering for 2019
Samsung quotes an impressive 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, which is far higher than the Galaxy S9’s 83.6%.
You can bag the new blower in Prism Green, Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue colour options.
Here are the key Galaxy S10 specs:
Galaxy S10 dimensions – 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm / 157 grams
Galaxy S10 display – 6.1-inch (19:9) Dynamic AMOLED display with Wide Quad HD+ resolution
Galaxy S10e processor – Octa-core Exynos CPU 8nm
Galaxy S10 rear camera – triple camera: 16MP (Ultra Wide f/2.2) + Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (wide/f1.5/f2.4) AF + 12MP OIS (tele/f.24) AF
Galaxy S10 selfie camera – Dual 10MP (f/1.9) AF
Galaxy S10 memory – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage / 8GB RAM + 512GB storage
Galaxy S10 battery and charging – 3,400mAh battery / Wireless Reverse Charging / Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Galaxy S10 sensors and security – Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner / Accelerometer / Barometer ? Gyro Sensor / Compass / HR sensor
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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS – which is better?
Until we’ve reviewed the Galaxy S10, it’s impossible to say for sure.
What we should make clear is that comparing raw specs between the two phones is largely pointless.
Samsung phones may generally have more RAM, for instance, but Apple chips, apps and iOS are built specifically for the iPhone, so the optimisation is incredible.
That’s how the iPhone can offer such stellar performance, despite looking “worse” on paper.
What the Samsung Galaxy S10 will really need to offer is buttery smooth performance and all-round incredible photography – like the iPhone XS.
We called the iPhone XS the best smartphone of 2018, thanks to its impressive software, camera, and processing heft.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 looks great on paper, but it remains to be seen whether this can be translated into a great phone for everyday use.
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