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Is it Worth Upgrading your Galaxy S9 for the Galaxy S10?

08 March 2019 | Jillian Cheong

Samsung celebrated their 10 year anniversary just last February. In conjunction with the celebration, the Korean tech behemoth did not just release 1, but a total of 3 brand new smartphones – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the S10 and whether if it’s worth upgrading from your S9.

Galaxy S9 vs S10 Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10 Specs

Size

147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches)

149.9 × 70.4 × 7.8 mm (5.90 × 2.77 × 0.30 inches)

Weight

163 grams (5.75 ounces)


184 grams (5.53 ounces)

Screen Size

5.8-inch Super AMOLED display

6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED

Screen Resolution

2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570 pixels per inch)

3,040 × 1,440 pixels (551 pixels per inch)

Operating System

Android 9.0 Pie

Android 9.0 Pie

Storage Space

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

128GB, 512GB

MicroSD card slot

Yes, up to 512GB

Yes

Tap-to-pay services

Google Pay, Samsung Pay

Google Pay, Samsung Pay

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

RAM

4gb

8gb

Camera

12MP (with OIS) rear, variable aperture, 8MP front

Triple lens ultra wide-angle 16-megapixel, standard 12MP with OIS and variable aperture, and telephoto 12MP with OIS rear, 10MP front

Video

2,160p at 60 frames per second, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps

2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps

Bluetooth version

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 5.0

Ports


USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack


USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

Fingerprint sensor

Yes, on back

Yes, in display

Water resistance

IP68

IP68

Battery

3,000mAh

QuickCharge 2.0

Qi wireless charging

3,400mAh

QuickCharge 2.0

Qi wireless charging

App marketplace

Google Play Store

Google Play Store

Colours

Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple

Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink

Display and Design

The biggest change from its predecessor is the brand new “Infinity-O” display which incorporates a small hole that houses the front-facing camera and topped with this minimal notch is the “Dynamic AMOLED” display. It offers perfect colour reproduction for high-quality content such as your favourite movies or YouTube videos.

Although this feature is not obvious at first sight, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is cleverly hidden under the display of the S10. One advantage of this technology is that it is much secure compared to the traditional fingerprint scanner. This is because; the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner takes 3D images of your fingerprint which is harder to forge compared to a 2D image.

Camera

Samsung decided to ditch the single lens approach and introduced the triple camera system on the S10. This new setup comprises of one 16MP ultra-wide lens along with two 12MP telephoto lenses, each with a variable aperture.

For the selfie-lovers, Samsung has taken a slight notch up by increasing the front camera to 10MP from the previous 8MP. It’s not a huge difference but it is a noticeable one.

Verdict

Better camera capabilities, wider screen, lighter in weight, and the list goes on. There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S10 is far more superior than the S9. Nevertheless, there’s a bit of a step up in terms of pricing and whether you’re willing to fork out extra for the new features. Thus, you might want to hold on to your Galaxy S9 for the time being as prices will eventually drop after the initial release.

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