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Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9: Should You Upgrade?



The Samsung Galaxy S10 is official with a March 8th release date and that means potential buyers have some tough choices to make. Buy an impressive phone like the Galaxy S9 right now, or wait for the Galaxy S10 in a few weeks. If you’re on the fence, here’s how the two compare.

In this Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9 comparison, we’ll go over everything you need to know. From what’s new, what’s changing, exciting features and what buyers can expect.

This year Samsung has three different Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S10e, the regular S10, and a slightly bigger Galaxy S10+. That’s a lot to take in, so we’ll just focus on the main model here today — the regular S10.

In 2018 Samsung released the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. Both phones had big curved screens with small bezels, a sleek design, powerful cameras, and while they were great, not much changed compared to the Galaxy S8. This year though, the Galaxy 10 has some major changes throughout. From the screen sizes, fingerprint scanners, battery life, reverse wireless charging, triple cameras and more.

If you’re still rocking an old Galaxy S7, Note 5 or even the Galaxy S8 and are trying to decide if the next Galaxy is worth an upgrade, you’ve come to the right place. This’ll help you decide on upgrading from the S9 too, if you’re thinking about doing that.

Find helpful information, comparisons, pricing info and details in the slideshow below.

Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9: Display

Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S9: Display

First things first, we have to talk about the display. Here's the quick info you need. 

  • Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Quad-HD Curved AMOLED Display
  • Galaxy S10 has a bigger 6.1-inch Quad-HD Curved AMOLED Display

The S10 has a punch-hole cutout in the screen to house the front-facing camera (but no notch, like an iPhone)

This year the regular Galaxy S10 will be roughly the exact same size as the Galaxy S8 and S9, only with a bigger screen. That's because they've removed the black bar (bezels) on the top and bottom, or made them thinner, and stretched the screen further to the sides. Delivering a bigger screen in the same space. What this essentially means though, is that the bigger size shouldn't be a concern for potential buyers, as it'll be just as hard to hold as if you got the S9 or the S8. 

As you can see above, the edges aren't quite as rounded, but they're essentially the same size. 

If you're coming from a really old Samsung you might be wondering about the fingerprint scanner. Well, it's not on the back (like the Galaxy S9) and instead -- the Galaxy S10 has an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner inside the screen, under the display. This means you simply press your finger on the screen and it'll instantly turn on, wake up, and securely unlock. 

The bigger screen, in-display fingerprint scanner, and punch-hole cutout for the camera are the biggest changes to the slightly larger 6.1-inch screen in the Galaxy S10. 

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