Here are the best Galaxy S10 alternatives you can buy. Samsung’s latest phones have plenty to love, but they’re crazy expensive. And while the Galaxy S10e is their own cheaper alternative, you have several other options at different price points and screen sizes.
We’ll help you find a phone with a similar or better experience, big screen, capable cameras and great battery life. Whether you can’t handle the high price tag, want faster updates, or just want something a little different we have you covered.
Best Galaxy S10 Alternatives
- OnePlus 6T
- Galaxy S10e
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Huawei P30 & P30 Pro
- iPhone Xs
- LG G8
Our alternatives offer a similar experience, often at a lower price point. A good example is the 6.4-inch OnePlus 6T, which is nearly 50% cheaper. These replacement devices won’t leave you wanting something better or having buyers remorse in a few months either.
1. OnePlus 6T – $549
The OnePlus 6T is probably one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, aside from maybe the Note 9 or Galaxy S10. It’s one of the biggest, best, fastest devices, runs the latest stock Android 9 Pie, and it’s very affordable. It’s about the same size as the Galaxy S10+, coming with a 6.4-inch screen, but there are no bezels so its easy to hold and use.
OnePlus is one of the best when it comes to fast and timely updates, useful feature add-ons to stock Android, and you’ll get the Google Assistant instead of Bixby. You still get good performance, dual cameras on the back, and a 20MP front camera in the water-drop notch that’s arguably better than a cutout in the screen.
You’ll miss out on Samsung Pay, wireless charging and water-resistance, but for $549 you’re getting a very very similar experience that you’ll love. And, considering they don’t cover Android in a skin (like Samsung One UI) the software is fast, fluid, and it’ll likely be one of the first phones to try Android Q this year.
The OnePlus 6T is available directly from OnePlus and works with almost every carrier, or you can buy it from T-Mobile. It starts at $549 but you can get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $579. However, in May a brand new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are coming that will top this list and be excellent S10 alternatives. You might want to wait for it.
2. Samsung Galaxy S10e – $749
Another great alternative to the Galaxy S10 is the smaller, more affordable Galaxy S10e — and for a few different reasons. The biggest one being the price, obviously, as it’s only $749. However, the Galaxy S10e also comes with a 5.8-inch FLAT screen, not the curved edges like most Samsung devices lately. So if you don’t want a curved screen or a huge phone, this is basically a slightly different version of the Galaxy S9 from 2018.
The Galaxy S10e has a 1080p 5.8-inch flat OLED display that looks amazing, powerful dual cameras on the back, a solid 10MP front camera, and a pretty good size battery inside. Everything else matches the Galaxy S10 on specs, software, water-resistance, etc, so it’s an excellent alternative that’s affordable.
You can get the S10e anywhere that sells the regular Galaxy S10. Any carrier, Best Buy, Walmart, Samsung.com and more from our links at the top of the page. There are some Galaxy S10e deals that will cut the price in half or allow you to buy one and get one free, too.
3. Google Pixel 3 XL – $899
Google’s Pixel 3 is one of the best Android phones you can buy. Sporting a big 6.3-inch AMOLED display, specs that match the Galaxy Note 9, dual front-facing speakers and blazingly fast software. You’ll get updates first, always, and get to try fancy new features before anyone else. You’ll love all the Google Assistant features, smart replies, call screening, and the Night Sight mode on the camera is magic.
Performance is going to be similar, as is the experience, as they’re both running Android 9 Pie. The phone has water-resistance, Google Pay instead of Samsung Pay, and plenty of storage. Keep in mind that you’ll lose the microSD slot, so buy the 128GB model if you’re worried about storage in the long run.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available at Verizon, Google and Best Buy. You can use it on major carriers in the U.S. and on Google Fi. Check the prices at the Google Store, as the Pixel 3 XL recently dropped to just $699.
4. Huawei P30 and P30 Pro – Starting at €799
Another solid alternative to the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ has to be Huawei’s latest P30 and P30 Pro smartphones. The regular Huawei P30 has a 6.1-inch screen, powerful internals and three cameras on the back to battle the Galaxy S10. Then, the bigger 6.5-inch Huawei P30 Pro is a little bigger, slightly better, and has four cameras on the back to one-up Samsung.
Huawei’s phones use a small teardrop notch instead of a cutout for the front-facing camera, they both run Android 9 Pie, and the company has some compelling software features for the camera or the hardware like reverse wireless charging. Basically, these are Huawei’s straight up answer to the Galaxy S10 series.
And while they’re not available from US carriers, you can get the GSM models for AT&T and T-Mobile, if you’d like. These are two compelling phones with comparable specs and features worth considering.
5. iPhone Xs – $999
We know, we know, most Android users don’t want an iPhone. That said, the biggest choice for the last several years is Galaxy or iPhone, so it’s a natural and obvious Galaxy S10 alternative. The iPhone Xs has a beautiful screen that’s slightly smaller than the S10, coming in at 5.8-inches. There are almost no bezels, except for the small notch at the top for the FaceID sensors.
You’re losing out on storage options unless you spend a lot of money, and it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. However, it is the iPhone Xs, Apple’s best phone (aside from the Max) and it’ll deliver stunningly fast performance and a great experience throughout. Apple’s latest iPhone has two powerful cameras on the back, lots of modes for taking portraits, and a huge expansive app-store you’ll never get bored of.
It’s just a thought. This is more expensive, for a smaller screen and only 64GB of storage, but it’s an option for those that don’t like the curved edge and cut-hole camera in the screen. The iPhone Xs is sold virtually everywhere, from all carriers, in almost any store. For a limited time, you can get it for just $699 or $30 a month with a qualifying trade-in.
6. LG G8 – $819 (or LG V40)
Another solid alternative to the Galaxy S10 for most buyers is the LG G8 or last years LG V40. LG still makes great phones with tons of capabilities, and lately, they’ve flown under the radar and don’t get enough attention. The LG V40 is a beast of a phone that compares to the Note 9 for a few hundred dollars less.
In late February LG announced its new LG G8 ThinQ to take on the Galaxy S10. And while it didn’t arrive until April 11th, it’s worth considering for less money. The LG G8 has a beautiful 6.1-inch Quad-HD display, the same powerful specs inside, 128GB of storage, and two powerful cameras without a bulge on the back. You get a 12MP main and a 16MP wide-angle camera, one of the best speakers in any phone — LG’s boombox speaker — plus a new sound on display technology where the entire screen is a second speaker.
LG’s phone packs the same punch as the Galaxy S10, runs Android 9 Pie, not to mention a Quad HiFi DAC, IP68 water-resistance, wireless charging, microSD support and more. All things considered, it’s a good little phone. They’re asking around $819 from most carriers but LG and even Best Buy has it for $649.
Those are your options so far, but not for long. In the next month or two, we’re expecting to see some amazing phones like the OnePlus 7, the bigger OnePlus 7 Pro (to take on the Galaxy S10+) a new Moto Z and maybe even a folding Moto RAZR, something from HTC, 5G phones, the iPhone 11, and other great devices from Chinese manufacturers.
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