Samsung Galaxy S10e vs. Apple iPhone XR vs Google Pixel 3: Comparative of the new high end


Cheaper than ultra-premium smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S10e, iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3 come to offer very high-end features while maintaining a price under the 1,000 euros mark. Which of the three is the most interesting? Here is a beginning of answer in a first comparison.

With the rise in price of ultra-premium smartphones, manufacturers are starting to decline a new range of products, making some concessions on points that may seem secondary to some, while slightly softening the price. This is how we discover, around 700-800 euros, the Google Pixel 3, the Apple iPhone XR, and now the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
Data sheets
        Model
                                    Samsung Galaxy S10e
                    
                                        Apple iPhone XR
                    
                                        Google Pixel 3
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                                                
                            iOS 12
                                                
                            Android 9.0
                Interface
                                            
                            Samsung One UI
                                                
                            iOS
                                                
                            Android Stock
                Screen size
                                            
                            5.8 inches
                                                
                            6.1 inches
                                                
                            5.5 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            2280 x 1080 pixels
                                                
                            1792 x 828 pixels
                                                
                            2160 x 1080 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            438 dpi
                                                
                            326 dpi
                                                
                            443 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Exynos 9820 to 2.8GHz
                                                
                            A12 Bionic
                                                
                            Snapdragon 845 to 2.5GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                                                
                            ARMv8
                                                
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Mali-G76
                                                
                            Apple GPU
                                                
                            Adreno 630
                RAM memory
                                            
                            6 GB
                                                
                            3 GB
                                                
                            4GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            128 GB
                                                
                            64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
                                                
                            64 GB, 128 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            No
                                                
                            No
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            1:12 Megapixel Sensor, 2: 16 Megapixel Sensor
                                                
                            12 megapixels
                                                
                            12 megapixels
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            10 megapixels
                                                
                            7 megapixels
                                                
                            Dual 8 Megapixel sensor
                Video recording
                                            
                            4K
                                                
                            4K
                                                
                            4K
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                                                
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                                                
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                                                
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                                                
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                                                
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                                                
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                                                
                            nano SIM
                                                
                            nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            USB Type-C
                                                
                            Lightning
                                                
                            USB Type-C
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                                                
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            3100 mAh
                                                
                            N / C
                                                
                            2915 mAh
                Dimensions
                                            
                            142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
                                                
                            150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
                                                
                            145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
                Weight
                                            
                            150 grams
                                                
                            194 grams
                                                
                            148 grams
                Colors
                                            
                            White, Black, Green
                                                
                            Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Black
                                                
                            Pink, White, Black
                Price
                                            
                            749 €
                                                
                            799 €
                                                
                            730 €
                
                                    
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                                Three premium smartphones
Galaxy S10e, iPhone XR and Pixel 3 are intended to be as neat as the ultra premium, with nevertheless some points differentiating, because those who pay 1500 euros for their phone still have the right not to be confused with those who do not want to put more than one SMIC in their smartphone. So we find on these three smartphones very noble materials, licked finishes, but some elements that remind that concessions have been made.
At this little game, the Pixel 3 is certainly doing the least good, but nevertheless manages to stand out. If it suffers huge borders at the top and bottom, reminiscent of smartphones of many years ago, they are justified by the presence of speakers on the front and the absence of notch, a fact quite rare when his release in 2018. He also for him his very small size that allows him to seduce detractors big smartphones.
The area allocated to the screen remains much higher
The Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR for their part do not move away from their original model, despite some concessions. The iPhone XR opts for borders a little bigger, as well as the Galaxy S10e which loses its curved edges, this Infinity Display yet trademark of Samsung. In the end, in front, it would approach almost a Galaxy A8s, yet a range below, that the Galaxy S10.
But stop comparing these three smartphones to their ultra premium equivalents and compare them rather between them. At this level, while the Apple smartphone is very anchored in the era of the notch and the Pixel 3 remembers his ancestors Nexus, the Korean newborn meanwhile enters the ground floor in 2019 with its screen perforated. Admittedly, the space dedicated to the front camera is quite large, but it is indisputable that the area allocated to the screen remains much higher than its two challengers of the day.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e incorporates two cameras at the back, a headphone port, microSD and dual SIM
The Galaxy S10e and Pixel 3 both have an OLED screen while the iPhone XR is entitled to LCD "Liquid Retina". Clearly, Samsung takes the wide ahead on this point, in front of the option of Google. That of Apple, however, despite its negative points on paper (its 720p definition in particular), remains very pleasant to watch daily.
The top of the perfs
In terms of performance, this new category of smartphones does not compromise. Apple A12 Bionic, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos 9820 respectively equip iPhone XR, Pixel 3 and Galaxy S10e. The same chips so that their declensions more premium. The biggest difference can come from RAM with 1 or 2 GB less depending on the model.
This difference is quite small and we must admit that the three smartphones all offer high performance capable of running any game to its full potential. Finally more or less. In the case of Fortnite, it is case by case. The iPhone XR runs the game at 60 FPS, but it's more complicated on Android since each device must be validated by Epic. The list is currently very limited and we do not find the Pixel 3 while there is the American Galaxy Note 9, yet equipped with the same chip. Like the iPhone, the Galaxy S10e is compatible.

Apart from this very precise game, fluidity and performance count among the best on the market. Note however that many testimonials report slowdowns after several months on the Pixel 3.
One UI vs iOS vs Android "pure"
The iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3 have the advantage of being designed by the same people as those who develop the base of their system. A significant advantage for those who want quick major updates. The Samsung Galaxy S10e for its part runs on Android 9 Pie with the new interface of the manufacturer, One UI.
iOS is what it is, with its flaws and its advantages and we have already gone back and forth in our test of the iPhone XS. Anyway, it's a must if you want an iPhone, so we will not really go back on it.

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For the Pixel 3, note that if Google has the advantage of major updates, Samsung has the advantage over the features. One UI is a much more complete interface than the Pixel Launcher. Of course, some people will not like the aesthetic rendering or the arrangement of the options, but this is a personal appreciation and everyone will therefore have their own opinion at this level.
Single or double sensor?
Top of the range, the Galaxy S10e, iPhone XR and Pixel 3 do not ignore the picture. The iPhone XR and Pixel 3 both ship a simple rear sensor with the success we know them. If the iPhone XR barely a little more in the bokeh mode (available only if the smartphone recognizes a face) because of the lack of second sensor, the Pixel 3 is among the most stunning photophones on the market. Above all, the two competitors have very good results both day and night, with excellent light management and a very good dive.

For its part, the Galaxy S10e opts for the dual module: on the one hand an ultra-wide angle of 16 megapixels (f / 2.2), and on the other slightly narrower 12 megapixel plane with a variable aperture (f / 1.5 and f / 2.4). You will have recognized, this is the sensor of the same sensor as the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. A well-known configuration that has already proven itself and proven its effectiveness. It will nevertheless be necessary to wait for further tests to see if the new software introduced by Samsung improve the final rendering, especially at the level of the night pique or the management of very strong dynamics.
With its ultra-wide angle, the Galaxy S10e still offers a little more versatility than its two competitors of the day.
Autonomy
As for battery life, the Galaxy S10e is the one that loads the largest battery with a capacity of 3100 mAh against 2942 mAh for the iPhone XR and 2915 mAh for the Pixel 3. Unfortunately, the three devices have configurations very different and it is difficult to use this point to draw any conclusions.
Note also that all three phones have a wireless charging system.

At the moment, we do not yet know the precise autonomy of the Galaxy S10e, but the iPhone XR completely overwrites the Pixel 3 on this point.
Three excellent smartphones
After all this, a question remains unanswered: who, Galaxy S10e, iPhone XR or Pixel 3, is the best smartphone in this new category? Difficult today to give a very precise answer, knowing that some points still need to be clarified on the side of Samsung's smartphone (especially with regard to autonomy). However, it is now possible to say that the three devices are resolutely premium and make very little compromise compared to their counterparts who exceed 1000 euros. Safe values.

We invite you to read our complete introduction to the Galaxy S10e to learn more about this new smartphone.
Our video capture of Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10e

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