Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR: How do these affordable flagships compare

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Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR: How do these affordable flagships compare

The Galaxy S10e is the most affordable variant of the Galaxy S10 series. Starting at $749, it is Samsung's answer to the Apple iPhone XR. We see which one is a better bet on paper.

Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S10 series and from what it seems, the South Korean giant seems to have set its mind on offsetting all other flagship offerings for 2019. The Galaxy S10 offers a new fullscreen display and a host of clever features to attract other smartphone users and bring them into the Samsung ecosystem. Unlike previous Galaxy S models, the S10 gets three models with different specifications. The range starts with the Galaxy S10e with a price of $749. The S10e is supposed to offer the thrills of the standard S10 without asking a humongous price. On second thought, it's a natural competitor to the Apple iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR was launched late last year as the entry-level model to the 2018 flagship iPhone lineup from Apple. The iPhone XR offered most of the features from the iPhone XS but cut down where it deemed unnecessary. Despite watered-down features, the iPhone XR impressed critics with huge battery stamina and offered a cheaper entry to the modern fullscreen iPhones. The iPhone XR starts $749 in the US and Rs 77,000 in India.

If you are in the market to burn around Rs 77,000 on a smartphone, which of these makes more sense? Since the S10e will take a while to come for review, we see how it compares on paper with the iPhone XR.

Design and build

Both the Galaxy S10e and the iPhone XR are well-built premium smartphones. Bot of these sports a glass-metal sandwich design and fullscreen displays with narrow-bezels. However, the Galaxy S10e is certified as IP68 water and dust resistant while the iPhone XR is rated at IP67.

The Galaxy S10e sports a dual rear camera while the iPhone XR goes for a single rear camera. The iPhone XR also retains the big notch with the TrueDepth camera system while the Galaxy S10e sports the new Infinity-O display with a punch-hole camera. The Galaxy S10e loses out on facial recognition but gains a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The iPhone XR solely relies on the FaceID system.

Display

The Galaxy S10e sports Samsung's latest Infinity-O display. It's a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2280 pixel resolution. Samsung says the Dynamic AMOLED display can cut down on blue light by 40 per cent without using the blue light filter. Additionally, the display gets support for HDR10 and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 83.3 per cent.
The iPhone XR sports a Liquid Retina display. In essence, it's a 6.1-inch LCD panel with curved edges that renders images at a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels. The display sports 120Hz touch sensing and gets support for Apple's True Tone display. The display achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 79 per cent.

Performance

The Galaxy S10e is powered by two kinds of chipsets. The US version gets the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that will power most flagship phones in 2019. The global variant will be powered by the Exynos 9820 chipset built on the 8nm manufacturing process. The Galaxy S10e will ship with Samsung's OneUI based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. The S10e comes with at least 6GB RAM and 128GB storage while the top-end variant gets 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The storage can be expanded up to 512GB.

The iPhone XR is built around Apple's A12 Bionic chipset, The A12 is known to be most powerful chipset in the industry right now and is built on the 7nm process. The iPhone XR comes with iOS 12 out of the box and will be updated to the newest iOS versions from at least four years. The iPhone XR comes with 3GB RAM and is available in three storage variants - 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Camera

The Galaxy S10e comes with a dual camera setup for the rear. There's a 12-megapixel primary camera with a variable aperture (F1.5 - F2.4) with 1/2.55 sensor, 1.4um pixels and Dual Pixel PDAF. It also gets support for OIS. The secondary sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera with F2.2 aperture. There's a 10-megapixel front camera with F1.9 aperture and Dual Pixel PDAF.

The iPhone XR comes with a single 12-megapixel camera with F1.8 aperture, 1/2.55-inch sensor, 1.4um pixels. The camera comes with OIS for stability. For the front, there's a 7-megapixel camera with F2.2 aperture that is also assisted by the TrueDepth camera system for clicking portraits.

Both phones rely on computational photography and AI algorithms.

Battery

The Galaxy S10e comes with a 3100mAh battery and comes with support 15W fast charging. The S10e also supports fast wireless charging. Users can charge the battery via the USB-C port.

The iPhone XR gets a slightly smaller 2942mAh battery but has proven to be a long lasting smartphone due to an efficient operating system and optimisation. The iPhone XR also gets support for fast wireless charging and support wired fast charging.

Galaxy S10e vs iPhone XR: Should you wait for the baby Samsung?

The Galaxy S10e seems to be superior offering on paper than the iPhone XR. Samsung offers a better high-resolution display, a fingerprint sensor, a dual camera system with an ultra-wide camera and a bigger battery. If these parameters of the Galaxy S10e excite you, then it's probably worth the wait. However, we can only give a definitive conclusion once we are done with the review of the Galaxy S10e.

The iPhone XR is a proven device and is considered to be one of the most refined smartphones you can buy. The iPhone XR impresses with its larger battery stamina, the superfast performance and the next-generation FaceID system.