Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Apple iPhone X

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S10e (with Exynos 9 Octa 9820) that was released on February 20, 2019, against the Apple iPhone X, which is powered by Apple A11 Bionic and came out 18 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Modern USB Type-C port
  • 35% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (510K versus 377K)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Expandable storage via MicroSD card up to 512GB
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Slow-motion recording at 960FPS
  • Comes with 384 mAh larger battery capacity: 3100 vs 2716 mAh
  • Has 2x more RAM: 6GB versus 3GB
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR4X 2133 MHz
  • Delivers 17% higher peak brightness (707 against 603 nits)
  • Has an ultra-wide angle camera lens
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone X
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • Shows 7% longer battery life (22:33 vs 21:06 hours)
  • Apple releases software updates and supports their phones a few years longer than Samsung
  • 25% faster in single-core GeekBench 5 test: 934 and 748 points
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
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Display

Type Super AMOLED OLED
Size 5.8 inches 5.8 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Aspect ratio 19:9 19.5:9
PPI 438 ppi 458 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 800 nits 625 nits
HDR support Yes, HDR10+ Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 83.3% 82.9%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
- Always-On Display
Display tests
RGB color space 97.5% 99.3%
PWM 232 Hz 240 Hz
Response time 6 ms 2.2 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
707 nits
603 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 142.2 mm (5.6 inches) 143.6 mm (5.65 inches)
Width 69.9 mm (2.75 inches) 70.9 mm (2.79 inches)
Thickness 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 7.7 mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 150 g (5.29 oz) 174 g (6.14 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP67
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Black, Blue, Green, Yellow Silver, Gray
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button No
Screen-to-body ratio
83.3%
82.9%

Performance

Tests of Samsung Galaxy S10e and Apple iPhone X in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9820 Apple A11 Bionic
Max. clock 2730 MHz 2390 MHz
CPU cores 8 (2 + 2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.9 GHz: Cortex-A55
- 2 cores at 2.3 GHz: Cortex-A75
- 2 cores at 2.7 GHz: Mongoose
- 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
L3 cache 2 MB -
Lithography process 8 nanometers 10 nanometers
Graphics Mali G76 MP12 Apple GPU
GPU clock 720 MHz -
FLOPS ~652 GFLOPS ~325 GFLOPS

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
iPhone X +25%
934
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
iPhone X +30%
2495
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
510691
377980
CPU 139170 124881
GPU 187080 115568
Memory 74995 60636
UX 109662 79405
Total score 510691 377980
3DMark Wild Life Performance
iPhone X +13%
3539
Stability 82% 63%
Graphics test 18 FPS 21 FPS
Graphics score 3145 3539
PCMark 3.0 score 8571 -
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 6 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory clock 2133 MHz -
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 128 GB 64, 256 GB
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Memory card MicroSD No
Memory card max. size Up to 512 GB -

Software

Operating system Android 9.0 (Can be upgraded to Android 12) iOS 11.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1)
ROM One UI 4.0 -
OS size 20.2 GB 5.3 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 3100 mAh 2716 mAh
Charge power 15 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi/PMA (15 W) Yes, Qi (7.5 W)
Reverse charging Yes, (wireless) No
Fast charging Yes, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge (40% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:35 hr 2:00 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 06:13 hr 07:08 hr
Watching video 11:47 hr 09:17 hr
Gaming 03:05 hr 04:03 hr
Standby 67 hr 84 hr
General battery life
21:06 hr
iPhone X +7%
22:33 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4000 x 3000 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Optical, 2x
Flash Dual LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 240FPS
Slow motion 960 FPS (720p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 123° -
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 16 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.5 - 2.4
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Samsung SAK2L4 (ISOCELL CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Duo Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 52 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4" (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 16 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 12 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.1", Samsung S5K3P9 (ISOCELL CMOS)
- Optical stabilization
-
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples - Photo samples of Apple iPhone X from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 10 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 4320 x 2432 3472 x 2063
Aperture f/1.9 f/2.2
Focal length 26 mm 32 mm
Pixel size 1.22 microns -
Sensor type ISOCELL CMOS BSI CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.65" -
Video resolution 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C No
USB version 3.1 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby -
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot Yes No
LTE Cat* 20 16
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack Yes No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
83 dB
iPhone X +3%
85.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced February 2019 September 2017
Release date March 2019 November 2017
SAR (head) 0.582 W/kg 0.87 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.575 W/kg 0.97 W/kg
Sensors - Hall-effect sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the performance, camera, and connectivity are more important to you, then choose the Samsung Galaxy S10e. But if the software is more of a priority – go for the Apple iPhone X.

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