Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: The Battle of the Mid-size Flagships

Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: The Battle of the Mid-size Flagships

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series included three devices this year: a giant phone, a”regular” phone, and a”mid-size” phone. The big Galaxy S10+ and the small Galaxy S10e have been getting most of the attention. Daniel Marchena from XDA TV compared the latter to another popular “mid-size” phone: the Pixel 3. He shared his first thoughts last month, but now this 38-minute video goes in-depth comparing the hardware, software, media playback, audio quality, and of course, cameras.

So what’s the general consensus? Dan says the phones are very evenly matched. He likes the Galaxy S10e, but disagrees with some of the trade-offs Samsung made for the smaller size. He also says the Pixel 3 is overpriced, and if you’re comparing just price, the Galaxy S10e is the easy winner. But there’s still something to be said about having Google’s software and being able to try the latest and greatest Android versions. At the end of the day, these are two very good phones. Watch the full video below to hear more thoughts.

Pixel 3 XDA Forum Galaxy S10e XDA Forum

CategoryPixel 3Galaxy S10e
Dimensions and Weight145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm, 148g69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm, 150g
SoftwareAndroid Pie with 3 years of OS and 3 years of security patch updatesAndroid Pie with One UI
Display5.5-inch 1080×2160 (18:9) OLED display. Gorilla Glass 5. HDR support.5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPUSnapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
Storage64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot128GB/256GB
+ MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Battery2,915 mAh3100 mAh
Rear Camera Sensor12.2MP f/1.8, 1.4μm
Video recording: 4k @ 30fps, OIS+EISSlow motion:[email protected] Pixel Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL),

Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution (RAISR)

Dual Camera with OIS
– Wide-angle: 12 MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom
Front Camera SensorsDual 8.1MP (primary is f/1.8 while secondary is a wide-angle lenswith f/2.2 and 97 degree field of view)Video recording: 1080pUHD Selfie: 10MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
PortsUSB 3.1 Type-C, nanoSIM trayUSB Type-C, nanoSIM tray
SecurityRear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware security module supporting StrongBox KeymasterSide-mounted fingerprint scanner
AudioDual front-facing speakers, no 3.5mm headphone jack3.5mm headphone jack
ChargingWireless charging up to 10W via Pixel Stand, 18W via USB PD 2.0Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Power Share, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
IP RatingIP68 – Water and dust resistantIP68 – Water and dust resistant

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.