Samsung's Galaxy S10+ is surely one of the most advanced smartphones till date. The premium flagship comes with a new Infinity-U display, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, triple cameras, and packs the latest cutting-edge technologies.
However, it faces competition from Google's Pixel 3 XL which offers a popular mix of good hardware and great software.
So, which one is worth your money? Let's find out.
At a glance
Up front, the Pixel 3 XL features a rather ugly notch and a sizeable bottom bezel. On the back, the all-glass body features a dual-tone matte finish.
In comparison, S10+ offers premium looks with its bezel-less screen, curved edges, a laser cut-out for the dual selfie cameras and an all-glass design.
Winner: Galaxy S10+ for its looks.
All about the screen
The Pixel 3 XL sports a 6.3-inch p-OLED notched display with a resolution of 2960x1440 pixels (523ppi) and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+ features a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display with a QHD+ (3040x1440 pixels) resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+ certification, and a peak brightness of 1,200 nits.
Winner: Galaxy S10+ for its brighter and slightly sharper screen.
For the shutterbugs
The Pixel 3 XL features a single 12.2MP sensor with dual-pixel technology, an f/1.8 aperture, OIS+EIS, and in-built spectral as well as flicker sensor.
The S10+, in comparison, sports a triple camera array featuring a 12MP (f/1.5-f/2.4) main sensor with dual-pixel OIS, a 12MP (f/2.4) telephoto sensor with OIS, and a 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide angle sensor.
Winner: S10+ for its more advanced camera optics.
For the love of selfies
Talking of selfie cameras, the Pixel 3 XL has an 8MP (f/1.8) wide-angle camera and an 8MP (f/2.2) telephoto camera.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+ also has a dual-lens setup comprising a 10MP (f/1.9) main sensor and 8MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor with dual pixel autofocus.
Winner: Google Pixel 3 XL for its wide-angle sensor and refined software optimizations.
All the important stuff
The Pixel 3 XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, paired with Adreno 630 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.
The S10+ is powered by the Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor, paired with upto 12GB of RAM and upto 1TB of built-in storage (expandable by upto 512GB).
Winner: Galaxy S10+ for its latest chipset and massive storage capabilities.
Sensors & Software
Lifeblood of your smartphone
While both flagships come with all the standard sensors, the S10+ boasts of the world's first ultrasonic in-display sensor and the Pixel 3 XL offers a physical scanner on the back.
In terms of software, the S10+ runs Android Pie-based OneUI whereas Pixel 3 XL runs stock Android Pie.
Winner: Galaxy S10+ for packing a high-tech biometric sensor.
Battery & Connectivity
The S10+ packs a 4,100mAh battery whereas the Pixel 3 XL is backed by 3,430mAh battery. Moreover, while both flagships support wireless charging, the Galaxy S10 offers reverse wireless charging as well.
Further, while both phones share similar connectivity options, the S10+ has advantages of Wi-Fi 6 support and a headphone jack.
Winner: Galaxy S10+.
Pricing: The key factor
The Google Pixel 3 XL costs Rs. 83,000 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 92,000 for the 128GB model. The Galaxy S10+ is priced at Rs. 73,900 for the 128GB variant, Rs. 91,900 for the 512GB model, and Rs. 1,17,900 for the 1TB storage variant.
How things stack up!
While the Pixel 3 XL is a solid blend of smooth software and functional hardware, it lacks modern design and technology.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+, with an attractive price tag, premium build quality, industry-best display, top-of-the-line cameras, flagship performance, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, headphone jack and reverse charging, is a near perfect smartphone.