Today is a great day as the world’s first 5G smartphone in the market is hitting the shelves.
We are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G which is launching in South Korea, that is not only Samsung’s homeland but also the world’s first country to have a national 5G network. You can check the 5G tariffs for the South Korean market here. So Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first 5G phone to hit the market, but it is not the only 5G-enabled device debuting in 2019.
This summer we will see the launch of the Huawei Mate X and even ZTE will release its first 5G phone, the Axon 10 Pro, which is expected to be available starting from Q2 2019. If you are asking yourself whether you should buy the Galaxy S10 5G immediately or wait for the other upcoming 5G phones, this comparison will give you an answer.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G vs Huawei Mate X vs ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||Huawei Mate X||ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9 mm, 198 g||161.3 x 78.3 x 11 mm, 295 g||159.2 x 73.4 x 7.9 mm|
|DISPLAY||6.7 inches, 1440 x 3040p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED||Folded: 6.6 inches, 1148 x 2480p (Quad HD+), OLED|
Unfolded: 8 inches, 2200 x 2480p (Quad HD+), OLED
|6.47 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core 2.7 GHz – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||8 GB RAM, 256 GB||8 GB RAM, 512 GB – Nano Memory card slot||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, One UI||Android 9 Pie, EMUI||Android 9 Pie|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA|| Quadruple 12 + 12 + 16 MP + TOF, f/1.5-2.4, f/2.4 and f/2.2|
Dual 10 MP + TOF f/1.9 front camera
|Triple 40 + 8 + 16 MP, f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.2||Triple 48 + 20 + 8 MP, f/1.8|
20 MP front camera
|BATTERY||4500 mAh, fast charging with USB-PD, wireless charging||4500 mAh, fast charging with SuperCharge 55W||4000 mAh, fast charging with Quick Charge 4+, wireless charging|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||waterproof, stereo speakers, 5G, reverse wireless charging||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, 5G||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, 5G, stereo speakers|
While Huawei Mate X has the most innovative form factor as it is one of the first foldable phones, the most comfortable and stunning design belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, at least in my opinion.
It comes with a screen-to-body ratio very close to 100 percent thanks to a punch-hole display, it has a better build quality and a more solid body, it is fully waterproof with the IP68 certification and, unlike the Huawei Mate X, it comes with a thin and lightweight body. ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is even more compact, but not as attractive as the Galaxy S10 5G.
While Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has the display with the best viewing quality, the display of the Huawei Mate X wins the comparison because of its huge diagonal. Indeed, the device is able to transform into a tablet thanks to a foldable screen which reaches a diagonal of 8 inches, just like tablets. While folded, it has a smartphone-like 6.6-inch diagonal.
The unfolded display is the best for both multimedia, productivity and even for simply browsing the web or reading. There is nothing you can not do better with a so big foldable display.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G wins the hardware comparison because it is equipped with a more powerful processor than the Huawei Mate X and it comes with a higher quantity of RAM than ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. In the Asian version, it sports a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, while the European version will launch with an Exynos 9820 chipset. Even ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 SoC, but it has just 6 GB of RAM and just 128 GB of internal storage unlike its rivals, so it takes the third place.
All the phones are based on Android Pie. Note that Snapdragon 855-powered phones come with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem which is inferior to the Balong 5000 modem found on Huawei Mate X with Kirin 980. Indeed, unlike the Balong 5000, it is not a multi-mode modem and it has a lower speed. More