What is the Newest Samsung Phone Out Right Now? [December 2019]

Posted by Jamie on December 4, 2019

Samsung Apple’s main competitor and the two manufacturers compare well. Apple is more about the design and cohesive ecosystem while Samsung delivers awesome screens, lots of power and the openness of Android. With each manufacturer having an annual phone release schedule, what’s the newest Samsung phone out right now?

There is actually a wide range of new Samsung phones on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy A, Galaxy S and Galaxy Fold. We can ignore the Fold for now as that isn’t ready of available for purchase. The S9 is a previous generation phone and the Galaxy A and S aren’t top tier.

That leaves the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy Note9.

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the middle ground between the S10+ and the Note9. It’s a solid phone with a great design, nice feel, quality build. It’s light and fits perfectly into your hand with a reassuring solidity. One-finger operation is very fluid too, more so than many other phones I have tried.

  • Weight: 157 g
  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.1-inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP + 16MP rear 10MP front

The Infinity-O screen of the Galaxy S10 is, for lack of a better word, awe-inspiring. There is no other way to describe it. The colors are sharp, the contrast is almost perfect and the clarity is crisp and clean. The in-screen fingerprint reader works well and while I didn’t use the Wireless PowerShare function, it’s a neat addition to a feature-packed phone.

The main downside with the Galaxy S10 is the price increase from the S9. Sure it comes with a better screen and more power but that price difference is hard to justify.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s flagship product. It’s the largest, most powerful, has the best screen and the most powerful chipset. It also has the highest price. The design is very slick with a refined chassis, rounded edges, great build quality and a comfortable feel in the hand.

  • Weight: 175 g
  • Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.4-inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB
  • Battery: 4100mAh
  • Cameras: 12 + 16MP rear 10MP front

The S10 Plus is smaller, lighter and much more powerful than the competing iPhone XS Max. The screen is much more capable, you get more RAM, more storage and better cameras. The 6.4 inch display runs QHD with amazing color reproduction, clarity and detail and literally has to be seen to be believed.

You do pay for the privilege though. This may be the most powerful Samsung phone but it is also the most expensive.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

There are other S10 models but the Note9 is something slightly different and is frequently used in business so it’s worth covering here. It’s a sizeable phone with a stylus and the usual gorgeous screen. The internals are on par with the Galaxy S9 but combined with the stylus and its remote control abilities, the Note9 stands out on its own.

  • Weight: 201 g
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
  • Operating System: Android 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.4-inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP rear 8MP front

Samsung Galaxy Note9 is slightly larger than the S10+ and slightly heavier too, though that extra weight isn’t really noticeable once its in your hand. The dimensions and shape help it mold into your palm so comfortably that you don’t notice the 200+g. The internals are powerful, the battery long enough for most uses and that screen…

The Note9 is regarded as one of the best phones out there if money is no object and I have to agree. It’s fast, responsive, the stylus is a joy to use and the hardware is top of the line.

Which Samsung do you buy?

Unlike the newer iPhones where each has a distinct area of expertise, the Samsung range is less clear cut. All phones can play games and movies, help you work, keep up on social media and do everything you expect a phone to do.

The Galaxy S10 is middle of the road. A great phone in its own right with an amazing screen, great camera and excellent ergonomics. The S10+ is better though. You pay extra for that but the slightly larger screen and option for a terabyte of storage is too good to ignore. The Note9 is better still if you’re not out for raw power. An ever-so slightly slower chipset and ‘only’ 512GB of storage are compromises that will soon disappear once you make friends with the S Pen stylus.

This is a tough one and will come down to what you want your phone to do. One thing you can be sure of is that there is no ‘worst’ phone on this list so you’re onto a winner no matter which you choose!

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