Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S8: Should you upgrade?

The Galaxy S10 is a far superior phone compared to the S8

The Galaxy S8 is quickly approaching its 2nd birthday, and in the smartphone world, that’s equivalent to a lifetime. It’s still got a great display, reliable cameras, and a good processor, but compared to the S10, it’s outdone in just about every single category.

Here’s a quick comparison of some of the top spec upgrades to give you a better idea of what we’re talking about:

CategoryGalaxy S8Galaxy S10
Display5.8-inch AMOLED 
2960×1440 (18.5:9)
6.1-inch AMOLED 
3040×1440 (19:9)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Front Camera8MP, f/1.7 
Auto focus
10MP Dual Pixel, f/1.9 
Auto focus
SecurityOne-touch fingerprint sensor
Iris scanner
In-screen fingerprint sensor

Perhaps even more important for a lot of people, the Galaxy S10 comes equipped with a total of three rear cameras whereas the Galaxy S8 has just one 12MP sensor.

On the S10, your camera package includes the following:

  • Rear Camera 1 — 12MP Dual Pixel | f/1.5 – f/2.4 | OIS
  • Rear Camera 2 — 16MP | 123° wide-angle | f/2.2 | Fixed focus
  • Rear Camera 3 — 12MP | 45° telephoto | f/2.4 | OIS

Another big change has to do with the display. In addition to being larger size-wise, the bezels have also shrunk quite a bit thanks to Samsung’s adoption of a hole-punch screen. This means that the front-facing camera now sits in the display itself, allowing for smaller bezels compared to the S8. It’s a unique look that may take some time to get used to, but we think it’s a great trade-off.

All of your favorite S8 staples are still here

Unlike some manufacturers that get rid of fan-favorite features with new generations of phones, the Galaxy S10 keeps a lot of what makes the S8 so great.

There’s still a microSD card slot for exapandable storage (up to 512GB), fast wireless charging, MST and NFC payments via Samsung Pay, and — yes — a 3.5mm headphone jack 🙏.

There’s also all-new tech we think you’ll really like

On top of spec upgrades and old features making a return, the Galaxy S10 also comes equipped with all-new technology that we haven’t seen before.

Most notably, the fingerprint sensor has moved from the back of the phone to underneath the screen on the S10.

Samsung’s using ultrasonic sensor technology from Qualcomm that creates a 3D model of your fingerprint — including its various grooves. That may sound complicated, but in day-to-day use, it means you can securely unlock your phone by just placing your finger on the designated part of the display and you’re good to go.

Something else that’s new is a feature called “Wireless PowerShare.” In addition to being able to place the Galaxy S10 on a wireless charger to top it up, you can also place Qi-enabled devices on the back of the S10 to use its battery to charge them.

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