Galaxy S10 + vs iPhone XS Max Comparision : which is the best?

What is the Galaxy S10 + worth against the iPhone XS Max? Beyond the iOS vs Android duel that we will not discuss here, how to objectively compare these two very premium smartphones? These two questions are explored in detail in our comparison. Let’s go !

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Comparative of the data sheets

Galaxy S10+iPhone XS Max
Dimensions157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm157,5 x 77,4 x 7,7 mm
Weight175 g / 198 g (ceramic version)208 g
Screen6.4″ AMOLED6.5 “OLED
Definition3040 x 1440 pixels, 19:92688 x 1 242 pixels, 19,5:9
Fingerprint sensorYes (below the screen)Non
SoCExynos 9820 (8nm)/ Snapdragon 855 (7nm)A12 Bionic (7nm)
Internal memory128/512 Go et 1 To64/256/512 Go
Double SIMYesYes
RAM8/12 Go4 Go
Main photo sensorTriple :
-12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm
-12 MP,f/2.4, téléphoto, 52mm
-16 MP, f/2.2, ultra grand angle, 12mm
Double :
– 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 
1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF
– 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 
1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF
– Optical zoom2x2x
Secondary photo sensorDual sensor 
-10 MP, f / 1.9, autofocus, 2160p @ 30fps, 26mm 
-8 MP, f / 2.2, depth sensor, 22mm
7 MP f/2.2, 32mm
THEAndroid 9.0 Pie + One UIiOS 12
connectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0Wi‑Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Infrared portYesNon
Drums4100 mAh3174 mAh
Fast rechargeYes 15W (fast charger included)Yes 15W (fast charger sold separately)
Wireless chargingYesYes
Reverse wireless chargingYesNon

Screen: Samsung Display 2019 vs Samsung Display 2018

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Let’s start from a fact: whether on the Galaxy S10 + or iPhone XS Max, we have very high quality AMOLED screens manufactured by Samsung Display. And both were the best when they came out on DisplayMate.

Note that while these screens are both excellent, that of the S10 +, more recent, progresses compared to that of the XS Max. They also do not have quite the same characteristics.

Size, definition, ratio and resolution

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 6,4″ – 1440 x 3040  pixels – 19:9 – 522 ppp
  • iPhone XS Max : 6.5″ – 1242 x 2688 pixels – 19.5:9 – 458 ppp


  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : AMOLED Infinity-O
  • iPhone XS Max : AMOLED

Screen size ratio 

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 88,9%
  • iPhone XS Max : 84,4%

Color space, HDR and Always-On Display

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +: DCI-P3 – HDR10 + – Yes
  • iPhone XS Max : DCI-P3 – HDR10 – Non

Fingerprint sensor under the screen

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +: yes
  • iPhone XS Max : non

Secure facial recognition

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +: not
  • iPhone XS Max: yes

Superficially, first: one is a screen with curved edges when the other is a flat screen. The Galaxy S10 + sports a pill-shaped punch to house the dual selfie sensor, with two relatively thin but still thicker edges at the top and bottom of the screen. The iPhone XS Max has a regular border of a thickness comparable to the bottom edge of the S10 +, and a notch that embeds the selfie camera, the proximity sensor and the sensors needed for facial recognition FaceID.


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The Galaxy S10 + incorporates a fingerprint sensor under the screen (ultrasound) while the iPhone XS Max relies instead on its Facial recognition system FaceID . Each user will have his preference. In the first case, the tests show that the ultrasound device is slightly slower than competing optical solutions.

Facial recognition of the iPhone XS is not necessarily faster, largely because of the iOS interface that forces the user to swipe up to display the Home screen after unlocking. The fingerprint reader is also more convenient to quickly unlock the smartphone when it is placed on the table (while with FaceID you will tend to grasp it more).

Design and solidity

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From a design point of view both smartphones have elegant lines, premium materials and impeccable quality of workmanship. We will not return to the front, almost completely occupied by a screen. The back of the Galaxy S10 + is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 while the front is covered with Gorilla Glass 6 . On the iPhone side, Apple no longer uses glass from Corning’s factories, and offers its own coatings.

That of the iPhone XS Max has been touted as “the most durable” in a smartphone iPhone. Various tests tend to think that the hardness of this glass is rather good, but it is more comparable to Gorilla Glass 5 than 6. In addition to glass, the design greatly impacts the strength of these smartphones. From this point of view the iPhone keeps an advantage thanks to its flat glass surfaces, unlike the rounded sides of the Galaxy S10 +.

Dimensions – weight

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm – 175 g / 198 g
  • iPhone XS Max : 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm – 208 g

Matter covering the front face

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • iPhone XS Max: Durable reinforced glass (comparable to Gorilla Glass 5)

Matter covering the back side

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • iPhone XS Max: Durable reinforced glass (comparable to Gorilla Glass 5)


  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White
  • iPhone XS Max : Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Resistance to water

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : IP68
  • iPhone XS Max : IP68

Handheld side, the Galaxy S10 + is a little less wide, but because of its curved edges, accidental triggers are more common than the iPhone XS Max. The placement of the double photo sensor that comes out slightly from the glass at the back makes the smartphone slightly unstable when placed back on a table. The triple photo sensor of the S10 +, placed a fortiori in the center, does not cause this inconvenience.

Also note that Samsung offers many more color options than Apple. And a particularly strong ceramic version (although the curved material on the front remains fragile on these models …).


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In this category, you know, Apple has with its SoC and OS home a master of outstanding performance. Moreover, the versions of the Galaxy S10 + available in Europe run under Exynos 9820 , a SoC which according to several tests is slightly less efficient than the Snapdragon 855 . Despite several months of lag and a RAM option much less generous, and leaving no choice, Apple manages to do better than the competition, both in terms of raw performance and the lack of visible slowdowns for the user, both in everyday use and when using demanding applications or games.


  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : Exynos 9820
  • iPhone XS Max :  Apple A12 Bionic

Finesse of engraving

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 8nm
  • iPhone XS Max : 7nm


  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 8/12 Go
  • iPhone XS Max : 4 Go

Score AnTuTu

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 329.956
  • iPhone XS Max : 344.089

Another argument here in favor of the iPhone XS Max: it does not seem to need 12 GB of RAM to do the same thing … This translates into the AnTuTu scores that remain to the advantage of the iPhone – the results are nevertheless comparable according to other benchmarks. In addition, it is noted that the App Store is particularly well supplied in quality mobile games – in any case more than the Play Store. And iOS often benefits from releases before Android. A point not to be overlooked if the video game on smartphone is part of the equation.

Battery and autonomy

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Here for once, we will go very quickly: the iPhone XS Max has a much smaller battery, has no fast wireless charging, and its fast wired recharge is slower than that of Samsung. In addition, Apple does not include any fast charger in the box and the options to access this feature cost a clearly excessive price.

However, if you already have one of the latest MacBook Pro with USB Type C ports at home, your laptop’s power supply can act as a fast charger for your smartphone at lower cost – if you buy a USB-C cable to Lightning at 30 euros. Hard to say anything else that it is more expensive, is more complicated and less effective at Apple compared to what Samsung offers on the S10 +.

Battery capacity (mAh)

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 4200
  • iPhone XS Max : 3175

Fast recharge

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 15 W
  • iPhone XS Max : 15 W

Reverse refill

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 9 W
  • iPhone XS Max : non

The Galaxy S10 + takes significantly longer according to our tests of autonomy. It also has the convenient 9W reverse charging to charge for example wireless headphones like Galaxy Buds.


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Apple is significantly less generous in this area than Samsung, offers its more expensive memory options, and no way to extend it, as always, via a hypothetical microSD slot. Note however that iPhone is integrated with iCloud (5 GB free), which allows you to enjoy additional space in the cloud, with the following pay options:

  • 50 GB : 0.99 € / month
  • 200 GB:  € 2.99 / month
  • 2 TB:  9.99 € / month

This space is shared with your other Apple products and allows for perfect synchronization between your devices. On the other hand, if you do not have a bad network, files in the cloud may be inaccessible …

Internal storage capacity

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 128/512/1To
  • iPhone XS Max : 64/256/512 Go

Memory extension

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +: yes, microSD
  • iPhone XS Max: iCloud (somehow)


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Both smartphones are both excellent – and comparable in photo. And this, despite very different sensors (triple for Samsung, double for Apple). Just see their DxOMark score to understand that we have to do at the top of the basket in this area – except the latest Huawei smartphones. It should be noted, however, that the triple sensor of the Galaxy S10 + offers more choice of angles to artificially take a step back. The personality of the photos from the two sensors differs, but it is a matter of preference. We recommend reading our conclusions as we present them in our tests of both products – in the end a user will see relatively little difference between the two sensors (in any case nothing extremely striking). Note, however, that the portrait mode of the iPhone XS Max often generates more masking errors, especially during Bokeh effects. But the Bokeh S10 + sometimes makes small mistakes too.

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Main sensors – focal length – size of photosites – OIS (Yes / No)

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (triple)
    • 12 Mp (26 mm, grand angle) – f / 1.5-2.4 – 1.4μm – Oui
    • 12 Mp (52 mm wide-angle telephoto) – f / 1.6 – 1.0μm – Yes
    • 16 MP (12mm, ultra grand angle) – f/2.2 – 1.0 µm – Non
  • iPhone XS Max (double)
    • 12 Mp (27mm, wide angle) – f / 1.8 – 1.4μm – Yes
    • 12 Mp (17mm, ultra-wide angle) – f / 2.4 – 1.0μm – Yes

Lossless optical zoom

  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ : 2x
  • iPhone XS Max : 2x

Secondary sensor (s)

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +: 10 MP + 8 MP (depth of field)
  • iPhone XS Max: 7 MP + Depth of Field Data from Face ID Sensor

Extract from the first 10 results of the DxOMark * ranking (moving score – selfie score)

  1. Huawei P30 Pro (112 – 89)
  2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro (109 – 75)
  3. Huawei P20 Pro (109 – 72)
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10+ (109 – 96)
  5. Xiaomi Mi 9 (107 – n.c.)
  6. Apple iPhone XS Max (105 -82)
  7. HTC U12+ (103 – n.c.)
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (103 – 92)
  9. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 (103 – 84)
  10. Huawei P20 (102 – n.c.)

* data available in April 2019

Contactless payment

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We added this section in this comparison in view of the power of the two competing payment solutions. If you’re interested in mobile payments, comparing Apple Pay and Samsung Pay is essential. Of course we will not make this time a too detailed comparison (a dedicated file will be necessary, it will be published soon). But we note that Apple Pay is well established in France, with compatibility with most merchant payment terminals, and availability for customers of this list of banks and cards:

  • American Express
  • Apetiz (Visa cartes)
  • Arkéa Private Bank (MasterCard)
  • BCP Bank
  • Bank of Savoy
  • Banque Populaire (Visa cards)
  • BNP Paribas
  • boon. by Wirecard
  • Boursorama (bank cards, Visa cards)
  • bunq
  • C-Zam (Carrefour Bank)
  • Caisse d’Epargne (Visa cards)
  • Carrefour Bank (MasterCard debit and debit cards)
  • Carrefour C-zam
  • Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne (Mastercard cards)
  • Crédit Mutuel du Sud-Ouest (MasterCard)
  • Crédit Mutuel Massif Central (MasterCard)
  • Edenred (Ticket Restaurant Cards)
  • Fortuneo Bank
  • Crédit du Nord Group (bank cards, Visa cards)
  • Hello bank!
  • HSBC (Debit Cards and Visa Credit Cards)
  • The postal bank
  • Lydia
  • Max
  • N26
  • Orange Bank
  • Orange Cash
  • Societe Generale (bank cards, Visa cards)

Samsung Pay is available with these banks and cards:

  • Apetiz
  • BCP Bank
  • Bank of Savoy
  • People’s Bank
  • Boursorama Bank
  • Savings bank
  • Agricultural credit
  • Max
  • PCS
  • Ticket Restaurant Edenred
  • Lydia
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro


Apple is expensive, very expensive compared to Samsung. The internal storage options are particularly prohibitive with € 1427.68 for the 256 GB version and € 1657.68 for the 512 GB version.

Our opinion

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Both smartphones are among the best high-end options of the moment, with a comparable user experience, but we find more fresh and updated on the Galaxy S10 +. The price, in our opinion, clearly tipped the scales in favor of Samsung. But the iPhone XS Max is still maybe for you. Especially if you are a demanding mobile gamer who is keen on all new releases, and / or you have other Apple products, and therefore prefer to stay in the ecosystem to enjoy a seamless experience between your different devices + Apple +. Because it’s mostly that, finally: the iPhone XS Max is the best smartphone in the Apple ecosystem, while the Galaxy S10 + is the best … in the Android ecosystem. Nevertheless difficult to reject the back of the hand the difference of more than 200 € (without even thinking of comparing with a 256 GB version as the price difference then becomes laughable). This even invites a person motivated by the purchase of the XS to think of other possibilities, if you specifically want an iPhone for example to play. The iPhone X, admittedly slightly smaller, offers consistently good performance and a user experience as refined as the XS. There is also the option of the iPhone XR, which is a great alternative – well at this price we would have preferred it to have an OLED screen … if you specifically want an iPhone for example to play. The iPhone X, admittedly slightly smaller, offers consistently good performance and a user experience as refined as the XS. There is also the option of the iPhone XR, which is a great alternative – well at this price we would have preferred it to have an OLED screen … if you specifically want an iPhone for example to play. The iPhone X, admittedly slightly smaller, offers consistently good performance and a user experience as refined as the XS. There is also the option of the iPhone XR, which is a great alternative – well at this price we would have preferred it to have an OLED screen …

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