Flagships vs Foldables: Comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ to its first foldable

In 2019, Samsung isn’t just celebrating ten years of their mainline Galaxy S flagship smartphones, they’re also launching their first foldable.

Here’s how the two premium devices compare.

Screen

When used as a normal smartphone, the smaller cover display on the Galaxy Fold offers up 4.58-inches of screen space and a resolution of 840 x 1960 pixels. Meanwhile, the larger QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED tablet-style screen boasts a hefty 7.3-inches of screen space and a resolution of 2480 x 2200.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ features a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels.

Processor

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In the US and China, the Galaxy Fold is said to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC. It’s currently unknown what CPU the Australian version of the device will run.

In the US and China, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC. In Europe and Australia, the Galaxy S10+ runs on Samsung’s Exynos 9820.

RAM & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Fold boasts 12GB of RAM, 512GB of on-board storage. Unfortunately this is not expandable via MicroSD.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ boasts up to 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of on-board storage. In contrast to the Galaxy Fold, this is expandable via MicroSD.

5G Connectivity

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Out of the box, the regular Galaxy S10+ does not offer 5G connectivity. A souped-up variant of the device, called the Galaxy S10+ 5G, will be available later in the year. That will.

Likewise. the mainline Samsung Galaxy Fold won’t offer 5G connectivity. However, Samsung say that a 5G version of the device is planned.

Features

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As the name suggests, the biggest draw of the Galaxy Fold is that you can fold it. Even if this design does result in a more bulky form-factor relative to the Mate X, it does suggest the Galaxy Fold will be more durable.

The one other here is that the larger screen inside the Galaxy Fold does boast a pretty noticeable (though almost-quirky) side-notch. The Galaxy Fold also boasts a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ opts for a more conventional smartphone form-factor. However, it does distinguish itself through the inclusion of Samsung’s Infinity-O OLED display, which features a prominent hope-punch notch on the upper-right corner of the device.

In contrast to the Galaxy Fold, the S10+ also boasts an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Battery Life

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As for the battery, the Samsung Galaxy Fold also a unique dual-battery power system to the sum of 4380mAh and also offers support for regular wireless charging and Samsung’s take on reverse wireless charging (called PowerShare).

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ features a 4100mAh battery. It also offers support for regular wireless charging and Samsung’s take on reverse wireless charging (called PowerShare).

Price

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has an American price tag of US$1980.  Australian pricing is to be determined.

In Australia, pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S10+ starts at $1349.