Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL preview: what to expect

Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL preview: what to expect
Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs Pixel 3 XL concept image by @PhoneDesigner

Summer is winding down, and the most hectic quarters in flagship phone announcements are closing in. Say what you will about 2018's notches, elongated bodies, and 6" panel averages, but in the next six months, we are about to witness the real best in design, specs and added value that the world's largest, most profitable phone makers will be able to muster.

Apple is due for the "mother of all upgrade waves" by offering its largest iPhone screen ever, and finally ditching the scrappy 4.7-inchers for good. Samsung will have a 10th anniversary of the flagship Galaxy S line with the phones to match.

Google is also expected to unleash its largest Pixel phone display ever, while LG is in the running for a penta-camera flagship in a month or so. That is why we are making a quick comparison preview of the upcoming milestone phones of these major smartphone manufacturers so that you decide which one to start saving for. For further details, check our running rumor reviews below:

Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL design


Glass bodies, wireless charging, water-tight certification, those will be the common design themes. If you have been waiting for some grand anniversary overhaul of the Galaxy S-line body, however, you might be in for a disappointment. The Galaxy S10 will seemingly have... wait for it... Infinity Display design. The smaller models are said to be slightly larger - 0.03" and 0.08", respectively - than their S9 and S9+ predecessors, so a tad larger panels aren't out of the question, too.

Just like there will be three 2018 iPhones, there could be three Galaxy S10 version, too, and one of those is said to land with a 6.44" display now - coincidentally, exactly as the rumored iPhone XS Plus with a 6.46" OLED screen, just without the notch. Like L the V35 before it, the V40 will hopefully have no protruding bezels, encroaching into the sacred screen panel space, but if the leaked Pixel 3 XL is inspired by the V40, all notch and chin bets are back on for LG's quarterly flagship.



Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL specs


The A12 processor on the 2018 iPhones may not be the first 7nm chipset announced, but it will most likely be first to make it in retail phones and is going to be a beast. The only thing that may ruin its holidays is the next-gen 7nm processing that comes from Samsung in the Galaxy S10. Here's how the fantastic four stacks up, in a digestible table specs form.



Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL prices and release dates


While it is too early to have any credible tips on the S10's pricing, we'd wager to guess its tags and availability based on Samsung's historical precedents, while for the 2018 iPhones there is plenty of analysts' guesstimates that will mostly turn out right in the end, as usual.


So, based on these dry specs and preliminary design concepts, which one is your favorite, and which one would you pick at its projected price range come next month, and the one after, and then early 2019? Tell us your thoughts below, and take your pick in the poll here.

Which flagship would you save for?

Samsung Galaxy S10
40.5%
Apple iPhone XS Plus
17.37%
LG V40 ThinQ
31.71%
Google Pixel 3 XL
10.43%

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31 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

S10 will have same front of s9. Add in-screen FPS and acoustic surface.

2. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I can't believe pixel is in the bottom, #teampixel

11. Fred3

Posts: 582; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I would of voted for it if the Pixel 3 was on there but then again Google be things that pisses people off when they have all the resorces to top every phone company. Whoever is creating their designs needs to be fired and whoever is making the OS's needs to get intouch with their fan base. Taking the navigation buttons away without the option to keep them (like OnePlus) will be the dumbest s#!t ever.

13. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Really disappointed in Google. They didn't even try to come out with something new HW wise. Instead, they just followed Apple. That's why it's on the bottom.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's the double deep unibrow...

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's because: 1. It's ugly 2. No headphone jack 3. Small battery (as rumour said) 4. Overpriced The only selling point for pixels is good camera and fast android update.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's because: 1. It's ugly 2. No headphone jack 3. Small battery (as rumour said) 4. Overpriced The only selling point for pixels is good camera and fast android update.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I really hope that Samsung doesn't make a phone with a giant forehead and no bottom bezel. Just looks top heavy and Neanderthal-ish. Symmetry. Doesn't anyone remember symmetry???!

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Who has symmetry in any phones moving forward?

21. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Probably Sony :))

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2274; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Out of all these models the iPhone still remains king. Samsung, LG, Google can put a twin turbo engine and fill the spec sheet. It's still an Android...

12. Fred3

Posts: 582; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

spec's on paper means nothing when you're still getting beat by phones with slower processors. iphone can't be king when their processors are jesters

15. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Please, stop. Android just does more and it does it better. There is NO question about that. iOS remains an app launcher after 10 years.

32. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I recently picked up a iPhone 7 for s**ts and giggles as I had never owned one before and wanted to give it an honest try. I returned it in a week. It just wasn't as responsive as my daily driver which was a Galaxy S8. The only thing it did better was in CarPlay it could hear me better when I dictated a text. That was it.

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol. Yep a half capable iPhone wrapped in a 10 year old UX. Sounds great

5. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Lg V 40 all the way! But I can't wait to see Pixel 3Xl and Iphone XS plus and other phones!!!

6. pablumatic

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

None of the above. I don't like notches and I don't want a Samsung curved edge screen.

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

So you are getting nothing then? Good one.

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Pixel 3 shouldn't be on here. It looks terrile.

22. Fred3

Posts: 582; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

XL.. The 3 looks ok but the 3XL nah

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I'm waiting for the V40. Music use is a big part of my phone use so having a 32 bit quad dac by B&O is nice

28. iReligion

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Agree 100 % I am hoping for a 8 gig variant but the Quad Dac is huge! I would say if it has 8gig of ram I will buy it. If it comes with 6 gig i will have to consider the S10+ for the cutting edge processor. I hate the fact that google said screw the 3.5, they make epic software.

14. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Spec comparisons mean little. What will matter is how are they functionally different. Not going to ever be a direct apples-to-apples now or ever. Until Samsung or any other OEM gets on the immediate Android update train, it's off my list. Pixel is just too ugly. Stuck with Apple. That's really what happens to a lot of people. Not fans of Apple. Just more accepting of their overall OS+hardware integration.

16. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Honestly, the LG V40 is where it's at. Best price point with competitive specs

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Many should opt for the LGV40. Will likely be it's last phone if LG is smart at all. It's a great keepsake lol

23. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Will be getting the iphone X plus for sure, no one can rival apple when it comes to hardware and software integration, build quality, specs wise, operating system, ecosystem and post services. Good job apple for locking us in with ur products.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wait...what lol?

24. Jc1980

Posts: 27; Member since: May 16, 2018

The V40 for the simple fact it's Wide Angle camera is going to be mastered & now other companies are following suit. But the cherry on top is the well rounded audio experience. It will most likely have the Boom box speaker coupled with the Quad dac, expandable storage, & a much improved OLED panel.

27. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

No mate 20 pro? Nani?

29. iReligion

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Question for the LG fans. What bundle do you want to see? Watch, or Headphones? I ditched my Galaxy when the V10 came out and I have not regretted it one minute. If Samsung did Quad Dac and an amazing camera like LG I would consider it!

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