Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL: which one would you get? (results)

Galaxy S10 vs iPhone XS Plus vs LG V40 vs Pixel 3 XL: which one would you get? (results)
With more than 40% of our 2808 respondents intending to vote with their wallets for the upcoming Galaxy S10, Samsung better bring it soon, and with an enticing design/hardware/Android overlay combo at that.

Which flagship would you save for?

Samsung Galaxy S10
Apple iPhone XS Plus
LG V40 ThinQ
Google Pixel 3 XL

The 10th anniversary of the flagship Galaxy S line is expected to see no less than three S10 models announced, big and smaller, curved and flatter, with or without in-display finger scanners, to suit every taste, and most of our respondents seem to believe that Samsung can deliver a wow-ing trio.

Glass bodies, wireless charging, water-tight certification, those will be the common design themes between the S10 and its expected competitors like the iPhone XS Plus, LG V40, or Pixel 3 XL. The best of US vs the best of Korea, and you seem to side with Korea, as the iPhone and Google's handsets don't even push 30% combined. Given the expected specs and prices below, we can't blame anyone's preliminary desires for those results.

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.



1. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

S 10. I can't wait.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

S10 without a doubt

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The demand for the iPhone and pixel is fairly close. Earlier models of these, one was a best seller and other was a headline maker. Now they're close in interest points, has pixel found some fresh interest from non pixel owners this year maybe, maybe?


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No chance. The Pixel 3 XL looks terrible this year.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The audience of this pool is smartphones enthusiasts, don't compare it with real world demand.. Average Joe will still pick iPhoneXS especially if he stuck in Apple's walled garden.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yeah that makes sense. I'd like to see Google knock one out of the park but it's not in this year's phone either.

11. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah i agree, people dont like change.

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Need to test each device first, then decide. But generally speaking, paying same buck for last gen SoC makes little sense. Perhaps google should design their own SoC like apple/samsung does or make pixels cheaper in order to come ahead of competition.

7. hcrvelin

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Samsung will need to offer quite a bit as by the time they are out, all 3 will already hit discount phase of some 100 to 150$. This will have appeal too. Just bundling it with fancy chargers, VRs or watch gear might not do the trick for everyone. I personally would like to see Pixel phone which is good (as second gen had its own issues) simply as it is closest to unmodified Android. I wonder also what kind of response Huawei might have as recently they had rather nice models too.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Samsung will have enough cards in hands to ask for a premium: first SD855 device, better design and maybe even in display fingerprint scanner.

14. hcrvelin

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Design is kind of subjective thing so that is hard to quantify. I do tend to go that much on design, but of course all high end models are expected to deliver also top designs (which ofc depends on what is inside). In display fingerprint scanner - I'm not sure what to make of it. It is not something I personally need. I remember my first phone experience with fingerprint scanner was on A5 I believe 2016 model which actually worked fine for me, but 2017 model ruined it (simply didn't have the same feeling). With S8+ I wanted to use retina scanner, but it was rather slow until Android 8 update came, but by that time I was already used to pin in. I do not know how this design on in-display scanner will work - like will there be designed area of glass where scanner will scan or whole screen can be used (pros: nice for one hand operations with larger displays; cons: most likely more processing power needed), but it is first generation thing and something I do not find I need right now so it won't turn my head. Last one is of course processor (and I would argue also amount of memory to support to new AR stuff). This might be decision point for number of users who might really need it (eg. mentioned AR HW instructions for example or similar), but still it would be limited number of users when looking at general buyer population. I still believe most users have set of needs which most likely can be addressed by higher mid-range phone while rest is nice to have. From there you have those who are vendor advocates, those who want more or less pure Android, those who wish more of this and that, but those all becomes smaller spinoffs of much larger group that potentially can buy these phones. So price matters. Speaking of devil, in local shop in Amsterdam today, I saw that S9 sells 20 euros cheaper than S8 LOL. It makes kind of sense, they provide 100 euros cacheback which will be covered by note9 preorders anyway and will make sure they cut off any new s8 support sooner. With other players coming earlier and unless there are multiplething to stand out, such cut might needed to be rather deep or something revolutionary would need to be offered. Some folks might be put off by the lack of G5 support and simply skip buying new phones in 1H of 2019 where new versions of phones will arrive by end of 2H of 2019. Think about it, if I buy high-end phone without G5 support in April 2019, I might feel sorry soon after or within 1 year. Android phones loose value quite a lot after 1 year. From that point, buying something cheaper and closer to high-end makes more sense (especially since last studies show that ppl tend to exchange phones now more after 3 years than 2 so new potential buyers might be influenced by G5 delivery on different markets, but time wise Samsung is less favorable position here than other 3 when it comes to release dates and eventual influence of such things). We'll see... whatever it is, we end-users should profit hopefully.

10. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm waiting for the V40 but I honestly don't want to wait until the latter part of October to get it if indeed gets announced next week. LG needs to figure out a better way. The Pixel 3 could change my mind before the phone is even available.

12. painnpanic

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Why would you compare a next years phone to this years phones. Not really fair. Maybe the answer would be what phone would you pick in 2018 (not 2018 and 2019). Your talking about a phone that comes out 6 months compared to phones that come out in a month or two.

13. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

True! I guess if the V40 is 1 1/2 years proof, I wouldn't mind it! But it would have to come packed with features needed!!! -SD845 -4,000mAh Battery -Quick Charge 4.0 -At least 6GB of Ram -Minimum of 128GB of Storage -5G capable (even if network isn't ready) -Greater than 110 ┬░FOV Wide angle camera in addition to main shooter -Front 8MP wide angle selfie shooter -Keep Quad DAC -Keep Headphone Jack -1,000 nits of brightness regardless of OLED or LCD -BoomBox Speakers upgraded to Stereo Speakers (they sound great on the G7) -Keep IP68 Certification -Eliminate or reduce notch size Everything else doesn't matter as much.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless