I can still remember the time when companies like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and others were launching so many different phones all the time that it felt like a Herculean task to keep up with each and every one of them. And that was just in the United States. It got worse when you looked internationally -- especially if you were (or still are!) a fan of importing some handsets. But those times have come and gone, so when a company like Samsung takes an afternoon to announce not one, or two, or even three, but five new smartphones it somehow doesn't feel overwhelming.
It helps, at least a little bit, that three of the new phones are just variants of one another, maybe.
In case you missed it, Samsung announced the new Galaxy S10 lineup today. The most affordable option starts at $749.99 (a direct competitor to the iPhone XR, of course) and that would be the Galaxy S10e. Next is the standard Galaxy S10, which bumps up the screen size and specs/features, and starts at $899. And then we have the Galaxy S10+, which, again, bumps up the screen size and specs/features, and has a price tag that starts at $999.
That would seem like enough, right? Several devices with varying display sizes, features, and price tags. But that's not all! We've got the Galaxy S10 5G, which has the biggest display of the bunch but shares plenty of other features from the other handsets. It also has 5G, which is a solid selling point.
Now, I need to point out that Samsung also announced the Galaxy Fold, a $1,980 foldable smartphone that launches in April. We'll talk about that in a future write-up. For now, I just want to keep the focus on the devices that are priced in such a way that they might actually fly off the shelves next month.
There is quite a bit to like about the Galaxy S10 lineup, with prices that don't seem outrageous and specs the are worthwhile. The Galaxy S10e trims some of the features back so it can host a smaller price tag, but it doesn't seem egregious by any means. Exactly like the iPhone XR. And the Galaxy S10/S10+ both seem like worthwhile handsets for what they bring to the table.
So, options! Which is a good thing! And that's what I'm curious about after the dust has settled. Now that the Galaxy S10 lineup is officially official, which one of these devices is going to be your nex daily driver? And, most importantly, what about the new handset swayed you? Price? Features? Are you waiting for the 5G model? Let me know!