There’s always been a lot in common between the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy devices. With the Galaxy S10 line, announced by the company in San Francisco today, that connection is cemented in an oddly intimate fashion.
At a recent briefing about Samsung’s new phones, I slid the glossy back of my iPhone XS against the Galaxy S10+; it began sucking power from this new Android device. I realized we’d entered mostly uncharted territory here, where rival phones could share something fundamental: the actual energy surging through their batteries.
In the near-decade since the first Samsung Galaxy S line first appeared, Samsung and Apple have traded shots in a constant game of one-upmanship. When Samsung offered an “Infinity Display” with the Galaxy S8, Apple responded with a nearly edge-to-edge, notched OLED screen on the iPhone X. This back-and-forth has resulted in convergence, with each company delivering gleaming glass and metal slabs that threaten to become indistinguishable from one another.
With its new collection of four Galaxy S10 devices — the 6.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S10, 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10e, and the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G — Samsung has managed to distinguish itself while also demonstrating how smartphones have cohered around some similar ideas. Read more