As is the case every year, MWC 2019 was again the platform where top smartphone brands showcased the very best of what they had to offer. Sony has had a rough ride these past few years, but perhaps the refreshed Xperia 1 could help the brand make its mark yet again. Nokia has also made great strides especially in the camera department with its Nokia 9 PureView. Samsung, on the other hand, held its official S10 series unveiling a few days before MWC. This is where we got our first look at the Galaxy S10e.
Let’s take a look at how these three phones stack up when pitted against each other.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Price in India
The Nokia 9 PureView comes with a starting price of USD 699 which roughly equates to INR 50,000. The Galaxy S10e starts off at USD 749 which roughly amounts to INR 53,000. The Sony Xperia 1 is the most expensive phone in this comparison as it is said to be priced at £849 (about INR 80,000).
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Design, Build
All three phones in today’s comparison possess flagship-grade build and design. All of them come with glass-clad front and rear panels that sandwich a metallic frame. They also get Gorilla Glass 5 and 6 protection, along with IP67 or IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
The Nokia 9 PureView is the only phone here to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Xperia 1 opts for a side mounted sensor, while the S10e makes use of one embedded within its power button on its side. While none of these phones sport a conventional notch design, a punch-hole camera cutout can be found on the S10e’s display.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Display
The Nokia 9 PureView comes with a 5.99-inch P-OLED screen with a QHD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S10e takes it a step further by offering the same resolution on its 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED, but with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a noticeably higher screen to body ratio. The Xperia 1 is in a league of its own with its 21:9 CinemaWide 4K OLED screen.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Software, Performance
The Sony smartphone comes powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Indian variants of the S10e will ship with an equally powerful Exynos 9820 SoCs. Sadly, HMD Global took its time getting the Nokia 9 PureView ready for the market, causing the phone to end up with a Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Camera
It is difficult to pick out a clear leader among these three with regards to their imaging prowess as each has its own unique implementation. The Nokia 9 PureView comes with five 12MP rear cameras, two of which are RGB sensors while the other 3 are monochrome. There is a so a TOF camera accompanying this setup. A 20MP sensors at the front handle selfies. None of these sensors offer OIS.
The Xperia 1, meanwhile, makes use of three 12MP rear sensors. One of these is a standard sensor, the other offers 2X zoom capabilities, and the third allows ultrawide angle imaging. The first two sensors are capable of 5-axis OIS. Selfies on this handset are handled by an 8MP camera.
Then we have the Galaxy S10e with dual rear camera setup comprised of a 12MP primary shooter with OIS and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The front of the phone houses a 10MP sensor. This is the first phone to offer dual-pixel autofocus on the front camera.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Battery Life
All three phones here charge over USB Type-C with fast charge support and are capable of wireless charging. The S10e comes with a 3100mAh cell, the 9 PureView gets a 3320mAh battery, and the Xperia 1 boasts a 3330mAh battery. The most notable difference here is with the S10e that can also reverse wireless charge other supported devices.
Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10e vs Sony Xperia 1: Verdict
With what we can see above, all three smartphones offer widely different set of specialized functionalities. If you desire a balanced handset with all-round flagship performance that doesn’t go overboard with its pricing, then the Galaxy S10e is the one for you. If you are feeling a bit adventurous with regards to imaging capabilities, then the Nokia 9 PureView might tickle your fancy. For movie buffs looking for the ultimate handheld viewing experience, the Sony Xperia 1 is the phone to look out for.