Samsung Galaxy S10: Should I buy the glass or ceramic version?

Samsung Galaxy S10+ in ceramic
Samsung Galaxy S10+ in ceramic (Image credit: Android Central)

Best answer: If you plan on buying the Galaxy S10+, you have the option of getting it in a stunning ceramic finish. It comes at a premium on top of the already hefty initial price tag, but it's also the only way to get the phone with 512GB or 1TB of internal storage.

Make your choice: Samsung Galaxy S10+ (From $850 at Samsung)

Ceramic is only available for the Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung has a ton of different colors available for its Galaxy S10 series, but if you want the ceramic finish, you'll need to pick up the larger and more expensive Galaxy S10+.

At launch, you can choose between Ceramic White and Ceramic Black. Both swap out the glass back in favor of a more premium and durable ceramic one, but aside from that and more internal storage, it's the same exact phone.

It's the only way to get more internal storage

If you buy a Galaxy S10+ with a glass back, the only storage configuration you can get is the base 128GB one. If you want to upgrade to 512GB or a monstrous 1TB, those are only available with a ceramic back.

The glass model will be fine for most people

That's all fine and dandy, but here's the thing — the regular glass back on the S10+ is really, really nice. Plus, in addition to white and black colorways, you can also get it in gorgeous blue, green and pink options.

The 128GB of built-in storage should be enough for most people, but if not, you can easily add more using a microSD card.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.