Samsung unveiled three new Galaxy S10 series models at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday – the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. Samsung’s most current flagship offerings are packed to the gills with features in the hope of providing sales at the top-end of the market a boost after the underwhelming showing by the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. The headline function on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ is maybe the in-display “ultrasonic” finger print scanner, while all 3 new phones include “hole-punch” selfie video cameras at the top-right.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+.
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature style language that we’ve come to relate to Samsung’s premium devices. Despite some brand-new components, the phones will look familiar to anybody who has used Samsung’s recent devices, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We are huge fans of Samsung’s flagship offerings, and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ follow in their steps.
In spite of packaging bigger batteries, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are actually lighter than their predecessors. At 7.8 mm, they are marginally thinner also. You get more color options than in the past, and the more expensive Galaxy S10+ gets a couple of ceramic surfaces as well.
S10+ pack 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED displays with HDR10+ assistance, with the very same curved edge surface that we saw in their predecessors. In reality the “Infinity-O Display” is more edge-to-edge than before as the bezels at the top have been minimized by moving the selfie camera to a “hole” at the top-right of the display.
The Galaxy S10+ packs double front cameras, so this cutout is certainly more obvious than on the other 2 mobile phones. On the home screen and in most apps, the cutout is part of the status bar at the top so it’s not likely to get in your way.
We also watched videos completely screen mode on the Galaxy S10+ and the cutout didn’t really trouble us, though your mileage might vary. We didn’t truly have the opportunity to play any games on the phone so we don’t understand if the cutout would impact gameplay by concealing some UI components, or if there’s a choice to mask the cutout entirely with a black bar.
At 1200 nits, the display screen must be excellent to use outdoors even on the brightest of days, however it’s not something we got to check throughout our time with the mobile phones.
Like we mentioned previously, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ pack in-display fingerprint scanners, a first for Samsung, however something we’ve seen in other phones like the OnePlus 6T, and even spending plan offerings like the Oppo K1, among others. Though Samsung says the “ultrasonic” innovation it is using makes the authentication procedure more safe, from an everyday point of view, the experience of utilizing them will be pretty comparable to what we’ve seen with other in-display fingerprint scanners.
Throughout all devices that we’ve examined, we’ve found in-display fingerprint scanners to be slower and typically not as reputable as ones embedded in physical buttons. Our limited time with the Galaxy S10+ presented a comparable experience, though we will book our judgement till we’ve had an opportunity to use the phone on a daily basis as part of our review process.
The phones with variation 1.1 of Samsung One UI, which is based on Android 9. The general appearance is quite comparable to what we’ve seen with One UI upgrade that delivered for previous Samsung flagships.
All 3 phones are powered by the Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC (Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in select markets). The Galaxy S10 packs 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, while the Galaxy S10+ will have an extra variant with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of built-in storage. The Galaxy S10e will be offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM options, with storage peaking at 256GB. The earphone jack resides on, and, like before, there’s a microSD card slot too.
Samsung Galaxy S10e.
Apart from being the most affordable phone in the Galaxy S10 lineup, the Galaxy S10e is perhaps the most intriguing one too. In the time that we invested with the gadget we were advised of the iPhone XR, and not just because of the bright yellow-colored choice that’s special to this phone.
Much like the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S10e lacks a few of the features found in more expensive duo, though in areas like the display, it seems like less of a compromise when compared to Apple’s offering. While the iPhone XR sits in between its 2 more expensive brethren when it pertains to display size, Samsung is positioning the Galaxy 10e as a gadget that offers a “premium experience in a compact size”.
If you are not a fan of how flagship and undoubtedly all phones have gradually approached in size, you will value the Galaxy S10e. We certainly discovered it to be the simplest gadget to handle throughout the time we spent with the trio and we believe that will be the case with the majority of people too.
The Galaxy S10e does not have the telephoto cam discovered on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, so you still get a dual-camera setup consisting of the ultra-wide electronic camera that Samsung is heavily promoting as one of the highlight functions of the Galaxy S10 lineup. It also foregoes the in-display fingerprint scanner for one that’s embedded on the power button on the side of the phone.
Another function that Samsung invested some time speaking about at the occasion is reverse wireless charging or as Samsung is calling it, the Wireless PowerShare experience. Also seen in the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro 69,990, this essentially turns your phone into a wireless battery charger, letting you charge other Qi-compatible gadgets like the new Galaxy Watch Active, the Galaxy Buds, and even other mobile phones by keeping them on the back of the gadget.
We evaluated this function out and discovered that it worked as advertised, though clearly you will need to line up the “sweet areas” of the 2 devices ideal beside each other, which is a limitation of present wireless charging technology and not something particular to the Galaxy S10 gadgets. This function is available in all 3 phones.
We didn’t get a possibility to evaluate out the cams of the brand-new phones at the hands-on location, however as we’ve pointed out previously, they load plenty of improvements in the video camera department, and the camera alone might be a prospective factor to upgrade from older gadgets, if Samsung has the ability to deliver on all of its promises.