At an extravagant event in San Francisco, Samsung finally took the wraps off its latest Galaxy S10 series smartphones. For the past couple of years, Samsung has been launching a standard variant and a ‘Plus’ variant in the flagship S range but this time, the company went with three new phones in the series.
Though Samsung’s foldable phone Galaxy Fold, also made its debut, let’s talk about the S series for now. It includes the standard Galaxy S10, its elder sibling Galaxy S10 Plus and the cheaper variant Galaxy S10e.
If you missed the Galaxy Unpacked event live stream, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. You’ll find all the information about the newly launched Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus below.
Luxurious Design and Amazing Display
The S10 trio was undoubtedly the most anticipated flagship of the year and the phone made quite a mark with its impressive specs and innovative additions.
For the display, both the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus house the new dynamic AMOLED panel for more accurate colors. The devices come with the punch hole display we earlier saw on the Galaxy A8s. Samsung calls it the Infinity-O display which gives the S10 a high screen to body ratio of 88.3% while the Plus variant packs an even higher 87.5% screen-to-body ratio.
No matter how fancy you name the punch-hole, it’s still a hole in the screen and looks really awkwardly placed. Like it or not, the hole is there to stay during all the movies and videos you watch on your phone and has a tendency to prove quite irritating.
With a quad HD+ resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio, the S10 carries a 6.1-inch while the S10 Plus packs a bigger curved display that can do wonders, being the world’s first to sport the HDR 10+ technology. Both the devices come with an in-display ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor that is aimed to provide “vault-like security”, as Samsung claims.
Being the flagship phones, both the devices carry all kinds of luxurious elements from the design perspective. The phones come with a glass body that sandwiches an Aluminum frame. Both the front and the back of the phones are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and also pack IP68 certification, proving to be dust and waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins). The two phones will be available in four colors Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue.
Upgraded Chipset and AI
There is a lot going on under the hood in Galaxy S10 series. The hardware is actually what sets the phones apart from their rivals in so many ways. Both the devices share the same processor for power, an Exynos 9820 chipset for the global version and the Snapdragon 855 for the USA version. The regular S10 uses a heat-pipe cooling system while the S10 Plus comes with a Vapor Chamber cooling system, however, it’s not something new as we have earlier seen the Supercool Vapor chamber in the Huawei Mate 20 X too so let’s see how it performs better there.
Also, the Exynos 9820 is a chip built on an 8nm process while Apple’s A12 Bionic and the Huawei’s Kirin 980 both are manufactured on a 7nm process.
The lightning-fast chipset is backed by a whopping 8GB RAM and presents two memory options of 128GB and 512GB in both the phones. If you need more memory even after that, the support for microSD card up to 512GB also comes in both phones. The S10+, however, will come with a special ceramic finish variant having 12GB RAM and 1TB storage that will arrive later in black/white color options.
Firstly introduced by Huawei as the NPU, Samsung has finally introduced an AI engine in the Galaxy S10 series almost two years after Huawei did it. The company claims that the AI algorithms will keep track of your usage habits and will adapt accordingly. Resultantly, the device will consume lesser battery as more time passes and will direct its resources as per your usage.
Ultra Wide Angle Camera
The camera is probably the most interesting thing about the Galaxy S10 series. Samsung has made quite some stunning improvements in the photography compartment. Both the devices pack a triple camera setup with a 12MP sensor with f1.5/f2.4 dual aperture and dual-pixel autofocus. The other two cameras are a 16MP f2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 12MP f2.4 telephoto lens with dual optical image stabilization.
The 12MP sensor is 77 degrees wide while the 16MP one is an ultra wide angle lens which is capable of 123 degrees wide shot, widest on any smartphone. However, being wide is not as important. What’s important is the quality of the lens which is determined as it captures the light without distortion and image curvature around the edges.
Thanks to the same AI algorithms, the camera in the S10 series can recognize 30 scenes. For the selfie lovers, it packs a 10MP lens with f1.9 aperture and dual pixel autofocus. Samsung has introduced something called the “steady shot video recording” which the company claims, will be helpful in recording amazingly steady videos just like an action cam.
Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a 3400mAH battery while the bigger S10 Plus carries a 4100mAh battery. Both the phones come with 15W fast charging support and have a USB type C connectivity. Besides this, they also sport the fast Wireless charging 2.0 which also has a 15W capacity.
Though we don’t want to start a rant, it’s 2019 flagship and we expected so much more in terms of battery. How good is a dead phone anyway? Looking at the whopping 40W charging in the Mate 20 Pro, the 15W in S10 series looks minuscule. Even the newly launched midrange, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE packs an 18W charging.
Another great feature is the Wireless power share, through which you can charge other devices wirelessly by just placing them on your Galaxy smartphone. Again, this has been earlier seen in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and sadly Samsung did not better it. With just a 3400mAh battery in the S10, one cannot expect to charge other devices, or else it will leave the device with no juice.
Thankfully Samsung has still kept the headphone jack in the Galaxy S10. Additionally comes with Dolby Atmos and AKG sound so you can expect the best quality sound from it.
Besides that, the Galaxy S10 and S10Plus arrive with fast WiFi ax and LTE Cat.20. Though it may not be a prominent upgrade, the newest flagship series from Samsung is also WiFi 6 enabled which mean it will give you much faster speeds in the day to day usage.
It will also enable the device to switch automatically and choose the fastest between a WiFi and an LTE connection but the switch will take much less time and will be much efficient.
Price and Availability
Pre-booking for the S10 range starts from 21st February and those who pre-book get the newly launched Galaxy Buds free. Price for the Samsung S10 is US$ $899.99 onwards, US $999.99 onwards for Galaxy S10+
Pre-orders start from 21st February 2019 and the phones will be available from 8th March. The three smartphones are confirmed to launch in India in March 2019 while the launch in Pakistan is not yet confirmed.