Galaxy S10 Review: A Big Change From Samsung

A few hours ago, Samsung officially introduced its Galaxy S10, which is designed to be a conversation changer. The Galaxy S10 is the 10th-anniversary smartphone for Samsung’s storied S series. It has changed with an impressive Infinity-O screen, a triple-lens main camera, allowing users to take ultra-wide photos. In this post, we’ll take a deeper look at this new Samsung Galaxy flagship. From then, you can decide whether to upgrade your phone or not.

Galaxy S10: Display

According to Samsung brand manager, Paul Guzek, “Samsung’s screens are so good and even our competitors are also using them”. It’s hard to disagree.

The new Galaxy S10 features a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display, which outperforms over anything Samsung is selling for its rivals. The phone comes curved edges with pixels, spilling over the sides, higher brightness for better outdoor visibility, and especially HDR10+ support for superior color.

With the new Infinity-O display, it stands out for better. Samsung has not followed the notch cut-out trend, instead, the Galaxy S10 has a cut hole in the top-right corner to embed the selfie camera, which is similar to the Honor View 20.

You should not let the bigger 6.1-inch screen scare you off. Its dimensions are continuously 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm (its weight is 157g), and it’s a little taller and wider than the predecessor, Galaxy S9 with a 5.8-inch screen, noticeably thinner and lighter. There is a marginal increase in height and width since the new Galaxy S10’s screen-to-body ratio is 93.1%, higher than 83.6% of the Galaxy S9’s.

Bezel still outlines the top and bottom of the front, while it is not big. The top speaker still noticeable even when it’s small. There is a minus point that is the bottom bezel is much larger than the top one, which can be more distracting than the punch-hole.

Galaxy S10: Design

You will feel familiar with the design of Samsung Galaxy S10, though Samsung has made notable enhancements. There is still an old classic here.

Sandwiching between the smooth glass is a thinner aluminum frame, with the back featuring different colors such as Pink, Black, Blue, White, Canary Yellow, and Green. Samsung Galaxy S10 colors are up to region. The US market will get all, except for yellow and green.

On the back, you will see small camera bumps, housing the triple-lens camera array, but there is no signs of the invisible reverse wireless charging module put below this. The back of the phone still comes with a clean look in a world of the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and camera bumps.

It’s not difficult to activate Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare feature. You can easily enable it through the quick settings notification bar. However, Samsung noted in the launch event that PowerShare would not work when the phone battery is lower than 30%.

Unlike the optical sensors that can be seen on the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Galaxy S10 is equipped an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Samsung already uses Qualcomm-backed tech, which was claimed to be much better and more secure by scanning your print in the form of 3D.

A great classic that hasn’t changed from the first S phone is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung is one of the few phone manufacturers that still keeps the standard headphone jack in 2019 smartphones, even when the company introduced the wireless Galaxy Buds.

Galaxy S10: Camera

Samsung always wants its users to take the best photos, so the new Galaxy S10 is equipped a triple-lens rear camera with a 12MP main lens, a 12MP optical-zooming telephoto lens, and a new 16MP ultra-wide lens.

Compared to the class-leading Pixel 3, the 123-degree field of view on the Galaxy S10 is wider, which serves well for getting everything just in a shot. However, it can also result in the unnatural look. The 16MP ultra-wide camera is lack of OIS over the other two lenses.

On the front, you will get a 10MP camera with dual auto-focuses. If you choose to upgrade to the S10 Plus, it comes with an additional 8MP camera for improving depth when taking portrait photos.

Samsung’s camera AI on the Galaxy S10 can now distinguish the difference between a cat and dog to fine tune things. There is also a new feature, called Shot Suggestions, which makes use of the processor engine to properly level up frame subjects better.

The Galaxy S10 is already upgraded that can record in HDR10+ and especially offer Digital Video Stabilization (DVS), which can help all of Ultra HD video to be as smooth as an action cam.

Galaxy S10: Specifications and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 receives stunning under-the-hood upgrades, with the latest high-end Snapdragon or Exynos chipsets, depending on the country you are living. It should be extremely fast like a monster.

The Galaxy S10 packs with 8GB of RAM – a countable upgrade over the 4GB of RAM on the last-year Galaxy S9, along with 128GB or 512GB of internal storage. The 64GB version is no longer available, and interestingly, Samsung still supports a micro SD card slot to extend memory.

The phone is power by a 3,400mAh battery, a slight upgrade over the 3,000mAh capacity of its predecessor. Since the screen is bigger, officially, Samsung still claims all-day battery use in a single charge if it’s not a bit more.

The next upgrade is the next-generation Wi-Fi 6, supporting seamless transition between Wi-Fi routers. It’s four times faster than 802.11ax, delivering up to 20% speed boost. However,  you should replace your current router to take advantage of this feature the best.

What you cannot get on the Galaxy S10 is the exclusive vapor chamber cooling system, which is only available on the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 9. So, if you’re a gamer, you should upgrade to the larger phone to get more features, not just the bigger screen.

Galaxy S10: release date and price

The release date of Samsung Galaxy S10 will be on Friday, March 8, which is one week earlier over the last year Galaxy S9. Its official announcement was on February 20, with the pre-orders available in some countries. In the US, pre-orders of the Galaxy S10 is starting from today, February 21.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will cost $899 (£799 / AU$1,349), which means you have to spending an additional $180 / £60 on this new phone over the Galaxy S9 launch price.

If you like the Galaxy S10, but you feel the price is high, there are two options for you. First, you can think about the cheaper Galaxy S10E, which only costs  $749( £669 / AU$1,199 ), or suck up the price, with a new 6.1-inch screen and 128GB ROM. You might not know that Apple is charging $100 (£200 / AU$430) more for an iPhone XS with 64GB of storage.

If you order the Galaxy S10 in advance of March 8, you can even get bonuses in your countries. For example, in the US, Samsung is offering free wireless Galaxy Buds, costing $149 / AU$249 if you pre-order the Galaxy S10/Galaxy S10 Plus.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy S10 is an10th anniversary phone of Samsung’s storied S series. The phone flaunts a display with more pixels across less body, a triple-lens rear camera, which allows taking ultra-wide photos, a bigger battery capacity surrounded by monster specs.

You might like the above features, while your friends only like the new Wireless PowerShare perk. Aside from that, the Galaxy S10 also marks something different. It is disrupting the sameness of smartphones currently on the market, making it become a worthy upgrade. But its price might give you the second thoughts. That’s where the Galaxy S10E is a great replacement.

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