Simultaneously in San Francisco and London today, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 series has been made official. With all of the leaks, the phone’s design is hardly a surprise. But what else do you get?
We have grown accustomed to seeing two flagship Galaxy smartphones every year. But with the S10 series, Samsung will have three variants. Namely, these are the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+. The phones share a similar punch-hole style Infinity-O display, design language and a few specifications but are aimed at different markets.
In the 5.8-inch form factor, the Galaxy S10e is a budget-flagship offering. It comes with a 19:9 Dynamic AMOLED Full HD+ flat-screen display. This is different from the curved 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch 19:9 HDR10+ Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ displays on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ respectively. To complete the multimedia experience, all three Galaxy variants come with dual-stereo speakers, VDE-certification and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Gorilla Glass 6 protects the front and back of both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ whereas on the Galaxy S10e, it is only on the back with the front coming with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Although, all three phones come with identical IP68 water and dust resistance. As far as the internals go, the trio of phones come with the same processor. Either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 octa-core variant clocked at 2.8GHz with the Adreno 640 GPU or Samsung’s Exynos 9820 octa-core one clocked at 2.7GHz and the Mali G-72 MP12 GPU. For us in the UAE, we will be getting the Exynos variants of all the phones running Samsung’s One UI atop Android 9.0 Pie.
A major step up across each of the three phones is in cameras. The base Galaxy S10e sees a dual-camera 12 and 16MP setup. With the 12MP lens, you also get a variable f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture, dual-pixel auto-focus and optical image stabilization (OIS) to improve video recording using Samsung’s Super Steady Video feature up to Ultra HD resolution. Its accompanying 16MP is an ultra-wide lens for you to capture more detail in a photo. Over on the front of the phone is an upgraded 10MP f/1.9 selfie sensor capable of Ultra HD video capturing.
The Galaxy S10 builds on this configuration with an extra 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. This allows for 2x optical zoom and is another lens supporting OIS. The front selfie camera though remains the same. And with the Galaxy S10+, the primary camera configuration is identical to the Galaxy S10’s triple-camera setup. But in this case, the front punch-hole style notch is bigger for dual-selfie cameras. Alongside the 10MP camera, you get an additional 8MP camera which acts as a depth sensor to enhance front-facing portrait.
Artificial intelligence is also a core focus of the Galaxy S10 cameras. By using a neural processing unit (NPU), you can capture professional grade photographs. Samsung’s proprietary Scene Optimizer is also more accurate and can process more scenes. Samsung has also partnered with Instagram to improve your social media experience with a dedicated mode. With this, you will be able to use the Galaxy S10 camera’s features directly from apps such as Snapchat too.
What about bio metric authentication?
If you haven’t noticed already, there is no visible fingerprint scanners on any of the Galaxy phones. This is because the Galaxy S10e comes with a side-mounted scanner, a first for Samsung’s Galaxy series. As for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, they feature the world’s first ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under their displays.
By using this technology, the scanner uses a unique wave pattern to analyse your fingerprint. All of this happens in a blink of an eye. The scanner works in wet and bright conditions too. And with machine learning, security remains the highest priority with the scanner harder to fool with synthetic fingerprints.
Like your personal computer
With our ever growing reliance for smartphones, internal processing power has increased. But not just in terms of clock speed of the CPU but also with memory and storage. For the base Galaxy S10e, you are looking at up to 256GB of storage and 8GB RAM. Progressively for the Galaxy S10, you will get up to 512GB storage and 8GB RAM. And to top it off with the Galaxy S10+, a whopping 1TB storage and 12GB RAM. Of course, the phones also come with additional micro-SD card support up to 512GB.
Samsung’s DeX is also a great companion for working on a large screen. Like the Galaxy Note9, you do not need an external dock for this to work but just a USB-C to HDMI cable. With the bigger display and desktop like experience, users will be able to boost productivity on the go.
Now, remember when I said there were three Galaxy phones? Well, there’s actually a fourth. The Galaxy S10 5G comes with enhanced connectivity features to take advantage of 5G networks and hyperfast speeds. But alongside this comes a bigger 6.7-inch Dynamic Quad HD+ AMOLED display and a quadruple primary camera setup. The additional camera sensor is a 3D depth sensor on the back. Aside from this, the Galaxy S10 5G comes with a 4,500mAh battery capable of super fast charging and fast wireless charging. While the processor remains the same, you will have to forego micro-SD expansion for 256GB of on-board storage and 8GB RAM.
More power to you?
Battery technology seems to have also seen an upgrade with the Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy S10e will sport a 3,100mAh battery while the Galaxy S10 will come with a 3,400mAh one. The Galaxy S10+ being the largest of the three will naturally come with the largest 4,100mAh battery.
All three variants support fast battery charging at 15W both wired and wirelessly. But a more unique feature is 9W wireless reverse charging or in Samsung’s words, Wireless PowerShare. We saw this first debut with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro series and now, all three Samsung phones will come with it too to charge other Qi wireless charging enabled phones or accessories.
Pricing and availability
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series are up for pre-order starting February 21.
The phone comes in white, black, blue and pink color variants whereas the Galaxy S10+ also comes in premium ceramic black and white finishes. Samsung’s Galaxy S10e will retail starting at Dh2,699, the Galaxy S10 at Dh3,199 while the Galaxy S10+ will be available for Dh3,599 and going all the way up to Dh5,799 for the 1TB and 12GB RAM ceramic version. In store, the phones will be available starting March 8.