The latest generation Samsung Galaxy S10 is here! The new flagship smartphone family marks a 10-year milestone of innovation for the world’s number one smartphone maker. Without a doubt, it’s an important product in Samsung’s portfolio. The bar is high, but can the Galaxy S10 live up to expectations?
I’ve had a chance to touch and feel the Galaxy S10 during the media preview session held two days before Galaxy Unpacked and at the global launch itself. Here are 10 things to look forward to.
Samsung makes the best display. Period, even if it’s not on a Samsung device (hint: Apple). And the Galaxy S10 has the best display yet. It’s the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED and HDR10+ certified display delivering the best contrast, dynamic range, wide colour gamut and most accurate colours. Even display expert Display Mate thinks so. “Visually indistinguishable from perfect,” they said about the Galaxy Note9 display, and yet, the Galaxy S10 is even better!
The new display pushes up to 1,200 nits of brightness, even brighter than previous generations.
It’s also TUV Rheinland-certified for its ability to reduce blue light filter without adding a filter.
With Samsung’s first ever Infinity-O screen, you get maximised screen estate without compromise (yes, a notch is a compromise). With some clever engineering, the front camera (two on the Galaxy S10+) is embedded beneath the screen through a “punch-hole.” Definitely a more space-saving, more elegant solution, with the camera tucked neatly at the top right of the screen.
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ integrates the first-ever embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner that’s supposedly more superior compared to optical-based ones found on rival phones like vivo NEX and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
It uses 3D contours of a physical thumbprint and not a 2D image, so it’s more secure against spoofing.
The Galaxy S series has always had kick-ass if not ground-breaking cameras and the Galaxy S10 looks to continue this tradition. The latest gen S now comes with a triple camera system that also features an ultra-wide lens (123-degree FOV). It’s the field of view of the human eye and can capture more in a shot.
That aside, the camera system now offers Super Steady digital image stabilisation in addition to dual OIS.
In the software side of things, Samsung continues to put focus on NPU-enhanced smart features, including the uprated Scene Optimizer and new Shot Suggestion tool.
An industry first, the Galaxy S10 now features a 10MP selfie camera that can shoot UHD 4K videos.
With the powerful and intelligent 7nm octa-core Exynos 9820 (8nm Snapdragon 855 in some markets like the US) with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X and a whopping 1TB of storage (up to 1.5TB with microSD), the Galaxy S10’s performance is what you’d expect – amazing. It has more memory than many PCs!
The Galaxy S10+ has the biggest battery on any Galaxy S device, ever – a 4,100mAh unit that supports fast-charging both wired and wirelessly. The Galaxy S10 integrates a 3,400mAh cell while the smallest Galaxy S10e packs a 3,100mAh. Expect good returns on usage, especially on the Galaxy S10+.
The new Galaxy gains a new trick – reverse wireless charging dubbed Wireless PowerShare. Simply turn the option on in Quick Settings and lay the phone face down on a flat surface. Place the device or accessories like Galaxy Buds to charge. Samsung’s not the first in this department, but it’s a handy feature to have.
With powerful hardware underneath, the Galaxy S10 is perfect for games. Gamers of all levels will appreciate the incredible Dynamic AMOLED display, powerful graphics performance and battery life, as well as enhanced gaming performance optimisation, a vapour chamber cooling system and Dolby Atmos audio. It is also the first ever mobile device optimised for the Unity platform.
The Galaxy S10 boasts the fastest wireless connectivity with support for gigabit LTE (Cat.20) for theoretical 2Gbps downlink and 1.2Gbps uplink performance.
The new series boasts next-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) which delivers 4X faster access in crowded areas, like the airport.
Let’s not forget the Galaxy S10 5G that’s built for connectivity of the future.
Read the announcement post for more details.