Samsung Galaxy S10: Official Introduction

Here is the new Samsung Galaxy S10, While the decision to integrate their front cameras directly into the screen is polarizing, the move allows Samsung to further reduce bezel size and fit even larger panels:

  • Galaxy S10 – 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED+, 19:9 aspect ratio, Wide Quad HD+ (1440 x 3040 pixels), Gorilla Glass 5
  • Galaxy S10 Plus – 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED+, 19:9 aspect ratio, Wide Quad HD+ (1440 x 3040 pixels), Gorilla Glass 5

Yes, these are notable increases from the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus and they bring a step up from their native resolution (1440 x 2960 pixels). But the big talking point are the cut-outs for the cameras. Samsung claims the new displays give the phones body-to-aspect ratios of over 93%, but this ignores the cameras themselves which lower the Galaxy S10 to 88.3% and the Galaxy S10 Plus to 87.5% – still high, but not class leading.






The Design

Look beyond their displays, and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus look very familiar, but there’s one crucial improvement:

  • Galaxy S10 – 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31-inch), 157 g (5.54 oz)
  • Galaxy S10 Plus – 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31-inch), 175 g / 198 g (ceramic) (6.17 oz)
  • Galaxy S9 – 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33-inch), 163g (5.75 oz)
  • Galaxy S9 Plus – 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33-inch), 189g (6.67 oz)

Despite their larger screens, additional cameras (more next) and bigger batteries (ditto), somehow Samsung has managed to make both phones thinner and lighter than their predecessors. This is a really impressive achievement as this range has been steadily gaining weight for a decade (the original Galaxy S was just 119g).


 

The Camera

There’s good and bad news with the Galaxy S10 range’s cameras. Firstly the good news: there are more cameras than ever before:

  • Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus Rear: 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; 12MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, 16MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • Galaxy S10 Front: 10MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Galaxy S10 Plus Front: as above plus 8MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), depth sensor





Battery Life

After three years of stagnation, Samsung has finally given its new Galaxies a boost in battery capacity, and it’s significant:

  • Galaxy S10 – 3400 mAh
  • Galaxy S10 Plus – 4100 mAh

These upgrades make the Galaxy S10 battery almost as big as the Galaxy S9 Plus (3500 mAh), while the Galaxy S10 Plus sports the largest battery Samsung has ever put into a flagship smartphone (600 mAh more than the Galaxy S9 Plus, 100 mAh more than the Galaxy Note 9). The company is promising 24-hour battery life, and these phones might just deliver it.

In addition, both Galaxy S10 models retain fast wired and wireless charging. Unfortunately, the speeds are unchanged from last year (18W wired, 15W wireless) when the aforementioned 5G version of the Galaxy S10 will move to 25W wired charging. With rivals (notably OnePlus) offering faster charge times, it’s a shame not to see Samsung bring support for 25W to the whole range.


 

Storage and Price

 

There had to be a downside to all these upgrades and we are at it: price.

  • Galaxy S10 – $899 / R 12 592,97 (128GB / 8GB RAM), $999 / R 13 993,74  (512GB / 8GB RAM)
  • Galaxy S10 Plus – $999 / R 13 993,74 (128GB / 8GB RAM), $1,099 / R 15 394,52  (512GB / 8GB RAM), $1,199 / R 16 792,05  (1TB / 12GB RAM)

On the surface, these are substantial increases on the Galaxy S9 ($720) / R 10 083,64  and Galaxy S9 Plus ($840) / R 11 764,45 though it must be said those phones started at 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM. Whether the trade-off is worth it will depend on your usage (some buyers prefer low internal storage which they bolster via microSD), but it’s a much bigger outlay up front this year.




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