SAMSUNG S10, S10e and S10+
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Samsung announced its 2019 flagship device about three days ago which are the S10, S10+, S10e and S10 5G which are all new generation smartphones when it comes to design, performance, camera, and intelligence.
The design is nothing new to us since Huawei and its sub-brand stole the show of being the first smartphone to feature such screen design, ditching the notch for a whole new kind of screen which is generally referred to as the PUNCH HOLE display but Samsung calls it the INFINITY-O display.
The S10 series features some similar features and they have their differences as well which is majorly based on their price.
SAMSUNG S10 SERIES DESIGN
The first thing you’ll notice about the design is the shape, not looking like what Samsung fans are used to with the Galaxy S series but rather looking like the Note 8 & 9 with a triangular shape and rear camera placement. The design is pretty nice with the new screen adopted to give more screen, the S10e is made in five different prismatic colors, S10 in four different colors and S10+ is made in six different eye-catching colors.
The front and back are covered using a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 except for the S10e which features the Gorilla Glass 5, and the S10+ has a ceramic back cover version which is pretty much stronger than the glass version and it only available for Galaxy S10+ with 8GB RAM.
Another design adopted is the Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which was first seen on Vivo NEX in 2018, then Huawei Mate 20 Pro and others. Now it has come to one of the biggest player flagship, the Galaxy S10, and S10+. Samsung moved the fingerprint ID sensor from the back to the front beneath the screen, using ultrasonic pulses to detects users fingerprint, while the S10e still has the physical fingerprint sensor located at the side of the device just like what we have on the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 edition.
SAMSUNG S10 SERIES DISPLAY
Let’s take it one at a time, starting with the lowest among them which is the S10e. The S10e features an Infinity-O display with full HD+ 5.8 inch AMOLED screen which is pretty cool but users are not getting the 3D curved screen on S10e just the all-screen display, meanwhile, S10 features a 6.1″ inch Quad HD+ AMOLED Infinity-O display and finally, the S10+ which is the Gorilla amongst them features a 6.4″ inch QHD+ dynamic AMOLED display and both the S10 and S10+ features the 3D curved screen and the default resolution is FHD+ which can be changed to QHD+ in settings.
The display of the S10 series is first of its kind in the galaxy series with dynamic AMOLED display screen which is HDR10+ certified delivering stunning colors than previous Galaxy smartphones with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1.
The hole is located at the right side of the display which houses the front camera, with S10e and S10 having just a single hole punch housing just a single camera, while the S10+ has two hole punch with a dual front camera.
SAMSUNG S10 SERIES CAMERA
The camera is what the Galaxy S series is best known for. The S10e is equipped with just two dual rear cameras being the little guy, a 12MP with f/1.5 wide-angle aperture + a secondary 16MP ultra-wide camera lens with f/2.2 aperture, while the S10 and S10+ has three rear camera setup; 12MP wide-angle camera + an ultra-wide 16MP lens with up to 123° field of view just like the S10e and lastly, a 12MP telephoto lens with 45° field of view which is missing on the S10e.
The devices are capable of recording 4K video in HDR10+, and how is the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera better than the Samsung Galaxy S9? Users get an improved bokeh effect for portrait shot, a better night shot mode, a wider f-number which allows more light into the image sensor than the usual f/1.7 aperture, improved scene optimizer which is AI oriented with the ability to recognize 30 popular objects, and lastly the camera software has also been improved to ensure effortless transition from a lens to another when users zoom in and out.
On the front is a single camera by the right-side found inside the hole-punch for S10 and S10e. A 10MP dual pixel camera lens with f/1.9 wide-angle aperture which can also record 4K UHD video, while the S10+ features a double camera; 10MP just like the S10 and S10e + 8MP RGB depth camera for portraits.
SAMSUNG S10 SERIES PERFORMANCE
This area is always the number two after Camera that we often check out when getting a smartphone and Samsung still lives up to its name when it comes to performance. The Galaxy S10 series is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core processor with a clocked speed of 2.7GHz or 2.8GHz, the processor is designed based on 8nm & 7nm process technology making it more efficient, simple and robust.
The RAM ranges from 6GB to 12GB, while we have 128GB to 1TB primary internal storage which is more than enough for a smartphone. The huge RAM really helps in the efficiency of the devices operations and daily task alongside the ROM, from switching between apps to launching heavy apps especially game apps.
And talking about gaming on the S10 series, the device is protected from overheating with a hardware technology called the vapor chamber cooling system and heat-pipe cooling system. The Vapor chamber cooling system is only featured on the S10+ while the S10e and S10 have the heat-pipe cooling system which was first seen on the world’s first HOLE PUNCH device “Honor View 20“. Both systems are AI-based just like I explained in Honor view 20 reviews, its functions are to cool the system, make sure gaming is smooth, not becoming sluggish, ensure longer battery life.
S10e house a 3,100mAh battery capacity, 3,400mAh for S10 and 4,100mAh for the S10+ and according to Samsung, they can take users through a day on a single full charge. They all support a fast charging, a wireless charging technology as well as reverse wireless charging like what we have on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro i.e any of the S10 devices can charge the iPhone X and other smartphones that support wireless charging by just placing the device at the back of the S10.
Samsung says the Galaxy S10 line will be one of the first to ship with Wi-Fi 6 which is pretty faster than its predecessor and it is compatible with other Wi-fi gear. Users also get the BT v5.0, GPS/GLONASS navigation system for worldwide location services.
Will the Galaxy S10 series be more secure? Well yes, Samsung’s Knox software which is built into the hardware will protect the devices from the very minute it switched on. it has multi-layered security, it defends users sensitive information from malware and malicious attacks according to Samsung.
The phone that’s not afraid of water Samsung calls it, pretty headline. The S10 series can withstand water and dust, Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ are equipped with an IP68 rating which is the highest mobile device standard water and dust resistance for the time being.
It nice seeing Samsung keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack, users get the USB-C, stereo speakers are awesome on the S10 family + it supports Dolby Atmos sound and are tuned by AKG, users also get a microSD slot which is pretty cool (512GB and it uses SIM slot 2). Intelligence is not left out; Bixby 2 is introduced alongside Android 9 Pie which is modified with Samsung’s new One UI which is designed to primarily reduce the complexity of the user interface.
SAMSUNG S10 SERIES PRICE
The Samsung S10e which I thought will be the budget among the device is priced at $749 which is approx 270k+ in Nigeria making it a high-end device not close to budget, while the S10 will cost a bit higher at $899 which is up to 325k+ in Naira and the big guy “S10+” will be sold for $999 which is up to 360k when converted to Naira.
I mentioned four devices above but only discussed 3, well the fourth is the Galaxy S10 5G which has not been announced yet but will be coming soon. It features a 6.7 inch AMOLED display, four rear cameras (TOF), dual front camera, 5G network mode and other cool specs you can think of.