Samsung announced four new Galaxy S phones at its Unpacked Event marking the tenth anniversary of its flagship Galaxy line of devices. The Galaxy S10e, S10, S10, S10, and S10 5G are chock-full of features, redefining to a small degree what a premiere device should be.
After recycling its design last year in the S9, Samsung thankfully updated the Galaxy S10 line's appearance for 2019 – even if just a smidge. All four phones are still made of metal and glass, but they have somewhat new shape for the metal frame and glass panels. Samsung also revised the color selection a bit so more people can find the right match. Most importantly, Samsung updated all the internals to offer the best experience possible
Here is Android Authority's Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy S10 comes in four sizes
Samsung developed four versions. The S10 and S10 Plus are the main variants and mirrors of what we've seen in the past. The only differences between the two are the size, weight, screen size, and battery capacity. Just like before, the S10 Plus also has an extra camera when compared to the S10
The S10e is not a slouch
This year's S10e is a slightly smaller and slightly more affordable model. It is compact compared to the S10, drops the curved glass front for flat glass, and adjusts the battery size and memory. However, the S10e is no slouch. It has the same back cameras, the same processor, and the same high-speed wireless capabilities as the larger to S10 variants
Then there's the S10 5G. We did not really get to use it, but this device is the biggest of the bunch. It has a larger screen (6.7 inches) than even the S10 Plus, and packs and a larger battery (4,500mAh) to handle the power needs of the 5G radio. Where the S10e, S10, and S10 Plus will reach store shelves in mere weeks, the S10 5G will not start until well into the second quarter. It will reach Verizon first, with AT & T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to follow later. ” width=”840″ height=”500″ srcset=”https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-840×500.jpg 840w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-300×178.jpg 300w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-768×457.jpg 768w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-16×10.jpg 16w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-32×19.jpg 32w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-28×17.jpg 28w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-56×33.jpg 56w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-64×38.jpg 64w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-1000×595.jpg 1000w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-1200×714.jpg 1200w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S10-5G-7-of-7-336×200.jpg 336w” sizes=”(max-width: 840px) 100vw, 840px”/>
The screen is the S10 series
The punch-hole display is less aggravating than a notch
Yes, there is a black dot in the top-right corner of the screen, but I found it far less aggravating than the Google Pixel 3 XL has.
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] The S10e and S10 have a circular punch hole, while the S10 Plus has an oval one for the two front-facing cameras. The oval design is slightly more noticeable than the cutout on the others. The rest of the sensors – like the proximity sensor, which turns the display off when you hold the phone to your ear – are buried behind the screen
Samsung's OLEDs have always had slightly over-saturated colors. That holds true with these latest phones, though the contrast has been improved by leaps and bounds. Blacks look incredibly black. Samsung has plenty of ways to tweak the display settings so people can dial in their preferences, such as eye-strain reduction, blue light filters, color profiles, and more. Sharpness is superb on all the phones – even the smaller Full HD + screen on the S10e. The Quad HD + screens of the S10 and S10 Plus look amazing. Cocky as ever, Samsung said it expects its displays to be rated the best in the world
] The S10, S10 Plus, and S10 5G have an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the glass. It measures the 3D contours of your finger across the glass to identify the owner and unlock the device. Samsung has shown us how easy it is to use and how fast it can unlock the phones. The reader has no impact on the appearance of the screen, though Samsung admits some third-party screen protectors may not be compatible with the ultrasonic fingerprint reader. The fingerprint is stored locally in the secure Knox module of the phone. The screens measure 5.8, 6.1, 6.4, and 6.7 inches, respectively, have a powerful facial recognition feature that uses the front-facing camera.
I'm glad Samsung stuck with a 19: 9 aspect ratio. It's not as extreme as 21: 9, which we're starting to see on other flagship devices.
These are excellent screens, and will probably be lauded by the industry
Mettle and sass
The Galaxy S8 and S9 series enjoyed precision-cut metal frames and finely sculpted glass. The S10 blunts these elements a bit. The aluminum frame is thicker, and the glass is slightly less curved along the side edges. Samsung did not provide a reason for this design change. In fact, Samsung did not really talk about design at all
Unfortunately, the changes make the S10 look a bit more generic than its predecessors. The S10 is instantly likable, but also kind of forgettable. It's hard to make modern slabs stand on their own, and Samsung has gone as far as it can without turning the Galaxy S into a niche product. The most obvious feature is the hole in the display. However, the smoother shape is more comfortable. I found the phones more manageable to hold and use. Size will be relative to each person, but even the large S10 Plus did not feel overly big. It's great, yeah, but I've seen bigger. The Gorilla Glass 6 surfaces are slippers, but the quality makes up for it. There's no questioning the strength of the frame.
Headphones jacks are (still) with a 3.5mm audio jack and USB-C ports ) included.
All three phones feature a volume toggle and dedicated Bixby button on the left edge. The buttons are located a bit far up, making them harder to find in a hurry. The buttons offer excellent response. The S10 and S10 Plus each have a power / screen button on the right edge. It's also a bit higher than we'd like. The phones come with USB-C ports, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and trays for expandable memory
The S10e is the blandest of the bunch. Save for select aspects like the hole punch camera, it looks and feels very much like an iPhone Xs. The most obvious design departure from its larger siblings is the fingerprint reader. The S10e trades the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader for a standard capacitive fingerprint reader on the right edge of the phone. The reader acts as the S10e's power button. While the S10e is smaller than its siblings, it is not that much smaller, and it still looks like a Galaxy phone
The camera module on all S10 phones is raised bit on the rear glass. It's a wide window. In addition to the camera, the module also accommodates a heart rate monitor, which you can press with your finger for reading.
Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on, the Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on, has been able to deliver a premium quality hardware that everyone will want. Point, Point, Point and Shoot
You want cameras? The Galaxy S10 has cameras – lots of cameras. The S10e, S10, and S10 Plus have slightly different camera arrangements. Here are the details
Following Huawei and LG, Samsung has finally adopted the triple-rear camera configuration for the S10 and S10 Plus. Each has an ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lens on the back which allows the user to select the best level of zoom for the shot they want. The ultra-wide is a 16MP camera at F / 2.2 with fixed focus; the wide is a dual-pixel 12MP camera at F / 1.5 and F / 2.4 with autofocus; and the telephoto is a 12MP OIS camera at F / 2.4. Users will not have to worry about selecting different lenses as they shoot pictures.
The phones can record 4K video at HDR10 + .
The camera app looked clean and smooth. Samsung seems to have cut back on some of the clutter. The advanced tools are all there, just hiding in the menus and settings. The most important modes, such as portrait and night mode, are right under your fingertips. The night mode is similar to Google Pixel 3, taking a number of exposures and merging them for a brighter, cleaner final image. The samples they showed us were impressive, but we will reserve judgment for ourselves after taking the phone for a spin
The phones can record 4K video at HDR10 +. That's the best possible resolution and color gamut available right now from a phone. The user-facing camera can also record 4K. Few phones do that. These are powers we can not wait to test
Samsung spent surprisingly little time talking about One UI. In the time we spent with the phones, we did not see any performance problems, but we will know more once we complete our full Samsung Galaxy S10 review.
Pricing and availability
Samsung's S line has typically gone its sale in March and this year is no different, except for the previously mentioned Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus will be open for pre-order Feb. 21 and should come in stores March 8.
Pricing for the Galaxy S10e starts at $ 749. Samsung is pitching the S10e as a more affordable entry point to the Galaxy S series, but do not call it a budget phone.
Pricing for the Galaxy S10 starts at $ 899 and the price for the Galaxy S10 Plus starts at $ 999. We also do not have any details on the S10 5G's price tag yet
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