The much-hyped and anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup has been launched. Three smartphones, namely Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E are this year’s flagship smartphones from Samsung.
Offering new features that include HDR10+ display, up to five cameras on the body, these flagship phones do sure pack a punch.
At the event, Samsung announced a major upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S lineup with the launch of Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10E. While the flagship smartphones aren’t foldable in any way, they come pretty darn close. Like all Samsung flagships, the trio push the envelope in terms of smartphone technology. Only this time around, Samsung has categorized the experience in three distinct smartphones.
As expected, top of the line is of course the Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone with a larger screen, a bigger battery and five cameras on the body . The Samsung Galaxy S10 sits in the middle with a single front camera, smaller display and a smaller battery. Then there’s the new Samsung Galaxy S10E, aimed at taking on the iPhone XR with toned down specs, making it more affordable.
Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with HDR10+ on the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10
Let’s first talk about the new display feature on the S10+ and S10. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone stretches edge to edge and even folds along the edges. On the top right corner is the dual camera module integrated inside the panel, the rest being all screen. When compared to last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S9+, it looks the same size, but has more screen. The screens size is a good 6.4-inch and due to the presence of two punch-hole cameras, there is a term coined for the same, called Infinity o-display. The Korean manufacturer claims to have used a proprietary laser cutter to install the camera components in the screen.
Samsung claims that the display is the “most color accurate display ever on a mobile device”. The smartphone supports 16M colors at 100% coloe volume and is HDR10+ certified, this being the first smartphone to get the certification. Samsung gas coined a term for this too, calling it “Dyanmic AMOLED”.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ is also the first smartphone to implement the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which uses ultrasonic sound waves to scan a fingerprint, thereby not requiring the added force. Together with this it is also protected with machine-learning based anti-spoofing algorithms to protect fingerprint spoofs, both in 2D and 3D. Another great help is that the ultrasonic nature helps one unlock the phone in any condition. Added advantage is that it is also faster than the optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Cameras everywhere, powered by AI
With the Galaxy S9 lineup a year ago, Samsung had introduced dual aperture. This year though, the company has rejigged the rear cameras by adding an ultra-wide sensor. Both the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 smartphones have this with the following specs:
12MP standard wide and telephoto cameras and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The ultra-wide sensor has fixed focus with f/2.2 aperture while the wide-angle sensor has the same f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual aperture as the Galaxy S9. The 12MP telephoto lens has PDAF and OIS with a f/2.4 aperture lens.
When it comes to the front, the Galaxy S10+ has two camera while the S10 hosts just one. The S10+ comes with a 10MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture along with a 8MP fixed-focus wide-angle selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture, whereas the S10 has just a 8MP ultra-wide selfie camera.
The S10 cameras are assisted by a “neural processing unit” which allows the camera to recognize 30 different scenes. This means that it changes the mode automatically thereby adjusting the final result based on the learning. A new feature too has been introduced called – Composition Assist, which suggests how to frame the scene you want to shoot, something similar to what was introduced on the Vivo NEX Dual Display phone.
All the cameras shoot in HDR10+, all thanks to the hardware-based tone mapping and has a Super Steady Video mode to shoot stable videos that use the ultrawide sensor to reduce the cropping. The front camera also shoots in UHD.
A mobile-version of the Adobe Premier Rush has been optimized for the Galaxy Smartphones, in accordance with the team from Adobe. The company also announced that the camera SDK is available for third-party developers to leverage the camera’s capabilities, thereby opening the platform for all to work upon. The camera has a dedicated Instagram mode which lets one shoot Instagram stories and apply stickers, etc. right within the camera app.
7nm Exynos 9820 SoC under the hood with up to 12GB RAM and 1TB storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is powered by a 7nm Exynos 9820 SoC with 8GB or 12GB RAM and up to an extraordinary 1TB onboard storage. The S10 too is powered by the same processor, but with 8GB of RAM and has upto 512GB of storage. In addition to this, both of them support microSD card, too for increased storage.
The new processor helps in better performance and this is evident from the fact that there is a 29% increase in CPU performance and 37% bump in graphics processing. This will help gamers to play powerful mobile games on the flagship phones.
Both the smartphones can also wirelessly charge compatible devices, which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare technology and works with most Qi standard devices.
The role of AI is predominant in the both the smartphone’s performance. The S10’s AI optimizes the CPU, RAM and event the device temperature on the basis of how one uses the phone. With usage it gets better, as claimed by Samsung. Then there is Intelligent Wi-Fi that seamlessly switches between Wi-Fi and LTE and also notifies when the Wi-Fi connection is unsecured. WiFi-6 support is standard on the flagship phone.
In terms of battery, the S10+ has a larger 4100mAH battery, while the S10 packs in a 3400mAH powerhouse. Both the smartphones support wireless charging, which is 36% faster than the previous year’s S9.
Galaxy S10E: The Budget Galaxy Flagship
Abiding by the competition, Samsung has also launched a more affordable Galaxy S10E. In comparison with it’s two elder siblings, it has a smaller footprint with a 5.8-inch flat AMOLED display, but with a dynamic AMOLED branding, that indicates it is HDR10+ certified. Then there is the FullHD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The S10E supports a dual-camera setup which consist of a wide-angle 12MP sensor with 77-degree FoV and another ultra-wide 16MP fixed focus sensor with 123-degree FoV. On the front is a 10MP selfie shooter integrated into the display on the top right corner.
The in-display fingerprint sensor is missing on the S10E and just houses a side-mounted one. Coming to the hardware, it has the same Samsung Exynos 9820 for the global markets and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the US. The smartphone has 6GB and 8GB RAM variants together with 128GB or 256GB onboard storage with an added option to expand it.
The S10E also supports wireless charging and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. All this is helped to function by a 3100mAH battery. There are a plethora of colors to choose from – Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink.
Availability and price
Samsung announced that the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10E will be up for pre-order starting February 21 and will start shipping in the US on March 8th.
The unlocked version of the Galaxy S10 will start from $899 (approx. Rs 63,900) while the Galaxy S10+ starts from $999 (approx. Rs 71,000). The Galaxy S10E starts from $749.99 (approx. Rs 53,300).
The availability and prices for India will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more updates on this.