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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: the anti-iPhone

Every year for the past decade, Samsung has released a steady beat of new Galaxy S phones. The early Galaxy S phones were good, but not great, and were such close copies of the iPhone that Apple sued Samsung over them and won.

It took Samsung a few years to hit its stride with high-end hardware, and the last few Galaxy S phones have been considerably better, if a bit predictable. This year’s Galaxy S10 family is no different: these are high-end phones with cutting edge technology and sleek designs.

What Samsung has gained over the past 10 years is an identity. The Galaxy S10 is distinctly Samsung — it’s not a copy of the iPhone or any other device you can buy. In fact, it almost feels like the opposite of the iPhone: if you’ve been frustrated with Apple’s recent devices for lacking headphone jacks, adding notches, or removing fingerprint scanners, Samsung is here for you with a headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner, and a notchless screen design (that has some other compromises). It feels a bit like the S10 is the anti-iPhone.

That isn’t to say there aren’t similarities between Apple’s flagship and Samsung’s. For one thing, both are expensive: the Galaxy S10 starts at $899.99, while the S10 Plus that I’ve been testing for the past week starts at $999.99. You can even option an S10 Plus out to a staggering $1,600 — that’s nearly three times the starting cost of the popular OnePlus 6T.

The other thing that the S10 shares with the iPhone is a lack of a compelling differentiator from its previous iterations. Sure, the screen is bigger and there are some incremental advancements in performance and battery life, but an S10 is not going to change much for you if you have a Galaxy S8 or S9.

That said, the S10 is one of the best phones you can buy right now, and the best Galaxy S phone Samsung has ever made. It’s just going to cost you.

Like last year’s Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S8, the S10’s hardware is very nice, which you’d expect from a device this expensive. The best way to describe it is refined: plenty of phones have curved screens, glass backs, and metal frames, but few feel this nice to hold or well put together. Samsung is now on Apple’s level when it comes to fit, finish, and feel, and well ahead of Google, OnePlus, and other Android device makers.

On the top-tier S10 and S10 Plus, the front and rear glass curve into the metal frame, which makes the phones easier to hold, even though they have very large screens. The curved screen has been a Samsung trademark for a few years, and while some might not like it, I don’t have any issues with it.

Curved screen or not, the S10 Plus is a big phone, and not one I can comfortably use one-handed. If I were to buy it, I’d probably put a case and a PopSocket on it to make it easier to manage. For those who want a smaller phone, there’s the standard S10, which is still fairly big, and then the new, smaller S10E, which we’ll cover in a separate review.

The S10 Plus’ refinements extend to things like its vibration motor, which is much nicer feeling than many other Android phones. It’s not quite as good as Apple’s class-leading Taptic Engine, but it’s not buzzy and irritating, either. It provides nice feedback for typing on the keyboard.

Unlike the iPhone, the Pixel, and many other phones, the S10 still has a headphone jack at the bottom, next to its USB-C charging port. There are also stereo speakers that are loud and full sounding for when you’re not wearing headphones.

There are also the Galaxy S mainstays: IP68 water resistance; fast wired and wireless charging (with a fast charging brick in the box); and microSD card support for expanding the phone’s storage. The base model S10 comes with 128GB of internal storage, which I think most people will be happy with. Both the iPhone or Pixel provide less storage in their base configurations and don’t give you the ability to expand it with a microSD card.

You can even use the S10 to wirelessly charge another device, like Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds headphones or Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, but I haven’t really found much use for this feature beyond showing it off.

The main annoyance with the S10’s hardware is the same as the last few Samsung phones: there’s a dedicated side button for the Bixby virtual assistant. Samsung is finally making it possible to program this button to launch other apps and shortcuts — but it’s blocking the ability to set the Google Assistant or other virtual assistants to this button, so you’ll still have to resort to a third-party app if you want to do that.

Aside from the hardware design, the main head turner with any Samsung phone is the display, and the S10 Plus’ does not disappoint in the least. It’s a 6.4-inch OLED panel with rich, vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. It gets extremely bright for use in direct sunlight, and has enough resolution that individual pixels are impossible to see with the naked eye. The screen stretches all the way to the top and bottom of the phone, with just the slimmest of bezels above and below it.

Samsung seems to have toned down its aggressive saturation, and the “Natural” mode, which is what I’ve been using, looks very nice and drops the eye-searing neon colors Samsung was known for. Samsung claims the S10’s display is the first on the market to feature HDR10+, which is supported by Amazon’s Prime Video and YouTube. (Apple’s flagship iPhones support the competing Dolby Vision standard, which the S10 does not. None of these really look like HDR on a TV.) Netflix doesn’t yet offer HDR on the S10 line, but it will likely be updated to support it shortly after the phone is available to buy.

I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that the S10’s screen is one of, if not the very best, screens on any phone available right now.

Perhaps more interesting than the screen itself is what’s embedded in it. Though the display stretches to the very top edge of the phone, the S10 doesn’t have a notch cutout for its front facing camera. Instead, Samsung is using an offset “hole punch” design, which allows the camera to poke through the screen on the right side. On the S10 Plus, this houses two cameras: the main camera and a secondary one for depth effects and portrait mode.

This design lets Samsung avoid the oft-criticized notch look, but it also means that the battery and network indicators are awkwardly pushed off-center to the left. A notch design has similar compromises, but it’s at least symmetrical: notifications and clock are on the left, battery and network indicators are on the right. The off-center look of the hole-punch design just looks worse to me.

You can choose to hide the front cameras entirely with a uniform black bar across the top, but that just makes the S10 Plus look like it has a giant “forehead” bezel. Depending on what app you’re using, that black bar might show up anyways — it’s there when I read articles in Pocket, regardless of my display settings.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The other new thing that’s embedded in the screen is the fingerprint scanner, which has been moved from the back of the phone. The S10’s scanner is ultrasonic, which is supposed to be more reliable and harder to spoof than the optical in-screen fingerprint scanners we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6T and other phones. It even works if your finger is wet.

But it’s not as fast or reliable as the traditional, capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back of the S9. The target area for the reader is rather small (though the lockscreen will show you a diagram of where to place your finger) and I had to be very deliberate with my finger placement to get it to work.

Even then, I often had to try more than once before the S10 would unlock. I’d just rather have a Face ID system that requires less work to use, or at the very least, an old-school fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. The S10 does have a face unlock feature, but it’s just using the camera to look for your face and compare it to a previous image — there’s no 3D mapping or anything. I was actually able to unlock the S10 with a video of my face played on another phone.

Samsung says it developed the ultrasonic scanner because feedback from customers said they wanted the fingerprint reader on the front of the phone, and this design allowed for more screen real estate than placing a capacitive sensor in a bezel below the screen. The S10 also lacks the iris scanning login option of older Galaxy models, which would have required more sensors than the new hole-punch screen design has room for. The company told me that it will continually adjust and optimize the face scanner’s performance leading up to the S10’s availability.

But here’s my feedback to Samsung: go copy Apple’s Face ID system. It’s far easier and more reliable to use than the S10’s nifty-looking but ultimately disappointing in-screen fingerprint scanner.

The S10’s camera system is similar to the S9 Plus’, but instead of just two cameras, it has three. There’s the standard wide camera (12 megapixel, f/1.5 optically stabilized lens), the now-familiar telephoto camera (12 megapixel, f/2.4 optically stabilized lens), and a brand new ultrawide camera (16 megapixel, f/2.2 lens) all mounted on the back of the phone. This system gives you a level of versatility you just can’t match with an iPhone or Pixel — you can go from super wide shots all the way to portrait close ups with just the press of a button on the screen. It’s like having a whole camera bag full of lenses built right into your phone.

The ultrawide camera is ideal for sweeping landscapes or cityscapes, and lets you capture significantly more in the frame. But it’s so wide that it distorts heavily at the edges — Samsung really needs to do more post-processing correction after the image is taken to lessen the distortion. Still, it can be very fun to shoot with and offers a perspective you just can’t get on many other phones.

Aside from the new lens, camera performance hasn’t changed much from prior Samsung phones. The S10’s camera is still very good, with fast focusing, fast launching, and generally great performance in most lighting situations. But it still has the familiar Samsung look: overexposed images and warm white balance. If you didn’t like the way pictures looked from the S9, you probably aren’t going to like the S10’s photos.

Warm white balance can be good for portraits, but Samsung’s tendency to overexpose images for brighter shots also makes skin tones look weird a lot of times. The S10 will also aggressively smooth skin to reduce noise, especially in low light shots.

The one area that Samsung hits a nice balance between the Pixel and the iPhone is with HDR: it’s not as moody as Google’s photos, but it doesn’t pull up the shadows in weird ways like the iPhone does. That’s partly because it doesn’t need to, since it’s already overexposing more than the iPhone would, but the HDR does look more natural than Apple’s as a result.

One weird quirk: the S10’s portrait mode uses the main camera instead of the telephoto, so portrait shots come out pretty wide. It’s like how the iPhone XR works, as opposed to the XS.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung has added new software tricks to the camera: the AI-powered scene detection mode now has 30 different scenarios it will recognize, and it has a feature that will help you compose your shots better, which is cool because it can help avoid crooked horizons in your photos. It does have a night mode, but unlike the Pixel, you can’t just turn it on whenever you want. You need to be in a really dark area — less than 1 lux — and be using the AI scene optimizer mode for it to trigger. And even if you do all that, it still doesn’t work as well as Google’s Night Sight.

Over on the video side, though, the S10 is way more impressive than the Pixel and even gives the iPhone a run for its money. You can shoot in up to 4K at 60 fps with the main camera, or 4K at 30 fps with the ultrawide or telephoto. There’s a new Super Steady stabilization feature that makes really smooth footage, but that will lock you to 1080p and the main camera when you turn it on. Finally, the stereo sound recorded by the S10 is really quite good, and better than I’ve heard from most other Android phones.

For the front camera, the new 10-megapixel sensor with autofocus produces very sharp images, and there’s a button to get a little bit wider of a shot if you’re shooting a group selfie. (Amusingly, this does not use the S10 Plus’ second front camera for a wider view, it’s just cropping in and out from the same image.) Thankfully, the beauty modes are all turned off by default, but the image does start to fall apart in low light. The portrait mode on the S10 Plus is also pretty decent, but not perfect, much like any other phone’s portrait mode. There are a couple of new effects that you’ll probably use once and then never touch again, just like Apple’s Portrait Lighting stuff.

For many years, Samsung phones had beautiful, capable hardware that was let down by lousy software. I’m happy to say that’s not the case with the S10. Its software isn’t perfect, and there is still room for improvement, but overall it looks nice, makes sense, and is mostly easy to use.

Samsung is calling this software One UI, and it’s running Android 9.0 Pie as its base. Most of the goal of One UI is to offer a cohesive look and feel makes it easier to use these big-screened phones. In that respect, Samsung has been successful: a lot of the important stuff you need to access is down at the bottom by your thumb.

Samsung also includes many of the Android 9 features Google debuted last year, such as the Digital Wellbeing service, adaptive brightness features, and the screen rotate button in the navigation bar.

But I’d still like to see more improvements. Samsung’s take on a gesture interface is so confusing I ended up using the default three button navbar instead. There are also still a bunch of duplicate Samsung and Google apps, like two email apps, two app stores, two browsers, two virtual assistants, and so on. I wish Samsung would just let me choose which ones to install on setup. Further, the S10 Plus I’ve been using is an unlocked model, so you can expect carriers to make this even worse with their own apps on top.

The nagging question with Samsung software is how long it will take to get updates. Google’s going to release Android Q sometime later this year, and you’ll probably have to wait another six months or so before it arrives on the S10, if last year’s schedule was anything to go by.

The S10 Plus is the first phone I’ve used with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 processor, and performance is surprisingly fast and smooth. Apps open without hesitation, scrolling is very smooth, and the S10 never feels like it’s getting bogged down or overwhelmed. It’s hard to quantify this, but the user interface feels more refined than a OnePlus 6T or other high-end Android phones.

Similarly, the S10 Plus’ battery life has been reliable enough that I just don’t have to think about it or worry that I’m going to run out of charge. I’ve been able to get two days between charges with light usage and had no trouble making it a full day with heavy usage. But it’s a big phone with a big battery, so this is the kind of stamina I expect at this point.

After 10 years of Galaxy phones, it’s easy to dismiss the S10 as just another smartphone that doesn’t really offer anything new or groundbreaking. That isn’t necessarily wrong; I don’t think there’s much of a reason for S9 or even S8 owners to run out and spend $1,000 on an S10. Samsung itself is going to release a wild folding phone in two months, and the S10 is just another slab smartphone like we’ve had for years.

But this is the 2019 flagship Android phone that more people will buy than any other, and it provides as strong an alternative to the iPhone as you can find. It really comes down to personal preference — are you so married to iOS and iMessage that you’ll never leave, or are you looking for something that has features you just can’t get on the iPhone? If you’re the latter, the S10 is here for you.

Likewise, if you’re debating between the S10 and a Pixel, the question is how important you think software updates and night photography are. If those things aren’t very high on your list, the S10 is better than the Pixel in virtually every other respect.

And finally, if you’re wondering whether or not the S10 Plus is worth nearly double the cost of a OnePlus 6T, your extra money will go toward a better display, better speakers, waterproofing, wireless charging, and a much better camera. That might be enough stuff to make it worth it, provided you care about all of that.

It’s clear that after a decade of Galaxy phones, Samsung knows what its customers want and what they expect. We’ve already seen glimpses of where the next 10 years will take us, but if you’re looking for the best Android phone available today, the S10 Plus is it.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10

Everything that's great about the Galaxy S10 Plus is set to get even better in the Note 10, even if you're not drawn to the Note's S Pen stylus, the digital pen that's the Galaxy Note's signature feature, from the S10 Plus' battery life and camera prowess, to the likelihood that the Note 10 will be compatible with 5G data networks. For example, the Note 10's rumored 4,300mAh battery could dominate the S10 Plus' already impressive 4,100mAh juice box. 

Samsung likes to build on its strengths, so the Galaxy Note 10 would also include the S10 Plus' fantastic screen clarity and features like wireless power sharing, which lets you charge other devices from the phone itself.

The Note 10 could also correct one of the S10 Plus' biggest missed opportunities, the lack of a night mode that sharpens, brightens and vastly improves photos taken in extreme low light. The Huawei's P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3 (and the cheaper Pixel 3A) are the S10 Plus' major competitors now. Low-light shots aren't a deal-breaker for me, especially when weighed against the Galaxy S10 Plus' other benefits, but being able to match those other night modes would make the S10 Plus the undisputed champion across the board.

The accuracy of the in-screen fingerprint reader is another opportunity for the Note 10 to beat the S10 Plus.

So what does the S10 Plus still have in its favor? It's sure to cost less than the Galaxy Note 10, a benefit if you're not sprinting to sign up for 5G (read about our global 5G speed tests here). And it's the only one of Samsung's four new Galaxy S10 phones to have a 1TB storage option and a ceramic finish for the 512GB and 1TB models. Do you really need all that storage? Is it worth the $250 price tag to pay for it, and for the ceramic finish? "Need" would be a stretch, but if you want it, it's nice to know it's there.

As it stands now, the S10 Plus is still an excellent device that I'd be happy to use every single day -- and I think you'd feel the same way, too.

Galaxy S10 Plus price: $1,000 now seems normal

At $1,000 for the 128GB model, $1,250 for 512GB and a cool $1,600 for the 1TB storage option (!), it's a costly device. (It starts at £1,099 in the UK and AU$1,499 in Australia.) Of course, when you look at the Galaxy Fold's $1,980 starting price and Huawei Mate X's $2,600 price tag, the S10 Plus seems almost reasonable as a phone you can buy today, without emptying out your bank account or waiting for 5G networks to kick in.

As for the standard Galaxy S10, it's not a great "deal," shaving off only $100 and losing a second front-facing camera, a little screen space and a little battery life. 

As for comparisons with other phones, I wouldn't upgrade from the Galaxy S9 Plus, but I would from any older Galaxy phone. The bottom line is that you have more general flexibility with camera shots on the S10 Plus than with the Pixel 3. Night mode is one exception, and both the Pixel 3 and Huawei's P30 Pro have dedicated night modes that easily outpace the Galaxy S10 Plus. If nighttime photography is a make-it-or-break-it feature for you, you may want to wait for next month's Galaxy 10 or October's (likely) Pixel 4. Or cross your fingers that Samsung might push out a meaningful software upgrade.

Lovely to look at, but a slippery devil

Samsung is partial to glossy finishes that reflect light in unusual ways. My review unit is the 128GB version in Prism White, and it definitely reflects iridescent shades of pale blue, mint and pink in the light. This color is nice and subtle. Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Green and Prism Blue are bolder -- there's Prism Black as well.

Right away I noticed that the S10 Plus has a tendency to slip out of hands and off surfaces, especially if they're not perfectly level. It's shot out from between my fingers numerous times, usually landing on my purse, a table or my lap. It also slid off my nightstand, a couch, a chair, but has emerged unscathed so far. I like to review phones the way they emerge from the box, but I'm going to want a case for this one.

Watch this: Get a look at the Note 10

Samsung got the placement of its fingerprint reader right -- it moves from the back of the phone to integrate with the screen. But, while convenient, accuracy is a problem, especially when it comes to using Samsung Pay or Google Pay for mobile transactions. I can't tell you how many times I've had to try my print three or even four times to get it to unlock the phone or verify a transaction. It's a bad experience that makes for sore thumbs, impatient people in line behind you, and daily aggravation. 

After hailing the potential of the in-screen fingerprint reader so long, the reality of the technology makes me long for the Galaxy S10E's fingerprint sensor in the power button, and that's too bad.

In-screen fingerprint scanner has problems

Samsung got the placement of its fingerprint reader right -- it moves from the back of the phone to integrate with the screen. But, while convenient, accuracy is a problem, especially when it comes to using Samsung Pay or Google Pay for mobile transactions. I can't tell you how many times I've had to try my print three or even four times to get it to unlock the phone or verify a transaction. It's a bad experience that makes for sore thumbs, impatient people in line behind you, and daily aggravation. 

After hailing the potential of the in-screen fingerprint reader so long, the reality of the technology makes me long for the Galaxy S10E's fingerprint sensor in the power button, and that's too bad.

You'll have the best luck when you deliberately place your thumb over the target, press down slightly on the screen and give it a solid second to unlock. You can't just skim the sensor. I also recommend scanning four fingers so you have backups. I used my right thumb twice, my left thumb once and my right index finger. 

This fingerprint scanner is a big deal because it's the first to use Qualcomm's ultrasonic technology. That means it's using sound waves to get a 3D image of your print. It's billed as much more secure than an optical sensor, which essentially takes a 2D photo of your finger. but that seems to apply more to natural films of gunk and goo. When I squeezed an oily (and delicious) churro between my fingers and then tried to unlock the phone, I mismatched 20 times straight. Turns out, there is a limit. 

Watch this: Why the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint reader matters

One other note: There's no more iris scanning, which had been a signature feature since the Galaxy S7. That's an odd move for Samsung, which is typically a fan of More Features. You will still have Android's built-in face unlock, but I don't recommend using it because it isn't secure enough for mobile payments. You can use it if you'd like something fast and convenient, but I'll stick with security.

The real question is where's Samsung's version of Apple's Face ID? It's now trailing the iPhone in this feature by two years, which is something Samsung really, really hates to do. Now, without iris scanning, the brand has no facial recognition feature it can point to that's secure enough for mobile payments (the Face Unlock option built into Android is not). Rumor has it that Android Q, the next version of Google's software, will fold a secure Face Unlock into the code, but we haven't seen that in the Android Q betas yet.

Brilliant display, but, O, that 'notch'

The Galaxy S10 Plus has an Infinity-O "notch" that's really a hole cut in the display to make room for two cameras. Its oval shape attracts more attention than the single lens of the Galaxy S10 and S10E, but I'm not really a stickler about notches anyway. 

More to the point is the feeling of having a large screen with slim bezels. Most of the time, it sort of blends into the background, not calling too much attention to itself. But when the screen is brightly lit, like with a white background, the asymmetry of a pill-shape cut-out becomes more noticeable. I wonder if the Infinity-U display, like the one Samsung put on the midrange Galaxy A50 and A30, would look better, though it'd also look more like an eyebrow-style notch than this. The solution to the all-screen dilemma may be out there yet.

The screen itself is gorgeous, with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and 3,040x1,440-pixel resolution. Outdoor readability is fantastic. When I wake up in the middle of the night and read the phone to fall back asleep, the screen is actually too bright, even with the brightness turned low and the blue-light filter on. Heck, it's even too bright using Android's Wind Down mode that shifts colors to grayscale.

Finally, remapping the Bixby button is real

After two years of complaints, Samsung has listened to fans and released some software to let you remap the Bixby button to open another app. 

The capability has always existed -- even Galaxy S Active phones of a few years back let you set your convenience key -- but Samsung was reticent. Better you should learn to love Bixby, it reasoned. That's why it's nice to see Samsung do the right thing here.

Android Pie and One UI

There are two words to describe the One UI design: big and bubbly. Icons are large, flat circles that take a while to get used to since many of the designs have changed, from the color of the Gallery icon to the shape of the Galaxy Notes app. 

I mean it: these icons are huge. Using them on the home screen made me feel like a kid. I immediately switched to a smaller icon size (therefore, a larger app grid on the home screen) to fit in more of my go-to apps without digging through folders or swiping extra screens. 

Even though I like my screen icons smaller, seeing the larger icons in the app drawer was fine -- they are easier targets to hit. I also liked that some larger app menus and "cards" are easier to read without craning your neck or squinting. This is especially noticeable in Bixby Home, which you access by swiping to the left of the home screen. 

Bixby Routines: I'm not a huge Bixby fan and I only call it up by accident, but Bixby Routines could change my mind. I was impressed with the IFTTT-like flexibility to set up routines, and the presets are easy enough for novices to get their feet wet. 

For example, I set up a morning routine that starts at 6 a.m. and turns on the Always-On display (yes, you can turn it off), surfaces specific lock screen shortcuts and turns off the blue-light filter I'll turn on for a bedtime routine.

I've been testing the Galaxy S10 Plus while also using it to cover the MWC conference in Spain, so I haven't had a set routine to really dig into how well this works. That's difficult when bedtimes and wake-up alarms are erratic, and when you can't set a real "home" to use as a baseline test. I'll be able to take a deeper dive once I'm settled back in San Francisco.

Gesture navigation: Navigation buttons are turned on by default, but you can unlock even more screen space by turning on gesture navigation in the quick settings menu. Turn it on and the bottom of the display expands, leaving you with three horizontal dashes in place of the buttons. To navigate, you lightly flick up to use them (they "bounce" back down). It's not a difficult adjustment, and it's always nice to have alternatives.

Kids Home: There's a new a mode in the notifications setting called Kids Home, which opens a parent-protected profile/walled garden for kids to take photos and download apps. Young kids, that is. Older ones would roll their eyes and scoff, then find out the password and change all your language settings.

Wireless PowerShare really works

I love this feature, which will charge any other Qi-enabled device when you place it on the Galaxy S10's back. Samsung isn't the first to implement this, but it's a real asset, especially for topping up accessories, or giving your friend's phone a boost. Wireless charging isn't as fast or efficient as wired charging, but this does allow you to leave more cables at home, especially for short jaunts. I can see a scenario where you charge your phone overnight and charge up a second device on top of it.

Your phone will automatically turn it off when your phone hits 30 percent. Since battery life is so good, that should be plenty to get you through the rest of your day. Note that Wireless PowerShare won't work if you have under 30 percent battery life remaining.

I've already used this naturally twice. The night I got the S10 Plus, I needed to use the new wireless power-sharing feature when I noticed that my Galaxy S9 Plus was down to 7 percent and going to die while I was still setting up the new phone. I was at dinner, with my cables in my hotel room, and hey, this is exactly what the feature's meant for. So I turned it on and flipped it over and watched my battery climb back up to a barely healthy 13 percent. 

Since the phones were back to back, with the Galaxy S9 Plus facing up, I could still tap and type away, as long as I was careful not to shift its position on the Galaxy S10 Plus' back. I'm happy with this one.

The second time, my CNET en Español colleague Juan Garzón innocently asked how much battery life I had left, then asked if he could get a top-up. My battery drained from 57 percent to 30 percent, but he got from the low double digits back up to 30 percent, and both our phones still had hours of life to go. 

Three rear cameras are pretty great

Testing a camera is a massive undertaking in itself, and Samsung has added a lot of elements. There are three cameras on the S10 Plus' back (12-megapixel, 12-megapixel telephoto, 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle) and two on the front (10- and 8-megapixel, respectively). 

Photo quality is very good overall, but I have some complaints about low-light mode in a section below. We'll have plenty of deep dive camera shootouts and comparisons in the coming days, but here's my general assessment for now.

Let's start with this handy chart to compare the cameras on the S10 Plus to the other S10 phones.

Galaxy S10 camera specs

Samsung Galaxy S10ESamsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusGalaxy S10 5G
12-megapixel wide-angle lens (dual-aperture)YesYesYesYes
16-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens (fixed focus)YesYesYesYes
12-megapixel telephoto lensNoYesYesYes
10-megapixel front-facing camera (dual-aperture)YesYesYesYes
8-megapixel front-facing cameraNoNoYesNo
3D depth-sensing camera (rear)NoNoNoYes
3D depth-sensing camera (front)NoNoNoYes

Three cameras, three views: You can take a photo using any of the three lenses just by tapping the on-screen icon. I mainly shoot with the standard 12-megapixel lens, switching to the telephoto to go close up (2x) on a faraway detail, like the statue on top of a fountain, or to the ultrawide lens to fit more of my friends or the scene into the shot. Ultrawide angle has a 123-degree field of view, so it does distort the image slightly and you might notice that your friends look a little stretched.

Better portrait mode shots: Called Live Focus, portrait mode photos get a three more effects on the Galaxy S10. In addition to the regular blur slider, you can also apply spot color, and effects called "Zoom" and "Spin." Best yet, you can adjust the intensity of these effects before or after you take the shot, even switching to a different effect. There are still minor issues. Spot color doesn't always work smoothly and flyaway hairs can still get blurred out in these portrait shots, but images are nice on the whole, and the effects can be striking. Unlike last year's Galaxy S9, the S10 only saves the Live Focus shot, not the portrait mode and standard photo. 

Scene optimizer: The S10's camera AI can recognize 30 scenes and autoadjust settings to improve the pic. You can tap the on-screen control to turn it on and off, especially if you don't like the preset result. Note that you won't be able to use the dedicated night mode with scene optimizer turned off.

Shot Suggestions: This is a menu setting that will guide you to line up the shot and focus area, then automatically take the photo when it's all aligned. I liked it when taking photos of buildings and street scenes, because it meant I didn't have to hold the phone with one hand and press the shutter with the other. 

Other times, the feature took more photos than I wanted, or took them before I was ready. You have to keep going back into the menu to turn it on and off if you sometimes want more control. An on-screen toggle would make this much more convenient.

Quick GIF-maker: If you change a camera setting, you can record a short GIF when you press and hold the shutter button. The playback isn't totally smooth, and the quality isn't as good as shaving a GIF from a video, but it's easy to do and gets the point across for a quick tweet.

Instagram Mode: Samsung hasn't pushed this out yet, but I did get a demo on the S10 5G. If you have an account, you can flip it on to use the same filters and post directly to Instagram without leaving the app.

Smooth video: Video results were great, thanks to the HDR10+ format and a super smooth motion control setting you turn on by tapping the icon of a hand when recording video. I got the perfect opportunity to test this on a troupe of guys tumbling on the pavement outside Barcelona's main cathedral.

HEIF: Save photos in the HEIF format, in addition to raw. HEIF is hailed for its space-saving abilities.

Watch this: Getting to know the Galaxy S10 Plus camera and features

Low-light camera shots can't match the Pixel 3

Like last year's Galaxy S9, all the S10 phones have a 12-megapixel dual aperture lens. That means the aperture automatically adjusts from f2.4 to f1.5, to let in more light. As a rule, more light = better photos. 

The S10 phones also get a new Bright Night Shot mode that aims to take clearer, brighter photos in very low light conditions. Unlike the Pixel 3's Night Sight and the P30 Pro's dedicated nighttime mode, Bright Night Shot is integrated into the native camera and kicks itself into gear as long as Scene Optimizer is toggled on.

While I like that it's integrated, it also means you have less control over when the feature comes into play. The only indication it's on is the tiny icon of a crescent moon, and maybe an on-screen tip to hold the camera steady a while longer. I had to work pretty hard to find conditions that brought me that crescent moon icon. Oftentimes, even in a very dark bar, the scene optimizer algorithm chose other settings, like people, architecture and so on.

When I finally got one that worked -- a shot of some street lights, there was only one real difference between the two shots. With Scene Optimizer on, the street lights look starry.

In general, low-light photography isn't getting the boost I really wanted. Most low-light performance is the same as on the Galaxy S9, and I'm really missing the dramatic results of Google and Huawei's phones. It's very clear in side-by-side comparisons that the S10's shots are on average mushier than on those competitor phones. 

This difference isn't enough to wave off most phone buyers, but you're not going to win any low-light photography arguments with fervent fans of those other phones. 

More epic camera shootouts to come.

Two front-facing cameras are better than one

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the only one of Samsung's new phones to give you this combination of front-facing cameras: a 10- and 8-megapixel combo (the S10 5G has a 3D depth-sensing lens; this does not). Several phones have two front-facing cameras, and it's a feature I like because you can expand your viewfinder to fit more in. 

Selfies are very good on the whole, though again, the Pixel 3's camera takes crisper shots, particularly at night. I like that you can apply most of the same effects to the selfie cameras as the main lenses. Overall, you'll be satisfied with most shots, and will probably, in fact, make many of your friends jealous.

AR Emoji is much improved, but still a little creepy

Samsung's take on making animated emojis of your face and body gets a big improvement in the Galaxy S10 phones. It's no longer as creepy as it was in earlier iterations, and you have many more customization options. 

You still can't choose your own body type, and some of the color choices for your hair, eyes and skin aren't rich or varied enough. For example, there's still no option for hazel eyes or my hair's shade of brown. Everything looks a little gray. There are few outfit options to express your sense of style. I still identify more with Apple's Memoji, maybe because it's more cartoonish. 

AR Emoji has a lot more new use cases and stickers. For example, you can toss a "mask" of your face on someone else's body as they talk. It's amusing, in a horrifying kind of way. You can also use your friend's body to perform a weird voodoo doll dance with a "mini me" AR Emoji of yourself. I... I don't know.

Battery life and performance are off the charts

Battery life is phenomenal on the Galaxy S10 Plus' 4,100-mAh ticker. I've used the phone for long days of uploads, downloads, maps navigation and tethering to my laptop as a mobile hotspot, an activity that's sure to suck much life out of my year-old Galaxy S9 Plus review phone. 

The S10 Plus kept me going from early morning to the small hours of the night, often with some reserves to spare. I never worried about running low, and that's not something I could say about last year's Galaxy S9 even when it was fresh out of the box. It also lasted an average of just over 21 hours in our looping video drain test in airplane mode, which is excellent. In comparison, the Pixel 3 lasted 15 hours, the Galaxy Note 9 went for roughly 19 and a half hours and the S9 Plus for about 17 hours. The iPhone XS Max went for 17 and a half hours.

It's expected for battery life to shorten over time, so a year from now, you may need to rely on your charger more. But starting at a higher bar gives me hope that the S10 Plus' power management will do well by you over a typical two-year lifespan, if not longer.

Performance on the S10 Plus is solid and seamless, using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor (some countries get the Galaxy Exynos 9820 chipset). Gameplay was nice and sensitive on my baseline testing game, Riptide Renegade -- very detailed, and I didn't suck as much as I usually do. I'm not the world's best gamer, so I handed the phone to CNET editor Roger Cheng, who is. He gives the S10 Plus two thumbs up and said that the punch hole notch wasn't as distracting as he thought it would be.

Watch this: Samsung Galaxy Buds charge right off the back of the S10

Benchmark testing also put the S10 Plus ahead of the competition. This is the first of the Snapdragon 855 phones, so we'll see how other handsets perform. Overall, I expect a progression of speed from 2019 devices, or at least the ability to process complex computational tasks like advanced photography, without lagging.

Galaxy S10 Plus versus... 

Galaxy S9 Plus: The S10 Plus improves on the Galaxy S9 Plus in every way. If money is no issue, you'll prefer the S10 Plus, but performance gains may seem incremental if you don't use all the camera tricks or Wireless PowerShare.

iPhone XS Max: Apart from the classic iOS versus Android argument, the biggest differentiators are the triple cameras and the different takes on portrait mode -- the iPhone XS Max has more dramatic lighting choices, while the Galaxy S10 Plus goes more for a textured background. Samsung's phone has far more storage options, much longer battery life and a headphone jack. 

Google Pixel XL: The Pixel phone far surpasses Samsung's in low-light and night shots, and its portrait selfies are better. Screen resolution is higher, too. But the Galaxy S10 Plus counters with phenomenal storage options, more camera flexibility, much longer battery life and Wireless PowerShare.

LGV50: A 5G phone, the LG V50 has higher screen resolution than the S10 Plus, and is on par with many other features, at least on paper. We haven't tested the just-announced LG V50, so we can only compare specs. Samsung's phone has more greater storage options and a fingerprint scanner on the front rather than the back. Without knowing the price, it's too soon to lean one way or the other.

Galaxy S10 Plus specs comparison

Galaxy S10 Plus vs. LG V50, Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS Max

Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusLG V50 ThinQ (5G)Google Pixel 3 XLiPhone XS Max
Display size, resolution6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440 pixels6.4-inch OLED; 3,120x1,440 pixels6.3-inch "flexible" OLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688x1,242 pixels
Pixel density522 ppi564 ppi523 ppi458 ppi
Dimensions (inches)6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in6.26 x 3.0 x 0.33 in.6.2x3x.03 in6.2x3.0x.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters)157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm159.1 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm158x76.7x7.9 mm157.5x77.4x7.7 mm
Weight (ounces, grams)6.17 oz.; 175g6.46 oz.; 183g6.5 oz; 184g7.3oz; 208g
Mobile softwareAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIAndroid 9.0Android 9 PieiOS 12
Camera16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)12.2-megapixelDual 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera10-megapixel, 8-megapixel8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide)Dual 8-megapixel7-megapixel with Face ID
Video capture4K4K4K4K
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)Apple A12 Bionic
Storage128GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB64GB, 128GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM8GB, 12GB6GB4GBNot disclosed
Expandable storageUp to 512GB2TBNoneNone
Battery4,100 mAh4,000 mAh3,430 mAhNot disclosed, but lasted 17.5 hours on looping video drain battery test in airplane mode
Fingerprint sensorIn-screenBackBack coverNone (Face ID)
Headphone jackYesYesNoNo
Special featuresWireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.05G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the boxWater-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji
Price off-contract (USD)$1,000 (128GB); $1,250 (512GB); $1,600 (1TB)$1,000 (Verizon), $1,152 (Sprint)
$699 (64GB); $799 (128GB)$1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)
Price off-contract (GBP)£1,099 (128GB); £1,299 (512GB); £1,599 (1TB)Starts at £69 per month (EE)£869 (64GB); £969 (128GB)£1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB)
Price off-contract (AUD)AU$1,499 (128GB); AU$1,849 (512GB); AU$2,399 (1TB)Starts at AU$1,728 (Telstra)
AU$1,349 (64GB); AU$1,499 (128GB)AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

Originally published March 1 at 10:15 a.m. PT.
Updates, March 1: Adds more impressions; March 2: adds more detail on Wireless PowerShare and remapping the Bixby button; March 5: Updates headline; April 11: Corrects pixel density for S10 Plus in comparison chart.
Update, July 9, 2019: Adds Galaxy Note 10 analysis.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Upgrade to a new phone by buying the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus that is available at the best prices online on Gadgets Now. Launched on March 8, 2019 (Official) in India, the mobile is available with striking features and adequate specifications at an introductory price of Rs 73,900.

The camera of the phone helps you capture stunning pictures as it comes with a Dual camera setup on the rear which has 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP cameras. While on the front, the mobile sports a 10 MP + 8 MP front camera so that you can click some amazing selfies and make video calls.

You will indulge in an immersive way while watching movies or playing games on this phone as it features a 6.4 inches (16.26 cm) display that has a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels..

Furthermore, the aspect ratio of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is 19:9 so that you can enjoy vivid and crystal clear visuals while watching videos, playing games, or streaming movies online..

Besides, the mobile runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system that offers you faster updates and is packed with 4100 mAh battery that lets you enjoy watching movies, playing games, and do a lot more on a single full charge..

The mobile does not lag performance-wise as it is equipped with Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual core, M4 Mongoose + 2.31 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55) Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9820 and comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of inbuilt storage. Hence, it offers seamless and responsive performance while accessing multiple apps. Also, you can store various files like songs, videos, games, and more without worrying about space constraints.

Various connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus include WiFi - Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/ax/b/g/n/n 5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth - Yes v5.0, and 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G. Sensors on the mobile include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope.

This durable and easy to carry phone measures 157.6 mm x 74.1 mm x 7.8 mm and weighs around 175 grams..

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Price In India
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus smartphone price in India is Rs 53,990. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was launched in the country on March 8, 2019 (Official). Thesmartphone comes in 2 other storage and RAM variants - Samsung-Galaxy-S10-Plus-512GB, Samsung-Galaxy-S10-Plus-1TB. As for the colour options, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus smartphone comes in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Ceramic White colours.

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Our Verdict

The Galaxy S10 Plus was Samsung's new 'everything phone' for 2019, helping disrupt the sameness of the last few generations of handsets. Its 6.4-inch screen is so big it displaces the front camera, while its triple-lens rear camera can take ultra-wide photos. Hidden perks like an in-screen fingerprint sensor and Wireless PowerShare offer a lot of nifty features – just know Samsung is asking for a lot of money, too.


  • Excellent screen-to-body ratio
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • Wireless PowerShare perk


  • Sizable price hike
  • Bixby button still exists
  • Slippery design

TechRadar Verdict

The Galaxy S10 Plus was Samsung's new 'everything phone' for 2019, helping disrupt the sameness of the last few generations of handsets. Its 6.4-inch screen is so big it displaces the front camera, while its triple-lens rear camera can take ultra-wide photos. Hidden perks like an in-screen fingerprint sensor and Wireless PowerShare offer a lot of nifty features – just know Samsung is asking for a lot of money, too.


  • + Excellent screen-to-body ratio
  • + In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • + Wireless PowerShare perk


  • - Sizable price hike
  • - Bixby button still exists
  • - Slippery design

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was the almost-everything-included Samsung phone you really want – if you can afford it and handle its massive 6.4-inch display. It was the highlight of the company's output from 2019, matching power and price with a decently-large (but not unwieldy) size.

This was, perhaps, the ancestor for Samsung's new Ultra handsets, like the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra, offering the top specs available for a huge price.

While it's still a powerful flagship phone, the S10 Plus isn't the biggest of the company's handsets, and that's not just because the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and cheaper budget Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite both have larger 6.7-inch displays. 

No, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has been lapped by two generations of smartphones, with the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and even higher-specced Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are both bigger than the phone, with improved specs, cameras, and new features to boot. By now, the S10 Plus has gotten several discounts, making it still worth considering, especially if you like its stylish looks.

We were immediately drawn to the Galaxy S10 Plus as the bigger and better version of the Galaxy S10 and cheaper Galaxy S10e. It redefines what a 'phablet' is in 2019, with a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge screen so large it displaces the front camera to a hole in the top corner. It’s Samsung’s marginally better answer to the iPhone notch which persists into the iPhone 12 lineup, and while the S20 line has put its punch-hole in the center, we still have a soft spot for the S10 Plus tucking its selfie camera in one corner.

With a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, the pixels now stretch from the small top speaker down to the thin bottom chin, and spill over the curved left and right edges. This remains one of the best-looking screens in a smartphone. Hidden under the glass is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the front, and the new Wireless PowerShare feature on back, allowing you to Qi-charge other devices.

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a triple-lens camera that takes normal, telephoto, and as a first for Samsung, ultra-wide photos. With the latter lens, you can capture more of what's in front of you – without having to take a few steps back. While it ranks below the Huawei P30 Pro on our best camera phone list, the S10 Plus offers a fun-to-use and versatile camera suite.

We've seen some of these ideas before from Huawei and LG. But the S10 Plus is an amalgam of hallmark features in rival handsets with a dose of first-to-launch aspects like faster Wi-Fi 6 and an HDR10+ screen. It's the best overall package in among big pricey, smartphones.

Sold? To complicate your buying decision, the Galaxy S10 5G is an even bigger and better S10 phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is even more premium as a Samsung smartphone, and if you've got all the money in the world, the foldable Samsung Galaxy Fold is also available to buy – to say nothing of the S20 line and its incremental imrpovements.

Despite these newer handsets, the S10 Plus is best Samsung phone, if you can handle the price and size.

It has many competitors too though, like the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Sony Xperia 1, and OnePlus 7 Pro, all of which have similar specs and identical or lower price tags, so check them out before you commit to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price and availability

  • Launched March 8 after a February 20, 2019 announcement
  • 128GB version: $999 / £899 / AU$1,499
  • 512GB version: $1,249 / £1,099 / AU$1,849
  • 1TB/12GB RAM edition: $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,399

Galaxy S10 Plus specs

Weight: 175g
Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.4-inch
Resolution: QHD+
CPU: Octa-core chipset
Storage: 128/512GB/1TB
Battery:  4,100mAh
Rear camera:


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Samsung Galaxy S10+ SM-G975U - 128GB - Prism Black (Unlocked) (Single SIM)

Product Identifiers

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    Single SIM

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    128 GB

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  • Connectivity

    USB Type-C, Bluetooth, 4G, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS

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    Without Contract

  • Processor

    Octa Core

  • Lock Status

    Factory Unlocked

  • Features

    Water-Resistant, Front Camera, Facial Recognition, 4K Video Recording, Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Wireless Charging

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    12.0 MP, 16.0 MP, 12.0MP.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0mp.0

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    6.4 in

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    8 GB

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    Prism Black

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    Prism Black

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    Single SIM

Galaxy S10 Plus 2 Years Later!

Samsung Galaxy S10

Android smartphone series including S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 logo.svg
Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

CodenameBeyond0 (S10e)
Beyond1 (S10)
Beyond2 (S10+)
BeyondX (S10 5G)
BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganInnovation Perfected
Radical, Magical (design)[1]
SeriesGalaxy S
ModelInternational models:
SM-G970x (S10e)
SM-G973x (S10)
SM-G975x (S10+)
SM-G977x (S10 5G)
SM-G770x (S10 Lite)
(Last letter varies by carrier and international models)
Japanese models:
SCV41 (au, S10)
SC-03L (NTT Docomo, S10)
SM-G973C (Rakuten Mobile, S10)
SCV42 (au, S10+)
SC-04L (NTT Docomo, S10+)
SC-05L (NTT Docomo, S10+ Olympic Games Edition)
Compatible networks2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, 5G (S10 5G)
First released4 March 2019; 2 years ago (2019-03-04)S10 Lite: 3 January 2020; 21 months ago (2020-01-03)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy S9/S9+
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy S20
S10 Lite:Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
RelatedSamsung Galaxy Note 10
TypeSmartphone (S10e, S10, and S10+)
Phablet (S10 5G, and S10 Lite)
Form factorSlate
142.2 mm × 69.9 mm × 7.9 mm (5.60 in × 2.75 in × 0.31 in)
149.9 mm × 70.4 mm × 7.8 mm (5.90 in × 2.77 in × 0.31 in)
157.6 mm × 74.1 mm × 7.8 mm (6.20 in × 2.92 in × 0.31 in)
S10 5G:
162.6 mm × 77.1 mm × 7.9 mm (6.40 in × 3.04 in × 0.31 in)
S10 Lite:
162.5 mm × 75.6 mm × 8.1 mm (6.40 in × 2.98 in × 0.32 in)
  • S10e: 150 g (5.3 oz)
  • S10: 157 g (5.5 oz)
  • S10+: 175 g (6.2 oz) / 198 g (7.0 oz) (ceramic color)
  • S10 Lite: 186 g (6.6 oz)
  • S10 5G: 198 g (7.0 oz)
Operating systemOriginal:Android9.0 "Pie" with One UI 1.1
Current:Android11.0 with One UI 3.0
System on chipWorldwide, except S10 Lite:Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9820
USA, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Latin America (Except Brazil), and S10 Lite:Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
CPUExynos: Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose-M4, 2x2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 and 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
Snapdragon: Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz, 3x2.42 GHz and 4x1.8 GHz) Kryo 485
GPUExynos: Mali-G76 MP12
Snapdragon:Adreno 640
MemoryS10e: 6/8 GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM
S10 & S10 5G: 8 GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM
S10+: 8/12 GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM
S10 Lite: 6/8 GB LPDDR4X-4266 RAM
StorageS10e: UFS 128/256 GB
S10: UFS 128/512 GB
S10+: UFS 128/512/1024 GB
S10 5G: UFS 256/512 GB
S10 Lite: UFS 128/512 GB
Removable storageS10e, S10, S10+, and S10 Lite: microSD card support up to 512 GB
S10 5G: non-expandable
Single SIM or Hybrid Dual SIM in dual stand-by
  • S10e:3100 mAh
  • S10:3400 mAh
  • S10+:4100 mAh
  • S10 5G:4500 mAh
  • S10 Lite:4500 mAh
Charging15W (S10e/S10/S10+)
25W (S10 5G/S10 Lite)
Data inputs
  • All models except S10e and S10 Lite: 3040×1440 1440p Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Gorilla Glass 6 HDR10+ Infinity-O display
  • S10: 6.1 in (155.1 mm), (550 ppi)
  • S10+: 6.4 in (163.5 mm), (522 ppi)
  • S10 5G: 6.7 in (169.2 mm), (505 ppi)
  • S10e: 2280×1080 1080p Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Gorilla Glass 5 HDR10+ Infinity-O display
    5.8 in (146.1 mm), (438 ppi)
  • S10 Lite: 2400×1080 1080p Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen Gorilla Glass 3+ HDR10+ Infinity-O display
    6.7 in (169.5 mm), (394 ppi)
Rear cameraS10e: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm, Super Steady video

S10 & S10+: 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom + 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm, Super Steady video S10 5G: 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom + 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm, Super Steady video + 0.3 MP, ToF 3D, (Depth Camera)

S10 Lite: 48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, Super Steady OIS + 12 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Front cameraS10e & S10: 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF

S10+: 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm, depth sensor
S10 5G: 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF + ToF 3D Depth Camera

S10 Lite: 32 MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
SoundDolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac/ax
3.5mm Headphone jack (except S10 Lite)
Water resistanceS10, S10+, S10 5G, S10e: IP68, up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) for 30 minutes
S10 Lite: None
SARS10e: Head/Body = 0.58/1.58[3]
S10: Head/Body = 0.48/1.59[4]
S10+: Head/Body = 0.52/1.58[5][6]
Hearing aid compatibilityM3/T3
WebsiteSamsung Galaxy S10e, S10 & S10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a line of Android-based smartphones manufactured, released and marketed by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. The Galaxy S10 series is a celebratory series of the 10th anniversary of the Samsung GalaxyS flagship line, its top line of phones next to the Note models. Unveiled during the "Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019" press event held on 20 February 2019, the devices started shipping in certain regions such as Australia and the United States on 6 March 2019, then worldwide on 8 March 2019.[8] It is the tenth generation of Samsung's Galaxy S series of smartphones.

As has been done since the Galaxy S6, Samsung unveiled flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ models, differentiated primarily by screen size and an additional front-facing camera on the S10+. In addition, Samsung also unveiled a smaller model known as the Galaxy S10e, as well as a larger, 5G-compatible version, the Galaxy S10 5G. In 2020, a midrange variant, the Galaxy S10 Lite, was also introduced.

The Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ launch prices started at $749/£586, $899/£704 and $999/£782,[9] while the S10 5G's launch price was $1299.[10]

On 6 March 2020, Samsung launched the successor to the S10, the Samsung Galaxy S20.[11]




The S10 line comprises five models with various hardware specifications; the main S10 and S10+ respectively feature 6.1 and 6.4-inch 1440p "Dynamic AMOLED" displays with HDR10+ support and "dynamic tone mapping" technology.[12] The displays have curved sides that slope over the horizontal edges of the device. Unlike previous Samsung phones, their front-facing cameras occupy a rounded cut-out near the top-right of the display, and both models use an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader.[8] While providing better performance over the optical in-screen fingerprint readers introduced by other recent phones, they are not compatible with all screen protectors. Due to this, the S10 and S10+ are both supplied with a pre-installed plastic screen protector.[8][13]


International models of the S10 use the Exynos 9820 system-on-chip, while the U.S. and Chinese models use the Qualcomm Snapdragon855.[14][15] The two devices are sold with 128 or 512 GB of internal storage along with 8GB of RAM, with the S10+ also being sold in a 1-terabyte model with 12GB of RAM. They respectively contain 3400 mAh with the standard S10 and 4100 mAh batteries for the S10+ model, supporting Qiinductive charging, and the ability to charge other Qi-compatible devices from their own battery power.[8][16]


The S10 features a 3-lens rear-facing camera setup; it retains the dual-aperture 12-megapixel and 12-megapixel telephoto lenses of the Galaxy S9+, but now uses a camera module introduced on the Note 9 and also adds a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. The front-facing camera on the S10+ is accompanied by a second RGB depth sensor, which Samsung states helps improve the quality of photo effects and augmented reality image filters. Both sets of cameras support 4K video recording and HDR10+. The camera software includes a new "Shot Suggestion" feature to assist users, "Artistic Live Filters", as well as the ability to post directly to Instagram posts and stories. S10+ uses a double hole punch design for the front camera, while S10 uses a single hole punch design. The Galaxy S10e and S10 make use of "advanced heat-pipe" cooling systems, but the more expensive Galaxy S10 Plus uses a vapor chamber cooling system.[17][18][19][20]

In the manual mode, the exposure time can be increased up to ten seconds.[21]


Alongside the main S10 and S10+, Samsung also unveiled two additional models. The S10e is a compact version of the S10, featuring a smaller, flat, 5.8-inch 1080p display with no curved edges. Its fingerprint reader is contained within the power button on the right side rather than in-display, and it excludes the 12-megapixel telephoto camera of the S10. It still includes the dual-aperture 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensors.[22] It has a smaller battery.[2]

There is also a larger, phablet-sized premium model known as the S10 5G, which features support for 5G wireless networks, a 6.7-inch display, 256 or 512 GB of non-expandable storage, additional 3D time-of-flight cameras on both the front and rear, and a non-user-replaceable 4,500 mAh battery. This model was temporarily exclusive to Verizon Wireless on launch in 2019 before expanding to other carriers in the weeks after launch.[20][23]

Charging speeds are 45 Watts on the S10 Lite, 25 Watts on the S10 5G and 15 Watts on the S10e, the first two of which mark the first increase since the 2014 Galaxy Note 4 and 2015 Galaxy S6.[2]

The S10 series (except S10 Lite) is the last model in the Galaxy S series to feature 3.5 mm headphone jack as its successors, the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra, do not.

In January 2020, the S10 Lite was released. It is a midrange variant of the S10, containing the same cameras as the main variant. It features 128 GB of expandable storage, a 6.7 inch 1080p screen on a aluminum frame, and a 4,500 mAh battery. This variant removes the 3.5 mm headphone jack featured on all of the 2019 variants of the S10, as well as wireless charging, instead being equipped with 25 watt Super Fast Charging picked up from the Galaxy Note 10. Unlike the main variants, the S10 Lite is only offered with Snapdragon 855 chipset.


Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ are available in the colors Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Prism Silver, Cardinal Red, Flamingo Pink, and Smoke Blue. Galaxy S10e is also available in Canary Yellow. Galaxy S10 5G comes in the colors Crown Silver, Majestic Black, and Royal Gold. Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10+ Performance Edition offer two additional color choices: Ceramic Black and White. The Performance Edition ceramic models offer 12GB RAM and 1TB of internal storage.


The S10 range ships with Android 9.0 "Pie". They are the first Samsung smartphones to ship with a major revamp of Samsung's Android user experience known as One UI.[24] A main design element of One UI is intentional repositioning of key user interface elements in stock apps to improve usability on large screens. Many apps include large headers that push the beginning of content towards the center of the display, while navigation controls and other prompts are often displayed near the bottom of the display instead.[25][26]

Samsung released the Android 10 update to the Galaxy S10 series on 28 November 2019. The update includes One UI version 2.0.[27]

On 18 August 2020, it was announced by Samsung that all variants of the S10 series would be supported for three generations of Android software updates.[28]

An official list released by Samsung on 2 December 2020, further confirmed that all S10 models would be receiving the Android 11 upgrade with One UI 3.[29]

Known issues[edit]

The fingerprint scanner had a security flaw that allowed anyone to unlock the phone with a silicone screen protector, which also affected the Note 10.[30] Samsung rolled out a patch to fix this problem on 23 October 2019.[31]


Dan Seifert from The Verge gave the S10 a score of 8.5/10, praising its excellent display, performance, battery life, versatile camera system and headphone jack inclusion. However, he noted that the new in-screen fingerprint scanner was slower and more finicky and camera performance was not as good as the Pixel 3's in low light.[32]

Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTech reported that the Exynos 9820 performed significantly better than the previous year's Exynos 9810, although he also stated that the Exynos 9820 still couldn't keep up with the Snapdragon 855. He has not tested the power efficiency of the Exynos 9820 yet.[33]

Marques Brownlee praised the S10's One UI for improving one-handed usability. He labelled the S10+ as one of the few $1000 smartphones that are worth their price tag.[34]

Jeffrey Van Camp from Wired rated the S10 9/10 for its all-screen design, fun features, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, wireless charging with power sharing and headphone jack inclusion. His complaints were that the camera, while fantastic, still couldn't rival the Pixel 3's night shots, it could be difficult to find what the user wanted in the settings menus, wireless power sharing was slow and the edges needed palm rejection.[35]

The S10+ received an overall score of 109 from DXOMARK; it had a photo score of 114, a video score of 97, and a selfie score of 96.[36] The S10 5G received an overall score of 112, tying it as the site's top ranked phone at the time along with the P30 Pro. It had a photo score of 117, a video score of 100, and a selfie score of 97.[37]

Sales of the S10 have exceeded that of the preceding S9, with the S10+ being the most popular model followed by the regular S10 and then the S10e.[38]


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