Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ Unveiled: What you need to know

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Samsung flagship phones are probably the most anticipated smartphones of every year in the Android community. Back then during the launch of the Galaxy S smartphones, one model was released, then came two model, a regular version and a plus version and now for the first time, more than two Galaxy S versions were released. A total of four Galaxy S phones namely; the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e and finally the S10 5G.

In this post however, I want to touch more on the Galaxy S10 and S10+, the 10e and S10 5G in separate articles. This year a change was expected from Samsung. The rumor came true. The Samsung Galaxy phones now have a new design with new technology like the in-display fingerprint sensor that I will talk about more later.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ now officially have the Infinity-O display. It’s not a surprise since Samsung, in an event months ago showcased the types of displays they were working on. This kind was very much expected. And yes, a few manufactures like Huawei have already launched a phone with similar display but this is Samsung’s take on it.
The Infinity-O display features a camera cut-out hole within the display itself putting the cameras right within the display surrounded by an active display. With bezels greatly minimized, it gives the illusion the user is looking at an all-display phone, and finally we can call this implementation the death of the notch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ Display (Credits: Marques Brownlee)

The Galaxy S10 is the regular S variant with a single camera hole cut-out surrounded by Samsung’s Super AMOLED display that stretches to 6.1 inches. The S10+ on the other hand has a longer camera cut-out that houses two camera sensors and the display extends to 6.4 inches. As earlier mentioned, the phones bezels have been greatly reduced with the front call speaker crammed in the upper top of the display.

Samsung GalaxyS10+ (Credits: Marques Brownlee)

The standard S10 has a single 10 mega-pixel selfie camera and on the back a set of three camera sensor horizontally aligned, a 12 mega-pixel wide lens with Optical Image Stabilization, a 12 mega-pixel telephoto lens with 2x Optical zoom perfect for taking pictures a far distance and the 16 mega-pixel ultrawide lens for taking a wide shoot that fits a lot into one photo. The Galaxy S10+ has the same camera units and configuration on it’s back however, on the front it has two selfie camera lens, one 8 mega-pixel and a 10 mega-pixel both wide.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ Back (Credits: Marques Brownlee)

For the first time, Samsung has implemented in-display fingerprint technology to it’s phones with these new flagship phones but with a different approach. While many manufacturers have been using optical in-display sensors that were first used by Vivo, which sensors shine a light on the user’s fingerprint and use optics to verify a match, Samsung on the other hand uses Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint technology. It provides more accuracy and reads through obstacles like wet fingers. On addition to that, fingerprint verification is faster. The fingerprint sensors are embedded right underneath the display. Unlike the optical sensors that require a phone to be turned on to read the fingerprint, Ultrasonic sensors can be used with the display turned off to unlock the phone from sleep.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are undoubted one of the most powerful phones when it comes to performance. They are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor with the international variants using Samsung’s Exynos chip which is equally as powerful, backed up by 8GB of RAM in the S10 and the S10+ maxing out at a whooping 12GB of RAM. The S10 has an on-board storage of up to 512GB where as the S10+ has a 1TB variant. Both phones support expandable storage via micro-SD. They are powered by Samsung’s new One UI system on top of the latest Android 9.0 Pie.

The phones now have a feature that lets them charge a different device that supports wireless charging. The feature is called PowerShare. The S10 packs a 3400mAh battery, where as the S10+ packs a 4100mAh battery, the biggest ever in a Samsung Galaxy S phone. They all support wireless and fast charging, and also to mention, they retain the 3.5mm headphone jack that majority of manufacturers are getting rid of. The rest of other good features already in Samsung phones are found in these phones as well for example IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, Samsung DeX support for using these phones as a desktop computer when hooked to a monitor, the Bixby assistance with support for more languages and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 retails with a staring price of $899 and the S10+ at $999. What do you think about these new phones. Let us know in the comment box below.