Samsung has finally unveiled their latest Galaxy S10 series – the most rumored one of the year 2019. Find out everything you want to know about the latest by South Korean tech giant in the following lines!
Interestingly, Samsung has come up with 4 different models under the umbrella of Galaxy S10, celebrating 10th anniversary of the series while introducing bunch of new features including an improved AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint scanners.
The latest Galaxy S10 series comprises of the following four models (bottom to top):
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Galaxy S10 Series – Design Features
All the four members of Galaxy S10 family share a number of design features; the most significant ones are the Dynamic AMOLED display (an improved variant of the earlier Super AMOLED panels), a glass sandwich design with IP 68 water resistance, stereo speakers tuned with AKG with Dolby Atmos support and a headphone jack.
Starting off with the S10e, Samsung has opted for a flat screen, the first one since the S7. It features a 5.8″, 19:9 aspect ratio, Infinity-O FullHD+ display, with a side-mounted fingerprint reader. No in-display reader for this one.
Next is the vanilla S10, with a curved 6.1″ display at QHD+ resolution. There’s a camera hole at the top right corner which houses a single camera unit and there’s also an ultra-sonic fingerprint reader on the display near the bottom edge of the phone.
Moving into the large phone territory, there’s the S10 Plus with a 6.4″ 1440p+ display. It has dual front cameras housed on the top right edge of the display, with a similar ultra-sonic fingerprint reader as the S10.
Finally, there’s a humongous 6.7″ 1440p+ display on the S10 5G model, also with dual front cameras on the display and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy S10 series run the latest Android 9.0 Pie under the hood with Samsung’s new One UI laying on the top that features improved one-handed navigation, rounded UI elements and new set of icons. The South Korean tech giant has powered up the Galaxy S10 series with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or their own Exynos 9820 chipset (the region specific).
Depending on your data needs, Samsung has included diverse RAM and storage options to choose from. Moreover, all the family members except for the 5G model support microSD card slot to further expand the storage capacity. The available storage options are listed below:
- Galaxy S10e: 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage
- Galaxy S10: 8GB RAM, 128/512GB storage
- Galaxy S10 Plus: 8GB RAM, 128/512GB storage (special ceramic model will come with 12 GB RAM+1TB storage)
- Galaxy S10 5G: 8GB RAM, 256 GB storage
Samsung has incorporated different setup of camera modules for the Galaxy S10 series. We have dual/ triple cameras on the rear and single/ dual ones on the front.
Starting with the S10e, Samsung has outfitted the phone with a dual 12+16 MP setup with a regular and ultra-wide angle (123 degrees) sensor. The main 12MP sensor has Dual Pixel autofocus and OIS with dual apertures (f/1.5 and f/2.4). The wide-angle camera has no autofocus and is only there for the wide-angle shots. It has a single 10MP sensor on the front, capable of 4K video.
Next is the regular S10, which has a similar front camera setup. On the back, the S10 gets an additional 12MP telephoto lens with OIS and phase detection autofocus, with the same main and wide-angle camera as the S10e.
For the S10 Plus, Samsung added dual 10+8 MP cameras on the front for bokeh effect. The rear cameras are the same as the regular S10.
The Galaxy S10 5G gets an additional 3D time of flight (ToF) camera on the back (the rest of the cameras are the same as the S10 and S10 Plus) which enables the phone to capture 3D images and Video Live focus. We’ll explain what it does in a separate article later on.
Like other features, the battery module of the galaxy S10 series differs from model to model. However, Samsung claims the new power source would bring an extraordinarily improved user experience. Here’s how the battery modules are stacked up:
- Galaxy S10e: 3,100 mAh
- Galaxy S10: 3,400 mAh
- Galaxy S10 Plus: 4,100 mAh
- Galaxy S10 5G: 4,500 mAh
For fast charging, Samsung has added support for up to 15W for three of the phones, which is kinda slow if you compare it to the likes of Xiaomi (27W on Mi 9) and Oppo (50W with SuperVOOC).
There’s also fast wireless charging (15W), and a little something called Wireless Powershare, which allows the S10 phones to charge other devices wirelessly. This is the same feature that was introduced by Huawei on their Mate 20-series phones.
Pricing and Availability
Samsung has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 series (minus the 5G model) while the smartphones would be shipped starting from March 8th onwards in select markets. Following are the price tags for the US market:
- Galaxy S10e: $750 ($850 for 256GB model)
- Galaxy S10: $900 ($1,150 for 512GB)
- Galaxy S10 Plus: $1,000 ($1,250 for 512GB and $1,600 for 1TB)
- Galaxy S10 5G: unknown, will be announced later