Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Samsung’s Galaxy S series. And the day certainly didn’t disappoint us(thanks to the Galaxy Fold as well), considering the slew of devices that Samsung launched. Thanks to leaks and renders, all three Galaxy S10 — Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10e — comes with what we expected.
Let’s talk about what all three devices share with each other. A sleek new design, a new Dynamic AMOLED display, world’s first HDR10+ compliant screen on a mobile device, and ability to record 4K HDR10+ videos. Samsung’s all three phones also support Super Digital Stabilization and have an ultra-wide sensor for capturing wide-angle photos.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ support an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner which is significantly accurate than the optical fingerprint scanner seen on devices like OnePlus 6T.
This all makes up for a device that is up there as the best in the market, which is expected from a company like Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
First, let’s talk about the best from the bunch. The hulk from the lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ resembles the large form factor of a Note series, minus an S-Pen. A bigger 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with an eye-popping resolution of 1440p+ is now more immersive and more friendly to the eyes, blocking in about 42% of blue light without any filters.
Underneath that beautiful display is a next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that scans the 3D print of your finger as opposed to the optical fingerprint scanners’ 2D image. This not only makes it advance but also accurate at the same time. Right above the display is a dual hole punch that hosts a dual selfie camera. There’s a normal 10MP sensor that can record 4K videos, while the other one is an 8MP camera used for depth sensing.
As we shift our focus to the back, we can see triple cameras that host a swath of capable sensors; this time more practical. The main camera has a 12MP sensor with dual pixel autofocus and optical stabilization. And as seen before, the aperture of the camera can also be shifted between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The remaining two cameras are a 12MP telephoto shooter that supports OIS and PDAF, while the other one is an ultra-wide sensor with a 123-degrees field of view — that’s as much wide as a human eye can see.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ will be powered by Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 chipset, depending on your region like usual. What’s more exciting is that you get a variety of memory configurations. The normal one has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while there’s also a 512GB variant. Likewise, the premium model will come with a whopping 12GB of RAM 1TB of internal storage. All this with an option for expansion through microSD card up to 1.5TB. That’s some whole new level of storage for media consumption. Thanks, Samsung.
Powering the phone is a huge 4,100mAh battery that supports Adaptive Fast Charge through wires(with 15W power adapter) or Fast Wireless Charging 2.0(Qi compatible). Whereas the phone also comes with Wireless PowerShare, aka reverse wireless charging that allows your S10+ to act as a wireless powerbank. Although this is not a new feature, it’s good to see that more and more company is trying to adapt it, albeit the slow charging speed.
Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a normal and the best-suited device on this list. Despite the lower price tag it carries, the specs are pretty much similar to its bigger brother. You get a bit small 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display but a same ultrasonic fingerprint scanner beneath it.
The front though has only one selfie camera inside the Infinity-O display. The important part here is that it’s a 10MP sensor and can shoot 4K videos. The back, however, is similar to the Plus model.
The Galaxy S10 also has a similar configuration of 8GB RAM and 128GB of 512GB of internal storage with an option for expansion. No 12GB model here and the battery is also downgraded to just 3,400mAh but supports same wired and wireless charging technology.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Samsung Galaxy S10e, as expected, is a lite version of the much bigger Plus model. And this can be clearly seen in terms of aesthetics. The Galaxy S10e has a flat screen which was last seen on the Galaxy S7. While the display is still Dynamic AMOLED, the resolution drops down to 1080p. The in-display fingerprint scanner is also absent from the phone, instead, it has a traditional side mounted fingerprint scanner.
Similarly, there are only two cameras on the back. The main one is the 12MP sensor, whilst the ultra-wide angle has a 16MP sensor. The selfie camera, on the other hand, is similar — i.e. 10MP with 4K video shooting ability.
The chipset is also similar to the normal and Plus model but its base model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The upgraded model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The battery is also a tad bit smaller — i.e. 3,100mAh but supports Wireless PowerShare and fast charging.
Talking about similarities, all these models have LTE connectivity support with speeds up to 2Gbps. There’s no 5G support here but Samsung has separately launched its 5G model with improved cameras. All three models also support WiFi 6, has an intriguing 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC and are IP68 rated.
As for the pricing, the base model of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ starts at $999, whereas the normal Galaxy S10 will carry a price tag of $899. The Galaxy S10e is the cheapest out of the bunch (which is expected); it has a price tag of $749.
Expect all three models of Samsung Galaxy S10 to launch within a month in Nepal for around a starting price of 79-80,000.