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Update: This review is updated according to post launch changed in the availability and feature updates of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Series.
Samsung officially revealed the much-awaited Galaxy S10 series on February 20, 2019. The devices introduced namely-Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Samsung Galaxy S10e are now available for preorder and the expected delivery of these devices is to start from March 8, 2019.
Samsung has not done any different in terms of innovation with the S series recently. The evolution of the S family is taking the next step with the new Galaxy S10 series. The first-hand impression of the new Galaxy S10 line has been mostly positive with some clear caveats.
The new Galaxy product line offers some unprecedented features like the ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor, super bright AMOLED curved edges and triple lens primary camera. Let’s take a look at how the newly introduced Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e stand in their first impression review.
|Samsung Galaxy S10|
|On the occasion of 10th anniversary of the S series, Samsung is out with a fitting smartphone to mark the day. The Galaxy S10 delivers on the anticipation with the novel Infinity-O notch QHD10+ display, triple lens rear camera, in-screen fingerprint sensor and Wireless PowerShare.|
|High screen-to-body ratio||Bixby button|
|Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor||Expensive|
|Samsung S10 Plus|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the highest priced smartphone from the brand for a reason. It is a disruption from the sameness of other Samsung handsets. With 6.4inch QHD+ resolution, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, PowerShare and other nifty features; it is almost a trend setting phone.|
Just so you know, it will cost you a lot to get this gen-next smartphone.
|Excellent big QHD+ display||Bixby button still exists|
|Impressive screen-to-body ratio||A huge price rise|
|In-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor|
|The affordable Samsung Galaxy S10e comes with the ‘essential’ features of the S10 and S10 Plus with a lower price tag. With a 5.8inch Full HD display it shares the same two primary cameras as its siblings. A powerful battery, PowerShare feature to lend your friends help when they want it most and some other nifty features this phone is a smart buy.|
Absence of in-screen fingerprint sensor, third lens and flat screen still offers a tempting compromise.
|Infinity-O notch display||No in-screen fingerprint scanner|
|Flagship quality at lower price||No third lens in rear camera|
Quick Specification Comparison – Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S10e
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy S10||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S10e|
|Dimension||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm||142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm|
|Display||6.1” QHD+||6.4” QHD+||5.8” Full HD|
|OS||Android 9||Android 9||Android 9|
|CPU||Octa-core chipset||Octa-core chipset||Octa-core chipset|
Price and Availability
All three Samsung Galaxy S10 devices were officially announced on February 20th and opened for pre-booking on March 8, 2019. Now you can buy the Samsung Galaxy S10, the S10 Plus and the S10e can be bought from Amazon India and Flipkart.
As far as price goes the Galaxy S10 is now priced at Rs. 61,900 which is 13% lower than the introduction price of Rs. 71,000. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price is now lowered by Rs. 5,100 and currently available for Rs. 73,900 online. The more economical Samsung Galaxy S10e is now discounted by 14% on the MRP and is list for Rs. 50,900 on Amazon and Flipkart.
Display-Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10 features a Super AMOLED 6.1incher which is definitely a USP in terms of colour reproduction and sharpness. It is provided with HDR10+ support for unmatched colour and contrast, combine it with elegantly curved edges with pixels you got yourself a deal. The Infinity-O display that managed to get rid of the notch cut-out at the top, which makes it stand out, for better or worse, only time will tell. Situated at the top-right corner of the screen the O notch matches the one available with Honor View 20.
The pixeled edges have given Samsung Galaxy S10 a lot more screen real estate to play with but it should not bother any user as the S10’s dimensions are 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm which makes it slightly taller than the S9. Bezel still finds its place at the top and bottom of the display with a noticeable thin chin at the bottom. Altogether the first impress of the S10 display leaves little scope of dislike.
Now the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a 6.4incher Super AMOLED which is the biggest S phone screen to date, making it an eye catcher. What amazes is the 93.1% screen-to-body ratio that Samsung manages to achieve by squeezing in more pixels across the tighter body. Alike the S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus display is also provided with the top-right laser-cut hole that embeds two front cameras making it wider than notches on the S10 and the S10e.
Samsung gets a lot more screen real estate with the Galaxy S10 Plus. The notch is not distracting while browsing the internet or general use but one can find it distracting while watching videos or playing games. The Galaxy S10 Plus display also supports HDR+, enhanced brightness and pixeled elegant curved edges.
The bezel is still present at the top and bottom of the screen with a distracting chin. For those who like plus-sized phones, the S10 Plus is a treat.
If monstrous screen size is a bothering factor, then we have Samsung Galaxy S10e to compensate with its smaller size. With a 5.8inch AMOLED display, this phone is certainly a lot easier to handle than its pricier siblings. It measures 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm with no curved edges which makes it less premium in the display category. The bezels on this phone are comparatively wider than the S10 or the S10 Plus. The screen supports Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) resolution which is lower as compared to QHD+ (3040 x 1440) available on the former two. Alike the brothers, Samsung Galaxy S10e also gets the Infinity-O display that houses the camera.
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Design-Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a thinner aluminium frame that sandwich between two smooth glasses. There are a few notable enhancements made to the overall design. The camera bump that encases the triple lens camera array is the smallest ever in any Galaxy device. The device is made available in several colours and one can choose from Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green and Prism White.
One of the exclusive features on the S10 is the invisible front fingerprint sensor. Samsung already has the front-facing physical fingerprint sensors for long contrary to the rear-facing sensors in most Android devices, but with the Galaxy S10 series, the fingerprint sensor finds its place underneath the big display.
Now pay attention, the S10 has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is different from optical fingerprint sensor introduced in the OnePlus 6T. The ultrasonic sensor is said to be using Qualcomm-backed tech that makes a 3D scan of the print. How the sensor performs in day-to-day use still remains to be seen. Among the classic design features, the S10 retains the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung S10 Plus comes with subtle design improvements as well. A thinner aluminium frame sandwiched between two glass panels. To make things better the 512GB and 1TB variants of the S10 Plus are provided with the ceramic backed finish which brings in the scratch resistance properties of the ceramic. This feature is exclusive to only S10 Plus variants. As far as colour choice goes, Samsung has made Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green and Prism White available.
The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a minimal rear camera module bump just like the S10. The fingerprint sensor on this phone is also made invisible by embedding it into the AMOLED display, all thanks to Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint technology. The classic 3.5mm headphone jack is present at the bottom of the frame alongside the USB-C port.
The smallest of all S10 devices, the S10e also shares the thin aluminium frame with a clean back having minimal camera bump and rounded corners and edges. The colour options made available are the Canary Yellow and Green, Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Prism Blue and Prism White.
The major design difference with the S10e is the absence of the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. This lower-priced version of the S10 series has an old-fashioned capacitive sensor located in the power button on the right side of the frame. Unlike S10 and S10 Plus, the S10e has a modest rectangular camera bump on the rear side along with Samsung logo. The 3.5mm headphone jack finds its place in this device as well.
Camera- Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung is known to provide the best possible camera features in its smartphones. Continuing the same with the S10 family, the Korean giant has made some exclusive features available.
The Galaxy S10 comes with a triple-lens camera-a 12MP regular lens, 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens and the all-new 16MP ultra-wide lens. The Galaxy S10 Plus have exactly the same rear camera module with a triple lens, here are some of the photos taken with the S10 triple lens camera.
As evident the 123-degree field of view provided by Samsung’s new lens effectively covers enough view to capture a large scene. There is no OIS in the 16MP ultra-wide lens that may result in unnatural fisheye look.
Here are some images clicked with the triple lens rear camera of Galaxy S series:
Now on the front, the S10 is provided with a single 10MP, dual auto-focuses camera while the S10 Plus features a 10MP and 8MP camera set up for capturing more detail depth. You can take some of the best portrait photos with the S10 Plus as compared to S10.
Both the devices come with Samsung’s camera AI which is now made better to tell the difference between a cat and a dog. Therefore, it now has much better tuning when setting contrast, white balancing and so on. There is a new neural processing unit backed Shot Suggestions feature that makes taking live short much easier.
On the video side, there’s a lot of upgrades. Both the S10 and the S10 Plus support HDR10+ recording and offer Digital Video Stabilization which Samsung boats will make live Ultra HD videos as smooth as action cam videos.
Samsung S10e is a whole different breed in terms of camera specifications. It comes with two rear cameras that inherit S9’ dual aperture lens, meaning it can take 77-degree field-of-view pictures with its 12MP sensor that can switch between f/2.4 aperture for brighter light settings and f/1.5 for low-light shots. The second lens is the 16MP f/2.2 super-wide 123-degree FOV camera.
Although the S10e is the least priced variant of the S10 family, still taking pictures will be more affordable with this device as Samsung has provided the S10e with same software and lenses as the S10 and S10 Plus. The only lacking feature in the S10e rear camera is the 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.
Samsung has made NPU backed Shot Suggestion available for S10e as well. On the front S10e shares the same lone 10MP f/1.9 camera as its sibling, the S10.
Hardware and Battery- Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10 is introduced to be different from the predecessors and that is why it is provided with the top-of-the-line hardware upgrades. It comes with a Snapdragon or Exynos chipsets, depending on the location of the buyer.
On the benchmark results, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset present in this device gave record-breaking multi-score speed for Android (11,002) which is pretty close to Apple’s 11,481. There’s an 8GB RAM in S10 and for internal storage, there is a choice between 128GB or 512GB variant. The memory expansion via SD cards is still supported.
For power, it uses a 3,400mAh battery, that Samsung claims offers all-day backup. The Galaxy S10 also comes with the next-gen Wi-Fi 6 under the hood which is 4 times faster than the presently available Wi-Fi 802.11ax. That means the S10 users will see a 20% speed boost in internet usage.Samsung Galaxy S10 Frame Display
One thing that Samsung has made clear is that the Galaxy S10 Plus is designed powerful enough to satisfy the hunger of today’s performance thirsty gamers. In the benchmark tests, the S10 Plus has already proved to be the fastest Android ever with a score of 1,1002. Same as the S10, this device will have either the Snapdragon 855 or latest Exynos chipsets.
Now in terms of storage, there is 8GB RAM and internal storage variants of 512GB and 1TB. The latter one comes with a 12GB RAM which is ridiculously powerful spec. Memory expansion via SD card is still supported. The S10 Plus comes with the novel vapour chamber cooling system which makes long term gaming sessions possible.
There’s a 4,100mAh battery under the hood to fuel this massive beast that supports its bigger display and insane gaming capabilities. Just like the S10, this device also has the Wi-Fi 6.
Samsung Galaxy S10e barely compromises as far as the specifications go. The phone is available in the 128GB variation the comes with a 6GB RAM but there’s a 256GB variant available that comes with 8GB RAM. There is support for microSD memory expansion up to 512GB.
For processing, it uses either an Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855. The S10e has the same set of sensors as its siblings except for the heart rate sensor. To fuel this device, Samsung has packed the Galaxy S10e with a 3,100mAh unit that should be enough to power the phone through the day on average use. The S10e comes with Samsung’s Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 tech, which the manufacturer claims charges faster than standard Qi wireless.
Samsung’s PowerShare Feature
All the three Samsung Galaxy S10 devices have the Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare feature which is an innovative wireless charging tech. This feature essentially converts these devices into a large Qi charging mat for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds or any other phone that supports Qi charging. However, this feature won’t work if the charging on the phone drops to 30%.
Comparing Samsung Galaxy S10 with Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Apple iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 XL
|Keys Spec||Huawei Mate 20 Pro||Apple iPhone XS Max||Google Pixel 3 XL||Samsung Galaxy S10|
(2×2.6GHz +2×1.92GHz +4×1.8GHz)
|hexa-core||2.5GHz octa-core |
(4×2.5GHz + 4×1.6GHz)
Mongoose M4 + 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A75 + 4× M4 + 2×2.3 GHz M4 + 2×2.3 GHz
|Front Camera||24MP||7MP||8MP + 8MP||10MP|
|Resolution||1440×3120 pixels||1242×2688 pixels||1440×2960 pixels||1440 x 3040 pixels|
|OS||Android 9.0||iOS 12||Android 9.0||Android 9.0|
|Rear Camera||40MP +20MP+8MP||12MP+12MP||12.2MP||12MP+12MP+16MP|
|Dimensions (mm)||157.80 x 72.30 x 8.60||157.50 x 77.40 x 7.70||158.00 x 76.70 x 7.90||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4200||–||3430||3400|
|Colours||Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight, Black||Space Grey, Silver, Gold||Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink||Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism White|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 6|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||1||1|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||Yes||–||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|