It seems like only yesterday that Samsung was releasing the latest iteration of its S series devices. But it’s time now for those Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships to step aside and make room for the 10th-anniversary editions. Samsung released it’s first S devices a decade ago. But in 2019, there are new kids on the block: the Galaxy S10 and S10+.

The fresh new Galaxy S models are now upon us. The S10, S10+, and S10E are available now, while an “ultimate power edition” of the S10+ releases later in the month. Later this year, the S10 5G will be available as well.

Will you be getting your hands on one of these hot new devices? How much better is the S10 than the S9? Is it worth an instant upgrade?

In this article, we’re going to share everything we know S10, S10+, and the new offering, the more affordable S10E. Here is what we know so far about these flagship mobile phones.

S10 Specifications

S10+ Specifications

S10E Specifications

The Look

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10E look fairly similar to the S9 iterations, but the truth is, there are dramatic differences.

The most obvious feature that will catch your eye is the edge-to-edge display that is virtually bezel-less and looks extremely sleek. And edge-to-edge it truly is. The devices boast the Infinity-O display, which encompasses the entirety of the phone’s front and makes room for the front camera(s) via a small “hole-punch” notch in the upper corner. This means a screen that takes up more real estate, and makes watching video a real pleasure.

The backside of the S10 is sleek, too. While the Galaxy S9 models had a rear fingerprint scanner just below the cameras, the S10s are stepping into the future with in-screen fingerprint sensors. This results in a nearly flawless rear panel.

The fingerprint sensor is hidden underneath the main phone display. To unlock a device, users place their fingertip in a designated spot on the screen (the middle/bottom where sensors are commonly found. Using Qualcomm's ultrasonic sensing technology, a 3D-type model of the fingerprint is created. Ultimately, this should be faster and more reliable than the typical in-screen sensors that capture just a 2D image. (Note, the S10E does not have the in-screen fingerprint sensor). Not only is this a secure way to unlock your device, but it’s also convenient, easy, and just plain cool.

While the 10th-anniversary S series devices aren’t much wider or taller than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+, they are thinner and lighter, continuing on the trend towards an increasingly minimalistic design. The phones are available in several colours, including an opalescent Prism White and a fresh new Prism Green. Overall, the S10s look stunning, and the high-quality materials and build are immediately evident.

The Performance

The mobile phone looks snazzy, but does it work well, too? Given Samsung’s reputation, it likely comes as no surprise that the answer is a resounding “yes.”

That big screen is impressive, but it’s also brighter and sharper than ever, owing to the QHD+ resolution. The S10’s dynamic tone mapping yields fabulous contrast and the best possible display when watching video or viewing photos.

The phone is fast and responsive. Using Intelligent Performance, the S10 performs more efficiently the longer you have it. This AI-driven performance enhancement optimises battery, CPU, RAM, and even the temperature of your device. Through machine learning, your device tracks your patterns and improves their enhancements over time.

A new interface arrives with the S10, the Samsung 1 UI. Many reviewers have reported this as less clunky than previous systems, though for Android users it may take some getting used to. One reviewer who got an early hands-on experience with the S10, relayed that this operating system would be easier for those making the switch between iPhone and Android. (Side note: If you’re considering switching to Android, the exciting S10 release might be the perfect time to do it).

The S10 devices offer a unique reverse wireless charging feature known as Samsung Wireless PowerShare. Essentially, you can place a device that supports wireless charging on the back of the S10 and charge both devices at the same time. This might not be of much use in your daily life, but if you and a friend both need to get your devices charged and you only have a single charger, this could come in very handy.

The reverse wireless charging could also be useful when charging up your Galaxy Buds, the wireless earbuds that are sure to compete with Apple’s Airpods. With fast-syncing, a 6-hour battery life, and the convenience of charging alongside your S10, these are a valuable new accessory. At the moment, many consumer deals are offering free Galaxy Buds alongside the purchase of a new Galaxy S10.

Your new S10 device will charge quickly either plugged in or wireless, with the series’ improved Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 capabilities. And the battery power is extremely ample, lasting for 24 hours even under fairly heavy device usage.

The Camera

The S9 and S9+ made waves with their fantastic camera specs, and the S10 capitalises on those even further. The camera features on these phones are exceptional.

Keen photographers will want to choose the S10+, which packs all the top photo elements available in this flagship series. Yet even the other options offer serious photographic excellence. No matter the hardware, the S10s have a powerful camera app offering plenty of features.

The S10+ has two front-facing cameras: a main 10-megapixel dual pixel f 1.9 aperture autofocus camera, and a secondary 8-megapixel camera that captures depth data. This is used for Samsung’s “Live Focus” mode, the photo effect that blurs the background and creates “bokeh” in images.

The rear-facing cameras are where Samsung really steps up its game. Both the S10 and the S10+ have a triple camera setup. A 12-megapixel dual pixel lens is the primary camera and the second is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with optical image stabilisation. Most intriguing is the addition of a new ultra wide-angle lens, which allows you to capture even more content in-frame. With this 16-megapixel 123-degree ultra wide-angle lens, Samsung claims that you can cover 4.3x more area than with the Galaxy S9’s standard wide-angle lens. That’s pretty significant.

The 5G Model

In the next few months, we can expect to see the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G. This phone is big: it has a striking 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED display. One of the first phones built to connect over 5G networks, this is definitely a step into the future. Because of this, the Galaxy S10 5G is going to come at a premium price.

The Qualcomm X50 modem will allow the phone to connect to 5G networks when they are available. As 5G expands its presence around the world, this device is ready: equipped to support the fastest connection speeds. For users, this means high-quality audio and video streaming with no interruptions and super-fast downloads.

As 5G becomes more standard, the S10 5G will also be able to pair with virtual reality and augmented reality applications. The 5G model comes with a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor on the back of the device that is designed to help measure depth. Samsung has said that said this will serve to enhance AR applications.

The Conclusion

Is the Galaxy S10 worth the high price tag? It could be.

For those with versions of Android devices that are several years old, the S10 represents a terrific opportunity to grab something new and thrilling. Many tech experts are claiming that this is a much more impressive update to the series than the underwhelming S9’s. So if you’re ready to upgrade, this might be the ideal chance.

If you can’t live without the hottest phone on the market, with all the bells and whistles of a leading flagship, then the S10 is right for you. But through the pandemonium of these flagship releases, it’s perhaps more important than ever to appreciate that mid-range phones are progressing in leaps and bounds, and there are plenty of more budget-friendly options in the market.

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