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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : How To Set Up For The First Time!

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Guide : How To Set Up The First Time!

Purchased the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone, and wondering how to set it up?

Here is a quick guide, with a video, on how to set up your Galaxy Z Flip for the first time!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : A Quick Primer

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the second Samsung foldable smartphone, and the first from their new Z series with a different folding design.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex display, with bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG). Its Hideaway Hinge has a dual CAM mechanism to ensure a smooth and stable folding and unfolding process.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 855 offering better CPU and graphics performance.

  • its single prime Kryo 485 Gold CPU core has a slightly faster clock speed of 2.96 GHz
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with 8 GB LPDDR4 memory, and 256 GB of internal storage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : How To Set Up For The First Time!

If you purchase the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and have no idea how to set it up for the first time, we recorded this video to show you how!

  1. The first thing to do after it boots up, is to select the language and region of choice
  2. You will need to accept the End User licence Agreement and privacy policy
    But you can refuse to send diagnostic data or allow information linking or accept marketing
  3. Next, you should log into your Wi-Fi network
    Wait until it connects successfully, and then tap Next
  4. You will now be given the opportunity to copy your apps and data from your old Android smartphone
    If you are setting up the Galaxy Z Flip as a new device, just tap Don’t Copy
  5. You can now log into your existing Google account, or create a new Google account. Or you can skip this part and do it later
  6. Next, you have the opportunity to turn off certain Google services. Most of these Google servers are actually very useful. You should only turn off sending Google usage and diagnostic data
  7. Now it’s time to protect your Galaxy Z Flip from unauthorised access!
    In this demonstration, we will set up its capacitive side fingerprint sensor…
  8. First, you will be asked to set up a secure screen lock method. Let’s use Pattern.
  9. You will need to draw your pattern once and draw the pattern again to confirm it
  10. The Galaxy Z Flip’s fingerprint sensor is integrated into the Power button on the right side. To train it, you will need to place your finger on the fingerprint sensor and lift when you feel a vibration.
  11. At almost the end of the training process, you will be asked to reposition your finger to capture the edges of the fingerprint
  12. Now, you will be asked to sign into your Samsung account or create one. You need a Samsung account to make use of Samsung services like Bixby or Samsung Pay. But of course, you can always skip this step, and do it later.
  13. The setup process is done, but you need to go through the warnings at the end first
    – Please treat the display gently. Tap the screen lightly, and do not press hard on it.
    – When you fold the phone, make sure there’s nothing between the display that can damage it.
    – The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is not water or dust resistant!
    – Do NOT attach any film to stickers to the main display
    – Keep the Samsung Galaxy Z flip away from credit cards and anything that can be affected by magnets.

Now, you can start using your Galaxy Z Flip!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities in the Mirror Purple and Mirror Black colours, starting in the US and Korea from 14 February 2020 onwards. That will be followed by Mirror Gold in select countries.

It has a recommended retail price of US$1,379.99 / 1.65 million won globally, which is approximately SGD 1,919 / £1,059 / A$2,049. It is available in Malaysia for RM 5,888.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are powered by the Exynos 990 – the latest, greatest mobile platform developed by Samsung themselves.

But just how fast is the Samsung Exynos 990, compared to other mobile platforms? Let’s find out!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 : What You Need To Know

The Samsung Exynos 990 builds upon Samsung’s first mobile platform with an integrated 5G modem – the Exynos 980, but focuses on performance instead of 5G connectivity.

It boasts a range of significant improvements – new Samsung Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) and ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a new Arm Mali-G77 GPU.

Faster Processor + GPU

According to Samsung, its new custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones!

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, and promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 will be the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 60Hz vs 120Hz Battery Life!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Exynos 990 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S10+
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 9471 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 9287 7792 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 6331 6038 9166 5948 5524
Writing 11660 10919 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 29560 20161 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 6849 7356 6155 6339 6450

Well, this is quite a nice surprise! Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

The last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820, for example, were significantly slower than their Qualcomm counterparts – the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+.

But the new Exynos 990 was 36% faster than the Exynos 9820 (its predecessor), and 13% faster than the Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Exynos 990 using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5487 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4808 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8075 8127 7241 4883 4343

Not bad at all! Samsung caught up with Qualcomm in gaming performance as well.

The new Exynos 990 was 7.5% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, that powered high-end gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro, in Sling Shot Extreme, matching it in the easier Sling Shot benchmark.

Notably, the Exynos 990 was 50% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820 that powered the Galaxy S10+.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Exynos 990 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
AnTuTu Score 518159 434168 371473 348397 330549
CPU 151510 126170 126011 101187 100272
GPU 218164 188158 156318 156700 149930
Memory 78457 65052 77763 72051 68188
UX 70028 54788 11381 18459 12159

Will you look at that? The Samsung Exynos 990 was 19% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, and 57% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

In summary, the new Samsung Exynos 990 represents a whole new level of performance.

Compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 9820, it was generally 36% faster in work performance, and 50%-60% faster in games.

Compared to the Snapdragon 855+, it was 13% faster in work performance, and 7%~19% faster in games.

In just one year, Samsung has made significant strides in improving the performance of their Exynos mobile platforms.

Too bad we do not have access to the Snapdragon 865… but at least we know that the Exynos 990 can deliver excellent work and gaming performance!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

Together with the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip – their second foldable smartphone.

Let’s take a quick look at the important stuff you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the second Samsung foldable smartphone, and the first from their new Z series with a different folding design.

Foldable Glass Display with Ultra Thin Glass

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex display, with bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG).

There have been suggestions that it’s really plastic, but that’s not true. There is simply a plastic film over the Ultra Thin Glass.

Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a Hideaway Hinge that is backed by a dual CAM mechanism to ensure a smooth and stable folding and unfolding process.

This Hideaway Hinge also lets the Z Flip stay open at any angle you want, and comes with Sweeper technology – nylon fibres designed to repel dirt and dust!

New Flex Mode

Leveraging its forward folding form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip will switch to the Flex mode when it is in the free standing mode.

The display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens, so you can view photos or videos in the top half, and control them or perform actions on the bottom half!

Performance, RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 855 offering better CPU and graphics performance.

  • its single prime Kryo 485 Gold CPU core has a slightly faster clock speed of 2.96 GHz
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with 8 GB LPDDR4 memory, and 256 GB of internal storage.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Cameras!

In the front, it has a 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. In the back, it has a dual camera system that consists of :

  • 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with f/1.8 aperture and OIS
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture

Its foldable form factor also allows you to use it for low-angle shots, and have it stand without a tripod!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Main Display 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display
– Dynamic AMOLED panel
– 1080 x 2636 pixels (425 ppi)
Cover Display 1.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 300 x 112 pixels (303 ppi)
Protection NA
Operating System Android 10
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
CPU 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.95 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.41 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.78 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB internal storage
Front Camera 10 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture
Rear Cameras Dual Camera System
– 12 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, HDR10+
– 12 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Cat16 DL : 1 Gbps / LTE Cat13 UL : 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
(2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Capacitive, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, RGB Light
Battery 3,300 mAh LiPo battery
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
73.6 mm wide
167.3 mm tall
7.2 mm thick
Dimensions
(Folded)
73.6 mm wide
87.4 mm tall
17.3 mm thick
Weight 183 g
Colour Options Mirror Purple / Mirror Black / Mirror Gold

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a recommended retail price of US$1,379.99 / 1.65 million won, which is approximately RM 5,699 / SGD 1,919 / £1,059 / A$2,049.

It will be available in limited quantities in the Mirror Purple and Mirror Black colours, starting in the US and Korea from 14 February 2020 onwards. That will be followed by Mirror Gold in select countries.

 

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent Edition Comparison!

Worried that gamers are swarming for the highly-affordable ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, ASUS urgently touted the advantages of the delayed ROG Phone 2 Global Edition.

Let’s compare the specifications of the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition against the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition model!

Note : ASUS has since renamed the Global Edition as the Elite Edition, with a STRIX Edition as the “global version” of the Tencent Edition, with a 1TB Ultimate Edition.

 

ROG Phone 2 – Super Fast Phone, Super Slow Rollout

ASUS launched the ROG Phone last year, calling it the world’s first smartphone designed for mobile gaming. Unfortunately, they squandered that advantage with an ultra-slow rollout in a fast-moving industry.

More nimble, new competitors like Black Shark not only introduced their own gaming smartphones, they literally surged past them.

The Black Shark 2, for example, launched way back in April 2019 with the Snapdragon 855, and they launched the Black Shark 2 PRO that is powered by the same Snapdragon 855+ that the ROG Phone 2 uses… in JULY 2019.

Of course, the ROG Phone 2 boasts a 120 Hz display, with a 1 ms response time that totally crushes the likes of Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 PRO, and should guarantee silky-smooth gameplay, albeit at the expense of battery life.

That’s why ASUS gave it a massive 6,000 mAh battery – so it will last for quite a few rounds. The downside? It weighs almost a quarter of a kilo and is almost a full cm thick.

Of course, Black Shark has publicly pooh-poohed the usefulness of a 120 Hz display in this recent Q&A session :

Instead of a higher refresh rate, they opted to use DC dimming to reduce eyestrain, and an integrated DSP with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) capabilities to eliminate unwanted judder and blur.

There is also the issue of ASUS quietly setting the ROG Phone 2 to use a 60Hz refresh rate instead, to improve battery life.

Recommended : ROG Phone 2 : How To Turn On 90Hz / 120Hz Refresh Rate!

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent Edition

Back in August 2019, ASUS and Tencent revealed the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition in China, powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus platform.

However, ASUS did NOT want anyone to think or talk about the Tencent Edition because it is MUCH CHEAPER, and is a darn better deal than the Global Edition that they only introduced in October 2019.

They urged their media friends to talk up the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition instead. But in our honest opinion, the Tencent version is a better deal for gamers. Here’s why!

Recommended : Why ROG Phone II Tencent Is Better Than The Global Edition!

For your convenience, we compare the specifications of both models in this table :

Specifications ASUS ROG Phone 2
Global Edition
ASUS ROG Phone 2
Tencent Edition
Display 6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
Chassis Glass Back Cover Glass + Metal Back Cover
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Processor 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 512 GB / 1 TB UFS 3.0 128 GB UFS 3.0
Front Camera 24 MP front camera
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
4G Network LTE Cat18
– 211 Mbps UL, 1.2 Gbps DL
LTE Cat16
– 150 Mbps UL, 1.0 Gbps DL
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Sensors Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons
Audio Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Battery 6,000 mAh battery
Charger 30 watt 18 watt
AeroActive Cooler Yes No
Bundled Case Aero Case Bumper Case
Box Type Six Prism Box Square Box
Dimensions 77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick
Weight 240 g

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

In case you are wondering, the Snapdragon 855 Plus is just a speed-binned version of the regular Snapdragon 855. They are virtually identical.

The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :

  • its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.

In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% increase in peak GPU performance.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

 

ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent : Price + Availability

ASUS finally released the Global Edition (now renamed Elite Edition) in the US and India in September 2019, with other countries like Malaysia receiving a limited number in mid-October 2019.

Based on the US, European and Chinese launch prices of $899, €899 and RMB 5,999, it is a whopping 23% more expensive than the Black Shark 2 PRO – an extra RM 700 / ~US$240 / ~£136 / ~A$249!

The ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition is much cheaper, of course. Its RMB 3,499 retail price in China translates into approximately RM 2,059 / ~US$499 / ~£399 / ~A$724!

That is 80% off the cost of the Global Edition, and 31% cheaper than the Black Shark 2 PRO!

Recommended : ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO : Who Wins?

In the beginning, it was only available officially in China and India… and while you can purchase one off the grey market, you would not receive any warranty or even OTA updates for them.

But the good news is ASUS has finally released the STRIX Edition, which is basically the global version of the Tencent Edition.

Recommended : Why ROG Phone 2 STRIX Is BETTER Than Elite / Ultimate!

 

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Black Shark 2 PRO – EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

The Black Shark 2 PRO really impressed us when it came out, offering a great set of mobile gaming features at an affordable price point!

Here is everything you need to know about the Black Shark 2 PRO!

 

The Black Shark 2 Pro Gaming Smartphone

Black Shark 2 Pro (MY | SG | AU | UK) is a mid-cycle update of the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone that launched back in April.

Like the recently announced ASUS ROG Phone 2, it mainly features an upgrade to the Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform.

Flagship Class Performance

The Black Shark 2 Pro (MY | SG | AU | UK) runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, and comes with either 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, or 12 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Notably, it comes with UFS 3.0 storage, which is about 2X faster than the UFS 2.1 storage in Black Shark 2.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Ludicrous Mode

To guarantee maximum gaming performance with no dropped frames, the Ludicrous Mode locks the CPU into its maximum clock speed.

Mille-Feuille Full Area Liquid Cooling System

The Black Shark 2 Pro (MY | SG | AU | UK) features a Mille-Feuille full area liquid cooling system that keeps the entire device cool, as opposed to just cooling the CPU and GPU.

AMOLED Display With DC Dimming

Black Shark 2 Pro (MY | SG | AU | UK) comes with a large 6.38-inch AMOLED display with DC dimming to reduce strain on the eyes.

It also boasts an integrated DSP with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) capabilities to eliminate unwanted judder and blur.

Low Latency Touch Screen

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It claims to have the “world’s lowest latency touch screen“, with a response time of only 43.5 ms, slightly less than the iPhone XS at 45 ms and the Galaxy S10 at 60 ms.

Black Shark 2 Pro Has 5-Hour Battery Life

Despite its size, it only comes with a 4,000 mAh battery.  However, they assure us that it will let you game for up to 5 hours before it needs a recharge.

X+2 Antenna

To ensure maximum wireless connectivity, it features an enhanced X+2 antenna design.

The two additional side antennas help the X-type smart antenna transfer data wirelessly no matter how you grip the phone.

Black Shark 2 Pro Gaming Audio

Its audio system is designed specifically for gamers, with dual front-facing speakers. They are also 25% larger than speakers of a standard smartphone.

It also comes with three gaming microphones – two of them noise-cancelling microphones in the front to  ensure clear in-game voice chats.

4D Gaming Experience

Unlike regular smartphones, it can recognise different environments, weapons, movements and actions (e.g. hits), and can automatically vibrate itself to create a 4D gaming experience.

Black Shark 2 Pro Host Mode

If you want to play on a larger display, you can connect Black Shark 2 Pro (MY | SG | AU | UK) to a TV or monitor using a HDMI cable. Then you can play your games like a console with the optional GamePad 3.0 accessory.

Fast Charging While Gaming

It supports 27 watt fast charging, which gives you 30 minutes playing time with a quick 5-minute charge, and one full hour of gaming with just 10 minutes of charging.

You don’t even have to stop playing. Even if, for example, you are playing PUBG, it will recharge to 15% in just 30 minutes.

Recommended : Black Shark 2 PRO In-Depth Review : A Real Gaming Beast!

 

Black Shark 2 Pro Specifications

For your convenience, we compare its specifications against the Black Shark 2.

Specifications Black Shark 2 Pro Black Shark 2
Display 6.39-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels, 403 ppi)
– 108.9% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 430 nits max brightness
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz) Qualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)
RAM 8 GB / 12 GB LPDDR4X-2133 (Dual Channel)
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB UFS 3.0 128 GB / 256 GB UFS 2.1
Front Camera 20 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.75 aperture
12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat18 – 211 Mbps UL, 1.2 Gbps DL
WiFi : 802.11ac, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Audio Dual, front facing speakers
Vibration Sense Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display Optical Sensor
Other Sensors Gyroscope, geomagnetism, gravity, distance, ambient light and ForceTouch sensors
Battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 27 watt, with USB-C cable
Dimensions 75.01 mm wide x 163.61 mm tall x 8.77 mm thick
Weight 205 g

 

Black Shark 2 Pro Colour Options

Black Shark offers five colour options globally :

  • Myth Ray
  • Racing
  • Gulf Blue (aka Racing)
  • Iceberg Grey (aka Freezing Blade)
  • Shadow Black (aka Black Bolt)

However, only these three colours will be available in Malaysia :

  • Shadow Black / Black Bolt
  • Iceberg Grey / Freezing Blade
  • Gulf Blue / Racing

 

Black Shark 2 Pro Price + Availability

It comes in two variants, with these recommended retail prices :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 2,499 / ~US$599 / £545 / ~A$879 / S$739
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : RM 2,999 / ~US$709 / £635 / ~A$1,059 / S$869

Here are some online purchase options :

Malaysia

Singapore

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide For First Time Users!

The Samsung Galaxy Fold introduces a new concept – a foldable design, with a foldable display. To showcase what you can do with it, here is our Samsung Galaxy Fold guide for first time users!

With some help from Samsung, we will take you from the moment of unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Fold, through its various usage possibilities.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 1 : Unboxing

Samsung promises a premium and eco-friendly experience from the get-go. The packaging for the Samsung Galaxy Fold is not only premium, it is made entirely from eco-friendly materials.

Before you start using it though, Samsung strongly advises you to read the User Guide and Care Instruction inside the box.

They will provide you with an introduction to the Galaxy Fold’s folding display mechanism, and teach you how to use it properly to avoid damage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 2 : Getting A Grip

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is designed with an identical volume on all four sides of the device to provide the best grip possible.

When folded, Samsung points out that the Galaxy Fold is narrower than conventional smartphones at just 62.8 mm, which should allow for easier one-handed usage.

You will notice that Samsung placed the Volume and Power buttons as well as the fingerprint sensor on the right side of the Galaxy Fold.

These buttons can be customised according to your preference through Settings > Advanced Features, but by default :

  • pressing the Power button twice launches the Camera app
  • a long press of the Power button launches Bixby

One advantage of having two displays in one device is that you can set two custom home screens – one for the cover display, and one for the main display.

This allows you to select the most useful apps for one-handed use, and a different set of apps when you need to multitask on the big main display.

You can also set the navigation bar in the main display to the middle, left-side or right-side through Settings > Display > My Navigation Bar > Adjustment.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 3 : Switching Seamlessly

Samsung developed a new UX for the Galaxy Fold, which includes App Continuity.

App Continuity allows you to check an email notification on the cover display, and have it display automatically with a virtual keyboard, when you unfold the main display to respond.

It works both ways – after you plan a trip on Google Maps (for example) on the main display, you can fold the phone and have Google Maps display your route on the cover display automatically.

To enable App Continuity, go to Settings > Display > Continue apps on the cover display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 4 : Using The Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with SIX cameras – three for selfies, and three at the back.

The cover display has a dedicated camera for tracking a quick selfie. But if you open up the main display, you gain access to dual cameras that let you capture a wider-angle with Live Focus capability.

The Galaxy Fold’s main display allows for an expansive view of subject when you are using the rear triple cameras.

You can also take photos in any orientation – the Galaxy Fold will automatically move the shutter button to an optimised position, as you switch to landscape or portrait mode.

You can also press and drag the shutter button to move it to a preferred location!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 5 : Harnessing The Large Display

The main appeal of foldable phones is they allow for a much larger display in a smaller form factor.

Unfortunately, we were not amongst the lucky few to get some hands-on time with the improved Galaxy Fold, but Samsung assured us that users will be impressed with the large 7.3-inch display.

Beyond its size, the main display uses a Dynamic AMOLED panel – the best in the industry, with HDR10+ colour and Dynamic Tone Mapping. It is also a TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display with reduced blue light emissions.

To enjoy a cinematic viewing experience, don’t forget to drag down the upper notification window to turn on the Dolby Atmos feature. You can then enjoy an expanded soundscape through its AKG-tune stereo speakers.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 6 : Multitasking

To help you multitask, Samsung Galaxy Fold has a Multi-Active Window feature that lets you use multiple active apps simultaneously.

Swipe the right-hand side of the main display to access the Multi Window Tray. It lists both your recently-used apps, as well as a View All button to see all apps that support Multi Window.

You can customise your favourite Multi Window apps within the tray using Settings > Advanced Features > Multi Window Tray.

You can then drag and drop up to three apps into the desired position and order on the display.

Furthermore, once you launch those apps, you can adjust the size of the app’s window by pressing the handle at the top of each window.

The Galaxy Fold supports up to three Multi Windows, as well as five pop-up windows. That means you can actually launch and use up to eight applications simultaneously!

To access pop-up windows, open the Multi Window Tray, and drag the app you need to the centre of the main display. It will become a pop-up window!

These pop-up windows can also be made transparent, so you can see and make use of the Multi-Active Windows behind.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Guide Part 6 : Next-Level Productivity

For greater productivity, power users can try out the Dual Messenger feature, which lets you keep your work and personal messages in separate windows using the Multi Window option.

You can also respond to alarms and notifications – when a notification message appears, you can drag it down into a Multi-Active Window to seamlessly respond or reply without interrupting your other apps.

To enable this Smart Pop-Up View feature, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Pop-Up View.

Samsung would like us to remind all Galaxy Fold users that you need not worry about its multitasking performance.

Powered by the fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform with 12 GB of RAM, it is more than capable of handling multiple apps – all running at the same time!

Recommended : The Tech ARP Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability

If you have not purchased your Samsung Galaxy Fold yet, here are their official launch prices :

  • South Korea : ₩ 2,398,000 (5G model)
  • United States : US$ 1,980
  • United Kingdom : £ 1,799
  • Malaysia : RM 8,388

And here are some direct purchase links :

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Smartphone Preview!

After months of re-engineering, Samsung just launched the Galaxy Fold – their first foldable smartphone.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the improved Samsung Galaxy Fold, including the official hands-on video, price and availability!

 

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Its killer feature is the eponymous foldable display, which promises to revolutionise how we use our smartphones.

When folded, its 4.6-inch cover display lets you use it like any other smartphone. But when you need a larger display, just unfold it to reveal its massive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display!

According to Samsung, the combination of a cover display, and the large inner Infinity Flex display allows for better multitasking possibilities.

And here is a look at how much easier it is to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Fold cameras, and the larger Infinity Flex display.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-On Video!

Sadly, we were not one of the few given the chance to try it out in person, but Samsung shared with us the official hands-on video that showcases its key features :

As you can see, its folding design allows for a different user experience with new possibilities. That’s why we came up with a guide for first-time users.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Fold
DisplayMain Display
- 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display
- 1536 x 2152 pixels (362 ppi)
Cover Display
-4.6-inch Super AMOLED display
- 720 x 1680 pixels (399 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver (1.78 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640
Memory12 GB LPDDR4X-4266
Storage512 GB (UFS 3.0)
Front CamerasDual Lens Camera
- 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 8 MP depth sensor with f/1.9 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP Dual Aperture camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
SIM CapabilityLTE : One eSIM + one nano SIM
5G : One nano SIM
NetworkLTE : 2x2 MIMO, 6CA, Cat18
- up to 1.2 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL
5G : Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub-6 GHz
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
BatteryLTE : 4,380 mAh dual battery
5G : 4,235 mAh dual battery
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Power button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
NFC / Samsung PayYes / Yes
DimensionsFolded : 62.8 mm x 160.9 mm x 15.7 to 17.1 mm
Unfolded : 117.9 mm x 160.9 mm x 7.6 mm
Weight276 grams
Colour OptionsCosmos Black / Space Silver

 

How Durable Is The Samsung Galaxy Fold?

In contrast to HUAWEI Mate X‘s outward folding design, the inward-folding design places great stress on the seam.

Would it be able to withstand being folded many times a day? Would it break into half, like a paper clip that has been unfolded and folded too many times?

Recommended : The Tech ARP Samsung Galaxy Fold Care Guide!

The Initial Samsung Infinity Flex Qualifying Test

Here is a look at the special folding test that basically used robots to fold and unfold the Infinity Flex samples repeatedly, to see if it would withstand at least 200,000 folds and unfolds.

It took these hardworking robots a full week to complete the test!

According to Samsung, the folding test was successful, proving that their foldable display is more than tough enough to withstand daily use.

Why 200,000 folds and unfolds? That threshold was based on the requirement that the foldable display be able to withstand 100 folds and unfolds a day for at least 5 years.

Unfortunately, the Infinity Flex display of production units proved to be still too fragile for mainstream use, and its launch was delayed.

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Launch Delay + Fix Explained!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Re-Engineered

Samsung spent the last 4.5 months re-engineering the Infinity Flex display, making it tough enough to handle not only the abuse of regular use, but also the natural follies of human nature.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.

The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.

Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.

The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service

Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy Fold Premier Service, which gives you exclusive access to specialised customer care :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone

Recommended : The Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service Explained!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability

Samsung is making the Fold available in these countries at these dates :

  • 6 September 2019 : South Korea
  • 18 September 2019 : France, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom
  • 16 October 2019 : Malaysia

And here are the launch prices :

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  • South Korea : ₩ 2,398,000 (5G model)
  • United States : US$ 1,980
  • United Kingdom : £ 1,799
  • Malaysia : RM 8,388

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Pre-Order For Malaysia!

After launching the re-engineered Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone in several countries around the world, Samsung is now launching it here in Malaysia!

Here is everything you need to know about the improved Samsung Galaxy Fold, including its price and pre-order for Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Price + Availability For Malaysia!

Samsung today officially announced these price and availability details for the Galaxy Fold in Malaysia :

  • Available colours : Cosmos Black and Space Silver
  • Recommended retail price : RM 8,388 / ~US$1,999 / ~£1,629 / ~A$2,959

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Pre-Order Details For Malaysia!

Malaysian residents will be able to pre-order the Galaxy Fold starting 9 October 2019.

Step 1 : Walk into your preferred participating Samsung outlet

Step 2 : Make a RM 800 deposit (not refundable and not transferrable)

Step 3 : Collect your pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy Fold from Wednesday, 16 October 2019 until Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Every pre-ordered unit will come with a One-Time Screen Crack Replacement for 12 months, but to qualify, you must register for this benefit using the Samsung Members app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Re-Engineered

Samsung spent the last 4.5 months re-engineering the Infinity Flex display, making it tough enough to handle not only the abuse of regular use, but also the natural follies of human nature.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.

The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.

Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.

The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.

Samsung has reintroduced the improved Galaxy Fold to South Korea, followed by the UK, France, Germany and Singapore… and now, Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service

Samsung will also introduce a new Galaxy Fold Premier Service in Malaysia, which will give you exclusive access to specialised customer care :

  • one-to-one access to Samsung experts,
  • access to a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone
  • Express Repair Service with door-to-door delivery

We presume that the one-to-one session will be made somewhat mandatory, so that Samsung experts can teach users how to use and maintain the Infinity Flex display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Fold
DisplayMain Display
- 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display
- 1536 x 2152 pixels (362 ppi)
Cover Display
-4.6-inch Super AMOLED display
- 720 x 1680 pixels (399 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver (1.78 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640
Memory12 GB LPDDR4X-4266
Storage512 GB (UFS 3.0)
Front CamerasDual Lens Camera
- 10 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 8 MP depth sensor with f/1.9 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP Dual Aperture camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
SIM CapabilityLTE : One eSIM + one nano SIM
5G : One nano SIM
NetworkLTE : 2x2 MIMO, 6CA, Cat18
- up to 1.2 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL
5G : Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub-6 GHz
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
BatteryLTE : 4,380 mAh dual battery
5G : 4,235 mAh dual battery
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Power button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
NFC / Samsung PayYes / Yes
DimensionsFolded : 62.8 mm x 160.9 mm x 15.7 to 17.1 mm
Unfolded : 117.9 mm x 160.9 mm x 7.6 mm
Weight276 grams
Colour OptionsCosmos Black / Space Silver

 

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The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

With brands trying to pitch gaming smartphones based on the Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, the question arises – is the Snapdragon 855 Plus really necessary for mobile gaming?

Find out what the Snapdragon 855 Plus offers over the “regular” Snapdragon 855, and if they will really affect your gaming experience!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

Announced in December 2018, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus is a mid-cycle refresh of the flagship Snapdragon 855 mobile platform.

Since it started shipping in the first quarter of 2019, some smartphone brands have been promoting it as a “must-have” feature for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

The ASUS ROG Phone 2, for example, boasts of it as a key selling point. As does the upcoming Black Shark 2 Pro.

 

Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 : What’s Different?

In Qualcomm’s product brief, they even claimed that it would deliver “incredible gains” in performance, and that your gaming experience will take on “a new dimension“.

WOW… That’s some pitch…

But as bombastic as it sounds, the Snapdragon 855 Plus only differs from the Qualcomm 855 in two aspects :

  • its single prime Kryo 485 Gold CPU core has a slightly faster clock speed of 2.96 GHz
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz

Its other features are completely identical to the “regular” Snapdragon 855, as you can see in our comparison table :

Specifications Snapdragon 855 Plus Snapdragon 855
Fabrication Process 7 nm FinFET
Prime CPU Core 1 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.96 GHz) 1 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
Performance CPU Cores 3 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
Low-Power CPU Cores 4 x Kryo 485 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics Processor Adreno 640 (672 MHz) Adreno 640 (585 MHz)
Modem Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem
LTE Peak Download Speed 2 Gbps (7 x 20 MHz carrier aggregation)
LTE Peak Download Speed 316 Mbps (3 x 20 MHz carrier aggregation)
Image Signal Processor Spectra 380 + Dual 14-bit CV-ISPs

 

The Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU Performance Explained

The Snapdragon 855 Plus has eight CPU cores, but only its single prime Kryo 485 Gold core has a 4.2% higher clock speed.

This gives single-threaded workloads a small 4% boost in performance. However, you should expect to see the performance difference only in benchmarks.

With multi-threaded workloads, the effect will be even more insignificant and definitely not noticeable.

 

The Snapdragon 855 Plus GPU Performance Explained

Its Adreno 640 GPU, on the other hand, received a significant 15% boost in clock speed. This will improve its graphics performance significantly.

However, whether you can actually feel a difference highly depends on the smartphone.

  • If it’s being used to drive a 4K and/or 120 Hz display, it could mean the difference between silky-smooth and occasionally jerky gameplay.
  • But if it’s just driving a Full HD and/or 60 Hz display… then it’s probably being used for marketing purposes because you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Remember – the regular Snapdragon 855 is a gaming powerhouse in its own right. You haven’t heard anyone complaining about its gaming performance, have you?

 

Is It Worth Paying Extra For The Snapdragon 855 Plus?

That would be like asking if it’s worth paying extra for a Lamborghini.

For the ultra-rich, they will probably settle for nothing less than the very best money can buy.

But for the rest of us – the economic hoi polloi, it really depends on how much extra brands want you to pay for an 855 Plus smartphone.

Recommended : ROG Phone 2 : Tencent vs MY / Global Edition Compared!

If you want to use your smartphone primarily as a gaming device, you should logically not pay more than a 15% premium. After all, the most you can expect is a 15% boost in graphics performance.

We personally wouldn’t pay more than a 5% price premium for what’s really an overclocked Snapdragon 855.

But take note too the other features of the gaming smartphone, like a high frame rate or HDR display. It may be worth paying a higher price premium for those features…

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Preview + Colour Options!

Xiaomi launched the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) in June, and now they finally launched the Mi 9T Pro, also known as the Redmi K20 Pro!

Here is our hands-on preview of the new Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, as well as our comparison of all three colour options!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Preview

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) before its launch. Here is our preview of all three colour options!

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is, in many respects, very similar to the Mi 9T (Redmi K20). In fact, there are only three key aspects in which they differ…

Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Platform

The Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform, while the Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 flagship platform.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has a triple-cluster CPU architecture, that consists of :

  • a prime Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
  • three performance Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
  • four low-power Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)

It also has an Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU, with a clock speed of 585 MHz.

Xiaomi took great pains to point out to us that it has great gaming performance, even though it is not the Snapdragon 855 Plus that will power some “gaming smartphones” like the ROG Phone 2, and the upcoming Black Shark 2 Pro.

To ensure sustained performance, the Snapdragon 855 is kept cool by an 8-layer graphite stack, and a bi-directional cooling system.

Xiaomi only let us test the Mi 9T Pro for two rounds of PUBG Mobile. It had no problem (of course) running PUBG Mobile with all the graphics features turned on, but it will get pretty toasty.

Recommended : Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

A Better Front Camera

Both models have a 20 MP front camera. But they differ in two aspects :

  • the Mi 9T Pro has a larger sensor, with much larger 1.6 μm pixels (versus 0.9 μm pixels)
  • the Mi 9T‘s front camera has a slightly larger f/2.0 aperture (versus f/2.2)

What this means is the Mi 9T Pro’s front camera will give you better picture quality with less noise. And even though it has a slightly smaller aperture, it will still deliver better low-light performance because it has 78% larger pixels.

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Better Video Recording Capability

The Mi 9T (Redmi K20) uses the Sony IMX582 sensor, while the Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) uses the Sony IMX586 sensor.

However, they are both virtually the same – with the same sensor size, pixel size and 48 MP resolution.

The only difference – the IMX582 can only record 4K videos at up to 30 fps, while the IMX586 can record 4K videos at up to 60 fps.

Recommended : Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582 Comparison – Which Is Better?

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Specifications

We now compare the specifications of both models.

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9T ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 618 (610 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 1.6 μm pixels, and f/2.2 aperture20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
Triple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX582 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFCYesYes
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorIn-Display Sensor
Other SensorsDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compassDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight191 grams191 grams
Colour OptionsCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame RedCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame Red

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Price + Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants, at these recommended retail prices starting 30 August 2019 :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,599 / ~$379 / ~£313 / ~A564
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,799 / ~$429 / ~£349 / ~A635

They will also be available all three colours – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue, Flame Red for both variants.

Xiaomi is also introducing the Pearl White colour, but it is only available in the 6 GB + 64 GB version, at Authorised Mi Stores only.

It will only be available starting 30 August 2019, but you can pre-order it now – 6GB + 64GB | 6GB + 128GB.

 

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Sony Xperia 1 Heroically Challenges The Galaxy Note 10+!

Sony just directly took on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, with their Xperia 1 smartphone that is still weeks away from being launched.

Challenging Samsung is nothing new. But challenging the Note 10+ with a multimedia-heavy device that has fewer features, at the same price point – that takes some balls.

 

Sony Throws Down The Xperia 1 Gauntlet

On the very same day Samsung kicked off retail sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Sony announced a pre-order for their upcoming Xperia 1 flagship smartphone.

And here’s the kicker – they are offering it at the same price as the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB), while arguably offering a less-impressive feature set.

 

Sony Xperia 1’s Key Selling Points

Of course, the Sony Xperia 1 has a few key features that they are touting against the Galaxy Note 10+.

  • 21:9 CinemaWide display, with 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • X1 mobile HDR remastering technology
  • 100% DCI-P3 colour space with Creator display mode
  • BIONZ X image processing engine with Eye AF

This makes the Sony Xperia 1 a multimedia powerhouse – great for those who want to enjoy a cinematic experience watching movies and videos.

 

Sony Xperia 1 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB)

However, when we compare the key specifications of the Sony Xperia 1 against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, this is what we found…

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Sony Xperia 1
Display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3040 pixels
6.5-inch OLED display
1644 x 3840 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 IP65
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Processor 1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X 6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 256 GB (UFS) 128 GB (UFS)
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.9) 8 MP camera (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4)
13 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP main camera (f/16)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
Stylus S Pen None
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Ultrasonic Side Button
Audio Dolby Atmos, AKG-tuned Dolby Atmos
Battery 4,300 mAh battery 3,330 mAh battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
12 watt wireless charging
Wireless reverse charging
18 watt wired charging
No wireless charging
No wireless reverse charging

Of course, we have yet to test the Xperia 1 ourselves, but in a pure spec shoot-out, it is completely outclassed by the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB).

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Sony Xperia 1 Price + Availability

Sony is making the Xperia 1 available in three colours – Black, Purple and Grey, with a recommended retail price of RM 4,299 / ~US$1,029 / ~£839 / ~A$1,519.

Sony will start showing it off on 30 August, but retail sales will only begin weeks later on 8 October 2019.

 

Sony Xperia 1 Pre-Order Promotion

To drum up interest between now and 8 October, Sony is opening up pre-orders from 24 August until 6 October 2019.

If you book an Xperia 1 smartphone during the 6+ weeks pre-order period, you will receive a FREE pair of black Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones.

The pre-order page went down for more than half a day, but it’s up and running now!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

We were amongst the few to get some hands-on time with the first few Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphones.

Here is our hands-on preview, with our first impressions of the brand new Galaxy Note10 smartphone!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (SM-N970) is the latest evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of premium smartphones designed for those who want or need a stylus.

Powered by the latest Samsung / Qualcomm mobile platform, it comes with a large 6.3-inch Infinity-O display, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

The iconic S Pen now supports Air Gestures, and Samsung introduced new Audio Zoom capabilities.

However, it drops the 3.5 mm audio port and iris scanner. Samsung giveth, and Samsung taketh away.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications Compared

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note9, the Note10 has a larger brother – the Note10+. We compare the specifications of all three devices in this table below :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note10+Samsung Galaxy Note10Samsung Galaxy Note9
Display6.8" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 ppi)
6.3" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (401 ppi)
6.4" dual-edge display
- Super AMOLED panel
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP RatingIP68IP68IP68
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9810
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory12 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM8 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options256 / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 1 TB
256 GB internal storage
No microSD slot
128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 512 GB
Front Camera10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear CameraQuad Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens

DepthVision Camera
38.4 KP ToF sensor
Triple Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Dual Lens Camera with dual-tone LED flash

Dual-Aperture Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, and OIS
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM (dual standby capability)Dual SIM (dual standby capability)Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps / 200 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, Rear Mounted
Iris ScannerNoNoYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYesYesYes
S PenYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LE
Battery4,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
DimensionsNANA76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight196 g168 g201 g
Colour OptionsAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura WhiteAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura PinkOcean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple (limited countries)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

It is available in these FIVE colours, with Aura Pink and Aura Red as exclusive colours.

However, only two or three will be offered in most countries. Here in Malaysia, Samsung is only offering the Note10 in Aura Glow, Aura Pink and Aura Black, at least initially…

We got our hands on all three colours, so we can compare them in real-life :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Launch Price

Here are its official launch prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) $949.99 £869 A$1,499 RM 3,699

And here are the official Samsung ONLINE pre-order / purchase links in Malaysia :

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note10 Hands On + Performance!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Hands On!

We were amongst the few to get our hands on the Note10 devices here in Malaysia.

And we managed to get three of them in the Aura Glow, Aura Pink and Aura Black colours!

Here is our hands-on videos of the three Note10 devices :

Samsung removed the Bixby button, and replaced it with the Power button. So you will find the Volume buttons and Power button now located on the left side.

You may recall that in the Galaxy Note9, the Power button was on the right side. Now, the right side is completely devoid of any buttons.

At the top, you will find the SIM tray, a microphone port and a speaker port.

The slightly larger hole is not an IR emitter, or the third microphone, as some sites have claimed. It is actually an extra speaker port for the top speaker.

At the bottom, you will find the S Pen port, a speaker port, a second microphone port and the USB Type C port.

The 3.5 mm audio port is gone. Unfortunately, the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle is not provided as part of the package.

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Faster Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms!

Globally, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will run on the new Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC..

It is a refreshed version of the Exynos 9820 that powers the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, fabricated on the smaller 7 nm process.

Here is a comparison of the Exynos 9825’s performance against other devices.

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note10
Samsung Galaxy
Note9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
P30 Pro
Single Core 4495 3443 4821 3317
Multi-Core 10223 8778 11610 9819

In the United States, it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 instead.

This puts it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, or the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Here is a comparison table we created of the two mobile platforms :

Features Samsung Exynos 9825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Process 7 nm 7 nm
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Tri-Cluster (1+3+4)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 4 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A75 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12 Qualcomm Adreno 640
Memory LPDDR4x-3600 LPDDR4x-4266
5G Modem Separate Exynos 5100 Integrated Snapdragon X50
LTE Modem DL : Cat.20 8CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.20 3CA (316 Mbps)
DL : Cat.20 7CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.13 3CA (316 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0

Whichever mobile platform your Note10 comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 will come with a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display, with a Full HD+ resolution and a punch hold for the front camera.

This would make it slightly smaller than the 6.4-inch display of the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note9, with a lower display resolution and pixel density.

On the other hand, the Note10+ comes with a massive 6.8-inch display and Quad HD+ display resolution.

 

Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen will get some upgrades, with the new version supporting Air Gestures.

It retains the single button, but comes with a built-in battery for about 10 hours of battery life, instead of a capacitor that powered the Note9 S Pen.

It will apparently let you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch between the different cameras. Get more details in our article – Samsung Galaxy Note10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

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Single Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 has a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera in the front, with f/1.9 aperture and a 80° field of view like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

 

Triple Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with a triple camera system, that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and 123° field of view.
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2X lossless zoom

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

There are three Audio Zoom microphones, which will “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and hopefully greatly reduce ambient noise.

Audio Zoom will also change the range of sound that it captures as you “zoom” into the action. Very interesting!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note10 – Other Key Features!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Dual SIM Tray

Disappointingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will NOT come with a hybrid SIM tray. Instead, it will have a dual SIM tray.

This means you are limited to the 256 GB internal storage.

While that is more than enough for most users, we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media.

In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

If you want the ability to add a microSD card, you will need to opt for the Note10+, which comes with the hybrid SIM slot.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, and supports 45W fast charging and 12W fast wireless charging.

However, it will not come with the new 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger, only a 25W fast charger.

 

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrects the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung removed the  headphone jack in the Note10 series.

Unfortunately, the dongle is NOT free. Samsung is going to sell it for US$10 / ~£8.30 / A$20 / ~RM 42  each.

There is some good news though – the box includes a pair of USB Type C AKG earphones. At the very least, you can listen to music right out of the box!

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Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner?

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like their Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e brethren.

It loses the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note9, but retains Face Recognition.

 

IP68 Water-Resistance

It was rumoured that the Note10 will boast improved IP69 water-resistance. This would mean it would be able to withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough for short immersions in water up to 1.5 m in depth, but not enough to withstand pressurised or forceful sprays of water.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been unveiled! And we managed to get our hands on the first few units in the world!

But while we are working on the videos and preview articles, let’s do a quick round-up of EVERYTHING we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 so far!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

This will become our central repository of everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Key Dates

Samsung Unpacked Launch

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 in New York City on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 1 PM PST / 4 PM EDT / 9 PM BST… and over here in Malaysia, at 4 AM on 8 August 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Pre-Order

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 pre-order will run globally from 8-18 August 2019, with collections starting from 22 August 2019 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Retail Availability

Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Note 10 globally beginning 23 August 2019.

Recommended : Galaxy Note 10 PRE-ORDER Promo + Details For Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Models

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note9, Samsung introduced three main models, with different storage capacities

Samsung Galaxy Note10 (SM-N970)

  • This will be the base model, with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 3,500 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB of internal storage with NO microSD card slot.
  • It will have a single front camera, with a triple camera system in the back.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (SM-N975)

  • It will have a larger 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 4,300 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 1TB).
  • It will have a single front camera, with a quad camera system in the back.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G (SM-N976)

  • It’s the Galaxy Note10+ with an additional 5G modem

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

The Galaxy Note 10 is available in FIVE colours :

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  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Pink (exclusive)
  • Aura Red (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

The Galaxy Note 10+ is available in these FOUR colours :

  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Blue (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

To make it easier for you to choose a colour, we created this video comparison of the Aura Glow, Aura Pink, Aura Black and Aura White colour options!

For more details, and two additional colour comparison videos, please see Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | Note 10+ Colour Comparisons!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications

We compare the specifications of both models against the Galaxy Note 9.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note10+Samsung Galaxy Note10Samsung Galaxy Note9
Display6.8" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 ppi)
6.3" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (401 ppi)
6.4" dual-edge display
- Super AMOLED panel
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP RatingIP68IP68IP68
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9810
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory12 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM8 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options256 / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 1 TB
256 GB internal storage
No microSD slot
128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 512 GB
Front Camera10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear CameraQuad Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens

DepthVision Camera
38.4 KP ToF sensor
Triple Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Dual Lens Camera with dual-tone LED flash

Dual-Aperture Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, and OIS
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM (dual standby capability)Dual SIM (dual standby capability)Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps / 200 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, Rear Mounted
Iris ScannerNoNoYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYesYesYes
S PenYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LE
Battery4,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
DimensionsNANA76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight196 g168 g201 g
Colour OptionsAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura WhiteAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura PinkOcean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple (limited countries)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Launch Price

To make it easier for you, we created this table to show the available models and prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) $949.99 £869 A$1,499 RM 3,699
Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB) $1099.99 £999 A$1,699 RM 4,199
Galaxy Note10+ (512 GB) $1199.99 RM 4,799
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (256 GB) $1299.99 £1099
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (512 GB) $1399.99 £1199 A$1,999

Here are the official Samsung ONLINE pre-order / purchase links in Malaysia :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price List In Malaysia CONFIRMED!

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Faster Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms!

Globally, they will all run on the new Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC, released just in time to power the Galaxy Note 10 devices.

It is a refreshed version of the Exynos 9820 that powers the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, fabricated on the smaller 7 nm process.

Here is a comparison of the Exynos 9825’s performance against other devices.

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note 10
Samsung Galaxy
Note 9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
P30 Pro
Single Core 4495 3443 4821 3317
Multi-Core 10223 8778 11610 9819

In the United States, they will both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 instead.

This puts them on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, or the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Here is a comparison table we created of the two mobile platforms :

Features Samsung Exynos 9825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Process 7 nm 7 nm
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Tri-Cluster (1+3+4)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 4 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A75 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12 Qualcomm Adreno 640
Memory LPDDR4x-3600 LPDDR4x-4266
5G Modem Separate Exynos 5100 Integrated Snapdragon X50
LTE Modem DL : Cat.20 8CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.20 3CA (316 Mbps)
DL : Cat.20 7CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.13 3CA (316 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0

Whichever mobile platform your Galaxy Note 10 comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Display Sizes

Both models will come with Infinity-O displays, with a punch hole for the front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will come with a 6.3-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution.

This would make it slightly smaller than the 6.4-inch display of the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note9, with a lower display resolution and pixel density.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will come with a massive 6.8-inch display and Quad HD display resolution.

 

Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen will get some upgrades, with the new version supporting Air Gestures.

It retains the single button, but comes with a built-in battery for about 10 hours of battery life, instead of a capacitor that powered the Note9 S Pen.

It will apparently let you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch between the different cameras. Get more details in our article – Samsung Galaxy Note10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

 

Single Front Camera

Both models will have a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 80° field of view like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

 

Triple Or Quad Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have a triple camera system, that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and 123° field of view.
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2X lossless zoom

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will have a quad camera system. In addition to the three cameras above, it will feature :

  • DepthVision Camera : a HQVGA (240 x 160 pixels) ToF (Time of Flight) sensor which provides 3D data – does not take pictures!

 

Video Bokeh

This is a really exciting feature for those who record videos. The Galaxy Note 10+ with its DepthVision camera will be able to blur out the background of your videos using the Video Bokeh feature.

This will give your videos a real cinematic flair with adjustable depth-of-field effects. You can also add special effects in real-time!

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

There are three Audio Zoom microphones, which will “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and hopefully greatly reduce ambient noise.

Audio Zoom will also change the range of sound that it captures as you “zoom” into the action. Very interesting!

Next Page > More Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Key Features!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hybrid SIM Tray

Disappointingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will NOT come with a hybrid SIM tray.

Instead, it will have a dual SIM tray. This means you are limited to the 256 GB internal storage.

While that is more than enough for most users, we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media.

In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

If you want the ability to add a microSD card, you will need to opt for the Galaxy Note 10+, which comes with the hybrid SIM slot.

Here’s a curious bit of oddity – the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does not have the hybrid SIM tray. Only the LTE version.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, while the Note 10+ has a larger 4,300 mAh battery.

They both support 45W fast charging and 12W fast wireless charging.

However, neither will come bundled with the new 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger. Only a 25W fast charger.

Samsung will introduce a new EP-N5200 wireless charging dock that will support 20W wireless charging across two coils.

 

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrects the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung will officially kill the headphone jack in the Galaxy Note10 series.

Unfortunately, the dongle is NOT free. Samsung is going to sell it for US$10 / ~£8.30 / A$20 / ~RM 42  each.

There is some good news though – the box includes a pair of USB Type C AKG earphones. At the very least, you can listen to music right out of the box!

 

Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner?

Both models will come with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like their Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e brethren.

They lose the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note9, but retain Face Recognition.

 

IP68 Water-Resistance

It was rumoured that they will boast improved IP69 water-resistance. This would mean they will withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough for short immersions in water up to 1.5 m in depth, but not enough to withstand pressurised or forceful sprays of water.

 

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Revision History

2019-08-11 : Added more information about the Exynos 9825 and Snapdragon 855 mobile platforms, DepthVision camera, hybrid SIM tray, and IP68 water resistance.

2019-08-09 : Addedthe Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+ colour comparison, and details about their colour options.

2019-08-08 : Added the confirmed launch prices and specifications, as well as pre-order details and videos from the Galaxy Unpacked event, and the exclusive media preview.

2019-08-07 : Added the leaked Galaxy Note 10 prices, specifications as well as details on the S Pen, Air Gestures, Audio Zoom, etc.

Originally posted @ 2019-08-06

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Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) Review – Editor’s Choice!

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a new variant of the Galaxy S family, offering most of its key features in a smaller package, and a more affordable price point.

Let’s take a closer look at the Galaxy S10e, and find out why it could be the Galaxy S10 model that offers the best bang for your buck!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) Models

Samsung announced two variants of the SM-G970 :

  • a base model with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage
  • a higher-end model with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage

The 256 GB model though appears to be limited to the United States and Canada.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) is available in six colour options, although not all colours will be available in all countries.

  • Prism White
  • Prism Black
  • Prism Green
  • Prism Blue
  • Flamingo Pink
  • Canary Yellow

Here in Malaysia, they are only available in three colours – Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Green.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S10 Colour + Ceramic Model Comparisons!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) was made available for sale from 8 March 2019, at these price points :

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  • 6 GB + 128 GB : $749.99£669€749.99RM 2,699
  • 6 GB + 256 GB : $789.99

Recommended : The Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Price List + Specifications!

Here are some direct purchase links in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S10 Deals Worldwide Compared!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) Up Close!

Before its availability on 8 March 2019, Samsung arranged an exclusive hands-on session. Here is our hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) smartphone!

On the left side, you will find the Volume control buttons, as well as the dedicated Bixby button.

The Power button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor, is located on the right side. Samsung repositioned it higher in the new Galaxy S10 smartphones, ostensibly to avoid accidental presses.

The hybrid SIM tray is located at the top, together with a second microphone port (for noise cancellation).

Thankfully, Samsung retained the 3.5 mm audio port while they kept the S10e at just under 8 mm.

Everything else is the same as the Galaxy S9 – a USB Type C port, a microphone port and an AKG-tuned speaker at the bottom.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Performance + Display Features

 

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New Flagship Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) runs on either the new Samsung Exynos 9820 (worldwide), or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (United States) platforms.

The Samsung Exynos 9820 has a triple-cluster architecture with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) (like the Kirin 980). Samsung says that it will deliver these performance advantages over the Exynos 9810 :

  • 20% better single core performance,
  • 15% better multi-core performance, and
  • 40% better power efficiency
  • 7X faster AI performance

Built on the 8 nm LPP FinFET process technology, it also boasts 10% lower power consumption, compared to the last generation 10 nm LPP process.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, on the other hand, is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology., which should deliver similar power savings.

It also uses a triple-cluster CPU architecture, and comes with an Adreno 640 GPU and an X24 LTE modem that supports Cat20 download and uploads.

 

Galaxy S10e Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 128 GB or 256 GB of internal flash storage.

And if that’s not enough, it has a hybrid SIM slot, where the second SIM slot can support a microSD card of up to 512 GB in capacity.

A hybrid SIM tray is generally good enough for most people. But if you need to use two SIM cards, you better opt for higher internal storage, because there is no way to add a microSD card.

 

Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) features a large 5.8-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY) and the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY), it has a flat display, without curved edges. It also has a lower display resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels with 433 ppi pixel density.

The display uses the new Infinity-O design, with a round hole for the front camera. This allows Samsung to deliver a screen-to-body ratio in excess of 90%.

Functionally, it works like a right-sided notch, with the area adjacent to the notch reserved for notifications.

Ignoring the notification area, the main display area has a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960. However, the Galaxy S10 defaults to a Full HD+ resolution to reduce power consumption and extend battery life.

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Dynamic AMOLED Panel

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) uses the next-generation Dynamic AMOLED panel that is HDR10+ certified.

This is literally the best smartphone display in the industry right now, capable of producing 100% of the DCI-P3 colour range, with a maximum brightness of 1200 nits.

This Dynamic AMOLED panel was also engineered to reduce blue light by 42% without changing how colours appear. This would make for more comfortable viewing with less eyestrain, especially at night.

 

Gorilla Glass 5 Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 in the front and back.

While not as tough as Gorilla Glass 6 used in the S10 and S10+ models, it will protect the S10e from 1.6-meter high drops on hard, rough surfaces about 80% of the time.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Camera + Photography Features

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) boasts a new front camera that pairs a 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with a wide, bright f/1.9 aperture and a 80° viewing angle.

Dual Pixel is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus.

This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

However, it lacks the 8 MP depth sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY), which allows for accurate software bokeh effects and Live Focus capability.

In the back, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with a dual camera system, which consists of :

  • a 12 MP dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) – 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • a 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2) – 123°, 0.5X optical zoom

Unlike the dual camera system of the Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note9, it swapped out the 12 MP telephoto camera for a 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 lens. It is also supported by a single LED flash.

Look at how useful the new ultra-wide camera is for your creative composition :

The ultra-wide camera is certainly very useful for architectural shots. However, it does NOT support optical image stabilisation.

This is important when you take videos, because you will lose optical image stabilisation if you switch to the ultra-wide camera. Your video will still be stabilised by electronic image stabilisation though.

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HDR10+ Video Recording

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) not only comes with a HDR10+ certified display, it also has the ability to record HDR10+ videos!

HDR10+ is an improved version of the HDR10 standard. It maintains the 10-bit colour depth of HDR10, but replaces its static metadata with dynamic metadata. This improves the dynamic range by allowing the brightness boundaries to be adjusted on a frame-by-frame basis.

However, please note that HDR10+ videos recorded on the Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) will only display properly on devices and TVs that support HDR10+, like the 2018 Samsung QLED TV range.

Samsung says that you can convert HDR10+ videos into non-HDR videos using its Gallery app. However, the functionality does not appear to be included in current version of their Gallery app. Enabling HDR10+ video recording also disables the more-efficient HEVC format.

Later in the review, we will show you what happens when you try to display or view HDR10+ videos on a platform or display that does NOT support HDR10+.

 

Improved Super Slow-mo

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) supports an improved version of Super Slow-mo, in which the recording time was doubled from 0.2-0.4 seconds to 0.4-0.8 seconds. Unfortunately, the video resolution is still limited to 720p at 960 fps.

The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Security | DeX | Battery | IP68 | Ergonomics | Memory + Storage

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Side Fingerprint Sensor

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY) or the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY), the Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) lacks an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Instead, it uses a side touch sensor integrated into the power button – a feature first introduced in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK).

The side fingerprint sensor has the advantage of being accessible even when the Galaxy S10e is attached to a car mount. The higher position of the sensor will also help in preventing accidental activation.

Like the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10, it uses a virtual Home button. However, there is no longer a pressure sensor, so you will need to tap twice on the Home button to activate it.

 

Iris Scanner + Intelligent Scan Removed

With the introduction of the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung removed the iris scanner. It was also removed to minimise the size of the punch hole in the display.

And with the iris scanner gone, there was no need for Intelligent Scan, which was first introduced in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Intelligent Scan, as you may recall, combines the iris scanner with facial recognition for faster identification in both bright and dark conditions.

 

Built-In DeX Capability

While not mentioned at all by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has built-in DeX capability, that was first introduced in the Galaxy Note9.

This mean it does not require a separate DeX Station or DeX Pad accessory. All it requires is a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable! It does not even require a Samsung-branded adaptor (looking at you and your MFi bullshit, Apple!) – ANY USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable will do.

After you use the USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable to connect the Galaxy S10 to a TV or monitor, you just need to link a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it like a PC. Best of all – you can continue to use your Galaxy S10 Plus while Samsung DeX is running!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with a 3,100 mAh battery, which is slightly more than the Galaxy S9. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 fast wired charging and Wireless PowerShare capabilities.

The Wireless PowerShare feature is particularly cool and useful. It allows the Galaxy S10 Plus to function as a wireless charger for any Qi-certified device!

However, its recharging speed is slow, so it’s really only useful to recharge the Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch on a regular basis; and other smartphones in an emergency.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water!

Officially, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Water may enter and damage the Galaxy Note9 if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it.

You can read more about this in our article – The Samsung IP68 Engineering Explained.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has the same display size as, and a slightly larger battery capacity than, the Galaxy S9, but is significantly smaller, thinner and lighter!

It’s small enough that you can use it with one hand most of the time. And it fits real well in smaller pockets.

Its Dynamic AMOLED display is incredible. To see how much better it is, you need to compare it side-by-side with the already impressive Super AMOLED display used in the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9. In particular, compare them in bright sunlight.

The main display area with its non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio means you will have to live with some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of a movie. The extra wide display will come in handy in games though.

 

Available Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory. It has roughly more bloat than the Galaxy Note9.

However, it comes with 2 GB more memory, so you still have 3.1 GB (52%) of free memory to use!

The base model also comes with 128 GB of internal flash memory, of which 108 GB is free to use. This is enough space to store about 24,000 photos, or 13 hours of 1080p videos, or 5 hours of 4K videos.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Camera Performance – Photo Samples

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Camera Performance – Photo Samples

Samsung brought over the excellent 12 MP dual-aperture camera from the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9.

Powered by the superb 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor, it is capable of automatically or manually switching between the f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 12 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

There is no doubt that this is still one of the best smartphone cameras in the market, even though it was introduced a year ago.

You can see the intricate detail of the broccoli florets, the flower pollen, and mushrooms even without zooming in!

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It also did a great job of bringing out the colour of the subject matter. Every colour is accurately rendered and automatically “amped up” by AI algorithms. If you do not like the increased vividness though, you can turn off the Scene Optimiser feature.

The f/1.5 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But if that’s not enough, you can use its Live Focus feature which allows you to create really awesome bokeh for the background.

No doubt, the Live Focus bokeh is artificially created, but the dual camera design allow for precise separation of the subject from the background. Live Focus also allows you to adjust the amount of bokeh for the background.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Camera Performance – Video Samples

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10e Camera Performance – Video Samples

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras.

Samsung removed the 10 minute time limit for 4K recording, but there is still the 4 GB file size limit.

Video Sample #1 : Piano (1080p)

In this video, you can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p.

You can also see how well its OIS capability worked, even when we switched between the main camera and the telephoto camera. Its ultra-wide camera does not support OIS, but has good EIS capability.

There was a slight lag switching between the cameras, but otherwise, the image quality was fantastic.

We love how well it controlled the exposure. You can see right into the store in the back, which is usually blown out in other cameras.

The Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY), sadly, does not support Hi-Res Audio recording, and its noise cancellation could really be much better.

We hope Samsung will look at adding context-aware noise cancellation, and perhaps a third microphone next to the rear cameras.

Video Sample #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can clearly read the store directory in the background!

Samsung also solved the focus seeking issue we noted when we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), which uses the same dual-aperture main camera.

Video Sample #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has really good OIS and EIS capability, giving us a silky-smooth video. It was also excellent at eliminating wind noise.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (4K)

Its image stabilisation capabilities were not diminished with the higher resolution. Overall – very good OIS and EIS performance.

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Video Sample #5 : Piano (1080p with HDR10+)

Like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY), the Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) is able to record HDR10+ videos.

However, many devices still do not support HDR10+. Neither does YouTube. So check out what happens when you try to view a HDR10+ video on a non-HDR10+ platform.

Video Sample #6 : Piano (4K with HDR10+)

Just like with the earlier 1080p video, this HDR10+ video appears washed-out when viewed on a device or platform that does not support HDR10+.

Note that this is not a criticism of the HDR10+ video recording. The videos look great on the devices. We are just demonstrating what happens if you try to view them on non-HDR displays.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Performance, Battery Life  + Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S10e’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI Mate 20 Samsung Galaxy S10e Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy Note9
Performance Score (Average) 10215 7845 5590 5557
Web Browsing 10960 7776 6037 5763
Video Editing 6047 5593 5332 5410
Writing 12506 9065 4713 5421
Photo Editing 20262 11053 6847 5898
Data Manipulation 6514 6819 5253 5316
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY Price Check MY | US | UK

The Samsung Galaxy S10e’s Exynos 9820 greatly improved on the mediocre work performance of the Exynos 9810 used in the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9.

However, it still falls behind the Kirin 980 that powers the HUAWEI Mate20.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S10e’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited HUAWEI Mate 20 Samsung Galaxy S10e Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Gaming Score 61595 55037 42598 42489
Graphics 72523 69148 51199 49852
Physics 40327 32106 26825 28009
Graphics Test 1 386.2 fps 390.7 fps 330.2 fps 308.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 266.4 fps 244.3 fps 167.9 fps 167.0 fps
Physics Test 128.0 fps 101.9 fps 85.2 fps 88.9 fps
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY | US | UK Price Check

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) was 29% faster than the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9, and 11% slower than the HUAWEI Mate20.

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Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S10e’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI Mate 20 Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy S10e (WFHD+)
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 15 mins 9 hours 5 mins 9 hours 3 mins
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
Price Check US | UK | MY MY | US | UK Price Check US | UK | MY

Surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) lasted as long as the Galaxy S9 Plus, even though it has a 11.4% smaller battery with 400 mAh less capacity!

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 3,100 mAh battery.

Recharging Speed Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy S10e HUAWEI Mate 20
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 3,500 mAh 3,100 mAh 4,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 Watts 15 Watts 15 Watts 22.5 Watts
Recharging Time 107 mins 95.5 minutes 85 minutes 118 Minutes
Recharging Speed 29.9 mAh / minute 29.3 mAh / minute 29.2 mAh / minute 27.1 mAh / minute
Review Links Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Mate 20 Review
Price Check MY | US | UK Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY

The Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) has the same fast charging performance as the the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9 – about 29-30 mAh per minute.

This gives it an average battery life : recharging ratio of 6.4 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 9.5 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just 60 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 25 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10e Verdict + Award, Price , Specifications Comparison

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10e – Our Verdict + Award

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY) or the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) are great smartphones, but there is always a market segment that wants a smaller device.

This is where the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) comes in.

There are many who derided the Galaxy S10e when it was launched, until they tried it out. It often surprises people when they realise just how small the Galaxy S10e really is in real life!

Yet, it is a really fast and powerful smartphone, with most of the killer features its larger S10+ and S10 brethren boast.

It packs a flagship-class Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 platform, with 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage into a compact device with a large 5.8-inch display but the physical size of a tradition 5-inch smartphone.

It is truly a remarkable feat of smartphone engineering.

We also want to salute Samsung for introducing the ability to record HDR10+ videos, although we have to point out that HDR10+ support is still limited. Samsung also seemed to have forgotten to add the ability to convert the videos.

But if you already have a TV or monitor that supports HDR10+, you can start creating HDR10+ videos with your Galaxy S10 Plus! And remember – HDR10+ is the future. It’s a matter of time before you upgrade to a HDR10+ display or television.

Its fingerprint sensor, which is built into the Power button, may not be as trendy than an in-display fingerprint sensor, but works great.

Its Wireless PowerShare feature is interesting and quite useful on-the-go. However, its slow recharging speed means its utility is largely limited to small devices like the Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch. Recharging other smartphones is painfully slow, and should be relied on only in emergencies.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy S10e (US | UK | MY) isn’t for everyone. It’s targeted at a specific segment – people who want a powerful flagship device in a small, handy size.

They are those who prioritise size and weight over a larger battery and display. They also do not mind the lack of a telephoto camera that the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10 have.

If you are one of them, you will agree that the Samsung Galaxy S10e is worthy of our Editor’s Choice Award!

If you are not one of them, then the Samsung Galaxy S10+ or the Samsung Galaxy S10 are probably what you are looking for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10e Specification Comparison

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S10+Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10E
Display6.4-inch curved edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (495 ppi)
6.1-inch curved edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (550 ppi)
5.8-inch flat display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (438 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6 (front)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 (front)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with One UIAndroid 9.0 with One UIAndroid 9.0 with One UI
PlatformSamsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory12 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x8 GB LPDDR4x6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage1 TB / 512 GB / 128 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
512 GB / 128 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
128 GB / 256 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Front CamerasSelfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Depth Sensing Camera
- 8 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Selfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Selfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
- 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
Triple Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
- 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
Dual Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
Fingerprint SensorUltrasonic In-Display SensorUltrasonic In-Display SensorEmbedded into Power button
Battery4,100 mAh battery3,400 mAh battery3,100 mAh battery
Dimensions74.1 mm wide
157.6 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
70.4 mm wide
149.9 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
69.9 mm wide
142.2 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight175 g
198 g (Ceramic)
157 g150 g

 

Where To Buy The Samsung S10e?

Here are some direct purchase links in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia!

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) Review – Editor’s Choice!

With a sleek Infinity-O design, and a plethora of new features under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) smartphone is the culmination of ten generations of Galaxy S evolution.

Let’s take a closer look at the Galaxy S10 five months after its launch, and see why it still deserves our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) Models

Samsung announced two variants of the SM-G973 :

  • a base model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage
  • a higher-end model with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is available in six colour options, although not all colours will be available in all countries.

  • Prism White
  • Prism Black
  • Prism Green
  • Prism Blue
  • Flamingo Pink
  • Canary Yellow

In our early media preview though, they only had the S10 Plus in Prism White (left) with the S10 in Prism Black (right).

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) was made available for pre-order from 22 February until 28 February, followed by general availability on 8 March, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : $899.99£799€899.99RM 3,299
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : $1,149.99£999€1,099.99

Recommended : The Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Price List + Specifications!

Here are some current direct sale links (prices accurate as of 29 July 2019) :

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Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S10 Deals Worldwide Compared!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) Up Close!

Before its availability on 8 March 2019, Samsung arranged an exclusive hands-on session. Here is our hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) smartphone!

On the left side, you will find the Volume control buttons, as well as the dedicated Bixby button.

The Power button is located on the right side. Samsung repositioned it higher in the new Galaxy S10 smartphones, ostensibly to avoid accidental presses.

The hybrid SIM tray is located at the top, together with a second microphone port (for noise cancellation).

Thankfully, Samsung retained the 3.5 mm audio port while they squeezed the S10 thinner – at just under 8 mm.

Everything else is the same as the Galaxy S9 – a USB Type C port, a microphone port and an AKG-tuned speaker at the bottom.

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New Flagship Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) runs on either the new Samsung Exynos 9820 (worldwide), or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (United States) platforms.

The Samsung Exynos 9820 has a triple-cluster architecture with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) (like the Kirin 980). Samsung says that it will deliver these performance advantages over the Exynos 9810 :

  • 20% better single core performance,
  • 15% better multi-core performance, and
  • 40% better power efficiency
  • 7X faster AI performance

Built on the 8 nm LPP FinFET process technology, it also boasts 10% lower power consumption, compared to the last generation 10 nm LPP process.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, on the other hand, is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology., which should deliver similar power savings.

It also uses a triple-cluster CPU architecture, and comes with an Adreno 640 GPU and an X24 LTE modem that supports Cat20 download and uploads.

 

More Memory + Storage!

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 128 GB or 512 GB of internal flash storage.

And if that’s not enough, they have a hybrid SIM slot, where the second SIM slot can support a microSD card of up to 512 GB in capacity. If you don’t need the extra storage, you can use two nano SIM cards at the same time.

A hybrid SIM tray is generally good enough for most people. But if you need to use two SIM cards, you better opt for higher internal storage, because there is no way to add a microSD card.

 

Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) features a large 6.1-inch display with 1440 x 3040 pixels and a 550 ppi pixel density.

It actually has a higher pixel density than the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY) because it packs the same number of pixels into a smaller display.

The display uses the new Infinity-O design, with a round hole for the front camera. This allows Samsung to deliver a screen-to-body ratio in excess of 90%.

Functionally, it works like a right-sided notch, with the area adjacent to the notch reserved for notifications.

Ignoring the notification area, the main display area has a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960. However, the Galaxy S10 defaults to a Full HD+ resolution to reduce power consumption and extend battery life.

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Dynamic AMOLED Panel

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) uses the next-generation Dynamic AMOLED panel that is HDR10+ certified.

This is literally the best smartphone display in the industry right now, capable of producing 100% of the DCI-P3 colour range, with a maximum brightness of 1200 nits.

This Dynamic AMOLED panel was also engineered to reduce blue light by 42% without changing how colours appear. This would make for more comfortable viewing with less eyestrain, especially at night.

 

Gorilla Glass 6 + Gorilla Glass 5

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is said to be protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 6, but that’s not entirely accurate.

It is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 in the front; but only has Gorilla Glass 5 covering its back. This is true even for the premium models with a Ceramic back.

In case you are wondering, Gorilla Glass 6 is about twice as tough as Gorilla Glass 5. It will withstand over 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on a rough surface.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) boasts a new front camera that pairs a 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with a wide, bright f/1.9 aperture and a 80° viewing angle.

Dual Pixel is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus.

This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

However, it lacks the 8 MP depth sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (US | UK | MY), which allows for accurate software bokeh effects and Live Focus capability.

In the back, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) features a triple camera system, which consists of :

  • a 12 MP dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) – 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • a 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2) – 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4) – 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS

Look at how useful the three cameras are in aiding your creative composition :

Note that only the main dual-aperture camera, and the telephoto camera (both with 12 MP sensors) support optical image stabilisation (OIS). The new ultra-wide angle camera does NOT support optical image stabilisation.

This is important when you take videos, because you will lose optical image stabilisation if you switch to the ultra-wide camera. Your video will still be stabilised by electronic image stabilisation though.

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HDR10+ Video Recording

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) not only comes with a HDR10+ certified display, it also has the ability to record HDR10+ videos!

HDR10+ is an improved version of the HDR10 standard. It maintains the 10-bit colour depth of HDR10, but replaces its static metadata with dynamic metadata. This improves the dynamic range by allowing the brightness boundaries to be adjusted on a frame-by-frame basis.

However, please note that HDR10+ videos recorded on the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) will only display properly on devices and TVs that support HDR10+, like the 2018 Samsung QLED TV range.

Samsung says that you can convert HDR10+ videos into non-HDR videos using its Gallery app. However, the functionality does not appear to be included in current version of their Gallery app. Enabling HDR10+ video recording also disables the more-efficient HEVC format.

Later in the review, we will show you what happens when you try to display or view HDR10+ videos on a platform or display that does NOT support HDR10+.

 

Improved Super Slow-mo

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) supports Super Slow-mo, which allows you to record 720p video at 960 fps. It has been improved though, with Samsung doubling its recording time from 0.2-0.4 seconds to 0.4-0.8 seconds.

The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

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Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

One of the Samsung Galaxy S10’s killer feature is its new in-display fingerprint sensor.

In-display fingerprint sensors have already been introduced in smartphones like the OPPO R17 Pro, but they use optical sensors that basically take pictures for a 2D profile.

The new in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) uses ultrasonic pulses to take 3D profiles of the user’s fingerprints. This allows it to be more accurate and secure.

In our tests, it proved to be surprisingly good. You just need to learn to press a little harder for the sensor to detect your fingerprint.

The bad news is – Samsung dropped the pressure sensor and feedback for the virtual Home button. So you will need to tap twice on the Home button to activate it.

 

Iris Scanner + Intelligent Scan Removed

With the introduction of the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung removed the iris scanner. It was also removed to minimise the size of the punch hole in the display.

And with the iris scanner gone, there was no need for Intelligent Scan, which was first introduced in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Intelligent Scan, as you may recall, combines the iris scanner with facial recognition for faster identification in both bright and dark conditions.

 

Built-In DeX Capability

While not mentioned at all by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) has built-in DeX capability, that was first introduced in the Galaxy Note9.

This mean it does not require a separate DeX Station or DeX Pad accessory. All it requires is a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable! It does not even require a Samsung-branded adaptor (looking at you and your MFi bullshit, Apple!) – ANY USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable will do.

After you use the USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable to connect the Galaxy S10 to a TV or monitor, you just need to link a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it like a PC. Best of all – you can continue to use your Galaxy S10 Plus while Samsung DeX is running!

 

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) comes with a 3,400 mAh battery, which supports QuickCharge 2.0 fast wired charging and Wireless PowerShare capabilities.

The Wireless PowerShare feature is particularly cool and useful. It allows the Galaxy S10 Plus to function as a wireless charger for any Qi-certified device!

However, its recharging speed is slow, so it’s really only useful to recharge the Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch on a regular basis; and other smartphones in an emergency.

Although we expected Samsung to improve its fast charging technology, the Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) maintains the Quick Charge 2.0 fast wired charging, with the standard 15 watt Samsung fast adaptive charger.

This is frankly pretty dinky compared to the OPPO R17 Pro with its 50 watt SuperVOOC charging technology.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water!

Officially, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Water may enter and damage the Galaxy Note9 if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it.

You can read more about this in our article – The Samsung IP68 Engineering Explained.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) has a slightly smaller display size and battery capacity than the Galaxy S9 Plus, but is significantly smaller, thinner and lighter!

In fact, it is about the same size as a 5.2-inch smartphone like the HTC 10!

That said, this is still a two-handed device, because of its height. If you prefer to use only one hand, you can turn on the One-handed mode option.

Its Dynamic AMOLED display is incredible. To see how much better it is, you need to compare it side-by-side with the already impressive Super AMOLED display used in the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9. In particular, compare them in bright sunlight.

The main display area with its non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio means you will have to live with some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of a movie. The extra wide display will come in handy in games though.

 

Available Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) base model comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory. It has roughly more bloat than the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9.

However, it comes with 2 GB more memory, so you still have a whopping 4.5 GB (56%) of free memory to use!

The base model also comes with 128 GB of internal flash memory, of which 107 GB is free to use. This is enough space to store about 24,000 photos, or 13 hours of 1080p videos, or 5 hours of 4K videos.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Performance – Photo Samples

Samsung brought over the excellent 12 MP dual-aperture camera from the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9.

Powered by the superb 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor, it is capable of automatically or manually switching between the f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

There is no doubt that this is still one of the best smartphone cameras in the market, even though it was introduced a year ago.

You can see the intricate detail of the pepper seeds, the flower pollen, and mushrooms even without zooming in!

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It also did a great job of bringing out the colour of the subject matter. Every colour is accurately rendered and automatically “amped up” by AI algorithms. If you do not like the increased vividness though, you can turn off the Scene Optimiser feature.

The f/1.5 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But if that’s not enough, you can use its Live Focus feature which allows you to create really awesome bokeh for the background.

No doubt, the Live Focus bokeh is artificially created, but the dual camera design allow for precise separation of the subject from the background. Live Focus also allows you to adjust the amount of bokeh for the background.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Performance – Video Samples

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. Samsung removed the 10 minute time limit for 4K recording, but there is still the 4 GB file size limit.

Video Sample #1 : Piano (1080p)

In this video, you can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p. You can also see how well its OIS capability worked, even when we switched between the main camera and the telephoto camera. Its ultra-wide camera does not support OIS, but has good EIS capability.

There was a slight lag switching between the cameras, but otherwise, the image quality was fantastic. We love how well it controlled the exposure. You can see right into the store in the back, which is usually blown out in other cameras.

The Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY), sadly, does not support Hi-Res Audio recording, and its noise cancellation could really be much better. We hope Samsung will look at adding context-aware noise cancellation, and perhaps a third microphone next to the rear cameras.

Video Sample #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can clearly read the store directory in the background, and later, make out the prices of the Baskin Robbins takeaway cartons!

Samsung also solved the focus seeking issue we noted when we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), which uses the same dual-aperture main camera.

There was, however, some auto-focus issues with the telephoto lens (which does not have a Dual Pixel sensor), and the OIS was slightly less effective at this high resolution.

Video Sample #3 : Piano (1080p with HDR10+)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) uses the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY), and they both support HDR10+ video recording.

However, many devices still do not support HDR10+. Neither does YouTube. So check out what happens when you try to view a HDR10+ video on a non-HDR10+ platform.

Video Sample #4 : Piano (4K with HDR10+)

Just like with the earlier 1080p video, this HDR10+ video appears washed-out when viewed on a device or platform that does not support HDR10+.

Note that this is not a criticism of the HDR10+ video recording. The videos look great on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY). We are just demonstrating what happens if you try to view them on non-HDR displays.

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Video Sample #5 : Street Market (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) uses the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY), with the same OIS and EIS capability.

So we recycled the samples from the Galaxy S10+, which demonstrated excelled image stabilisation.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (4K)

Its image stabilisation capabilities were not diminished with the higher resolution. Overall – very good OIS and EIS performance.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S10’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI
Mate 20
Samsung
Galaxy S10
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Performance Score (Average) 10215 7898 5590 5557
Web Browsing 10960 8696 6037 5763
Video Editing 6047 5518 5332 5410
Writing 12506 8895 4713 5421
Photo Editing 20262 11621 6847 5898
Data Manipulation 6514 6194 5253 5316
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY Price Check MY | US | UK

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s Exynos 9820 greatly improved on the mediocre work performance of the Exynos 9810 used in the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9.

However, it still falls behind the Kirin 980 that powers the HUAWEI Mate20.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S10’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited HUAWEI
Mate 20
Samsung
Galaxy S10
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
Gaming Score 61595 55597 42598 42489
Graphics 72523 70216 51199 49852
Physics 40327 32161 26825 28009
Graphics Test 1 386.2 fps 389.8 fps 330.2 fps 308.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 266.4 fps 250.9 fps 167.9 fps 167.0 fps
Physics Test 128.0 fps 102.1 fps 85.2 fps 88.9 fps
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY | US | UK Price Check

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) was 31% faster than the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9, and 10% slower than the HUAWEI Mate20.

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Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S10’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 HUAWEI
Mate 20
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy S10
(WQHD+)
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 15 mins 9 hours 32 mins 9 hours 5 mins
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
Price Check US | UK | MY MY | US | UK US | UK | MY Price Check

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) has a slightly smaller battery size than the Galaxy S9 Plus, but lasted almost 30 minutes (5%) longer.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 3,400 mAh battery.

Recharging Speed Samsung
Galaxy S10
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
HUAWEI
Mate 20
Battery Capacity 3,400 mAh 4,000 mAh 3,500 mAh 4,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 Watts 15 Watts 15 Watts 22.5 Watts
Recharging Time 78 minutes 107 mins 95.5 minutes 118 Minutes
Recharging Speed 34.9 mAh / minute 29.9 mAh / minute 29.3 mAh / minute 27.1 mAh / minute
Review Links Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Mate 20 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY MY | US | UK Price Check US | UK | MY

Despite using the same old 15 watt adaptive fast charger as the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) has significantly improved fast charging performance by about 17%.

Even though the Galaxy S10 has about the same battery capacity as the Galaxy S9 Plus, it fully recharged its battery 17.5 minutes faster.

This gives it an improved battery life : recharging ratio of 7.33 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 8 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just 55 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 23 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 – Our Verdict + Award

Despite Apple slacking on the job, Samsung continues to push the boundaries of smartphone technology. Perhaps, it’s the clear and present danger from HUAWEI. Perhaps it’s the fear of declining smartphone sales worldwide.

Whatever the reason – Samsung delivered another killer smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy S10!

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is, as we would expect, FASTER and comes with even more memory and storage than its predecessor. But that’s not why we think it’s a great smartphone.

They just packed a large 6.1-inch display, a 3,400 mAh battery, and an extra camera into a much smaller, thinner and lighter device! This is a remarkable feat of engineering.

We also want to salute Samsung for introducing the ability to record HDR10+ videos, although we have to point out that HDR10+ support is still limited. Samsung also seemed to have forgotten to add the ability to convert the videos.

But if you already have a TV or monitor that supports HDR10+, you can start creating HDR10+ videos with your Galaxy S10 Plus! And remember – HDR10+ is the future. It’s a matter of time before you upgrade to a HDR10+ display or television.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is not perfect, of course. Samsung still has not done much to improve its audio recording quality, even as they improved its audio output. And the relocated Power button always seems to be a thumb too far to press…

Its Wireless PowerShare feature is interesting and quite useful on-the-go. However, its slow recharging speed means its utility is largely limited to small devices like the Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch. Recharging other smartphones is painfully slow, and should be relied on only in emergencies.

But its few faults are testament to the full decade of evolution behind its development. We continue to be impressed by each iteration of the Galaxy family, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) is, in our opinion, a worthy successor to the excellent Galaxy S9.

There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a truly great smartphone, and worthy of our Editor’s Choice Award! Great job, Samsung!

 

Where To Buy The Samsung S10?

Here are some current direct sale links (prices accurate as of 29 July 2019) :

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S10 (US | UK | MY) versus the larger Galaxy S10 Plus and the smaller Galaxy S10e.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S10+Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10E
Display6.4-inch curved edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (495 ppi)
6.1-inch curved edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (550 ppi)
5.8-inch flat display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (438 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6 (front)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 (front)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front + back)
IP68 dust + water resistance
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with One UIAndroid 9.0 with One UIAndroid 9.0 with One UI
PlatformSamsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9820, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory12 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x8 GB LPDDR4x6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage1 TB / 512 GB / 128 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
512 GB / 128 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
128 GB / 256 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Front CamerasSelfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Depth Sensing Camera
- 8 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Selfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Selfie Camera
- 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
- 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
Triple Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
- 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
Dual Camera System
- 12 MP dual aperture main camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
Fingerprint SensorUltrasonic In-Display SensorUltrasonic In-Display SensorEmbedded into Power button
Battery4,100 mAh battery3,400 mAh battery3,100 mAh battery
Dimensions74.1 mm wide
157.6 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
70.4 mm wide
149.9 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
69.9 mm wide
142.2 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight175 g
198 g (Ceramic)
157 g150 g

 

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The Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW!

Right after Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 7 with a 48MP shooter, they released the flagship Mi 9 model, also with a 48MP camera.

But the Redmi Note 7 and the Mi 9 are as different as different can be.

Find out what the Mi 9 offers over the Redmi Note 7, and why we gave it our coveted Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9 Models + Prices

Xiaomi is offering two Mi 9 models in most countries…

But globally, there are two other models :

  • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RMB 3,299 / ~US$478 / ~£380 / ~RM 1,995
  • 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : RMB 3,999 / ~US$579 / ~£461 / ~RM 2,419 (Cancelled)

There are three colour options (from left to right) – Piano Black, Ocean Blue and Lavender Violet.

 

Mi 9 vs. Redmi Note 7

For those who are wondering how the Mi 9 compares against the Redmi Note 7, we created this comparison table :

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
6.3-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 84% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver (1.8 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Gold (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 260 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640Qualcomm Adreno 512
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-4266 memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB
microSD card slot (share with SIM2)
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture13 MP sensor
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
Dual Lens Camera
- 48 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 5 MP depth sensor
- single LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Hybrid SIM tray
NFCYesNo
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsUltrasonic proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Linear motorGyroscope, Accelerometer, Distance, E-Compass, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging / 20 W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions74.67 mm wide
157.5 mm tall
7.61 mm thick
75.21 mm wide
159.21 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight173 grams186 grams
Colour OptionsPiano Black / Ocean Blue / Lavender VioletSpace Black / Neptune Blue / Nebula Red

As you can see, they are really quite different smartphones, even though they both have a 48 MP main camera.

 

Unboxing The Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) comes in a premium pearl white box. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

When you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone
  • One Xiaomi Mi 9 clear TPU bumper case
  • One set of Xiaomi Mi 9 documents
  • One Xiaomi MDY-08-E1 USB charger (18 watt)
  • One USB Type C data and power cable
  • One USB Type C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

While we always like it when brands include a bumper case, this bumper case falls short of our expectations. We will explain it in our close-up look at the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) and its bumper case.

Next Page > Xiaomi Mi 9 – Up Close, Key Features

 

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The Xiaomi Mi 9 Up Close!

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is built around a large 6.39-inch Dot Drop display.

Like the Redmi Note 7, the Mi 9 display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, but it has a superior Samsung AMOLED panel that delivers a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 103.8% of the NTSC colour gamut!

The Mi 9 is protected in the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which offers 2X the damage resistance than Gorilla Glass 5 used to protect Redmi Note 7.

Disappointingly, the bundled TPU bumper case was not well-designed. It does not protect the display or the camera bump at all. It can only protect against falls on the sides of the phone…

Fortunately, the camera bump is protected by sapphire glass, which is tougher and less likely to scratch than Gorilla Glass.

On the left side, you will find the SIM tray and a Google Assistant button (like the Bixby button on Samsung smartphones).

The Power and Volume control buttons are both located on the right side.

Even though the Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) is thick enough to support a 3.5 mm audio port, Xiaomi removed it.

So you will only find a second microphone at the top, together with an IR emitter (which lets you use the Mi 9 as a remote control).

At the bottom, you will only find a bi-directional USB Type C port flanked by the speaker and microphone ports.

The Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) comes with a USB-C to 3.5 mm adaptor cable. It allows you to hook up your earphone or an external microphone to the USB-C port.

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Dot Drop Display

At the top of the 6.39-inch AMOLED display is what Xiaomi calls a “dot drop” notch.

This dot drop notch allows for a larger display area, specifically space for more notifications. Barring the complete removal of the notch, this is about as good as it gets!

Thanks to this small notch and thin bezels, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio.

 

In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) boasts an in-display fingerprint sensor.

This is an improved optical fingerprint sensor made by Goodix, that promises to detect your fingerprints about 25% faster.

While this is not as accurate or reliable as the ultrasonic sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones, it works quite well as long as your finger isn’t wet.

 

Double SIM Tray

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. Its SIM tray supports two nano SIM cards for this very purpose.

However, Xiaomi chose to eliminate the option for expandable memory using a microSD card. You must rely solely on the internal flash storage.

Therefore, we highly recommend you opt for the most amount of storage possible, which is usually 128 GB.

Next Page > Xiaomi Mi 9 – Processor, Memory + Storage, Setup, Battery Life + Recharging Speed

 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Launched in February 2019, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is a very powerful mobile SoC for flagship smartphones.

It combines eight Qualcomm Kryo 485 processor cores, with an Adreno 640 GPU, a Snapdragon X24 and X50 modems, a Spectra 380 camera ISP and a Hexagon 690 DSP.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 uses a 1+3+4 cluster architecture :

  • one turbo-speed Kryo 485 Gold core running at 2.84 GHz,
  • three high-speed Kryo 485 Gold cores running at 2.42 GHz, and
  • four Kryo 485 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz

In addition to an X24 LTE mode, the Snapdragon 855 also features the X50 modem, which allows it to deliver 5G mmWave connectivity.

 

Memory + Storage

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) generally comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, with an 8 GB model in China.

Xiaomi does not allow anyone to check the amount of free memory, not even in Developer mode. But we used AIDA64 to confirm that with a clean system, it has 2.5 GB (42%) of free memory.

The Mi 9 comes with either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal flash storage. Our review sample came with 128 GB of storage, of which just over 115 GB (90%) is available for use.

This is enough space to store about 31,000 photos, or 16.5 hours of 1080p videos, or 6 hours of 4K videos.

We highly recommend you get the 128 GB model, because the Mi 9 does not offer expandable storage using a microSD card.

 

Setting Up The Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) runs on Android 9.0 Pie, so it is really easy to setup. It should take you no more than 7 minutes to set it up as a new device.

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Battery Life

We tested the Xiaomi Mi 9’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Xiaomi Mi 9 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy S10+
Battery Capacity 4,000 mAh 3,300 mAh 3,700 mAh 4,100 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 12 hours 12 mins 11 hours 54 mins 10 hours 17 mins
Battery Utilisation 4.33 mAh / min. 3.61 mAh / min. 4.15 mAh / min. 5.32 mAh / min.
Review Links Redmi Note 7
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Galaxy S10+
Review
Price Check MY US | UK | MY MY | US US | UK | MY

IMPRESSIVE! Even with a relatively small 3,300 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) lasted almost as long as the Redmi Note 7, which has a much larger 4,000 mAh battery.

This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for almost 12.25 hours!

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB : US / UK / MY | 128GB : US / UK / MY) supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, and up to 27 watts fast charging.

However, it only comes bundled with an 18-watt MDY-08-E1 fast charger. Well, let’s see how fast it recharges the 3,300 mAh battery!