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Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

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 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.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S10 Performance + Display Features

 

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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 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (SM-G975) In-Depth Review!

Samsung has a new heavyweight champion – the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus! It packs a larger display, more cameras, memory and storage, as well as a larger battery, into a smaller and lighter form factor!

In this in-depth review, we will see how Samsung achieved that feat, and find out if this is indeed the best smartphone Samsung ever made!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Models

First, let us point out that there are three variants of the Galaxy S10 Plus smartphone :

  • 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
  • a premium model with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (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
  • Ceramic White
  • Ceramic Black

Here is a comparison of the available colours for the S10 Plus, as well as the S10 and S10e models.

Unfortunately, there was no sign of the Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink or Canary Yellow colours. As mentioned in our Galaxy S10 primer, not all colours are available in every country.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Premium Ceramic Back

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) has two premium Ceramic White or Ceramic Black colour options, but they are limited to the higher-end models with 512 GB or 1 TB of storage.

The Ceramic back is heavier by 23 grams (13%), and was said to be more durable. However, we confirmed that both Ceramic and non-Ceramic backs are covered with Gorilla Glass 5. So the durability and scratch-resistance of the two types of backs are a moot point.

Ultimately, the Ceramic backs are all about the looks. You get a more premium looking back with the 512 GB or 1 TB models.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) is available for sale at this price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : $999.99 / £899 / €999.99 / RM 3,699
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : $1,249.99 / £1,099 / €1,299.99 / RM 4,599
  • 12 GB + 1 TB : $1,599.99 / £1,399 / €1,599.99

Here are some pre-order / direct sale links :

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

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) comes in a premium black cardboard box. Let’s take a quick look at the box, before we take a look inside!

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

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  • One Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) smartphone
  • One Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Quick Start Guide
  • One Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus bumper case (only in certain countries)
  • One 15 watt Samsung fast adaptive charger
  • One USB Type C power and data cable
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C adaptor
  • One micro-USB to USB Type C adaptor
  • One pair of AKG-tuned wired earphones
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 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 Plus (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 Plus – a USB Type C port, a microphone port and an AKG-tuned speaker at the bottom.

 

More Powerful Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (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 CPU 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,
  • 40% better power efficiency, and
  • 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.

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Galaxy S10 Plus Has More Memory + Storage!

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) comes with a lot more memory and storage :

  • 8 GB LPDDR4x + 128 GB eUFS 2.1 storage
  • 8 GB LPDDR4x + 512 GB eUFS 2.1 storage
  • 12 GB LPDDR4x + 1 TB eUFS 2.1 storage

And if that’s not enough, it comes with a hybrid SIM tray, 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.

Recommended : 1TB Samsung eUFS Chip For Smartphone Details Revealed!

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Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) features a very large 6.4-inch display with 1440 x 3040 pixels and a 495 ppi pixel density.

This is the new Infinity-O design, which allows Samsung to deliver a screen-to-body ratio in excess of 95%.

Instead of a notch, the Galaxy S10 Plus uses a pill-shaped hole to accommodate its two front cameras. 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 Plus defaults to a Full HD+ resolution to reduce power consumption and extend battery life.

 

Dynamic AMOLED Panel

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (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 Plus (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.

 

Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

One of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ 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 these use optical sensors that basically take pictures for a 2D profile.

This new in-display fingerprint sensor 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.

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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.

 

Galaxy S10 Plus Has Built-In DeX Capability!

While not mentioned at all by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (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 Plus 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!

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Dual-Lens Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) has a new dual-lens front camera.

The main front camera has a 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens and a 80° viewing angle. The second “camera” is an 8 MP RGB depth sensor with f/2.2 lens.

Now, the depth-sensing camera does not take any pictures or video. Instead, it is used by the main 10 MP camera to better differentiate the subject from its background.

This allows for more realistic software bokeh effect, and adds Live Focus capability for the first time to a front camera.

 

3X Rear Cameras

In the back, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) boasts 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 Plus (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 Plus (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 Plus (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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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) comes with a large 4,100 mAh battery – 600 mAh or 17% larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy S9 Plus.

What’s really cool though is its Wireless PowerShare feature. 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 Plus (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.

 

IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 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 Plus (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.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) has the same display size as the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App). It even has a slightly larger battery. Yet it is smaller, thinner and lighter! In fact, it is smaller than a 5.7-inch smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check).

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.

The new 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.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

Available Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) base model comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory. It has roughly the slightly more bloat than the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9. However, it comes with 2 GB more memory, so you have almost 5 GB (61%) 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 Plus 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, even the individual buds of the broccoli florets.

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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 Plus Camera Performance – Video Samples

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, Samsung still limits the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery.

Video Recording Test #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 noticeable lag when we switched from the telephoto camera to the ultra-wide camera (at minute 2:02), but there was minimal lag if we go from telephoto camera > main camera > ultra-wide camera, and vice versa.

The Galaxy S10 Plus (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 Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can clearly read the billboard of the pretzel stand 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.

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 Recording Test #3 : Piano (1080p with HDR10+)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) supports HDR10+ video recording, but 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 Recording Test #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 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 Recording Test #5 : Street Market (1080p)

The combination of OIS and EIS allowed the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) to deliver really good image stabilisation.

Video Recording Test #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 Plus’ performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, 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 7846 5590 5557
Web Browsing 10960 8583 6037 5763
Video Editing 6047 5524 5332 5410
Writing 12506 9076 4713 5421
Photo Editing 20262 10710 6847 5898
Data Manipulation 6514 6450 5253 5316
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ 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 Plus’ 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 56808 42598 42489
Graphics 72523 73362 51199 49852
Physics 40327 31741 26825 28009
Graphics Test 1 386.2 fps 397.5 fps 330.2 fps 308.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 266.4 fps 266.3 fps 167.9 fps 167.0 fps
Physics Test 128.0 fps 100.8 fps 85.2 fps 88.9 fps
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) was 33% faster than the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9, and 8% 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%.

Full WQHD+ Resolution

Standard Full HD+ Resolution

Work 2.0 HUAWEI
Mate 20
Samsung
Galaxy S10+
(Full HD+)
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy S10+
(WQHD+)
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 17 mins 10 hours 15 mins 9 hours 15 mins 9 hours 5 mins
Review Links Mate 20 Review Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review
Price Check US | UK | MY USUKMY MY | US | UK USUKMY Price Check

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) has the same battery size and battery life as the Galaxy Note9, but lasted more than an hour longer than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Thanks to its larger 4,100 mAh battery, it lasted longer than the S9 Plus, even when you turned its display resolution all the way to WQHD+.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 4,100 mAh battery.

Recharging Speed Samsung
Galaxy S10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Samsung
Galaxy S9+
HUAWEI
Mate 20
Battery Capacity 4,100 mAh 4,000 mAh 3,500 mAh 4,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 Watts 15 Watts 15 Watts 22.5 Watts
Recharging Time 91.6 minutes 107 mins 95.5 minutes 118 Minutes
Recharging Speed 44.8 mAh / minute 37.4 mAh/ / minute 36.6 mAh / minute 33.9 mAh / minute
Review Links Galaxy Note9 Review Galaxy S9+ Review Mate 20 Review
Price Check USUKMY 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 Plus (US | UK | MY) has significantly improved fast charging performance – about 20-22%.

Even though the Galaxy S10 Plus has about the same battery capacity as the Galaxy Note9 and the HUAWEI Mate20, it fully recharged its battery 15 minutes and 26 minutes faster respectively.

This gives it an improved battery life : recharging ratio of 6.75 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 9 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just 61 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 30.5 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – 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 Plus!

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (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 larger 6.4-inch display, a larger 4,100 mAh battery, and two extra cameras into a smaller, thinner and lighter device! This is a remarkable feat of engineering.

Its Dynamic AMOLED display deserves special mention. It is incredibly bright at 1200 nits, with a wide colour gamut – 100% of DCI-P3 – and is HDR10+ certified! This is hands-down, the industry’s best display.

Credit also goes to Samsung for taking their time to perfect and introduce an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. This is definitely more secure and accurate than optical in-display fingerprint sensors. In our tests, it even works with damp fingers!

We did not cover the dual-lens front camera much in this review, so we should point out that it’s not a gimmick. The ability to selectively blur the background of selfies is really useful. If you like taking selfies, it’s worth splurging on the Galaxy S10 Plus for its dual-lens front camera.

The addition of an ultra-wide angle camera to the already excellent dual camera system from the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9 is a nice upgrade. It’s not something you would appreciate until you actually start using it.

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 Plus (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 Plus (US | UK | MY) is, in our opinion, a worthy successor to the excellent Galaxy S9 Plus.

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

 

Where To Buy The Samsung S10 Plus?

Here are some direct purchase / pre-order links :

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Specifications Compared

Here is a specification comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY) versus its smaller brethren – the Galaxy S10 and the 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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Samsung Galaxy S10 – Everything You Need To Know! 4.0

Here are the most exciting Samsung smartphone of the first quarter of 2019 – the Samsung Galaxy S10, and they introduced not one, not two, but THREE of them!

Here is everything you need to know about three new Galaxy S10 smartphones – their key features, prices, specifications… EVERYTHING!

Updated @ 2019-03-12 : Added five videos and new sections on its actual Gorilla Glass protection, and the official range of Galaxy S10 cases.

Updated @ 2019-02-26 : Added six videos and two new pages on the Samsung Galaxy S10’s key features.

Updated @ 2019-02-20 : Added the leaked Norwegian TV ad, and updated specifications.

Updated @ 2019-02-16 : Added more features, and updated specifications.

Originally posted @ 2019-02-15

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Models

Samsung officially released three models. The standard Samsung Galaxy S10 model will have two variants

  • 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

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+, there will be a larger Galaxy S10+ model with three variants too :

  • 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
  • a premium model with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage

How did Samsung double storage capacity to 1 TB? Read about the 1TB Samsung eUFS chip!

On top of that, they will introduce an entry-level model – the Galaxy S10e, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. However, the Galaxy S10e (256GB) model appears to be limited to the United States and Canada.

Finally, the rumoured 5G-capable Galaxy S10 5G model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but no microSD card slot will appear later.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (SM-G975) In-Depth Review!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for the known Samsung Galaxy S10 models and variants. It also shows you what variants are available in certain countries, and which are not.

PricesS10+
(1 TB)
S10+
(512 GB)
S10+
(128 GB)
S10
(512 GB)
S10
(128 GB)
S10e
(256 GB)
S10e
(128 GB)
US$1,599.99$1,249.99$999.99$1,149.99$899.99$789.99$749.99
Canada--C$1,419.99C$1,589.99C$1,259.99C$1,159.99C$1,019.99
UK£1,399£1,099£899

£999£799-£669
Europe€1,599.99€1,299.99€999.99€1,099.99€899.99-€749.99
China¥12,000¥9,000¥7,300¥8,000¥6,300-¥5,300
AustraliaA$2,399A$1,849-A$1,699A$1,349-A$1,199
India₹117,900₹91,900₹73,900₹84,900₹66,900-₹55,900
Malaysia-RM 4,599RM 3,699-RM 3,299-RM 2,699
SingaporeS$2,198S$1,798S$1,398-S$1,298--
IndonesiaRp 23,999,000Rp 18,499,000Rp 13,999,000-Rp 12,999,000-Rp 10,499,000
PhilippinesP89,990-P55,990-P49,990-P39,990
Thailand-THB 44,900THB 35,900-THB 31,900--

With the pre-order deals and roadshow sales over, all Samsung Galaxy S10 models are now available for sale at these online stores in Malaysia :

Here are some direct purchase / pre-order links :

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Black) : $749.99 | £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism White) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Green) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Yellow) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Black) : $899.99 | £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism White) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Green) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism White) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism Green) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Black) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism White) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Green) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic Black) : £1,099 | RM 4,599
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic White) : £1,099 | RM 4,599

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e are available in four main colour options :

  • Prism White
  • Prism Black
  • Prism Green
  • Prism Blue

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two, premium Ceramic models :

  • Ceramic Black
  • Ceramic White.

While the Samsung Galaxy S10e is available in two additional fun colours :

  • Flamingo Pink
  • Canary Yellow

Unfortunately, there is no sign of the Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink or Canary Yellow colours. As mentioned in our Galaxy S10 primer, not all colours are available in every country.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S10 Colour + Ceramic Model Comparisons!

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New Flagship Platforms

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

 

More Memory + Storage!

All four models have a lot more memory and storage :

  • The S10e has 6 GB of memory – 2 GB more than the Samsung Galaxy S9.
  • The S10 and S10+ have 8 GB of memory – 2 GB more than the Galaxy S9+)
  • The highest-end S10+ model has a whopping 12 GB of memory.

Storage capacities have also been expanded, with a 1 TB storage option thanks to the new Samsung eUFS chip.

  • The S10e comes with either 128 GB or 256 GB of storage.
  • The S10 and S10+ comes with either 128 GB or 512 GB of storage.
  • The highest-end S10+ model comes with 1 TB of storage.

And if that’s not enough, all three models come with a hybrid SIM slot, where the second SIM slot can support a microSD card of up to 512 GB in capacity.

 

Infinity-O Display

All four models will have the new Infinity-O displays, with circular or pill-shaped holes for the front cameras. This allows Samsung to deliver a screen-to-body ratio in excess of 90%.

  • The S10e has 5.8-inch flat display, with 1080 x 2280 pixels (438 poi)
  • The S10 has a 6.1-inch display with curved edges, and 1440 x 3040 pixels (550 ppi(
  • The S10+ has a 6.4-inch display with curved edges, and 1440 x 3040 pixels (495 ppi)

The regular S10, and the cheaper S10e (S10 Lite), have a circular hole because they only have a single front camera.

The larger S10+ (also known as the S10 Plus) has a pill-shaped hole because it has two front cameras. In addition to a regular selfie camera, they have an ultra wide-angle selfie camera.

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Dynamic AMOLED Panel

All three models use the next-generation Dynamic AMOLED panels that are HDR10+ certified. They are literally the best smartphone displays in the industry right now, capable of producing 100% of the DCI-P3 colour range, with a maximum brightness of 1200 nits.

These Dynamic AMOLED panels were 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 smartphones are said to be protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 6, but that’s not entirely accurate. Let us summarise its protection for you :

  • Premium S10+ : Gorilla Glass 6 protects the front, while Ceramic protects the back.
  • S10+ and S10 : Gorilla Glass 6 protects the front, while Gorilla Glass 5 protects the back.
  • S10e : Gorilla Glass 5 protects the front and back.

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More Cameras

They all boast a higher resolution front camera, with a Dual Pixel sensor for faster and more accurate autofocus :

  • S10e and S10 : 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens
  • S10+ : 10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens + 8 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens

The depth sensor in the Galaxy S10+ adds Live Focus capability for the first time to a front camera.

In the back, they feature either a dual-camera system, or triple-camera system.

  • S10e : 12 MP dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) + 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
  • S10 and S10+ : 12 MP dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) + 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.2) + 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)

 

Improved Super Slow-mo

Samsung doubled the Super Slow-mo recording time from 0.2-0.4 seconds to 0.4-0.8 seconds in all four models. Unfortunately, the video resolution is still limited to 720p at 960 fps.

 

Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

To achieve a much greater display-to-body ratio, the S10 and S10+ will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The cheaper S10e (represented by the grey model on the left here), will have a fingerprint sensor embedded into its Power button – a feature first seen in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

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

This new in-display fingerprint sensor uses ultrasonic technology, which uses ultrasound waves to take 3D profiles of the user’s fingerprints. This is said to be far more reliable and accurate than optical sensors.

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Battery + Charging

All four models will come with a larger battery, with improved charging capabilities.

  • S10e : 3,100 mAh battery + QC 2.0 fast charging + Wireless PowerShare
  • S10 : 3,400 mAh battery + QC 2.0 fast charging + Wireless PowerShare
  • S10+ : 4,100 mAh battery + QC 2.0 fast charging + Wireless PowerShare

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

 

Official Galaxy S10 Cases

Not all Samsung Galaxy S10 models will come with a bundled bumper case. To accommodate those who need better protection, Samsung offers six different type of cases with matching colours!

Recommended : The Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Cases – Prices + Showcase!

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Samsung Galaxy S10 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 S10?

Here are some direct purchase / pre-order links :

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Black) : $749.99 | £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism White) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Green) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Yellow) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Black) : $899.99 | £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism White) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Green) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism White) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism Green) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Black) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism White) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Green) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic Black) : £1,099 | RM 4,599
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic White) : £1,099 | RM 4,599

 

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The Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Price List + Specifications!

Samsung just revealed their 10th Anniversary Galaxy smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S10! Only this time, it won’t be just one or two devices… but THREE of them. Here are the official Samsung Galaxy S10 price list and specifications!

Updated @ 2019-02-23 : Added details of the Samsung Galaxy S10e (256GB) model, as well as the official prices for four more regions and countries.

Originally posted @ 2019-02-21

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Models

Samsung officially released three models. The standard Samsung Galaxy S10 model will have two variants

  • 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

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+, there will be a larger Galaxy S10+ model with two variants too :

  • 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
  • a premium model with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage

On top of that, they will introduce an entry-level model – the Galaxy S10e, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. However, the Galaxy S10e (256GB) model appears to be limited to the United States.

Finally, the rumoured 5G-capable Galaxy S10 5G model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but no microSD card slot will appear later.

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Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Price List

Here is the official price list for the known Samsung Galaxy S10 models and variants. It also shows you what variants are available in certain countries, and which are not.

PricesS10+
(1 TB)
S10+
(512 GB)
S10+
(128 GB)
S10
(512 GB)
S10
(128 GB)
S10e
(256 GB)
S10e
(128 GB)
US$1,599.99$1,249.99$999.99$1,149.99$899.99$789.99$749.99
Canada--C$1,419.99C$1,589.99C$1,259.99C$1,159.99C$1,019.99
UK£1,399£1,099£899

£999£799-£669
Europe€1,599.99€1,299.99€999.99€1,099.99€899.99-€749.99
China¥12,000¥9,000¥7,300¥8,000¥6,300-¥5,300
AustraliaA$2,399A$1,849-A$1,699A$1,349-A$1,199
India₹117,900₹91,900₹73,900₹84,900₹66,900-₹55,900
Malaysia-RM 4,599RM 3,699-RM 3,299-RM 2,699
SingaporeS$2,198S$1,798S$1,398-S$1,298--
IndonesiaRp 23,999,000Rp 18,499,000Rp 13,999,000-Rp 12,999,000-Rp 10,499,000
PhilippinesP89,990-P55,990-P49,990-P39,990
Thailand-THB 44,900THB 35,900-THB 31,900--

How did Samsung double storage capacity to 1 TB? Read about the 1TB Samsung eUFS chip!

Here are some direct purchase / pre-order links :

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Black) : $749.99 | £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism White) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Green) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e (128 GB, Prism Yellow) : £669
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Black) : $899.99 | £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism White) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (128 GB, Prism Green) : £799 | RM 3,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism White) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 (512 GB, Prism Green) : £999
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Black) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism White) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, Prism Green) : £899 | RM 3,699
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic Black) : £1,099 | RM 4,599
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ (512 GB, Ceramic White) : £1,099 | RM 4,599

 

Official Samsung Galaxy S10 Specifications

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

For more details about the Galaxy S10, read our article – Samsung Galaxy S10 – Everything You Need To Know!

 

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