Hey, what’s up guys? I’m here with your first look at the most anticipated phone of 2019 so far from Samsung. And as it turns out, it’s three phones. There is the Samsung Galaxy S-10 the Galaxy S-10 plus and the Galaxy S-10 E, so three new phones. Each of them familiar in many ways is a Samsung phone, but each of them also has their differences.
First, I’m going to focus on the two main ones. I’d say the flagships, the Galaxy S-10 and the Galaxy S-10 plus. And right off the bet they do look pretty good. I mean I never thought Samsung phones were ugly at all, but these look quite nice. We kind of saw this coming from the renders. So first off, the new stuff for the Galaxy S-10 there are three main improvements and then a lot of small ones, but the main ones are
the fingerprint sensor and
So, the new display, it’s simple, you can see it. It’s got a 6.1-inch display for the Galaxy S-10 and a 6.4-inch display for the Galaxy S-10 plus and they continue the tradition of Samsung having literally the best displays in any phone for a couple of years running now and it continues to get even better. So, you have a 90 plus percent screen to body ratio now and it’s still a super high resolution with a 19 by 9 tall aspect ratio, but it’s now also HDR 10 plus certified and they’ve changed the name a little bit. They’re calling it a next level infinity display but still it goes right up to the very edges and you have of course your camera cut out right there and the top right corner likely seen in all the leaks. It is a laser cut whole and the AMOLED panel to precisely cut this hole for just the camera to come through and nothing else.
And it’s a single 10-megapixel selfie camera for the Galaxy S-10 plus and additional depth sensor next to it for the dual cutout. So, no ultra-wide selfie camera. Sadly. But yeah, I guess now seeing that cutout in person here instead of just in a leak or a render, it doesn’t really shock me anymore. Like we’ve seen this design start to come up. We saw it in that one on her phone, but it was on the left-hand side. This time it’s on the right, it seems like Samsung’s cutout is maybe a little, just a little bit smaller than honors. It’s not too distracting. It pushes the battery and the signal indicators over from the right edge. And of course, Samsung will cleverly include a bunch of wallpapers that’s slightly dark in the top right-hand corner to make the hole punch less jarring.
And they also draw this fancy animation around the cutout when you switched to the front facing camera. So, I guess they’re kind of embracing it. So, there it is. Samsung can now say they’ve technically never done a notch, I guess.
2. Fingerprint Sensor:
All right, the number two, main thing is the new fingerprint sensor. Galaxy S-10 has officially moved to the ultrasonic under the glass fingerprint reader, which is pretty dope. So, you see the word ultrasonic in there, and that’s not just a name, they’re just making up. That means something as far as the technologies use for UNI. So, we’ve had under the glass fingerprint sensors in phones before, namely and phones like the one plus 60 but they’ve mostly been optical fingerprint sensors, shining a light on your finger to read your fingerprint. These ultrasonic ones don’t use that.
So, they have a couple of advantages.
- They’ll be faster.
- They don’t need to shine up super bright light on your finger to read it, so it’ll be way less annoying and dim light or at night.
- It can read the fingerprints before waking up the display at all. That is a pretty sweet feature that I’m happy about.
So, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, I’m looking forward to using. So, then that brings us to number three.
3. Camera’s Plural
The third main new feature with galaxy S-10 which is the camera’s plural. So, galaxy S-10 now has the triple cameras on the back. Samsung is finally doing the three different focal lengths.
- main camera,
- telephoto and
- super wide, which is sick.
I’ve been waiting for that and I hope apple gets on this train next. So, Samsung has had for a while, one of the best cameras in any smartphone.
So, fingers crossed this continued improvement and image quality and color science keeps going. But the new cameras on the back are already welcome. The main camera is a 12-megapixel sensor, do aperture focal length 1.5 or 2.4 with OIS than the telephoto is also focal length 2.4 and has OIS. The ultra-wide doesn’t have OIS but you hardly need it at 123 degrees anyway and it opens to focal length 2.2. So, for one hope everyone adopts some sort of all shy camera. I personally love the look. And then in software like apple, Huawei and LG have done, you can sort of seamlessly zoom between the cameras and it will switch automatically which Camry run depending on how far you’re zoomed in.
It also keeps the intelligent camera modes with the improved scene recognition and all of that. Honestly, it’s looking like a winning package in the camera department. But of course, we must test that all to find out. So that’s it for the main changes.
But of course, since it’s Samsung, they’ve thrown in a ton of other little stuff because that’s their style and its good stuff.
So first, the batteries are significantly bigger. Galaxy S-10 is now a 30,400 milli-amp battery and galaxy S-10 plus is now a 40,100 milli-amp battery. So that’s nice.
And the specs and materials are variable. So, the one constant is snapdragon eight 55 through everything. That’s great. Then the galaxy S-10 starts at 900 bucks and for that you get 8 Gb of Ram and 128 Gb of storage, but there’s also an eight and five 12 version. Then the Galaxy S-10 plus starts at 1000 bucks, which gets you 8 Gb of Ram and 128 Gb of storage again. But if you SPEC it up as Galaxy S-10 plus turns into a ceramic back instead of glass, and then there’s an eight by five 12 version or a ridiculous one terabyte model with 12 gigs of Ram. So, I don’t know if you, maybe you have a habit of bragging about how much ram your phone has to your friends. I don’t know what kind of person would use 12 gigs of Ram, but hey, you can do it now.
12 gigs of Ram and a phone and let’s not forget Samsung’s phones also have expandable storage by a micro SD. So, you can have a terabyte of internal and to half a terabyte micro SD card. So, 1.5 terabytes of memory. So straight off the bet with just that Galaxy G-10 and Galaxy S-10 plus are looking like some impressive obviously well-spec flagships for 2019 and all that takes us to Samsung’s other phone that might kind of get lost in all this, which is galaxy s 10. I didn’t want that to get buried or anything. So, I have an entire separate review just on the galaxy s 10 and everything that’s new with it and different from these.
It’s essentially their answer to the iPhone 10 R. It has a couple of tradeoffs, like a regular fingerprint sensor and a slightly smaller display, et Cetera, to make that lower price. But it doesn’t cut off too much and it ends up at 750 bucks. So, it’s a pretty direct comparison there. And then Samsung also dropped this little bomb on us, the galaxy s 10, 5G.
Now, this we know even less about, we just know it’s going to be a bigger Galaxy S-10 with a 6.7-inch screen and a huge battery and an even bigger price. But also, aside from the shots, you just saw me get of it, they wouldn’t let me record any of it. They wouldn’t let me turn it on. The screen doesn’t turn on and they wouldn’t let me hold it, which leads me to believe that could have easily just been a model of a phone.
That phone doesn’t exist yet. It’s coming out in allegedly Q two of 2019. But that would be a whole separate thing when that comes out. But anyway, as you can see from the S-10 and S-10 plus and from the SPEC sheets and from holding them, they continue to Samsung tradition of checking all the boxes they possibly can still, of course it has IP 68 it has fast charging, fast wireless charging. The headphone Jack is still there. It has Wi-Fi six, the Bixby button. The Bixby button still there. It’s whatever they checked the box. But there’s also this feature now called Wireless Power share, Aka reverse wireless charging. So, Samsung gets on board with that too. Kind of like we saw with the Huawei mate 20 pro earlier and now galaxy S-10, we’ll be able to enable troll mode, super slow, 4.5 watts qi wireless charging of other devices. I mean it’s fine that it works. I said it before, but it’s gimmicky. I wouldn’t want to do this unless it’s a literal emergency. Um, but it’s more for accessories like the new galaxy buds. They’re wireless earbuds that have achieved wireless charging case. Also, word on the street is apple maybe thinking of doing this for the new iPhone with the new air pods too, which may have a wireless case, but that’s all. Maybe stuff we’ll see. So finally, to top everything off, there are some new colors. None of them look that amazing to me. I mean the Greens kind of cool, but I’ll probably end up going with black. They’re all glass, so they’re all going to get fingerprints and then of course you’ll notice they’re running Samsung’s new improved one UNI, which is visually pretty different from previous versions of Samsung Skins.
And the main thing you’ll notice when using it as it moves a ton of things like menu items and quick toggles and controls to the bottom of the display. So, everything is more reachable on these huge phones and it’s just overall more well thought out and well-designed than previous Samsung software, at least in my opinion. Then again, some things are also cartoonish huge, and I wished they would be smaller or a bit subtler or less crazy colorful. I don’t know. I’m working on my thoughts on it, but so far, it’s looking solid. But from my time with the hands on, that’s pretty much it. Honestly, I was impressed. I mean I liked the way the phones look and feel on the hand, so for my 900 bucks or 1000 bucks, I think I’m pretty into it. Of course, the full review will be the tell all, but what do you think?
Is this enough to get you to change your mind? Anyway, that is it. That’s S-10 in S-10 plus linked to the S-10 E. But feel free to share this review with anyone who’d be curious about Samsung’s new 10th generation flagships until the next one. Thanks for reading. Catch you guys later.