Rumours were rife, leaks got exposed, and the tension was never decreasing. But now, the wait is over! Officially, Samsung’s taken the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S10, the tenth-anniversary smartphone of the flagship Galaxy S lineup. I can’t help but say it’s on another level.
Literally speaking, Samsung offers what eyes haven’t seen nor hands ever touched in the Galaxy S10. Wireless Powershare, HDR10+, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, Dynamic AMOLED and more technical jargon that makes the phone scintillating. Galaxy S10 takes a massive leap of upgrade from what its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S9 and other Samsung Phones brought to the table.
Bit by bit, we’ll scrutinize the smartphone in this article. Get your game face on!
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 KEY SPECS
- 4G: Yes
- AI: Yes, Bixby
- SIM: Dual SIM
- Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (under display)
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie OS (Samsung One UI)
- Screen: 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 19:9 aspect ratio, 1440 x 3040 pixels ( 550PPI)
- Storage: 128 / 512GB Storage, up to 512GB memory card support (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP Dual Rear Camera and a 10 MP Front Camera
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 9820 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core Processor with 8GB RAM
- Battery: 3,400mAh Li-Ion battery
- Price –
Design & Features
Samsung is renowned for its beautiful ergonomics regarding its top smartphones. Anything short of that on this smartphone will be a colossal peril. Trust the Korean manufacturer; they made sure that didn’t happen. Given the Infinity-O design, the phone sports minimal bezels on both ends.
The most notable impact of the Infinity-O is the punch-hole camera at the frontal’s top right corner. A camera integrated into a phone’s display is touché!
For the uninitiated, Infinity-O is Samsung’s means of restyling the stylish notch designs found in smartphones these days. Other forms of Samsung’s notches are Infinity-V and Infinity-U.
The sleek Corning Gorilla Glass 6 safeguards the stellar screen of the smartphone. What’s more, Samsung adds a curvy touch to the glass for more finesse.
On the flip side, Gorilla Glass covers the slim aluminium frame, and this time its the version 5. The glass does well to conceal the Wireless Powershare module of the smartphone. More on the Wireless Powershare later in this article. Despite the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack in most smartphones, Samsung retains it on this smartphone.
A dedicated button for Bixby, Samsung’s AI is on the side of the smartphone. It appears on the right side while the other buttons (volume and power) are at the left.
Are you worried about faults if you run down home in the rain with the Samsung Galaxy S10 in your pocket? Sentence that worry to oblivion as IP68 protection is on the device. The phone’s even capable of staying 1.5m in water for 30 minutes. Through this protection, the phone’s also dust resistant.
3D Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
In furtherance, there’s no fingerprint reader assigned to the rear; instead it is placed under the display. This under-display fingerprint also known as ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is the best seen on a smartphone.
The fingerprint scanner creates a picture by capturing a 3D image of the finger by penetrating the sub-dermal layer. It surpasses the 2D model formed by optical sensors. Wow! Increased security.
Before Galaxy S8, fingerprint readers were at the frontal region of Samsung phones. In lieu of this, the 3D sensor shows the return of fingerprint scanners to the face of Samsung Galaxy S phones.
Unlike previous Samsung phones that sported Super AMOLED screens, Samsung Galaxy S10 owns a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED type. The idea behind the appellation is that the AMOLED screen employs dynamic tone mapping.
Dynamic Tone Mapping improves the quality of incoming videos to fit the phone’s display standard. In other words, downloaded non-HDR content will appear like HDR.
Speaking of HDR, this device is the first smartphone with a Samsung-manufactured HDR10+ screen. It helps to aggrandise & make image quality more realistic by widening colours and improving highlights.
The device attains a threshold of 7% blue-light emission – a pacesetter in the smartphone world way beyond the former 12% smartphone threshold. Blue light emitted excessively can prevent you from sleeping by delaying production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that triggers sleep.
Adding all these to the phone’s 1440 x 3040 pixels and 550PPI density, you have a stunning display at your disposal. That’s why Samsung touted the display as the most beautiful ever seen in the Galaxy family.
In this flagship smartphone’s rear, Samsung adds a 16MP ultra-wide lens to pair up with 12MP telephoto and 12MP regular lenses. Previous Samsung Galaxy S smartphones lacked the ultra-wide sensor, so that’s another plus for this phone.
The 16MP ultra-wide sensor captures more of your environments without the need to take a few steps back. It snaps images of your surroundings with more details.
Meanwhile, its 12MP main camera retains the ability to switch apertures (f/1.5 – f/2.4). The other 12MP telephoto lens is optically zoomed for depth focus & background isolation. Somebody say bokeh!
For any picture mode that hits you, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s rear cameras are primed to meet your great expectations. Its 10MP selfie camera isn’t excluded from the family of super cameras.
Hardware and Software
Samsung implemented Qualcomm’s biggest chip, Snapdragon 855 SoC as the power source of this smartphone. It delivers smooth & fast operations due to its 7nm FinFET process technology and octa-core 2.8GHz Kryo CPU. For its graphics work, Adreno 640 GPU is in the mix.
Asides the Samsung Galaxy S10 that’s powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC, Samsung manufactured another variant with Samsung Exynos 9820 chip. The Exynos version is the one apportioned to Nigeria, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The Samsung-produced chip comprises 8nm FinFET, Octa-core 2.7GHz CPU and Mali-G76 GPU.
Regardless of the chip type, there’s the support of a fantastic 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. Seamless multitasking, smooth running of apps and little-to-zero lagging are what the RAM presents.
Options of 128GB and 512GB internal memory are available for you to select from. No less but there’s more. The phone’s hybrid SIM slot opens the door for memory expansion of 512GB through a memory card.
Take a look at this scenario: A 512GB memory card used on the 512GB edition of Samsung Galaxy S10 will result in a nothing less than 1TB. That’s a whole lot of storage for files.
Moving on, refined software functions are governed by Android 9.0 Pie OS and Samsung’s One UI. That way, you get features like Digital Wellness, Dark Mode, Adaptive Battery and more. Also, the Samsung DeX feature gives you the enablement to use the smartphone as a desktop computer.
A non-removable 3,400mAh battery is the duration stronghold on this device. It offers almost a full day’s usage on heavy duty. Unsurprisingly, there’s Fast Charge technology on the smartphone. Through the USB-C port, the rapidly charges with 15W power.
Also, Samsung Galaxy S10 supports Qi Wireless Charging technology; hence, it can charge without the USB-C cable. All that’s needed is to place the phone on a wireless charging pad, and it charges quickly.
That’s not all…
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There’s the wireless powershare feature on the smartphone. The feature turns the Samsung Galaxy S10 into a wireless power bank. In other words, it serves as a charging pad for other smartphones with Qi Wireless Charging technology.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Pricing & Availability
Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink are the colour variations of the smartphone. The smartphone’s price range falls within the NGN 300,000 – NGN 400,000 region.
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie OS (One UI)
- Processor: Exynos 9820 Octa-core 2.7 GHz processor / Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core 2.8 GHz Kryo processor
- Colours: Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink
- RAM Storage: 8GB RAM
- SIM Count: Single SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM
- Display: 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, 19:9 aspect ratio
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels
- Pixel Density: 550PPI
- Others: HDR10+, 7% Blue-light emission, Always-on Display
- Rear Camera (primary): 12MP (main) + 12MP (telephoto) + 16MP (ultra-wide) LED Flash
- Rear Camera Top Features: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
- Front Camera (secondary): 10MP Camera
- Front Camera Top Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Dual Pixel PDAF
- Internal Storage: 128 / 512 GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, Up to 512 GB
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 2100MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- EDGE: Yes
- GPRS: Yes
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 3G: Yes
- 4G: Yes, up to 1024 Mbps
- WLAN: Yes
- Wi-Fi and Hotspot: Yes
- Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- USB Port: Yes, Type-C 1.0 Reversible connector
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- FM Radio: Yes
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Navigation: Yes
- Maps: Google Maps
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Pedometer: No
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Iris Scanner: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (under display)
- Voice Control: Yes, Google Voice Control
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No
- Water Resistant: Yes, up to 1.5 for 30 minutes
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: No
- Battery: 3,400mAh battery
- Type: Non-removable Li-Ion
- Quick Charging: Yes
- Wireless Charging: Yes
- Wireless Powershare: Yes
With all the features discussed above, it’s evident Samsung Galaxy S10 is a top notch smartphone. It’s an absolute upgrade from the Galaxy S9, so don’t have doubts about purchasing one for yourself.