Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S models in the beginning of every year. This season, a whole lot was expected from the Korean manufacturer, especially as we were wanting to see what design direction it could take. Since the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review), Samsung has stuck using its tall Infinity displays, evidently showing no intention of choosing the same notches as everybody else. Its last flagship-class smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9 (Review), also still had its front cameras above the display, however the Galaxy S10 series will be the first phones to launch with a far more modern look that finally eliminates all of the borders around the screen. The Galaxy S10 series, launched in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA just prior to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, marked the debut of Samsung’s new Infinity-O screens which stretch to all or any corners of leading of these phones and also have punch-holes for leading cameras.
Samsung launched three smartphones, namely the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10+ as well. Unlike the Galaxy S9 (Review) and Galaxy S9+ (Review) which had different rear camera setups, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have the same three cameras at the trunk. Where they differ (aside from screen size and battery capacity) is their selfie cameras. The Galaxy S10+ has two front cameras, as the Galaxy S10 is due to an individual selfie shooter.
In ways, the Galaxy S10+ is best smartphone that Samsung provides at this time. Could it be sufficient to fight off the iPhone XS Max (Review), Google Pixel 3 XL (Review) and Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Review)? We review to determine.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ design
Samsung is well known for interesting designs. Whilst every other Android manufacturer was looking at adopting a display notch, Samsung resisted the move and stuck with the original rectangular display format. The brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup is seen as the company’s try to maximise display size and minimise borders.
The Galaxy S10+ will come in five finishes in India and uses two different materials for the trunk panel. If you choose the base configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, you can select from Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue. If you would like the ceramic finishes, you can purchase this phone with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in Ceramic Black, or select the top-end Ceramic White option with an impressive 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. That is the case during publishing this review; it is not known whether Samsung can make different configurations available in several finishes later on. We’d the Prism White unit for review, and we liked just how it shifts colour when light hits it at different angles.
Select the phone up in fact it is evident that the bezels are super thin at the very top and the sides, helping it appear to be a bezel-less phone. Underneath chin is comparatively thicker. Above the display, the earpiece grille is moved towards the frame, which liberates some screen space. The oval-shaped hole is in the upper right corner of the screen houses a dual camera setup. It really is easier noticeable here than on the Honor View 20 (Review), that includes a smaller hole because of its single selfie camera. Samsung identifies this as the Infinity-O display in fact it is rounded at the edges.
The Galaxy S10+ includes a hole-punch display which houses a dual-camera setup
Samsung has curved the sides of the phone’s frame that makes it simple to hold, and at the same time helps the display and the glass back merge seamlessly. You will barely feel the transition from the frame to the glass when you run your fingers over the surfaces.
At the trunk, there are three cameras arranged in a horizontal strip, like the dual-camera arrangement on the Galaxy Note 9. The heartrate and oxygen saturation sensors are located in the same module alongside the LED flash. This camera module includes a slightly raised metal rim. It is not significant enough to cause the telephone to rock when located on a set surface.
You won’t discover a traditional fingerprint scanner behind this smartphone as with the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9. Instead, Samsung has truly gone for an ultrasonic in-display sensor. This is actually the first Samsung smartphone to have such an attribute in fact it is positioned towards underneath of the display, above the on-screen home button. The placement is convenient and the sensor area could be reached easily when holding the telephone in one hand.
We found the energy button placement to become a little too much on the proper side of the Galaxy S10+ and it had been a little hard to attain. Exactly like other recent Galaxy S series smartphones, there’s a dedicated Bixby button located below the quantity buttons on the left. All of the buttons are created out of metal and also have a reassuring click when pressed.
The top of the telephone includes a microphone and the SIM tray. If you prefer a 3.5mm headphone jack on your own smartphone, you will be happy that Samsung has retained it on the Galaxy S10+. It really is at the bottom, plus a USB Type-C port and a loudspeaker grille. The Galaxy S10+ also features an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Samsung still retains the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S10+
Samsung has were able to pack a 4100mAh in to the slim 7.8mm body while keeping the weight right down to 175g (195g for the Ceramic options). This phone feels light in the hand in comparison to a few of the other Galaxy smartphones we’ve used in days gone by. You get yourself a fast charger and a couple of AKG earphones in the box, plus a few other accessories.
Samsung ships a case with Indian retail units, which we didn’t receive with this review unit. Samsung also told Gadgets 360 that it’ll be shipping the Galaxy S10 and S10+ with pre-applied screen protectors to avoid aftermarket screen protectors from interfering with the in-display fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ specifications, display, and software
There is absolutely no denying that the 6.4-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10+ is completely gorgeous. It has Quad HD+ (1440×3040 pixels) resolution but is defined to full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) by default and you could change it out manually. There are multiple tweaks you possibly can make to customise the display. There are two modes to pick from, Vivid and Natural. As the name suggests, the Vivid mode bumps the contrast up making colours pop more on the display. When in Vivid mode, you get yourself a slider for white balance and the choice to tweak colour levels. The natural mode appears more, well, natural.
The Galaxy S10+ definitely has among the brightest display panels available in the market at 1200nits. We’re able to easily read anything even though outdoors. The telephone offers a night mode which switches to a dark theme that is straightforward on the eyes. You have the choice to toggle it manually or set it to automatically start at sunset or at a scheduled time. This stunning display has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection, that ought to make it resist scratches in day-to-day use.
Now let’s address the hole-punch display. Yes, it can cut out a tiny part of the display in the top-right corner of the telephone, nonetheless it isn’t distracting. Small hole on the Galaxy S10 could possibly be in a position to go unnoticed, however the S10+ can’t do a similar thing. Samsung has tried to lessen the impact through the use of wallpapers that contain a darker top right corner. We didn’t have a concern with the hole, and got used to the display rapidly. You may also mask it by enabling a Hide Front Camera option in the display settings. This puts a thick black band over the the surface of the display .