Samsung today has announced the next generation of the Galaxy S line: The Galaxy S 10, the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e.
This is the 10th generation of the iconic series that was borne in 2011 and has shown the best from Samsung in that particular year.
Starting off with the design, it has a new screen design with punch holes at the corner of the screens for the cameras. This is a new design aesthetic that was introduced last year and now has been carried forward to the new Samsung flagships.
The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8 inch 2280 x 1080p flat OLED screen, the S10 has a 6.1 inch 3040 x 1440p edge screen while the S10 Plus has a 6.5 inch 3040 x 1440p edge screens. The S10 has what they call a “Dynamic AMOLED” screen which can give upto 1200 nits, which is very bright and Samsung says it is very colour accurate. It also supports HDR10+ which will allow you to enjoy HDR content from shows from streaming sites like Amazon.
The Galaxy S10 and the S10 e have one hole punch for their selfie cameras at the top right of the screen while the Plus has a dual ‘hole punch’ at the same location.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a triple rear camera system. There is a 12MP normal camera with a dual aperture lens (f/1.5-2.4) like the S9, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto camera and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide camera. There is also a revised bokeh mode where you get to edit further your ‘portrait’ photos, which is reminiscent of what Apple does with the iPhone S. There is also an AI mode that can identify upto 30 scenes so that the S10 can take the best photo at the time. The Galaxy S10e lacks the telephoto camera.
The selfie camera on the S10 is a 10MP unit with the S10 Plus having an additional 8MP camera for depth information. The selfie camera shoots 4K video now.
For video, the S10 will shoot in HDR10+ joining the surprisingly few phones that shoot in HDR. They also claim it has really smooth video (only in 1080p and shooting with the ultra wide camera), no rig required which coupled with the HDR video means that the S10 family will shoot really great video.
The S10 and the S10 Plus have an in-display scanner that is unlike what we saw with phones like the OnePlus 6T. It uses ultrasonic technology instead of optical technology and Samsung promises that it is secure and uses AI to bolster it. The S10 has a regular side fingerprint scanner unlike the more expensive modes.
Samsung bolstered the battery capacities on these phones, which is great. The Galaxy S10 has a 3400 mAh battery, the S10 Plus has a 4100 mAh battery and the S10e has a much smaller 3100mAh battery.
These phones will run on Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 chips as well as Snapdragon 855 processors.
Apart from the headlining features, the Galaxy S10 have a headphone jack, reverse wireless charging, IP 68 certification and more. It is kinda cool that they retained the headphone jack while still managing to pile in features we have seen with other companies.
Pricing is not surprising at all. The Galaxy S10 will start at $900 for a 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage combo while the same combination is $1000 for the S10 Plus.
The S10 also has an 8GB RAM/ 512GB RAM version but the S10 Plus takes it a notch higher. The S10 Plus trades glass for ceramic for both the 8GB RAM/512GB and the ridiculous 12GB/1TB versions.
They still have microSD card slots and that will further extend the crazy internal storage capacities we see in these phones. The Galaxy S10e starts at $750 for a 6 GB RAM/128GB model and there is also an 8GB/256GB model available.