Samsung Galaxy S10+ phone review

DISPLAY
6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
PROCESSOR
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
RAM
8GB/12GB
REAR CAMERA
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
FRONT CAMERA
10MP + 8MP

At the glitzy Samsung #Unpacked event held last week at the Discovery building in Sandton, we witnessed the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ phones, as well as a sneak peek at the Galaxy Fold and the future of 5G. In attendance were hosts Minnie Dlamini Jones and Maps Maponyane, joined by Map’s dad; and President and CEO of Samsung Electronics South Africa Sung Yoon, who announced Cassper Nyovest as the new ambassador for Samsung South Africa.

Being part of this night was truly magical, but the icing on the cake for me was that South Africa was part of the global launch and this wasn’t simply a lavish event that followed the international launch – we were there at the same time as San Francisco and London via live feed.

Since the event, I’ve been playing with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and I’ve decided to give you my feedback on this phone as I see it, not as a technical review, but an experience. Or you can skip my dribble and head straight to the specifications at the bottom of this page. Go on. I don’t have feelings, I’m a robot.

A phone is a phone is a phone, right? It’s how it feels that sets it apart from the rest. And I’m not talking about how it rests comfortably in hand and doesn’t feel chunky, but rather, it’s those subtle user experience features like how applications open or react based on physical inputs, or how an email or SMS notification alerts you while you’re busy playing PUBG.

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Each time I interact with the Galaxy S10+, it surprises me. A perfect example of this happened yesterday during a meeting when I reached for my phone, lifted it, and pushed the power button – switching it off. You see, the phone reacted instantly when I touched to lift it, then recognised my face and unlocked BEFORE I even pressed the power button, and so reverting to chill mode as I stared at a black screen. I then had to press the power button again so that it recognised my face for a second time and unlock, but next time, I’ll know.

It’s those sorts of simple things. Like when it notifies you of a message without the massive intrusion of a full-screen notification, available instead as an elegant picture-in-picture view, or how it lets you know that the camera is actively looking for your beautiful face during biometric scanning. Oh, and the camera. I mean, multiple cameras. It’s insane.

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The S10 is available in Prism black, white, green and gold. Mine is white and looks like a stunning pearl white that changes to light blue and even pink when tilting it from side to side. The weight and size of the S10+ is simply marvellous, with a large 6.4-inch curved dynamic AMOLED Infinity Display and 4100mAh battery, and it weighs only 175 grams without the cover and 192 grams with the supplied clear plastic cover. As a matter of interest, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is also the first HDR10+ certified smartphone and even in direct sun, you won’t be hunting shade to make that all important swipe left or right decision.

Samsung has decided to include PowerShare on the Galaxy S10, making you the centre of attention by charging any other Qi-certified smartphone or wearable at the local hang. And I’m all for making life easier, so the inclusion of Bixby Routines is seriously cool. It automates your daily routines from the moment you wake up, drive to work or school, get home and play some PUBG and eventually land up in bed.

(Pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S10 now, you’ll get a pair of Galaxy Buds valued at R3,000 for Fr33…)

GALAXY S10 TECH SPECIFICATIONS

Display

Galaxy S10e: 5.8-inch FULL HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi)
Galaxy S10:
6.1-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi)
Galaxy S10+:
6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
Galaxy S10 5G:
6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)

Camera

Galaxy S10e

Rear: Dual Camera with OIS

  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
  • Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
  • 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom

Front:

  • Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)

Galaxy S10

Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS

  • Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
  • Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
  • 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

Front:

  • Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF,  F1.9 (80°)

Galaxy S10+

Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS

  • Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
  • Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
  • 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

Front: Dual Camera

  • Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
  • RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)

Galaxy S10 5G

Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS

  • Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
  • Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
  • Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
  • 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

3D Depth: hQVGA

Front:

  • Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
  • 3D Depth: hQVGA

Body

Galaxy S10e: 69.9 x 142.3 x 7.9mm, 150g
Galaxy S10
: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm, 157g
Galaxy S10+:
74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g)
Galaxy S10 5G:
77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm 198g 

Processor

7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)

Memory

Galaxy S10e: 6GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Galaxy S10:
6GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Galaxy S10+:
6 GB/8GB/12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Galaxy S10 5G:
8GB + 256GB (No MicroSD) 

SIM

Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
Dual (Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

*May differ by market and mobile operator.
*MicroSD card sold separately.

Battery

Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare.

*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.
*Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA.
*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Galaxy S10e: 3100mAh
Galaxy S10:
3400mAh
Galaxy S10+:
4100mAh
Galaxy S10 5G:
4500mAh

OS

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps download / 1.2Gbps upload

*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)

*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.

Sensors

Galaxy S10e: Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G: Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

Authentication

Lock type: Swipe, pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock types: Fingerprints, face

Audio

Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)

Video

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

BOTTOM LINE
I'm thoroughly enjoying this phone because it simply feels just right, you feel me?
PROS
Unbelievable gaming experience including Dolby Atmos sound
World;s first Dynamic AMOLED display
Pro-grade camera with ultra-wide lens
CONS
The built-in ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is a little iffy at times
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