[shortdesc]The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus mobile features a 6.4" (16.26 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels and runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual core, M4 Mongoose + 2.31 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55) processor paired with 8 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 4100 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 12MP + 12MP + 16MP camera . Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope. So, does it have a fingerprint sensor? Yes, it does. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. On board storage is at 128 GB with the option to expand the memory by Yes Up to 512 GB. [/shortdesc]
|Price In Pakistan||Rs 155,000|
|Display||6.4" (16.26 cm)|
|Camera||12MP + 12MP + 16MP|
|Launch Date In India||March 8, 2019 (Official)|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||On-screen|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
|Operating System||Android v9.0 (Pie)|
|Sim Slots||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|Model||Galaxy S10 Plus|
|Launch Date||March 8, 2019 (Official)|
|Sim Size||SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available|
|Audio Features||Dolby Atmos|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Chipset||Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9820|
|Processor||Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual core, M4 Mongoose + 2.31 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)|
|Waterproof||Yes Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68|
|Colours||Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Ceramic White|
|Display Type||Dynamic AMOLED|
|Bezelless Display||Yes with punch-hole display|
|Pixel Density||526 ppi|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v6|
|Screen To Body Ratio Calculated||87.11 %|
|Screen Size||6.4 inches (16.26 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 3040 pixels|
|User Available Storage||Up to 107 GB|
|Internal Memory||128 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Yes Up to 512 GB|
|Usb Otg Support||Yes|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Camera Features||10 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 Pixels|
|Autofocus||Yes Dual Pixel autofocus|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Resolution||10 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras|
|Optical Image Stabilisation||Yes|
|Flash||Yes LED Flash|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Quick Charging||Yes Fast|
|Wifi||Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/ax/b/g/n/n 5GHz|
|Wifi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|Usb Typec||Yes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)|
|Usb Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Gps||Yes with A-GPS, Glonass|
|Sim 1||4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s ? 2000 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 20)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available|
|Sim Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Sim 2||4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s ? 2000 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 20) 3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ? GPRS:Available EDGE:Available|
First things first, the unboxing experience of the Galaxy S10 is pretty much exactly as it was with past Galaxy flagships, and you find quite a bit of stuff inside the box:
- The Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus (depending on what you bought)
- A clear case (of surprisingly good quality)
- AKG tuned earphones (with braided cables, yay!)
- A USB Type-A to USB-C cable
- 15W Adaptive Fast Charger
- Leaflets and manuals that you won’t read (or at least I didn’t)
A couple of things stood out to me in the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus box. First, the included clear case is of a really good quality, which is awesome because I didn’t mind putting it on my phone at all. Second, the included earphones have a braided cable, which is great, and not something you’d find in most other smartphones.
Design and Build
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus (hereafter referred to as the Galaxy S10, or S10, unless stated otherwise) are possibly the most gorgeous phones I’ve set my eyes on. Samsung went all out on the S10, and basically left no stone unturned.
The phones come in a beautiful glass and metal sandwich design, with a gorgeous curved display up front, and a curved back; both of which blend perfectly into the metal chassis. Holding these in your hand is a remarkably comfortable experience, which is all the more appreciable if you’re trying out the larger, Galaxy S10 Plus, which somehow, feels really great in the hand for a phone of its size.
The S10 uses Gorilla Glass on both the front and the back, so you don’t really need the pre-installed scratch guard, and the included back cover, but I’d suggest you use them still. The back here is protected with Gorilla Glass 5, while the front has the latest Gorilla Glass 6 to protect it from scratches and impact. As much as I love Corning for making our phones more resilient against scratches, my naked OnePlus 5 had a terrible amount of scratches on it — a fate I’d rather not repeat with my Galaxy S10.
Of course, since this is a Samsung flagship, it has IP68 rating, so you can pretty much spill anything on it, and it won’t just die on you; although I do have to tell you, taking it swimming might not be the best idea. The phone comes with all the usual buttons and ports you’d want, and one button you probably don’t want, but you can make good use of it (I’ll tell you that later). There’s a power button, which, on the S10 Plus is way too high up for my liking, there are the volume rockers, the USB-C port, the headphone jack (yes, that still survived), and there’s the Bixby button, which… well, let’s just say I can live without it.
For a phone that’s basically a hole-in-one (pun-intended), the Display is still the show stopper here. It’s a gorgeous WQHD+ SuperAMOLED display which, measured diagonally, is 6.1-inches on the S10, and 6.4-inches on the S10+, and it’s pretty much what you expect from a Samsung display. This has to be the best display I’ve seen on a smartphone so far, and even though it has all of Samsung’s quirks, like the oversaturated colors, it manages to pull it off in such great style that you won’t be able to look at another phone without feeling like those displays just aren’t as good.
Speaking of saturated colors, Samsung does include a ‘Natural’ screen mode on the phone, pushes the saturation down a bit, for anyone wanting a more natural feel on their phones, but I still stuck to the Vivid setting, because it just looks absolutely stunning; but that’s mostly just personal preference, and it’s great that Samsung is giving users the choice.
I can’t round up the display segment here without talking about the punch-hole, now can I? So here it is. Yeah, the S10 has a punch hole design, that Samsung likes to call ‘Infinity-O’, and personally I prefer this over the notches (even the teardrop ones). Now I know, people have issues with it because of symmetry and what not, and that’s fine. Like I said, it’s a personal preference, and I just feel like it gives me a better experience than I’ve had with notched phones.
Normally, I’d move to the performance or the cameras on a review, but the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, which, unlike the optical in-display fingerprint scanners you’d find on most phones, can work even without needing the display to turn on. That’s pretty awesome because you basically don’t need to use the power button any more. Just touch your finger on the screen and it unlocks.
Plus, it works if the phone is wet, or if your fingers are wet, and it also works with oily fingers so you can unlock your phone while stuffing yourself with fries, as I quite often find myself doing.
The only problem with the fingerprint scanner here though, is that it’s kind of slow, and kind of inconsistent. It’s not the best experience, unlocking the phone with the in-display fingerprint scanner, and you can’t be quite sure that it will unlock just because you touched it. It’s also very moody. Sometimes it opens with just a tap, other times you have to press your finger quite firmly for the phone to unlock, so it’s obviously not something you’ll enjoy using. I didn’t.
There’s also Face Unlock here, and it’s considerably faster than the fingerprint scanner. In fact, sometimes it opens so quickly it seems like the phone wasn’t even locked. However, this is a simple 2D face unlock system, unlike the 3D system you’d find on something like the Mate 20 Pro, or the iPhone XS line up. It doesn’t have an IR sensor either, so it doesn’t work in pitch darkness. However, it’s still surprisingly good at detecting faces in very low light. There’s an opt-out feature that makes the screen brighter to unlock the phone in dark conditions, and that sort of works, but it’s very uncomfortable in pitch darkness because the screen is just so bright it hurts your eyes.
There was another weird thing that happened with my Galaxy S10 unit, where, for some reason, it was unlocking with Devinder’s face as well. It stopped doing that later, so I’m not sure how it was getting the false positives, but it was and that’s just really weird. Some other reviews have mentioned the phone unlocking with photos too, but that didn’t happen on my unit at least, so I can’t confirm if that actually happens.
So yeah, the biometrics on the S10 aren’t the best of the lot, but there’s a silver lining, Samsung can easily fix at least the face unlock with a software upgrade, and I really hope they do.
In terms of performance, the S10 comes with the Exynos 9820 in India, and it’s Samsung’s top-of-the-line flagship processorbuilt in the 8nm process, so amazing performance and better battery life is pretty much guaranteed on the phone. However, the S10s retailing in the US pack in the 7nm Snapdragon 855, and while that 1nm might not a big deal, what is a big deal is the fact that the cores on these processors are clocked considerably differently.
The Snapdragon 855 inside the Galaxy S10 comes in a tri-cluster architecture, with 2 extreme performance cores clocked at 2.84GHz, two high performance cores clocked at 2.41GHz, and four high efficiency cores clocked at 1.78GHz.
On the other hand, the Exynos 9820 comes in a tri-cluster architecture too, with 2 extreme performance custom cores clocked at 2.73GHz, two high performance Cortex A75 cores clocked at 2.31GHz, and four high efficiency Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.95GHz.
Clearly, when it comes to extremely demanding tasks (like benchmarks, and tasks like video editing), the Snapdragon 855 should be able to perform better than the Exynos 9820, and that’s evident in benchmarks.
Note: we don’t have a Snadragon 855 unit with us, so these are benchmarks taken from reliable sources.
In AnTuTu, the Snapdragon 855 powered Galaxy S10 scored 359,817 points, while the Exynos 9820 powered S10 scored just 331,245 points.
To be fair, a score of 331,245 is nothing short of awesome, but it’s a little concerning that the scores differ this much simply because of the choice of processor here.
Anyway, moving away from synthetic benchmarks, the Galaxy S10 is nothing short of amazing when it comes to performance. In all my time using the phone, I’ve not noticed any lags or stuttering whatsoever. The phone is a flagship, and it performs like one. Multi-tasking is a breeze, and I even found myself using the floating apps feature quite often and the phone still doesn’t break a sweat handling Instagram, Spotify, Gmail, and Messages at the same time. It’s just a brilliant device when it comes to performance, and it has not once let me down.
Performance in games is extremely impressive as well. Playing PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy S10 is a wonderful experience. The gorgeous display, paired with top of the line specs make up for an experience unlike any other.
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