Samsung Galaxy S10+ review
Samsung is known for its interesting designs. other Android manufacturers were considering adopting screen notes, Samsung opposed the move and with the traditional rectangular screen format. new line of Samsung Galaxy S10 can be seen as a company effort to maximize the size of the screen and reduce the edges.
The Galaxy S10 + comes in five finishes in India and uses two different materials for the back panel. If you choose the basic configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, you can choose between Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue. If you want the ceramic finishes, you can buy this phone with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in Ceramic Black, or choose the high-end Ceramic White option with the amazing amount of 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. That is the case at the time of publishing this revision; It is not known if Samsung will make available different configurations in different finishes in the future. We had the Prism White unit to review, and we liked the way it changes color when the light hits it from different angles.
Lift the phone and it is clear that the bevels are very thin on the top and sides, which makes it look like a phone without the bezel. The lower chin is comparatively thicker. On the screen, the headset grille moves towards the frame, which frees up some space on the screen. The oval-shaped hole in the upper right corner of the screen houses a dual camera configuration. Samsung refers to this as the Infinity-O screen and is rounded at the edges.
Samsung has curved the sides of the frame of this phone, which makes it easy to hold and, at the same time, helps the screen and the crystal to blend perfectly. You will hardly notice the transition from the frame to the glass backing when you run your fingers over the surfaces.
On the back side, there are three cameras in the horizontal bar, the Galaxy Note 9 has the same dual camera system. Heart rate sensor and oxygen saturation are placed in the same module with LED flash. This camera module has a slightly raised metal edge. It is not important enough for the phone to move when placed on a flat surface.
You will not find a traditional fingerprint scanner on the back of this smartphone such as the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9. Instead, Samsung has opted for an on-screen ultrasonic sensor. This is the first smartphone of Samsung that has a function of this type and is placed towards the bottom of the screen, on the start button on the screen. The location is convenient and you can easily reach the sensor area by holding the phone with one hand.
We found that the location of the power button was too high on the right side of the Galaxy S10 + and it was a bit difficult to reach. Like other smartphones in the recent Galaxy S series, there is a dedicated Bixby button located below the volume buttons on the left. All buttons are made of metal and have a reassuring click when pressed.
The top of the phone has a microphone and the SIM tray. If you want a 3.5mm headphone jack on your smartphone, you’ll be happy that Samsung has retained it on the Galaxy S10 +. It’s on the bottom, along with a USB Type-C port and a speaker grid. The Galaxy S10 + also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Samsung has managed to package a 4100mAh in the slim 7.8 mm body while maintaining the weight at 175 g (195 g for the ceramic options). This phone feels light in your hand compared to some of the other Galaxy smartphones that we have used in the past. You get a quick charger and a pair of AKG headphones in the box, along with some other accessories.
Samsung sends a case with Indian retail units, which we did not receive with our review unit. The Samsung also told Gadgets 360 that it will ship the Galaxy S10 and S10 + with previously applied screen protectors to prevent secondary market screen protectors from interfering with the screen fingerprint scanner.
There is no denying that the AMOLED 6.4-inch screen on the Galaxy S10 + is absolutely beautiful. It has a quad HD + resolution (1440×3040 pixels), but by default is set to full-HD + (1080×2280 pixels) and you can change it manually. There are several settings that allow you to customize the screen. There are two ways to choose living and natural. As its name suggests, Vivid mode enhances the contrast by making the colors stand out more on the screen. When in live mode, you get a slider for white balance and the option to adjust the color level. The natural way feels better, natural.
The Galaxy S10 + is definitely one of the most luminous screen panels on the market at 1200nits. We could easily read anything out there too. The phone offers a night mode which turns into a dark subject which is easy for the eyes. You have the option to change it manually or turn it on automatically in the evening or at the scheduled time. For your safety in this splendid screen, Corning Gorilla Glass is 6, which should help you to face scratch in daily use.
Now let’s deal with the hole drilling screen. Yes, cut a small part of the screen in the upper right corner of the phone, but it does not disturb. Samsung has tried to reduce the effect by using wallpapers that have dark upper right corners. We had no problem with the hole, and we got used to the screen very quickly. You can also mask it by enabling the Hide Front Camera option in the screen settings. It keeps a thick black strip at the top of the screen.
AMOLED panel is so good that when this option is enabled, separating bezel from the screen is difficult. This panel is also certified and capable of playing HDR10 + video incompatible applications. The Galaxy S10 + has a stereo speaker configuration where the headset doubles as the speaker while playing audio. Support for Dolby Atmos, which makes a noticeable difference when enabled.
It worked well for most of the lighting conditions and was quick to scan and unlock the phone. In low light conditions, the screen brightness increased to get a face scan Galaxy S10 + also gives you the option to unlock your phone and go straight to the home screen or wait in the lock screen. There is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the replacement screen. This is a better technique than CMOS optical sensors that all other smartphone makers have used for screen fingerprint scanning.
An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is fast and does not require strong pressure. To scan the fingerprint, you do not even need an AMOLED screen to illuminate the area around the sensor. Samsung continues to illuminate the part where you have been censored to help you find a scanner. We were impressed with the speed because it could also scan and verify our fingerprints with the light touch, which is something that most other on-screen scanners can not do.
Samsung has chosen its new Exynos 9820 SoC to power the Galaxy S10 + in India. The variant we tested did include 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. High versions of the Galaxy S10 + are available that provide 5 GB of RAM with 8 GB RAM and 12 GB RAM with 1 TB storage space. The Galaxy S10 + has a hybrid dual sim tray that allows storage expansion, but only at the expense of the other SIM. If you are not interested in the expansion of storage, you can use two nano-SIMs. There is support for 4G, as well as VoLTE in both slots.
It has support for Bluetooth 5, WiFi 6, ANT +, NFC and four Satellite Positioning Systems. Wireless charging is also available, and the device is also capable of reverse wireless charging. We tried by activating the Wireless PowerShare function on the notification screen and placing Samsung Galaxy Boards on this device. The S10 + Galaxy Buds can charge the case wirelessly. This function is very useful for charging other devices. We note that S10 + automatically deactivates this function when its battery level drops below 30 percent.
On the front of the software, Samsung ships the Galaxy S 10+ on its Android 9 pie with its new wildlife. We first saw our first look at OneUI when Samsung launched it on Galaxy Note 9.
A quick slide opens the drawer of an app that is convenient. Swipe from the Home screen to the right and you’ll be taken to the Bixby Home screen. You can choose to scroll down anywhere on the home screen to display a notification shader, and the lever has been taken within reach. When we started reviewing the smartphone, it was running security patches in January 2019, but soon it got its first software update, which included February security patches.
This software update also provided the possibility of reassigning the Buxbe button on the smartphone. Capturing the Bixby Button still invites Bixby Assistant. The other can be configured to launch another app, such as WhatsApp or Google Maps, or Bixby or Quick Command Operation, In addition, there are some limitations, such as not being able to summon Google Assistant
We used Bixby to see how far it has come along. In our experience, voice recognition was not as good as the Google Assistant. It is still good at performing on device tasks like changing the screen brightness or toggling Wi-Fi. But ask it to navigate to a place or say “I’m hungry” and it is clueless as to what to do — such tasks are best left to Google Assistant on the Galaxy S10+.
The preinstalled apps include Samsung’s own Galaxy Store, My Galaxy, Samsung Pass, and Galaxy Wearable. We found My Galaxy to be a little annoying as it kept sending push notifications. Samsung has reduced the amount of bloat that used to come with earlier devices, giving you the option to download the apps you want from the Galaxy Store instead.
Game Launcher clubs all your installed games together. It lets you choose between “Focus on Power Saving”, “Balanced”, and “Focus on Performance” for all games, or set a level for each game individually. The tool of the game is available when you start the game so that you can reduce the caller notification, stop the notifications, and even block the buckbox during play. You can also enable Dolby Atmos for gaming and put the stereo speakers to good use.
Since OneUI is based on Android Pie, you get digital well-being, which gives you information about the time you spend on a smartphone. You also have the option to set a timer for the application, after which the phone blocks them for the rest of the day. Gesture navigation replaces traditional navigation buttons with three tabs, where you can scroll up to perform the action of the related buttons. Since this didn’t feel any more efficient, we stuck with the traditional buttons.
There are a few other gestures including double-tap to wake, lift to wake, and a palm swipe for taking a screenshot. The Smart Stay feature keeps the display awake when you are looking at it, and is super useful. Samsung also has a pop-up panel option which lets you have apps like Messages or watsapp hover on top of a game to facilitate multitasking.
Powered by the Exynos 9820, the most powerful chip Samsung has on offer, there is absolutely nothing that slows the Galaxy S10+ down. We never noticed any lag or stuttering while using this smartphone, and it could effortlessly handle all the load of OneUI’s slick animations. You do have the option to tone down these animations in the advanced settings if you prefer. With 8GB of RAM onboard we could easily multitask without having apps killed in the background. The Galaxy S10+ also keeps games running in the background, simply because it can without compromising on performance.
We tried playing popular games including PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. We couldn’t find Asphalt 9 on the Google Play Store but could find the game and download it via the Galaxy Apps store. PUBG Mobile defaulted to the High setting which sets the Graphics to HD and Frame Rate to High. The game also ran with a black bar at the top hiding the camera hole. We played a few matches at Full HD+ resolution with these settings and the phone could handle it without heating up. The battery drain was 11 percent after 40 minutes of gaming.
We played Asphalt 9 at High Quality at the FHD+ resolution and found that the S10+ ran this game in fullscreen mode leading to an immersive experience. The camera hole did cause us to lose out on a small portion of the display, but it didn’t bother us or affect gameplay in any manner. Graphics were smooth and the phone could handle this game without heating.
Samsung has bumped the battery capacity up, and the Galaxy S10+ gets a 4100mAh unit. We ran our HD video loop test on the smartphone while set to the Full HD+ resolution and it managed to run for 16 hours and 25 minutes. While it ran longer than the Samsung Galaxy S9+, it still couldn’t run as long as the Galaxy Note 9₹ 57,598, despite the slightly bigger battery.
With our heavy usage which involved playing PUBG Mobile for 40 minutes, an hour of navigation using Google Maps, an active WhatsApp account, and a few benchmarks, the phone has 25 percent left in the battery at the end of 24 hours. Battery life is very good at the default settings, but you can extend it by lowering the display resolution down to HD+ and using one of the power saving modes available in the Settings app.
Charging is quick, and the supplied 15W fast charger is capable of topping this phone up quickly. It charged to 41 percent in 30 minutes, and up to 79 percent in an hour. A full charge took just 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Samsung has opted for a triple camera setup on the Galaxy S10+ consisting of a 12-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens, OIS and PDAF; a 12-megapixel main camera with a wide-angle lens, dual-pixel autofocus and a variable aperture between f/2.4 and f/1.5; and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The telephoto lens gives you 2x optical zoom, while the ultra-wide angle sensor has a 123-degree field of view for landscapes or group shots.
The camera is well laid out and has plenty of modes to choose from. The first thing you’ll notice is a set of floating icons towards the bottom of the screen that let you switch between the three cameras at the back. You get Super Slow-mo (960fps), Slow Motion, Hyperlapse Video, Live Focus, Panorama, AR Emoji, Bixby Vision, and Pro modes.
Live focus is for taking portrait shots, and it lets you adjust the level of blur and even add a few blur effects. Pro mode lets you control the ISO, aperture, autofocus, white balance, and exposure, as well as a tweak to contrast, highlights, and shadows.
When using the normal photo modem, there are quick changes for beautification, as well as a visual optimizer, which is able to identify what the camera is pointing and adjust accordingly. We observed that photos taken with the scene optimizer enabled had slightly boosted contrast compared to those shot without it.
The AR Emoji mode lets you use AR stickers which can mimic your facial movements. There is a Food mode as well, which you can use while taking shots of food. It adds a radial blur and lets you change the colour temperature.