Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review
Ultra high-end super phone
Our Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review introduces you to one of the first future-ready 5G mobile phones that boast faster data speeds and super low latency. This 5G phone sits above all others and will let you download full TV series in just minutes, or enjoy amazing AR and VR experiences.
If your budget is unlimited and you are a true tech fanatic, then you will certainly want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
The almost frameless display delivers cinematic immersion
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has an almost frameless 6.7” curved Infinity-O AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution. Breaking this down, we find an immensely detailed resolution of 1,440x 3,040 pixels and a precisely cut dot in the corner of the screen for the camera.
The display is HDR10+ certified with Dynamic Tone Mapping, delivering cinematic immersion with contrast and colour that is true to life. The screen has a 19:9 aspect ratio, once again helping to deliver that desirable cinematic experience.
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This Samsung phone has an Always-on Display and a Night Mode with a dark theme that reduces the strain on eyes, once the sun sets.
Gorilla Glass 6 delivers superb durability
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 front and back. This is Corning’s strongest and most scratch resistant glass to date. Extra protection for life’s mishaps is delivered with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
The metal aluminium frame looks and feels great and the highly polished finish can be coloured in Crown Silver or Majestic Black. The phone weighs 198g and is 7.94mm thick, which is pretty typical for a premium phone.
Calling all gamers with game performance optimisation
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.73GHz octa-core processor with 8GB RAM powers the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and needless to say, this gives cutting edge performance. AI on-device game performance optimisation and a vapour chamber cooling system, makes this mobile perfect for serious gamers.
Phone Set Up
We can say goodbye to visible fingerprint sensors with ultrasonic technology
The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor is built into the screen itself, so there is no unsightly button or back-mounted sensor to find. With always-on display technology, you can set the screen to show the fingerprint icon, even when the display is off.
If you don’t like the idea of fingerprint security, then you can choose Face Recognition or go old-school with a PIN.
The Setup Wizard makes it easy to get up and running
Turn the phone on, and the Setup Wizard guides you through the setup process. You can use the Smart Switch feature to bring over content from your old phone. There is no memory card expansion slot but you can choose to buy a 256GB or 512GB Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
Bixby learns what you like to do to help you get more done
The Bixby digital assistant lets you use your voice to initiate many actions. Bixby will also assist you with:
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- Bixby Home – view customised content based on your usage patterns
- Bixby Routines – settings and the information shown is based on where you are and what you are doing
- Bixby Vision – understand and get information on what is around you
There are many apps that come with the Android 9 OS and One UI
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G comes with many features and apps. If you wish, you can visit the Galaxy Store and download Galaxy Essentials apps, which will bolster the pre-loaded portfolio that includes the much loved Samsung Health.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G apps include:
- Samsung DeX – you can create a true desktop experience by connecting to a monitor and mouse
- Stereo speakers – enjoy a premium audio experience with Dolby Atmos (headset only) and AKG tuned-sound
- Digital Wellbeing – see and manage your screen time and initiate Wind Down, which turns the screen to greyscale and limits notifications just before you go to bed
- SmartThings – control, automate, and monitor your home environment
- Smart Stay – this detects your face to keep the display on while you are using it
Camera & Video
A sextuplet of cameras deliver pro-photography results
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has six cameras, four on the back and two on the front. Interpreting what you are photographing, the Intelligent Photo Assistant optimises scenes, adjusts HDR settings, and makes even a novices attempts at photography look highly professional.
The six cameras include:
- 16MP Ultra Wide Camera – this has a 123-degree field of view, which is the same as the human eye
- 12MP Wide-angle Camera – this has Super Speed Dual Pixel technology
- 12MP Telephoto Camera – this gives you 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom
- 3D Depth Camera
- 10MP Selfie Camera
- Selfie 3D Depth Camera
Further camera features include Bright Night, Super Stabilisation, AR Emoji, and Quick Measure. Quick Measure uses intelligent AR so that you can point the camera at an object to view its measurements.
Video Bokeh lets you get more creative with your recordings
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G really lets you transform your video recordings with Live Focus Video. You can now blur the background and switch the focus from the background to the foreground.
4K quality is now the default resolution for video, and equally impressive, you can shoot 960 frames per second Super Slo-mo video. You can also make Dual Video Calls and make 4K video calls.
The Super-Fast Charging adaptor is in the box
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a huge 4,500mAh capacity battery. This is designed to get your through the day with up to:
- 16 hours internet usage, or
- 44 hours talk time
The battery holds so much charge that you can even recharge your wearables with Wireless PowerShare. Adaptive Power Saving Mode closes apps not being used in the background to extend usage times further. The 25W Super-Fast Charging adaptor is included in the box, which is a great bonus.
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Written by: Michael Brown