Samsung Galaxy S10+ review
Five cameras and an Infnity-O Display
Our Samsung Galaxy S10+ review finds exactly what we were looking for with five cameras and an Infinity-O Display. You can get your hands on a Galaxy S10+ from £53 per month on a 24-month contract, which is a pretty good deal when you consider the handset only price of £900.
Infinity-O – say goodbye to the notch with a camera peephole in the display
The Infinity-O Display gets rid of that horrible notch and instead, there is a camera lens built into the display. This allows whatever you are viewing on the screen to swirl around this peephole and the screen reaches all the way to the top and corners of the phone.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has the biggest display in the S10 range and it comes in measuring 6.4” with Quad HD+ resolution. This resolution is far more detailed than that experienced on other mobiles and it comes in at 3,040x 1,440 pixels (522 pixels per inch). The display is HDR10+ certified, so you can watch content with even greater detail in the dark and light areas of the media.
There are two other display features that you should be aware of:
- Night Mode – without changing the colour of the content that you are viewing, the display dynamically reduces the amount of blue light by 42%, reducing evening eye strain.
- Always On Display – the AOD now lets you pin items to it or add FaceWidgets.
Prism or Ceramic – choose your colour and material
The display is protected behind the latest version of Corning Gorilla Glass (version 6) but the choice of material for the back of the phone is yours. The glass backs take on the Prism moniker and there are two Ceramic backs, with these models costing a little bit more.
Your colour choices are:
- Prism Black
- Prism White
- Prism Blue
- Prism Green
- Ceramic Black
- Ceramic White
Your colour choice has a direct impact on the weight of the phone with the glass model weighing 175g and the ceramic model weighing 198g. There is no difference in slimness at 7.8mm. All models are IP68 certified for water resistance however the warranty does not cover water damage, so it is probably best to not go swimming with the phone.
Vapour chamber cooling – experience the gaming edge
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has faster graphics (37% faster) and this is just what you need if you are a gaming addict. The powerful 2.84GHz octa-core processor (8GB RAM) can deliver this thanks to a vapour chamber cooling system. You will also enjoy 29% faster processing, compared to last years Galaxy S9.
This high-end processor comes with an Intelligent Performance Enhancer that learns your routines and pre-emptively loads apps before you need them. This behaviour learning technology gives you almost instant app launching.
The final element of the build quality comes in the form of Wi-Fi 6. This version of Wi-Fi helps prevent Wi-Fi fraud, so you no longer need to be afraid of public hotspots. The S10+ also has virus and malware protection from McAfee.
Phone Set Up
Ultrasonic – in-screen fingerprint reader
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ does away with the fingerprint reader and instead, there is a new ultrasonic sensor positioned underneath the display. When you touch the screen, the ultrasonic sensor detects the 3D ridges of your finger for authentication. You can also use face recognition if you wish.
Memory – an option for everyone
Memory is always one of the factors that effect the cost of a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ recognises this and you get to choose if you want to save money and have 128GB, spend a bit more and have 512GB or go all in with 1TB of internal memory (exclusive to the ceramic models). All models have a memory card slot for up to 512GB cards.
AKG – music tuned to perfection
The Galaxy S10+ is a musical treat thanks to a collaboration with AKG. The phone has AKG tuned stereo speakers and there is an AKG tuned headset in the box. Dolby Atmos is also included so that you can enjoy 3D spatial effects with surround sound.
Bixby – simply making things easier
The Bixby assistant continues to evolve and is included along with the Android 9 Pie OS and One UI, which is also crafted to put things within easier reach. If you wish to wake Bixby up then there is a special Bixby Key, for quick activation.
Two Bixby features that you will find incredibly useful are as follows:
- Bixby Routines – these can automate tasks such as turning off sounds when you go to bed or opening up Samsung Music when you get in your car.
- Bixby Vision – a series of apps that work with the camera. These include Home Decor, Makeup & Hair Dyeing, Wine, Food, Book, Shopping, and Translation.
Edge Panels – there’s an edge for everything
The Galaxy S10+ lets you drag in panels from the edge of the screen, giving you fast access to information or tasks. These panels include Reminder, Samsung Internet, People Edge, Tasks Edge, Quick Tools, Weather, Music, Clipboard Edge, Edge Lighting, Apps Edge, and Live Message.
Camera & Video
Dual selfie camera – hello bokeh
We will start with the selfie camera because it is what makes the S10+ different from the S10. The S10 has a single lens whereas the S10+ has a dual lens. The lenses are 10MP and 8MP and the depth camera lets you experience Live Focus with bokeh background blurring.
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Triple camera – zoom in or out
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has three main camera lenses as follows:
- 12MP – shoot through a telephoto lens
- 16MP – shoot in ultra wide mode and capture Ultra-Wide Panoramas with 123o FOV
- 12MP – shoot in bright light or the dark with a dual aperture that contracts and expands like the human eye
These three lenses effectively give you 2x optical zoom in and 0.5 optical zoom out. You can zoom in further with 10x digital zoom if needed.
AI camera software works in the background and the Scene Optimiser recognises 30 scenes and chooses the right settings on your behalf. AI is also at work in the Flaw Detection feature, which for example snaps the shutter only when everyone in the scene is smiling.
Video recording – from 4K to Super Slo-mo
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ offers quite a few choices when it comes to recording video. You can record super high-quality 4K footage or capture graceful movements that happen in a flash with Super Slo-mo (960fps).
Further recording options include Hyperlapse, Motion Photos, Super Steady Video Digital Image Stabilisation, and Playback Zoom.
4,100mAh – a behemoth of a battery
There is plenty of battery capacity to get you through the day and software plays a part with Intelligent Battery closing apps that you are not using. If you have or intend to buy a wireless charger, then Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 will let you charge your battery 27% faster than before.
The Galaxy S10+ also has Wireless PowerShare. This works with compatible phones, which are generally those that have been released since the Galaxy S6.
Written by: Michael Brown