Samsung Galaxy S10 review
Infinity-O Display and Triple Camera
Our Samsung Galaxy S10 review is the one that everyone has been patiently waiting for. The most anticipated phone of the year brings several new pieces of tech, such as a notch-less Infinity-O Display, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and triple camera. We take a look at everything, from Bixby Routines to optical zoom in and optical zoom out.
Say goodbye to the notch – the Infinity-O Display has arrived
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a big 6.1” Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. That’s quite a mouthful, so let’s break down what this means:
- Quad HD+ - this is the next resolution up from FHD with 3,040x 1,440 pixels, equating to 550 pixels per inch. With Quad HD+ you can watch vibrant HDR10+ content.
- Dynamic - the phone dynamically reduces harmful blue light by 42% with Night Mode, while retaining blue colours that you can see on the screen.
- AMOLED - the display is brighter with truer blacks. You can also activate the Always On Display (AOD) and use FaceWidgets and Pin to AOD
- Infinity-O - there is no camera notch, just a pin-prick hole in the display.
Tough yet beautiful
The Samsung Galaxy S10 perfectly combines durability and design. This Samsung phone is IP68 certified making it water resistant, so a splash or rainstorm won’t cause any damage.
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There are a polished metal frame and a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 body. Many phones use Gorilla Glass but often this is Gorilla Glass 3. Big improvements have been made since version 3, making the Galaxy S10 one of the toughest around.
It is quite surprising just how light the S10 is and at 157g it is almost 20g lighter than the Apple iPhone X, which is incidentally only IP67 certified. The phone is thin at 7.8mm and you can choose one of four colours; Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, or Prism Green.
Go gaming with 37% faster graphics
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has an up to 2.84GHz octa-core processor with 8GB RAM. Cutting through the jargon, you will experience up to 37% faster graphics and 29% faster processing, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Gaming performance is offered and there is a heat-pipe cooling system to ensure the phone doesn’t overheat. Outside of gaming, an Intelligent Performance Enhancer learns your routines and preloads frequently used apps before you need them, for instant launch.
Phone Set Up
The Galaxy S10 arrives with an Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor for on-screen authentication. The sensor is built into the display and this means that there are minimal bezels around the display.
The Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor works by pulsing ultrasonic waves that detect the 3D ridges and valleys of your fingerprint. If you prefer, you can also use face recognition. The S10 comes with virus and malware protection from McAfee.
Smart Switch – the easy way to move your content
If you have an Android or Apple phone then switching couldn’t be easier. The Smart Switch app does the hard work for you and there is plenty of memory in the 128GB and 512GB variants. Both memory variants have an up to 512GB memory card slot.
Android 9 Pie meets One UI
With the Samsung Galaxy S10 you get Google’s latest operating system (Android Pie) and Samsung’s redesigned One UI. One UI gives a custom look and most of the adaptions are geared towards putting the things you want to do next within easier reach. You can use 15-second videos as a Video Wallpaper and activate Edge Lighting.
AKG tuned speakers
Small devices are getting better at producing loud and rich sounds and the S10 is at the forefront of this. The stereo speakers are tuned by AKG and produce surround sound with Dolby Atmos enhancements.
If you want to hear ultra high-quality audio playback, then the S10 is the phone for you. As a bonus, you will also find an AKG tuned headset in the box.
Bixby – artificial intelligence at its core
The Bixby Key is the quickest way to appreciate the AI of the Galaxy S10. Information that you want to see is presented in a clear way and you can setup Bixby Routines to carry out essential tasks when you go to bed and wake up in the morning.
The virtual assistant comes with Bixby Vision and this can be used to have Augmented Reality experiences or be used to make sense of the world around you.
In Apps Mode you can use apps like Home Decor and Makeup & Hair Dyeing. In Lens Mode, Bixby will handle certain shopping tasks, translate foreign text and give you information about wine, food, and books. Just put whatever you are interested in into the viewfinder and Bixby will do the rest.
Like previous mobile phones from Samsung, you can drag in Edge Panels to get easy access to information or the things you need to do. The portfolio of Edge Panels include:
- Apps Edge
- Live Message
- Clipboard Edge
- Tasks Edge
- Samsung Internet
- People Edge
- Quick Tools
Camera & Video
2x optical zoom in and out
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a triple camera and best feature this delivers is an optical zoom. From the standard lens, you can zoom in or zoom out and because it is optical zoom you will lose no clarity or sharpness. The optical zoom isn’t limiting as you can also use the 10x digital zoom.
The triple camera lenses are as follows:
- 16MP ultra-wide lens – with a 123-degrees field of view you can capture Ultra-Wide Panoramas.
- 12MP wide angle lens – this has a dual aperture lens that switches as users move from daylight to darkness. When the camera uses the aperture for dark photos, it also captures multiple frames and combines them to make a better image.
- 12MP telephoto lens – for photographing far away objects.
Shoot like a pro
The Samsung Galaxy S10 helps you shoot like a pro without any photography skill. Features that do this include Scene Optimiser (for 30 different scenes/objects), Flaw Detection, and Live Focus with Bokeh Effect (blurred background).
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Further shooting modes and features include Super Slo-mo (960fps), Hyperlapse, AR Emoji, and Motion Photos. You can shoot video at a quality of 4K and with Super Steady Video Digital Image Stabilisation, shaking hands or shooting on the move is not an issue.
When you play your videos there is Playback Zoom. For the first time, Samsung has given the 10MP selfie camera the ability to shoot 4K video.
Intelligent Battery – getting you through a 24-hour day
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3,400mAh battery, which is a decent amount of capacity. The battery is designed to get you through a whole day and night. The Intelligent Battery software is the key to this and helps by, for example, powering down apps you don’t need.
The S10 supports Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (wireless charging pad not included) and Wireless PowerShare. Wireless PowerShare works with compatible phones and can potentially get someone else out of a low battery dilemma.
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Written by: Michael Brown