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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Unpacked (Specs, prices and reviews of the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E)

February 27, 2019

This is the year Samsung fans have been waiting for. Why, you ask? This year, Samsung is releasing not one, not two, but three new Galaxy 10 models. The Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e and the S10+ 5G. While it seems like major smartphone companies are trying to garble our brains by naming their products with longer numbers and letters, as consumers we are still able to keep up with them.

The standard S10 line comes with three models; the Galaxy S10 with a 6.1 inch screen, the Galaxy S10 Plus with a 6.4 inch screen, and the smaller Galaxy S10E model with a 5.8 inch screen. While some features are only available on certain models, the new smartphones have a lot in common. For instance, all the models come with Samsung’s next-generation Infinity-O display, taking your experience to the edge- of your smartphone.

The new hole punch type camera gives you more screen real estate to work with, and really allows you to utilize your display. Samsung has even confirmed that the S10 Plus model has over %93 screen-to-body ratio.

The storage ranges between 6 to a whopping 12 GB of RAM depending on the model you choose, and with the S10+, you can get up to 1 terabyte of storage, excluding the microSD slot. Thanks for that Samsung- my laptop is now jealous of my smartphone.

It is safe to say that the most anticipated of the three new releases of the S10 series has been the Samsung S10 Plus. With a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display screen, 3,040 x 1,440 pixel resolution and Samsung's next-generation Infinity-O display, it is safe to say that the Galaxy S10 Plus is the company’s best smartphone yet.

Underneath the slick display with 93.1% screen-to-body ratio lies an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Also featured on the Galaxy S10, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor replaced the optical fingerprint sensor located in the back of the phones, delivering a smoother unlocking experience than ever.

The low-ticket but just as good model of the S10 series, the Galaxy S10E does not come with ultrasonic fingerprint system in the display. However, Samsung has integrated a fingerprint recognition system in the power button on the right side of the screen.

When it comes to the camera, the rumours that the front facing camera was double hole punch style have become reality. With the addition of three camera units in the back, and two cameras in the front, the Galaxy S10+ is the first smartphone ever made by Samsung to have 5 cameras in total. The Galaxy S10 has a three lens camera on the back with a 12MP standard lens, 12MP zoomed lens, and a brand new 16MP ultra-wide lens so you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on a professional camera.

Another wild new addition to the family of Samsung features is Wireless PowerShare. This means that you and your friends can use your phone as a wireless charger, whether it’s for a Samsung, iPhone or new Galaxy Buds, the new Galaxy S10 series can act as your own personal wireless charger. Not for itself though, obviously.

On the other hand, one feature fans are NOT excited to see in the new releases is the return of the Bixby button. The dreaded Bixby button will still be featured in the S10 series, although there is always a good thing in a bad thing; Samsung is introducing the freedom to remap the Bixby button, so the button will launch any app the user choses. The yin to the yang!

 

In terms of physical design, the hardware on the S10 and S10+ are exceptional. The rounded, curved and slick design we’ve seen from Samsung before with the classic aluminium frame and glass back still available and the company also gives you the choice of a ceramic back option with the purchase of the Galaxy S10 Plus, if you opt for 512 GB of storage or more. However, as the S10E model is a slightly smaller one, one clear difference from the other models is the larger bezel on the sides.

Of course, all of these will be reflected in the price of the highly anticipated S10 Series. Although the Galaxy S10 is expensive, even more than the Galaxy S9, it is significantly better valued than the iPhone XS, a pricier and smaller smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available to pre-order on Samsung’s website with 128GB or 512GB storage for £799 and £999, while the S10+ is priced at £899, £1,099 and £1,399 for its 128GB, 512GB and 1TB variants. The "budget" Galaxy S10E, which offers 128GB storage, is available from £699.

Large number attract large competitors; one questions will arise in the mind of buyers: “Galaxy S10 Plus or iPhone XS Max?”.

If we take a look at some of the most important features of smartphones, we want to know how long the battery will last. Both of these smartphones come with the largest batteries in their scope- 4,100mAh in the S10 Plus and 3,174mAh in the XS Max. Samsung still includes the QuickCharge 2.0 with your new Galaxy, whereas you would need to buy an additional fast charging cable if you were to opt for the XS Max.

In terms of display, we all know that Samsung makes the best phone screens in this business. While the iPhone XS Max has a stunning 6.5 inch AMOLED display with a 2,688 x 1,242-pixel resolution, Samsung has taken it to the next level with an HDR10+ certified screen, and has become a pioneer in the smartphone sector.

Aspiring photographer? The iPhone XS Max has two rear-facing cameras, both 12MP. The front facing 7MP True Depth camera allows you to shoot great selfies and even 4K videos at 60 frames per second- BUT, the S10 Plus has three rear cameras and two front camera. The numbers speak for themselves.

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is on the 10th year anniversary of Galaxy S smartphones, and while people seem to be craving more and more innovative products every day, Samsung has satisfied these cravings with enough freshness to entice you to upgrade.

You can shop our Samsung S10, S10+ & S10e collection here.