Samsung Galaxy S10 Review
By Yvonne
2022-10-21

The premium flagships of South Korean company Samsung are well-known for their stunning design, superior hardware and outstanding display.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung is a South Korean company that makes premium flagships. They are well-known for their stunning design, superior hardware and top-notch cameras. The Galaxy S10, which is a radical upgrade to the Galaxy S8, has been praised by many.

Most people don't jump at the chance to upgrade their devices when there is a new flagship. The Galaxy S10, however, was different because it offered so many upgrades.

The Galaxy S10's successor has been released, but it remains one of the most premium flagships on the market. Samsung's new flagship S-series Galaxy S20 has a major upgrade in camera quality, the latest hardware and, above all, 5G connectivity. Design, hardware, and cameras of the Galaxy S10 are good enough for them to be among the best flagships in 2020.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

The companies try to minimize the number of bezels with each iteration. Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, was the first to feature Infinity Screen. With almost no bezels, the edges were curve-shaped. The Infinity-O Display was used on both the Galaxy S10 and the more expensive S10 Plus. For the selfie-snapper, the Punch-hole can be found in the upper right corner. All other sensors are hidden behind the AMOLED panel.

It was the first flagship to have WiFi 6 HDR10+, and also supports "Wireless PowerShare". We will be reviewing the Galaxy S10 today to see if it is worthy of being ranked among the best flagships. Let's get started with details about the price and release date.

in the Box

  • Telefon
  • Earphones AKG, 3.5mm
  • OTG Adapter
  • Guide for Quick Start
  • Cable USB Type C
  • Fast Charging Adapter
in the Box

Date and price

Last year, the Galaxy S10 was announced February 20,. Pre-orders began soon in many areas. The Galaxy S10 was launched in nearly all countries on the planet on March 8. It is available now at a lower price because it's one year old. The Galaxy S10, which was much more expensive than the predecessor at the time, was announced by Apple in the same year that Apple introduced the iPhone XS, with a higher price.

The Galaxy S10e, a less expensive variant of the Galaxy S10e, is currently available for AU$1,149. However the Plus model is more costly. The Galaxy S10 base variant with 128GB native storage is currently available at $749 / £699 / AU$1,149. Although the device supports Micro-SD card if you want more native storage, you can opt 512GB model at a hefty price tag of $1,149 / £999 / AU$1,699.

The Apple iPhone XS basic model is $100 less and comes with 64GB of built-in storage. You can get the S10 for a lower price if you wait.

Display, resolution and viewing experience

Samsung claimed that the Galaxy S10's three main features were its display, performance and camera capabilities. Samsung has paid particular attention to these elements to ensure that it is perfect. Samsung Galaxy S10 has one of the most beautiful displays, still being rated as one of the top after a year.

Display, resolution and viewing experience

The South Korean company Samsung leads the way in terms of display technology. With a 6.1 inch aspect ratio of 19 to 9, and a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio, the Galaxy S10 has slick Infinity O Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S9 had a screen-to-body ratio of 83.6%.

The Dynamic OLED panel was used by Samsung for the Galaxy S10. This panel reduces eye strain by 42%. It controls the brightness and blue light levels. The S10 has HDR10+ support to further enhance the color accuracy and contrast. You will be amazed at the viewing angles offered by the S10's Quad HD+ resolution, especially when you are watching Hi-Resolution content.

The display details are very good thanks to its Quad HD+ resolution and 550pixels-per-inch pixels density. The display can also be set to Full HD+ in order to save battery life. It is not as distracting than the iPhone notch at the top left corner. It is 144.9 x 70.4x 7.8mm in size and weighs 157g. Although the Galaxy S10 measures slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, it's slightly smaller and lighter. The Galaxy S10's 6.1 inch display isn't bulky. Instead, you can grab the phone single-handedly.

Galaxy S10 Display

Galaxy S10's color accuracy, vibrancy and brightness levels are better than many of the premium flagships on the market. You have a few options to choose from for your viewing experience. The default setting is to use natural colors. However, the vivid option allows you to adjust the color saturation or white balance. You can also use the Night Mode to reduce blue light strain.

Design Specs & Build Quality

Each year, Samsung makes significant design changes. The company used to release new designs each year. However, Apple has been sticking with its plan for two years now that they have released new designs. As a result, the Galaxy S10 introduced revolutionary design changes to its predecessor. Three phones from the S10 range were revealed: S10e and S10 Plus. In terms of its size, the S10e is smaller than S10 Plus. It will be smaller than the direct rivals, the OnePlus 6T or LG G8.

Samsung has been bringing metal sandwich designs to its flagship devices for some time now, and this Galaxy S10 is no different. It is also streamlined to be able to house a larger display within a small body. Aluminum is used to build the chassis. The front and back sides are covered with gentle curved glass.

Galaxy S10's Bottom Edge

It protects the rear glass with Corning Glass 6. This was one of first smartphones to have such protection. The rear has triple horizontal cameras. You can choose from a variety of stunning colors, including Prism Black and Prism White.

Design Specs & Build Quality

Bixby AI Assistant buttons and volume rockers are located on the right side, while power and power buttons can be found on the left. It is best to protect the device with a case. Fingerprints can be left on glass back. This will protect the phone from fingerprint imprints and also prevent accidental drops. Galaxy S10 has IP68 certification phones. This means that it can withstand water depths of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes and not sustain any damages.

The Galaxy S10 has an under-glass fingerprint scanner , which is different from its predecessor. In contrast to earlier Galaxy S7 phones that had scanners at the back and cameras set up, S8 and S9 have scanners at the top and bottom of the phone.

While the Galaxy S7 had the scanner located on the front just below the physical home button, S7 and older models had one on the side. The Galaxy S10 was the company's first flagship phone with an Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This scanner works more efficiently and securely than traditional optical sensors as it creates a 3D Scan of a fingerprint to unlock. It is slower than optical sensors, but it works with wet fingers.

The Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanner is not compatible with third-party protectors. Instead, you must use Samsung certified protectors. The good news is that the Galaxy S10 comes pre-applied with protectors.

Audio Output

Samsung knows that not all customers were happy about Apple's and Huawei's removal of the traditional 3.5mm headset jack. Samsung retains the original headphone jack on the Galaxy S10 line. Straight out of the box, you will receive AKG earbuds.

The Stereo Speakers are included with the Galaxy S10, including an earpiece as well as bottom-firing and top-firing speakers. The speakers deliver a great audio experience, with excellent clarity and bass. The sound quality is sufficient to fill a single room with music and videos.

You don't need to be worried if you like wireless headphones. The Galaxy S10 supports Bluetooth 5. which provides stable and fast connectivity. The Galaxy S10 supports Dolby atmos, and it comes with an equalizer.

Camera

Camera setup is a key feature of the Galaxy S10 line. There are three options for camera settings on the S10e, S10e and Plus. S10e, a budget phone with two rear cameras and a single selfie camera. S10e has three rear cameras with fewer selfies and a single snapper. S10 Plus features triple rear cameras with a single snapper and triple selfie cameras.

Galaxy S10 is the first product to feature triple rear cameras. This gives you a variety of shot options. You can also use the wide-angle sensor and a 2x optical zoom to capture telephoto photos. Samsung strives to meet all of your needs when it comes to capturing photos.

To capture more light, you can change the aperture to f/1.5 in low-light situations.

Camera Shot 1

A secondary sensor is located at the rear. It's a 12MP optical Zoom sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The last but not the least, you'll get an 16MP Ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2. Take a look at the samples of shots taken with different sensors and modes.

Wide-Angle Shot
 
Ultra Wide-Angle shot

Samsung has named the portrait mode Live Focus, which lets users capture images with blurred backgrounds. You can change the blur intensity after you have taken the photo. There are many blur options available, including spin, zoom, color point and artistic. Live Focus' Colourpoint mode allows you to capture black-and-white photos with blur effect.

It can capture 4K video at 30 frames per second. The Galaxy S10 does not lag when it comes to video recording. The default setting is to record video at 60 frames per second. You can record slow motion videos at up to 960fps.

Telephoto Camera

The main sensor can capture amazing detail in shots, particularly when there is stable lighting. Scene optimizer mode, which utilizes AI to maximize the capture experience for foodies who love food photography.

Telephoto-lowlight
 
On Telephoto-lowlight mode

The main camera of the S10 captures great details. However, it doesn't lack vibrancy, contrast and saturation. The results in low light conditions aren't as sharp as the Pixel 3, but they still perform better than many other phones on the market. Samsung pays particular attention to low-light photography and color accuracy. Take a look at these sample photos in low-light and daylight.

Ultra Wide-Angle

Third snapper is the ultra-wide sensor camera with 123 degree field of view. This ultra-wide sensor can be used to capture stunning street views and landscapes. This sensor captures wide images, so not every shot can be taken with it. The wide-angle sensor can be used in situations where the main photographer cropped your subject.

Lowlight ultra-wide angle
 
Ultra-wide angle shot night mode on

The Galaxy S10's camera setup is undoubtedly one of the most advanced on the market. HDR can be used to reduce noise when taking pictures in low-light conditions. The exposure and white balancing can be done even in low light conditions. Ultra-wide sensors have one drawback: they lack optical image stabilization. This can cause it to lose some sharpness.

The shot suggestion function was a new feature that allows users to make use of the Neural processing prowess in order to improve the ability to frame subjects. The Galaxy S10 also features Digital Video Stabilization to further refine the video recording process. A great feature is its ability to record HDR10+ videos which were not available with the predecessor.

The selfie camera is 10MP with an f/1.9 aperture. The camera works well in low and high light conditions. It also has excellent color accuracy and saturation. Live Focus can also be used for selfies, but the results may not always match the original.

Hardware Performance

The flagship Galaxy S10 is packed with the best hardware in early 2019, making it the perfect choice. Galaxy S10 US and Chinese versions run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, while the Exynos 9920 powered models are available around the globe.

The Galaxy S10 has 8GB RAM, as opposed to its predecessor's 4GB RAM. Base variants have 128GB storage, while the highest-end models come with 512GB. For your reference, the base S9 and iPhone XS models have 64GB storage. It still allows you to use MicroSD cards to increase your native storage.

This model has a 20% higher speed than the predecessor. It does not have vapor chamber cooling, which is only available for the S10 Plus. If you're an avid gamer, you might consider getting the bigger variant.

Benchmark Tests

Geekbench 5.2.0 testing shows that the Snapdragon 855-powered variant multicore performance is quite satisfying. Geekbench 5.2.0 results show mixed results. The device is the leader in single-core performance but lags behind in multicore. The S10 scores 766 points in single-core tests, while its nearest competitor, the OnePlus 7T, is slightly lower at 757. Even slower is the Galaxy Note 10+, which scores 695 points. Huawei's P30 Pro flagship is also at 684 points. The device scored 2021, surprising considering its multi-core performance. The OnePlus 7T has 2679 points, while the Xiaomi Mi 9 scored 2569.

Benchmark Tests
 
Geekbench 5.2- Galaxy S10
 
Geekbench 5.2- Galaxy S10
 
Antutu benchmark- Galaxy S10

The Snapdragon variant is now performing at a significantly higher level. The benchmarks are impressive, as the testing version is on Samsung's 9820 SoC. The device achieved 389145 in AnTuTu 3D Benchmark testing, which ranks it amongst some of the most powerful devices on the market.

Software

The OS was the Galaxy S10's pre-installed One UI based upon Android Pie 9.0 right out of the box. In February 2020, OneUI 2.0 based on Android Pie 9.0 was released by the company. The new One UI by Samsung allows users to use their large display phones with ease. One UI was designed to deliver natural experience and is optimized for maximum use of both hardware and software. The camera app was redesigned with these refreshing improvements.

Galaxy S10 Camera App

You can navigate easily between modes with the new One UI camera app. You just need to press the button next to the shutter. The device comes preloaded with many shooting modes, including Panorama and Pro-mode. To access these modes, you just have to swipe the viewfinder. Pro users can adjust the camera's settings manually, including focus, brightness, shutter speed, aperture size, as well as shutter speed, if you use Pro mode. Live focus is an option that allows you to capture portraits. It also offers a variety of blurring effects.

Samsung added a button at the left edge last year to support the Bixby AI Assistant. Samsung now allows you to reroute this button for other apps, except the Other AI Assistants of Amazon or Google. Samsung is able to reroute the dedicated button for any app except Other AI Assistants from Amazon and Google. This shows that the company listens to customers.

Battery life

Samsung offers four modes: 'High Performance,' ' Optimized,' and Maximum power saving'.

To keep the S10's lights lit, a large battery of 3.400mAh has been installed. The 4,00mAh battery upgrade may not prove to be very helpful considering the larger display. We were able to confirm that the battery can last for a bit more than a day with a single charge.

The device's 15% charge on the optimized mode is sufficient for normal and heavy use, including watching videos and taking photos. On medium power saving mode, the device saves 20% battery. For fast charging, the Galaxy S10 can use Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.

Battery Stats
 
Battery Stats

The charger supports wireless charging and comes with a fast charger right out of the package. The charging speed for the first 80% was very fast. However, it took nearly 40 minutes to fully charge the 20% remaining. The graphics show that the device takes 11 min to charge the remaining.

We averaged 6-7 hours screen time with HD+ (1080p), which isn't bad.

The PowerShare function allows you to charge other Qi Wireless Charging devices. Rear of phone acts as charging mat. It is slower than normal charging, as expected. It can take several hours to charge another phone. It is however beneficial for charging accessories such as earbuds.

Conclusion

Samsung's Galaxy S10 is a special flagship. It brings new design ideas and a brand-new look. It also celebrates the 10th anniversary for the flagship premium line. Samsung's 10th generation of its most popular lineup brought many new improvements, including design and display upgrades, as well as a new triple camera setup. The company also introduced the first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 PowerShare, and an Under-glass fingerprint scanner. All these extras come at an even higher cost than their predecessor. The S10 is an excellent flagship phone that offers a wide range of features for those looking for a premium, compact smartphone.

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