Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+: Release Date, Specifications and Price
They’re finally here! The most eagerly anticipated phones, the S10 series, was finally unveiled by Samsung at its Unpacked 2019 event yesterday. After a whirlwind 2018 that saw other major smartphone makers such as Google, OnePlus and Huawei raise their game with new and advanced features, all eyes were focused on Samsung and how it would respond. The company has indeed responded, and how!
We bring you a low-down on the price, release date and specifications of the all-new Galaxy S10 and S10+.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+: Release Date
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ were introduced on 20th February 2019 at the company’s Unpacked event, marking the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series. They will be available for pre-order in the UK from 21st February but shipping will only start from 8th March, which is their official in-store release date.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+: Specifications
The overall build of the S10 and S10+ is more or less similar to their predecessor, the Galaxy S9 series, with an all-glass look on the front and back, bordered by a thin aluminium frame. But the changes in features have brought upon changes in the finer design. The screen-to-body ratio has been increased owing to the lack of ‘notch’ and thin bezels. On the rear, the camera system now comes with three lenses while the fingerprint sensor has been shifted to the front, below the screen
The S10 has dimensions of 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm and weighs 157 grams. The S10+ comes with dimensions of 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm and has a weight of 175 grams if you choose the glass model and 198 grams if you go for the ceramic model. The S10 and S10+ share four colour options – white, black, green and blue – while the S10+ has white and black options for its ceramic model.
What might comes as a pleasant surprise to most, the models also retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, making Samsung one of the very few smartphone makers who continue to include this feature.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature the new Infinity O Display. What that means is that both the devices come with a screen that runs up to the curved edges of the phone, similar to the Galaxy S9, but the bezels have been thinned and instead of going for the notch, to house the front camera and sensors, the two devices have a laser cut hole on the top right corner of the screen that house the front camera.
This punch-hole design, as it is popularly called, gives Samsung more real estate for the screen, which is reflected in the fact that the S10 has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1% while that of S9 measured only at 83.6%. One thing to notice is that the S10 has only one camera on the front while the S10+ has two, thus giving its hole more of an oblong shape.
Talking about detailed specifications for the display, the S10 has a magnificent 6.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3040×1440 pixels and pixel density of 550 ppi. It offers HDR10+ support which gives superb contrast and colours.
To give you a better idea, in comparison, the iPhone XS has a screen size of 5.8-inches with a resolution of 2436×1125 pixels and density of 458 ppi while the Google Pixel 3 has a resolution of 2,280×1,080 pixels and density of 443 ppi.
The Galaxy S10+ has a larger AMOLED screen of 6.4 inches with the same resolution but a pixel density of 522 ppi.
When Samsung released the Galaxy S9 series last year, the S9 had been given a single-lens rear camera while the S9+ was equipped with a dual-lens system. The Galaxy S10 series offers a significant upgrade by having a triple-lens camera system on both the S10 and S10+.
The system comprises of a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with a variable aperture that switches between f/1.5 and f/2.4, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 123 degrees field of view.
The camera offers dual optical image stabilisation, 10x digital zoom, 2x optical zoom, and 0.5x zoom in wide-angle shots. Live Focus, Samsung’s own take on the portrait mode, has been advanced too. It adds adjustable blur to the background behind the subject and also has advanced features such as converting the blurred background to greyscale and adding a swirling blur effect around the centre of the image.
Both the phones also utilize AI to automatically detect the primary subject of your shots and adjusting the camera settings to get the best possible shot. The feature is named Scene Optimiser and comes equipped with 30 different scenes.
The front camera differs for the S10 and S10+. The former comes with a single 10-megapixel lens while the latter has two lenses of 10 megapixel and 8 megapixel. The second lens in the S10+ enhances the depth effect in portrait photos.
Hardware, Software and Other Features
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ will be run on Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 chip or Snapdragon 855 chip, depending on which country you are based in. The Exynos 9820 is backed by a Neural Processing Unit that helps the device with AI features, becoming the company’s first chipset that has a dedicated AI chip, following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei.
The new phones have also been given an upgrade in the memory department. The Galaxy S10 has an 8GB RAM while the Galaxy S10+ has options for 8GB and 12GB RAM. With respect to storage, the S10 has options for 128GB and 512GB while S10+ has an additional third mega-storage option of 1TB.
The battery power of the devices also measures at a competitive level, with a 3400 mAh battery powering the Galaxy S10 and a 4100 mAh battery powering the Galaxy S10+. These should be enough to give a day’s battery life despite the handsets boasting larger screens.
The in-display fingerprint sensor has been the latest advancement in mobile technology and Samsung has also joined the bandwagon. But unlike the optical fingerprint sensors in devices like OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that bounces off sound waves from the skin through the display. This helps capture every part of fingerprint and makes the sensor more efficient in bad weather conditions, such as rains, claims Samsung. How it actually performs remains to be seen.
The Mate 20 Pro broke the smartphone world when Huawei announced that the phone comes with reverse wireless charging. Samsung has also followed suit, with both the S10 and S10+ capable of charging other compatible devices wirelessly. This feature won’t work when your phone’s battery is below 30% though.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+: Price
The Galaxy S10 is priced at £799 for the 128GB version and £999 for the 512GB version in the UK. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10+ will cost £899 for the 128GB version, £1,099 for the 512GB version and £1,399 for the mega 1TB ceramic version.
Things will become clearer when the public gets their hand on the phone. But for now, it seems that Samsung has come out with a gem of a smartphone that could give its competitors a run for their money.