Every year, Samsung kicks off the year with its Galaxy S devices. These serve as a showcase of the very best that the company has to offer, and this year, we were treated to a total of three new devices with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.
The Galaxy S10+ is a big, powerful, and expensive phone that we cannot get enough of.
Samsung’s S10+ has a phenomenal display, a great triple-camera setup, genuinely good software, and the best specs you can find in a modern 2019 flagship.
You’ll pay a pretty price to own Samsung’s best, but it’s the best for a reason.
Samsung typically releases two Galaxy S phones each year, including its base model and a Plus one with slightly improved specs and a larger screen.
For 2019, we have the base Galaxy S10, the upgraded Galaxy S10+, and a completely new entry with the Galaxy S10e.
While the S10 and S10+ are being marketed as Samsung’s two main flagships for the year, the S10e is a device that aims to offer a lot of that same experience but for less money (think of it as Samsung’s answer to the iPhone XR).
This is a big change to the usual Galaxy S lineup, and while it could cause for some confusion, it gives customers more choice than before. If you want the best that Samsung has to offer, you get the S10. Want a larger screen, a bigger battery, and two front-facing cameras? The S10+ has you covered. If money’s a bit tighter but you still want an excellent Android phone, the S10e is ready to serve you.
Should you upgrade from an older Samsung device?
Samsung’s been making really great phones for the last few years, so if you already own an older Galaxy S flagship, is it worth upgrading to the new S10?
If you’re still rocking a Galaxy S8 or anything older, getting the S10 just makes sense. It’ll be a vastly better experience compared to what you’re using right now, and if you’ve held onto your current phone for two or more years, you’ve definitely gotten your money’s worth.
And honestly, even if you have last year’s Galaxy S9, the S10 still delivers meaningful improvements on a few different areas that could make it worth splurging for.
Despite its resilience to the notch over the last couple of years, Samsung caved in with the S10 series by using its Infinity-O display that features a hole-punch cutout/notch in the upper-right corner.
While there are a lot of mixed feelings about this decision, we’re glad Samsung made this move.
For starters, this allows for even more screen real-estate than before. The top and bottom bezels have shrunk quite a bit compared to the S9, giving you even more viewing area for your movies, games, etc.
As for the displays themselves, they’re still rocking Samsung’s phenomenal Super AMOLED panels. This year, however, they get a nice upgrade with official support for HDR10+. In other words, if you’re watching a video that supports HDR10+, you’ll see it with even punchier colors and deeper contrasts.
The finger-print sensor is underneath the screen
Speaking of the display, the S10 and S10+ have their fingerprint sensors hidden underneath it.
Similar to what we’ve seen on devices like the OnePlus 6T, there’s a designated area in the bottom middle of the screen where you can place your finger to unlock the phone. The S10 and S10+ are the first devices to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic sensing technology which essentially creates a 3D model of your fingerprint. Compared to other in-screen sensors that just capture a 2D image of it, this should allow the S10 to be faster and more secure in these regards.
There’s a 5G model coming in April
You know how we’ve been saying that Samsung has three S10 models to choose from? Yeah, there’s a fourth one, too.
Later this year, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 5G. It’ll connect to 5G networks in the U.S., has a gigantic 6.7-inch display, 4,500 mAh battery, and 25W Super Fast Charging.