Unveiled in February this year, the Samsung Galaxy S10 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first Galaxy S phone. Over the years, Samsung has constantly added to the flagship Galaxy S series, making it synonymous with the idea of excess in technology in the smartphone space. From the initial devices to the new S10 phones, with the Galaxy S flagships, Samsung has always attempted to push the envelope by bringing flashy technologies that are often ahead of the times.
Yet, this year’s Galaxy S10 seems to be carrying more than the usual quota of hopes and expectations — with many even firmly placing the weight of the entire brand on its sleek shoulders.
The S10 as such comes as the most noticeable upgrade to Samsung’s Galaxy S series in years and in a nutshell is all about cramming in the best technology that money can buy right now. From using an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, reverse wireless charging and new triple camera setup with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens boasting of a 123-degree human eye like view sees itself equipped with features that are meant to impress at first sight.
Close to a 100 hundred days since the device’s launch, these — and a few more — features still ensure the Galaxy S10 remains as one of the stand-out smartphones this year. Here are five of the best.
Immersive display and sleek design
It won’t be the slightest of exaggerations if we say that the Galaxy S10 is one of the most beautiful smartphones to have been created in Samsung’s history. Crafted out of glass and metal, the phone feels surprisingly light for a device that comes flaunting a 6.1-inch curved AMOLED screen.
The curves of the S10 seamlessly melt into the metal frame of the phone, catching not just the user’s eye, but also affords it an unquestionable identity that holds links back to previous generation flagship Galaxy S phones. While a cleaner, notch-less front would have been preferred, the S10 with it’s high screen-to-body ratio and the immersive DCI-P3 AMOLED panel is a treat to watch movies and play games on.
The panel used by Samsung on the Galaxy S10 can churn out up to WQHD resolutions supports HDR10+ too, which when paired with compatible content promises stunning visuals.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 brings with it Google’s Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top. As we’ve already mentioned in our review of other two devices from the flagship, despite being a skin that’s miles away from the stock solution which Google offers, One UI is extremely user-friendly and offers solid performance.
The UI on the phone has been paired with Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 8nm octa-core chipset which comprises of – 2 cores of 2.73GHz Mongoose M4 and two cores of 2.31GHz Cortex-A75 and four cores of 1.95GHz Cortex-A55. The chipset is paired to a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. The setup is paired to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 512GB via microSD.
This core hardware configuration paired with Samsung’s One UI ensures that be it browsing the web, multi-tasking between apps or even playing graphics-intensive games, the S10 performs like a charm.
Benchmarking the device also threw up similar results, with the device clocking up an impressive Antutu score of 335,128. On Geekbench, it scored a single-core score of 4518, and a multi-core score of 10332.
Convenience of three cameras
Since its launch, Samsung has been talking up the picture taking the prowess of the Galaxy S10. The phone has been heavily compared to the very best in the business.
And rightly so.
In terms of specifications, the rear camera set-up on the Galaxy S10 is quite impressive. On paper, it is essentially the same one already seen on the Galaxy S9 line-up last year, but one that comes with some crucial upgrades and additions.
While the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with Dual Aperture — f/1.5 and f/2.4 — and the secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens — f/2.4 — are the same as last year, Samsung has done one better on the S9’s setup by adding an all-new 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens to the mix. The particular lens with an f/2.2 aperture brings a human eye like 123-degree view for clicking extra-wide pictures.
In the real world, this ultra-wide lens adds an all-new way to look at frames and click pictures fitting in more space than you would be able to using a standard smartphone camera.
For users who create videos, the Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilisation technology. Apart from fancy tricks such as the portraits through Live Focus mode, the phone also lets users take 960 frames per second, Super Slow-mo videos that plays back 0.4 seconds of footage over 14 seconds.
In-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and more
Samsung Galaxy S10 also comes with an in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner — claimed to be first in the world by Samsung — that reads the 3D contours of a physical thumbprint, for improved anti-spoofing. Samsung’s also added face unlock capabilities to the phone to make it easier to unlock the device.
The phone is also water and dust resistant with a rating of IP68. This basically ensures that the Galaxy S10 can remain submerged in around 5ft of water for up to 30 minutes without losing functionality.
But if this isn’t enough to persuade you into buying the phone, the Galaxy S10 also brings with it a heart rate monitor along with several other really cool features.
Battery and Wireless PowerShare
The Galaxy S10 packs within its sleek frame a 3400mAh battery pack which despite being smaller than what is available on its elder sibling, the Galaxy S10+, is more than good enough to get you through the day on a single charge.
The battery also supports fast charging over USB Type C using the 18W adaptive charger that Samsung bundles in the box.
But that’s not all. There’s also Wireless Charge capabilities on the phone as well as an option to reverse charge other Qi wireless standard supporting devices.
Samsung Galaxy S10: Should you buy?
The Galaxy S10 is currently available at Rs 61,990 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. At the price point, it competes against the likes of iPhone XR and OnePlus 7 Pro.
Both are phones that offer very different things and a different kind of competition to the Galaxy S10. However, the S10 brings with it impressive cameras and a really good display to the premium segment of the market that puts it in a very strong position against these competing devices.