- Samsung officially revealed its Galaxy S10 lineup of phones earlier today.
- We managed to get a first look at the S10, S10+ and S10e before it hits shelves in March.
Samsung fans, rejoice — the Galaxy S10 lineup was officially revealed today, and considering that it’s the phone’s monumental 10th iteration it’s no surprise that the Korean brand has gone all out with this one.
Don’t go running to your nearest telco just yet, though. The announcement might have been made, but it’ll still be a few weeks before the phones actually make their way into customer’s hands. Fortunately we managed to get an early look at the S10 today, and here’s everything you need to know.
First up you have the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10, which serves as Samsung’s baseline model. Equipped with the latest Exynos 9820 chip, the phone comes with 8GB of RAM, a 3,400 mAh battery, and a curved dynamic AMOLED display (oh, and a 3.5mm headphone jack too).
In an attempt to achieve a fully bezel-less display the S10 opts for a “hole-punch” cutout, which might be the least intrusive version of the notch we’ve seen yet. The fingerprint sensor has also been built directly into the display, which makes unlocking your phone easier than ever.
On the camera side of things, the S10 now has three at the rear — a 12-megapixel telephoto, 12 megapixel wide, and 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. There’s also a 10-megapixel, dual aperture front camera, though the phone still lacks the facial recognition software that’s found on Apple’s iPhones.
There’s a lot to more unpack with the S10, but one standout addition is the Wireless Powershare feature, an interesting concept first seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro last November.
This basically allows you to use the phone to wirelessly charge other qi enabled devices, and considering that the new Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds support wireless charging it looks is Samsung is creating an ecosystem that takes advantage of the S10’s improved battery.
The 6.4-inch S10+ has everything its little brother has, along with some minor upgrades. The battery has been bumped up to 4,100 mAh, and an additional 8-megapixel front camera has been added as well (hello, portrait mode selfies).
If storage is a priority, the S10+ is definitely the one to look out for — while the S10 only has 128GB of built-in memory, the S10+ also comes in 512GB and 1TB versions, the latter coming with 12GB of RAM. Considering that the phone supports external storage of up to 512GB via MicroSD, your phone could potentially have more memory than most desktops.
In what we can assume is their answer to the iPhone XR, Samsung have also introduced the S10E, a smaller (5.8-inches), more economical version that trades some features for a cheaper price tag.
So what exactly do you lose? The battery is smaller (3,100 mAh), the screen is slightly weaker (Gorilla Glass 5 instead of 6), and the rear camera loses the telephoto lens as well. The S10E’s display is also flat instead of curved, and the fingerprint sensor has been moved from the display to the power button (though that actually isn’t a bad place to have it).
It should be noted, however, that the S10E still runs on the Exynos 9820, so performance-wise it should work just as efficiently as its more expensive counterparts. If you’re on a budget and are willing to make some compromises (or just like smaller phones) this is probably the one for you.
Pricing and Availability
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the Galaxy S10, the good news is that you won’t have to wait too long. All three phones are slated to be released on the 5th of March, with pre-orders starting tomorrow, the 22nd February at 12pm in Singapore and 10am in Malaysia.
To sweeten the deal, Samsung are even throwing in their wireless charger duo pad and a pair of Galaxy Buds free of charge for pre-orders. Considering that they’re worth S$368/RM1,479, this is one situation where you might not want to wait.
Price wise, the Galaxy S10e is going for S$1,078/RM2,699, while the Galaxy S10 will set you back S$1,298/RM3,299. The Galaxy S10+ will cost S$1,398/RM3,699, S$1,798/RM4,599 and S$2,198 for the 128GB, 512GB and 1TB versions respectively, which is pretty par for course for the flagship phones of today.
We’ll be doing a more comprehensive review when we get our hands on the S10, but as far as first impressions go Samsung’s newest flagship has definitely made a strong one. It feels like a significant step up from the Galaxy S9, and we can’t wait to try its suite of new features out in the wild.