The most anticipated phone of 2019 is here, the Samsung Galaxy S10… or S10’s.
Samsung has been one of the best phone manufacturers over the years. Each time they release something big, you know damn well it does well. A lot of the time.
The S10 Plus (or S10+) is the most premium out of all three S10’s. The others are the S10E (no idea what the E stands for, someone said “Expensive”), and the S10.
The S10 and the S10+ don’t have a lot of differences compared to the S10E (which is like the youngest of 3 brothers).
Making a review for all three is something that should happen, so I’m going to start from the best to the other best. I mean, it’s Samsung.
Hey guys, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Before we get to it, I really want everyone to know that I’m scared shitless. Samsung Flagships have a lot to offer and reviewing them is a lot of work. If you know Samsung, you know what I’m saying.
Okay, I’ve gotten that out of the way, so without further ado, this is my attempt to review the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Now let’s get to it.
- One UI with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.4 inch 1440 x 3040 Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485, 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) / Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75, 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU
- Adreno 640 GPU / Mali-G76 MP12 GPU
- 8GB / 12GB RAM
- 128GB / 512GB / 1TB Internal Storage
- 8MP / 10MP Front Camera
- 12MP + 12MP + 16MP Rear Camera
- 4100mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
On most Flagships, you’ll find they are mostly made out of Glass, now that’s not a bad thing.
The S10+ is also made out of glass. With Gorilla Glass 5 at the back, you should expect a phone that is durable.
It handles rough surfaces without getting scratched, occasional drops without breaking and is dust resistant. You should also get a case though, just “in case”.
To improve on how the phone looks and feels when held, the Gorilla Glass is curved. This makes the phone really comfortable when held.
Now, being really good-looking and comfortable aren’t the only things you should recognize the S10+ for. It is also a fully rated IP68 device.
This means the phone can resist both dust (which isn’t usually a really huge problem) and water.
So, for those of you that can’t stay away from pools, beaches, Ocean’s 8, 11, 12, 13 (is there an Ocean’s 14?), well, just know that you should be covered from all that water getting on your phone and damaging it stuff.
There’s lots of color options on the S10+ to choose from. You can get a Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow or a Flamingo Pink model.
What’s impressive about some of them is how they display different colors over the main color. This depends on how light hits it.
Displaying different colors is something that’s starting to trend on phones, you can also find that effect on the Mi 9 by Xiaomi.
The horizontally placed Triple Camera setup is what you’ll find on the back of the S10+. Now, it does protrude a little, but it’s nothing to be worried about because it doesn’t make the phone wobble on a flat surface.
There is no Physical Fingerprint Scanner on the back. This time, Samsung has moved it under the display. It is a truly unique Fingerprint Scanner. We’ll talk more about it soon.
Turning over to the front, the S10+ also has a Glass build, here you are getting Gorilla Glass 6. How the glass curves on to the Aluminum Frame just gives the phone that sleek design. It also improves how content is displayed.
At the top right, Samsung has gone with a Hole-Punch cut out. This is where you find the Dual Selfie Camera setup.
Putting holes on a display has not entirely gotten approval from a lot of users. Some people like them, others prefer Notches.
Well, Samsung decided to go with a Hole, so it is what it is. Tell me what you guys think in the comment section.
At the top of the phone, you get the SIM tray, you can have two Nano SIM cards with no MicroSD card or just one SIM card and a MicroSD card here.
The left side of the phone has the Volume Rocker and the great Bixby button.
Now Bixby has been loved by few and (I don’t want to use the word “hated”) not really loved by many. Samsung has taken that into consideration and has made an update. With this update, you will be able to remap the button to carry out other functions.
The right side of the phone has the Power Button. It is a little high up. This somewhat proves you may be using this phone with both hands.
Looking at the bottom, you get the 3.5mm Headphone Jack (glad to see Samsung is keeping it). You also get a Speaker grilles, Microphone and a USB Type-C port.
In terms of design, there’s not a lot to complain about. I’m glad they kept the Headphone Jack. Making the phone Water Resistant is also impressive and finally, the way the edges at the front and back curve on to the frame is just beautiful.
Samsung has been known for making really good displays, and the S10+, is no exception.
On the phone, you will find Samsung’s first Dynamic AMOLED capacitive panel on a phone.
It is 6.4 inches and it has a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. What’s special about this panel is that it supports HDR10+. With it, colors and brightness adjust dynamically instead of just being the same all through.
Like if you’re watching a movie on the phone, the colors will adjust in different frame rates to give you the best experience there is.
If that sounds all gibberish to you, well, just know that content will come out very good.
There’s not a lot of platforms that support HDR10+ right now, but you can get that on Amazon Prime.
Being an AMOLED screen, you still get those deep blacks. Colors are punchy and content is very well detailed. Using the phone outdoors is impressive, the screen gets really bright. You will get up to 800 nits in brightness and auto-mode gets as high as 1200 nits.
To take advantage of the AMOLED screen, you get the Always On Display. With it, you will be able to see Notifications, Battery Percentage, Time and Date when the phone sleeps. It is battery friendly.
On the S10+, you get two Display options, the Vivid Mode and the Natural Mode.
With the Vivid Option, you will be able to adjust how you want colors to look. You can make it look warm or cool. You also get RGB sliders.
I wouldn’t really recommend messing with them unless you know what you’re doing.
The Natural Mode just gives you Samsung’s default color settings, it is very nice and accurate.
Now, let’s talk about that Hole, it is the first time we’re having a hole on an AMOLED screen, the S10 may have just one (sorry, I will write a review about the S10 soon), but the S10 Plus has two.
Over the years, a lot of ways have been made to maximize screen displays. Notches came into play, some were wide, others were tiny. Some phones also hid cameras behind sliders and some had pop up cameras.
Although the S10+ has a 90% screen to body ratio, the Hole Punch cut out has raised a few concerns.
Watching videos isn’t really a problem with that hole in the corner. You have to keep in mind that if you have to watch full screen videos, that hole can get a little annoying.
There is an option to cover it with a black bar, but that just totally ruins the aim of having little to no bezels on the phone. But if you really want to get rid of it, you should.
When it comes to gaming, it’s going to be really annoying to see that hole taking up the space of an important element of a game. Hopefully, you won’t have that on a game that doesn’t support both landscape rotations.
Overall, the Hole isn’t that intrusive compared to a notch (especially a wide one), but it does slightly get in the way, if you are really concerned about it.
Okay, so the Finger Print Scanner is another aspect of the screen that makes this phone stand out.
Most in-display scanners (or all) are optical sensors, what they do is use the light your phones emit to get a 2D image of your fingerprint.
Sometimes, they don’t work well, like the usual “my fingerprint scanner doesn’t work when my thumb is wet”.
What Samsung has done is make an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner. Now, what this does is, it gets the actual 3D pattern of your fingerprint by using high sound wave frequencies to do the scanning.
This actually increases the security of the phone. You also don’t have to worry about unlocking your phone when “your thumb is wet”. It works just well.
The Fingerprint scanner takes a little getting used to, sometimes all you need is a touch and the phone gets unlocked, other times, you have to hold that finger on for a while.
There’s no way to say the Fingerprint Scanner is actually “fast”. Does it work? Yes. But is it fast? I couldn’t tell you, sometimes it is, sometimes it’s not.
Maybe with more testing there’ll be a way to finally get around how it really works. It is supposed to be very fast, but there may be something that isn’t being done right.
Considering the fact that this is the first time we are getting this kind of functionality, sure, there’s going to be a few hiccups, but with future improvements, we’ll have phones with these “Ultrasonic Scanners” that work really well.
Still on the Fingerprint scanner, if you will want to use it all the time (well, who doesn’t?), don’t get a Glass Screen Protector on the phone, just don’t.
Regular screen protectors work with the scanner but the glass ones don’t. You might end up spending all your money and getting rid of it in the end.
If you want a little more protection, just get a case for it.
Maybe Samsung will be producing a special Protective Glass for this phone. That would be great, but considering the price of the phone itself, aw damn.
Hopefully they’ll throw it in for free? Yeah, no didn’t think so either.
Well, overall, the display is fantastic, currently one of the best displays on a phone so far. That resolution is definitely a great part of the phone.
The S10+ has three camera lenses at the back, a 12 Megapixel Main Camera, a 12 Megapixel Telephoto Camera and a 16 Megapixel Ultra-wide Camera.
Having an Ultra-wide camera on the S10+ (and S10) is the first on a Samsung Flagship and we are all excited about that.
In good light, the main camera takes really good pictures. You get a lot of detail and great dynamic range and no noise.
The main camera is also what you use for taking Portrait shots, and the results are very good, subject separation is excellent.
At night, the main camera works really well, giving you detailed shots and little noise.
The Night Mode version on this phone is called Bright Night. With it, you can take photos that can be a little more visible at night. Don’t expect to get images as good as Google’s Pixel 3, but it does an okay job.
You can’t manually activate the Bright Night mode, it only works when the phone senses you’re in a very dark environment.
For video recording with the main camera, you can shoot up to 4K at 30 and 60 frames. The videos come out great with vivid colors and great detail.
There’s also support for slow motion videos, you can either start it manually or wait for the phone to start it when it detects movement. Slow motion videos are shot in 720p at 960 frames per second.
The Ultra-wide lens works really great, you won’t get distorted edges on some of your shots. Color accuracy is great and dynamic range is very impressive.
You’re getting fixed focus on this lens so sometimes some really close objects don’t look really sharp.
You can take decent photos with this camera in the dark.
There is no support for recording 60 frames per second 4K videos with this camera, but at 30 frames, you get really vibrant colors. Quality of the videos shot with this camera are is very impressive.
With the telephoto camera, you also get really impressive, detailed looking pictures with good dynamic range and sharpness. Colors also come out great and noise is close to gone.
For a telephoto camera to have little to no noise, that’s really impressive.
Most phones don’t use the telephoto camera in the dark, but you can use it on the S10+. Just be aware that zoomed photos will be cropped photos from the main camera.
Videos recorded with the telephoto cameras are quite good, 4K videos at 30 frames look really good, but recording at 60 frames look a little less detailed.
All cameras support Electronic Stabilization of 4K videos at 30 frames per second.
You also get Super Steady Mode on the Ultra-wide camera, it only works on 1080p videos at 30 frames, but it gives a really smooth video result, even when the phone is in a bumpy condition. Like when you’re running and recording with it.
On the S10+ you get a dual selfie camera setup. One is a 10 Megapixel Wide Lens, and the other is an 8 Megapixel lens for Depth Sensing.
The Main selfie shooter gives really good pictures with sharpness and good color accuracy. It also acts as a wide lens, and with it, you can fit in more people into those group selfies you love.
Portrait modes look great with the selfie camera, the 8 Megapixel Depth Sensor does a really good job in separating the subject from the background.
Shooting videos with the selfie camera is really good, you can shoot up to 4K videos at 30 frames per second and what’s even more impressive is that you get Image Stabilization.
You don’t get that on a lot of selfie cameras out there.
You also get Face Recognition on the S10+ with the selfie camera. It is fast no doubt about that, but it doesn’t have all that 3D mapping features that improve the security of the scanner.
There’s been cases of getting the phone unlocked by just using a video of the registered face.
Overall, the cameras on the S10+ are amazing. If you have used a Samsung phone for taking photos, you may not notice a lot besides the fact that there’s now an Ultra-wide lens, but for those of you that will be getting a Samsung phone for the first time, this should actually impress you a lot.
Features and Performance
Recently, I called the Xiaomi Mi 9 “currently one of the most powerful phones in the world”, well, while that’s still true, the S10+ has also been added to the list.
If you like Samsung phones and also want power, you’re in luck. Depending on the model you go for, you can either have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset which has an Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485, 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) CPU.
The other model comes with an Exynos 9820 Chipset that has an Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75, 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU.
You won’t really notice a difference in terms of how both phones handle day-to-day tasks. They are both fast and fluid.
Gaming is great, whether you’re playing really demanding games or just light ones, there’s no lags and frame rates are steady all through.
There’s also two GPU’s for this device, an Adreno 640 (for the Snapdragon model) and a Mali-G76 MP12 (for the Exynos model).
Both GPU’s are also great, in my opinion Andreno GPU’s have been the best for a very long time, so I’m going to stick to it.
Experience UI isn’t what you will get on the S10+, Samsung has skipped that and went with One UI on top of Android 9 (Pie).
Android 9 gives you up to date security patches from Google and a lot of support for most apps.
One UI from Samsung is also really nice, it gives you a lot of ways to customize the phone. You don’t get bloatware, but there’s some Samsung Apps that you may be using from time to time.
With One UI app icons are now bigger.
You get Edge Panels on the S10+, you can fully customize it to have all the apps you frequently use on the phone. Just swipe inwards from the right side of the screen and you will see your apps getting ready to be launched.
There’s the One-Handed Mode. This reduces the size of the display to either the left or right side of the screen. The phone is large and you may have to use both hands while using it without One-Handed mode.
Samsung has its own version of Gesture Navigation, you get three bars at the bottom of the screen.
Swiping up on the right bar acts as the “Back button“, swiping up on the middle bar takes you “Home“, and swiping up on the left bar shows you your “Recent Apps“.
You can also swipe the middle bar to the right to “Switch Apps“. Swiping up and holding launches the Google Assistant.
Not really sure about these Gestures, they don’t really replace the normal buttons we’re used to. Moving on.
Basic features such as Call Clarity is great, using the 3.5mm Headphone Jack is impressive, audio comes out really loud and accurate.
The earpiece at the top acts as Secondary Speaker, using it with the Primary one at the bottom improves sound quality really well.
Overall, the S10+ has some of the latest cutting edge technologies and it will serve you really well in terms of speed and performance.
RAM and Internal Storage
There’s an 8GB of RAM option and a special edition with 12GB of RAM.
It’s like a lot of phones are having a lot of RAM lately.
Both versions are great, running games and multitasking is really smooth. Apps don’t get terminated in the background.
Internal storage options are also great.
There’s a 128GB version and a 512GB version, these ones are supported by the 8GB of RAM model. The other version is a whooping 1TB of Internal Storage.
I don’t think you will be in a rush to conserve storage on any of the options you have available, okay maybe on the 128GB version but that should take a while.
You can also expand with a MicroSD card of up to 512GB, that’s like overkill. On the 1TB version, you will have a total of 1.5TB.
To expand though, you will have to use the SIM 2 space.
The S10+ has a really good 4,100mAh Li-Ion battery.
You should be able to use it for up to a day on heavy use. Light users may be able to use it for up to 2 and a half days before needing to charge.
The phone supports fast charging with a brick and also wireless charging.
You can also charge other devices that support wireless charging with the S10+. Samsung calls it “PowerShare“, we all know it as reverse wireless charging. It isn’t as fast but it gets the job done.
Overall battery life is great. There’s not really much to complain about here.
For internet, you get WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G and 2G with amazing speeds.
There’s going to be a 5G version coming out some time this year. Can’t wait for that.
The S10+ supports other features such as NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector.
The 128GB version goes for $1,000.
The 512GB version goes for $1,250.
The 1TB version goes for $1,600.
You can check out current prices on Amazon.
*Please note that prices vary from time to time.
The S10+ is really a great device, that display, in my opinion is currently the best there is.
Cameras are also awesome and the overall performance is good.
The design also makes the phone look premium and that battery life is just outstanding.
There really isn’t a lot to complain about, I mean besides that hole-punch there’s really nothing. You can get creative.
You still get a Headphone Jack. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we will be seeing one on a Samsung device.
To sum it up, the S10+ is and will remain one of the best Flagship phones of 2019.
Okay guys, that has been my attempt to review the Samsung Galaxy S10+, do like, comment and share your thoughts and suggestions.
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