Samsung’s newest flagship phones feature big screens, small bezels, and a bunch of cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a 6.1 inch smartphone with three cameras on the back, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a hole-punch display with a front-facing camera in the upper right corner of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is a 6.4 inch version with dual front-cameras. It also has a bigger battery and support for more RAM and storage than its (slightly) smaller sibling.
Both phones should be available in the coming weeks.
At a time when most phone makers are chasing the dream of a bezel-free, all-screen phone, it’s not surprising to see Samsung jump on board. But while a few companies are going a bit further and eliminating ports and buttons, Samsung seems to remain committed to them — the Galaxy S10 series phones still have 3.5mm headphone jacks as well as USB-C ports.
Samsung says in order to minimize the space the hole-punch cameras take up, the company put the sensors and other circuitry behind the display.
The ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor means that there’s no visible fingerprint reader on the phone. Instead, you can place your finger on the screen to unlock it, which marks the return of the front-facing fingerprint reader on Samsung’s flagship phones.
As for the display itself, is a “Dynamic AMOLED” display with support for HDR+. Samsung says it’s the most color accurate display ever released for a smartphone.
On the back of the phone, both phones feature three cameras:
- 12MP standard camera
- 16MP Ultra-wide angle
- 13MP telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom
One other new (for Samsung) feature? Support for two-way wireless charging. Not only can you place a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ on a charging pad to refuel the built-in battery, you can also use the phones as wireless power banks to top up the battery in other gadgets.
That means you can charge another phone by placing it on the back of a Galaxy S10. Or you can recharge a set of wireless earbuds (like Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds) the same way.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Samsung Exynos 9820 chips, depending on the region, and it packs a 3040 x 1440 pixel display.
The 6.1 inch Galaxy S10 features a 3,500 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, while the 6.4 inch Galaxy S10+ has a 4,000 mAh battery, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, an 512GB storage options.
Samsung also has a larger, higher-priced, and higher-specced Ceramic model with support for up to 12GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage.
There are also two other versions of the phone: a cheaper, smaller Samsung Galaxy S10e with a 5.8 inch screen and an FHD+ display and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G model with a 6.7 inch display, quadruple rear cameras, and… no microSD card reader.
The Galaxy S10 series smartphones will be available in stores starting March 8th and pre-orders open on February 21st. Prices start at:
- $900 for the Galaxy S10
- $1000 for the Galaxy S10+
- $750 for the Galaxy S10e
For once, Samsung’s lower model (S10e) is actually more appealing to me than the flagship models. A flat screen (no edge screen), MicroSD, and a smaller camera cutout on the front. Wow this looks like the better phone.
The S10e actually looks more aesthetic than the other models.
I think I’ve officially reached the end of my participation in this flagship phone game. Smartphone companies are now just reaching for ridiculous design goals and features that I don’t want (and I don’t think I’m alone in this).
I don’t want a bezel-less screen. That actually sounds annoying. I hold the edges of my phone to prevent dropping it. I don’t want the screen creeping up to the edge.
I don’t want this on-screen fingerprint sensor. I’m fine with it on the back of my phone.
I don’t want multiple front-facing cameras. Who asked for this? I’m willing to bet most people out there looking at the S10 lineup right now is saying “well I’d like the S10+, but can I get it with the smaller single-camera cutout?”.
I think this is where smartphone makers are going to start fragmenting more of their customers among their lower cost lineup.
The rear fingerprint sensor is an issue with a case but otherwise I agree.
The front fingerprint sensor (in-screen) is an issue with screen protectors.
I would rather have a cut-out in my case, than a cut-out in my screen protector. I tend to use and look at the screen a lot more than I use the case. Then again, cases will always need a cutout for the camera, so its not like it makes things much worse.
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