Samsung Finally Unveils Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus at Event
Today during an event in San Francisco, Samsung took the wraps off its brand-new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The announcement comes after the two phones were leaked into oblivion in the form of renders, real-life images, videos, and more. Now, though, everything about the devices has been made official.
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, as the leaks told us, have brand-new designs. Last year and in 2017, Samsung opted for a design language that included slim bezels, a somewhat thick forehead and chin, and taller displays. This year, the company is doing a very similar look, but with some notable changes.
For one, there are virtually no bezels at the top or bottom of the Galaxy S10’s display. Instead, there’s a very slim, consistent border around the screen which looks more appealing. And rather going with a notch at the top to store the selfie camera and other sensors, the company utilizes its own Infinity-O display design which features a hole-punch in the top right corner for the cameras to sit.
This design choice is extremely subjective. Given the duration of time the S10 has been swirling around the web in leak form, many people have been able to come up with opinions on the look. Lots of folks prefer it to a traditional notch since it doesn’t take up as much screen real estate. Meanwhile, others think it looks uglier in this form. I think I fall in the latter camp, but I’ll have to see the phones in person before I draw any conclusions.
While we’re on the topic of displays, let’s discuss them a bit further. The standard S10 comes with a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, while the S10 Plus opts for a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. Both offer a resolution of 3040×1440 and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Each has HDR support, feature Samsung’s signature curves on both sides, and are covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Samsung always makes incredible displays, and the S10 phones shouldn’t come with any exceptions.
Elsewhere, the Galaxy S10 is similar to Galaxy phones of the past. It sports glass on the back with a metal rail around the edges. Volume, power, and Bixby buttons can be found on the sides, while the bottom houses a USB-C port and headphone jack. You also get dual-fire stereo speakers thanks to a bottom-firing grille and upgraded earpiece.
However, one feature you won’t find on the S10 we’ve seen on past Galaxies is a physical fingerprint sensor. Instead, Samsung has included an ultrasonic sensor under the display, similar to the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s unclear how well it will work day to day, but hopefully well enough that it can stand as your primary security measure.
In terms of specs, the devices include everything you’d expect in a 2019 flagship. The S10 and S10 Plus each come with a Snapdragon 855 processor (the first for any smartphone), 6 or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 512GB of storage, and Adreno 640 graphics. There’s also a special variant that will come with a ceramic back, 12GB of RAM, and a cool 1TB of internal storage. That’s pure insanity and totally overkill, but the option’s there if you want it.
For software, Samsung includes Android 9.0 Pie with its One UI on top. The OS comes with a set of navigation gestures you can use instead of traditional navigation buttons, interface tweaks, and all the normal Pie stuff. We’ll update this story when more information about the S10’s specific software feature set is revealed.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is the camera set. On the back of both phones, Samsung includes three cameras. One stands as the main sensor, one offers telephoto capabilities, and one brings a wide-angle view to the devices. Respectively, they weigh in at 12MP (f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture), 12MP (f/2.4 aperture), and 16MP (f/2.2 aperture).
This is the first time we’re seeing a triple camera system on any Samsung phone. Having this level of versatility from a manufacturer like Samsung who has a reputation for creating great cameras should result in a positive shooting experience. Of course, the phones will need to compete directly with the likes of the LG V40 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, so stay tuned for comparisons and other tests.
New with the Galaxy S10 is the ability to record video in HDR 10+. You also get some new AI tricks such as Shot Suggestion, Scene Optimizer, Super Steady recording, and more thanks to the neural processing unit on board. Samsung also partnered with Adobe for a special version of Premiere Rush exclusively optimized for Galaxy phones.
On the front, Samsung includes a single 10MP f/1.9 camera with the S10. Meanwhile, the S10 Plus gets two cameras: one 10MP f/1.9 lens and one 8MP f/2.2 lens. The secondary shooter is a telephoto lens, granting you better portrait selfies.
As far as power goes, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus ship with some pretty beefy batteries. The standard S10 comes with a 3,400mAh battery, while the larger S10 Plus offers a 4,100mah battery. Of course, both ship with Samsung’s fast charging capabilities and wireless charging.
Speaking of which, new with the S10 and S10 Plus is reverse wireless charging. Essentially, this feature lets you place a second Qi-enabled device on the back of either phone and charge it using the S10’s power supply. We’ve seen this functionality before with the Mate 20 Pro, but this will mark the first time the feature has entered the U.S. market.
As some final tidbits, the S10 and S10 Plus pack Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, microSD card slots, and Wi-Fi 6 support. That last feature doesn’t mean very much right now, but when Wi-Fi 6 is more mainstream, users will enjoy faster speeds over typical Wi-Fi.
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will launch on March 8th. They’ll be available across all four major U.S. carriers along with other, smaller networks. The S10 will start at $899, while the S10 Plus starts at $999. Yes, folks, we have more thousand-dollar phones on our hands so get ready.
Both phones go up for pre-order February 21st. In other words, tomorrow.