Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S models at the start of every year. This year, a lot was expected from the Korean manufacturer, especially as we were eager to see what design direction it would take. I was seriously looking forward to their first 2019 smartphones to see if they followed my ‘Prophecies’ about 2019 Smartphones. Did the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus fulfill some of the ‘prophecies’? Sorry this came a bit late- You’ve probably read the review somewhere else. But, open your mind to learn as we discuss some of the cutting-edge technology incorporated into the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus!. Open your mind to learn the things other blogs skipped!
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 8GB – 12GB of RAM
- 128GB – 1TB storage
- 4,100mAh battery
- Headphone jack
- Wireless charging
- IP68 water and dust resistance
From a hardware perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a clear 2019 flagship. It’s one of the first with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset, it has 8GB of RAM (with options up to a whopping 12GB), and storage starts at 128GB with options up to a full terabyte. Do you know that it has a bigger battery than the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s, coming in at 4,100mAh.
Battery life on the Galaxy S10 Plus is nothing short of fantastic. It should last between six and eight hours of screen-on time with fairly heavy usage, and I should never run out of battery before the end of the day, at least, except you run a big company of your own and you have lots of money, you wouldn’t be playing PUBG throughout the day, would you?. In fact, most mornings you should wake up with a healthy 30 percent or so remaining after using it the entire previous day, only needing to top up around 11AM or so.
This device also has Wireless Powershare, a feature that allows reverse wireless charging. That means you can charge any other Qi-enabled device, whether it be a phone or the Samsung Galaxy Buds you may have picked up with the Galaxy S10. While we haven’t done any in-depth testing on the speed of charging, it does seem quite a bit faster than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro‘s similar feature. Stay tuned for plenty more on the Galaxy S10 Plus battery as we send it to our testing lab and objectively establish how it compares to the competition.
- 16MP wide (123-degree FOV), 12MP standard (77-degree FOV), 12MP 2x telephoto (45-degree FOV)
- 10MP selfie, 8MP depth sensor
- Highly versatile
- Crummy low-light performance
- Soft telephoto lens
- Wide angle is distorted
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first Galaxy S device with a triple-camera array on the rear of the phone. Having a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens, and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens, it’s easy to capture exactly what you need in shots from the device. These lenses afforded me a lot of versatility during my time with the device, but the quality fell short.
Color from the Galaxy S10 camera is more muted than that from previous Galaxy devices, which have a history of being overly vibrant and saturated. I quite like the change in the colors from the device, and it seems like Samsung is taking a note from Google on the color profile. Dynamic range seems to have increased as well, but particularly in blacks and shadows. Highlights still blow out easily, and it seems like Samsung tweaked the post-processing to be more aggressive in dark areas, instead of actually updating the lens system very much. This isn’t shocking, considering the company barely talked about photography at its launch event, where the camera owned the stage just a year before with the Samsung Galaxy S9.
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The wide-angle lens is probably the most fun and versatile lens on this phone, allowing you to capture much more in your scene than with a standard camera. It’s so wide I accidentally caught my index finger in the shot a few times. While this was a bit annoying, it reveals just how wide the scene is that gets captured with this lens. On the front of the Galaxy S10 Plus, you’ll find two cameras — a 10MP main sensor and an 8MP depth sensor. When in selfie mode you have two options, a wide mode and a standard mode. Logic would tell you that one of the cameras is a wide angle lens and one is standard, but that’s not the case. Because the 8MP camera is just for depth sensing and portrait mode, the 10MP lens just crops in when you’re in standard mode. The crop is not very significant in order to preserve quality, so there’s not much difference between the standard and wide modes. If you were hoping to get a Pixel 3-level of width in this camera, you’ll be disappointed.
The most annoying part about the wide-angle lens was the distortion. Wide-angle lenses will often bulge in the center and squeeze on the sides, which is usually corrected in software processing. There is a setting in the camera app to be more aggressive in the correction of this distortion, but I found it went way too far the other way, leading to shots that squeezed in the center and bulged on the edges. While the focal length of this lens offers a new world of fun, I’d really like to see Samsung fix this issue in a software update sometime soon.
- 6.4-inch 3,040 x 1,440 WQHD+ Super AMOLED display
- Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader
- Dual selfie-camera cutout
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has Samsung’s best display yet, full stop. This Dynamic OLED panel has rich and vibrant colors, but the resolution and saturation are turned down a bit out of the box. The new panel changes the organic material of the OLED to achieve the same Color Volume 100% certification given to high-end Samsung TVs, while also reducing power consumption. The device is set to 2,280 x 1,080 to save battery life, and defaults to the “natural” color setting, which is a bit more muted than the optional “vibrant” setting. Even though other settings are available, these are the ones I tested the device on, since the average consumer probably won’t bother to change them.
I could write on and on, but I have not handled one yet, so I wouldn’t want to assume. But did you enjoy this article? Did I skip something? Kindly use the comments section below and share this article!
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