Overview & Price

The Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus was finally announced on the 20th of February 2019; the much-anticipated phone is due to be shipped out to Samsung users across the globe on the 7th of March.

In this S10 review we will be going over what’s so special about the S10 and giving you all of the information to make an informed purchase decision as well as showcasing the best deals in the UK.

The S10 performance is great, it offers some huge specifications that can handle anything you throw at the phone, allowing you to breeze through the most intense games with no lag.

As the phone is on pre-order most companies are throwing in some free goodies, you will get a pair of Samsung Buds (worth £139) for ordering the S10 or S10+ in the 128GB variant, the 512GB will get you a free wireless charger (worth £77).

The S10 camera is seriously impressive, it can turn even the most novice photographer into a Instagram worthy photographer in no time.


Priced at £799 SIM free for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and £899 for the Samsung S10 Plus, certainly not cheap but unfortunately its 2019 and flagships don’t come cheap.

Here is some of what’s on offer:

  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Octa-core 8nm Processor
  • Triple Camera Setup
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB / 512GB internal storage (microSD available + up to 512GB)

Lets take a closer look at this new release..

Design & Display

So the most anticipated phone of the year so far has finally been announced, and it looks absolutely amazing!

The Samsung Galaxy S10s design is impressive; it has an aluminium frame that is sandwiched between two plates of glass, Gorilla Glass 5 to be exact.

The phone is of course IP68 dust/water proof, meaning you can plunge the device at up to 1.5m for 30 minutes, meaning you wont have a heart attack if you drop this thing in the tub.

There is range of different colours to choose from, you have; Flamingo Pink, Prism White, Prism Blue, Prism Black, Prism Green and a stunning Canary Yellow, all looking as awesome as each other.

One thing you will notice is that the phone does attract fingerprints, so if you want to keep your phone clean and looking fresh then we recommend investing into a case and screen protector.

The Samsung S10 weighs in at a nice 157g, making it feel extremely premium in your hand, its comfortable in one hand either and even if you have small hands you will still be able to navigate most of the phone with one hand.

The front of the phone is taken up by that beautiful 6.1-inch display, but we will get onto that soon, there is a finger-print sensor but this time its hidden underneath the display, just like the OnePlus 6T.

The fact that the sensor is underneath the display means you get more display real estate for viewing media and gaming.

s10 performance

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Flipping the phone over and you will notice that it has a triple-camera setup and a flash. Samsung has opted for a minimalist design, keeping the phone looking super clean.

The lenses are slightly raised from the phones base, meaning if the device is sat on a desk it may wobble slightly and wont sit completely flat, just under the camera setup is the Samsung logo.

Down at the base of the phone is where you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung are only of the only brands still implementing the jack despite offering free wireless buds when pre-ordering the device.

Moving onto the display the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch dynamic AMOLED display, whilst the S10+ is the same but its slightly bigger at 6.4-inches.

The displays have a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 1340 x 1440 Quad HD+ resolution, giving you an amazing display when it comes to viewing media on these phones.

This is where you will notice the main difference between the S10 and S10+; the bigger phone has a dual-selfie cam, allowing you to get them Instagram worthy selfies without hassle.

Probably the most striking aspect of the phones display is that hole punch display, just like we seen on the Honor View 20, the S10 and S10+ has a laser cut out selfie cam.

This means that you don’t have a notch in the way when gaming or watching videos, it maximises the amount of space you have on the display giving you a true edge-to-edge experience.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature an always on display, meaning you can view the date and time purely from the display without having to unlock the phone or even reach for it, there it no notification LED here though.

The display of both these phones are just what you would expect from a device of this caliber, colours are bright and poppy, you get the deep blacks from the AMOLED display.

Brightness levels are great on this phone too, you wont have any trouble using this phone in direct sunlight and it can get up to almost 1200nits at max brightness, just in time for summer!

When digging into the settings you will find that the colour mode is set to vivid as standard, however if your someone who like a less saturated display and a more natural look, then its easy to change the colour mode to natural.

One thing we would have loved to see in this phone is an iris-scanner, but we guessed that the hole punch in the display would be too small to house this feature.

The settings allow you to manually adjust the colour temperature to just how you like it, the screen has also been designed in a way that’s is more friendly on your eyes.

Performance

When it comes to the S10 performance, it packs some seriously firepower, both come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with a whopping 8GB of RAM!

This is double compared to the 4GB of RAM in last years Samsung Galaxy S9, meaning that when it comes to gaming your set.

One of our favourite gaming phones in the last year has been the Huawei Mate 20 Pro; it runs our favourites extremely well with little to no lag.

The Samsung S10 runs games even smoother; we found that when playing ‘Runescape’ a graphically demanding multi-player game, the S10 ran a dream.

We were joyed to find that even when in max graphics the game ran super smooth, there was no lag and no random fps drops, which is excellent.

We did find that when playing games for long periods that it would heat up slightly, although this wasn’t raising any red flags as this is normal for mobile devices when playing demanding games.

Sound quality is great too, it really enhances the overall experience when gaming on this device, the Samsung S10 plus does sound a little better but both phones give loud, clear sound.

Another great aspect of the S10’s performance is that it comes standard with a huge 128GB of internal storage.

Users can opt for a 512GB if they feel that wont be enough, and better there is a microSD option for an ADDITIONAL 512GB of storage, meaning you can get this phone to over 1TB of storage.

s10 camera

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This is a little overkill for most users and 90% of us would never use that amount, but its great to know that if you do run out of room you can easily throw a microSD in there and boost it up, allowing you to store tons of music and photos on the device.

You will have no problems with the overall performance of the Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+, both phones run effortlessly through any task you throw at it, from gaming to simply navigating through the UI.

Speaking of the UI, both phones run Android 9.0 Pie with One UI, this is Samsung’s new and improved Samsung Experience Launcher.

It looks a little different that the old style, with bigger icons and more colourful icons, the app drawer is easily accessible by simply swiping up whilst on the home screen, there is a big focus on the phone being easily used whilst using one hand too.

Just like most phones AI is implemented on this device too, as you use the phone over time, it recognises which apps you use more frequently and will give more power to them, resulting in your favourite apps opening quicker almost every time you use them.

For example If your spending 3 hours on Instagram every day and 2 hours on Snapchat, the phone will notice this and give more power to Instagram due to the fact you are using it more.

Swiping to the left will open Bixby’s home panel, which will give you all of the latest new updates and suggestions based on what you are browsing for, this is great as if your reading BBC news every morning with your coffee, it will suggest relevant articles from BBC news for you to read.

The UI is very customisable too; themes can be customised to your liking to allow for a more personalised experience, we found that darker themes were our go-to as it matched the dark hole punch display.

There is also a dedicated Bixby button, just on the left hand side of the device, this allows you to call upon the voice-assist to find traffic or weather updates and more!

The button can also be remapped to other functions, for example you could remap it to be a screenshot button, if your someone who doesn’t tend to use Bixby then it’s a great-added button to set to anything you like.

Overall the S10 performance is excellent, we had no issues when reviewing this phone and found that it was extremely fast and responsive even when under immense stress.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ both have a triple camera setup, they have a 12MP f/1.5 OIS main lens, with a 12MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide.

We found that this setup is able to produce some stunning images, even when in low light situations. The main camera is able to switch from f/2.4 to f/1.5 based on the detective lighting or by toggling manually in Pro Mode.

Images produced on these phones look great, colours are bright and really pop, good lighting images are detailed and clean with no noise.

Dynamic range is superb and we even found that when zoomed in images didn’t lose much detail at all, this is great when trying to take close ups of birds or taking photos from a far.

The ultra-wide camera again has excellent detail and dynamic range, although there is slight distortion thanks to the fixed focus, objects that are too close to the lens won’t look sharp.

The Samsung S10 has a 123-degree field of view, which means it can get really wide shots, so you wont need to move backwards or get your friends all bunched up to take great group images.

There is also a ‘Live-Focus Portrait Mode’ which is now taken with the primary cam, you get a larger sensor and images are produced very well, images come out instantly ready for the gram.

The S10 camera is seriously impressive, it has plenty of moves to play around with meaning you can capture an amazing shot in almost any situation.

Another awesome feature that we loved about this phone is ‘Bright Night Mode’. This is essentially a night mode that will take amazing images even in the darkest of conditions.

s10 camera

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We feel that Google do this best with their Google Pixel 3, but the Samsung S10 will still take excellent quality images without the need of a flash, that being said it only activates in extremely dark conditions.

All three of the Samsung S10 and S10+’s camera lenses work exceptionally well in the dark, we were surprised at how well it performed and in every setting we captures some stunning late night shots.

The Samsung S10 and S10 + has a 10MP selfie-cam, but the S10+ also has an additional 8MP cam for depth sensing.

Both of these phones are able to capture amazing selfies, lots of detail is present in the images and you have the option to change from a cropped to a wide image, for perfect group selfies.

Portrait-mode is great on the selfie cameras too; we found images to be highly detailed although we did notice that subject separation was slightly better on the bigger device.

When it comes to video recording, both phones can shoot 4K@30/60fps, this is great for a smartphone and allows you to capture some great video footage.

It is optical stabilised too so you wont need a tripod or a super steady hand to get some decent footage, we found that quality and detail is great, even when zooming in to take close up video footage.

There is also super slow-motion at 960fps, the time window is around 15 seconds, allowing you to get some hilarious slow-mo footage of your pet.

We were really impressed with the overall quality of the camera setup on both of these phones, they have a lot to offer and the video footage is awesome too, vloggers will be impressed by the video quality and the super steady mode uses the ultra-wide cam to keep footage nice and smooth.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3400mAh battery whilst the S10+ has a 4100mAh.

These phones will easily last the average user for over a day, this of course depends on the individual using the phone and those who love to game or watching lots of Netflix on their phone will find that this drains quicker.

Wired charging is decent; it takes around 30 minutes for the S10+ to go from 0-50%.

Both of these phones do support wireless charging, but its not going to win any gold medals as you can expect to go from 0-100% in around 2 hours.

One cool feature of both these phones is something called ‘Wireless Powershare’, this allows you to charge another device that support Qi charging by simply placing it on the back of the S10, just like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro does.

This is a cool features that means if your friend is running low on juice, simply place their phone on the back of yours and they can hitch a ride and take some of your power.

We were impressed by the battery life of both phones; although they do seem a little behind the times as they only feature QuickCharge 2.0 whilst other companies are using higher wattage chargers.

Summary

So is the Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ worth your hard earned cash?

If your someone looking for a future proof, high tech smartphone with all of the latest features, then yes!

This phone is a symbol of what the future holds, a stunning design with a hole punch display, giving users a flawless media experience when it comes to watching movies on your handheld device.

The Samsung S10 performance is excellent! A whopping 8GB of RAM and the option to have 1TB of internal storage of your phone is insane, the phone can handle anything you throw at it and its not going to baffle you too much either thanks to its clean UI.

The S10 camera features are incredible; images always come out looking sharp with lots of detail, with video recording features that are perfect too.

We really don’t have much to complain about with this phone, making it an easy recommendation for those looking for an updated Samsung device with lots on offer.

That concludes our S10 review and we hope you enjoyed it, feel free to check out more of our content and even comment and give us some feedback.

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Full Spec Below:

Launch: 2019, February

Body:

  • Dimension: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches)
  • Weight: 157g (5.54 oz)
  • Build: Back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Sim: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    – Samsung Pay (Visa, Mastercard certified) / IP68 dust/water proof

Display:

  • Type: Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Size: 6.1 inches, 93.2 cm² (-88.3% screen-to-body-ratio)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (-550 ppi density)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
    –  HDR10+
    –  Always-on-display

Platform:

  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Chipset: Exynos 9820 Octa (8nm) – EMEA
    – Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm) – USA/LATAM, China
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55( – EMEA
    – Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) – USA/LATAM, China
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP12 – EMEA
    – Adreno 640 – USA/LATAM, China

Memory:

  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
  • Internal: 128/512GB, 8GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary:
    – 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), dual-pixel PDAF, OIS
    – 12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto), AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
    – 16MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultra-wide)
  • Features:  LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160@60fps, 1080@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video recording
  • Secondary:
    – 10MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), dual-pixel PDAF
  • Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR
  • Video: 2160@30fps, 1080@30fps

Sound:

  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes
    – 32-bit/384kHz audio / Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic / Dolby Atmos/AKG sound

Comms:

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspt
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: FM radio (USA – CANADA ONLY)
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features:

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Battery:

  • Non-removeable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 15W / Fast wireless charging 15W / Power bank / Reverse wireless charging 9W

Misc:

  • Colours: Prism White, Prism Black Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink
  • Price: As seen in above post