Enter The Next Galaxy Flagship Superphone, Samsung Galaxy S10+
To say the buzz around Samsung's launch has been deafening would be an understatement. The device has been leaked, teased and sneak-peeked ad infinitum, so there are certainly high hopes. In the current 3-member family, there's the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung's mainstream 5.8-inch device, the Galaxy S10, a mid-range 6.1-inch display-equipped version, and the Galaxy S10+, the big, bodacious yet surprisingly efficient 6.4-inch Galaxy flagship model we're looking at in deep-dive detail here today.
Historically, Samsung's industrial designs and its impressive OLED display technology have earned the company high marks out of the gate with its smartphone products, but as the product category has matured, many others have followed in Samsung's footsteps, and yes, even Apple has taken a cue or two along the way.
Sounds like a tall order -- and it is. Samsung's Galaxy S10 series is running with the big dogs, like Apple's iPhone XS, Google's Pixel 3, the scrappy OnePlus 6T and new offerings in the wings from others like LG. Does Samsung still have what it takes to deliver a class-leading handset that can set the bar in the evermore crowded smartphone market?
At the risk of floating spoilers out too soon, we'd offer that the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ delivers the goods and then some, even with the caveat of its $1,000 price tag. So strap in and let's take a detailed look at a new Galaxy.
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie With Samsung One UI|
|Display||6.4" Curved Dynamic AMOLED (3040x1440 WQHD+), 19:9 Aspect, 522ppi, HDR10+, Infinity-O, Reduced Blue Light|
|Cameras||Rear: Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°), Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°), Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
Front Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°), RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)
|Processors||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 - 2.84GHz, 64-Bit octa-core, Adreno 640 graphics|
|Memory & Storage||8GB RAM, 128GB UFS2.1 storage
|Dimensions & Weight||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (175 grams)|
|Colors||Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink
|Media & Audio||Single downfiring speaker, headphone jack
|Battery & Power||4,100 mAh w/ Wireless Charging, Qualcomm QuickCharge And Wireless PowerShare|
|Wireless & Location||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+|
|Network||World-wide network/carrier compatibility, up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor|
|Ports, IO, Location||USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)|
|Materials And Protection||Metal frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance
|Security/Biometrics||Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, 2D Face Recognition
The other notable here is that the Galaxy S10+ comes with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage, the latter higher configurations of which are available in more expensive ceramic versions of the phone only. We happen to have the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant here, and all Galaxy S10+ phones come with a large 4100 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+'s display (boy it's hard to write that model name possessively) also delivers an impressive upgrade over the previous generation, but more on this later.
Finally, if the updated camera, processing platform and display specs aren't enough for you, Samsung decided to up its peripherals, connectivity, and charging game as well. Samsung includes the usual USB-C sync and charge cable, quick charge adapter, a UCB-C to USB-A converter, SIM key tool, and a pair of wired analog earbuds as standard equipment with the phone. And yes, that's an actual headphone jack, son and we like it just fine.
However, Samsung also offers an optional pair of wireless Galaxy Buds by AKG. The case doubles as a wireless charger and provides up to 13 hours of play time in total. It also can charge wireless via the Galaxy S10 series and its Wireless PowerShare feature (all Qi-certified devices and wearables courtesy of IDT's wireless charging tech). If you look closely above, the buds are actually charging, just sitting on top of our Galaxy S10+ here. In just 15 minutes, they'll pull down 1.7 hours of play time, according to Samsung. So how do they sound? In a couple of words, we'd say "pretty good" but more on this later as well.
So that's the whole shootin' match with available options for the Galaxy S10+. Now let's dive in deeper to its design and user experience...