Review: Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung has officially released its Galaxy S10 line-up that comprises the S10, S10+, and S10e. Its flagship-level Galaxy S10 and S10+ phones feature significant upgrades over their predecessors with in-display fingerprint sensors, triple cameras on the rear for wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses configurations, and reverse wireless charging support.

The company also announced its Galaxy S10 5G, the cheaper variant, during its February 20 Unpacked event. The said variant reportedly will not be available until June.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up can be pre-ordered now, with shipping scheduled to start on March 7.


Samsung Galaxy S10

-128GB at £799 (around USD 1,060)

-512GB at £999 (around USD 1,325)

Samsung Galaxy S10+

-128GB at £899 (around USD 1,195)

-512GB at £1,099 (around USD 1,460)

-1TB at £1,399 (around USD 1,860)

Samsung Galaxy S10e

-128GB at £699 (around USD 930)


Cryptocurrency Support

Samsung has confirmed during the Mobile World Congress 2019 that its Galaxy S10 lineup will have a built-in cryptocurrency wallet that supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cosmo Coin. The phones will also let users access decentralized apps (dApps), which are applications that run on a distributed computing system.


Incredible Display and In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor

The company’s new Infinity-O screen is among the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It covers almost the entire front of the phone and is reportedly brighter and more colorful than any phone. Tiny cutouts are made for the two front-facing cameras, and with no notches and big bezels around, the phone appears to be a bigger single, all-screen slate. The display is expected to be used by Apple in the following years.

In addition to the face unlock feature, the in-screen fingerprint sensor also reportedly works smoothly. The sensor is not visible and hides under the screen. However, according to reviews, the iPhone’s Face ID feature works faster than Samsung’s face unlock feature.


Great Battery Life

With the upgrade in the phone’s battery, Samsung Galaxy S10+ is expected to last longer than the previously released phones. According to reviews, the phone can last up to 2 full-working days even without charging. It also charges fast with the included charger. The wireless power share feature also allows you to charge other devices, including an iPhone, by turning the phone into a charging pad. However, the charging feature does not work as fast as a regular charging pad, so this may not be a great alternative to portable charging.


Better Software, Weaker Assistant

With OneUI, all the previous issues with Samsung’s software may have been resolved. The new software interface is reportedly cleaner, smoother, and requires less ‘digging’ to find the app you are looking for. Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby, still lags behind Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant. It also has issues with ads cluttered on the main Bixby page. Some analysts argue that Samsung should let go of Bixby and use Google Assistant, which was far more superior according to them.


Issues Same as the iPhone

Although the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ are great phones on their own, the flagship devices from Samsung are facing the same problems as the iPhone. It is expensive, and consumers are reportedly losing an appetite for expensive phones, especially if they cannot offer innovative features that are not available on older devices. The overall innovation in smartphones is plateauing, and consumers are no longer spending huge amounts of money for minor upgrades.

It also does not help that Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi are offering premium phones with relatively same features at cheaper prices, only gaining dominance in market share.

With fantastic features, the Galaxy S10 line-up may be a good purchase. But with not enough innovation going on, alternative phones available on the market may look more tempting to buy.

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