Thursday, February 21, 2019

S10, S10+ AND S10E: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SAMSUNG'S NEW GALAXY'S

As predicted earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung's 10th-anniversary phone and fitting at first with its stunning display, multiple cameras and it's built-in fingerprint scanner and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It has a lot of pros and very cons as far as we can tell. In fact, the only real con right now about the phone is the price tag($999 for the plus variant).


Samsung pulled out all the stops when it came to this year's flagship. The phone came in 3 variants, S10e(the smallest and cheapest variant), S10(6.1-inch variant) and S10 plus(6.4 inch variant with 2 front cameras).


This year's Galaxy device comes with 3 cameras on the back, a normal one, a telephoto lens and ultra-wide-angle for capturing more of what's in front of you without backing up. The S10 also comes with a feature called wireless power share that lets you use the back of the phone to Qi charge another phone or the new Galaxy Buds. The S10 takes a lot of a lot of features from other phones such as the reverse charging from the Huawei Mate 20 and puts it all into one phone along with some other features such as faster WI-FI 6 and HDR10+ and there is also a 5G variant of the phone.


SPECIFICATIONS

GALAXY S10e

5.8 inch  1080 x 2280 pixels
Android 9.0
256gb with 8gb ram or 128gb with 6gb ram with microSD expansion
10MP Front Camera with f/1.9 
wireless charging 2.0

You can check out the full specifications of the phone here.

GALAXY S10

6.1 inch 1440 x 3040 pixels
Android 9.0
128/512gb with 8gb RAM and microSD expansion
10MP dual pixel Front Camera with f/1.9
wireless charging 2.0

You can check out the full specifications of the phone here


GALAXY S10 PLUS

6.4 Inch 1440 x 3040 pixels
Android 9.0
1TB with 12gb RAM or 128/512gb with 8gb RAM.
10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel and 8 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor Front Camera
You can check out the full specifications of the phone here



All three Samsung devices still have the headphone Jack Bixby button which some people don't seem used to. 


DISPLAY

It is no secret that Samsung makes one of the best displays on the market and even some of their competitors come to them for their displays among other things. The Galaxy S10’s 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display has curved edges with pixels that spill over the sides, a vivid display for better outdoor visibility and HDR10+ support for superior contrast and color.  The new infinity-O display stands out and most likely start a trend among other phone manufacturers. A lot of people are glad Samsung didn't the notch cut out most developers went with but instead came up with something different. Even though the screen of the S10 is larger than last year's S9, the form and size of the phone are basically the same due to the screen to body ratio which is 93.1% compared to last year's 83.6%.



DESIGN AND CAMERA

The biggest change with the design from last year's S9 with the "point-hole" camera. The rest is similar to the headphone Jack, Bixby button, volume controllers and power button at the same position. The phone has a thin aluminium frame which is sandwiched between smooth glass. The phones come in several color options including  Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism White, Canary Yellow and Prism Green. Samsung Galaxy S10 colours will vary by region, with the US getting all but yellow and green. The S10 has a triple camera at the black and one in front( two in the case of the plus variant).

There is also an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, different from the optical sensors on the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, for example. Samsung uses Qualcomm-backed tech that’s said to be better, and more secure, by making a 3D scan of your print.


The S10 has three cameras on the back, a 12MP regular lens, 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens, and a brand new 16MP ultra-wide lens which has a 123 degree field of view so there is no need to back up to get more into the shot but sadly lacks OIS( Optical Image Stabilization) unlike to the other two lenses.
On the front, the S10 has a single 10MP camera with dual auto-focuses. If you upgrade to the S10 Plus, you’ll also get an additional 8MP camera meant for enhancing depth in portrait photos.
With Samsung's Camera AI, Shot Suggestions is a new feature that uses the neural processor engine to nudge you to properly level your shots or frame subjects better.

On the video side, the software has been upgraded to record in HDR10+ and offer Digital Video Stabilization. Samsung says that this is meant to make all of your Ultra HD video as smooth as possible.



BATTERY LIFE AND PRICING

The S10 comes with 3,400mAH battery(S10 PLUS comes with 4,100mAH battery and S10e with a 3,100mAH battery) which Samsung says offers all-day battery life. Also onboard is next-gen Wi-Fi 6, which will support the seamless transition between Wi-Fi routers and is four times faster than 802.11ax. But this variant lacks the vapour cooling feature which is found on the S10 Plus and Note 9. If you’re a gamer, you may want to upgrade to the larger phone for more than just the bigger screen.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 release date is Friday, March 8, and the phone cost$899 / £799 (about AU$1,250) which is a bit more expensive than last year's Galaxy S9. There a 2 other options, the cheaper and smaller S10e which costs  $749 / £669 (around AU$1,050) and the 6.4 inch S10 plus is $999.

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