Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e and S10 5G: All You Need to Know
Samsung sent me an invite to come to SF to see their latest S10 devices so I did what any tech reporter does when big Sammy has something to show us. I got on a plane.
Turns out it was worth the trip. These are the new Samsung S10 models. There are four in total. The S10 and S10 Plus which are essentially the same save for the screen sizes, the S10e, their new budget model, and the S10 5G, their 5G-enabled even larger version.
Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e Specs
First, let’s start with the three main devices we’ll call them: the S10, S10 Plus, and the S10e.
They’re made out of a glass on the front and back like we’re used to with Samsung now. But, unlike Samsung usually, they come in a bunch of colors. We have Prism White, Blue, Black, and Flamingo Pink coming to the US with another Prism Green color available in some other markets.
For the screen, the S10 has a 6.1″ screen while the S10 Plus has a 6.4″ screen both with the same QuadHD+ resolution curved glass AMOLED with a 19:9 aspect ratios. The S10e has a 5.8″ Full HD+ non-curved screen.
That screen on all the devices is apparently now the world’s first HDR10+ certified screen and Samsung says it’s their first Dynamic AMOLED screen. Apparently, it can reduce blue light coming from it (the type of light that has been shown to affect your sleep patterns, eye strain, etc.) without changing the color of the display at all. You can, of course, turn on the blue light filter that does adjust the color to bring the amount of blue light down further, but you’ll be getting 42% less blue light automatically just because of the new displays.
Now, what you will notice immediately about all three devices though, is that these new displays go ever further to the edge of the device and the front camera is now in a cutout in the display.
That front camera on all three of these devices is the same 10MP Dual Pixel auto-focus f1.9 but the S10 Plus includes a secondary, 8MP RGB depth camera with an aperture of f2.2.
In the display of the S10 and S10 Plus, we now have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that uses sonar basically to 3D map the ridges in your fingerprint (so it’s harder to spoof) while in the S10e has a fingerprint sensor in the power button on the side.
All of the devices will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 here in the US (and an Exynos chipset in other markets) and all have Cat 20 2gbps LTE, IP68 ratings, Dolby Atmos on Stereo AKG speakers, and a MicroSD card slot.
Also, the phone supports Wifi 6 (also known as 802.11ax) which is 20% faster than 802.11ac and just better optimized so if you have a router capable of that at home, you’ll be able to use that better WiFi standard.
Oh, and yes, they all still have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
For storage and RAM, the S10e comes in either a 6GB of RAM/128GB model or an 8GB/256GB model. The S10 comes with 8GBs of RAM and either 128GBs or 512GB storage models. And the S10 Plus comes with either 8GBs of RAM and 128GBs/512GBs of storage or a top model with a ridiculous 12GBs of RAM and 1TB of storage.
Samsung said they wanted to help differentiate the top storage models of the S10 and S10 Plus for people so the 512GB and 1TB models come in Ceramic White or Ceramic Black. They have a cool matte finish to them in comparison to the other models and are also made out of ceramic so they are much more scratch resistant, as well.
For batteries and power, all of the devices now support Samsung’s fast wireless charging 2.0 that will apparently wirelessly charge the devices even faster than the original fast charging tech. They also support fast charging in the form of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0.
For capacity, the S10e is 3,100mAhs, the S10 is 3,400mAh, and the S10 Plus is 4,100mAhs.
Samsung also took a note from Huawei’s book it seems and added wireless power-sharing or reverse Qi charging. You can turn this on in settings and now put another Qi device on the back to have the phone transfer some of its power to the other device. Hopefully, it’s faster than Huawei’s was, but I’ll test that in the complete walkthrough coming soon.
Moving on to rear cameras, the two cameras on the back of the phones is the same across all three: we have a 12MP dual aperture of f1.5/f2.4 dual-pixel autofocus 77-degree field of view camera that is optically stabilized and an ultra-wide 16MP fixed focus F2.2 123-degree field of view camera.
The S10 and S10 Plus though, add a third camera which is a telephoto 12MP f2.4 optically stabilized 45-degree field of view camera.
They are all capable of shooting in HDR10+ and have 4K resolution video on the front and rear cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Specs (So Far)
And lastly, Samsung briefly showed us the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The only info that was shared about it though, other than it’ll obviously support 5G networks, is that it’ll have a 6.7″ display, a 3D depth camera on the front and back (presumably for AR capabilities and facial recognition maybe) and a 4500mah battery and similar specs for camera, etc to the S10 Plus.
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Pricing and Availability
The main three are available for pre-order Feb 21st with them going on sale March 8th while the 5G will be available sometime in Q2 starting on Verizon and then rolling out to other carriers later on.
The S10e will start at $749.99, the S10 is $899.99, and the S10 Plus is $999.99 with the 5G model not yet having a price.
Now, I should be getting a device ASAP and soon as I do, expect a full walkthrough on it, a real-world battery test, camera comparisons, and more here on the channel so make sure you’re subscribed and have the bell turned on so you get notified when I put those up otherwise, head to my site at the link below and subscribe to my weekly newsletter for tips and tricks, news, and other things that don’t necessarily make it here to video.
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