Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

 

Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S models at the start of every year. This year, a lot was expected from the Korean manufacturer, especially as we were eager to see what design direction it would take.

Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review), Samsung has stuck with its tall Infinity displays, clearly showing no intention of going for the same notches as everyone else. 


Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Its last flagship-class smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9 (Review), also still had its front cameras above the display, but the Galaxy S10 series are the first phones to launch with a more modern look that finally gets rid of all the borders around the screen.


The Galaxy S10 series, launched in San Francisco just ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, marked the debut of Samsung's new Infinity-O screens which stretch to all corners of the front of these phones and have punch-holes for the front cameras.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Galaxy S10+ has an Infinity-O display that houses a dual camera setup
  • It is powered by an Exynos 9820 SoC and has 8GB of RAM
  • Samsung ships OneUI on top of Android Pie with the Galaxy S10+

Samsung launched three smartphones named Galaxy S10e 400 55,400, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 + at the same time. Unlike the Galaxy S9 ₹ 46,300 (review) and the Galaxy S9 + 800 46,800 (review), which had separate rear camera setup, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 + have the same three cameras on the back.

Where they are different (apart from the screen size and battery capacity) are their selfie cameras. The Galaxy S10 + has two front cameras, while the Galaxy S10 has a single selfie shooter.

In a way, the Galaxy S10 + is the best smartphone to present Samsung at this time. Is it good to fight iPhone XS Max, Google Pixel 3 XL, enough 67,790 (review) and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, 9 69, 990 (review)? We review to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ design

 

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung is known for interesting designs. When every other Android manufacturer wanted to adopt Display Note, Samsung opposed the move and was stuck with the traditional rectangular display format. The new Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup can be seen as an effort to maximize the company's display size and reduce the limitations.

The Galaxy S10 + comes in five finishes in India and uses two different items for the back panel. If you choose the base configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage, you can choose between Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue.

If you want a ceramic finish, you can buy this phone in Ceramic Black with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage or you can choose Top-End Ceramic White option with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. 



This is the situation when publishing this review; It is not known whether Samsung will make different configurations available in different Finnish in the future.

We had a prism white unit for the review, and when the light collides at different angles, we liked to change its color. Pick up the phone and it is clear that the bezels are super thin on top and sides, it helps in appearing like a bezel-lace phone.

The chin below is comparatively thick. Above the display, the earpiece grille is moved towards the frame, which frees up some screen space. Oval shaped hole is a dual camera setup in the top right corner of the screen.

It is more easily noticeable than the HonorView 20 ₹ 37,999 (Review), which has a small hole for its single selfie camera. Samsung refers to it as Infinity-O display and it is rounded on the edges.

Samsung has curved the edges of the frame of this phone, making it easy to catch, as well as help with the display and glass back merge basically. When you run your fingers on the surfaces, you will feel the transition from the frame to the glass back.

On the back side, there are three cameras in the horizontal bar, similar to the arrangement of dual-camera on the Galaxy Note 9. Heart rate and oxygen saturation sensor are placed in the same module with LED flash. This camera module has a slightly raised metal rim. It is not very important that the phone be rock due to its flat surface.

You will not find a traditional fingerprint scanner behind this smartphone, instead of Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9. Samsung has gone for an ultrasonic in-display sensor.


This is the first Samsung smartphone that has such a feature and it is located on the bottom of the display above the on-screen home button. Placement is convenient and can be easily accessed by the sensor area when the phone is captured in one hand.

We got a power button placement to be slightly higher on the right side of the Galaxy S10 + and it was a bit difficult to reach. Like other recent Galaxy S series smartphones, there is a dedicated Bixby button below the Volume button on the left. All buttons are made of metal and pressing is a confident click.

At the top of the phone is a microphone and sim tray. If you want a 3.5mm headphone jack on your smartphone, then you will be happy that Samsung has retained it on the Galaxy S10+. This is the lowest with USB Type-C port and loudspeaker grill. The Galaxy S10 + also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

Samsung has succeeded in making a pack of 4100mAh in slim 7.8 mm body keeping 175g (195 grams for ceramic options). This phone feels light in hand compared to some of the other Galaxy smartphones we used in the past. You get a pair of AKG Earphones and a Fast Charger with some other accessories in the box.

Samsung holds a case with Indian retail units, which we did not find with our review unit. Samsung also told Us that it will shipping the Galaxy S10 and S10 + with pre-installed screen protectors to prevent later-screen fingerprints from the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ specifications, display, and software

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

There is no denying that the 6.4-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10 + is absolutely gorgeous. It has a Quad HD + (1440x3040 pixels) resolution but is set to Full-HD + (1080x2280 pixels) by default and you can change it manually.

You can do several twists to customize the display. There are two ways to choose from Vivid and Natural. As the name suggests, the Vivid mode makes pop up contrast colors on the display. In Vivid mode, you get a slider for white balance and get an option to tweak the color level. Natural mode seems more natural, more natural.

The Galaxy S10 + is definitely one of the most luminous display panels on the market at 1200nits. Even when we were out, we could easily read anything. The phone offers a night mode which switches on a dark subject which is easy on the eyes.

You have the option to toggle it manually or turn it on automatically at sunset or scheduled time. This gorgeous display has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for safety, which will help it to resist scratches in daytime use.

Now the holes-punch are addressed to the display. Yes, it cuts a small part of the display in the upper-right corner of the phone, but it is not distracting. A small hole can not be taken care of on the Galaxy S10, but the S10 + can not do the same thing.

Samsung has tried to reduce the effect by using wallpaper that has a darker top right corner. We did not have an issue with the hole, and used to perform very quickly. You can also mask it by enabling the Hyde front camera option in the display settings. It puts a thick black strip on top of the display.

The AMOLED panel is so good that when this option is enabled, it is difficult to isolate bezel from the display. This panel is also certified and capable for HDR10 + video playback in supported apps. The Galaxy S10 + has a stereo speaker setup where the earpiece doubles as a speaker while playing audio. Support for Dolby Atmos, which makes a noticeable difference when enabled.

The Iris scanner on the last Samsung flagship, including the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9 series has been dumped, and relies on your selfie camera for Galaxy S10 + face detection. It worked best for us in most of the light conditions and was quick to scan and unlock the phone.

In low light, it collided with the screen brightness to make a face scan. Galaxy S10 + also gives you the option to unlock the phone and go straight to the home screen or wait on the lock screen. It can be toggled from the face recognition settings.

The traditional fingerprint scanner, which was behind the Galaxy S series smartphone, has also been shown outdoors. Replacement is an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. This is a better technique than other optical CMOS sensors that all other smartphone makers have used for in-display fingerprint scanning.

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is fast and does not require a firm press. It does not require AMOLED display to illuminate the region around the sensor to scan the fingerprint. In fact, it works even when the display is completely closed.

Samsung still lights up the part where the sensor is placed to help you find the scanner. We were impressed with the speed, because it could also scan and verify our fingerprints from a light tap, which can not do some other in-display scanners.

Samsung has chosen its new Exynos 9820 SoC to power the Galaxy S10 + in India. The variant we tested included 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. High variants of the Galaxy S10 + are available, which offer 5GB of storage with 8GB of RAM and 12GB of RAM with 1TB storage space.

The Galaxy S10 + has a hybrid dual-sim tray that allows the expansion of storage but only at the expense of the other SIM. If you are not interested in the expansion of storage, you can use two nano-SIMs. Support is available for VoLTE with 4G in both slots.

Support for Bluetooth 5, WiFi 6, ANT +, NFC and four Satellite Positioning Systems is available. Wireless charging is also available, and the device is also capable of reverse wireless charging. We tried it by enabling the Wireless PowerShare toggle in the notification shade and keeping Samsung Galaxy Buds on this device.

The S10 + Galaxy Buds can charge the case wirelessly. It also worked when we put Google Pixel 3 on top of this phone. This feature is quite easy to charge with other devices. We saw that S10 + automatically disables this feature when its battery level goes below 30 percent.

On the front of the software, Samsung ships the Galaxy S 10+ with its new
OneUI to the top of Android 9 Pie. We got to see it on OneUI for the first time when Samsung launched it in Galaxy Note 9. 

The software has been polished and it is designed to facilitate the use of one-handed. Overall, we like it on the Samsung Experience UI, which has sent Samsung smartphones with the previous few generations.

Brings a quick swipe app drawer that is convenient. Swipe from the Home screen to the right and you are taken to the Bixby Home screen. You can choose to swipe down anywhere on the home screen to drag the notification shadow, and the toggle is moved down so that they are within reach.

When we started reviewing the smartphone, it was going on in January 2019 security patches but its first software update was soon received, which included February security patches.

This software update also gave the ability to reload the Bixby button on a smartphone. The Bixby Assistant is summoned even after pressing the Bixby button for a long time. However, now you can apply different actions when pressing single or double buttons, although at least one of them still needs to set up to open the bixbie.

The other can be set to launch other apps such as WhatsApp or Google Maps, or bixby-related actions or quick orders. In addition, there are some limitations, such as not being able to call a Google assistant.

We used Bixby to see how far it has come. In our experience, the voice recognition was not as good as a Google Assistant. It is still good to perform device tasks such as changing screen brightness or toggle to Wi-Fi. But ask it to navigate to one place or say "I am hungry" and what to do - such works are best for Google Assistant on the Galaxy S10+.

The preinstalled app includes Samsung's own Galaxy Store, My Galaxy, Samsung Pass, and Galaxy Wearable. We found that my Galaxy was a bit worried because it kept sending push notifications.

Microsoft apps that include mobile apps, oneDrive and LinkedIn are installed on the smartphone as well as the Google app by default. Samsung has reduced the amount of bloat that came with earlier devices, which gives you the option to download an app from the Galaxy Store.

Game Launcher brings together all of your installed games. This allows you to choose between "Balance" and "Focus on Performance" for all the games, "Focus on Power Saving", or set a level individually for each game.

Game tool is available when a game is launched, so you can reduce caller notifications, stop notifications, and block Bixby during gaming. You can also enable Dolby Atomos for gaming and make good use of stereo speakers.

Since OneUI is based on Android Pie, you get digital wellbeing, which gives you detailed information about the time you spend on a smartphone. You also get the option to set a timer for the app, after which the phone locks them for the rest of the day

Gesture navigation replaces the traditional navigation buttons with three tabs, on which you can swipe upwards to perform the action of related buttons. Since it did not feel any more efficient, so we got stuck with the traditional button.

There are some other gestures, including a double-tap, a lift to wake up, and a palm swipe to take a screenshot to wake up. Keeps the Smart Stay feature display alive while you are watching it, and is super useful. Samsung also has a pop-up panel option which gives you an app like the message or Whatsapp hover at the top of the game to facilitate multitasking.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ performance, battery life, and cameras

Operated by Exynos 9820, the most powerful chip is on offer near Samsung, there is absolutely nothing to slow down the Galaxy S10 +. We never care about any gaps or stutter while using this smartphone, and it can easily handle all loads of OneUI's clever animations.
 

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

If you wish, there is an option to tone these animations in advanced settings. With 8GB of RAM onboard, we can easily multitask the apps killed in the background. The Galaxy S10 + game also runs in the background, just because it can not compromise without performance.

We set standard standards to see how Galaxy S10 + does the vision-A-display of other Android smartphones. Unexpectedly, it's top of the chart in most of the benchmarks we run. In AnTuTu, Exynos 9820-powered Galaxy S10 + saw 3,38,538.



which is significantly higher than Apple iPhone XS ₹ 96,900 (review) and iPhone XS Max Max 108,424 (review), respectively, 2,86,580 and 2,90,293 . In PCMark Work 2.0, S10 + scored 7,791, which is slightly below 8121 seen by Asus ROG phone (review).

This phone has 4,406 and 10,358 points in the single-core and multi-core trials of Geekbench 4, respectively. In comparison, OnePlus 6T, 37,999 (review), these tests were 2,378 and 8,775, while the LG V40 ThinQ ₹ 49,990 (review) was 2,406 and 8,582, respectively.

Galaxy S10 + 3DMark managed to score 4,514 in slingshot extreme and 4,424 in 3DMark slingshot. In the GFXBench T-Rex Benchmark, it managed to hit 60fps, while the Car Chase Test returned 40fps.

We tried to play popular games including PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. We could not find Asphalt 9 on the Google Play Store but could find the game and download it through the Galaxy App Store. PUBG Mobile defines the high setting that sets the graphics to HD and the frame rate to high.

The game also ran with a black bar on the top of the camera holes hidden. We played some matches with these settings in full HD + resolution and the phone could handle it without heating. After 40 minutes of gaming, the battery drain was 11 percent.

We played Asphalt 9 at high quality in FHD + resolution and found that the S10+ took the game into fullscreen mode and it took a great experience. The hole in the camera caused us to lose a small part of the display, but it did not bother us or in any way did not affect the gameplay. The graphics were smooth and the phone could handle this game without heating it.

Samsung has baked the battery capacity, and the Galaxy S10 + gets a unit of 4100mAh. We started our HD video loop test on a smartphone by setting the full HD + resolution and it managed to last 16 hours and 25 minutes. 


Although it lasted longer than the Samsung Galaxy S9 +, it did not last until the Galaxy Note 9 the 57,598, despite this slightly larger battery.

With our heavy use, which includes playing PUBG Mobile for 40 minutes, an hour of navigation using Google Maps, an active Whatsapp account and some benchmark, 25 percent of the battery in the phone at the end of 24 hours is left.

Battery life is very good in default settings, but you can increase it by decreasing the display resolution to HD + and using one of the power saving modes available in the Settings app.


Charging is fast, and the 15W Fast Charger supplied is capable of topping this phone quickly. It went up 41 percent in 30 minutes and 79 percent in one hour. A full charge only takes 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Samsung has opted for a triple camera setup on the Galaxy S10 +, which includes a 12-megapixel camera with telephoto lens, OIS and PDAF; Wide-angle lens, dual pixel autofocus and 12 / megapixel main camera with variable aperture between f / 2.4 and f / 1.5; And 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera.

Variable aperture was also seen on Galaxy Note 9, and when you see the camera you can change the physical aperture. The telephoto lens gives you 2x optical zoom, while the ultra-wide angle sensor has 123-degree area for landscape or group shots.

The Camera app is well-prepared and has lots of modes to choose from. The first thing you'll see is a set of floating icons at the bottom of the screen that lets you switch between the three back cameras. You get Super Slow-Mo (960fps), Slow Motion, HyperLap Video, Live Focus, Panorama, AR Emoji, Bixby Vision and Pro Mode.

Live Focus Portrait is for taking shots, and it lets you adjust blur levels and even add some blur effects. Pro mode lets you control ISO, Aperture, Autofocus, White Balance and Exposure as well as tweak for Contrast, Highlights and Shadow.

There are quick toggles for beautification while using regular photo modems, and a visual optimizer is claimed that is capable of recognizing that it has been pointing to the camera and tweak accordingly. We saw that contrast compared to the scenes that were shot by the scene optimizer had increased contrast.

AR emoji mode lets you use an AR sticker that can mimic your facial activities. There is also an edible mode, which you can use while taking food shots. It adds a radial blur and lets you change the color temperature.

Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S10 + were quite impressive and there was a lot of detail in it. The View Optimizer is enabled by default and helps to set the view accordingly to the camera. 


While taking photos during the day, the Galaxy S10 + accurately metered the light and enabled HDR for the scene. There was also a good description of objects at a distance.

We took photos using telephoto as well as ultra-wide-angle cameras. The photographs taken with telephoto cameras had good detail but very fine grain was visible. Ultra-wide angle has a fixed focus on the camera and it should ideally be used while taking landscape shots, but there are some barrel distortion on the edges.

While taking macro shots, the Galaxy S10 + was quick to lock the focus and the pictures really got out. It managed good alienation between topic and background.

These macro shots had well-defined edges too. Life Focus Mode Detects a Great Growth Even after taking portrait shots you can change the level of smog or the effect you have applied.

The photos taken in the night were bright and they had a good amount of detail. Even the objects on the distance were recognizable, and the text was legible. The pictures shot with a nearby light source had very little noise, but in deep environments the grain was seen in the output.

On the front of this phone the punch-hole has a 10-megapixel selfie camera and 8-megapixel depth sensor. While taking selfies, beautification is enabled by default but thankfully it is not very aggressive.

You can change the level of beautification and even close it completely. The selfie taken with the Galaxy S10 + was fast and it had a nice detail. In Live Focus mode, it puts depth sensors to use, and there is a good edge in portrait shots.

Video recording is a maximum of 4K at 60fps for primary camera and 4K at 30fps for selfie camera. Image stabilization is available, which is in most modes except 4K60fps. Stabilization is excellent, and the phone shakes very well.

Also there is a super stable mode, which managed to run the footage, while we were running. In this mode, the Galaxy S10 + uses video of wide-angle sensors and crops, resulting in a steady shot. 


We also tried the HDR10 + video recording mode, which is currently in Beta. This mode offered a much better dynamic range during shooting against light.

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy S10 + is a great smartphone with powerful processor and superb display. New holes-punch design from Samsung allows a larger display in a relatively small body. Samsung has also succeeded in giving good value to the competition for the Galaxy S10 series, giving these phones an edge.

Galaxy S10 + is priced at Rs. 730000 for base variants with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Samsung's 8GB RAM / 512GB storage variant costs Rs. 12GB RAM / 1TB storage variant for Rs 91,900 1,17,900

At the launch price, the base variant of the Galaxy S10+ competes with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which costs Rs. 69,990 You can also opt for the less expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 and you can not lose a lot.

For a small premium on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, you will find a more powerful processor and better display. The Galaxy S10 + comes to the camera, especially the super-stable and HDR10 + video recording, there are some nifty features in it. 


He said that Infinity-O design with hole-punch display might not be liked by everyone, and some buyers might have a reason to consider these options.

If you are in the market for a smartphone, which is long between your peers, then the Galaxy S 10+ is going to take. It looks like a future, software to back up your powerful hardware, and tops with good, versatile cameras.

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