Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review

First Touch and Review on One Decade with Samsung’s S Series

In our very first “tech” column, we’ve brought you the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10+ which was launched early this year. This review comes from the esteemed and talented tech blogger Aum.

A decade has gone by extremely fast. Looking back to the first days where I (Aum) have been introduced to the S Series, there has been numerous improvements and developments, and now I can’t help but expect quite a lot from the Samsung S10 (and hope it delivers on my expectations).

 

First Touch

‘Expectations’

Even though there have been many leaked photos and rumors, I can’t wait to see the actual Samsung S10 plus. My first impressions of holding the phone were, “Hey, this is not that bad!”. In simpler words, I see an improved S9 Plus, with more angles similar to those of the Note series. I feel that the weight has also been noticeably reduced.

In general, I feel quite satisfied with the overall look, fit and finish of the Samsung S10 Plus. It fits quite comfortably in my hand due to the thickness of only 7.8mm, and a weight of only 175 grams. Oh, and one more thing! It has the ‘Blue Light Filter’ straight from the factory, which is a default mode that can be toggled. However, even if this mode is turned off, the S10 Plus reduces up to 42% of Blue Light straight out of the box. So good!

 

    ‘Infinity-O Display’

I think this is the feature that everyone has been waiting to get their hands on, but for me, I feel that there are other more jaw dropping features, which I will include in the following parts of this review. As for this year’s display on the S10 Plus, it is called the Dynamic AMOLED with a resolution of 3040 x 1440, WQHD+. Apart from the extreme clarity of the screen, there is also the Cinematic Display which allows the screen to display up to a million color shades. The S9 was only able to display a hundred thousand color shades. The screen also supports displaying HDR 10+ contents. As for the accuracy of the colors displayed on the S10 Plus, Samsung is confident that their flagship phone displays the most accurate colors of any other phones on the market right now (even more accurate than the iPhone XS Max).

Another interesting feature of this phone is the hidden front facing camera that is camouflaged underneath the screen. Is it distracting to the eye? The most accurate answer I can give is that it is sometimes distracting, sometimes isn’t. It will be distracting if we have to watch certain content that displays details on the screen’s corner. With the S10 Plus’s size, it comes with two front facing cameras, which is quite worth the size trade off in my opinion.

 

‘Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor’

Let me give this a round of applause. This feature is astonishing on the S10 Plus! Fingerprint scanning on the previous S Series model has been problematic to users for years, ranging from the scanner located on the bottom of the display to the scanner located at the phone’s back lid. Samsung has decided to place their fingerprint scanner ON the phone’s screen itself. This could sometimes be problematic, not recognizing your fingerprint sometimes, and sometimes just being slow in general. Samsung solved this by using the Ultrasonic technology from Qualcomm, which uses soundwaves to help in 3D scanning. This allows us to use the fingerprint scanner in all conditions, whether you have just finished an oily serving of fried chicken, just washed the dishes, or even if there is water on the screen, you can unlock your phone with this Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor. It’s extremely convenient, I’ll make a review clip later.

 

[First Capture]

The Galaxy S10 Series has some appealing camera features, which stems from the thought process of what do we use our phone to take pictures of and what do we really need from a phone’s camera?

The answer is ‘we like to use our phones to take portraits and sceneries’.

Last year during the winter holidays, I used my phone to take pictures of landscapes due to its extreme convenience when traveling. Even though the quality of snaps taken from the phone can’t compare to those of a DSLR, just the convenience alone is justifiable. Sometimes, the AI edits my snaps instantaneously, which allows me to be able to instantly upload onto my social media.

Since then, I have told myself that before buying a smartphone, it must be able to take ‘ultrawide’ pictures, and the Galaxy S10 Plus is able to do just that thanks to its 3 rear cameras and 2 front cameras. That’s 5 cameras in total. Wow! The 3 rear cameras are as follows:

1). Ultrawide Lens, with a resolution of 16MP, f/2.2, and an angle of 123degrees.

2). Wide Lens, with a resolution of 12MP, angle of 77 degrees, Dual Pixel, Dual Aperture 1.5-2.4 OIS.

3). Tele Lens, with a resolution of 12 MP, 2X Zoom, f/2.4 with OIS

As for the front cameras, there is one main camera with a resolution of 10MP, Dual Pixel, AF, f/1.9 and the secondary camera with a resolution of 8MP, f/2.2. It’s actually a camera used to create depth and wide photos.

From my tests, the S10 and S10 Plus does not give the same results from the front facing camera. I personally like the colours from the S10 Plus, which has a redder shade. Another interesting feature of the front facing camera is the countdown timer. If we raise our hands up, there will be a light indicating the countdown. So cool!

Another feature of the camera is the Night Mode. The phone will detect the darkness level and will take 7 juxtaposed pictures to bring out the brightness. As for the Live Focus mode, I think Samsung has done quite a good job, especially on the front facing camera. However, I can not confirm the picture quality, more testing will have to be conducted, and I will come back for a more in-depth review.

‘I like taking photos, but do not know how to properly take photos’

This is another feature of the S10 Series that I absolutely love most. Why would we have a good smartphone if we do not know how to use it? The S10 can help, and the camera comes with a ‘shot suggestion’ mode which does exactly as the name suggests. All we have to do is position the phone like how we would normally take a picture, and the phone will suggest a location for you to focus your camera on for the best picture composition, based on a hundred million computations and technology wizardry.

‘I like recording VDOs’

Other smartphone manufacturers are focusing on the quality of still images, but the S10 Plus steps out from these boundaries and focus on videography too. We can now use the front facing camera to do ‘Facebook Live’ with a resolution of up to 4K (if your internet is up to speed) and the rear camera is able to record 4K, 60 FPS, HDR10+ content. Wow! Furthermore, Samsung brings in a technology found in many action cameras, which they call the ‘Super Steady’ mode. This is done by taking ultrawide footage and cropping the edges, which will result in an extremely stable video. Furthermore, you can also take longer slow-motion footage in the ‘Super Slomo’ mode.

 

[First Move]

It’s time for another change in the S10 series. This change is not only about aesthetics and functions, but the change is about convenience in daily usage and we will be able to choose from the following options:

S10e, 5.8’ display, 3100 mAh battery

Color options: White, Black, Yellow (Prism material but not yet available in Thailand)

S10, 6.1’ display, 3400 mAh battery

Color options (Prism Material): Black, White

Options:

  • 6GB RAM, 128GB memory
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB Memory

S10 Plus, 6.4’ display, 4100 mAh battery

Color options (Prism material): White, Black, Green

Options:

  • 6GB RAM, 128GB Memory
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB Memory

Color options (Ceramic): Black, White

  • 8GB RAM, 512GB Memory
  • 12GB RAM, 1TB Memory

There are so many options, even I can’t remember them all. There’s a few more features I want to tell you. This article will be updated.

 

‘PowerShare’

This is a familiar feature similar to that of Huawei’s. The main difference is that Samsung releases a power rating of 4.5W, while Huawei releases 2W in this feature. An example of this feature being convenient in daily usage is when we are travelling, you can use your S10 Plus to charge your Samsung Smart Watch.

‘New Bixby’

There’s a new mode called Routines. This is a pretty useful function. If we want to sleep at say, midnight, this feature will prompt you to turn on Blue Light Filter, remind you to set an alarm for the next morning, and even play relaxing music for you.

‘Gaming Life’

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series will come with the Exynos 9820 chipset and has partnered up with Unity, which has a market share of up to 40% in the gaming industry. All of this means that the S10 series will provide up to 10% better performance in mobile gaming. The best news, however, is that the S10 Plus will come with a cooling technology called Vapor Chamber, which I assume is similar to that of Asus’s ROG (if mobile gaming becomes trendy in the future, I believe that the S series will be biased towards it and is ready to support mobile gaming).

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is $x,xxx. Goodnight guys!

 

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