THE GALAXY S10 + is probably Samsung's most important smartphone to date.
Especially for the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy series, Samsung hopes that the device, with its super-small perforated display, triple cameras and display fingerprint scanner, can help it fight the growing competition from Chinese OEMs like Huawei, which is starting to bite Samsung's once dominant market share.
Fortunately for Samsung, it has been removed. The Galaxy S10 + is not only the most important smartphone ever; it is also the best
Design and visualization
As we were ready to decipher after a first stroking with the Galaxy S10 +, it is undoubtedly a phone with a splendid appearance.
Thanks to the Infinity-O display and the fingerprint sensor below the screen, the phone's 6.4-inch OLED panel extends and curves along the front of the device; it's surprising to look at, and the 12-percent screen-to-body ratio of the handset avoids most of the affected Android flagships.
Samsung is not the first to market this clipping of a "punch-hole" – Honors View 20 takes that crown – but is the first to do it on an OLED panel. While we discovered that the so-called holepunch often involuntarily caught our attention during our first couple of days with S10 +, we soon forgot that it was there; if only we could say the same about the notch on our iPhone X.
We would be delighted to bring Face ID on Samsung's on-screen fingerprint scanner, though. The ultrasonic sensor is supposedly reliable and more difficult to spoof than the 2D sensors found on devices similar to the OnePlus 6T, but it's not even remotely convenient. While the target area of your finger glows on the latest flagship OnePlus, the Galaxy S10 + does not offer such help, which means that we often get a little confused and cursed first to be able to unlock the device.
It is worth noting that the sensor is not compatible with most screen protectors, although Samsung includes a compatible one in the package.
Apart from the Clunky fingerprint scanner, the screen is among the best we've tested. The Galaxy S10 + takes advantage of Samsung's new "Dynamic OLED" display technology, which offers punchy colors, deep blacks and crazy brightness levels; The S10 + can increase the brightness up to 1,200 nits in dazzling light.
The screen offers a QHD + resolution but is ready for full HD + resolution, for energy saving reasons. We never found the need to increase the resolution, but the option is available when watching 4K movies or pushing the smartphone into a VR headset.
On the back of the device, you'll find the proven Samsung glass panel accented by aluminum edges. The design, while not new at all, still feels as luxurious as last year's Galaxy S9, and we are fans of the new pearlescent color options; we tested the Pearl White model, which seems to go from white to blue depending on how the device is held.
The Galaxy S10 has a USB-C port at the bottom and, surprisingly, a 3.5mm headphone jack to facilitate the supplied AKG headphones. IP68 certification is also on offer, which means that the S10 + will withstand water up to a depth of 1.5 m for a maximum of 30 minutes. Fortunately, we did not put this to the test.
Performance and software
Here in Blighty, the Galaxy S10 + stores with an Exynos 9820 8nm chip, rather than the Snapdragon 855 on offer to US buyers. While some benchmarks have shown that Samsung's home chip struggles to match the last and the maximum in terms of Qualcomm's performance, we have not noticed any problems. Daily use is fluid and responsive and the phone shows no signs of stuttering during games, even after long periods.
When benchmarking is used with GeekBench, our review model, which includes 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, earned a single-core score of 44.84 and a multi-core score of 10.478. As you would probably expect, the performance is superior to last year's OnePlus 6T and S9 +, slightly better than Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and lower than the Apple XS.
From the software point of view, the S10 series is the first to be launched by Samsung with its One UI, which is located at the top of the Google Pie Android OS. While you will continue to find the same overabundance of pre-installed and duplicate apps when you turn on the device for the first time, it soon becomes clear that Samsung has managed to resize and refine its Android experience.
The skin represents a huge improvement over the previous Samsung TouchWiz user interface; Although there is still something strange about Samsung's app icons, One UI is lighter and easier to navigate thanks to its focus on one-handed use, with frequently used items pushed down at the bottom of the screen. You can also abandon the traditional screen controls, in favor of gesture controls, even if it's still a bit clunky and very different from Apple's gestural user interface.
Of course, Bixby remains correct and present even if Samsung now allows the physical key to be reprogrammed to launch another app. We were ready to switch to Twitter, of course, while Samsung improved Bixby so the AI assistant could understand a wider range of more complex queries, it is still flawed and proved to be much less reliable than the assistant Google.
The Galaxy S10 + sports a triple rear camera system; a 12 MP main lens, a 12 megapixel telephoto lens and an ultra wide-angle 16 megapixel snapper.
Fortunately, the camera is just as impressive in the real world as it sounds on paper; with decent lighting, Galaxy S10 + can produce sharp, detailed and dynamic images that seem to have spent 30 minutes tweaking in Photoshop. Even the ultra-wide lens is a lot of fun and manages to capture an impressive amount of detail in its elongated images.
The software allows you to easily switch between the three cameras with a simple touch or a simple pinch and to enlarge the viewfinder.
The S10 + begins to struggle when it comes to scenes in low light conditions. While producing sharable images, better than our iPhone X, it is lacking compared to Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro, thanks to the respective night and night modes.
Around the front of the S10 + On mix for a dual array consisting of a 10 MP lens and an 8-megapixel F2.2 aperture lens for depth detection, allowing you to take pictures of decent self-portraits and other selfie magic, if you're in it kind of thing
And this is where things go downhill. While reviewers in the United States praised the laptop's battery as one of its distinctive features, the Exynos model we tested didn't go so well.
We found out that we had to re-squeeze the smartphone after about four to five hours of constant feeding; Some reviews claim that the Snapdragon 855 model exceeds 30 hours before showing signs of lack.
While this does not compensate for the phone's short battery life, it offers support for wireless and reverse wireless charging for the first time, allowing you to squeeze other devices – such as AirPod's rival new Galaxy Buds Samsung – onto the back of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is not perfect, but it is not far away either. If you can look beyond the laptop's fingerprint scanner and the disappointing battery life, the smartphone, although expensive, is the best Android smartphone you can buy right now.
The best screen we've tested, decent performance, excellent cameras, premium design, Samsung's user interface has been improved.
The on-screen fingerprint scanner is impractical.
Battery life is disappointing.
The bartender's score