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June 19, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: Exceptional Infinity Display, 3D-Sensing Triple Lens Camera & Much More

The latest and, obviously, long awaited Samsung Galaxy S10 in Australia is the newest flagship smartphone which is actually celebrating the 10th anniversary of the most iconic Android Phone Series. In its new lineup, joins Samsung S10 Plus Galaxy and Samsung Galaxy S10e. And interestingly, there is also Samsung's first Foldable Smartphone that is yet to be landed on stores.

Taking into consideration the numerous leaks that we've had heard in recent months, we are not really surprised. We are, however, in no doubt that with Samsung Galaxy S10 has one of the perfect Android phones of 2019. It just looks beautiful, packs a fingerprint sensor (on-screen) and takes a new approach.

There is also a 6.7-inch 5G screen-toting version of the S10 named Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for those who still like their handsets to be bigger. This will not be made available until summer, and will probably cost a lot higher. Perhaps, that sounds surprising, isn’t it?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date

The official Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date in Australia is all set to be 8th March 2019 which is one week earlier as compared to Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – released back in 2018.

The Galaxy S10 officially announced on Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 20th – with pre-orders opening with immediate effects in some countries including Australia.

The most interesting news is that customers who pre-order S10 from participating retailers from 21st February to March 7, will be eligible to get a bonus set of Samsung Galaxy Buds – which set users back AU$249.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Price

As for Samsung Galaxy S10 Price in Australia, it’s available to “pre-order” at AU$1349 and AU$1699 for 128GB and 512GB variant respectively. It’ll officially be available on all stores across Australia from March 8th.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e Price doesn’t go higher and set users back only AU$1199 – but Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Price is AU$1499 for its 128GB variant whereas 512GB goes for a whopping AU$1849.

Wait! The 1TB Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is also available to pre-order which comes in Ceramic Black or White and set users back AU$2399. That sounds AU$30 higher as compared to Apple iPhone XS Max. So, which one you will get your hands on?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Specs

The completely baked smartphone has a plethora of impressive onboard components that are enticing so many already. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Specifications include 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm dimensions, 157 grams weight and Back Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Aluminum Frame. Other details include:

  • Display Size: 6.1-inches Dynamic AMOLED (1440 x 3040 Pixels)
  • Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Operating System: Android Pie 9.0 (One UI)
  • Chipset: Exynos 9820 EMEA and Snapdragon 855 for USA/LATAM, China
  • GPU: Adreno 640 for USA/LATAM, China and Mali-G76 MP12 for EMEA
  • RAM & ROM: 8GB with 128GB/512GB (Expandable)
  • Rear Camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Front Camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Sensors: On-screen Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, and Barometer

Samsung Galaxy S10 Design

The overall Samsung Galaxy S10 design will not surprise you too much, although there are some remarkable enhancements, two hidden surprises, and an old classic. Its slimmer aluminum frame lies in the smooth colors of Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism White, Canary Yellow, and Prism Green and sandwiched between smooth glasses. The colors of the Samsung Galaxy S10 are regional which means Australian audience won't be able to buy S10 in Yellow and Green colours. 

There is only a smallest of camera bumps outback with the three-light camera array, and there is no sign of Samsung's invisible reverse wireless charging module right below the camera. In a world of camera bumps and rear fingerprint sensors, this is a particularly clean look. 

This is a fingerprint ultrasonic sensor, different from the OnePlus 6 T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro's optic sensors. It takes a bit longer to read your finger than an optical scanner, and you need to apply some more pressure to do it, but not more than a second to get it unlocked.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Display

The Samsung Galaxy S10 also sports what the Korean giant calls an "Infinity O" display, just like the numerous leaks. The "O" means the new punch camera that is located in the top-right corner of the display. This enabled Samsung to further reduce the bezel's thickness in the top. This is still the most comprehensive Samsung smartphone, although we still don't think it is better.

The display was completely free of distractions in previous incarnations. Your view is somewhat obstructed when you see full-screen content on Samsung's current handset. We are sure you are going to get used to it, as you would, with it fading into the background; but it feels like a solution to a problem which did not first exist.

As you could expect from Samsung, the 6.1-inch display (similar to Apple iPhone XR) is magnificent. It is a quad-HD+ resolution OLED panel, sloping edges, and support for HDR10+ - just like high-end QLED screens from Samsung. It provides additional metadata for supported films and television shows and makes the HDR10+ look, in theory, better than regular HDR10.

Samsung also says that the display can reach a stunning 1200 nits of brightness, making it perfect for HDR content as well as for outdoor use in bright situations. Samsung representatives were unable to confirm whether you could manually upgrade the brightness to its maximum level (LG feature with its LG G7 ThinQ),or automatically upgrade it in certain situations. We are sure this is the latter because previous S-Series devices were normal to use about 600 nits.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Performance

The rest of the design feels familiar, apart from the screen. The glass on the back of the handset, the USB-C on the bottom edge and even a headphone jack is mounted perfectly. Due to its sharp edges, S10 is a delicate smartphone that is difficult to hold for longer periods. While we are aware that Samsung is a firm fan, we believe more could have been accomplished.

Samsung loves shipping its devices with the most up-to-date and the largest internals. Powered by an unnamed 8nm chipset, the Exynos 9820 has been confirmed as well. In the US, this is likely to be switched up for the Snapdragon 855 whereas as the rest of the world will get Exynos 9820 Chipset. The S10 has an 8GB of RAM, rather than 4GB standard, and you can store an ample amount of data thanks to its 128GB or 512GB of onboard memory. The Qi wireless charging and the water-resistance rate of IP68 are still provided with MicroSD support.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Software and one UI

All new Galaxy S-Series entries are shipped with the Android 9 Pie and One UI interface. This is the reinvention from Samsung of its tired TouchWiz and Samsung launcher. Now, although the design is remarkably different from previously released devices, it looks still very much like Samsung.

The focus is on using apps with one hand, and a lot of what you interact with is shifted to the bottom of the screen. The camera UI has a strong iOS-feel and AI-based elements are also available. The entire system is intended to learn about your behavior and to open apps that are often used faster. It’s yet to be seen if it works smoothly.

On-Screen Fingerprint Scanner

Like what we have seen on devices such as OnePlus 6T, in the middle of the bottom of the screen there is a designated area where you can put your finger to open the handset. The S10 alongside S10 Plus is the first to use the ultrasonic sensing technology of Qualcomm, which essentially creates a 3D fingerprint model. This should make the S10 faster and safer in these respects compared to other on-screen sensors that only capture a 2D image.

A Lot of Colors to Choose From

Without a shadow of a doubt, Samsung designed their Galaxy S10 smartphones incredibly great and to tribute that craftsmanship that went into them, Samsung’s offering S10 devices in a variety of amazing and sensational colors.

One can pick Samsung Galaxy S10 in a choice of 5 amazing colors – Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, and Prism Green. The S10 Plus comes with two premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White finish whereas a “lite” S10e comes with Canary Yellow color.

Samsung Galaxy 5G Model

This isn’t over yet as there is a fourth one which is most likely to arrive on stores somewhere in 2019. The exact release date isn’t known, for now, though.

As things are pretty blurred but it’s expected to connect to 5G networks in the United States first and will get connected with 5G in other countries later. It’ll have 6.7-inches screen, a whopping 4500mAh battery, and 25W Super-Fast Charging support.

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