Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review – Pinnacle of the Galaxy Series


For 2019, Samsung went all out and launched 3 new flagship devices — S10, S10e and the S10+. The S10+ is the most impressive device from the line up, and we check out in this Galaxy S10 Plus review if the new Samsung flagship is worth your money.

We got our hands on the Indian version of the device SM-G975F/DS which is a Dual SIM version powered by Samsung’s Exynos chipset.

Box Contents

The retail version of the S10+ ships with the following contents. The phone ships with a factory installed screen protector in India.

  • Device
  • Data Cable
  • Travel Adapter
  • Ejection Pin
  • USB Connector (OTG)
  • Earphones sound by AKG
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Clear Cover
  • Protective Film

Design

The front is dominated by the gorgeous 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. Samsung decided to go with an interesting design for the notch for the front facing cameras. When I first saw the initial photos of the device, I really didn’t like this approach and I thought it will create some unpleasant feeling while the device is being used. After spending some quality time with the device, I can say that the Infinity-O display isn’t too bad after all. While I personally prefer water drop notches for the symmetry, this approach makes dual front cameras possible

Going over to the back, the main story is about the triple camera setup. Next to the camera sensors you have the LED flash and the hear rate sensor.

Despite the large battery and the in-screen fingerprint sensor, the phone is only about 7.8mm thick. The phone weighs 175g but thanks to the large area, doesn’t feel heavy in the hand.

On the left side you have the volume rocker and the bixby button. On the right side you have the power button. On the bottom you have the 3.5mm headphone jack, type-C port, microphone and the speaker grill. On the top you have the sim card tray and another microphone.

This uses a hybrid SIM slot that accepts two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and a microSD.

Display

If you need one reason to buy the Galaxy S10+ it has to be the breathtaking display which proves Samsung’s lead in the display business. The display has been rated as one of the best ever in a smartphone by folks at DisplayMate.

Camera

It has a standard 12MP Dual Pixel F1.5/F2.4 variable aperture 77° wide-angle main sensor with OIS, 12MP secondary camera with PDAF, F2.4 aperture, OIS and 45° wide-angle sensor and an 16-megapixel fixed-focus F2.2 123° ultra-wide sensor. It offers 0.5X/2X loss-less zoom and up to 10X digital zoom.

The camera is one of the big upgrades on the S10+ from the S9+, and while the camera does produce impressive results in day light, the low light performance is not as good as the competition. The wide-angle mode is something I personally love using and it lets you capture and amazing amount of detail in a single shot.

Check out the camera samples (Click the image to view the full resolution sample.)

Day Light

Wide Angle in action

Normal
2X Zoom
Ultra-Wide

Low Light

 

Front Camera

You can get wider selfies or narrower ones pretty easily along with a beauty filter if you wish to lighten the skin tone. There is a 10MP Dual Pixel AF F1.9 (80°) front camera paired with a 8MP F2.2 (90°) depth camera.

Selfie
Selfie Focus

The camera has several modes including Pro, Food, Pano and Live Focus. There is even an Instagram mode integrated into the Camera. Video supports Dual OIS and slow-mo, super slow-mo and hyperlapse modes.

Battery

It packs a 4100mAh battery and charges faster over wired and wireless charging.The new Wireless PowerShare feature lets  you charge other devices which is a nice touch.

It achieved One Charge rating of 17 hours and 51 minutes. Since it comes with adaptive fast charging, it can charge from 0 to 50% in 34 minutes, and 0 to 100% takes about one and half hours.

Performance

The S10+ is no slouch in terms of performance and comes fully loaded in the specs department. The S10+ ships with 8GB RAM out of the box. Samsung ships a Snapdragon 855 powered device in certain markets and an Exynos 9820 powered device in most markets. As always, India gets the Exynos version. There is 128GB of built-in storage out of which 100GB is user accessible. You can expand the store up to 512GB with a microSD card. The company also sells 512GB and 1TB Ceramic Editions in India.

Software

The UI has been improved tremendously and there is little or no lag. With the Android 9.0 (Pie), Samsung has introduced One UI that is aimed at making the navigation much easier and designed around how we use our phones in the day-to-day.

The phone runs One UI 1.1, which replaces the Experience UI from the older Samsung phones running Android Oreo. This also brings improvements to Always On Display, reorganized settings menu to make settings easier to find, new Biby features and lots more. You can also remap the Bixby button finally.

Samsung Pay

One of my favourite features on the Galaxy S series has been Samsung Pay which lets you store your credit cards from a number of banks on your phone and use your phone like a wallet. AMEX, Citi, Axis, HDFC,  ICICI, SBI, SCB, DBS, Indus Ind, Kotak Mahindra and YesBank are supported. UPI and wallets are also supported.  With Samsung Pay you can pay using your phone at any Point of Sale terminal without any special tricks.  This is one feature which makes the Galaxy S10+ and other Galaxy S series phones stand out of the competition.  In fact there is no competition to Samsung Pay as it uses a proprietary solution MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) to simulate the swiping of a card.

So Should you buy the Galaxy S10 Plus ?

You can get it for the display, camera, overall performance. It is one of the best devices launched by Samsung till date.

Look at other options if you want frequent Android software updates and better low light camera performance.

Conclusion, Competition 

I would recommend the S10+ over the S10 as you are getting more value
The S10e though is a great lower priced alternative.

Pros 

  • Best mobile display you can get right now in the market
  • Improved cleaner UI
  • Samsung Pay is very convenient to have
  • IP68 rated for water and dust resistance
  • Headphone jack

Cons 

  • Low light camera performance could be better
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor seems sluggish and 3rd party screen protectors won’t work​

With Inputs from Srivatsan and Photography by Siraj 


Author: Varun Krish

Varun Krish is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast and has been blogging about mobile phones since 2005. His current phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge , Apple iPhone 6S Plus & Nexus 5X. You can follow him on Twitter @varunkrish and on Google+ You can also mail Varun Krish