The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the successor of the Gaalxy S9+. An ambitious, innovative and ostentatious successor. More than ever aware of Huawei’s competition, Samsung opts here for a strategy similar to Apple’s with the iPhone XS Max: a phonebook that accumulates superlatives, one version of which is sold for more than 1600 euros.
Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Display O
Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ has a design that features mineral glass on the faces (here Corning’s Gorilla 6) and aluminium on the edges. The watertightness is always IP68. The main photo block is horizontal, unlike that of the Galaxy S9+. And its fingerprint reader disappears from the back of the phone and is now integrated into the touchpad. It is an ultrasonic reader that works in bright light or dark, or with wet hands.
The new display of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is an Infinity Display O panel with not one, but two holes to host two webcams. These holes are located in the upper right corner. The picture quality offered is made possible by the brightness level of the displays (800 nits) and by Dynamic AMOLED technology, a version of the Super AMOLED that is natively HDR10+ compatible. The screen measures 6.4 inches, compared to 6.2 inches for the Galaxy S9+. The ratio is 19/9e and the definition is QHD+, for a resolution that goes from 529 pixels per inch for the S9+ to 526 pixels per inch. There is no longer a 3D Touch compatible virtual home button.
Exynos 9820 and 8 GB RAM
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is powered by Samsung’s new high-end Exynos which also powers the other Galaxy S10s: the Exynos 9 Octa 9820, a component that uses less power and is 21% more powerful than the previous generation, and incorporating two Mangoose M4 cores (fourth generation of cores customized by Samsung) clocked at 2.7 GHz, two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz, a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU and a category 20 LTE-compatible modem.
The chipset comes with, in the classic version of the Galaxy S10+, 8GB of RAM (compared to 6GB previously), 128GB of internal storage (expandable by microSDXC). Two versions of the Galaxy S10+, called Performance Edition, not only increase storage (512GB and 1TB), but also RAM (up to 12GB). In addition, the back of the phone is made of ceramic.
The Galaxy S10+ includes a 4100 mAh battery (compared to 3500 mAh previously) compatible with fast charge and wireless charge (Qi standards). The “power sharing” feature turns the Galaxy S10+ into a true wireless charger. Simply place a connected object (watch, wristband or earphones, etc.) or a compatible smartphone on the back of the Galaxy S10+ to recharge it.
Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ is compatible with WiFi ax dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS (Galileo, Glonass and Beidou), NFC, ANT+, USB 3.1 type-C, Samsung Pay (LoopPay technology), heart rate monitor and 3.5 mm jack with FM tuner. The audio chipset, developed by AKG, is hi-fi and is used to drive the two built-in speakers as well as headphones (a pair of AKG headphones is supplied with the mobile). He is also stripped of retinal scanners and facial recognition systems.
Triple photo sensor and dual webcam
On the photo side, the Galaxy S10+ takes the same configuration as the Galaxy S10 at the back. It starts with the Galaxy S9’s 12-megapixel sensor and variable aperture lens (f/1.5 and f/2.4), always accompanied by a phase-detecting autofocus (Dual Pixel Technology) and optical stabilizer. He’s got the same two sensors attached to him. The first one is a 12 megapixel sensor also with f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens, conventional autofocus, optical stabilizer and a 2x zoom. The second is a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens.
The Galaxy S10 features a dedicated Artificial Intelligence chip, which manages three new features: Super Night mode, which combines 7 photos in 1 to take beautiful pictures even in the middle of the night, a new framing aid function, and a Scene Optimizer, which automatically recognizes up to 30 ambient modes (portrait, food, landscape, etc.) and adjusts the picture settings to ensure the best possible result.
The smartphone comes with an LED flash. It is capable of filming in 4K at 60 frames per second and the slow motion mode rises to 960 frames per second in 720p (or 240 frames per second in 1080p).
At the front, we also find the 10 megapixel webcam of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e. It has a dual-pixel phase-detecting autofocus and a lens that opens at f/1.9. It remains HDR compatible. And, as a big novelty, a second sensor accompanies it. This is an 8 megapixel model with a wide-angle lens opening at f/2.2. It is mainly used to calculate depths for self-portraits with a bokeh effect.
Android 9.0 with One UIinterface
The smartphone is powered by Samsung’s latest One UI interface behind which hides Android 9.0 Pie. In this interface is Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant, the software to connect to the DeX Station and all the usual tools of the Korean firm. The Galaxy S10+ is 7.8 mm thick, like the S10. On the other hand, it weighs 18 grams more to reach 157 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is available in three colours: prism green, prism white and prism black. Please note that the Performance Edition version is only available in ceramic black.