The story of Samsung has been an interesting one. Before the smartphone era, Samsung used to compete with the likes of Nokia and Sony. And their market share was low. They were the underdogs.
But one thing that makes Samsung an amazing company is their ability to adapt. In the smartphone era, they immediately jumped on the Android platform and changed their tactic to make smartphones.
This move has made them one of the most powerful smartphone companies in the world. And today, they celebrate the launch of the tenth edition of the Galaxy S series.
The S Series line up has the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e. With the last of them competing with the iPhone XR.
So let’s see what’s cooking under the 10th edition of the Galaxy S series Today we cover the S10!
Samsung S10 Singapore Prices and Review
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+, will hit Singapore stores on Mar 8 2019.
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Keeping up with the trend, the S10 has almost no bezels, just a smidge on the bottom and the top. It has a 6.1-inch display. The display is a Samsung AMOLED classic with 1440 pixel wide 19:9 OLED panels.
The S10 also has a HDR10+ certification. HDR10+ is a display standard that comes from their Smart TV’s that has been brought into the smartphone with good effect.
The display is bright, clear and astoundingly beautiful. This phone will arguably have the best display in the market in 2019.
Samsung also has incorporated the hole-punch camera style. Its located to the right of the phone.
The display also hides another interesting feature which is the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The S10’s predecessor, the S9 had a capacitive scanner located in the back of the phone.
The ultrasonic scanner is expected to be faster, more reliable and harder to fool. Based on the first experiences, it is indeed better than the old scanners.
If you are looking to put a tempered glass on the S10, then your options will be limited as the ultrasonic scanner might not work with thick tempered glasses.
The build quality of the S10 is astounding, although the S10 Plus comes with a ceramic back, it is not the case with the S10. Samsung uses aluminium to support the phone. The S10 will go down as one of Samsung’s best-built smartphones.
The back of the S10 has a 3 camera setup that we will get to shortly.
Powered by a Snapdragon 855
Powering this phone is the Snapdragon 855 Processor. The RAM is between 8GB and 12GB. The S10 can be expanded up to 512GB, whereas the plus version can be expanded up to 1TB.
The default internal storage for the S10 is 128GB RAM.
The S10 has a 3400 mAh battery. Nobody has to worry about keeping this phone juiced as the S10 comes with fast wired charging as well as quick wireless charging. The back panels of the phone also have a charging capability with which wireless earphones can be charged.
The camera for this device isn’t revolutionary based on our current market scenario, but it is still impressive. It is not the first time where a triple camera lens has been used, but with varying lenses, the S10’s camera is a photographers delight.
The back cameras have the following specs
- Wide angle 12 megapixels (77 degrees lens)
- Telephoto 12 megapixels (45 degree lens)
- Ultra wide 16 megapixel (123 degree lens)
As you can see based on the specs, all the features, one expects from a good camera are available. The telephoto lens shoots high quality zoomed in shots with the ultrawide lens can capture a panoramic view of the landscape or a large set of people in one frame.
The selfie camera is a 10-megapixel quick shooter with dual-pixel autofocus and an f/1.9 aperture lens.
Samsung has made it super quick to access the various cameras easily through good UI controls. They have also advanced the camera software by adding new features such as ‘Scene Optimizer’ that helps with identifying the setting you are in. It can identify over 30 different scenarios and appropriately set up the cameras to take the right photo.
The other new interesting feature is the ‘Shot Suggestion’ feature that helps you frame your shots better if they are framed poorly.
In the video recording department, Samsung has outdone itself. The S10 supports 4K UHD recording in all the cameras and it can record in the aforementioned HDR10+. There is a new feature added for video recording which is the ‘Super Steady Video’ shot that lets you capture, non-shaky, pristine videos.
Samsung might not have the best cameras out there, but they are giving Apple the run for their money when it comes to video recording.
The Android 9 Pie OS with the Samsung One UI layer on top is a vast improvement over the UI’s that Samsung has put in the past.
The phone also comes with a IP68 Water and Dust Resistance rating. The 3.5mm jack has not been killed in this phone, much to the happiness of the legacy smartphone users.
Bixby continues to haunt Samsung users even in the S10. For those who aren’t aware, Bixby is Samsung’s version of Siri which most users have not to take up to. Having said that, the Bixby button can be changed to another feature which will make most users breathe a sigh of relief,
We believe in honest assessments and the Samsung S10 is a brilliant phone. The camera setup is great, the UI is improved, the processor is strong and powerful.
Adding to the pluses are the optical sensor on the display, the form factor that is beautiful, the beautiful display which is arguably Samsung’s best.
But having said that, the phone offers nothing new. There isn’t an new innovation in this phone that we already haven’t seen in the earlier phones.
For being the 10th edition of the Galaxy S series, we expected a wonder phone which would revolutionize the market, but alas it was too much expectation from Samsung. But what you get is a solid device with solid features that is surely an upgrade on its predecessors.
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