Galaxy S10: analysis, opinion, camera test: Galaxy S10 review


The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the standard phone of this family of cell phones, has the most common size among phones in recent months and adds to the fashion of the screens with virtually no bezels. It is also the telephone that faces directly with the iPhone XS, the LG G8 ThinQ Y LG V40 ThinQ, and why not? with devices like Huawei Mate 20; also soon you will have to see your face with Huawei P30 but … do you have all the attributes to steal the show in 2019?

Samsung's strategy this year has been to offer more options: Galaxy S10E for those who want a compact cell phone; Galaxy S10 Plus for those who want a large phone with better front camera – as well as a more luxurious option – and the Galaxy S10 5G, which has more of everything.

While the Galaxy S10E is cheaper, the S10 has a great advantage, is that it has the same curved screen design, as well as the same three rear cameras, while offering a step forward in terms of cell phone specifications. economic.

Then I will tell you at first glance what I liked the most and what less of the cell phone, although I will go deeper into each element below.

What I liked about the Galaxy S10

At first glance I loved the design and ergonomics of the Galaxy S10. Its three cameras definitely allow me to make better photos, and something great is that they are the same as the S10 Plus. With the Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus, both phones had different cameras, but now you do not have to buy the biggest one, because basically they have the most identical functions.

What I did not like about the Galaxy S10

I did not like that it is a bit slippery if you have it without a sleeve in your hand, besides, your ultrasonic fingerprint sensor does not work as well as I expected. More details below.

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The Galaxy S10 looks like its brothers in the new Samsung cell family but tries to stand out with a size for all tastes.

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Galaxy S10: Features and specifications

  • Screen: 6.1 inches, first cell phone screen with HDR + certification
  • Resolution: 3,040×1,440 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820, depending on the market
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 512GB
  • MicroSD slot: Yes (certified up to 512GB)
  • Battery: 3,400mAh (not removable)
  • Operating system: Android Pie (One UI)
  • Quick charge: Quick Charge 2.0
  • Wireless charging: Yes with PowerShare (reversible charge)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 and 5GHz) MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Samsung Pay: Yes, through NFC and MST
  • Unlocking functions: Fingerprint reader on the screen, facial recognition, pattern, PIN, password
  • Rear camera: 12 megapixel (variable f / 1.5 and f / 2.4) with optical stabilization (77 degrees) + 16 megapixel wide angle (f / 2.2 of 12 degrees) + 12 megapixel telephoto (f / 2.4 of 45 degrees) ) with optical stabilization
  • Front camera: 10 megapixels (f / 1.9)
  • Water resistant: IP68
  • Size: 149.9×70.4×7.8mm
  • Weight: 157 grams

If you want to know what the differences are with the Galaxy S10E and S10 Plus, you can check the comparative section below and also read this article in which we tell you every detail that makes them similar but different.

Price and availability

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S10 varies by country. To this we must add that some operators have offers to buy them in time. You can check here all the offers of this cell phone that we know so far.

  • Galaxy S10 price in the United States: The price of the 128GB model is US $ 899, while that of 512GB costs US $ 1,149.99.
  • Galaxy S10 price in Mexico: Only the 128GB model is currently sold and costs 21,499 pesos.
  • Galaxy S10 price in Spain: As in Mexico, only the 128GB unit is sold and costs 909 euros.
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The small hole in the upper right is intended for the camera. It's small, and that in part gives us an indication: it does not have 3D technology for the safe scanning of your face.

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Design: Without eyebrow but with hole

One of the things that I liked the Galaxy S10 is that it has a design without an eyebrow. Of course, it has a small hole in the upper right for the front camera. The phone has a curved screen like its big brother, something we did not see in the Galaxy S9, which also had large edges.

Something you should know is that this front camera has no 3D sensor for facial recognition, but 2D, and some have already found on the Internet that This technology is easy to hack. Of course, this phone includes a new fingerprint sensor in the lower part of the screen that makes it more modern and competitive.

The metallic-looking sides and its rear glass panel make it look very luxurious. Depending on the country in which you live, it comes in different shades, although in no case will you find the ceramic version, exclusive to the Galaxy S10 Plus.

The power button on this model is slightly up on the right side, and with my hand I can reach it in a very fair way, so it could be very high for some users, although being honest is not something that bothers me at all.

The BIxby button is still on the left side below the volume keys, although it is now a little higher, so it is not easy to tighten by mistake. Also, now it will not bother you so much anymore Bixby speaks Spanish.

Among the extras we always appreciate are a microSD slot, the port for hearing aids and water resistance.

Performance: A very competitive cell phone

The Galaxy S10 has a Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processor. We have tested the version with the Qualcomm processor. In both things they incorporate 8GB of RAM. In our tests the cell phone has felt quite fluid. We have not had major problems playing or using the most popular apps like Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, although with Asphalt 8 the cell phone has overheated slightly when we had a good time in a game.

Thus it is compared with some of its rivals:

Test of performance:

Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon 855)

Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon 855)

Huawei Mate 20 (6GB of RAM)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (6GB of RAM)

Samsung Galaxy S9 (Snapdragon 845)

Galaxy S9 Plus (Snapdragon 845)

Legend:

Geekbench 4: Single-core (a core)

Geekbench 4: Multi-core (multiple cores)

3DMark Ice Storm (ilimited)

Note:

Longer bars represent better performance

Battery duration

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a battery of 3,400mAh, higher than the 3,100mAh of the Galaxy S10E and lower than the 4,100mAh of the Galaxy S10 Plus. In my preliminary tests the cell phone has managed to last me a whole day, although I had to load it the next morning.

Battery tests

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Test duration (hours: minutes)

Galaxy S10

3,400mAh

15:43

Galaxy S10E

3,100mAh

17:26

Galaxy S10 Plus

4,100mAh

21:30

Galaxy S9

3,000mAh

16:00

Galaxy S9 Plus

3,500mah

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OnePlus 6T

3,700mAh

17:10

Pixel 3

2,915mAh

14:40

Honor View 20

4,000mAh

16:00

iPhone XR

2,942mAh

18:51

Galaxy Note 9

4,000mAh

19:20

Despite having more battery than the S10E its duration in our continuous video tests has been lower and is that although both screens have the same resolution, its size is different, so there is not necessarily a direct proportion to more battery life .

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The Galaxy S10 can charge the new Galaxy Buds and other compatible devices with wireless charging.

Reversible wireless charging: Wireless PowerShare

Like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and S10E, the Galaxy S10 can not only be charged wirelessly through the Qi standard of previous versions, but also integrates technology that allows you to share your load with other devices. It is popularly known as reversible charging, but Samsung calls it Wireless PowerShare.

In this way, the Galaxy S10 Plus has the ability to charge other cell phones, earphones or devices wirelessly by simply placing them on the back of the S10 Plus. We have loaded the new Galaxy Buds and we have tried to load the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy S10E, and although it is not incredibly fast, it can help you in case of emergency.

Something you should keep in mind is that using this method wears out your cell phone's battery. Also once the phone reaches 30 percent battery, stop sharing your energy.

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The on-screen fingerprint sensor is useful, but it still needs to be simpler and always work.

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Fingerprint sensor from Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have an ultrasonic screen fingerprint sensor. Technically this type of sensor is better than the optic used by phones like the OnePlus 6T and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. In my tests with those two cell phones, the experience was not the most pleasant, because they often throw errors. To my surprise, the same thing happened to me with this cell phone.

At the beginning of my tests I left the special screen protector that Samsung phones now incorporate, because they have been designed with the fingerprint sensor on the screen. However, after days of throwing me errors, I took it away. After executing this step, I realized that the function was improving, although it was not perfect.