Start with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

For 10 years, Samsung has offered S-series smartphones to its users. To celebrate the anniversary of the series, the Korean giant has presented 4 devices with obviously Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus on the front line. The big question that everyone is asking is this: the Galaxy S10 is the best smartphone of the moment?

Even this year prices are salty

You can get the Galaxy S10 for the price of 909 euros but you can imagine that Samsung offers models over the symbolic barrier of 1000 euros.

If you like colors, you will be delighted by the colors proposed by the manufacturer: Prism White (white), Prism Black (black), Prism Blue (blue) and Prism Green (green). The Galaxy S10 Plus, will be proposed in the colors Ceramic White and Ceramic Black and, as the name indicates, the back will be in ceramic, its hardness is close to that of the diamond. If you pre-order a Galaxy S10 before it is released on March 8, you will receive Galaxy Buds, the new Samsung wireless headphones, for free.

How should a Galaxy smartphone appear?

Visually, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has the appearance of a smartphone of 2019: the shapes are harmonious, the frame is metal, the screen slightly curved and the edges on each side are minimal
. In short, the Galaxy S10 has a modern look, an excellent finish and makes a good impression in the hand. On the left you will always find the Bixby button under the volume knob, on the right you will find the power button. Even the good old jack still exists!

The back is made of glass or ceramic, depending on the model and, of course, houses the cameras arranged horizontally. If you're wondering where the fingerprint reader went, it went to the foreground on the screen.

From left to right: Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e. © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S10 can be elegant while being durable. The smartphone is IP68 certified in all variants. Obviously the device is not optimized for intensive and / or long-lasting dives!

Like almost all current smartphones, the Galaxy S10 also has a rather annoying feature: the backside holds many fingerprints. You will need to clean the back of the device again and again to keep it clean. Of course you have an alternative, you can simply choose to protect the device with a protective cover or shell, you will find different colors and patterns, sometimes even with holes and LEDs.

Samsung offers many different shells for the Galaxy S10. © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S10 has an excellent screen

Samsung engineers know how to make quality screens and that of the Galaxy S10 illustrates this very well.

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Super AMOLED of the two new Galaxy smartphones is gorgeous, has rich colors, excellent contrasts and very bright
. The diagonal of the screen is 6.1 inches on the S10, on the S10 Plus is 6.4 inches, and the best thing about all this is that none of these screens has a notch.

The front camera is hidden behind a small hole located in the upper right corner of the Infinity O screen, measuring a good half centimeter in diameter. For the record, this hole was created using a laser. It's true that you have to get used to it visually, but the hole takes up less space than most of the notches.

The screen of the Galaxy S10 Plus is superb. © AndroidPIT

But even the hole on the screen has become a victim: the scanner of the iris. Note that it is not the only one to finish with absent subscribers, 3D facial recognition is not present either. The unlocking of facial recognition is only here in 2D, via the front camera. Technically, there is less security with this system than with a 3D unlock.

As for the definition, it is by default Full-HD +, but if you want to take advantage of the maximum resolution, which is QHD +, you need to change it manually in the system settings.

With a unique user interface, Samsung has cleaned up its interface

The Galaxy S10 works on Android 9 Pie and the new Samsung user interface: One UI
. It has more success, better thinking. The user interface also takes into account the fact that smartphones are getting bigger and users have problems using them with one hand, so the upper third of the screen mainly displays the items to be read, while the two lower thirds are intended for # 39; interaction. It's smart, right?

On some points, on the contrary, I find that Samsung is going a bit too far with simplification. The first part of the system settings is so small that I have to look for all the menus to find what I'm looking for. You need to constantly use the search function because the menu is different from that of a "classic" Android smartphone and even other Samsung smartphones. This is obviously a simple matter of habit.

Power and memory under stereide

Using the One UI interface and the
new chip Exynos 9820 (in Europe), Galaxy S10 is faster than its predecessor
. We have not noticed the slightest delay or any problem when we take control, we move easily from one menu or application to another. Even multitasking is not a problem, and is the last of things for a smartphone in this range. The version with Snapdragon 855 should not be much different.

Samsung offers a lot of RAM and internal memory on its Galaxy S10 Plus. Unlike the S10 which offers only 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 512 GB of internal memory, the Plus model comes to a RAM of 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of internal memory, which can be further improved with a microSD card. Even the giant Galaxy S10 5G does not offer much!

The Galaxy S10 in all colors and variants. © AndroidPIT

Since we're talking about performance it's important to dwell a little on those of the fingerprint reader below the screen. These are ultrasound rather than optical recognition and in our tests this technology proved to be fast and reliable, unparalleled with other sensors on the market. It takes a lot of time for the device to learn fingerprints, but once done it rises quickly and reliably every day.

Photo: few differences between the two models

It is not enough to have several sensors and many megapixels to take a good picture. However, having more choices in terms of focal length allows more creative potential, and we can see it with Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

  • 16 megapixel with a wide-angle lens, f / 2.2
  • Normal focal length of 12 megapixels, double pixel autofocus, OIS, f / 1.5-2.4
  • 12 megapixel with telephoto lens, f / 2.4

The Galaxy S10 Plus dual camera does not offer much more. © AndroidPIT

At the front, the Galaxy S10 uses a 10-megapixel selfie camera. S10 Plus, has the same configuration to which an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens is added. On paper it is interesting but quite useless because the wide angle does not allow you to have much more on the picture. In other words, no appreciable advantage in practice for the Galaxy S10 Plus.

The overall quality of the photos looks good at first glance, the camera is very fast and easily switches from one lens to another
. Obviously we will have to spend more time with the camera to get a better idea of ​​the problem.

Samsung is based on AI

With the new Exynos 9820, Samsung now has a CPU with an NPU, and the Koreans use it in the same way as the competition: automatic scene detection, bokeh effect, active filters and stabilization. image for video … If desired, the NPU can also be used to enhance the composition, ie the creation of photos: the assistant then displays a point and an artificial horizon that the photographer only needs to overlay and trigger to take the perfect picture.

Three cameras with different focal lengths, enough to take good pictures. © AndroidPIT

All these little helpers can be turned on and off in the camera app. Scene Recognition also has its icon in the lower right corner.

Autonomy: the Galaxy S10 is inspired by Huawei

The Galaxy S10 has a battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh. This is not unusual on paper, it will be interesting to observe the battery life during the Galaxy S10 test because the
Galaxy S9 has not really impressed in this area
. If you need more autonomy, get the Galaxy S10 Plus because with its 4100 mAh it should last a little more with a single charge, despite the large screens.

Samsung loves Huawei

All new Galaxy smartphones can be charged wirelessly and come with an 18-watt rapid charger. They also have a new integrated feature that some of you may already know from Huawei Mate 20 Pro: they can power other devices with wireless Qi. The function must be activated manually each time and it stops automatically when the battery in the S10 drops to 30%.

The Galaxy S10 can charge other devices with Wireless Power Share. © AndroidPIT

Unlike Huawei, Samsung does not use this feature to mock the competition but for significant things: the new Galaxy Bud can be charged wireless just like the Galaxy Watch Active, perfect companions for the Galaxy S10. Just insert a cable into the S10 to place the gems or the clock, and both devices will be fully charged in the morning.

Samsung also offers a Qi charging system for two devices and, unlike the Apple Air Power, it already works. Charge one or two devices, maximum 12 watts.

Galaxy Buds also recharges wirelessly. © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S10 – Technical specifications

size: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
weight: 157 g
Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Screen technology: AMOLED
Screen : 3040 x 1440 pixels (551 dpi)
Front camera: 10 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flash: Dual-LED
Android version: 9 – Filch
RAM: 8GB
Internal memory: 128 GB
512 GB
Removable memory: microSD
chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Number of hearts: 8
Maximum clock frequency: 2.8 GHz
connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0

First verdict: the Galaxy S10 is the best smartphone?

Is the Galaxy S10 the best smartphone on the market? It all depends on your expectations and we can not yet give you an answer. A priori the smartphone has all the credentials to be the champion and for the 10 years of the range S could be the market leader. The screen is fantastic, the camera is versatile and pleasant to use. After our experience with Galaxy S10 and S10 +, we can say that they were very convincing, especially for the "small" model, without Plus.

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