Samsung Galaxy S10 review: All-in-One universal flagship


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The junior and senior flagships of the Samsung Galaxy S10 + and S10e have already been reviewed by the editorial staff. ggto full collection

Samsung's current flagships remained onlyThe middle version, which is simply called the Samsung Galaxy S10. Today we’ll talk about it: technically, it is very close to the Galaxy S10 +, but there are still some differences. This applies to size, convenience, and some technical specifications. Let's see how successful it is.

What is it?

Samsung Galaxy S10 - the flagship Android smartphonewith a large curved screen Dynamic AMOLED 6.1 inches, the new flagship Samsung Exynos processor, 8 GB of RAM, a triple main camera, embedded in the screen with a front camera, a subscreen fingerprint scanner and dust and moisture protection.

How is it interesting and how is it different from the Galaxy S10 +?


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Globally, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is very close toGalaxy S10 +, it concerns both the design and the internal filling. Outside is a “sandwich” made of glass and metal with streamlined shapes. The screen is curved at the sides of Dynamic AMOLED with a resolution of 3040x1440, an aspect ratio of 19: 9 and support for the HDR10 + standard. Design - Infinity-O with a hole for the front camera. The diagonal is 6.1 inches (against 6.4 for the Galaxy S10 +), so the dimensions are slightly smaller than the older model. The back is a similar triple camera module with 2x zoom, background blur, 4K HDR10 + video recording, as well as an ultra wide-angle camera. The front camera is single, lost the second module for more accurate background blur (although it can do it with one module). Inside - the same eight-core 8 nm Exynos 9820 processor with a clock frequency of 2.73 GHz, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (we got the option with 6 GB of RAM, but for sale in Ukraine with only 8 GB of RAM). Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, under the screen. The battery is smaller than the S10 +: 3400 mAh vs. 4100 mAh, but there is also fast charging and wireless charging in both directions.

What does the Samsung Galaxy S10 look like?

Only a smartphone came to us, without a set. But it will be similar to the Galaxy S10 + (you can look at the link). The smartphone will have a Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge charger, a USB Type-C cable, two Type-A and MicroUSB to Type-C adapters, an AKG headset, a tray eject tool and documentation.


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Galaxy S10 looks almost like a reducedGalaxy S10 + copy: metal frame, glass, curved display with minimal frames around the perimeter. The only difference in front (in addition to dimensions) is the cutout for the front camera: in the Galaxy S10 it is round, not oval. As in the older model, in addition to the screen and the camera, there is only a thin slit of the external speaker in the front. There is no indicator (although with Always on Display, it is not really needed). “Chin” is thin, no logos or anything else on it.


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Metal frame, the location of allperimeter is similar to the Galaxy S10 +. The power button on the right, under the thumb of the right hand. The paired volume control buttons and the Bixby assistant are on the left. If someone missed our reviews of the Galaxy S10 + and S10e, I repeat: now the Bixby button can now be reassigned by regular methods:


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On the top is an additional microphone and a SIM / MicroSD tray. Bottom - USB Type-C, external speaker, speaking microphone and 3.5-mm headphone jack. Everything is familiar, without surprises:


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The hybrid option is used: either 2xnanoSIM, or SIM plus MicroSD:


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The entire rear panel is made of the fifth generation Gorilla Glass, with a good oleophobic coating, but it will not save completely from the prints. In Ukraine, black, white and aquamarine are available.


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The triple main camera with flash and heart rate sensor are arranged horizontally, similar to the older model:


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The aesthetic sensations of the smartphone are similar.Galaxy S10 +: regular development of the line. Similar to S9 / S9 + outlines, materials, IP68 protection and the arrangement of functional elements, but reduced frame and a slightly more “strict” rectangular shape. In other words, it looks very cool, but not “revolutionary”. As for the tactile sensations, I would not take it to say that it is more convenient: Galaxy S10 or S10 +. Opinions "experimental" divided, I personally Galaxy S10 seemed more convenient because of the more compact dimensions. Despite 6.1 inches of screen, it does not feel big.

How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has 6 installed.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with curved sides, 19: 9 aspect ratio and rounded corners. The resolution is similar to the older model, 3040x1440, but due to the smaller diagonal, it turns out that the pixel density is more: about 550 ppi (versus 522 ppi for the plus). The rest of the characteristics are identical: peak brightness of 800 cd / m2, support for high dynamic range HDR10 + and the traditional function Always on Display. The screen itself is of excellent quality. A protective film (not “factory”) was glued on our sample, so it was not possible to assess the quality of the oleophobic coating.


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The screen settings are similar to S10 +: scale, font, its size, blue filter, night view (in other words, black interface theme), Always on Display and resolution: 3040x1440 (WQHD +), 2280x1080 (FHD +) and 1520x720 (HD +). The default is FullHD +:


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There are two display modes: “saturated” with manual color adjustment and “Natural”:


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Like the older model, the screen is very good, difficultto find fault with something. “Natural” mode I liked more. The maximum brightness was 342.525 cd / m2, although in the bright sun the brightness automatically “lifts up” much higher. The color rendition is good, the screen only slightly leaves in cold shades:


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In the “saturated” mode, the color rendition is slightly colder, the maximum brightness in “room” conditions was 378.72 cd / m2:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

Samsung Galaxy S10 +
397.816
0

Huawei Mate 20 Pro
424.663
0

Sony Xperia XZ3
408.047
0

Huawei P20 Pro
415.876
0

Meizu 16th
432.107
0

How do fingerprint scanners and facial recognition work?

Unlocking on the face of the owner works exactlyjust like in the Galaxy S10 +. That is, using the front camera without additional sensors. Accordingly, you can not call it reliable. Formally, it is, it works. With a finger scanner, things are a little more interesting.


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Recall used ultrasoundFingerprint scanner, which (according to the promises of Samsung) works very quickly, accurately, including with wet, dirty fingers and with protective films. In the sample Samsung Galaxy S10 +, which we surveyed, it worked very slowly. This was probably due to the early firmware. In the experimental Galaxy S10, the latest currently available firmware is installed, and the scanner works with it really very quickly, even with a protective film.

What about performance?

Samsung's top Samsung processor installedExynos 9820, which is manufactured using the 8-nm process technology, includes two customized powerful Mongoose M4 cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.73 GHz, two ARM Cortex-A75 up to 2.31 GHz, four energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 at 1.95 GHz, a module for machine learning and work with the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) neural networks and the ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics accelerator. In configurations for the Ukrainian market, it will be supplemented with 8 GB of RAM, while we had a version with 6 GB of RAM on the review, although this does not significantly change the overall picture. "Iron" is almost the same as the older version, so that the performance is almost unchanged. Any applications and games work fine, in the settings you can safely set the maximum graphics settings:


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To optimize the smartphone in games there is a utilityGame Tools, which allows you to adjust the smartphone performance for all games or each separately, block notifications, make screen video:




The results in synthetic tests are a little lower than those of the Galaxy S10 +. I suspect that the sample features. But in absolute terms, the results are very impressive, in the tops of current ratings:


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Throttling Test shows throttling and performance drops to 78%, the case heats up a bit. With daily use, overheating is not observed:


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Built-in memory - 128 GB, which is quiteenough, I think. There is also a slot for microSD. The Galaxy S10 has an advanced dual-band Wi-Fi module that supports 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, ANT + and NFC. To connect the cable is USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1. Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo.


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The sound in the speakers is loud and of high quality. The smartphone produces stereo using the main and conversational speakers. 3.5 mm headphone jack is still there and it pleases. The sound in the headphones is very sensible. Although it's hard to fuck up the sound in Campfire Audio Polaris:


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Native player looks clear and familiar:


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The capacity of the internal battery is 3400mAh, in terms of autonomy, no miracles. In intensive mode with constant synchronization of mail, social. with networks, web surfing, about 20 minutes of talking and about an hour of games and YouTube, you can get a day.


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Supports wireless charging in two directions. Reverse charging came in handy on a trip: you could not take the charger from the Galaxy Watch Active:


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What about the interface?

Samsung Galaxy S10 runs on Android OS 9 Pie withThe new shell One UI version 1.1, in which there is a night mode and a bunch of handy little things for working with a large screen with one hand. We have already considered it in the Galaxy S10 + and S10e reviews, so we will not dwell for a long time. Screenshots of the main screen, curtains and various menus:


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You can use traditional navigationpanel or gesture control option. There are also a number of additional gestures for the convenience of using a smartphone. Including a screenshot of the palm, a smaller window for one-handed operation and a double tap for waking up:


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The Bixby button can be reassigned and launched with its help the desired application:




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Subjectively, One UI seems to me one of the most convenient, functional, and thoughtful shells at the moment.

How good are the cameras?

The main camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is absolutelyidentical to S10 +. It includes a main 12-megapixel module with a variable f / 1.5-2.4 aperture, optical stabilization and a viewing angle of 77 ° (pixel size - 1.4 μm). A second 12 MP camera for zoom with f / 2.4 aperture. It is also equipped with an optical stabilization system, a viewing angle of 45 °. The third is ultra wide-angle, 16 megapixels, viewing angle of 123 °, f / 2.2, without stabilizer and autofocus. The front camera is one, at 10 megapixels, f / 1.9, 26 mm EGF. Despite one module, it also knows how to blur the background. We have already seen the application: shooting modes are switched by svaypami, on the screen there is a three-position switch for changing cameras (standard, zoom, “shirik”):


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In general, the camera capabilities we saw in the review.Galaxy S10 +. It perfectly removes in almost any conditions and is universal in terms of opportunities for any occasion. Yes, in the night shooting, it somewhat loses to several competitors, in particular the new Huawei P30 Pro. But overall the camera is very good:


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Wide angle camera:


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Zoom:


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4K:

Stabilized video:

Super Slow Motion:

In the dry residue

The entire flagship anniversary line of Samsung GalaxyS10 turned out great. But it is the Galaxy S10 that seems to be the most balanced option for any user who is looking for a universal flagship smartphone that can do everything (or almost everything). Subjectively, it is more convenient than its older brother, while the presence of a second front camera and more battery do not seem so critical advantages in favor of the model with a “+” sign in the title. The smartphone boasts cool design and materials, excellent display, top performance with a margin of another couple of years, a universal main camera that makes great photos and videos and high-quality sound on the speakers and headphones. From the controversial points can only be distinguished traditionally the high price of the smartphone. Well, if the camera is the main criterion for choosing a smartphone, then it is worth remembering that there are a couple of competitors even cooler in this regard. For example, Huawei P30 Pro.

6 reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10:

  • cool design and materials;
  • great design;
  • high performance;
  • universal;
  • high-quality sound in the speakers and headphones;
  • thoughtful and functional shell One UI.

2 reasons not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10:

  • high price tag;
  • There are competitors with an even cooler main camera.

Samsung Galaxy S10

The golden mean of the flagship troika

If the Galaxy S10 + seemed too big, and you don’t want to give up the fast fingerprint scanner on the screen, the standard Galaxy S10 would be the best choice.

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Specifications Samsung Galaxy S10

Display
curved on the sides Dynamic AMOLED, 6.1 inches, 3040 × 1440 (aspect ratio 19: 9), 550 ppi, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions: 149.9 × 70.4 × 7.8 mm, weight: 157 g

CPU
64-bit Samsung Exynos 9820, 2xExynos M4, 2.73 GHz, 2xARM Cortex-A75 2.31 GHz, 4xARM Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU), ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics

RAM
8 GB

Flash memory
128 GB, microSD

Camera
threefold: 12 MP (f / 1.5-2.4, 26 mm EGF, 1/55 ″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f / 2.4, 52 mm EGF, 1 / 3.6 ″, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra wide 16 MP, f / 2.2, flash, video 2160p @ 60fps , 1080p @ 240fps, 720p @ 960fps, front camera: 10 MP f / 1.9 with autofocus

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (dual-band, 2.4 and 5 GHz, Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, ANT +

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
3400 mAh, non-removable, fast and wireless charging

operating system
Android 9 Pie + One UI 1.1

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

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