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


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The junior and senior flagships Samsung Galaxy S10+ and S10e have already been reviewed by the editorsgg, to the full collection

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

What is it?

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

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


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Globally, Samsung Galaxy S10 is very close toGalaxy S10+, this applies to both design and internal filling. Outside - &#8220;sandwich&#8221; made of glass and metal with streamlined shapes. The screen is curved on the sides 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 (versus 6.4 for the Galaxy S10+), so the dimensions are slightly smaller than the older model. At the back there is a similar triple camera module with 2x zoom, background blur, 4K HDR10+ video recording, and an ultra-wide camera. The front camera is single and has lost a second module for more accurate background blur (although it can do this with one module). Inside is the same eight-core 8-nanometer Exynos 9820 processor with a clock frequency of 2.73 GHz, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (we came across an option with 6 GB of RAM, but on sale in Ukraine only with 8 GB of RAM). Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, under the screen. The battery is smaller than the S10+: 3400 mAh versus 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 arrived to us, without a kit.But it will be similar to the Galaxy S10+ (you can see it at the link). The smartphone will come with a Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge charger, a USB Type-C cable, two adapters from Type-A and MicroUSB to Type-C, AKG headphones, a tool for removing the tray and documentation.


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The Galaxy S10 looks almost like a smaller onecopy of Galaxy S10+: metal frame, glass, curved display with minimal frames around the perimeter. The only difference at the front (besides the dimensions) is the cutout for the front camera: in the Galaxy S10 it is round, not oval. Like the older model, in addition to the screen and camera, there is only a thin slot for an external speaker on the front. There is no indicator (although with Always on Display it is not particularly needed). &#8220;Chin&#8221; thin, no logos or anything else on it.


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The frame is metal, the location of everything isthe perimeter is similar to the Galaxy S10+. The power button is on the right, under the right thumb. The paired volume control and Bixby assistant buttons are on the left. In case anyone missed our reviews of the Galaxy S10+ and S10e, let me repeat: the Bixby button can now be reassigned using standard methods:


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On the top edge there is an additional microphone and a tray for SIM/MicroSD. At the bottom there is USB Type-C, an external speaker, a conversation microphone and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Everything is usual, no surprises:


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


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The entire back panel is made of fifth-generation Gorilla Glass, with a good oleophobic coating, but it will not protect you from fingerprints completely. Black, white and aquamarine are available in Ukraine.


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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 feel of a smartphone is similarGalaxy S10+: natural development of the line. Similar shapes, materials, IP68 protection and arrangement of functional elements to S9/S9+, but smaller frames and a little more &#8220;strict&#8221; rectangular shape. In other words, it looks very cool, but not &#8220;revolutionary&#8221;. As for tactile sensations, I would not dare to say unequivocally which is more convenient: Galaxy S10 or S10+. Opinions of &#8220;test subjects&#8221; divided, I personally found the Galaxy S10 more convenient due to its more compact dimensions. Despite the 6.1-inch screen, it doesn't 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 higher: about 550 ppi (versus 522 ppi for the &#8220;plus&#8221;). Otherwise, the specifications are identical: peak brightness of 800 cd/m2, support for HDR10+ extended dynamic range and the traditional Always on Display function. The screen itself is of excellent quality. Our sample had a protective film glued on it (not the “factory” one), so it was not possible to evaluate the quality of the oleophobic coating.


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The set of screen settings is similar to S10+:scale, font, its size, blue filter, night mode (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: &#8220;saturated&#8221; with manual color adjustment and &#8220;Natural&#8221;:


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Like the older model, the screen is very good, difficultto find fault with something. &#8220;Natural&#8221; I liked the mode better. The maximum brightness was 342.525 cd/m2, although in bright sunshine the brightness automatically increases. much higher. Color rendition is good, the screen only goes slightly into cool shades:


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In &#8220;saturated&#8221; mode, color rendition is slightly cooler, maximum brightness in &#8220;room&#8221; conditions was 378.72 cd/m2:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
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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?

Owner's face unlocking works accuratelythe same as in the Galaxy S10+. That is, using the front camera without additional sensors. Accordingly, it cannot be called reliable. Formally, yes, it works. Things are a little more interesting with the finger scanner.


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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?

The smartphone has a top-end Samsung processorExynos 9820, which is manufactured using an 8nm 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 neural networks Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics accelerator. In configurations for the Ukrainian market it will be supplemented by 8 GB of RAM, but we had a version with 6 GB of RAM in our review, although this does not significantly change the overall picture. &#8220;Iron&#8221; almost identical to the older version, so in terms of performance everything is practically unchanged. Any applications and games work perfectly, 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 quite enoughenough, it seems to me. There is also a slot for MicroSD. The Galaxy S10 has an advanced dual-band Wi-Fi module with support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, ANT+ and NFC. For cable connection there is USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1. Global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo are supported.


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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 ease of use of the smartphone. Including a palm screenshot, a smaller window for one-handed operation, and a double tap to wake 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 12-megapixel main module with a variable aperture f/1.5-2.4, optical stabilization and a viewing angle of 77° (pixel size – 1.4 microns). The second camera is 12 MP for zoom with f/2.4 aperture. It is also equipped with an optical stabilization system and a viewing angle of 45°. The third is ultra-wide-angle, 16 megapixels, viewing angle 123°, f/2.2, without stabilizer and autofocus. There is one front camera, 10 megapixels, f/1.9, 26 mm EGF. Despite having only one module, it can also blur the background. We have already seen the application: shooting modes are switched by swiping, there is a three-position switch on the screen for changing cameras (standard, zoom, &#8220;wide&#8221;):


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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 a larger battery do not seem to be such critical advantages in favor of the model with the &#8220;+&#8221; sign. In the title. The smartphone boasts a cool design and materials, an excellent display, top-end performance with a couple of years to spare, a universal main camera that takes excellent photos and videos, and high-quality sound both on speakers and headphones. Among the controversial issues, one can highlight only the traditionally high price of a smartphone. Well, if the camera is the main criterion for choosing a smartphone, then it’s worth remembering that there are a couple of even better competitors in this regard. For example, Huawei P30 Pro.

6 reasons to buy 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 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.

Buy in Svyaznoy

Buy at MTS

Buy at M.Video

Buy in Eldorado

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&#215;70.4&#215;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
triple: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26 mm EGF, 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52 mm EGF, 1/3.6&#8243;, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra-wide-angle 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

For those that want to know more:

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  • Samsung Galaxy S9 + review: no limit to perfection
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  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 review: maximum technology and features
  • Samsung Galaxy M20 review: an unambiguous answer to Chinese smartphones
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