Samsung Galaxy S10 Evaluate

For the 10-year anniversary of the Galaxy S collection, Samsung has put collectively a superb, well-rounded, gadget that ought to reinforce its management place in the meanwhile. On this overview, we’ll discover the design, pace, battery, and digicam that will help you select if the Galaxy S10 needs to be your subsequent cellphone.

Observe: this overview was carried out with the Galaxy S10+, however the normal consumer expertise and efficiency is much like the Galaxy S10. To examine the fantastic technical variations learn our Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G variations.

Industrial Design

Relating to industrial design, Samsung has innovated in loads of methods for the previous a number of years, together with the huge utilization of curved glass, to the close to bezel-less designs.

This has not modified, and to push issues a bit farther, Samsung is first to market with an OLED show with selfie digicam(s) built-in into one or two punch holes. The Honor View 20 was the primary handset to be introduced with a punch-hole design, however… that was an LCD show.

The general construct high quality of the Galaxy S10 is awe-inspiring, and the S10/S10+ is lighter than its S9/S9+ equal, regardless of having a bigger display, bigger batteries, and so forth. Should you wish to really feel a “extra substantial” weight, Samsung provides an expensive Ceramic model of the Galaxy S10+ loaded with the very best of every part.

Ceramic telephones are usually a bit extra proof against drops than Glass (the Important-PH1 was so resilient to drops), but it surely actually relies on the ceramic’s thickness, and we’re not going to drop our S10+ on concrete fairly but to confirm…


Whether or not you just like the design or not is your alternative, however I feel that it appears to be like stunning and stylish. It feels nice in hand (I put on U.S M-size gloves), and the bizarre location of the Energy button is the one factor that bothers me to this point.

Aesthetics apart, the technical design of the Galaxy S10 is unbelievable with extraordinarily excessive battery capability and efficiency per cubic-millimeter. That’s what mobility is about. Oh, and Samsung managed to do it whereas preserving everybody’s favourite: the three.5mm audio connector.

Battery Capability (in mAh) per cubic-inch

In comparison with the Galaxy S9, the S10 will get ~13% extra battery, ~four.5% extra show space however is ~eight% smaller and ~7.5% lighter.

The S10+ chassis has related enhancements, besides that it receives a whopping +17% of battery capability from the S9+ and as much as 2X the RAM.

The wired AKG earphones included within the field are neat-looking and sound nice with all types of recordsdata, however notably Hello-Res audio if in case you have any. For motion pictures, Dolby Atmos can also be supported if the content material has been recorded that approach.

Should you’ve missed the launch occasion and desire a fast refresher on what’s new earlier than studying the remainder of the overview, the S10 official introduction would possibly assist:

Show: finest at school!

Samsung completely dominates the OLED cellular show panorama with a ridiculously glorious mix of brightness, shade accuracy (100% DCI-P3 protection) and uniformity. The laser-cut gap(s) for the selfie cameras look neat and as low-key as potential.

Probably the most essential shade metric for shows is the JNCD worth (simply noticeable shade distinction). A worth of lower than three signifies that most people would take into account the colour copy to be “indistinguishable from excellent.” The Galaxy S10 will get a powerful zero.four JNCD, making it probably the most correct show ever examined (the iPhone Xs will get zero.eight). Not so way back, the Galaxy S7 had a JNCD of three.


You may not be capable of “see” the distinction, however Samsung has additionally been capable of cut back the hostile results of blue mild, with out affecting the colour efficiency. That’s in accordance with the TUV Eye Consolation with Decreased Blue Gentle certification. It really works through the use of a distinct wavelength for the blue pixels.

Lastly, the S10’s display (and the software program) is ready to play 4K HDR10+ motion pictures through the use of the dynamic HDR knowledge embedded within the content material. There are additionally certifications earlier than cellphone makers can use the HDR10+ emblem, so we all know that this has been totally examined.

OLED panel high quality apart, each cellphone producer has its personal color-tuning, and with the Galaxy S10, Samsung has modified the default shade tuning to a much less saturated, extra pure, fashion. Should you just like the earlier punchy Samsung fashion, there’s a “vivid” mode within the show settings to make colours “pop.” It’s nice to have extra selections.

Distinctive brightness

Samsung says that its show can attain 1200 NITs of brightness, however even that’s conservative. On our S10+ unit, we measured a most brightness of 1363 NITs. Observe that this degree of brightness is solely achievable in “Adaptive Brightness” mode as a result of it’s designed to counter-act sturdy daylight for comparatively transient moments.

In guide brightness mode, the utmost brightness peaks at round ~750 NITs, which is sensible as a result of your eyes will adapt to extra brightness over prolonged intervals of time, and you’ll simply waste battery life. LG additionally defined one thing related after they launched their LG G7 1000 NITs show.

In-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader

One of many new options of the Galaxy S10 is the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor embedded within the show. It really works by changing the optical fingerprint sensor with a sensor that emits ultrasounds to create a 3D map of your fingerprint (it really works like a radar).

Not solely the 3D fingerprint is rather more safe than a 2D one as a result of there are extra correct particulars which are laborious to pretend. The Sonic Sensor additionally works if in case you have moist palms, one thing that will generally thwart optical sensors. This Sonic Sensor appears appropriate with adhesive display protectors however has been reported to fail with protectors made from glass.

This fingerprint sensor works quicker than any on-screen optical sensor we examined, however will not be as quick because the older fingerprint readers, so there’s nonetheless room for enchancment. I like to recommend displaying the fingerprint emblem when the show is OFF (within the show settings), so the place to place your finger to unlock.

Remember the fact that the Galaxy S10 2D face unlock will not be safe, however can be utilized for comfort.

Digicam: Final digicam picture high quality (IQ)

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2018 was a wild 12 months within the cellular digicam world, and regardless of main in low-light pictures for the entire of 2018, Samsung fell behind Huawei when the Mate 20 Professional got here out with a 5X zoom + ultrawide setup. The lesson was realized, and that’s why the Galaxy S10/S10+ comes out of the gate with a triple-lens digicam (16mm / 27mm / 52mm) that places Samsung within the pole-position once more.

The outcomes are excellent: in our Uber-G Digicam IQ (image-quality) rating, the Galaxy S10 will get 177 factors the place the Mate 20 Professional beforehand scored 167 factors.  Our rating is constructed from 4 cellular pictures pillars:

Daylight: 187 (#1 with OnePlus 6T and iPhone XS)
Evening: 194 (#1)
Zoom: 89
Ultrawide: 134 (#1)

As you possibly can see, the Galaxy S10 ranks #1 in three out of four classes, with the Huawei Mate 20 Professional scoring larger within the zoom class, due to its 80mm optical zoom.

For Daylight, Evening and Zoom pictures, the Galaxy S10 has incremental enhancements over the Galaxy Observe 9 (which was itself excellent). Nonetheless, our assessments clearly present that it’s the new Ultrawide digicam that propels the Galaxy S10 to the highest. For rather more data and picture samples, learn our detailed overview of the Galaxy S10 digicam (rear digicam).

Selfie (examined on Galaxy S10+ solely)

Selfie picture high quality may be extra subjective to evaluate, however specializing in the picture particulars, the Galaxy S10 does enhance fairly a bit upon the Galaxy S9 and its predecessors. The pictures are sharper than S9/Note9, with fewer background blur artifacts alongside the sides of the topic.

Each the selfie digicam lens+sensor and the secondary bokeh sensor of the S10+ contribute to the standard enhancements. The S10+ selfie digicam has a large angle lens, and if you change to the slim FoV, it merely will get cropped. We’ve not appeared on the single-lens S10 selfie digicam but, so we could replace this paragraph later.

Video options

For videographers, probably the most thrilling function is the Tremendous-Regular stabilized video, which makes use of the first digicam along with the Ultrawide to stabilize the video. This mode solely works with the first lens, and you can’t shoot in 4K (the video processing could be too heavy).

HDR10 video recording can also be an enchancment over previous-gen movies. Though Snapdragon 845 was already able to HDR10 recording, solely Sony made use of it. HDR recording improves video publicity high quality in methods which are usually delicate, but it surely’s undoubtedly an ideal factor to have.

New digicam software program options

The Galaxy S10 has a Shot Suggestion function that makes use of AI to counsel the place to level the digicam, to take the very best picture. It additionally makes positive that pictures are leveled, a function that I’d like to have in all conditions, along with the three×three grid. Personally, I are likely to disable the AI options, however you can provide it a attempt to see if you happen to prefer it.

On the launch, Samsung additionally introduced a good Instagram integration that we would add to this take a look at later because it was not out there at publishing time.

Efficiency: stellar

Outfitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the Galaxy S10 is among the many strongest handsets in just about each facet. Basically, there are few perceptible variations between telephones that use the identical processor, however the Galaxy S10 has a vapor-chamber cooling system that may give it a small edge with extra prolonged gaming or VR periods.

The graphics efficiency hole is especially noticeable for present benchmarks like 3DMark Slingshot Excessive during which the Snapdragon 855 simply pulls forward of the competitors. For older video games and benchmarks, the iPhone XS can compete very nicely. Should you’re curious, have a look at the charts within the picture gallery.

Wi-fi efficiency

With a 4G LTE CAT20 modem, the Galaxy S10 is able to peak obtain speeds of two Gbps and uploads of 316 Mbps. In fact, it’s unlikely to achieve these speeds in real-world situations, however larger peak speeds normally correlate with larger common speeds as nicely.

Battery: good capability improve

With battery capacities of 3400 mAh and 4100 mAh, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ are good upgrades from the Galaxy S9/S9+ (+13% and +17% respectively).

The Galaxy S10 additionally will get to develop into a wi-fi charger for different units. Launched by Huawei a while in the past, this function can cost a cellphone very slowly, but it surely makes much more sense to make use of it to cost earbuds or smartwatches, it’s an ideal factor to have included it.

Our (wired) battery charging take a look at of the Galaxy S10+ reveals a charging pace of 53 mAh/mn, which is a bit quicker than the Galaxy S9+, however not spectacular when in comparison with the 100 mAh/mn of the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. Many OnePlus/Oppo units additionally cost at speeds between 60-70 mAh/mn.

A 100% distinction in charging pace could be a sway issue for battery acutely aware customers who completely require an ultra-fast charging functionality. Common customers mustn’t fear an excessive amount of.

To place issues in perspective, the Galaxy S10+ fees 2.5X quicker than the iPhone XS Max, however the Mate 20 Professional fees 2X quicker than the Galaxy S10+.

Software program: new consumer interface and automation

The Samsung Galaxy S10 runs on Android 9 and comes loaded with Samsung apps resembling DEX which turns the cellphone right into a “Windowed” laptop when linked to a big show. Nonetheless, there are a few new options we advocate taking a look at:

Samsung One UI

Introduced in the course of the 2018 Samsung Developer Convention (SDC) in San Francisco, One UI is Samsung’s newest Person Interface refresh, with a ton of usability enhancements. One UI tackles the large-display nature of recent smartphones and is optimized to be pleasant throughout one-handed utilization, for instance by shifting many buttons and choices to the underside of the display.

A Darkish Mode can also be included by default which may be nice when utilizing the cellphone at evening, but in addition if you wish to save slightly little bit of battery life (OLED shows spend no energy on black pixels).

Bixby Routines

Bixby helps you automate duties that will in any other case take a number of faucets to execute or that you just wish to be executed robotically at a sure time, underneath particular situations.

An excellent instance of that’s the default “Save battery at evening”, which is able to robotically disable BT, flip off the At all times-On show, shut down WIFI and Cellular knowledge in case your cellphone isn’t linked to a charger at evening. That approach your battery stays as excessive as potential if you get up.

Conclusion: The Android smartphone to beat

The Galaxy S10 is a near-perfect smartphone. It’s a very balanced handset that performs extraordinarily nicely at every part. The battery charging efficiency is maybe the one crack the in any other case impenetrable armor. For every part else that issues, (digicam, show, processor, design) – The Galaxy S10 both leads or finds itself within the main group.


We discover the commercial design to be stunning, however the extra essential level is the standard of the supplies and the way good the final construct is. The Galaxy S10 is just glorious and we warmly advocate it and giving it an “All-stars” score.

General product score: 10/10

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