Samsung S10 Series – Where Style Meets Technology


No one does an Android quite like Samsung and for the past ten years, they’ve been upping the ante with their flagships. This year is no different as we see three versions of the tenth iteration of their famed Galaxy S series – the 5.8-inch S10e, the 6.1-inch S10, and the 6.4-inch S10+.


Display

Samsung displays have always dazzled and while all three phones may look the same at first glance, a closer look will dispel that assumption pretty fast.

The edges of the S10 and S10+ are curved, while that of the S10e is flat, which means it doesn’t curve into the frame below. With a Full HD+ resolution on the 10e and a Wide Quad HD+ resolution on the S10 and S10+, the Dynamic AMOLED displays have been nudged even further into the bezels achieving more screen space.

Each of these phones offer an in-display fingerprint sensor and have done away with the Iris scanning that was first introduced in the S8 to unlock the phone and authorize Samsung Pay transactions. Samsung believes the feature is now redundant with the introduction of the most advanced fingerprint scanner.

Advanced, because it uses ultrasonic technology and not the optical readers like other Android phones. While optical in-display fingerprint readers view a 2D image of the fingerprint, the ultrasonic reader reads the 3D contours of your fingerprint for foolproof security.

The display on all three iterations reduces blue light through its TÜV Rheinland certified Eye Comfort display without compromising picture quality or adding a filter.


Camera

Moving away from the notch, the Samsung S10 series has what they call “Infinity-O” displays with a round hole – hole punch displays – in the upper right corner.

Not only this, there are three cameras each on the S10 and S10+. Specs include a 12MP wide angle with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures, 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens and a 123° 16MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture and 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom.

The S10e on the other hand has two cameras – a 12MP wide angle with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures and a 123° 16MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture.

This line-up also sees an ultra-wide-angle lens in the S10e for wider nature shots and larger groups!

The front cameras on all three phones record in 4K.


Under the hood

The Galaxy S10s are all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and run Android 9.0 (Pie).

The S10e is available in two versions. The 128GB version comes with 6GB of RAM; while the 256GB version comes with 8GB of RAM. The phone is upgradeable to 512GB via MicroSD slot.

The S10 though, comes in only one version – 128GB – with 8GB RAM but is upgradeable to 512GB via MicroSD slot.

The S10+ is a bit different. Apart from the base version of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage there is a 512GB and 1TB version as well. Should you opt for the 512GB or the 1TB iterations, which come with 12GB of RAM, the phone will have a ceramic glass rear and not Gorilla Glass 6 that’s available on the other models.


Battery

The S10 comes with a 3,400 mAh battery; the S10e comes with a 3,100 mAh battery; and the S10+ has a 4,100 mAh battery. What’s new here is the Wireless PowerShare feature that makes it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphone devices and even compatible wearable devices. The S10 can charge itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger.


Price and availability

For the base 128GB version, the Galaxy S10e starts at $749.99; the Galaxy S10 starts at $899.99, and the Galaxy S10+ starts at $999.99.

These phones that come in – Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Prism Blue, and Prism White – and go on sale from March 8th. There are two other color variants, Yellow and Prism Green, but these are not for sale in the US.

While the phone will go on sale from 8th March it is available for pre-order right now! Pre-ordering the S10 and S10+ will make you eligible to get the new $129 Samsung Galaxy Buds free. These wireless earphones feature sound by AKG; Enhanced Ambient Sound that allows you can control how much you wish to hear of your surrounding sound; Adaptive dual microphones to isolate your voice from your noisy ambient sounds and Bixby support. The Samsung Galaxy Buds can hold a 6-hour charge and the charging case that has a battery of its own is included in the purchase and that has about 7 hours of battery life. The case can also charge wirelessly using Qi or Wireless PowerShare and directly from Galaxy S10 devices. The Galaxy Buds can also be charged via USB-C.

If you choose to preorder (before March 7th ) the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10s from Verizon Wireless, they’re offering the free pair of Galaxy Buds. Apart from this, they are also offering a free Galaxy S10e or $750 on the purchase of a Galaxy S10 or S10+. The cases are also priced at 25% off up to March 7th.

If you choose to pre-order from AT&T, perks include the Galaxy Buds, a Galaxy Tab S4 on discount and a “Buy One Get One Offer” that offers up to $1,000 of bill credits for new customers.

If it’s T-Mobile you are pre-ordering from, freebies include the free pair of Galaxy Buds and a $390 off the S10 or S10+ with a trade-in or if you add a new line.

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