For the tenth anniversary of its flagship Galaxy S range, Samsung has introduced three new models – S10, S10 Plus and S10e, at its annual Samsung Unpacked event. The event took place just days before MWC Barcelona, where the South Korean tech company continued promoting its new smartphones. Available for pre-order from March, the new models will provide users with many new updates and features.
The real question users are asking is what makes this phone special enough to purchase or upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S9 series, or indeed from a competitor? A new range of color options is not all it has to offer…
Both the S10 and S10 Plus are larger than their S9 counterparts upgrading from a 5.8-inch display to 6.1-inch, and 6.2-inch to 6.4-inch respectively.
Most importantly, however, the new S10 range features an infinity O display, which in simply means that the screen wraps from edge to edge, a first for Samsung. The idea here is to create an ‘uninterrupted viewing experience’ when streaming videos on the phone. To fully accomplish this, the company has also removed the home button, replacing it with a ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that is built-in in the screen. The front camera of the phone has also been transformed. It is now a simple dot in the upper right corner, capable of taking excellent high-quality selfies. Movies and other videos will therefore look better on this screen infinity O display than any other Samsung phone. Furthermore, with a 42% built-in blue light reduction, the new Galaxy range is better for your eyes too.
The only downside to this new screen format is that Samsung has removed the iris scanner they introduced in the S8, so the S10 no longer has facial recognition capabilities.
For many looking to purchase this phone, the camera quality will be high on their list as a factor by which to judge it. The S10 boasts an ultrawide camera that can take cinematic photos with a 123-degree field of vision (the same as the human eye). The device has three cameras on its back which include one 16-megapixel and two 12-megapixel camera. Altogether they can record ultra-stable HDR video content, enough to compete with a GoPro. The selfie camera has also been upgraded to a 10- megapixels meaning that there’s hardly no way to take a blurry selfie with this camera. The front facing camera can now also shoot videos in 4K and with 128GB storage as standard, users can take 80 selfies a day for 10 years before filling up the memory.
Wireless Power Share
The S10 series also feature wireless power sharing, a technology first introduced by Huawei’s Mate 20. This allows the phone to wirelessly charge any other devices such as the Samsung Gear smartwatch, that are compatible. Samsung claims its technology gets the second device back to 100% faster than its competitors. Another key benefit here is that the phone will automatically stop wirelessly charging when the S10 battery reaches 30%. This is to prevent exhausting the phone’s battery completely. As your friends and family upgrade to newer phone models sharing battery life will be a major plus, especially for that one friend we all have who never has battery on their phone!
So, whilst Samsung is not introducing revolutionary technology here, creating a smartphone with wireless power share and longer battery life has been essential to keep up with the competition.
Intelligent Wi-Fi and 5G
Another key feature of the S10 series is intelligent Wi-Fi 6. This is a form of Wi-Fi that reaches faster speeds and is reliable and secure even on public networks. The intelligent Wi-Fi is also essential to serve the video streaming potential of the S10 screen.
Samsung also introduced a stand-alone 5G device highlighting that the company is prepared for the roll-out of the next generation mobile network this summer. The Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch screen that has been specifically designed to work on the ultra-fast 5G network.
Get Value for Money with Galaxy S10E
Finally, Samsung introduced a cheaper version of its Galaxy smartphones – S10E, which still offers a lot of the good features of the S10 range. It has the same Snapdragon 855 processor as the standard S10 and S10 Plus. However, the base model has slightly less RAM (6GB), but you can get 8GB if you choose the model with 256GB of storage.
Its 5.8-inch screen is the smallest of the bunch, and it drops the resolution down a bit, but that also means it’s easier to manage in one hand. The S10E still has a dynamic OLED screen with reduced blue light. And you can get this phone in a variety of colors.
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