Ten years after the Galaxy S line was first introduced, Samsung has this morning unveiled its latest installment of its premium smartphones, taking the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S10 series of devices.
At its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung introduced four new Galaxy S devices with new features like camera cut-outs for front-facing cameras, in-screen fingerprint sensors, triple rear-facing camera arrays and reverse wireless charging. While we’ve seen much of this technology already in other devices, it is fantastic to see them all land in one device. Let’s see what Samsung’s put together for us.
Introducing the Galaxy S10 range
Samsung has introduced four new members of the Galaxy S family – the Galaxy S10, a larger-sized Galaxy S10+, the Galaxy S10 5G for connecting to the latest mobile networks, and a more entry-level Galaxy S10e.
All four phones in the range feature Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ displays, from 5.8-inches on the Galaxy S10e through to 6.7-inches for the Galaxy S10 5G. The HDR+ moniker means Samsung’s devices are almost guaranteed to be certified for Netfix and YouTube HDR content.
The displays are cased in Gorilla Glass 6, while the Galaxy S10e will get the previous generation. Regardless, all should be well protected, and all models will feature IP68 water and dust resistance.
With configurations starting at 6GB and 128GB storage, ranging up to a whopping 12GB of RAM and 1TB storage at the top of the Galaxy S10+ range, it’s clear that Samsung is serious about winning the specs race. Regardless of configuration, these are devices which should feel good in the hand – at just 7.94mm thin or less, the thin and rounded edges will fit naturally.
As with most premium Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S10 range will be available in a variety of colours, including blacks and whites, as well as a number of other options – greens, blues, yellows and of course the modern Pink. Samsung will offer two finishes with the S10, S10e and S10 5G coming in a standard glass finish and the S10 + coming in a Ceramic finish.
Rounding out the specifications are the expected inclusions – USB C, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging for other devices (including the Galaxy Buds), and the retention of the headphone jack for another year. While the chipset configuration will vary by market, most of the world will see Samsung’s Exynos processors inside the Galaxy S10 range, while the US market and some others will see Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 instead.
With battery size ranging from 3,100 mAh in the S10e to a huge 4,500 mAh in the S10 5G, we’re expecting Samsung’s optimised software to keep these phones easily powered for a full working day, and perhaps into a second.
Here’s what we know of the specifications for you to compare:
|Galaxy S10e||Galaxy S10||Galaxy S10+|
|Display||5.8-inch, flat display||6.1-inch curved display||6.4-inch curved display|
|Resolution||1080p Full HD+||Quad HD+||Quad HD+|
|Protection||Gorilla Glass 5, IP68||Gorilla Glass 6, IP68||Gorilla Glass 6, IP68|
|Rear Camera||12MP f/1.5 + 16MP f/2.2 wide angle||12MP f/1.5 + 16MP f/2.2 wide angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto||12MP f/1.5 + 16MP f/2.2 wide angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto|
|Front Camera||10MP||10MP||10MP + 8MP Group Selfie Camera|
|Processor||Exynos 9820||Exynos 9820||Exynos 9820|
|Storage||128GB - 256GB||128GB - 512GB||128GB - 1TB|
|Battery||3,100 mAh||3,400 mAh||4,100 mAh|
|Price||$1,199 (128GB)||$1,349 (128GB) / $1,699 (512GB)||$1,499 (128GB) / $1,849 (512GB) / $2,399 (1TB)|
All of this was anticipated, though. There’s nothing truly surprising about what’s been announced thus far. Let’s look at what’s different.
Galaxy S10 range cameras
For the longest time, Samsung stuck with a single rear camera. Granted, it was very capable – Samsung’s Galaxy S9 was well-regarded last year – but it lacked some of the capabilities that multiple lenses/sensors allowed.
This year, every phone in the range comes with multiple cameras. The base Galaxy S10e includes two rear cameras including a Wide-angle 12MP Dual Pixel AF, f/1.5: f/2.4, OIS (77°) lens and an ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2 (123°) – 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom. Around the front is a 10MP Dual Pixel AF, f/1.9 (80°) lens.
The remaining three phones all feature a triple camera setup including the same Wide Angle and Ultra Wide cameras as the S10 e and the addition of a Telephoto lens 12MP, f/2.4, OIS (45°), and the same front-facing 10MP camera.
This is interesting, but it’s far from the only innovation.
The front-facing cameras also get a workover this year, moving from above the display to in-display. Each of the Galaxy S10 devices will feature one camera, and the Galaxy S10+ will get a second, wider-angle camera for taking better group selfies (amongst other things).
Samsung wasn’t resting on their laurels with the S10 line, to compliment the quartet of new phones they have also taken the wraps off a new Smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active, two new fitness trackers the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e and the much-leaked Galaxy Buds fully wireless earbuds.
We’ll talk about those separately, but for now we’re waiting to get some hands-on time with the new Galaxy S10 range, the new Galaxy Fold and more when we get to MWC 2019 where all the new devices will be on display.
For those looking to get in on the action here, the Galaxy S10 range of smartphones will be available to pre-order in Australia from 9.00am AEDT on February 21, 2019. Customers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 from participating retailers between 9.00am AEDT February 21, 2019 and midnight AEDT March 7, 2019 will be eligible to receive a bonus set of Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds (RRP $249).
Later this morning we’ll have all the carrier plans and offers available, too. Keep an eye out!