I owe another thanks to the wonderful team at Samsung, for letting me to get my hands on their brand new flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
I’ve now been using the Samsung Galaxy S10 since the big launch and I’ve been loving it. So switching briefly to the S10+ wasn’t difficult in the slightest.
Samsung made some fairly big changes with their new range; like the new Infinity-O Screen covering almost the whole phone, a triple-lens rear camera that can take ultra-wide photos, and a fingerprint sensor built directly into the screen itself. These features are available in both the S10 and S10+
If you know me then you know I already like this phone mainly because it has a headphone jack. Yes, I’m still salty with Apple, I’m allowed to be.
I’ve done a wee comparison of specs between the new Galaxy S10+ and S9+ cause I’m nice and hopefully someone finds it helpful:
|Samsung Galaxy S10+||Samsung Galaxy S9+|
|Screen Size: 6.4 inch
Resolution: 3040 x 1440
|Screen Size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 2960 x 1440
|Rear Camera: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP||Rear Camera: 12 MP + 12 MP|
|Front Camera: 10MP + 8 MP depth sensor||Front Camera: 8MP|
|RAM: 8GB||RAM: 6GB|
|Processor: 64bit Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual core, M4 Mongoose + 2.31 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)||Processor: 64bit Octa core (2.7 GHz, Quad core, M2 Mongoose + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)|
|Storage: 128/512GB/1TB MicroSD up to 512GB||Storage: 64/128/256 MicroSD up to 400GB|
|Battery: 4100mAh||Battery: 3500mAh|
Samsung did some really impressive things with these displays. The S10+ has one of the best screen to body ratios of all of Samsung’s phones, thanks to the new almost edge-to-edge Infinity-O screen. They skirted around the issue of having a notch cut-out at the top of the screen by laser cutting a hole for the camera in the top right and embedding the sensor within the pixels. Though the ‘punch-hole’ camera is slightly more noticeable on the S10+ as it has two front facing cameras as opposed to the S10 that just has the one. It’s still less noticeable than a big chunk taken out of the top of the screen. Though that second camera is actually used for depth sensing, the more you know. It helps to create that bokeh effect we’ve all grown to love in portrait mode.
Another cool feature for the S10+ & S10 is the built ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that is built right into the screen itself. It works fairly well, though there has been the odd occasion where it throws a mild hissy-fit and it takes me a few go’s before it’ll work. Something I also learnt recently is that these two phones come with screen protectors already placed on them, mainly because at the time of the launch there were no other protectors accessible that would work with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Though it does function a lot better after a recent software update, I will note that even my iPhone 6S was a lot faster with its unlock. It’s impressive in itself they managed to hide it under the screen, and I do prefer it there rather than on the back, it’s just really slow.
Samsung calls the resolution QHD+ which basically makes sure that everything on the screen is highly detailed (as long as you have Wi-Fi fast enough). Although the 6.4 inch screen isn’t a lot bigger than my S10’s 6.1 inch screen, personally the S10+ just feels way too oversized for me to use comfortably on a daily basis plus on occasion I do note my hands bumping icons. The one bane of going almost bezeless, palm rejection. I’ve got small hands though, so this is a me problem.
Samsung refers to the rear cameras on the S10+ as being pro grade. The Galaxy S10 & S10+ both have a triple-lens camera made up of a 12 MP regular lens, a 12 MP optically zoomed telephoto lens, and a brand new 16 MP ultra-wide lens. I’ll never get tired of jumping from normal to wide-angle shots of the same scenery, it’s just weirdly entertaining to do. The front camera is another place where the S10+ differs from the S10, along with an improved to 10 MP camera the S10+ also has a second 8 MP camera for depth making your selfie game even stronger.
As I mentioned in the S10 review, Samsung is dual sourcing its SoC (System on a Chip). This has become the norm and both chipsets are powerful in their own rights. With the S10 & S10+ we get the Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm or Samsung’s own Exynos 9820. The Snapdragon 855 slips past the Exynos 9820 in most applications.
As far as geographically what New Zealand is getting, we’re on that Exynos wave.
The S10+ comes with a 4,100mAh battery which is larger than the S9+ as well as both the S10e and S10. I still haven’t found any evidence to disprove Samsung’s claim that S10 range has all-day batteries.
The S10+ also has the same PowerShare feature as the S10 that allows you to use your phone to wirelessly charge another phone or some of Samsung’s wearable accessories.
So… what should you do?
All in all, the S10+ is a definite improvement compared to its predecessor but remember the S9+ is still an excellent and powerful phone. I wouldn’t recommend dumping a perfectly functional S9+ unless you have the spare coin to shell out on the S10+ sensibly. (Put it on your credit card Robbie, I dare you.)
A majorly improved display, triple lens camera, better battery life and increased RAM all make the new Galaxy S10 range feel fresh again. So, if you’re looking for an upgrade, you’ve like what I’ve had to say and want something big then you may want to consider getting the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Personally, I’m perfectly happy with my marginally smaller Samsung Galaxy S10.