San Fransisco was lit yesterday by the light of the giant screens at the Samsung launch event. Samsung pulled no punches when it came to disclosing their latest and greatest. They directly started with what was going to be the most exciting revelation of the night – the folding phone – and then moved on to the Galaxy S10 family. Even though the folding phone sounds and looks cool (you should check out how cool it is in our article on it), the Samsung Galaxy S10 family is what got me the most excited.
They released 3 phones with the name S10 this year – regular old Galaxy S10, the giant Galaxy S10 Plus, and the new addition Galaxy S10e. Galaxy S10 is an update to the Galaxy S9 and the S10 Plus is the update to the Galaxy S9 Plus. The Galaxy S10e, though, is a new ‘budget’ addition to the family. This is a similar approach that Apple took with their iPhones but after watching the unpacked event and learning what each phone brings to the table, I feel that Samsung has done it better.
In this article, I will be talking about the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a beautiful 6.1 inches infinity Dynamic AMOLED display that is will probably be the best screen that you’ll see in the smartphones of 2019. It has over 90% screen to body ratio and the display comes with a hole at the top right corner for the selfie camera. The bezels are smaller. To sum up, the device is gorgeous.
At the back, as we saw in the leaks, there’s a horizontal triple camera setup. One is a regular 12MP f/1.5 – f/2.4 aperture primary dual-aperture lens similar to the one we saw on the Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus. Another is a telephoto lens. And the third one is a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens. Both the primary lens and the telephoto lens support OIS but the ultrawide lens doesn’t. That makes sense because you probably don’t need OIS when you’ve got such a large field of view.
Now, the other interesting bit is the under-screen fingerprint sensor. The back of the phone is completely clean except for the logo and the cameras. The fingerprint sensor is located under the screen near the bottom. It is an ultra-sonic sensor. This sensor uses ultrasonic soundwaves that our human ears can’t hear to detect our fingerprint. It is faster and less ‘flashy’ than the optical sensors that we saw in the phones like OnePlus 6 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Those are the improved aspects of the phone that people are going to care about. As this is a premium phone, I don’t think you have to be worried about the specs of this phone. But if you are someone who can’t sleep without knowing what’s inside, I’ll give you a rundown. The processor used is the Snapdragon 855 – the latest and greatest from Qualcomm. The phone will ship with 8GB RAM by default and you have the option to choose between 128GB internal storage and 512GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is not that different from the Galaxy S10. It has 6.4 inches of the same dynamic AMOLED display found on the Galaxy S10 and it looks gorgeous too. This display supports HDR10 too, like the S10 and it has a cutout on the screen instead of the notch. But the cutout is not circular, it is oval and it houses 2 front facing selfie cameras, one regular and one wide-angle.
At the back, there is no difference between the S10 and the S10 Plus in terms of the camera setup. It’s the exact same triple lens camera setup. The same ultrasonic fingerprint sensor resides under the screen.
Galaxy S10 Plus comes with 8GB RAM that can be paired with 128GB of internal storage or 512GB internal storage. But! But there is a version with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage!!! That’s just bonkers. That’s an absolute monster. If someone dares to ask a person with this variant of the Galaxy S10 Plus how much RAM is in their phone, then may God have mercy on their souls.
The other differentiating factor of the Galaxy S10 Plus is the battery. This phone has a 4100mAh battery which is larger than the 3400mAh found on the Galaxy S10. Also, if you choose to get the 512GB or the 1TB variant of the S10 Plus, the back of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will be Ceramic.
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Some extra extra-features
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 plus are no ordinary phones. They are the best that Samsung has to offer right now. So naturally, they come with tons of features that many people may use or may not. One thing that many people will be able to appreciate is the inclusion of the headphone jack. Yes, it’s still here and I salute Samsung for this. The next feature is called ‘Wireless powershare’ that is a complete rip-off of Huawei’s reverse wireless charging. But who cares, and who uses that anyway?
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus Pricing and Availability in Nepal
Galaxy S10, S10Plus, and the Galaxy S10e will be available from March 8 internationally. Galaxy S10 starts at about $900, the Galaxy S10 Plus starts at about $1000, and the Galaxy S10e starts at about $750.
We don’t know the exact date when these phones might come to Nepal but we’ve got good intel that Samsung Nepal is trying to bring this phone to Nepal by the second week of March. Like previous premium Samsung phones, I expect the Nepali price of these phones to be similar to the international price. So, I am guessing that the Galaxy S10 will come at around Rs. 1 lakh. The Galaxy S10 Plus will start from about Rs. 115K.
Of course, these phones are not cheap and they are not meant to be cheap. If you want to get the best of what Android has to offer right now, you have to spend that cash.
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