It's laborious to imagine, nevertheless it's been ten years since Samsung launched the primary collection of the Galaxy cellphone collection. The Galaxy S set a wave of success for Samsung, which continued over time in varied iterations.
As we speak, Samsung hosts the launch of the brand new Galaxy S10 in San Franciso – a couple of days sooner than the standard unveiling of Barcelona / MWC.
The Galaxy S10 represents a brand new design iteration for Samsung and updates the "attribute" look that the corporate usually maintains for 2 generations. This 12 months Samsung not solely adjustments the venue and its product design, but additionally blends the standard mannequin vary with the launch of a brand new lower-priced Galaxy S10 mannequin.
As we speak's announcement consists of the brand new Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 +, a tool trio celebrating the tenth anniversary of Samsung's flagship.
Historically, the only method to speak about what has been introduced at the moment is to current the specification sheets of the three fashions and look at the differentiation components between the completely different fashions:
Samsung Galaxy S10 collection
Galaxy S10 +
(North and Latin America, China, Japan)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Cryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Cryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42 GHz
4x Cryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80 GHz
(Europe and remainder of the world)
Samsung Exynos 9820
2x Exynos M4 at 2.73GHz
2x Cortex A75 at 2.31GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz
2280 x 1080 (19: 9)
( flat )
3040 x 1440 (19: 9)
3040 x 1440 (19: 9)
SAMOLED, HDR10 +, 1200nits high brightness
Gorilla Glass 5
Gorilla Glass 6
142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
149.9 x 70.four x 7.eight mm
157.6 x 74.1 x 7.eight mm
6/eight / 12GB
128 / 256 GB
128 / 512 GB
128 / 512 / 1024 GB
3100 mAh (11.93 Wh)
3400 mAh (13.09 Wh)
4100 mAh (15.78 Wh)
Major entrance digicam
10MP f / 1.9
4K Video Recording
Secondary entrance digicam
8MP, f / 2.2
Twin Pixel PDAF
Predominant rear-view digicam
77 ° Regular Angle
12MP Twin Pixel PDAF
Tri-Stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 Excessive Pace Recording
Adjustable aperture f / 1.5 or f / 2.four
OIS, Auto HDR, LED flash
Second rear digicam
123 ° huge angle
16MP f / 2.2
rear view digicam
45 ° / Telephoto 2x Zoom
12MP, m / 2,four,
Snapdragon X20 LTE (Snapdragon Built-in)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Class 18/13)
DL 1200 Mbps (5 x 20 MHz CA, 256-QAM),
UL 150 Mbps (2 x 20 MHz CA, 64-QAM))
Shannon LTE (Exynos Built-in)
2G / 3G / 4G-LTE (Class 20/13)
DL 2000 Mbps (8x20MHz CA, 256-QAM),
UL 316Mbps (3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM)
802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax 2×2 MU-MIMO,
BT 5.zero LE, NFC, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS
USB Kind-C, three.5mm Headphones
Sensor for lateral fingerprint
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor Underneath the Display screen
Coronary heart Price Sensor, Iris Scanner, Face Unlocking,
Quick Charging (Qualcomm QC 2.zero, Adaptive Dashing, USB-PD),
Wi-fi and Backward Loading (WPC & PMA),
Android 9.zero with Samsung OneUI
6 / 128GB: $ 749 / € 749 / £ 669
eight/256: $ / € / £
6 / 128GB: $ 899/909 € / 799
eight / 512GB: 1149 €
6 / 128GB: 999 $ / 999 € / 899 £
eight / 512GB: 1249 € / 1099 £
12/1 TB: 1599 € / 1399 £
Within the coronary heart of a phone
On the coronary heart of all Galaxy S10 variants are model new SoCs that outline the core options of the brand new telephones: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and the brand new Samsung S.LSI Exynos 9820.
The SoC not solely determines the efficiency of a telephone, but additionally determines options such because the digicam specification (variety of cameras, decision and recording high quality). Most significantly, power effectivity is the one metric that may be immensely impacted by a SoC. As such an necessary element, it’s nonetheless very unusual that Samsung Electronics insists on duplicating this half from a number of suppliers.
Customers in America, together with the US, China and Japan, will see the brand new Galaxy S10 telephones powered by the brand new Snapdragon 855 SoC from Qualcomm. We had the pleasure and alternative to element the brand new chipset together with a full efficiency preview of the brand new chip . The brand new Qualcomm chip contains a new era of CPUs derived from Arm's Cortex A76 CPUs – one with a most frequency of two.84 GHz and three different cores at 2.42 GHz. Along with the ability cores, we once more see 4 Cortex A55-derived cores at 1.eight GHz as environment friendly workhorses of the system.
The brand new Snapdragon chip carried out excellently, however essentially the most spectacular facet is the considerably higher power effectivity of each CPU cores and the brand new Adreno 640 GPU. The brand new 7nm chipset, due to this fact, guarantees a first-class battery life within the gadgets through which it’s built-in.
Customers in the remainder of the world, together with markets reminiscent of Europe, Korea, Australia and different EMEA markets, will see the acquisition of Samsung's personal Exynos 9820. The chip is the successor of the earlier 12 months of lower than spectacular Exynos 9810 the in bother competing with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 each when it comes to efficiency as additionally when it comes to power effectivity .
We have no idea a lot concerning the efficiency of the brand new Exynos – we all know it has a brand new tri-cluster CPU configuration with two new M4 cores at 2.73 GHz and two Cortex-A75 cores at 2.31 GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.95 GHz. The CPUs are supported by a brand new Mali G76MP12 GPU. It also needs to be famous that the Exynos 9820 is manufactured in an 8nm 8LPP course of, which theoretically ought to be inferior to the TSMC 7nm course of – though we’ve got to attend and see how the precise outcomes happen.
An necessary facet of each SoCs, that are represented within the options of the brand new Galaxy S10, are the brand new NPUs (Neuronal Processing Items). In essence, the brand new devoted laptop inference can pace up the workload and allow a few of the new digicam options we'll see on the S10 at the moment.
To proceed the interior specs, all Galaxy S10s start with fundamental 6Gb DRAM configurations, growing the quantity to 8GB for the upper tier variants. The brand new Galaxy S10 + is even out there with an excellent premium model with 12 GB.
A giant kudos for Samsung this 12 months is the truth that all fashions begin with a storage capability of 128 GB, which doubles the space for storing in comparison with final 12 months's Galaxy S9. The upper layered model of the Galaxy S10e permits a rise to 256 GB of storage, with the Galaxy S10 and S10 + leaping on to 512 GB. The S10 + once more presents a super-high-level, which presents whopping 1 TB of inner reminiscence, which is able to fulfill even essentially the most passionate 4K video followers – while you're able to pay the worth distinction.
The design of the brand new Galaxy S10 may be very a lot about adjustments – the entrance and heart of the brand new design is Samsung's new show. The Galaxy S10 and S10 + have an identical curved-edge design that we've gotten used to within the S8 and S9 collection. The distinction right here is that the brand new telephone throws off a number of fads up and down. Samsung launched the "Infinity-O" design final November, and the brand new Galaxy S10 are the corporate's first OLED display screen telephones utilizing the brand new function.
The brand new, minimalist bezels look nice, and the S10e and S10 each function their entrance cameras within the higher proper nook of the display screen with this new punch design. I really had fairly a little bit of time with a competitor product with an identical design: Honor's View 20 – the one distinction is that Honor has positioned the digicam within the higher left nook. I actually assume Honors method was a little bit extra significant than Samsung's, because the implementation of the latter shifts the standing icons and clock completely to the left, whereas I don’t assume the notification icons are being moved to the best to be all that disturbs.
The Galaxy S10 + really emphasizes this facet because the telephone provides an additional front-facing digicam, making a pill-like cutout as an alternative of a less complicated round gap patch that additional shifts the watch and notification icons.
To explain the brand new entrance digicam modules themselves, the principle sensor is a brand new 10-MP gadget with a 1: 1.9 aperture, permitting for the primary time 4K video recording to the entrance. The Galaxy S10 + provides one other 8MP f / 2.2 module whose sensor is a two-pixel PDAF gadget. This prompts Samsung's "Life Focus" function, which we are going to cowl shortly.
Infinity-O HDR10 + OLED screens
To reap the benefits of the display screen specification, the brand new Galaxy S10e has a 5.eight inch diameter show whereas the S10 and S10 + are 6.1 and 6.three inches. You shouldn’t fear concerning the giant display screen sizes, as Samsung has prolonged the facet ratio of the show to 19: 9. What actually issues is the precise width of the telephones, and on this regard, the S10 and S10 + correspond to the scale of the S9 and S9 +.
The brand new member of the family, the brand new S10e, really is available in a barely smaller type issue than the S10. The place the S10e continues to diverge is that it really has a flat display screen that avoids the sweeping edges of its siblings and predecessors. As well as, the entrance glass is Gorilla Glass 5, whereas the S10 and S10 + work with Gorilla Glass 6. The display screen decision of the S10e is just 1080p (2280×1080), whereas the bigger telephones are geared up with the usual 1440p (3040×1440) panels from Samsung
Two new options that the brand new panels share are HDR10 + compatibility. For the primary time, Samsung appears to have included a 10-bit panel within the new S10 gadgets. With a view to activate HDR10 +, the panels additionally have to be vibrant, and right here Samsung as soon as once more units a peak brightness of 1200nits – a rise of round 30% over the 600 nits peak seen on the Galaxy S9.
The truth that the brand new display screen panel could include 10 bits provides me a break as to what this implies for energy consumption. Samsung's new DDIC should work a lot more durable with a a lot greater voltage, and I'm very excited to see how this impacts not solely panel effectivity, but additionally the important facets of the brand new telephone's energy base.
Triple Digital camera Flagships
Once we flip the telephones round, we discover Samsung's first triple-camera arrange in a flagship. Twin digicam setups have change into "2017/2018" and new triple digicam setups are the brand new huge deal. For the Galaxy S10s, it ought to be talked about that the triple cameras can solely be discovered on the S10 and S10 +, whereas the S10e is just geared up with a dual-sided dual-camera setup.
The primary digicam sensor appears to be related on all telephones, as within the Galaxy S9 – a 12-megapixel sensor with dual-pixel PDAF and a dual-aperture lens that may swap between f / 1.5 and f / 1. 2.four, all housed in an OIS-enabled module. At present, we’ve got no additional data on how and if the brand new sensor has improved. We are going to replace issues as quickly as we be taught extra.
The opposite digicam sensor out there on all S10 modules is the model new gadget this 12 months: a brand new 16MP-123 ° wide-angle lens module with a 1: 2.2 aperture. I’ve all the time been a giant fan of wide-angle digicam modules as they’re, for my part, way more helpful than telemodules. For the longest time, this was an unique function of LG telephones. Simply final 12 months, when Huawei began putting in triple cameras within the Mate 20 collection, we lastly noticed different to the LG implementations. I'm actually trying ahead to seeing how the huge digicam unit of the brand new S10 will work in observe, and if it's that good, say the Mate 20 Professional .
Lastly, the telephoto lens within the tools appears to be very related once more, as we noticed it final 12 months on the S9 +. This time round, Samsung has determined to maintain the function parity between S10 and S10 +, which I like very a lot since you would not have to really feel like lacking for those who favor the smaller type issue. Because the S10e is in fact a decrease model, the telephoto lens intervenes. It’s attention-grabbing to see that Samsung has determined to take away the telephoto lens as an alternative of the huge angle. I can think about that, along with market analysis and person preferences, the telephoto lens is just a dearer element because of using OIS. Due to this fact, it made extra sense to drop this half in comparison with the presumably cheaper huge angle module.
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Wi-fi Charging
The Galaxy S10 and S10 + are the primary commercially out there telephones to function an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner underneath the show. Samsung didn’t decide for first-generation opto-based sensors final 12 months due to its accuracy and pace. The brand new answer is offered by Qualcomm – and guarantees to be not solely extra correct, but additionally safer, as it could possibly detect 3D options in your fingerprint edges that an optical sensor couldn’t present.
The S10e avoids this dearer element and as an alternative has a side-mounted, capacitive fingerprint scanner on the on / off swap place.
Among the many new options of the S10 collection is the introduction of reverse wi-fi charging. Right here, Samsung has taken word of the implementation of Huawei within the Mate 20 Professional and brought over in their very own flagship. Though the Samsung function has a direct scope of utility, Samsung has additionally launched new wi-fi earphones that may be charged wirelessly (utilizing their storage enclosure) from the brand new Galaxy S10.
The brand new Galaxy S10 are additionally the primary to help the brand new 802.11ax (Wifi 6) commonplace, because of the mixing of Broadcom's new BCM4375 chipset.
Lastly, I actually gossip (as unusual and unhappy as that’s …) Samsung continues to make use of a three.5mm headphone jack on the brand new Galaxy S10. It is extremely apparent that there have been quite a few telephone producers who dropped the headphone jack with out having to assume a lot about tips on how to change their performance whereas sustaining the nice and handy audio high quality. The truth that Samsung has launched a brand new set of wi-fi headphones with out eliminating the usual three.5mm jack cassettes presents the very best of each worlds. Should you additionally consider the truth that Samsung has additionally considerably elevated battery capability whereas protecting the jack in place, this appears to discredit a few of the nonsensical causes which were introduced to us prior to now one or two years.
By way of software program, the S10 is introduced with Samsung's new OneUI. The brand new UI design will not be unique and new to the S10, as we've seen the introduction of the S9 and the Note9 in latest weeks. I had a while with OneUI on the Note9 and I feel that is Samsung's most subtle design up to now – the whole lot is clear and clear and above all when it comes to options it is likely one of the finest vendor implementations of Android.
Availability and Worth
The brand new Galaxy S10 might be out there within the US from March eight and in Europe from March 9. The Galaxy S10e begins at 749 euros for the 6 GB / 128 GB model, the Galaxy S10 prices 899 euros for the 6/128 model, whereas the eight/1212 variant is on the greater finish at 1149 euros. Lastly, the Galaxy S10 + begins at 1009 euros at 6/128, 1249 euros for the eight/512 model and at last 1599 euros for the 12 GB / 1 TB luxurious model.