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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Specifications, Price, Features, Review

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Specifications, Price, Features, Review

There’s something about the number which clearly gets smartphone manufacturers’ creative juices flowing to do something special. Two years back Apple launched the iPhone X to mark 10 years of the iPhone and this year Samsung has marked the 10th year of its Galaxy Series with a splash of phones that have everyone sit up and take note (no pun intended). It is something that Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh also stressed on. Koh was categorical when he said that the year 2019 is going to be a game changer for the South Korean company in India. From launching the world’s largest mobile factory in Noida last year, Samsung has been upping the ante in the Indian market with a slew of devices. Along with launching three Galaxy S10 variants, the company has also recently launched the Galaxy M and A series in the affordable range.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s new ‘everything phone’ for 2019, helping disrupt the sameness of the last few generations of Samsung handsets. Its 6.4-inch screen is so big it displaces the front camera, while its triple-lens rear camera can take ultra-wide photos. And though you can’t see them, the in-screen fingerprint sensor is a hidden feature for you, while Wireless PowerShare is a perk for your battery-drained friends. It has a lot of nifty features – just know Samsung is asking for a lot of money, too.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price and release date

  • Launched March 8 after a February 20 announcement
  • 128GB version: $999 / £899 / AU$1,499 / AED 3,599
  • 512GB version: $1,249 / £1,099 / AU$1,84
  • 1TB/12GB RAM edition: $1,599 / £1,399 / AU$2,399

Display

  • 6.4-inch QHD+ screen with an impressive 93.1% screen-to-body ratio
  • Infinity-O display type’s punch hole fits two front camera in top right
  • First phone with HDR10+, but beware of false touches from lack of bezel

The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus makes this the biggest S phone screen to date, bigger than 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 Plus and matching the Galaxy Note 9 screen size. It’s also a lot better.

The main draw for us is the 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, as Samsung has found a way to fit more pixels across a tighter body, which also means a reduction in the size of the already-slender bezels above and below the display.

Design

  • The in-screen fingerprint sensor is novel and mostly works for us now
  • The high-end 512GB/1TB version comes with a premium ceramic back
  • Perks: reverse wireless charging (new) and headphone jack (age-old)

Aside from the new screen, the design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus looks familiar at first sight. However, you’ll find subtle improvements, and surprises new and old.

Its aluminum frame is thinner than that of the S9 Plus, and still sandwiched between smooth glass – in most versions. Everything on the standard S10 Plus is covered in Gorilla Glass 6, front and back, while the 512GB and 1TB versions are backed by ceramic in either white or black.

Camera

  • Triple lens camera for normal, telephoto and ultra-wide photos
  • 12.3MP main camera takes excellent photos rivaling Pixel 3
  • Ultra-wide camera is a great addition, even if it isn’t always sharp
  • New ‘Live Focus’ portrait filters like Color Point are fun to use
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Camera
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Camera (Image Credit: TechRadar)

The Samsung S10 Plus, like the S10, includes a robust triple-lens rear camera array, comprising a 12MP regular lens, a 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens, and new 16MP ultra-wide lens.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Specifications

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
CDMA 800 / 1900 – USA
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global, USA
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – USA
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100) – Global
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46, 66(1700/2100), 71(600) – USA
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2000/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2019, February
Status Available. Released 2019, March
BODY Dimensions 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in)
Weight 175 g / 198 g (ceramic) (6.17 oz)
Build Front glass (Gorilla Glass 6), back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Front glass (Gorilla Glass 6), ceramic body
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
DISPLAY Type Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.4 inches, 103.8 cm2 (~88.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~522 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
HDR10+
Always-on display
PLATFORM OS Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
Chipset Exynos 9820 Octa (8 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPU Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 – EMEA
Adreno 640 – USA/LATAM, China
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal 1 TB, 12 GB RAM, 128/512 GB, 8 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Triple 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.
SELFIE CAMERA Dual 10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), 1.12µm, depth sensor
Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected]
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Dolby Atmos/AKG sound
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio FM radio (USA & Canada only)
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 15W
Fast wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
MISC Colors Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White
SAR 1.06 W/kg (head)     1.03 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.52 W/kg (head)     1.58 W/kg (body)
Price About 1050 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 4426 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 4568
Basemark X: 45017
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.514 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 74dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 93dB
Audio quality Noise -93.0dB / Crosstalk -94.3dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 91h

 

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