Samsung Galaxy S10 + review: anniversary flagship with five cameras

Samsung Galaxy S10 + review – This year, Samsung launched the 10th anniversary line of flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones. At the moment, they are the most popular and best-selling Android smartphones, and every year the company tries to make its flagships as high-tech and “stuffed” as possible. In general, Samsung is doing well.

But this year they decided to expand the range: in addition to the traditional Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 + (larger and slightly more functional), there was also a third flagship Galaxy S10e “junior” with a smaller flat screen. , slightly reduced functionality and a significantly lower price. Kind of a response to the Apple iPhone Xr. But we will tell you about it in detail in the corresponding review, but for now we will focus on the older Samsung Galaxy S10 +.

 

What is that?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is a flagship Android smartphone with a large 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED curved display, a new flagship Samsung Exynos processor, 8 GB of RAM, three rear cameras, two front cameras, a fingerprint scanner under -shield and protection against dust and moisture.

 

Why is this interesting?

The smartphone is still made of glass and metal. There is a ceramic version, but I don’t know if it will reach our market. But the shape of the body has changed slightly, the screen has become bigger, and the glasses are smaller. Largely due to the fact that now the front camera (it’s in the Galaxy S10 + is dual) is cut directly into the screen, Samsung called this display design Infinity-O.

An updated dynamic AMOLED display is used, which, according to the developers, offers even better color reproduction, even higher peak brightness and supports HDR10 + standard (the main camera is capable of shooting the corresponding video ). The resolution is 3040×1440, the aspect ratio is 19: 9, the side edges are curved. Instead of two cameras on the back, there are now three.

For “normal” shots, 2x zoom, background blur, and wide-angle shots. Inside is a new 8-nanometer eight-core Exynos 9820 processor with a speed of 2.73 GHz clock, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (in the basic version). The fingerprint scanner moved directly below the screen, and the iris scanner disappeared, leaving only face recognition of the owner.

The battery is upgraded to 4100mAh, wired and wireless fast charging is supported, and there is a reverse wireless charging function as well. It is not very practical to charge another smartphone, But the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless earbuds, both wired and wireless fast charging are supported, and there is a reverse wireless charging function as well.

It is not very convenient for charging another smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless earbuds, both wired and wireless fast charging are supported, and there is also a reverse wireless charging function.

It’s not very convenient for charging another smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless headphones. But the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless earbuds, both wired and wireless fast charging are supported, and there is a reverse wireless charging function as well. It’s not very convenient for charging another smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless headphones.

But the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless earbuds, both wired and wireless fast charging are supported, and there is a reverse wireless charging function as well. It’s not very convenient for charging another smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds are quite useful for wireless headphones.

 

What’s in the box?

The smartphone comes in a small black cardboard box with a large model name. The lettering is the same color as the smartphone inside. The kit is traditionally a bit more interesting than most modern smartphones. The box contains the smartphone itself, a Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge charger, a USB Type-C cable, two Type-A and MicroUSB to Type-C adapters, an AKG wired headset, a tray eject tool and the documentation.

 

What does the Samsung Galaxy S10 + look like?

Samsung has decided not to resort to some sort of radical overhaul of the design concept, so visually the continuity of the line is very clearly felt, but there are still a number of important changes. The screen is even bigger and the bezels are even smaller. On the sides they were minimal, but now the spaces under and above the screen have also decreased.

This is made possible by a cutout for the front camera directly in the screen. In the Samsung Galaxy S10 +, it is oblong due to the use of two cameras. Samsung basically doesn’t use the “monobrow” in its flagships and that’s very nice. Although in some situations this solution also has a nuance in the form of

The shape of the smartphone has become a little more “rectangular” compared to the Galaxy S9 / S9 +, closer to the Galaxy Note9. Above the screen is a small slot for the earpiece. The screen, of course, with curved sides, there is a traditional Always-on-Display feature.

The screen and back panel run smoothly through the metal frame, which tapers at the side ends. The power button is located on the right side, closer to the top of the smartphone. This position is useful when you use the smartphone with your right hand: your thumb just falls on it. When used with the left hand, it’s not that convenient – you have to reach it with your index finger. The first few days were unusual.

On the top edge there is an additional microphone and a SIM / MicroSD tray.

A hybrid version is used: either 2xnanoSIM or SIM plus MicroSD. There is a rubber seal to prevent water from entering.

On the left are the volume buttons and a call button for the Bixby assistant. Samsung finally took pity on the users and allowed reassigning it to a different action (but Bixby will be launched by double-clicking).

Bottom – USB Type-C, external speaker, earpiece and 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s great that the company isn’t in a rush to remove it, as most manufacturers have done in their flagships.

The entire back panel is fifth generation Gorilla Glass. In the middle – the Samsung logo, above – the main camera module. The fingerprint scanner is no longer under the camera, but under the screen. We will come back to his work a little later.

The main camera module with three lenses, a flash with a heart rate sensor was placed horizontally.

The smartphone is available in several colors: white mother-of-pearl, black onyx and aquamarine. Samsung has decided not to be guided by fashion trends and only uses gradient colors in more modest models. The flagship products are produced in more “solid” colors. Black onyx looks quite familiar, but mother-of-pearl turned out to be very interesting: at first glance it is white, but in the light it slightly sparkles in different shades and has a barely noticeable fine texture.

The smartphone looks and feels great and is quite comfortable in the hand, despite its impressive 6.4-inch display. Compared to the previous line, the design of the stelae is slightly stricter. The cutout in the screen is a very tasteful and subjective thing. I like this solution much more than the “monobrows”. But it is a personal matter.

 

What is the quality of the screen?

The smartphone has a 6.4-inch Infitity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with curved sides, 19: 9 aspect ratio and rounded corners. The resolution is 3040×1440 and the pixel density is 522 ppi. The screen supports HDR10 + standard high dynamic range, the maximum brightness is estimated at 800 cd / m2. Although this is a very specific concept: a short term spike on a small object in a short period of time. In addition, the screen adapts to the lighting and the brightness will be higher in direct sunlight. By the way, the front camera is used as a sensor.

In the settings, you can traditionally adjust the scale of the interface elements, the font, its size, activate the blue filter to reduce the load on the eyes and choose the resolution from three options: 3040×1440 (WQHD +), 2280×1080 (FHD +) and 1520×720 (HD +). The default is FullHD +.

Always On Display hasn’t gone anywhere. As usual, several new views have been added.

Previously, Samsung’s flagship products had a bunch of display modes: “Adaptive”, “Basic”, “AMOLED Movie”, “AMOLED Photo”. Now everything is simpler, there are only two left: “rich” with manual color control and “Natural”.

In fact, the names fully reflect the essence of the fashions. Natural in terms of color gamut is closer to sRGB, saturated – with an extended and typical AMOLED color gamut, brighter colors and higher brightness.

Visually, the screen makes a very good impression, both in terms of color and brightness. Hardware measurements showed that the maximum brightness in “Natural” mode was 350.455 cd / m2. The color reproduction is good, the screen only slightly changes to cold tones: the color temperature goes from the reference 6500K to 7500K, and the color gamut is close to sRGB:

In “saturated” mode, the color rendering is slightly cooler, but the maximum brightness was 397.816 cd / m2.

Comparison with other models:

Name of the device The brightness of the white area,
cd / m 2
Black field of brightness
cd / m 2
Contrast
Samsung Galaxy S10 + 397,816 0
Samsung Galaxy Note9 340,32 0
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 424,663 0
Sony Xperia XZ3 408.047 0
Huawei P20 Pro 415.876 0
Meizu 16e 432.107 0

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