Samsung has just finished up with its Unpacked 2019 event where the company unveiled one of the most ambitious and game changing phones since the original iPhone with its first foldable smartphone in the Galaxy Fold, but the company also unleashed a trio of new Galaxy S10 handsets that are sure to impress, too.
The new Galaxy S10 family of phones are the first to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 chip, which is an 8-core beast that will find its way into the US variants of the Galaxy S10 phones. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 is made on the 7nm node, while the Exynos 8920 will find its way into the international versions of the Galaxy S10 phones and is made on the 8nm process.
Samsung's new smartphones come in the entry-level Galaxy S10s, the normal Galaxy S10, and the flagship Galaxy S10+ smartphone.
- Galaxy S10e - 5.8-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED (2280 x 1440 - 438 PPI)
- Galaxy S10 - 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED (3040 x 1440 - 550 PPI)
- Galaxy S10+ - 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED (3040 x 1440 - 522 PPI)
Crazy Camera Setups
There are various differences between the cameras on the new Galaxy S10 phones as well, with the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 both featuring a 10-megapixel selfie camera with Dual Pixel AF and Live focus feature. The flagship Galaxy S10+ rolls out with the same 10-megapixel selfie camera, but adds an 8-megapixel RGB depth camera as well.
As for the rear camera, you can see that the Galaxy S10e has a dual-camera rig while the higher-end Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ include a triple-camera setup. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have some serious camera abilities with a 12-megapixel telephoto camera and 12-megapixel wide-angle snapper joined by a 16-megapixel ultra wide camera. I'm looking forward to seeing what these rear-facing snappers can do in the real-world. They're all capable of shooting 4K 60FPS video, 1080p 60FPS video, and 720p 30FPS video, too.
Battery wise, Samsung has used a 3100mAh battery for the Galaxy S10e, a 3400mAh battery for the Galaxy S10, while the flagship Galaxy S10+ packs a huge 4100mAh battery. They will all include 'improved wireless charging speeds' through Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, as well as fast charging on wired and wireless chargers depending on which one you use.
Galaxy S10 - RAM and Storage Options
Samsung will be shipping the Galaxy S10 phones with varying RAM and storage:
- Galaxy S10e - 6GB RAM and 128GB storage
- Galaxy S10e - 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
- Galaxy S10 - 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
- Galaxy S10 - 8GB RAM and 512GB storage
- Galaxy S10+ - 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
- Galaxy S10+ - 12GB RAM and 512GB storage (Ceramic version only)
- Galaxy S10+ - 12GB RAM and 1TB (!!!) storage (Ceramic version only)
All of the new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones will roll out with Android 9 'Pie' as well as earphones tuned by AKG.
As for security, Samsung will be including Knox protection which features real-time monitoring and protection, as well as McAfee-powered virus and malware prevention. There's also Secure Folder technology which is a secure space on your Galaxy S10 where you can keep your private photos, videos, and other files behind a fingerprint scanner.
Built-In Crypto Wallet
Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy S10 has built-in crypto key storage, which will be a big deal for cryptocurrency users now... and moving into the future as cryptocurrency adoption increases. Samsung explained: "Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services".
We're still waiting on more information about the built-in crypto wallet, but Samsung's own press releease for the Galaxy S10 definitely states that.
How Much Will It Cost, And When Can I Buy It?
- Galaxy S10e - starts from $749 (releases March 8)
- Galaxy S10 - starts from $899 (releases March 8)
- Galaxy S10+ - starts from $999 (releases March 8)
5G = Announced, But Coming Soon
Samsung also announced the crazy Galaxy S10 5G smartphone which, as you can easily guess from its name, is a 5G-powered handset. It is a super-powered version of the Galaxy S10+ as it rocks an additional rear-facing camera, larger battery, and some other small changes that differentiate it from the rest of the Galaxy S10 family of smartphones.
The beefier Galaxy S10 5G rolls out with a larger screen than even the largest Galaxy S10+ (which has a 6.4-inch panel), as the Galaxy S10 5G has a huge 6.7-inch panel, roughly the same size as the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung also uses a larger 4500mAh battery in the Galaxy S10 5G, as 5G speeds will drain your smartphone quicker than even super-quick 4G LTE connectivity.
Samsung's new Galaxy S10 5G model packs Qualcomm's super-quick Snapdragon 855 processor mixed with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem. You'll also need to be with Verizon to use the 5G goodness inside of the Galaxy S10 5G, with Verizon being the only carrier in the US to work with the 5G version of the phone when it launches in the spring.
There's also the additional rear-facing camera, with a fourth lens on the back of the phone that provides 3D depth information for augmented reality and other related tasks.
Thoughts From Patrick Moorhead, Tech Analyst
Patrick Moorhead, Founder, President and Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy had some words to say about Samsung's new Galaxy S10 range of smartphones, telling TweakTown:
I like where Samsung made its investments into the Galaxy 10 lineup. It offers some very sexy adders like the notchless O-Display, an even more edge to edge Infinity Display and a ceramic design. It also added some very useful adders like improved processor performance, better battery life, under-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader, power sharing from phone to phone and even earbud plus a third ultrawide camera.
I believe Samsung did more than enough to incent Galaxy 8 owners to upgrade and even some Galaxy 9 owners who just want to have the best traditional smartphone. I am confident the S10 line will sell better than the S9 and maybe even the S8. The Fold and 5G was icing on the cake showing that Samsung is the company driving new innovations and excitement to the market.
Three Galaxy Models
I am glad Samsung brought out three Galaxy models, the S10e, S10, and S10+. Some may call it confusing, but as markets mature, companies need to segment product lines more and be more precise with offerings with a certain set of features at a certain price to lure in buyers and improve profits. This is the way the auto industry operates and why it is still profitable.
Features That Surprised Me
I was pleasantly surprised at the under-display ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and while other phones have under-display, this is the first volume phone with ultra-sonic. I believe users will love this feature and by using the ultrasonic technology, should be more secure. Fingerprint readers on the back of a device don't work well and many users get many rejections with 3D face login.