When the changes come to the Galaxy S, they come with a vengeance. This time it was the tenth edition of this line of top-of-the-range manufacturers and apparently it had to be done with hype, saucer and holes, and in the analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ we checked how all the changes to it (almost ) highest and most advanced from Samsung for 2019.
We say almost because one of the four new Galaxy S is the only mobile from the company upcoming mobiles in Bangladesh, already prepared for 5G, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G . But it is about the powerful bet within standard mobiles, with triple rear cameras, double front cameras and the latest in Android mobile hardware (especially the ceramic edition). A new batch with an apparently major change from previous iterations, which we check beyond the design in this in-depth review.
Technical sheet of the Samsung Galaxy S10 +
|SAMSUNG GALAXY S10+|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175 grams|
|SCREEN||Curved, 6.4″ Dynamic AMOLED WQHD+ 19:9|
|RAM||8 GB12 GB (ceramic edition only)|
|STORAGE||128 GB512 GB / 1 TB only in ceramic version (up to 512 GB with microSD)|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android Pie + One UI|
|REAR CAMERAS||16 MP ultra wide angle f/2.2 FF +Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS wide angle f/1.5- 2.4 AF +12 MP OIS tele f/2.4 AF|
|FRONT CAMERAS||Dual Pixel 10 MP AF f/1.9 +8 MP AF (depth, f/2.2)|
|BATTERY||4,100 mAh with fast wireless charging and reverse charging|
|SENSORS||Accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity, RGB|
|SECURITY||On-screen fingerprint reader +2D facial recognition|
|PRICE||From 1,009 euros|
Design: the sublimation of an iconic front and goodbye to the physical fingerprint reader
Part of the DNA of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge remains perennial in the renewed chromosomes of the Galaxy S10 +. The lateral curve remains a characteristic and distinctive feature for this lineage except in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S10e , which is the option with a flat screen (and somewhat more affordable) of these (now) four high-end brothers.
A curvature in the rear and front windows (apparently symmetrical) that ends in a shiny metallic edge, providing comfort in the grip and some ergonomics. Edge that again houses, in addition to the usual buttons, the addition for the personal assistant, which we will talk about in the software part.
The buttons work well, although the placement could perhaps be improved by lowering the lock more (and making it easier to reach for shorter fingers). And what does not interrupt either this frame or the rear is the fingerprint sensor, which is integrated into the screen (and whose performance we will address later).
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The back part therefore houses the triple camera module, the flash and the sensors, which protrudes very little and remains vertically arranged, and the brand logo, leaving most of it clear. A rear that does not get rid of the implicit condemnation of the glass with the fingerprints and the grease of the skin, but without becoming something exaggerated , annoying or difficult to clean either.
The SIM tray is at the top, leaving the 3.5-millimeter jack next to the USB Type-C at the bottom. And to the dismay of the symmetry fan community, unlike the jack and speaker grill, the USB doesn’t align to the center of the edge.
It is elegant, sober, robust and exudes quality in terms of construction and materials.
It is elegant, sober, robust and exudes quality in terms of construction and materials. Quite content if we talk about compaction taking into account that they are 6.4 inches and occupies a much smaller volume than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro , the OPPO Find X or the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 , Samsung Galaxy A74 5G price in Bangladesh, even than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 , but somewhat larger than the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the rest of the brothers.It is very comfortable to hold, and since it contains content like this, it takes more points to be a “big” mobile candidate if we are looking for a considerable screen in the smallest possible space. It does not slip and within what fits it does not become heavy, without reaching 200 grams as it does with 5G.
In the end, the feeling when holding it is the same as what you had with an S8 or an S9, with some differences in the interaction due to the variation in buttons and sensor. What is going to change is the feeling of a full screen by not having the traditional symmetry on the front of the Galaxy and integrating a perforated screen to let out the two front cameras (later we will dedicate a specific space for this).
The frames are very small, the sides and top being thinner than the bottom. On the curved screen we will see those inevitable greenish shadings as an optical effect of the glass itself, but they are seen depending on the angle and are not annoying at all.
Of course, accidental touches are quite common. The base of the thumb is frequently interpreted as a touch when we try to tap a distant element with this finger, as well as the thumb of the hand that holds the phone when holding it horizontally, for example when taking a photo. With the latter, what happens is that the interface does not respond well when doing so, prioritizing the touch that is not really such.
Screen: welcome, holes, although you do not arrive without “buts”
Samsung’s AMOLED is now no longer super, it’s Dynamic . In this case, they are 6.4 inches with WQHD+ resolution , thus being greater than that of the Galaxy S10e and somewhat above what we saw in the Galaxy S9, but maintaining the 19:9 aspect, and as we have said perforated for the front cameras. (There is an island joining both lenses and not two separate holes).
The resolution is plenty, as is usual in Samsung’s top-of-the-line mobiles, except for the surprise in this regard with the Samsung Galaxy S10e that stays with that FullHD + of the most conformist flagships such as Xiaomi or OnePlus. Also good at the level of contrast and maximum brightness , and with an automatic brightness adjustment that works very well, reacting quickly and adjusting appropriately to changes in light (with very rare exceptions in which something is low).
Well at the level of viewing angles , there is no loss of sharpness and we can read content well even exaggerating the angle a lot. We do not see the typical pink or greenish reflections when opening it or tilting it a lot, although as we have already commented, the green reflections of the curve are quite visible depending on the angle at which we have the terminal (and the background color), as was the case with the Nokia 8 Sirocco .
It comes somewhat warm from the factory, in fact in this sense we already see one of the main software changes. There are not four color modes as we saw in the last version of Samsung Experience, now there are two: natural and intense. The first is the one that comes activated from the factory and supposes lower saturation and higher temperature, and the second increases to the saturation level, allowing the temperature to be adjusted.
They still have options to customize some aspects of the panel, although it is true that there are fewer, and if we don’t just like the temperature of the whites, we will have to give in to the saturation plus. On the other hand, we have the Always On Display settings panel , with a little more customization and incorporating quick access to notifications (which will require unlocking if we configure it that way) and the lighting of the fingerprint reading area.
Gesture navigation reaches Samsung mobiles, although in its own way
But beyond this there are more news and interesting aspects. One of them is the arrival of navigation by gestures to Samsung mobiles, although in its own way since in reality they are not really gestures as we will now see.
What we can do is change the traditional button bar for a kind of replacement handles. That is to say, there is not a single bar as in the Pixel or some Honor, but there are three, one for each action (multitasking, minimizing, back, being able to vary the order).
In this way, we cannot speak of gestures strictly ; the screen does not fully respond to the sliding of our finger, but rather to what we pull on the bars. It is not like we have seen in phones like the OnePlus 6T , the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro or the iPhone XS among many others, but something hybrid between this and the Pixel 3 XL system .
It is going well? Yes, the action is produced by pulling in a subtle way , without requiring a large swipe and the advantage of having these three bars is that they are a guide for the user where to pull (with gestures it may not be so clear at first).
The disadvantage : that in practice the percentage of use of the front is reduced a little more. And we say “more” because of what happens with the introduction of the holes, although we better explain the experience in detail.
The perforated screen in the Galaxy S10
Samsung anticipated the aesthetics that we would see in some of its fronts already in November, when it presented the Infinity designs . We have already seen two of them with the Galaxy A and the Galaxy M (the Infinity-U), and with these Galaxy S10 (the Infinity-O), although they vary depending on the number of cameras and front sensors.