Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G were launched at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event. The South Korean consumer electronics giant also announced that the company has sold 2 billion Galaxy phones. Samsung also showed off the Galaxy S10 5G, a variant of the company’s flagship smartphone that supports 5G, which will launch later this year.
The new Galaxy S10 feature, it lets you use the back of a Galaxy S10 phone to charge any other wireless charging device that uses the Qi standard. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro does this too. Swipe down on the notifications shade and tap on “Wireless PowerShare.” Then turn the phone over on its face and place the back of a friend’s phone, for example, or the new Galaxy Buds in their case, onto the back of the Galaxy S10 to give it a boost.
Sharing is caring, right? But let’s not overdo it. Samsung has set a threshold so that your phone will stop giving up its reserves when it hits 30 percent.
While you’ll be a hero to friends who need a hand, the real benefit is that you can wirelessly charge your compatible accessories or a second phone without carting around a cable for each one if you’re out for a long day, or on vacation. Just keep in mind that since wireless charging is convenient, but typically much slower than wired charging, you’ll be better off using Wireless PowerShare overnight.
New camera tricks
When you take a selfie on the Galaxy S10 Plus: The edges around the front-facing camera light up so you know where to aim your eyes. It’s pretty clever.
Better photos with AI: Lots of phones use AI to identify photo subjects and scenes and automatically adjust the settings to get you better pictures of food, a landscape or your pets. All the S10 phones can identify 30 different scenes and adjust the settings accordingly. Samsung improves the Galaxy Note 9’s camera AI by making it easy to turn on and off in the viewfinder screen.
Shot Suggestions: Turn on this optional mode to get help lining up a photo. When it’s perfectly aligned, the camera will automatically take the shot. If you have shaky hands or take a lot of one-handed shots, that’s a good thing.
Bright Night low-light mode: Samsung says this automatically applied feature will make low-light photos crisper. Unlike the Pixel 3’s astounding Night Sight mode, this is built-in, not something you have to tap to turn on. I didn’t get a demo, but my colleagues in London did, briefly. I look forward to seeing it in action.
Video: The Galaxy S10 phones support super steady video that’s designed for action shots, like skateboarding, basketball games and so on. The phones can also shoot in HDR10 video, and both front and rear main cameras support UHD video recording.
In-screen fingerprint sensor
The first phones to use, this technique uses sound waves to unlock the phone. It completely replaces iris scanning as a biometric unlock option. Unfortunately, I couldn’t use my own finger during the briefing, but this is something I’ll test extensively soon. Ultrasonic sensors are supposed to be harder to trick than optical sensors, the other technology used in fingerprint unlocking.
Strangely, Samsung quietly withheld its trademark iris scanning from the S10 phones. While there’s still Google’s built-in face unlock, it isn’t secure enough for mobile payments. It’s a noteworthy change, since iris scanning has been a point of pride since the Galaxy S7. Samsung could very well be waiting for Google to fold secure face unlocking into Android, a rumored move for Android Q.
Samsung Galaxy S10 specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch QHD+ Infinity-O Display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display supports HDR10+ and reduces blue light too. The smartphone is powered by a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in some regions or the Exynos 9820 processor in others. The dual-SIM smartphone has 8GB RAM and two storage variants – 128GB and 512GB, apart from support for expandable storage. The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup — featuring a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens camera. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 10-megapixel selfie camera too. The Galaxy S10 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a 3,400mAh battery. The Galaxy S10 has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. This smartphone has Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top. The smartphone supports reverse wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S10+: The 1 TB Storage King specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has a larger 6.4-inch display, a 19:9 aspect ratio. It has the same processor as the S10. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in some regions or the Exynos 9820 in others. The display supports HDR10+ and reduces blue light too. The Galaxy S10+ has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone has an 8GB RAM variant along with a 12GB RAM variant. It has three storage variants — 128GB, 512GB, and 1TB — with expandable storage support. The S10+ has a triple rear camera which are the same as the S10. The front camera setup on the S10+ is different. It has two front cameras and is powered by a 4,100mAh battery. The smartphone supports reverse wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S10e specifications
The Samsung Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch Infinity-O Display and will be available with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The smartphone will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820 SoC. The Galaxy S10e features a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 16-megapixel fixed focus sensor on the back. On the front, the Galaxy S10e has a single front camera, which is the same as that on the Galaxy S10. This Galaxy S10e will feature two storage variants — 128GB and 512GB — along with microSD card support for expandable storage. This smartphone has a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back and not the in-display fingerprint sensor seen on the other two S10 smartphones. The Galaxy S10e has a 3,100mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G: The deluxe edition (price TBA, but likely over $1,000)
Here’s what we know about the Galaxy S10 with 5G: this model has a 6.7-inch screen, two cameras on the front and four cameras on the back. Yes, four, because the 5G model gets a 3D depth-sensing camera in addition to all the lenses on the S10 Plus. But here’s the thing. This camera is only for fancy photo tricks and AR, and not for securely scanning your face like Apple’s Face ID. Just to set your expectations.
The fun continues. The Galaxy S10 5G also has a 4,500-mAh battery and comes with 256GB of storage with 8GB RAM. This part’s important because the 5G phone is the only Galaxy S10 model that doesn’t have a microSD card slot. (Again with the expectations.)
Samsung hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we do know that in the US, it’ll in Q2 — that’s as early as April — before arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Xfinity Mobile later in Q2 — that is, by the end of June. Samsung will tune the Galaxy S10 5G to each carrier’s 5G bands.
Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e price in India
Samsung Galaxy S10 price starts at $899.99 (roughly Rs. 64,190), Galaxy S10+ price starts at $999.99 (roughly Rs. 71,320), and Galaxy S10e price starts at $749.99 (roughly Rs. 53,490). Samsung might announce the price of these three phones during the event.