The Galaxy S10, with a March 8 launch by Samsung, is one of the year’s most-watched phones, and with good reason. While the Samsung Note has been the high-end of Samsung’s phone lines over the years, the S line of phones has continued to impress. With the Samsung Galaxy S10, the company designed in some of its best features available in any of its products. Take, for example, the new Snapdragon 855 processor. This 7 nm processor enables high speed performance and graphics rendering at levels superior even to the Snapdragon 845 in the Samsung Note 9.
What Samsung Fans Will Love About the S10
To the delight of Samsung fans, the Galaxy S10 takes innovation and design up a notch, making it a standout device in a competitive smartphone market. For one, the Galaxy S10 allows wireless charging of other devices through its Qi wireless technology. This means you can charge your other smartphones with it, as well as smartwatches such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. The phone has a sleek, thin-body design with a large screen. It is available in six colors, including ceramic white, flamingo pink, and prism black. With the Galaxy S10, owners get the latest Android 9 operating system, which offers style improvements on Google’s material design.
How S10 Compares to Its Predecessor
The Samsung Galaxy S10 picks up from the Samsung Galaxy S9. It marks the tenth major iteration of the S line of phones, which have been released by the South Korean technology company since 2019. Users of the Galaxy S9 will find plenty of reasons to upgrade to this latest revamp. There are noticeable differences, with the S10 offering a larger screen, at 6.1 inches compared to the S9’s 5.8 inches. The S10 has more and better cameras, of 16 MP, 12 MP, and 12 MP, compared with the S9’s dual camera set. S10 users will get double the RAM (8 GB) of what was in the S9 (4 GB). Expanded storage can go up to 500 GB in the Galaxy S10.
Where the Samsung Galaxy S10 Disappoints
While on many points the Samsung Galaxy S10 makes for a compelling purchase, it still falls short on some measures, especially for those eager to get the ultimate premium phone. The first shortcoming here is in the 6.1 inch screen. While this is impressive compared to earlier versions of the S phone line, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 still boasts more screen real estate at 6.4 inches. In that sense, it’s still the ultimate big screen phone in the Samsung family, while the S10 is now not far off. On the other hand, users of previous versions of the S line of phones might balk at the hefty price premiums that the S10 demands.
How to Get It
At retail, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is set to sell for more than $900, with prices going up to $1000 or more for the souped-up Galaxy S10 Plus version. Given the big improvements over earlier Samsung smartphones in performance, screen size, and even design, you might want to get your hands on one. The S10 has partnerships with these major US phone carriers:
Given the hefty price, Samsung has made available trade-in offers for the S10. This means that you can trade in your existing phone and get as much as $550 off the list price.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
An unlocked version of the phone will be available from Samsung, and likely other retailers as well, in case you want portability between phone companies. If you buy from Samsung, you get other bonuses such as a pair of free Galaxy Buds for listening to your music on the phone. Depending on your carrier, you may also be eligible to get a free Galaxy S10e with your Galaxy S10 purchase.
- Battery Life: The 3,400mAh gives you more than a day’s worth of computing time per full charge.
- Snapdragon 855 Processor: This processor upgrade makes the S10 snappy, along with the impressive 8GB RAM.
- Charging: The phone can be charged with a 15W wired charger or wirelessly via a 15W wireless charger, and it can wirelessly charge other devices at 9W.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Given that the Snapdragon 855 is considerably more efficient than its 845 predecessor, I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll finally see some decent battery life from these phones.” (Daniel Bader on AndroidCentral)
“I’m slightly disappointed the main camera hasn’t seen an obvious update, but there’s plenty here regardless” (Max Parker on TrustedReviews)
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