Updated on 2019-04-25 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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The ‘S’ lineup of phones from Samsung is no stranger to the world of smartphones. When Samsung says that it’s going to introduce a new S series phone it clearly means business. With that 3 things are pretty clear. First, it’s going to be packed with new tech that’s never been showcased on a smartphone. Second, it's going to carry the most powerful specs that can be put on a flagship releasing at Q1 of the year. Lastly, it's going to be Expensive. Today we look into the Samsung galaxy S10+. So, without delaying any further let’s dive directly into it.
So, we would like to bring back my famous 5 boxes that make a good smartphone. Build and design, Display, Battery life, Camera and finally Performance are the boxes that make a good smartphone. If a smartphone checks all of these 5 boxes you have pretty much got yourself a great smartphone.
So, to begin with, the S10+ is a glass and glass sandwich. There is Gorilla Glass 6 to the front of the display and there is Gorilla Glass 5 to the rear. Only the special monster edition that is the 1TB internal storage and 12GB RAM edition have a ceramic back panel. Apart from this, the regular variant of the S10+ knocks it off the park completely. Great tactile buttons, power button to the right but slightly higher than the normal reach, volume rockers and Bixby button to the left, headphone jack, Type C port, and primary speaker with the primary microphone at the bottom. The Sim card slot is a hybrid slot and can be used for expanding the storage using an SD card of up to 512 GB.
Speaking of the standard thing now. The glorified headphone jack still continues to be present with the bundled earphone fine-tuned by AKG. If you like your music loud you have the dual speaker setup one being at the bottom and the earpiece doubling to be the secondary speaker that is fine-tuned by Dolby this time. Best part the entire package is sealed in with IP68 dust and water protection and users get to choose between 4 colors: Ceramic Black, Prism Black, Prism white and Prism Blue.
The display is one of the most pivoting parts of a smartphone. And Samsung makes no compromise here being the industry leader in smartphone displays. The S10+ is packing the largest display at 6.4 inches and mind you this is no ordinary display. This is the first of its kind. Samsung likes calling it a ‘Dynamic AMOLED’ panel. With a max brightness of 1200+ nits and a somewhat un-conventional QHD+ resolution of 3040 x 1440 giving it a whopping 522 PPI. The resolution of the display, however, can be toned down to FHD+ or even HD+ via the software. This display in one word is truly “Dynamic”. Colors are punchy with rich tones, whites are white and blacks are pitch black. This is not only a great AMOLED panel but the best that we have seen so far put on any smartphone. This is because of one huge reason too. It is the world’s first to have achieved an in-display camera using an AMOLED display. Finally, the display also house world first in-display 3-D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Now it's definitely not the fastest sensor under the sun, however, its faster than the optical sensors that we have seen in the past.
Staying on the Camera front, the S10+ has got 5 of these. The rear of the phone house triple cameras: a 12MP F1.5 primary camera, another 12MP F2.4 Telephoto, and a 16MP F2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens. The dual camera on the front is a primary 10MP F1.9 shooter and an 8MP F2.2 lens for live focus shots. Now, numbers aside Samsung has literally given users the complete array of versatile camera lineup. These are great sensors, and the ultra-wide sensor used by Samsung gives users a 123-degree field of view. The pictures coming out of the sensors are typical Samsung ones. Rich in colors and details with a tad bit of oversaturation.
The selfie shooters also do not fall short gain. The primary camera uses Samsung dual pixel technology and not only gives users detailed selfies in daylight but also at night. If, I was nitpicking the only complaint with the camera lineup would be the use of a secondary camera on the front only to be used as a depth sensor. Wide angle lens would have really been appreciated. All in all, the camera is simply great in our opinion. However, the Huawei P30 Pro gives this camera a tight competition.
Now a massive phone with a pixel-dense display and a powerful processor, more on that later, makes no sense if the battery life was not good. This time around Samsung knocked it out of the park by introducing a large 4100mAh battery which makes it one of the best big battery flagship phones. This is literally an all-day battery life phone and if used sensibly and not pushing too much it can even be extended to the next day’s afternoon.
The battery can be topped up fast with Samsung’s fast charger included in the box at 15W. The battery also supports Samsung’s fast wireless charging 2.0 technology using a wireless charger duo pad which we have mentioned before in our list of best wireless chargers. To add the cherry on the icing Samsung improves on a feature that Huawei introduced last year “Wireless PowerShare”. This is Samsung’s version of Huawei’s reverse wireless charging and delivers a 5W output good for charging smaller devices like Samsung’s own galaxy buds or its smartwatches.
We finally come to the part which drives the phone and discuss the performance aspects of the phone. This time we have divided the performance of the phone into the processor and software. We did this as both of the subdivisions are actually related to one another. At the heart of the beast resides either the Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820. As this is an Indian variant, we get the later of the 2 processors mentioned above.
The Exynos 9820 is an octa-core beast. This is a combination of 2 A-75 cores clocked at 2.7 GHz, 2 A-75 at 2.3 GHz and 2 A-55’s at 1.9 GHz. The GPU front is handled by the very powerful Mali-G76 MP12. To top everything the entire architecture is built on the 8nm manufacturing processor. This makes the 9820 not only a powerful but also a power efficient processor. This is backed up by with a choice of 8GB/128 GB, 8GB/512GB and 12GB/1TB variants. The performance has simply put a breeze for this phone. Any game you throw at it, any task you throw at it is a no brainer for the phone thank to the huge RAM capacity present at the base variant itself. With this power configuration, Samsung S10 Plus scores a massive 340000 on the AnTuTu benchmark.
Now coming to the 2nd half of the performance the software integration of the phone with its hardware. The core of the software is Android 9 Pie and that is a great thing. However, in the past, Samsung phones were slowed down with their prior versions of custom skin. This time around the S10+ comes with the much streamlined One UI. Performance is a breeze and this is evident from the snappy response from the UI itself. All in all, Samsung has done a great job with the performance of the device.
Now, let us wrap it up with a few notable observations and the price. The in-display camera might bother people that have any OCD for symmetry as it does cuts into full-screen video and games. However, from personal experience, we can tell that you get used to it much faster than you do with a notch. The other thing to note this time around is that One UI is way more tolerable coming from prior Experience UI. The in-box accessories that Samsung provides is literally everything that you’d ever require out of the box back cover, Type C OTG port, earphones, and fast charger too.
Lastly and the most important point is the price. The 8 GB, 128 GB model is available for Rs 73900, the 8GB, 512 GB model is available for a whooping Rs. 91900. Now is it worth paying so much for a phone? The simple answer is no you can literally do by with a OnePlus 6T at a much cheaper price especially at the time when 2019 OnePlus flagship is just around the corner. However, if money is not a concern and you want the absolute best, we would say go for it. The combined experience of a premium feel with the zippiness can be found nowhere else and we are pretty sure that you will be pretty happy with your purchase.
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Samsung S10 Plus is the best flagship phone of 2019 so far. It comes with a very beautiful premium design, gorgeous display, powerful processor and a camera that clicks some amazing pictures. It also has a massive battery and IP68 rating to protect your smartphone. There is no shortcoming other than a subjective front camera positioning and the software experience. It is a great flagship phone of 2019.