Review Samsung Galaxy s10

Samsung Galaxy S10 looks great, has a fingerprint sensor built into the screen, as well as a new appearance of the “eyebrow”. But is that enough?


First impressions

After spending an hour with the Samsung Galaxy S10, we look forward to staying with it for as long as possible. This is far from an innovation for the series, and we are a little disappointed that the main camera has not been significantly updated, but be that as it may, the smartphone has a lot of new things.

Key Features

Price: pre-order for 68,990 rubles

  • Weight: 57g
  • Size: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
  • Screen: 6.1 inches, 19: 9 (Edge), Wide Quad HD +, dynamic AMOLED +
  • Rear camera 1: dual 12-megapixel OIS f / 1.5 - f / 2.4 AF
  • Rear camera 2: 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle f / 2.2 FF
  • Rear camera 3: 12-megapixel telephoto module OIS f / 2.4 AF
  • Front camera: dual 10-megapixel f / 1.9 AF
  • Memory: 8 GB + 128 GB / 8 GB + 512 GB, as well as microSD up to 512 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • CPU: Octa-core 8nm

Who is the Samsung Galaxy S10 for?

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of the most popular Android phone series, the Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. The entire lineup is as follows: S10, S10 Plus and S10e. There is also the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which is the first foldable phone in the brand’s history.

This is an important time for Samsung when competing manufacturers of Android devices catch up with quality-designed phones with good features at lower prices, so the question arises: did the Koreans do enough?

Given the numerous information leaks, we have no doubt that the Galaxy S10 is one of the best Android phones in 2019. It looks just great, has a built-in fingerprint sensor, as well as a completely new approach to the "eyebrow".

For those who like phones even more, there will also be a 6.7-inch version of the S10 called the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G . It will become available only in the summer , and probably the price will be much higher. The smartphone, of course, will support the latest 5G network, so users can get the most out of the device.

Price and Release Date

You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S10 right now, and the phone will go on sale on March 8. Samsung Galaxy Buds, Samsung’s new fully wireless headphones that can be recharged using the Wireless Powershare feature on new phones, is offered for free as a pre-order.

Prices in Russia start from 68 990 rubles for S10 (128 GB, 8 GB of RAM). Compared with the previous model of the line, the price increased by about 12 thousand rubles. However, you can look at it from the other side: the S10 costs 6,500 rubles less than the iPhone Xs released by Apple in September.


As previously assumed, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is equipped with an Infinity O display. “O” stands for the new camera, which is located in the upper right corner of the display. This allowed Samsung to further reduce the thickness of the panel at the top. This is Samsung’s most full-screen smartphone, although we’re still not sure if it’s better than the rest.

In previous iterations, the display was completely freed from distractions. In the new Samsung device, your review is somewhat complicated by the cutout on the right when viewing full-screen content. We are confident that over time, users will get used to this, as always, but this is more like an answer to a problem that initially was not.

The 6.1-inch (compared to the 5.8-inch on the S9) display, as one would expect from Samsung, is gorgeous. This is an OLED panel with QHD + resolution, curved edges and HDR10 + support - just like Samsung QLED's high-quality displays. HDR10 + is the rival Dolby Vision standard ( HDR technology supported by the latest iPhone) and provides additional metadata for supported movies and TV shows, which makes it theoretically even better than regular HDR10.

Samsung also claims that the display will be able to achieve an impressive 1,200 nits of brightness (nit is a unit of brightness), making it ideal for both HDR content and outdoor use. Samsung representatives, however, did not mention whether users will be able to manually increase the brightness to the maximum value (a function of LG appeared in the G7) or whether it automatically rises in certain situations.

The screen is designed to be more pleasing to the eye, with less blue light emitted.

The last feature of the display is an embedded fingerprint sensor. To replace the traditional physical sensor on the back, this slightly more futuristic method requires a powerful push on the bottom of the display to unlock the smartphone.

Yes, there are already several phones on the market with this technology, and they, in general, are not very well implemented. Both the OnePlus 6T and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro had slow scanners, which often showed problems with fingerprint identification. We hope that the implementation of Samsung is more pleasant. In addition, the setup process is quite complicated and takes several minutes. This takes longer than a few seconds to take to install a conventional sensor.

Unlike the Galaxy S9, the S10 does not have an iris scan. The technology, obviously, was considered too cumbersome to fit into the “brow” of Infinity O, and completely disappeared. However, we are not going to mourn this loss - if you are a fan of unlocking the face, then note that the smartphone has an option that uses the camera.


Leave the screen for a short while, the rest of the design feels pretty familiar. The glass on the back of the smartphone looks really attractive, as well as the USB-C port at the bottom, and even the headphone jack. The S10 is a thin phone that is difficult to hold for long periods due to curved edges. Yes, Samsung is a constant fan of this design, but we believe that a little more could be done during development to make the phone stand out from the competition.

Samsung loves to ship its devices with the latest and greatest internal components, and as expected, the S10 is no exception. The device has an 8nm processor called Exynos 9820. In the US, the device will probably run on the Snapdragon 855 .

The S10 comes with 8 GB of RAM, not 4 GB, and you can choose between 128 GB or 512 GB of internal memory. The smartphone supports MicroSD, as well as Qi wireless charging and IP68 waterproof technology.


The battery life on the Galaxy S9 could hardly be called good, so it's nice to see that Samsung has put a larger battery in the S10. Its capacity is 3400 mAh, which is not the largest indicator on the market, so it will be interesting to see how well it works.

Oddly enough, there were no obvious improvements in charging speed. Thanks to the many phones that now support USB-C PD or chargers with higher power consumption, the S10 is almost out of date thanks to adaptive fast charging , which seems to still be based on Quick Charge 2.0.

One welcome update is Wireless Powershare, which charges other Qi-enabled devices by placing them on the S10. Charging your phone through Powershare is likely to be too slow.

Software and One UI

The Galaxy S Series software comes with Android 9 Pie and One UI. This is a reincarnation of the TouchWiz and Samsung Experience launchers from the Koreans. Although the interface is noticeably different from what it was before, it still looks like Samsung.

Particular attention is paid to the ability to use the phone with one hand, and most of what you interact with has been moved to the bottom of the screen. The camera interface is very similar to iOS, and there are also elements based on AI. The entire system is designed to study user behavior and quickly open frequently used applications. Whether this will actually work is still unknown.

The phone has a system-wide dark mode that looks great on an OLED display .


We are not in vain looking at the camera at the very end of our review, for the reality is that this seems to be the area that Samsung spent the least time on development.

You get the same optically stabilized 12-megapixel main sensor of previous devices on the rear panel. It can switch between f / 1.5 and f / 2.4 to let in more light under certain conditions, and uses double pixels for faster focus. The camera on the Samsung s10 could be called good last year, but now it is not comparable even with the Google Pixel 3.

However, you get two more cameras on the back of the S10. A 12-megapixel f / 2.4 tele-module / sensor for approaching subjects and assistance in portrait modes, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera for shooting more frames. This trio of sensors reminds of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and it should provide a lot of variety when shooting.

In general, the camera will certainly lag behind its competitors in the face of the iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.




1 comment

  • Not a cheap phone, all made of glass and there is no way to attach a protective glass to it. lose the main chip of this model !!! - scanner on screen. (it’s better to take a case with sides like this - ) When in the reviews told before presentations about this new product, I imagined everything in a different way, dreamed that this vaunted ultrasound is counted when the finger approaches the screen and the pressing force will not matter, but it turned out to be not so. I switched to this model with s9 + and I don’t see any difference in functionality. The sensor on the rear panel was more convenient for me. I like the design, took aquamarine, the frames are thinner, the front camera does not bother.