Samsung announces S10e, S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G smartphones
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Rumours, hints, whispers and speculation about what Samsung planned for their Galaxy S10 phones have been rife for almost two years and the last few months have seen a series of leaks which have built expectation to a fever pitch.Well, now the phones have been officially announced at Samsung’s pre Mobile World Congress ‘Unpacked’ event in San Francisco and the bogus (mis)information previously swirling around in the mix can now be discarded.
The S10 range consists of 4 phones, the S10e, which is a new entry level model not seen in previous Galaxy ranges, the mainstream S10, the larger S10 Plus and the premium S10 5G.
Let's start by taking a look at the features common to all the announced models.
Displays across the board are Dynamic AMOLED and Samsung have avoided notches by using their Infinity-O display, where the cameras are tiny islands in an ocean of screen. The front facing lenses are sometimes referred to as sitting in a ‘hole-punch.’ These screens feature improved brightness levels, more accurate colours and HDR10+ certification. Blue light emission is also reduced.
All the models will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset so, following the usual practice, it should probably be assumed that the UK versions will feature the Exynos equivalent. The 855 will brings faster connectivity, improved graphics, smarter A.I. support, camera performance improvements, and better support for in-display fingerprint sensors.
All retain the highly valued 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card expansion slot, and IP68 waterproofing and Bluetooth 5.0 are standard across all models.
Wireless and fast charging are present and the S10 5G boasts 25W ‘super fast' charging for its 4,500mAh battery. Wireless Powershare charging is included and allows your phone to wirelessly charge another device - particularly useful for charging the announced Samsung Galaxy Buds.
Internal storage starts at 128GB for all models and tops out at 256GB for the S10e, 512GB for the S10 and 1TB for the S10 Plus and S10 5G. All models carry 8GB RAM, though the S10e starts with 6GB and the Plus and 5G can be boosted to 12GB.
All but the S10e feature Samsung’s new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor where up to 4 prints can be recognised. Samsung say that moving the unlocking feature from the back to the front is more convenient for everyday usage.
All 4 phones will ship with Android 9.0 (Pie) running over Samsung’s One UI overlay.
Now let's have a look at the differences that could inform consumers' purchasing decisions.
The main differences are centred around screen size, battery capacity and camera configuration. The S10 has a 6.1-inch screen with 3 cameras on the rear and one on the front. The triple-lens main camera features an ultra wide-angle 16-megapixel f2.2 lens with a 123 degree field of view, a 12-megapixel standard lens with a variable aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4) and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture that allows for 2x optical zoom. The S10 front facing selfie camera is a single-lens camera rated at 10-megapixels with an f/1.9 aperture. Battery size for the S10 is 3,400mAh.
The S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch display and the same three rear cameras as the S10. To the front it adds a secondary 8-megapixel lens for capturing depth, and expands its finish options with a ceramic, rather than metal and glass, finish. The battery capacity is 4,100mAh.
The entry level S10e retains many high end features such as the Qualcomm 855 Snapdragon chip but has a ‘mere’ 5.8-inch screen and 3,100mAh battery. The camera configuration drops the telephoto lens on the rear and relies on a single 10MP f1.9 front selfie shooter. It also ditches the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and replaces it with a capacitive sensor on a side button.
The S10 5G, due in May, will feature a 6.7-inch screen, a larger 4500mAh battery and add a 3D depth camera on top of the same triple-lens suite used in the regular S10 and S10 Plus. This special 3D camera enables advanced augmented reality experiences through 5G and it also finds its way onto the front camera array too. As the name suggests, the phone will take advantage of ultra fast 5G networks when rollout and coverage become more available. No word if it comes with a couple of Hulk sized hand to hold it though.
Samsung looks to move on from the disappointing sales of 2018 by giving the consumer more choice. True, the premium models are very expensive but with the entry level S10e or a more modestly specced S10, the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones could still be within reach for many.
The S10 range is available in Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink with Ceramic White and Black options for the S10 Plus and a Canary Yellow option for the S10e. The prices for the models will start as follows:
Galaxy S10e £669
Galaxy S10 128GB £799
Galaxy S10 512GB £999
Galaxy S10+ 128GB £899
Galaxy S10+ 512GB £1,099
Galaxy S10+ 1TB £1,399
Samsung Galaxy S10 pre-orders are open now, with the phone set for release on 8th March 2019.
For a limited time, consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ will be able to claim a pair of wireless Galaxy Buds (worth £139).
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