The new Galaxy S10 Plus was unveiled on February 20 at an Unpacked event held in Barcelona, Spain. Interested buyers can now buy the Galaxy S10 Plus in India all the variants of the phone are available across online stores as well as in brick-and-mortar shops.
The S10 Plus is the world’s first phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into Samsung’s new 6.4-inch Infinity-O display, and it’s also the first Galaxy S phone with five cameras, including an ultra-wide shooter on the back. The phone also shoots better-looking pictures in the dark, thanks to a Bright Night mode. The S10 Plus has a capsule-like hole in order to reside two lenses.
The notch is placed on the right where you usually see icons like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile signal, and the all-important battery life percentage.
I personally didn’t find it distracting or weird for that matter. At least it looks different from the rest of the phone with the notch design.
The frame is aluminum as usual, but it’s slightly slimmer than that of the S9 Plus. The front and the back is covered in smooth Gorilla Glass 6 with the glass curved at the edges. It comes in Prism White, Blue and Black, but we chose the White variant for our review.
The 512GB and 1TB versions are backed by ceramic instead of glass. They are available in either white or black. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to have a proper look at it yet, but we’ll update it as soon as we get our hands on it.
The 3D scan of your fingerprint is said to allow for more accurate unlocks and be more secure than the optical scanners on the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 and Vivo V15 Pro.
The phone, being made of Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back is extremely slippery and required to be placed in its case for safety. In our testing, the phone started to slip at an incline of just 5 degrees on a polished plywood surface, which does not bode well. In real life scenario, this means that even the slightest incline paired with the vibrations of an incoming call could cause the phone to slip off the shelf and fall.
The most notable feature about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’s display is that it supports HDR10+. An upgrade to the HDR10 standard, HDR10+ now encodes per-frame metadata into a video, and in order to be compliant with the standard, Samsung had to develop an OLED panel that could dynamically adjust based on the frame’s metadata. This by itself is incredibly impressive. The 6.4-inch display sports a resolution of 3040 X 1440, pegging the panel’s pixel density at roughly 522ppi.
Samsung has pushed out an OTA update that brings improved performance to the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. When the phone landed in our test labs, there was no trouble in registering the fingerprints. Since then, the phone has had a negligible rate of failure, that is, instances where it did not recognize my fingerprint. After having used the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for the better part of the last few months, the position of the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S10 has taken some getting used to.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is powered by the Exynos 9820 processor built on an 8nm process. The SoC comes with 8 cores in three clusters. The four small/efficiency Cortex A55 cores are clocked at 1950MHz, the dual middle Cortex A75 cores are clocked at 2314MHz while the remaining 2 performance Exynos M4 cores are clocked at 2730Mhz. The tri-cluster design is fast becoming popular as it allows the chip to remain power efficient by activating specific cores based on the task at hand. The Exynos 9820 is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, enough for your work and play needs. The Exynos chips have always been beaten upon for being slower than their Snapdragon counterpart, but we were very curious to see just where the new Exynos chip fell in terms of performance metric.
What You Need to Know
- The in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor works well provided you press and hold your finger on the screen briefly instead of a quick tap. But it can be hacked.
- The S10 Plus’ 4,100 mAh battery lasted an epic 12 hours and 35 minutes on our web surfing test, beating every major flagship phone in the last year.
- The Infinity-O display looks great, but the two punch holes for the front cameras can be distracting. You can hide them if you want.
- Wireless PowerShare lets you charge other phones using the back of the S10 Plus and Galaxy Buds.
- This is the fastest Android phone yet, thanks to the Snapdragon 855 processor.
- The new ultra-wide camera produces impressive results, but the Pixel 3 offers better image quality in low light.
Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.4-inch
CPU: Exynos 9820
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus offers a host of new features, a new design and for the first time, a triple camera setup on the rear. The new Exynos 9820chipset manages to finally rack up impressive benchmark numbers which are corroborated with daily usage and the 4100mAh battery does not disappoint. The camera, though working as advertised, does need some improvement. All things said and done, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a smartphone worthy of your money.