By DEMETRIOS TURK
The newest Samsung Galaxy devices are here. The Samsung galaxy s10, with plus and e models respectively. The S10+ starts at $1000, which is regrettably becoming the standard for flagship smartphones in 2019. The standard S10 model starts at $900, and the “budget” model starts at $750. These new smartphones, with their annual March release, set the bar for the likes of OnePlus, the Google Pixel, and the iPhone. These companies watch what Samsung was able to accomplish and build on it or incorporate the technology into their own devices.
The new galaxies are as feature packed as ever, bolstering a new fingerprint scanner, a new camera, front and back, and a new operating system on top of stock android. Samsung also found the courage to keep the headphone jack for yet another set of phones, despite reports claiming the opposite. These new phones are all great and thus they deserve their own deep dive.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: The S10+ has many advantages over the other two models…duh because it is the plus model after all. Let’s start with the exterior of the phone.
The S10 on all models maintain the well-built glass and metal sandwich design that has been successful for the company since the S6 in 2015. They did tweak the design, having a sort of holographic white and black variants to go along with the mainstay coral and blue colors. The plus model also gets a dual front camera design, with the new hole punch design that the new S models have. The plus model comes with the option to replace the back glass with a black or white ceramic option…for an extra $250. If you want a new phone and want to get back at your wallet you can buy the ceramic model and opt for a whole terabyte of storage for a staggering $1600. The S10 plus has a 6.4-inch dynamic infinity display, with even fewer bezels because of the hole punch design, and a 4,100 MaH battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10: The S10 plus and the standard models both feature an innovative new fingerprint scanner. The Ultrasonic scanner is underneath the glass. The new fingerprint scanner uses tones and soundwaves to render a three-dimensional variation of your fingerprint. This means that a simple two-dimensional model would not unlock the phone. The S10 models not named then come with 8GB of ram which is a really solid amount for the power user all the way to the casual man. Both camera units have a triple camera unit, the normal camera, a telephoto dual aperture zoom camera, and an all-new super wide angle camera. Both have Samsung’s new fast wireless charging 2.0 technology inside, along with a power share feature. Power sharing is essentially the ability to be able to turn your S10 into a wireless charger; ideally for your smart products like wireless headphones or your smartwatch as the wireless output is rather slow.
Both phones are great, but unless you absolutely can’t live without the things in the last paragraph cheaper is better, especially when you are still getting a very great device.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 e: This is probably the most interesting model to come out this model year. Samsung isn’t hiding the fact that this phone is a direct competitor to the
iPhone XR, even having the phones at the same price point of $750. Let’s get one thing straight: The Galaxy S10 e is better than the iPhone XR in every way. Better battery, better cameras, as the E still has dual cameras compared to the one on the R. By far the better screen, as the XR screen doesn’t even get up to 1080p. This isn’t about the differences between the two, this is about the e. The Galaxy e has a 3100 MaH battery and starts at 128GB of storage. The screen is 5.8 inches of full HD+ and dynamic AMOLED technology; something different is that this is the first Samsung to have a non-curved display since the S7 of 2016. There is also a traditional fingerprint scanner on the power button of the S10e, this scanner is very fast, especially when compared to the ultrasonic on the other S10 models. The S10e is a very good option at the premium mid-range price range, as coined by MKBHD.
The latest and greatest devices from Samsung are finally here. The S10 model line checks most if not all of the boxes needed to create a great smartphone. The new operating system Samsung placed on top of Android 9.0 Pie is very streamlined and snappy. The skin they have used since the inception of the galaxy line, TouchWiz, was known for being feature heavy, but also bogging down the phone and being a little too much in your face. This is not a problem with the new Samsung One UI, as the features are still there, but everything is easily accessible but tucked away as to not interfere with the overall user experience. The One UI is also on the S9 and Note 9s, as of March 12th, the updates were rolled out. My daily driver is the Note 9, so this is the second full day I have been using the UI. It is everything that Samsung stated it would be and more. Samsung also has the Galaxy Fold in the works, announcing it alongside the S10. We do not have a date as of now, but it will be very interesting to see how this technology advances in the next couple of years.
Samsung hit the S10 model year out of the park, the new Galaxy Note 10 should improve on all of these things and make them better like most years. If Samsung even brings the Note line around for a tenth installment. It was hot on the rumor mill around December that Samsung’s Note 9 would be the last of the Notes, buy Samsung disputed this rumor amid the outcry from consumers. It will be interesting to see what the September Samsung release has in store for us consumers.