Today marks the first day of Samsung’s S10 Weekend Nationwide Roadshow. The line in Midvalley alone was absurd, with the queue starting in the middle of Middle Court, extending to Uniqlo and all the way around back to the middle! The roadshow brought some extensive deals in terms of goodies and rebates. For 250 or so lucky customers that lined up first, they were given the chance to purchase the phone and net themselves either the Galaxy Buds or Galaxy Watch Active. To sweeten the deal further, they were even given the option to purchase a second device with an RM1,000 instant rebate. The fans were unable to pass up on the steal of the day, while stocks last of course.
We also managed to get our hands on the S10+ so you can stay tuned for the upcoming full review. In the meantime, we’ll have to sate your curiosity with our first impressions of the device. The first thing we noticed about the device is with its camera cut-out display. While the notch dominated the mobile phone scene in 2018, we reckon the cut-out display as seen in the S10 and other brands will be the design choice for the year. We’ve even seen some creative wallpapers that utilise the cut-out for character eyes and so on.
As per usual with Samsung displays, we can expect a bright and vibrant screen to watch all our favourite shows on. With the large display with the new Infinity-O design, the front of the phone is almost all display, and it could be good or bad depending on how you look at things. The all display front will allow for immersive gameplay and movie-watching, but grip might be an issue.
The overall design of the phone is also slightly altered, with the power button now located slightly higher than usual. A physical fingerprint scanner is also missing from the phone, replaced with an ultrasonic reader located at the bottom of the display to unlock your phone. Of course, you can still use facial recognition to unlock it.
On the S10+, there are a total of five cameras on the phone, with two on the front and triple-rear camera setup. You can find a telephoto camera, a wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide camera at the back of the phone so you can expect clear and vibrant pictures from the phone, but we’ll have to wait for the full review to pass on our thoughts. With 4,100 mAh battery, you can also expect the phone to last you a day. With the Wireless PowerShare capability, you can even charge the new Galaxy Buds with your phone. You can also charge other devices albeit not rapidly, but it can work in a pinch.
The phone is also shipped with the new Samsung OneUI that sports a design that is easier to use with one hand, a definite plus with phones getting longer over the years. We’re still getting used to the new UI, but it is not a far departure from the previous gen that we have to learn new ways to navigate the phone. Unboxing was pretty a pretty standard affair. The packaging of the phone does come with the new eco-friendly packaging that replaces plastics with environmentally sustainable materials. You have the standard paperwork, a clear hard plastic case, a pre-installed screen protector, wall plug + charging cable, and a USB-C to USB adapter.
Do remember that the Nationwide Roadshow will end on this Sunday. If you wish to purchase the phone and get yourself some goodies, do drop by Midvalley Megamall in KL, Queensbay Mall in Penang and Aeon Tebrau City in Johor Bahru.