• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED
  • Processor: Exynos 9820
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Operating System: Android 9
  • Camera: 10-megapixel + 8-megapixel (Front) / 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel (Rear)
  • Others: On-screen Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Bixby
  • Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 175g
  • Pros:
  • Breathtaking display
  • Pinhole front camera design is not distracting
  • Powerful device
  • Cons:
  • None

Taking Over The Galaxy One Phone At A Time

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is one of the latest devices from the prestigious mobile phone brand that’s synonymous with all things innovative. With products ranging from white goods such as washing machines and vacuum robots to smartwatches and earbuds, the brand boasts a large repertoire of brilliant devices. The S10+ is no different as it stands tall as one of the flagship devices for 2019.

Stepping into the year, we’ve seen a slow transition away from notched devices to the new pinhole design that is more elegant and less intrusive to the whole viewing experience. Unlike its brothers, the S10+ features a dual front camera setup, one takes a regular-sized selfie and the other a wider-selfie that allows for more people to step into the selfie effortlessly. There were also a few live-focus modes to shoot with – one blurs your background for a bokeh effect, another adds a spin effect to your background, a third that gives a zoom effect on the background, and a “colour-point” mode that simply adds a Black and White filter to your background. Your selfie game is easily enhanced with these few new additions to the front camera. Of course, your face will also have fewer blemishes and imperfections.

The triple rear camera setup of the S10+

The triple rear camera setup of the S10+

Continuing with the camera portion of the phone, the Gakaxy S10+ comes with a triple-rear camera setup that is bound to wow your socks off. You get three preset zoom levels to choose from, one regular, one zoomed in, and one ultra-wide lens. The ultra-wide lens is perfect for landscape photos, to add in more background to a single picture. It does give off a slight fish-eye effect to your pictures though. Pictures taken look superb, but it does look overexposed at times. We do slightly prefer how Samsung treats the colour red in their cameras, compared to other brands. With Scene Optimiser, it will automatically detect what you are shooting, and slightly changes the colours of the pictures.

Watching videos on YouTube with Fill

Watching videos on YouTube with Fill

Being the first phone we reviewed that bears a pinhole cutout, we found the experience quite pleasant. When unlocking the phone using facial recognition, the edges of the cutout even glow! Packaged under the front screen is the speedy ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that works flawlessly, even with wet or greased fingers. When you are watching videos on YouTube with the “Zoom to Fill” feature, parts of the video will be covered by the cutout. But when you’re watching it normally, the cutout will not be a problem at all.

By accessing the Digital Wellbeing settings, you can check what apps you use the most during the day

By accessing the Digital Wellbeing settings, you can check what apps you use the most during the day

As for battery life, we found that the device does hold up well for the whole day. Between using it for pictures, games, general browsing, music, and even GPS, we ended the day with 20% of battery left at the stroke of midnight. We even binge-watched “The Umbrella Academy” on Netflix, and it just drained 30% of the battery. The phone also remained cool throughout the whole viewing. It is worth noting that we did have the series downloaded, so using it with data or Wi-Fi will drain the phone’s battery faster. In addition, the S10+ comes with a new feature called the “Wireless PowerShare” that allows you to charge other Qi-enabled devices with your phone, similar to other phones we’ve seen in the past. With this, you can easily top-up your new Galaxy Buds when on the go, without needing to bring an additional wire.

Performance wise, the phone is definitely zippy. Transitioning between apps is done with a blink of an eye and gaming performance is impressive to boot. We are reviewing the 8GB RAM version, so no doubt the 12GB versions of the phone will offer an even speedier experience. Currently, the games that we are playing don’t even touch the camera cutout, so gaming is not really bothered. In terms of ergonomics, the phone is great to hold in the hands – but, with the new Infinity-O display that boasts an almost all-screen front, it is fairly easy to accidentally touch the display when you don’t mean to. When gaming, we even sometimes don’t realise that we have a finger on the screen. A headphone jack can still be found at the bottom of the phone, along with the USB Type-C port.

The new One UI design

The new One UI design

As for usability, the phone comes packaged with the new Samsung One UI that increases one-handed usability. You can even set the navigation buttons to full-screen gestures. For example, by simply swiping up on the bottom left of the screen will send you back to the previous page. The quick menu is also positioned near the middle of the screen when expanded, allowing you to access your favourite settings easily.

The Samsung S10+ is a powerful device that has certainly set the bar for the flagship of the year with the new additions such as Wireless PowerShare, a larger battery, a minimalistic UI and a better camera. If you wish, you can even opt for the 1TB storage + 12GB RAM version of the phone for the best of the best.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A definite flagship device to beat for the year 2019. A great camera, powerful battery and top-of-the-line specs, you can’t go wrong with the S10+. (OUTSTANDING)