Samsung’s 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 family is official. The South Korean major finally took the wraps off the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ (Plus) and Galaxy S10E during its Unpacked 2019 keynote event in San Francisco on February 20 (February 21 in India), alongside a slew of other announcements including the much-awaited Galaxy Fold - a fully functional version of the prototype which was first shown off at its annual developer conference in November last year.
Samsung has had a tough time keeping the Galaxy S10 a secret – almost everything about the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10E has been known well in advance. Through multiple leaks, including some coming from within Samsung’s own seemingly guarded quarters. While rumor mills did spoil its party to an extent, Samsung will of course like to move on and let its new flagship phones do the talking. A lot will be riding on the Galaxy S10, now that the lineup is official and ready to hit the shelves. And Samsung seems to be confident about its success to “prop up sales and business performance in the coming months.”
As opposed to last year’s Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S10 brings substantial updates to Samsung’s Galaxy S platform. The Galaxy S9 was an incremental upgrade, but the Galaxy S10 comes with a new design, new build materials and new hardware – an upgrade on all the fronts. This is also the first time that Samsung is launching three Galaxy S phones, as well as a special limited edition (if you may) for those who like to splurge – offering more choice across varied price points.
But being a Galaxy S phone means, the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10E all share some key features. All of them share the same glass and metal design language with near edge-to-edge screens courtesy Samsung’s new punch-hole Infinity-O display. The processor inside all of them stays the same as well – which is a combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Samsung’s own Exynos 9820. So is the software, which is Android 9 Pie-based One UI.
All the three phones also pack the same dual aperture primary rear cameras and 10MP primary front camera with support for 4K video recording. Fast wireless charging and 9W reverse charging are also standard across the board, as is Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, IP68-certification and micro-SD expansion. The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10E keep the headphone jack too!
The Galaxy S10+ is Samsung’s premiere Galaxy S10 with a 6.3-inch AMOLED HDR+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, triple rear cameras (consisting of one 12MP wide (77-degree field of view) sensor with f/1.5 aperture and dual pixel OIS, a 16MP ultra-wide (123-degree field of view) sensor with f/2.2 aperture and fixed focus, and a 12MP telephoto sensor with OIS), dual front cameras (consisting of one 10MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture), up to 8GB RAM and up to 512GB storage, and a 4,100mAh battery.
Samsung has also announced a maxed-out variant of the Galaxy S10+ with a ceramic back, 12GB RAM and 1TB storage.
The Galaxy S10 is essentially the Galaxy S10+ with a smaller 6.1-inch display and 3,400mAh battery, up to 8GB RAM and up to 512GB storage, and a single punch-hole selfie camera.
The Galaxy S10E is possibly the most exciting of the lot from a pure price to specifications point of view – in fact, Samsung’s marketing pitch says it all – the Galaxy S10E brings premium fun for everyone, kind of like the iPhone XR.
Like the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S10E also packs the same design and core hardware as its bigger, more expensive siblings – but at a relatively more affordable price.
But being an affordable option means, the Galaxy S10E also cuts some corners. It has a smaller 5.8-inch screen with a flatter bezel (still punch-hole though, and also still AMOLED), lower 1080p+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Galaxy S10E also has a conventional fingerprint scanner mounted on the power button on the right. It has dual rear cameras consisting of one 12MP wide (77-degree field of view) sensor with f/1.5 aperture and OIS, and a secondary 16MP ultra-wide (123-degree field of view) sensor with f/2.2 aperture and fixed focus. And it has a much smaller 3,100mAh battery.
But where the Galaxy S10E falls short in terms of top-tier design, it more than compensates for through its unique colours. Like the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S10E will be also available in a choice of colours, including the long-rumoured yellow.
While the Galaxy S10 starts at $899, the Galaxy S10+ starts at $999. The Galaxy S10E meanwhile starts at $750. The Galaxy S10 trio will be available for buying from March 8. Samsung is known to bring its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones to India just days after their global launch, at least that’s how it has been lately. The Galaxy S9, to recall, was made available for buying in India on the same day it was made available globally in March last year. We expect the Galaxy S10 to arrive in India in the first week of March.