There are four new Galaxy S10 devices: the Galaxy S10e (affordable version), the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ (the flagship model), and the Galaxy S10 5G (only available on Verizon this June). The one I am most interested in (at least for now) is the Galaxy S10+, and I was lucky enough to have some playtime with it today.
Samsung’s new smartphone looks smaller than it should be (screen is 6.4-inches), and is a gorgeous device. Here are some of my other impressions until I am able to post a full review.
- That screen! What a beauty. When looking at the device, it feels like you are looking at a screen with nothing attached to it since the bezels are so small.
- Speaking of the bezels, I was worried that because they are barely there, I would accidentally keep touching the screen. It never happened once while using it.
- The stereo sound on the speakers is good, but a little tinny. It’s not full of life like the stereo speakers on the iPhone XS Max.
- The S10+ doesn’t look any different from the Galaxy S10 — just a little bit larger.
- The two hole-punched cameras in the front look weird. But they are not invasive. As a matter of fact, the more I used the device, the less I noticed the cameras.
- Finally — a triple lens camera on the rear. Samsung was supposed to include this with the Galaxy Note 9, but it never happened. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to test out the camera quality.
- The new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is very futuristic and appears to work well, though I didn’t get to test it with my own fingers. (The store employee set it up with his and it worked very well each time.)
- It’s hard to measure the performance of a smartphone in 10 minutes, but everything was smooth and fast. However, I couldn’t notice a difference between the S10+ and S9+ performance.
- Hasn’t Samsung given up on Bixby yet? It’s totally useless.
- The Galaxy S10+ runs Android 9 (Pie). I still wish there was a Samsung phone that ran iOS — it’s still a better and more user-friendly operating system. Of course, we know a Samsung phone with Apple’s mobile operating system will never exist.