Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus: Price, Reviews and Everything You Need to Know
For its tenth year of flagship upgrades Samsung has changed the game with the powerful, sleek, and user-friendly Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. The combination of a brilliant display, superior triple-camera setup, and phenomenal hardware to support its OS make the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones the standard-bearers of 2019.
Smartphone buyers love the enhancements of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. The launch of the new phones saw a 16% sales increase compared to the launch of the Galaxy S9 series last year. Samsung also launched a more affordable model that still packs a punch: the Galaxy S10e. If you’re thinking about upgrading your Samsung phone or making the jump to Android learn everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Cost of the Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 release date was March 8, and all three models are available to purchase from major carriers and right here at GoWireless. The substantial hardware and software improvements in the Galaxy S10 also translated to a larger price jump than usual, which is why Samsung developed the cost-effective Galaxy S10e alongside the Galaxy S10 and S10+. Depending on the storage option you choose, here are the price breakdowns of every model of Samsung Galaxy S10:
- Galaxy S10e: 128GB — $749; 256GB — $849
- Galaxy S10: 128GB — $899; 512GB — $1149
- Galaxy S10 Plus: 128GB — $999; 512GB — $1249; 1TB — $1599
Galaxy S10 Features
Why do we love the Samsung Galaxy S10? Here are the top features and specs that have tech enthusiasts salivating:
- AMOLED Display — The 6.1” Infinity-O screen is immersive and massive. The edge-to-edge display spills over into the curved edges of the phone, uninterrupted by bezels. A 93.1% screen-to-body ratio? Yes please! The display supports HDR10+ for better color and contrast.
- Triple-Lens Camera — The rear-facing camera of the Galaxy S10 includes three lenses, one of which is a 16-MP ultra wide-angle lens you can use to snap gorgeous and wide shots. The 123-degree viewing angle is touted by Samsung to be the equivalent of the human eye. There is a 10-MP front-facing camera as well so you never have to take a mediocre selfie again. The exposure and contrast levels of the new cameras indicate a clear improvement over past models.
- In-Screen Sensors — All sensors in the Galaxy S10 are stored beneath the vibrant display, including the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The front-facing physical sensor will detect your fingerprint and unlock your phone even if your fingers are wet or cold.
- Great Interface — One UI has received an overhaul, making the Galaxy S10 a breeze (and a delight) to navigate. The clean layout and the dozens of helpful features like dark mode make One UI truly terrific.
- Wireless PowerShare — this feature enables you to use the back of the Galaxy S10 to Qi charge another phone or charge your Galaxy Buds so your accessories don’t run out of juice.
Galaxy S10 Plus Features
Though it’s more expensive than the Galaxy S10, choosing the Galaxy S10+ will deliver several benefits to justify the price tag. Ways in which the Galaxy S10+ shines include:
- Larger Screen — This benefit may seem obvious, but the “Plus” in Galaxy S10 Plus means an upgrade from a sizeable 6.1” AMOLED screen to a mighty 6.4” AMOLED screen. The size boost really makes an impact when streaming video or playing games. The front-facing cameras are tucked into a “punch-hole” in the top-right corner to minimize distraction.
- Longer Battery Life — The Galaxy S10+ contains a 4,100 mAh battery, compared to the 3,400 mAh battery in the S10. This translate to two extra hours of battery life, typically over 12 hours per charge.
- Extra Lens — When you upgrade to the Galaxy S10+ you can take advantage of a depth sensor on the front-facing camera. This enables bokeh in selfies and gives you the option of colorizing a portrait subject while making the background black-and-white.
- Maximum Performance — If you want your smartphone to be a software powerhouse, look no further. Dubbed the “Ultimate Performance Edition” by Samsung, the most expensive model S10+ packs an astonishing 12GB of RAM and a massive 1TB of storage.
Galaxy S10e Features
Don’t want your wallet to take a sizeable hit? The Galaxy S10e includes most of the amazing features of the S10 for a significantly lower price. If you decide to go with the Galaxy S10e here are the differences you can anticipate:
- No In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor — The Galaxy S10e does not have a built-in fingerprint scanner behind the AMOLED screen. Instead, if you own a Galaxy S10e you will use a sensor embedded into the power button on the side of the phone. We should point out that this sensor works well, it just doesn’t have that “next-gen” feel.
- Shorter Battery Life: The smaller s10e contains a 3,100 mAh battery, translating to about 8 hours and 40 minutes of battery life per charge. This is still plenty of juice to last during the day, but is almost three hours less than what you can expect from the S10+.
- Fewer Camera Lenses: The Galaxy s10e forgoes the telephoto lens on the rear-facing camera, meaning you will have to capture images without the advantage of digital zoom. The S10e still includes many of the new camera tricks of the Galaxy S10 line like the Scene Optimize feature.
Galaxy S10 5G Update
To further complicate matters, Samsung will soon be rolling out the Galaxy S10 5G, which is essentially a Galaxy S10 optimized for 5G networks. The expected rollout date is May 16.
In addition to delivering 5G connectivity when wireless carriers begin activating 5G networks, the new Samsung S10 5G will feature several hardware improvements over the Galaxy S10+. These include:
- Quadruple Camera: You read that right! Samsung added an hQVGA 3D-depth sensing camera to improve bokeh blur and bring the effect to video, rivaling other industry-leading mobile cameras like those on the Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro.
- Larger Display: The screen of the Galaxy S10 5G will be the largest Samsung smartphone display yet: a 6.7” Dynamic AMOLED display that truly must be experienced firsthand.
- Better Battery Life: The Galaxy S10 5G will contain a 4,500 mAh battery, the most impressive yet in the Galaxy S10 line. With all of the videos you’ll be streaming on your 5G network you’ll appreciate the extra power!
Head to your nearest GoWireless location to compare the latest line of Samsung smartphones. Talk to one of our professionals so you can upgrade with confidence, and pick up the best accessories for your new Galaxy S10 while you’re here.