- Impressive Performance
- Beautiful Screen
- Improved Camera (after the update)
- Better Battery Life
- Fast Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor
- Costs a Pretty Penny
- Disappointing Camera Software
We received the Samsung Galaxy S10+ right after the Malaysian launch for us to review. But due to some unfortunate event where I accidentally broke the phone – the review had to wait. After a month later, we finally managed to finish it. Here’s the Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review.
Design and Build Quality
We talked about the Galaxy S10+ in our Initial Impression article and we pretty much stick to what we said over there. The Galaxy 10+ still follows the same design cue – as same as the S6 edge era onwards but refined over time. The phone is covered in glass both on the front and back with a curved side that slips into the frame of the device itself. Other than that, there isn’t a lot of design changes going around except for minor ones. On the back, the fingerprint sensor is gone and has been replaced with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor – which we will talk later. It also has a slight camera bump at the back – which is alright and doesn’t bother me too much.
In terms of build quality, it feels premium and very slick. It does feel very slippery as it is covered in the glass more than metal – so, it’s better if you have some protection, like the Lifeproof NEXT case which happens to be our personal favorite. Other than that, honestly, it feels pretty much identical to an S9+ or the S8+ when you hold it. But because of the humongous screen on the front, it feels like you are holding a Note and at times I was pressing at the bottom right corner figuring out where’s the pen as I use a Note8 as my daily driver.
Other than that, thanks to the Prism White finish – it is one gorgeous smartphone without a doubt. The color selection this time around is a lot better and looks pretty good. Good job right there Samsung.
Specification and Benchmark
In terms of specification, we are looking at the flagship grade processor and so on under the hood.
- Samsung Exynos 9820 Octa Core Processor at 2.7 GHz
- 8GB RAM | 128GB Internal Storage
To put things to test, we used three different tools to benchmark the device. Starting off, we went for Antutu and Geekbench 3 to test the full performance of the phone and to show what the phone is capable of. Finally, in order to verify the specification – we used CPU-Z to see what is under the hood. Take note that the Benchmark scores do vary with day-to-day usage basis. Something to take note of.
On the front, the Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4” QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display. Just like we mentioned in the S10e review, the Dynamic AMOLED Display is the successor to the Super AMOLED which we have seen in the previous iteration of flagship devices from Samsung. Unlike the S10 and the S10e, the Galaxy S10+ has a pill sized Infinity O cutout which houses a dual camera setup. The S10+ feels like holding a Note in the hands – because that’s how big the display is.
This particular generation of the display is just extremely responsive compared to its predecessor display. There is this feel of increased sensitivity that gives the phone the ability to recognize each and every tap well. AMOLED displays are generally known to produce true blacks and take brightness up a notch and the Dynamic AMOLED display does exactly the same. The colors produced by the display is top notch – its vibrant, punchy and offers the best viewing experience possible. Thanks to the new display, it now supports HDR10 Content. So, watching shows on Netflix is simply better than ever.
One thing is that, the Oval shaped camera cut out at the top right corner does take a bit of space but good thing is that the UI optimizes and makes the whole phone usable despite having a cut out on the top right corner. Only thing is that I wished it was smaller.
Flagship smartphones are getting powerful than ever and thanks to the 7nm processor from Samsung coupled with 8GB RAM – this phone has the capability to handle everything. Multitasking on the phone is buttery smooth and launching application is fast as if every app is at my fingertip. It has enough power to even launch and use Photoshop on mobile at ease – which a lot of phones do tend to struggle. We tried the phone with a handful number of games to see how it handled. So we tested the phone with Asphalt 9, Tekken, Republique, Need for Speed: No Limits and Limbo. Every game was buttery smooth and easy to play with no hiccups. What made it best is the fact that every game was running at the maximum settings – which is simply amazing.
The phone does get a bit warm under long hours of gaming session but frets not, as it does happen with all the phones out there in the market. But the key thing is that it isn’t hot but marginally warm. It gave us no problems and there was no glitch as well.
Battery Life & Charging
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ houses a whooping 4100 mAh battery. This is the biggest battery we have seen on a flagship from Samsung as the previous phone has 100 mAh less, which is the Note10. During our time using the S10+, I was able to get almost a day worth of battery with a usage time of 10 hours + on battery with screen on time of 4-5 hours which is pretty decent. Thanks to the Adaptive Fast Charger that’s included inside the box, this phone can charge from 10-100 in an hour and 11 minutes. On wireless charger, it was able to charge the phone in less than 2 hours – which is normal.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ houses a triple camera setup on the back with the following sensors.
- Primary 12MP Sensor with Variable Aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4
- Secondary 12MP Sensor with Telephoto, an aperture of f/2.4
- 16MP Sensor Ultra Wide Angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2
One good thing about the rear facing camera is that – all the sensors Samsung decided to opt in for – are functional and thank god, they didn’t opt in for a depth sensor. Now honestly, all three cameras have some serious potential and have the power to capture great images. The colors the camera captures are super punchy and vibrant. The primary sensor and the telephoto captures a little less saturated picture, whereas the Ultra Wide boosts the contrast by a lot – which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The Ultra Wide camera is insanely wide, to a point that you can use it to take a really good groupfie.
One thing that I personally didn’t like is how the way Scene Optimizer alters a lot with every single picture. So, if you want to capture images as it is, then I’d suggest turning it off. Good thing it isn’t as aggressive as a Chinese manufacturer, at least in my opinion.
On the front, the phone houses a 10MP Front Facing camera with a depth sensor. Coming from a Galaxy Note8 which had the best camera back in 2017 and still in my opinion, is one of the best – the S10+ takes questionable selfies. The camera tends to whitewash darker skin tone even under bright lighting, even with the Beautify mode turned off. After an update from Samsung, the camera issue was fixed and every picture had a neutral tone which is a relief. So, good job there Samsung.
Here are some of the shots taken with the Galaxy S10+.
Speaker & Security
The Galaxy S10+ is one of the very few smartphones in the market to still have a stereo speaker setup – in this case, the earpiece acts like a tweeter and the main speaker is located beside the USB-C Port. In terms of sound quality, it is on point. Not only the sound is loud, but it is also clear and crispy at the very same time – which is nice. Don’t think you will ever miss a call.
As for the security department, I am still personally bummed out that the S10 series no longer has Iris Scanner which I do hope that it makes its way back with the Note10. Other than that, Samsung has opted in for an Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor located on the screen which is impressive. Not only it was fast the first time I tried it, but every time when there was a new update, the phone fingerprint sensor recognition got faster, accurate and better. If you want to use face recognition, well, they have that too.
UI & OS
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ comes pre-loaded with their new One UI on top of Android 9. The custom UI from Samsung is revamped once again to offer better accessibility and usability on a bigger screen. Even though I like the One UI, it isn’t as practical on the S10+ because at the end of the day, you’d use it with both your hands. At this point, I am just nitpicking but that’s how I feel. But other than that, the whole experience is top notch – with new features like Digital Wellness and even an upgraded Samsung DeX, this phone isn’t just powerful but its handful.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy using the Samsung Galaxy S10+ but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it a lot as well. For a brand that made a lot of revolutionary smartphones, the S10+ still feels like an incremental update. I personally feel that Samsung is playing safe here and that’s not a bad thing. But it’d be nice to see something new and different – hopefully with the next big thing.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ sure is an amazing phone, it sure is one of the best flagship smartphones to go with – considering the fact that Samsung Malaysia priced the phone at RM 3,699 which is shockingly good. This is a phone for those who are jumping from an S6 or an S7 series. For those who are on the S8 and S9, I don’t think it’s necessary to upgrade unless if you want that Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, little-to-no bezel display and a triple camera so badly.
Not enough budget to get the S10+? Well, good thing that Samsung made a smaller S10e, which – honestly we love so much. Click here to read about that.
Thanks to Samsung Malaysia for providing the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for us to review and we apologize for the mishap that happened with the device. ☹