The new Samsung Galaxy S10 is here! Find out all you need to know about the camera, the screen, the battery, the everything. And order yours now.
It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Galaxy S series and we’ve been patiently waiting for the 2019 announcement. We glued ourselves to the Samsung Unpacked event to bring you the full lowdown on the new Samsung Galaxy phones.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s all-new Samsung Galaxy S10.
Want to see the all-new S10 series brought to life? Check out our 2-min video.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and Galaxy Fold
What’s difference between the S10s?
To make your decision slightly easier, here are the key differences between the new Galaxy S10 phones.
This is the premium Galaxy experience with a perfect balance of performance and size.
The super-charged experience. We’re talking more screen, more cameras, and a bigger battery.
The S10e has all the essentials, just in a more compact form.
OK, enough waiting, let’s get stuck into the S10.
So, what does it look like?
With the Galaxy S10, you get a choice of finishes – prism black or white or mix it up with prism green.
Then there’s the Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display that gives you a totally uninterrupted view. That’s right – totally uninterrupted. Thanks to some clever laser cutting, the front camera’s hidden inside the screen with just a small cut-out.
We regularly hear about how bad blue light is for us. And you might even adjust your screen to try to avoid straining your eyes. But with the S10 you don’t have to. It adjusts to the light for a better view and reduces blue light by a huge 42%.
What’s more, it doesn’t affect what’s on screen. That means you can binge-watch Netflix or game into the night without worrying about straining your eyes.
The new processor means it’s faster. In fact, the CPU’s up to 29% faster and the GPU’s up to 37% faster. And that in turn means gaming’s going to be slicker than ever.
The S10 is the first mobile device to work with adaptive performance for smoother play, even with graphic heavy games.
Samsung’s also joined forces with Unity who’s real-time engine powers half of the world’s games and Conde Nast.
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera spec
Phone photography’s reached new levels – now you can switch lens to suit the moment, just like a professional photographer. This is all thanks to the impressive triple rear camera system.
There’s an everyday wide-angle lens, a telephoto camera with optical zoom, and a game-changing ultra-wide lens.
This epic combination lets you capture exactly what you see without moving backwards. We’re talking stunning landscape shots that stretch vertically ‘from the ground to the sky.’
The S10 also improves Samsung’s Live Focus feature and lets you add even more artistic flair to your shots. And all of this can be done before you’ve even taken your snap.
What does that all mean for the average snapper? The S10 helps you compose the perfect shot. It suggests where to put the subject in the frame and lets you know if your photo’s level. The AI camera can recognise more scenes than any previous Galaxy phones and optimises the colour accordingly. Just point and shoot to get an amazing pic.
What about video?
Thanks to HDR10+ technology, the S10 doesn’t just optimise colour when you watch videos, too. It’s the first phone camera phone to be able to record this way. Oh, and the camera stays super steady so you can get brilliant action videos.
And there’s some exciting news for vloggers. The S10 comes with easy video editing that you can do on the phone itself. Samsung’s partnered with Adobe to create a version of Premiere Rush that’s been optimised for smartphones. And that makes it even easier to share
And the selfie camera?
Love a selfie? Then you’re going to love the front-facing camera. With Dual Pixel technology, it’s even better in low light. And it’s got an improved, quicker auto-focus too.
The Galaxy S10+ also has a dual camera for selfies, so you can experiment with the depth of field and artistic effects.
Both the S10 and S10+ support 4K Ultra High Definition video for the best selfie footage ever.
Samsung’s also teamed up with Instagram to create ‘Instagram mode’ – it makes sharing videos and photos to your story, even easier.
And if you like using other photo sharing apps, you can expect excellent quality there too. Why? The shots you take in those apps use the same low-light optimisation and High Dynamic Range as the camera app.
Battery and power
The S10’s battery lasts 25% longer than the S9 – so running out of juice isn’t a problem. The battery also cleverly identifies the apps you use the most and optimised the CPU to use less power on them.
With the wireless charging pad, you can power more than just your phone. That’s right, slap a watch, your earbuds, or even a mate’s phone on the charging pad. And as long as they’re Qi-charge compatible, you can watch the battery fill up. It’s known as fast wireless charging 2.0, and gives you a 0-100% charge up to 36% faster than before.
Protecting your phone as soon as it’s turned on, Samsung Knox keeps your info safe and privacy protected.
And with this new, ramped up security comes the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner. Using ultrasonic waves, it maps your fingerprint and analyses it to make sure it’s a match. There’s even anti-spoofing technology to recognise any fake fingerprints. All you need to do is tap your finger on the screen to quickly unlock your phone. It works flawlessly, even in bright light or wet conditions.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung have also launched a brand new category with the Galaxy Fold, and it’s unlike anything else on the market: a powerful smartphone and tablet in one. When it’s folded, you get a 4.6in screen and when you open it up it’s a 7.3in infinity flex display. It basically turns into a tablet.
This new type of smartphone needs to be pretty robust if it’s being folded and unfolded. So, it comes with a new type of hinge that you can’t even see. The Samsung Fold also comes in some lush new colours too: Cosmos Black, Space Silver, Astro Blue, and Martian Green.
As with all the S10 devices, you get amazing sound that’s powered by AKG on the Galaxy Fold. And another great feature is the 3-app multitasking tool. It takes the need to do loads of stuff at once to another level. You can update Instagram, watch YouTube, and read your emails in one go.
Then, when you fold out the phone, each screen can work on its own or work together for a larger view. Because of app continuity, you can switch between screens without missing a thing. Samsung has partnered with Google and Microsoft to optimise apps like WhatsApp and MS Office for the Fold. They’ve also partnered with YouTube to give Galaxy Fold users access to YouTube Premium. Nice touch.
As you’d expect with Samsung, not only is this a smartphone and a tablet – it’s also a pretty awesome camera. You get 3 cameras on the back, 2 on the inside and 1 on the front. So, no matter how you hold it, the Galaxy Fold will capture the moment. Oh, and it has 2 batteries – one on each side of the device – which work together to give a single power source.
Universal Flash Storage 3.0 means the Fold reads data twice as fast as the S9, making it incredibly responsive for gaming. The 7 animator processor and 12GB RAM is the most powerful on the market. And there’s a whopping 512GB onboard memory to play with too.
There’s new wearable tech too
The Galaxy S10 series wasn’t the only thing announced at the Unpacked event. Samsung also introduced us to the latest version of the Galaxy Buds and their wearable tech: the Galaxy Active Watch and Galaxy Fit.
These super-light Buds are 30% smaller and made for all-day comfort. They’re long-lasting, too. You can get up to 5 hours of calls and can stream up to 6 hours of music on a single charge. What’s more, the cord-free wireless charging case means you can charge them using the S10 wireless Power Share feature.
With AKG sound, you’ll be able to hear everything. And the adaptive dual mics on both the inside and outside mean you can be heard better too. If it’s loud around you, they’ll switch to the inside mic so you’ll be heard loud and clear.
The Galaxy Buds are Bixby-enabled too. Use your voice to check your battery, turn them on/off and control Bixby on your S10 – without taking your phone out of your pocket.
Galaxy Watch Active: the full smartwatch experience
The super-light Galaxy Watch Active is designed to help you be a healthier version of you. Made from soft, durable material, it’s comfortable to wear clocking up miles on the treadmill or catching up on some sleep. The Galaxy Watch Active is also 5ATM water resistant so you can even track your workout if swimming’s your thing.
With 3 colours and over 60,000 different watch faces to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone.
Galaxy Fit: dedicated to fitness
Want a light-weight wearable device that’s completely dedicated to fitness? The Galaxy Fit could be just what you’ve been looking for.
Weighing just 23, the Galaxy Fit is super light. But it packs a punch with its full colour AMOLED display, showing you essential info about your health at a glance.
Both wearables automatically track your activities and can quickly and easily be linked to your S10, S10+ and S10e. And that’s not all, they both support sleep tracking, heart rate monitor and even stress management.
We loved the S10, S10+, and the S10e and were super-excited to see what Samsung had planned for 2020. And we weren’t disappointed.
Samsung announced the new Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra at their Unpacked event. And they’re set to change the way we look at smartphone photography. So much so that they’ve been tipped as the smartphone cameras to end all cameras.
Oh, and did we mention they’re all 5G-Ready too?
Want to know more? Check out our article on Samsung Unpacked: everything you need to know.