The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ have been leaked so much the Unpacked event seemed unnecessary. But while the leaks did give us a pretty good look at the Samsung S10, but Samsung’s Unpacked event opened the box all of the way. Let’s jump right into what Samsung announced today at Unpacked San Francisco.
Samsung is calling the S10 and S10+ the next generation of smartphone. There is a ton of new things packed into this new generation of Galaxy phone. From a new “Dynamic AMOLED” display to what Samsung says are “pro-grade” cameras. There are the things we also knew about, the in screen fingerprint sensor and the punch hole display. Let’s run some of this stuff down for you.
“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”Samsung
Samsung is calling this new display “Dynamic AMOLED.” It is HDR10+ certified and Samsung says it produces vivid digital content with dynamic tone mapping and a wide range of color. The company says this is the most color accurate smartphone display ever.
The new display also houses Samsung’s brand new “ultrasonic” fingerprint sensor. Samsung says this is the first-ever in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Apparently, it works differently than other in-display sensors which use a scanner to read your print. It seems to work pretty fast but we won’t know more until we get our own review unit.
Samsung also really talked up their new cameras calling them “pro-grade.” This is a term I am sure many professional photographers will challenge or take exception to. Still, it is marketing that companies like Samsung and Apple do well and they’re trying to create a buzz here. Here’s a rundown of the new camera technology on the Samsung Galaxy S10:
- Ultra Wide Lens: A first for the S Series, Galaxy S10 offers an Ultra Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view, like the human eye, so what you see is what’s in frame. Perfect for impressive landscape shots, big panoramas and even fitting the entire extended family into the photo, the Ultra Wide Lens ensures that you’ll always be able to capture the full scene.
- Super Steady & High-Quality Video Recording: Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilization technology. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of an amazing concert or trying to record every detail of a bumpy bike ride, Super Steady allows you to capture the moment. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in up to UHD quality, and in an industry first, the rear camera gives you the flexibility to record in HDR10+.6
- AI Camera: Galaxy S10 makes already smart features more accurate with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) so you can get pro-grade shots worth sharing without having to manually select any advanced camera settings. Scene Optimizer can now recognize and more accurately process additional scenes because of the NPU. And with Shot Suggestion, Galaxy S10 offers automatic composition recommendations so you can frame your photo better than ever.
Samsung rattled off a bunch of other new technology and features but one that did stand out to us was Wireless PowerShare7. This turns your Samsung Galaxy S10 into essentially a power mat for other devices. Just put another phone or wireless charging capable device on the back of the S10 and it will charge it. Pretty slick I think, here’s a rundown of more features mentioned:
- Wireless PowerShare77: Samsung introduces Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphone devices and even compatible wearable devices. In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare8, while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip.
- Intelligent Performance: The new AI software on the Galaxy S10 automatically optimizes battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on how you use your phone, and continues to learn and get better over time. Leveraging AI-capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how you use your device to launch your most frequently used apps faster.
- Intelligent Wi-Fi: Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted and safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE, as well as alerting you of potentially risky Wi-Fi connections. Galaxy S10 also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it possible for better Wi-Fi performance when connected to a compatible router.
- Bixby Routines: On Galaxy S10, Bixby automates your routines and provides personalized recommendations to make your life easier. With pre-set and personalized routines, such as Driving and Before Bed routines, which can be customized based on your habits, Galaxy S10 makes things simpler by automatically reducing device touches and cutting steps out of your day.
Samsung also introduced a 5G version of the S10 that will be launched on Verizon only. It’s basically the same as the other phones except it has 5G, bigger battery, and 6.7″ display
Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+
Pricing starts at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.99 for Galaxy S10+ and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e for both carrier and unlocked versions.