In addition to the Galaxy Fold, Samsung announced a slew of new handsets at its big Unpacked event in San Francisco on Wednesday. In fact, the new Galaxy S10 lineup looks a lot like the iPhone lineup with a 6.1-inch S10, a larger 6.4-inch S10+, and a smaller, less-expensive S10e. Check out our full overview below.
Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
The S10 and S10+ have identical 1440-pixel wide 19:9 OLED HDR10+ displays, with the former measuring in at 6.1 inches and the latter at 6.4. Specs include a Snapdragon 855 processor, between 8GB and 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The battery for the S10 is a 3,400mAh cell, and 4,100mAh for the S10 Plus. Both models support fast charging and have the ability to wirelessly charge a secondary device through their back panels. Both handsets also feature IP68 water and dust resistance and 3.5mm headphone jacks.
If you’re wondering about cameras, the S10 has them in spades. The selfie camera is of the 10MP variety, set in a hole-punch-sized cutout, and the rear features a triple-lens design: a 12MP wide angle lens, 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide lens. Both front and back cameras support 4K recording and HDR10+. And if that’s not enough to impress you, the S10 also features an in-display Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. It reads the 3D contours of your thumbprint, and Samsung says it’s one of the most secure on the market.
Finally, as for the software, both handsets are launching with Android 9 Pie and Samsung’s new One UI interface. The S10 also has a button dedicated to Bixby—Samsung’s Siri-like digital assistant—and Samsung says it has improved the feature with new routines.
It certainly seems like Samsung has taken a play out of Apple’s iPhone XR playbook with the S10E. It’s smaller than the other two models, with fewer flagship features, but it’s also significantly less expensive.
Starting with the display, the S10E features a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that’s 1080 pixels wide with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The selfie camera on the front is 10MP and the rear features a two-lens camera setup, with a 12MP wide angle lens and a 16MP ultra-wide. Everything is driven by a Snapdragon 855 processor, with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and storage options include 128GB and 256GB—expandable via microSD.
So how does the cheaper S10E measure up to its larger siblings? Well it has fewer pixels in the display, only two cameras on the back instead of 3, and the fingerprint scanner has been embedded into the side-mounted power button, rather than under the display. But as you can see in the above specs, just about everything else is the same. It still has IP68 waterproofing and can wirelessly charge other devices through its back panel.
The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E will be available for pre-orders starting tomorrow, February 21, and will become available on March 8. They’ll come in a number of colorways and configurations (with a 5G version to launch at a later date), and start at $899.99, $999.99 and $749.99 respectively.
So what do you think of the new S10 lineup?