Samsung S10 Plus, S10, and S10e Launch, Specs, Price, Pre-orders, Comparison – Worthy Upgrade
Update 23/Feb/2019 – India Price, Launch offers and Availability updated below.
Like every year Samsung has launched the new Flagship phones for 2019 – Samsung S10 Plus, S10, and S10e.
Samsung this year has moved away from the tradition of launching two phones and instead gone with three.
Similar to Apple, the phone competes with Xs Max, Xs, and the more affordable XR. The S10E is a watered-down version of the S10 and is a similar attempt as the iPhone XR.
The new Samsung phones were unveiled at an event in San Francisco ahead of the MWC 2019.
At the even Samsung has also launched the Worlds First Foldable mobile called as Galaxy Fold.
Samsung Mobile Head Mr. Koh emphasized how the brand has changed the experience of 2 Billion Galaxy users for the last ten years, since the launch of original Galaxy S.
Samsung also unveiled the new Galaxy Buds which comes with wireless charging support. You can even charge these wirelessly by placing them on the back of S10.
Let’s have a look at the key highlight of the Samsung 10 Series phones followed by a detailed overview of each device.
Highlight Features – S10 Series
- Dynamic AMOLED Display With HDR10+
- SD 855 and Exynos 9820 Fastest Processors
- Punch Hole Selfie Cameras
- Better Triple Rear Cameras
- Ultra-Sonic In Display Fingerprint Scanner
- Fast Wireless Charging (30% Faster) and Reverse Wireless Charging
- Samsung One UI
- Upto 12 GB Ram and 1 TB internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11ax (WIFI 6 Support)
Samsung S10 Plus
Display and Design
The Samsung S10 Plus is the biggest member of the S10 family and comes with a large 6.4 Inch QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. It offers 19:9 aspect ratio and comes with 438 PPI (pixel density).
The Display has HDR10+ support and has 1200 Nits of maximum brightness with 100% RGB Color Gamut. It is one of the most accurate and vivid displays on any mobile made so far.
The bezels are even thinner in comparison to the S9+ and the punch hole cameras at the front are created using a unique laser cutting technology for unmatched precision.
Samsung has integrated an ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner in the display that is slightly superior to the optical in-display fingerprint scanner seen on many other devices.
The ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner works well even in cold and other extreme conditions and is highly secure, according to the company.
The phone comes with a glass back design and also has an IP 68 rating (water and dustproof). The design is not too different from the Note 9 but comes with some minor changes.
Powering the mobile is the first 7Nm Chipset from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 855. It comes with Octa-Core architecture and has tri-cluster setup using (2.8GHz+2.4GHz+1.7GHz) Core clock speeds.
In regions like India Samsung will use the 8 Nm Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC (2.7GHz+2.3GHz+1.9GHz) which has nearly similar performance.
Also, you can get up to 12 GB of DDR4X Ram on the S10+. However, the base variant comes with 8 GB of ram.
Another big highlight of the device is the presence of triple rear cameras. The S10 Plus has the primary camera with a 12-megapixel sensor and 77-degree wide-angle lens with OIS Support.
The camera boasts of superior autofocus and has a variable aperture, (Similar to Note 9) f/1.5 to f/2.4.
The second telephoto lens is also a 12-megapixel, 45-degree shooter capable of 2x optical zoom.
It also has autofocus, an f/2.4 aperture, and OIS.
The third camera is a super wide angle with 123-degree lens and 16 MP resolution (f/2.2 aperture).
However, the third lens lacks autofocus support or OIS. The Rear camera can easily record 4k videos and 960 FPS slow-motion videos too.
At the front, there are twin in-display punch hole cameras with primary 10 MP (f/1.9 aperture), and secondary depth sensor with 8 MP (f/2.4 aperture).
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Shot On Samsung S10 Plus Ultra Wide Camera
The S10 Plus comes in three storage variants 128 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. You can expand the storage further up to 512 GB using a micro-sd card.
So, there you have 1.5 TB of storage and 12 GB Ram in your pocket, more than many laptops.
The phone runs on the Samsung One UI software on top of the Android Pie update and offers a better experience than the previous generation of Samsung software.
Also, the S10 Plus comes with vapor chamber cooling to keep temperatures low when gaming.
Lastly, it comes with Dual Sim Support, along with all standard connectivity options. There is USB Type C Port and even the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The battery is large – 4100 mAH and comes with Fast Charging and Wireless charging support (30% faster than last gen.).
Additionally, there is wireless reverse charging (similar to Huawei Mate 20 Pro), which you can use to charge another phone by placing it on the back of S10+, or you can even charge the new Samsung Galaxy buds (earphones).
Lastly, the S10 Plus weighs 175 grams and has 7.8 mm thickness.
The Samsung S10 is similar to the S10 Plus with certain changes. The phone comes with a smaller display having 6.1-inch Quad-HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display.
It comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 550-pixel density (PPI). The display supports HDR10+ and has 1200 Nits of maximum brightness.
The phone comes with the same processor and has 8 GB of DDR4X ram. The storage options are 128 GB and 512 GB only.
Also, it has the same triple rear cameras like the S10 plus, but at the front, there is a single selfie camera. The selfie camera has 10 MP lens with an f/1.9 aperture.
The phone has an ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner and everything else that the S10 plus promises. However, the battery capacity is 3400 mAH.
The batteries on the S10 and S10 Plus are significantly higher in comparison to the S9 (3000 mAH) and S9 Plus (3500 mAH).
However, I would have liked 10% more battery on the S10 as that display is super high resolution and may eat up the battery faster.
The phone may not last all day with heavy usage.
Lastly, it measures 7.8 mm in thickness and weighs 157 grams.
Coming to the most affordable member of the S10 family – the S10e. I am not sure what E stands for, probably the essential.
The S10e comes with a non-curved display with 5.8 Inch Dynamic AMOLED display panel with FHD+ resolution.
Notably, the display is not QHD+ on the 10e but is an FHD+. Also, the bezels on the side are broader than the other two devices.
The phone has the same processor but comes with 6 or 8 GB of DDR4X ram.
Instead of the triple rear cameras, it sports Dual cameras. There is no telephoto lens on the S10e, while the other two lenses are the same.
There is a 12 MP, variable aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture lens), with OIS support. The second camera has 16 MP resolution, with 123-degree wide angle, fixed focus lens.
The S10e comes with 128 GB or 512 GB storage options. Another downgrade is the missing in-display scanner which is replaced by a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on the side.
The battery capacity is 3100 mAH and the phone 7.9 mm in thickness and has 150 grams weight.
Price, Launch Offers, Colors, and Availability (India and US)
|Model||Price in USD||India Price (Rs.)|
|Samsung S10 Plus (128 GB, 8 GB RAM)||$999||Rs. 73,900|
|Samsung S10 (128 GB, 8 GB RAM)||$899||Rs. 66,900|
|Samsung S10e (128 GB, 6 GB RAM)||$749||Rs. 55,900|
Samsung has announced the India prices for the S10 Series and it starts at Rs. 56,900. You can Pre-order the Samsung phones from offline stores, online from Flipkart and Amazon.
The S10 Plus is available for Rs. 73,900 for the 128 GB/ 8 GB version, the 512 GB /8 GB version costs Rs. 91,900 and the 12 GB Ram and 1 TB version cost Rs. 117,900.
Further, the S10 is available for Rs. 66,900 for 128 GB / 8 GB Ram version, 512 GB / 8 GB version costs Rs. 84,900. Lastly, the S10e is available for RS. 55,900 for 128 GB / 6 GB ram.
There are a couple of launch offers like Rs. 6,000 cash back with the purchase of S10, S10 Plus or S10e using the HDFC bank debit or credit card on Flipkart. You must make an EMI purchase when using the debit card.
Additionally, Samsung is also offering the Galaxy buds (wireless earphones) for Rs. 2,999, or the Samsung Galaxy Watch for Rs. 9,999 as a discount deal for the buyers. You can opt for only one, either the Buds or the watch.
The Galaxy S10 series is already up for pre-orders in the US/India and will go on sale on 8th March 2019.
S10+ Color Variants – Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism White color variants, and Ceramic Black, Ceramic White.
S10 Color Variants – Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue.
S10e Color Variants – Prism White, Prism Black.
Inside the Box of a Samsung S10Plus
Key Differences – S10 Plus Vs. S10 Vs. S10e
Let’s have a quick look at the differences between the three S-10 series phones.
|Parameter||Samsung S10+||Samsung S10||Samsung S10e|
|Display Size||6.4 Inch||5.8 Inch||5.8 Inch|
|Resolution||QuadHD+ (Curved)||QuadHD+ (Curved)||FHD+ (Flat)|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Ultrasonic In-display||Ultrasonic In-Display||Capacitive On Side|
|Selfie Camera||Dual Selfie Camera||Single Selfie Camera||Single Selfie Camera|
|Rear Camera||Triple Rear Cameras||Triple Rear Cameras||Dual Rear Cameras|
|Battery Capacity||4100 mAH||3400 mAH||3100 mAH|
Initial Thoughts- Should You Upgrade to the S10 or S10 Plus
The new Samsung S10 Series have a lot of new stuff, giving reasons to buyers to upgrade. Especially, those who are on older gen phones like S6, S7 or even the S8.
The S10 series borrows triple rear cameras and even the punch hole cameras from Huawei. Don’t get me wrong Huawei was the first one to do it.
The 10e represents the iPhone XR, and frankly is not something I would buy. There are other better choices in the same price range.
More Cameras = Better Overall Camera experience, maybe for some or maybe not.
In most cases you just want to capture a moment and whatever camera you have you click it.
Switching to a different lens and thinking, and composing a shot may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But certainly, there are time and places where we can use and appreciate the other two lenses.
Is the primary camera on the S10 Plus the Best, probably not, maybe Mate 20 Pro and Pixel 3 XL can offer better results?
The S10 with 3400 mAH battery looks decent but the QHD+ panel suck battery, more than an FHD+ panel. I have used S8 and always lower the resolution to FHD+ to save battery.
Samsung may have increased the battery capacity but in my opinion, you may need to charge it in the evening.
The S10 Plus, on the other hand, looks superb and will easily run all day. Even the Dual Selfie cameras on this are an advantage.
If money is not a concern than the S10 Plus is a more practical daily driver, something to invest for the next two to three years.
The 512 GB/1 TB or the 12 GB is fine but for most people, 8 GB ram and 128 GB storage are going to be sufficient.
Overall the S10 and S10 Plus looks exciting to me and worth considering if you are upgrading. Wait for the launch offers and discounts, and even exchange offers before making up your mind.
Samsung S10 Video Intro
Also, Have a Look at the new Samsung Galaxy Buds and Wireless Charging Feature: