|Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+|
Samsung Galaxy S10 (left) and the S10+ (right)
|First released||16 March 2018|
|Availability by region|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+|
|Related||Samsung Galaxy S10e|
|Type||Smartphone (S10) |
148.9 mm × 70.9 mm × 7.8 mm (5.86 in × 2.79 in × 0.31 in)
157.7 mm × 75.0 mm × 7.8 mm (6.21 in × 2.95 in × 0.31 in)
|Operating system||Original: One UI 1.0 on top of Android 9.0 "Oreo"|
|System on chip|
|Memory||S10: 6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM|
S9+: 6, 8, or 12 GB LPDDR4X RAM
|Storage||S10: 128 or 512 GB UFS 2.1|
S9+: 128, 256 GB, or 1 TB UFS 2.1
|Removable storage||microSD, expandable up to 512 GB|
|Rear camera||S9: 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4), OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps (limited to 5 min), QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 and super slow motion at 960 fps (for 0.2 seconds).|
S9+: Dual 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4) + 12 MP ((1.0 μm), f/2.4), Dual OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps (limited to 5 min), QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 fps and super slow motion at 960 fps (for 0.2 seconds).
|Front camera||8 MP (1.22 μm, f/1.7), autofocus|
|Sound||Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos surround sound|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, MU-MIMO, 1024-QAM 2G, 3G, LTE, LTE-A|
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10+ (shortened to S10 and S10+, respectively) are Android smartphones produced by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. The devices were revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 25 February 2018, as the successors to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ have new designs with the same design language, with larger display sizes and a taller aspect ratio, compared to their predecessor. One highly regarded change to distinguish between the models is the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. While the S9’s is found on the rear, beneath the camera, the S9's is located underneath the display.
The phone has received generally favorable reviews, with critics mostly noting the enhanced camera and better positioned fingerprint scanner. Critics, however, still criticize the lack of improvement to other features compared to its predecessor.
Launch[edit | edit source]
Many Galaxy S10 features and design changes were leaked weeks before the official launch,
Specifications[edit | edit source]
Hardware[edit | edit source]
On the front, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ have noticeably different designs. The most noticeable feature is the hole for the front-facing camera, a feature that Samsung calls an “Infinity O display”. The S10 has a 6.1-inch panel, while the S10+ uses a larger 6.3-inch panel.
In most countries, the S9 and S9+ both come with a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. Versions sold in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Latin America come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC instead.
The S10 comes with 6 or 8 GB of RAM; the S10+ comes with 6, 8, or 12 GB of RAM. Both devices come with storage options of 128 and 512 GB, with the S10+ having a 1TB storage option. They also feature the ability to use a microSD card to expand the storage to a maximum of 400 GB.
The battery capacities are also larger than their predecessors: 3400 mAh for the S10, and 4100 mAh for the S10+. Just like its predecessor, the S10 supports AirFuel Inductive (formerly PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium's Qi wireless charging standards.
The S9 and S9+ now have stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the phones also have Dolby Atmos surround sound support; furthermore, the S9 and S9+ are two of the few smartphones that still retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The cameras on both phones received improvements. The S9+ has a dual-lens camera setup on the back, like on the Galaxy Note 8, while the S9 only has a single camera on the back. Both phones have a Dual Aperture rear camera which can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on lighting conditions. The phones can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second (limited to 5 min), 1080p at 240 frames per second and 960 frames per second "Super Slo-Motion " video at 720p for 0.2 seconds. AR Emoji, similar to Apple's Animoji feature on the iPhone X, is a new feature that lets the user make emojis based on themselves. Third party app support is provided for this feature.
There are also several construction improvements compared to S9 and S9+ models, mostly to increase physical durability, such as thicker glass, thicker metal rim and different (less prone to deformation) metal alloy used for the frame.
Software[edit | edit source]
The S9 and S9+ ships with the Android 8.0 "Oreo" mobile operating system with Samsung's Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top of it. It features a tighter integration with Bixby, such as using the camera for live language translation. In addition, the phone can be used horizontally, even on the home screen.
Reception[edit | edit source]
John McCann from Techradar complimented the improved camera and the new location of the fingerprint sensor, but criticized that it was too similar to its predecessor (Galaxy S8) and had limited AR Emoji functionality.
Computer World gave the phone a positive review and said it was "measurably better than its predecessor", but did note there wasn't a new feature that was particularly "exciting". PC Magazine also gave the Galaxy S9 and S9+ positive reviews.
Samuel Gibbs from The Guardian gave the S9+ 5/5 stars, with the headline it was "the best big-screen smartphone by miles". Screen and camera were praised, but the review noted battery life could be better. He also appreciated the inclusion of a headphone jack, despite many other phones not having one.
The larger S9+'s camera received a score of 99 from DxOMark, which, at the time was the highest score awarded by them to a mobile device camera. It was soon surpassed by the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, which scored 102 and 109 respectively.
Dan Seifert of The Verge gave the S9 a score of 8.5, stating that its performance, camera and design were satisfactory. However, he was not amused by the average battery life and the addition of Bixby, also saying that Samsung has a poor history of updating their smartphones.
Sales[edit | edit source]
Samsung has described the sales of the Galaxy S9 as "slow" in their Q2 2018 earning report. Analysts predicted that the phone would be the worst selling Galaxy S flagship since the Samsung Galaxy S3. According to 더벨 - 국내 최고 자본시장(Capital Markets) 미디어 about 31 million of the Samsung Galaxy S9 were shipped from those 10 million units were sold worldwide. 
Issues[edit | edit source]
Touchscreen issues[edit | edit source]
About a week after the release of the devices, users started experiencing an issue in the touchscreen, where it would fail to register input in any particular area of the screen, even after a factory reset. This was termed as "dead zones" by the users. Samsung has responded by issuing a statement that they were "looking into a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues".
Black Crush issues[edit | edit source]
Some users of the Galaxy S9 have reported the so-called "Black Crush" issues, where the display has issues displaying different shades of dark colors. Samsung has responded with a statement that they are aware of "a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ displaying dark colors differently than intended in certain instances" but has not provided an official fix for it yet.
Battery life issues[edit | edit source]
Many users with the Exynos variant of the phone experienced subpar battery life. Analysts discovered that the four Samsung-designed cores had been poorly tuned, resulting in decreased battery life. This issue, however, has been addressed in part with the release of the August 2018 update.
Exynos 9810 performance[edit | edit source]
In previous Galaxy S phones, the Exynos processor performed similar to the Snapdragon version. In the S9, the Exynos 9810 performed relatively slowly for a flagship and compared to the Snapdragon 845. This was not very evident in synthetic benchmarks, but more so in benchmarks that simulated real world performance, such as pcmark.
See also[edit | edit source]
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