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Samsung Galaxy S10 S10+ Plus Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review - We put Samsung's flagship triple camera smartphone to the test to see how it performs, and what makes it unique.


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Quick Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus offer a great triple camera setup on the rear with a 16mp ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12mp standard wide-angle camera with OIS, and a 12mp telephoto camera with OIS. All cameras can record 4K video, and that includes the 10mp selfie on the front of the screen, which also benefits from Auto-Focus, so that your selfies are actually in focus - unlike most other smartphones! The smartphone also benefits from a great Night mode that delivers great results, partly thanks to the bright f/1.5-2.4 aperture available in the main camera. The S10 and S10 Plus deliver a great combination of features, style, and build-quality, and we struggled to find fault with the smartphones.

+ Pros

  • Great colour reproduction, exposure and dynamic range
  • 12mp standard and telephoto cameras with OIS
  • 12mp standard camera has f/1.5-2.4 aperture
  • 16mp ultra-wide-angle camera gives good results
  • Excellent 4K video available with all cameras, including front
  • 10mp selfie-camera with auto-focus
  • Stereo speakers and headphone socket

- Cons

  • Panoramic mode insists on using the ultra-wide camera
  • Bixby Button
 

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is one of the larger smartphones in the flagship S10 range from Samsung. Featuring multiple cameras, a large 6.4inch "Infinity-O" screen, and flagship features, we find out how this premium camera phone performs. 


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Features

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The Samsung Galaxy S series, continues to introduce new features, with a focus placed on the cameras on offer, the S10, S10 Plus, and S10 5G all offer three (or more) cameras on the rear, with an ultra-wide angle 16mp camera, a "standard" wide-angle 12mp camera, and a 12mp telephoto camera. Both 12mp cameras feature optical image stabilisation (OIS). An updated design sees the smartphone introduced with an in-screen fingerprint reader, a larger screen, and smaller bezel, with a small cut-out for front camera(s). 

 

S10 Plus Cameras... lots of cameras

  • 16mp Ultra-Wide, 123 degrees
  • 12mp Main, with f/1.5 or f/2.4 aperture, with OIS
  • 12mp 2x Telephoto (S10, and S10+), with OIS
  • Selfie: 10mp f/1.9 with Dual Pixel AF
  • Additional 8mp RGB depth camera for the front on the S10+ 

 

The camera app is full of shooting modes, including a number of new features, offering a Night mode, ultra-wide Panoramic, Live Focus, and a Scene optimiser that will automatically detect the scene and adjust settings accordingly. The night mode takes a number of shots and combines them for improved light capture, as well as reduced noise.

The selfie camera features auto-focus, which is still rare on smartphones, with most having a fixed focus, which means you need to be a set distance from the camera, otherwise you'll be out of focus. The S10+ features a second RGB depth camera, for improved "Live focus" and blurred backgrounds. The single camera S10, and S10e still offer "Live Focus", but Samsung say the results may not be as good. The S10 5G offers a 3D depth camera, and offers "Live Focus" for video as well as stills. 

There are a number of creative effects, including a number of built-in effects / colour options are available, as well as the adjustable "Live Focus" which lets you adjust the background, and blur effect applied. 

4K UHD and HDR10+ recording is available, and it's also possible to record 4K UHD video with the selfie / front camera. You can also switch on Super Steady stabilisation for FullHD video recording. 

 

It's a complete package, with everything on offer giving a premium experience

With the Samsung Galaxy S10 range, you get a smartphone with a screen that dominates the front, with a small cutout for the front camera(s). This makes a change from the S9, which has small top and bottom bezels, with the top one housing the camera(s). Ranging from the compact S10e with a 5.8inch screen, all the way up to the S10 5G with a 6.7inch screen, the number of cameras available changes depending on the model you go for. You also get a high resolution Dynamic AMOLED HDR10+ display in all of the smartphones, apart from the S10e, which has the same technology, but with a FullHD+ resolution instead of QuadHD+.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Range
Samsung Galaxy S10 Range, with S10e on the right

Here's a quick run-down of the main differences between the S10e, S10, S10 Plus, and S10 5G: 

S10e S10 S10+ S10 5G
5.8inch, FullHD+ (flat) 6.1inch, QuadHD+ (curved edges) 6.4inch QuadHD+ (curved edges) 6.7inch QuadHD+ (curved edges)
Ultra-wide,
Wide
Ultra-wide,
Wide,
Telephoto
Ultra-wide,
Wide,
Telephoto
Ultra-wide,
Wide,
Telephoto,
+ 3D depth camera
Selfie camera Selfie camera Selfie camera + RGB depth camera Selfie camera + 3D depth camera
3100mAh 3400mAh  4100mAh 4500mAh
150g 157g 175g 198g

 

All of the Samsung S10 smartphones feature an in-screen fingerprint reader, and Gorilla Glass 6, apart from the S10e, which features a fingerprint sensor on the side, and Gorilla Glass 5. You'll also find built-in stereo speakers, and a built-in headphone socket.

The smartphones are water and dust resistant, with an IP68 rating, meaning they should survive being underwater for half an hour, at a depth up to 1.5 meters. 

Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, are all built-in, as you would expect. 

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Key Features

  • 12mp standard (wide), with OIS, f1.5-2.4
  • 12mp telephoto (2x), with OIS, f/2.4
  • 16mp ultra-wide-angle camera, f/2.2
  • 10mp selfie camera, with Dual Pixel AF, f/1.9 aperture, 8mp RGB depth camera (S10+)
  • 6.4inch screen, 3040x1440 resolution, AMOLED, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 6
  • AutoHDR, with raw shooting in Pro mode
  • 4K UHD video recording, up to 60fps, 4K UHD available with front camera
  • 960fps slow-motion video recording
  • ISO50 to ISO800 can be manually selected
  • HDR, and new ultra-wide Panoramic shooting
  • Waterproof (IP68 rating)
  • In-screen fingerprint reader
  • 8GB RAM / 128GB Storage, MicroSD slot
  • 4100mAh battery (S10+), with wireless charging
  • Available in a number of colours (depending on location)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Handling

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Whether you go for the S10 or the S10 Plus - the phone looks and feels great, with a large screen, with minimal bezels, with thin black edges around the screen. The metal edges surrounding the phone look stylish, and come with a protective plastic covering to help prevent scratches, however you'll most likely want to take this off as it is quite easily moved when putting the smartphone in a case.

We put the smartphone in an Otterbox Symmetry Clear case, which is a combination of soft and hard plastics to give additional protection over a standard case, at the expense of being slightly larger. As the smartphone range is well supported, there are a multitude of case options out there, although it's worth mentioning that a curved screen does make it more difficult for a case to provide complete protection for the screen. 

A nice thing to see, is the inclusion of a screen protector, already fitted to the smartphone.

One thing we're not so keen on is the Bixby Button, annoyingly this button can be accidentally pressed, bringing up Bixby, and in order to change the settings on this, you have to setup Bixby (and sign in to a Samsung account). We're not alone in wanting to disable Bixby, with 178,000 Google results for how to disable the Bixby button, however, thankfully you can customise the Bixby button to do something much more useful, like open the Camera app.

 

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The cutout for the front cameras is something you can quite quickly get used to, and is less noticeable on the S10, with just one front camera. If you want a smartphone that has nothing but the screen, then you'd need to look at something like the OnePlus 7 Pro, which has a pop-up selfie camera.

The smartphone is fast and responsive, and the screen looks great!

The screen looks great, even on standard settings. You can alter the colour reproduction, with options for Natural or Vivid, and you can increase the resolution if you want, although this will reduce battery life, and isn't particularly necessary, as the standard (FullHD+) resolution looks good. 

 

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The camera app is easy to use and has a number of different shooting modes, including: 

  • Food
  • Night mode
  • Panorama (Ultra-wide)
  • Pro / Manual mode
  • Live Focus
  • Photo - features Scene optimiser, automatically detects the scene and adjusts settings to give you the best result.
  • Video
  • Super Slow-motion
  • Slow motion
  • Hyperlapse

The manual mode gives you a good level of control over settings, and you're even able to manually select whether you want to use an f/1.5 or f/2.4 aperture on the main camera. Being able to change a physical aperture on a smartphone camera remains unique to Samsung. You can set the ISO speed from ISO50 to ISO800, with higher speeds (ISO1250) available in auto modes. 

Ultra-wide panoramic mode - if you don't want to use the ultra-wide angle camera, then tough, unfortunately the camera insists that the ultra-wide-angle camera is the best (and only) option. 

Focus is very rapid, and in manual mode you can see how quick the camera focuses, with the focus area displayed on-screen. 

 

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The phone features a USB Type-C connection, a headphone socket, and stereo speakers. The phone supports dual SIMs, or you can use one SIM, and expand the memory with a MicroSD card. There's plenty of ram and storage built-in, with 8GB ram, and 128GB of storage. 

Geekbench gives a score of 4419 single-core, and 10085 multi-core. AnTuTu gives a score of 330040. Impressive, but not as quick as the OnePlus 7 Pro

Battery life - The phone has a battery rating of 4100mAh, and battery management is good. However, if you're going to be away from a power source, we'd recommend getting yourself a portable power bank just in case.  


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