As far as smartphone design goes, this year has elicited only groans and sighs. Most companies have sadly evolved into one standard so far — the notch. With a bunch more notched phones coming up, we won’t see a new design innovation for a while.
Thankfully, a few stalwart brands have remained vigilant against the rising tide of monotony. Among these, Samsung has established its own identity amidst the mire. First and foremost, the Korean brand has continuously refused the vapid trends that Apple has introduced — notches and audio jack removals, to be specific.
Maintaining this position, Samsung already has tricks up its sleeve for next year’s batch of Galaxy phones.
In a recent statement to the Chinese media, Samsung CEO DJ Koh has announced significant changes to their phone’s looks in 2019. Further, he confirms that a new color will launch next year.
Following Samsung’s release schedule, this development is hardly a surprise. The company usually releases defining design upgrades every other year. The last major upgrade belonged to the Galaxy S8. With that, the next upgrade should happen next year.
However, the bigger surprise lies with the media who attended Samsung’s conference. For one, renowned leaker Ice Universe has added information about Koh’s statement.
First, the account claims that Samsung’s major upgrades are “more beautiful than the gradient.” By now, we all know the gradient’s most headstrong proponent — the Huawei P20 series. Currently, the series belongs to this year’s top tier of most beautiful smartphones. In itself, this statement is a bold claim.
Secondly, Ice Universe also names Samsung’s “new color.” Besides the traditional colors, Samsung will also release a green variant. Now, for astute observers, green isn’t exactly a new color for Samsung. Years ago, Samsung released a limited-edition Emerald Green variant for the Galaxy S6 Edge. If anything, this is the first time that green will make it to the main lineup.
This early into the game, details on Samsung’s new phones remain rudimentary, at best. Stay tuned for more details as they roll out!
iKON wows at Samsung Galaxy S10 Philippine launch
And the crowds want more!
As soon as iKON (아이콘) was announced on stage, you could hear the screams of anticipation.
At the Philippine launch of the Galaxy S10, Samsung decided to go big. Special guests for the flagship announcement was K-pop sensation iKON which had fans lining up even outside of the venue.
The Korean sweethearts serenaded the excited crowds with 사랑을 했다 (Love Scenario) to start off the night.
K-Pop group iKON (아이콘) / @YG_iKONIC performed their all-time hit song “Love Scenario” in tonight’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Series Philippine Launch#GalaxyS10PH#WithGalaxy#TeamGalaxy#iKONforSamsungGalaxyPH pic.twitter.com/n2rSJMx6xq
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) February 26, 2019
Already on their second visit to the Philippines, Jay(제이) said, “Long time no see, Manila. I love Manila!” The band says they’d definitely love to hold another concert for their Manila fans.
— Her GadgetMatch (@HerGadgetMatch) February 26, 2019
The group continued their tantalizing performance with 죽겠다 (KILLING ME) and ended the show with their third and last song Bling Bling (블링블링).
iKON (아이콘) also performed their song ‘죽겠다’ (Killing Me) during tonight’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Philippine Launch.#GadgetMatchLIVE#GalaxyS10PH#WithGalaxy#TeamGalaxy#iKONforSamsungGalaxyPH pic.twitter.com/AuZIkdpudq
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) February 26, 2019
Of course, some people in the audience, including yours truly, got up close and personal with the boys. Check out my little moment with Jay:
More of iKON’s performance in photos below:
Despite a short performance, it was one for the books. Definitely an iKONIC night!
Samsung Galaxy S10+ ties with Huawei’s flagships atop DxOMark ranking
Leads in the selfie department, as well
Now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to analyze the Galaxy S10 series for its raw performance.
We already know that it’s a beast in speed and display quality, so what we want to know now is: How great has Samsung made the cameras this time?
According to DxOMark, it’s as good as it gets. Not only does the top-end Galaxy S10+ share the number one spot with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro on the mobile chart, it even leads all smartphones in selfie quality.
That’s made possible with an overall score of 109 for the rear cameras and 96 for the front shooters.
This places the Galaxy S10+ in a comfortable position ahead other rivals such as the iPhone XS Max and Mi 9, which have scores of 105 and 107, respectively, for the main cameras. In terms of selfies, the closest competitor of the Galaxy S10+ is the Pixel 3 with 92 points.
Although DxOMark hasn’t completed the entire test for the Samsung flagship yet, they have praised the phone’s cameras across the board, especially for white balance, exposure, and autofocus accuracy.
While these numbers aren’t a tell-all basis for how well these smartphone cameras fare, we can attest to the quality we’ve seen so far. We’ll be sure to put them under our own microscope for our full review.
For now, you can watch our unboxing and hands-on videos of the Galaxy S10 lineup:
Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy S10E: What are the differences?
A decade of Galaxies
Samsung has launched three new flagship phones: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10E. With three new models to choose from, it might be difficult to choose which Galaxy S10 is the one for you.
To help with this, we took the liberty to show you the differences between the three. Which of the Galaxy S10 models will be your GadgetMatch?
Starting with the screen, the three Galaxy S10 models sport Super AMOLED displays in different sizes. The Galaxy S10E is the smallest among the bunch with a 5.8-inch display. It’s followed by the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch display and, of course, the Galaxy S10+ with its large 6.4-inch panel.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S10E has a completely flat display, while the other two Galaxy S10 variants have the curved panels we’ve come to expect from Samsung.
All three models don’t sport a notch, but they do have holes on the upper-right corner for their front cameras. The Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 have a perfectly rounded hole-punch camera, while Galaxy S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout since it has two front-facing cameras.
Despite the size differences of the phones, all models are powered by a flagship processor. Depending on where you are, the Galaxy S10 family will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820.
Memory and storage configuration will also vary depending on the region. The lowest possible memory available is 6GB and it can go as high 12GB. As for storage, it starts at 128GB and will reach up to 1TB. The 12GB+1TB combo will be exclusively available for the Galaxy S10+.
Another significant difference between the Galaxy S10 phones is battery capacity. The Galaxy S10E has a modest 3100mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 owns a pretty standard 3400mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+, being the biggest of the three, comes with a huge 4100mAh battery.
All three variants support fast charging using wired or wireless chargers. They can also do reverse wireless charging (which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices using the Qi wireless standard.
Lastly, both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature the new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which is definitely faster than any of the in-display fingerprint readers we’ve tried before. The Galaxy S10E has a more conventional side-mounted fingerprint reader that’s still accurate and fast, but not as advanced.
The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ are the first among the Galaxy S lineup to have triple rear cameras. The setup is composed of a main 12-megapixel Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
Since the Galaxy S10E is priced lower, it only has two of the three rear cameras of its more expensive siblings: the main Dual Pixel camera and the ultra wide-angle shooter.
The situation in the front is quite different, though. Both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E have a single selfie camera, while the Galaxy S10+ gets an extra depth sensor for a more precise bokeh effect or Live Focus.
Pricing and colors
The cheapest model is the Galaxy S10E which starts at US$ 750. The regular Galaxy S10 will set you back US$ 900, while the bigger Galaxy S10+ is priced at US$ 1,000.
All three models will come in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue. In addition, the Galaxy S10E will be available in Canary Yellow, as well. The Galaxy S10+ also has premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White variants, but these are only available for the high-tier configurations.
Colors option may vary per region, so not all colors will be available in all markets.
Get to know more about the latest Galaxy S10 series by watching our hands-on video:
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