Samsung Galaxy S10+ Exynos Review

11 March 2019, 08:43:11

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Exynos Review
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Design, build and controls

Just like the other handsets from the Galaxy S10 series, the Galaxy S10+ combines glass and metal in a refined to a perfection form factor that impresses with its compact size, thin profile, and excellent build. The front is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 while the back features Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The aluminium alloy frame is in polished silver colour. In addition to the Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Flamingo Pink colours, the Galaxy S10+ offers Ceramic White and Ceramic Black. However, the ceramics version is available only for the 8GB+512GB and 12GB+1TB variants. The glass back panel features a special nano-laminated film creating the prismatic colours we referred to above. The colours have a certain depth to them in addition to reflecting light in a beautiful way. We are reviewing a Prism Black version. Of course, the S10+is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. Just like the S10 in its size class, the S10+ is the narrowest smartphone with a 6.4-inch display and a 4000+ mAh battery. Its width measures 74.1 mm. This model is also one of the shortest ones in this screen and battery size class with a height of 157.6 mm. It is even shorter than the S8+ (159.5 mm) and the S9+ (158.1), which have smaller displays and batteries. The S10+ is as thin as the S10 - 7.8 mm even though it houses a bigger battery. Moreover, it is also one of the thinnest smartphones in the corresponding display and battery size class. The S8+ (8.1 mm) and the S9+ (8.5 mm) are thicker than the S10+. Finally, it is the lightest one as well with a weight of 175 g. For comparison, the S8+ weighs 173 g and the S9+ weighs 189 g. All this means that despite the big display and battery, you get a relatively compact device that's easy to handle. The ceramic version of the S10+ weighs more - 198 g but that's quite understandable as the body material is different. The Galaxy S10+ has all the new design features you could find on the S10 and more. The Edge display on the front does not look as curved as on previous generations with the curve being smaller and sharper. The forehead and chin are further reduced (now measuring 2.5 mm and 4 mm, respectively) and coupled with the absolutely minimal bezels, they really offer an almost edge-to-edge viewing. After resisting the notch trend, Samsung has come up with the in-display punch-hole idea to replace the notch in its pursuit of offering full-display front design. While on the S10 the hole is a single O, on the S10+ it has a pill shape, because it houses two camera sensors - one for an actual shooter and the second is for depth sensing. To the left of the module, vertically aligned beneath the display, the light and proximity sensors are positioned. The display takes up 85.1% of the total front surface of the device. That's almost a 1.4% improvement compared to the S9 (83.88%) and S8 (83.6%). Just like on the S10, the S10+ has a sharp edge formed by the front glass and frame. The transition is not smooth as it was on the S9 and particularly on S8 but probably that's the price to pay for the smaller curve. This is not a problem but might not be pleasing to the touch for some . The OnePlus 6T had a more pronounced sharp edge formed by the display's end and the frame. The controls set up is the same as the one on the S10. The earpiece, which functions as a second speaker in a stereo setup, is placed between the display and the top frame. The pill-shaped punch hole for the two front cameras is in the top right corner. That's one of the main differences with the S10, despite the size. During the presentation of the S10 series, Samsung said that these holes are laser cut with utmost precision. The S10+ is equipped with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor from Qualcomm just like its smaller sibling. The navigation bar is on-screen only but One UI brings gestures navigation if you want to get rid of the navigation bar completely. The Galaxy S10+ has the same minimalist back design as the S10 and features the same three-camera setup. The module is horizontally aligned and placed in the upper half of the body. Besides the three cameras, it also includes a High CRI LED flashlight and the sensor that measures the heart rate and saturation of oxygen in the blood. Below it, you will see the Samsung logo. The controls layout on the frames is identical to the one of the S10. The top frame is where you will find the SIM card tray. with a microphone hole next to it. Another one is placed at the bottom frame along with the main stereo speaker, 3.5 mm jack, and a USB Type-C 3.1 port with OTG support. On the left frame, you will see the Volume and Bixby buttons, while the Power button is positioned on the right frame. Compared to the previous generations, the Power button is placed higher and is aligned with the top of the Volume button. It looks better in terms of symmetry and while on the S10 reaching the button is not an issue, on the S10+, which is taller, this might be an issue for people with smaller hands.

Photo comparison of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+

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