All about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, S10e and S10 Lite
The Galaxy S10 range is one of Samsung’s most robust and extensive ranges in recent years. In total there are five devices, including the lightweight version that anticipated the arrival of the powerful Galaxy S20 in early 2020. If the latest model from the South Korean firm is out of reach, it’s a good time to review all the features of the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, S10e and S10 Lite.
Of this family, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus brought improvements over the 2018 models, in addition to the more affordable Galaxy S10e and the huge, all-powerful Galaxy S10 5G. And in early 2020, the Galaxy S10 Lite arrived, a lightweight version of this family, but equipped with state-of-the-art technology. If you’d like to find out more about these great phones, here’s what we have to say.
That’s the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite that arrived in January 2020.
In January 2020, Samsung used its participation in the Las Vegas CES to reveal details of the Galaxy S10 Lite, as well as a lightweight version of its Galaxy Note 10 range.
The Galaxy S10 Lite is more powerful than the Galaxy S10e, with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 855 processor and the Android 10 operating system. In terms of design, it features a 32 megapixel front camera centered on a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with virtually no bezels.
The device is equipped with an angled main camera and Ultra Wide and Macro cameras, all complemented by the Super Steady OIS photo and video stability system. The Ultra Wide camera has a 123-degree lens, similar to the human eye, while the high-resolution front and rear cameras allow you to capture details with sharp focus.
The Galaxy S10 Lite is available in Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue.
Galaxy S10 with Galaxy Note 10 features
The features introduced in Galaxy Note 10 could have made the S10 look outdated, but this will not be the case. From 23 September 2019, Samsung introduced a number of the Note 10’s best new features to the Galaxy S10 range, including AR Doodle, Live Focus Video, the updated Samsung Dex desktop mode and more.
The S10’s camera definitely got the biggest boost, with additional features from the Note 10, including Live Focus Video that blurs the backgrounds around a subject and the naughty AR Doodle that lets you draw faces in augmented reality. But it also got a night mode for the front camera, improved video stabilization and the Note 10’s video editor.
But that’s not all. The Note 10’s Samsung Dex desktop mode has also arrived on the S10 range, with all the features of Samsung Link to Windows, allowing you to check and reply to messages on your PC, and to connect your phone to a computer and use it as your own virtual box, whether on your Mac or PC.
All of these features arrived in the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e and S10 5G in September 2019, except for Dex mode, for which you will need to download an application from Samsung’s Dex website onto your computer.
|Samsung Galaxy S10||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S10e||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||Galaxy S10 Lite|
|Size||149.9 × 70.4 × 7.8 mm (5.90 × 2.77 × 0.30 inches)||157.6 × 74.1 × 7.8 mm (6.20 × 2.91 × 0.30 inches)||142.2 × 69.9 × 7.9 mm (5.59 × 2.75 × 0.31 inches)||162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94 mm||75.6 x 162.5 x 8.1mm|
|Weight||184 grams (5.53 oz)||175 grams (6.17 oz)||150 grams (5.29 oz)||198 grams (6.9 Oz)||186 grams (6.5 oz)|
|Screen Size||6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED||6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED||5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED||6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED||6.7 – Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Full HD+ Display|
|Resolution Screen||3,040 × 1,440 pixels (551 pixels per inch)||3,040 × 1,440pixels (526 pixels per inch)||2,280 × 1,080pixels (435 pixels per inch)||3,040 × 1,440pixels (502pixels per inch)||2,400 x 1,080 pixels (394 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Foot||Android 9.0 Foot||Android 9.0 Foot||Android 9.0 Foot||Android 10.0|
|Storage||128GB, 512GB||128GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 512GB, 1TB||128 GB|
|Payment services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|RAM||8GB||8GB, 12GB||6GB, 8GB||8GB, 12GB||6 GB/ 8 GB|
|Camera||Triple-lens 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12MP standard, and 12MP telephoto lens on rear; 10MP on front||Triple-lens 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12MP standard, and 12MP telephoto lens on rear; Dual-lens 10MP and 8MP on front||12MP standard and 16MP ultra wide-angle dual lens on rear; 10MP on front||Quadruple lente 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12MP standard, 12MP telephoto, y Time-of Flight 3D camera en trasera; Dual de 10MP y Time-of-Flight en frontal||Triple-lens rear camera: 48 MP Super Steady OIS AF main; 12MP ultra wide angle and 5MP macro 32 megapixel front lens|
|Video||2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||1080p at 30fps|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack||USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack||USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack||USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack||USB-C port|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, on-screen ultrasonic scanner||Yes, on-screen ultrasonic scanner||Yes, on-screen ultrasonic scanner||Yes, on-screen ultrasonic scanner||Yes, on-screen scanner|
charging (QC 2.0)
charging (QC 2.0)
charging (QC 2.0)
|App Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Operators||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint|
|Colours||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Ceramic Black, Ceramic White||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink||Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue|
The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 wasn’t the only phone to introduce the “5G” brand in 2019, as we had anticipated after the MWC 2019 in Barcelona in February 2019.
The Galaxy S10 5G shares many of the same specifications as the Galaxy S10 Plus, although it comes with a huge 6.7″ screen instead of the 6.4″ we see in the Plus. Samsung was able to keep the size of the S10 5G “almost” the same as the 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9, all thanks to the reduced bezels.
What exactly is 5G? It is the fifth generation mobile network technology, which follows 4G LTE, and promises much faster data speeds and lower latency. While there are not many 5G networks available yet, U.S. operators are expected to increase deployment from 2019 to 2021, although it is unlikely we will see any national coverage soon. Some selected cities will have specific 5G areas, so these 5G phones will not offer much for the foreseeable future and will often revert to 4G LTE when 5G service is not available. In a way, it’s like having a phone with today’s features… in 2009. In a way, it’s a way for manufacturers to tell the world that they are ready, and the ball is now in the court of the telecom companies.
The ones we have
The truth is that there are visible differences between the 2019 Galaxy S9 series and the Galaxy S10 series, especially at the back, as the phones now follow the horizontal camera settings found in the Galaxy Note 9.
The design of the back no longer has a fingerprint sensor. As expected, the S10 and S10 Plus models have an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the screen, something similar to what we have seen in the OnePlus 6T, but with a different technology: at Samsung, the ultrasonic scanner reads the contours of your physical fingerprint in 3D, not as a 2D image, thus providing better protection against impersonation. The Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, has the sensor on the edge, like some Sony Xperia models.
But if there’s one thing Samsung phones are famous for, it’s the quality of their screens, and the tenth anniversary models could not be an exception. The Galaxy S10 features the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display. Strictly speaking, it’s the first smartphone to be certified with an HDR10+ display, offering vivid digital content, with dynamic tone mapping and a much wider colour gamut, all for a brighter, more realistic picture. It also reduces exposure to blue light by 42 percent.
When they were released, there was curiosity about whether Samsung’s phones would adopt some kind of notch or tab on their screens, which eventually didn’t happen. The Infinity-O screen places its front camera setting in a sort of perforation or dot on the upper left. A laser cutting process ensures that the small hole does not damage the pixels, allowing the phone to have shorter frames. The end result is an impressive 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio, giving you more screen space than ever before. Specifically, the Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch screen, while the S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch screen. Both have an aspect ratio of 19:9, with a Wide Quad HD+ resolution.
The Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, only has two cameras on the back and does not come with the famous “Edge” screen on the front: now the edges of the screen do not curve, something that Samsung did not offer since the Galaxy S7. It’s smaller, with a dynamic 5.8-inch AMOLED screen (91.6 percent screen-to-body ratio) and Full HD+ resolution. It has one.
Speaking of cameras
On the front of the larger models, the S10 and two on the S10 Plus offer a lens. The main lens has 10 megapixels, with an aperture of f/1.9 and the ability to record 4K UHD video. The second lens (on the S10 Plus) has 8 megapixels with an aperture of f/2.2, which is used only for capturing additional depth data and obtaining better selfies blur effects.
In the rear camera configuration of the S10 and S10 Plus we see a third 16 megapixel ultra wide angle lens with an aperture of f/2.2, which is attached to the standard 12 megapixel lens with a variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4 (which we first saw on the Galaxy S9 in 2019), as well as a 12 megapixel telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. Both the S10 and S10 Plus have the same rear camera configuration, which is different from previous offers, as only the “Plus” phones had an additional camera.
The S10e, on the other hand, kept the ultra wide angle lens that the other two have, combining it with the same standard 12 megapixel lens.
In terms of video, Samsung said the new S10 range supports super-stable video capture, and can also shoot in HDR10+ at 4K.
All models in the S10 range feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. In the U.S., they were launched with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for the entry-level models. The S10 offers only 8 GB of RAM in the 512 GB variant, although the S10 Plus has a 12 GB RAM option with a 1 TB storage option. The base S10e has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, although an 8 GB and 256 GB option is also available.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
There are slots for MicroSD cards in case you need more space. Samsung decided to keep the 3.5 mm headphone sockets, to the delight of many.
The S10e has a 3,100 mAh battery; the S10 has 3,400 mAh, and the S10 Plus increases its capacity to 4,100 mAh, surpassing the battery of the Galaxy Note 9. In the 5G model the battery reaches 4,500 mAh, a real bestiality for which we are used to, although not so much, if you think about its characteristics. Like a super car, a 5G phone will consume much more “gas” than a normal car, although we still have no idea how long it will last between charges. Regarding the latter: a USB-C port serves as a charging socket, although there is a quick support for wireless 2.0 charging.
The S10 also features Samsung Wireless PowerShare technology, which allows you to use your phone as a wireless charger for any Qi device, simply by placing it on the back of the phone.
They have AKG stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. As usual, the devices also have an IP68 water resistance rating, so you can put it underwater for 30 minutes up to 1.5 meters.
With the exception of the Galaxy S10 Lite, which comes equipped with Android 10, all other phones were released with Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI. However, they are expected to receive the Android 10 update in 2020. There are not many new software features, although Samsung said the phones offer faster application activation times as they learn your habits. If there’s an application you usually open first thing in the morning, for example, the phone will learn it and have it ready for you when you open it.
There are those who stubbornly reiterate certain themes or actions, and Samsung insists on Bixby: although many of us find it hard to believe, the Korean giant maintains the virtual assistant, still with its own button, now adding a new feature called Bixby Routines.
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10 Plus were released in Prism Black, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Prism White and Prism Green, but only the Pink, Black, Blue and White color options. At the end of 2019, the Galaxy S10e was the cheapest and its price started at $549 for the base model of 128GB. Next in line is the Galaxy S10 at $699 with the same storage. The Galaxy S10 Plus starts at $799 in its most basic configuration. The Galaxy 10 5G was offered at $1,299 through the operators. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 Lite is available for $400 on the Samsung website.