Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review. This is Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the company’s answer to the Pixels, the iPhones and the Mate 20s of the world and damn it looks good. But is it the best flagship smartphone out there? Well, this is a Galaxy S10 Plus review and that’s exactly what we’re going to answer today. So, let’s get started-
Design & Build
This is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and right of the back its probably the most gorgeous looking phone I’ve seen so far. It’s a beautiful blend of glass and metal that curves perfectly to fit in your hands and it just looks stunning.
The back here is Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and features that triple via camera, the flash, the heart rate sensor and the So2 sensor. The front is almost all screen with a punch hole dual camera that’s the force on an AMOLED panel and barely any bezels. It’s just gorgeous plus the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 which is just awesome.
Apart from that the galaxy S10 Plus packs all the usual stuff and some unusual things are there. It has the power button on the right a bit higher for my taste but whatever there’s the volume rocker, the Bigsby button which can now be remapped. The hybrid SIM card tray with support for up to 512 gigs microSD card, the USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Seriously, I love Samsung for including the headphone jack here and even with all of that the phone is still IP68 rated which is just great.
The display of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is gorgeous 6.4-inch WQHD Plus display with Samsung’s infinity hole design basically the punch hole design and it looks great. The display is crisp and sharp, the colours look stunning an extra punchy. Like I said it’s the best-looking display on a smartphone so far.
Anyway, design-wise the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus hits it out of the perk. I mean the power button is a little high up for my liking but other than that it’s pretty great.
It’s also very lightweight. The phone comes in at 175 grams for the glass variant and it feels very light.
Biometrics & Security
One thing I don’t really like about the S10 Plus and S10e is the fingerprint scanners. Now, these are an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, unlike the optical ones you find in other smartphones which mean they don’t need the display to turn on to work. It also works if your fingers are wet or if the phone is wet which is great and it works even with oily fingers.
The only issues that it’s slow and kind of inconsistent, it works most of the time but you do need to wait just a little while before the phone unlocks and that can quickly get disappointed. Face unlock is faster but it’s also 2D Face unlock and there’s no IR Scanning so can’t unlock it in complete darkness without blinding yourself.
It did do this weird thing when I set it up on my S10 where it unlocked with the windows face as well it hasn’t happened again but it did happen that one time and that’s just vivid.
In India, The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes with the Exynos 9820 processor paired with up to 12 gigs of RAM and 1TB of Internal storage and it performs exactly how you would expect a flagship to perform. This just no doubt that the S10 Plus has amazing specs and the phone can handle almost everything you throw at it.
I mean, I played PUBG on this one and obviously it runs on high settings and it runs really really well there’s just no problem even with an Asphalt 9, the Galaxy S10 Plus breeze is through, the game runs buttery smooth and it looked stunning.
Software / UI
Now we have the base variant of the S10 Plus and in the past that could have been a problem what was the experience you are being as heavy as it was, but Samsung has since moved to One UI and it’s definitely a lot better.
They still bloatware here, Facebook is pre-installed and there are some apps I would never use but those can be removed other than that though One UI is great it’s feature pack and its probably the best custom Android UI with only Oxygen OS being better it does do this weird thing where it says screenshots inside the DCIM folder and then they get back up to Google photos anyway I figured out a way to solve this problem and wrote an article about it.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus brings Samsung’s flagship to the triple camera world. The Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus have a triple rear camera setup with the 12-megapixel telephoto camera at 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a dual aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4 and a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle camera.
This means is that you can take a bunch of different types of photos from the Galaxy S10 Plus and they look pretty good. Photos from the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus are pretty much what we expect from Samsung flagships, they look good, there’s quite a lot of detail and thanks to improved AI exposure and HDR are pretty good on the Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s still oversaturated colours and I’m not a big fan of that but a lot of people like what these photos look like.
Portrait mode photos look good too and there’s a lot of detail here which is something I definitely like. Camera performance in good light is definitely not a problem with the Galaxy S10 Plus.
Even in low-light, the phone doesn’t struggle a lot, the wider f/1.5 aperture takes in a considerable amount of light and the colours are also pretty damn good to look at. Portrait photos in low-light too suffer a bit. There’s some noise here and there and they’re just not very impressive. But in everything else, the Galaxy S10 Plus is a pretty great shooter.
There’s also the ultra wide lens here and it makes up for some amazing shots, so you can change your perspective. We also compared the Galaxy S10 Plus to other flagships like the Pixel 3XL, The Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone XS Max and well, the S10 Plus definitely holds up pretty well.
In most photos, the Pixel 3XL has more natural colours and better detail but the S10 Plus is easily second best in more situations especially in good lighting. In low-light to the S10 Plus holds up much better than the iPhone XS and the Mate 20 Pro but the Pixel 3XL is definitely the best here as well.
On the front, The Galaxy S10 has a dual camera setup with the 10-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode photos.
The front camera on the S10 Plus is also pretty impressive. There’s a lot of details in selfies here and I don’t think it leaves a lot to be desired. Even portrait mode selfies from the S10 Plus are pretty good and the Galaxy S10 which uses AI to capture portrait selfies is almost just as good at it too which is definitely great.
In terms of video, the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with support for shooting 4K 60fps videos and now it even supports shooting 4K HDR 10 Plus videos but that only works when you’re shooting at 30fps. Anyway, there’s dual OIS here and the stability is pretty great.
In terms of Audio, the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with Stereo Speakers and even though this top speaker is stuffed inside this tiny bezel, it’s still pretty loud and really good. This even Dolby Atmos support here which makes music sound a lot fuller and richer. So, the Galaxy S10 Plus definitely has one of the best stereo speakers because I’ve used so far.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a pretty big 4100 mAh battery and it’s a big improvement over the 3500 mAh battery found in the S9 Plus. In my usage of the phone, the battery has been decent enough but it’s nothing extraordinary to be honest I mean the phone usually lasted me for a full day but it was around 10% by the end of the day.
On lite usage, the phone lasted around 12 and half hours with 3 and half hours screen on time and on slightly more intensive usage the battery lasted around 11 and a half hours of screen on time of 5 hours and 17 minutes. As I said, it’s decent but its nothing extraordinary.
At least the phones charge up fast, the Galaxy S10 Plus states exactly 90 minutes to go from 10% to 100% and that’s with the included 15-watt fast charger that’s QC 2.0 compatible. The Mate 20 Pro with a larger 4200 mAh battery charges from 0 to 100% in less time than that. I mostly blame the 15-watt charger for this, I was really expecting Samsung to give at least a 13-watt charger with this phone.
Still, The Galaxy S10 Plus does come with 2019’s features with the wireless charging and it supports fast wireless charging 2.0 which is great and the phone also comes with the reverse wireless charging feature that we force off with the Mate 20 Pro. Now, this is mostly a gimmick but it can be pretty useful if you’re trying to charge your Galaxy Buds or a Smartwatch on the go that sounds pretty cool. However, the reverse wireless charging only works if the phone over 305 charges remaining.
So, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a flagship phone that’s truly a flagship in every sense of the world I mean it has a beautiful display, a gorgeous looking design, IP68 rating, amazing cameras performance that you would expect from a flagship in 2019 and a decent battery life + In India, the Galaxy S10 Series is really well-priced thanks to the fact that Samsung makes these phones in India. I mean the $1000 Galaxy S10 Plus is priced at 73,999 rupees in India which is just awesome.