9/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 47 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Sitting in the middle of Samsung’s 2019 lineup, the S10 offers an excellent balance of performance and design with a price typical of today’s high-end phones. If you’re looking for a capable phone that still fits in your pocket, reviews show the phone is a great choice.

What's good

  • Stunning HDR display
  • Great build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Headphone jack
  • Latest version of Android

What's bad

  • Sluggish fingerprint sensor
  • Camera so-so in low light
  • Hole punch camera annoyed some reviewers

Samsung’s Galaxy S phones are the pinnacle of their lineup. And they consistently top Android sales charts with their mix of power, refinement, and beautiful displays. So has Samsung met expectations with their latest release? Reviewers across the web are weighing in. We’ve scoured what they’re saying to bring you this summary.

Design

One look at the phone and it’s obviously Samsung. It features an aluminum frame with glass on the front and rear. Like many top-end phones, it also boasts IP68 water and dust resistance.

Reviewers loved the rounded edges and near-bezel-less design but worried about the phone cracking if dropped. So you’ll want to use the included case or pick one up when you buy your phone.

Good Gear Guide says, “If anything, the feel-factor here reminds me most of the iPhone XS. It's cutting edge tech paired up with appropriate luxury aesthetics. To Samsung's credit, it's the first (and only) Android device I've ever used that's managed to strike that same decadent chord.

Display

Around front, the phone features a 6.1-inch curved Dynamic AMOLED display with HDR10+ support running at 3,040-by-1440 pixels. With a 522PPI rating, it’s one of the sharpest on the market.

Reviewers loved the bold colors, bright backlight, and the edge-to-edge look of the screen. The display also has full support for streaming HDR content from your favorite video providers to help you put the screen to good use.

Android Authority praises the screen’s quality, saying, “Simply put, the S10 has one of the best displays I’ve ever seen. It’s a stunner top to bottom.

Unlike past releases, the S10 includes an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the display. This allows them to make the screen nearly bezel-free.

Unfortunately, reviewers had minor issues with finger recognition and delays when using the in-display scanner. However, most noted the delay was only around 1 second. So it might not matter as much to you.

What could matter, however, is that some screen protectors are not compatible with the fingerprint sensor technology. While the phone ships with a screen protector already applied, you’ll want to be careful to check that your replacement is compatible should you ever need a new one.

And, in what will probably become the big debate of 2019, the screen includes a hole punch camera. Instead of the notches of last year, the camera setup is reduced to a single round camera in the upper corner of the display. Much like the notch, reviewers either loved or hated it. If you’re not sure how you feel, be sure to check a few videos or look at the phone in person before purchasing.

Performance

Depending on your region, the phone sports either an octa-core Snapdragon 855 or an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9820 processor. Regardless of region, all Galaxy S10 models come with 8GB of RAM.

And, as expect for a brand new Samsung release, the benchmarks for the phone are outstanding. It still won’t keep up with the latest iPhone… but no Android phone does. Still, it’s more than powerful enough to take on heavy multitasking, play the latest games, or capture beautiful 4K video.

Digit notes, “... The Samsung Galaxy S10 performs the way a flagship smartphone should: it runs multiple heavy apps simultaneously without any signs of sweat or delay.

Software

The phone ships with Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s OneUI skin. Unlike past Samsung skins, reviewers quite liked the subtle changes offered. While there are a few redundant Samsung apps, they’re easily uninstalled. And any changes to the UI are functional instead of mere eye candy.

Good Gear Guide praises Samsung’s redesigned skin, saying, “All told, I'm honestly thrilled with OneUI. I feel like it sets a new high watermark for Android skins that aren't terrible. I wish every Android phone out there felt this good to use from moment-to-moment.

Storage

You have two choices for internal storage with the S10 -- 128GB or 512GB. While both are likely enough for the average person, you’ll also find microSD cards support for cards up to 512GB should you need more space.

Cameras

Samsung’s marketing focuses on the “next-generation” cameras in their latest release. While reviews are positive, the triple camera rear setup with 12MP telephoto and wide-angle lenses and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens weren’t without fault.

Low-light images have a tendency to get noisy. The ultra-wide angle lens also had issues with fisheye effects when shooting objects close to the camera.

While it might not keep up with the absolute best camera phones out there, it puts up a respectable fight and is fast and flexible enough for the average person.

The front-facing 10MP camera also received praise for its well-lit shots and effective portrait mode. However, reviewers noted selfies often looked softer and “beautified” even with beautification settings disabled.

Android Authority shot pictures with their phone around Los Angeles and said, “I was generally happy with exposure and white/color balance. Photos appeared to be balanced properly with respect to bright and dark regions. I saw very little grain in dark shots… White balance is accurate, but color was pushed a bit much for my tastes. This is signature Samsung.

Battery Life

Things pick back up again with battery life. The phone includes a 3,400mAh battery with USB-C quick charging and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 support.

Digit put their review unit through its paces and said, “If you’re a medium to heavy user of your phone, you can expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 to last you a little over a day on a single charge.

If you’re a heavy game player or video watcher, you might need to keep a charger around. However, for most, you’ll reach a full day on a single charge with no problems.

Audio

Bucking top-end phone trends, the Galaxy S10 keeps its headphone jack. There are also stereo speakers using a bottom-firing speaker and the earpiece. Dolby Atmos support also helps to add more spatial effect to the audio.

No matter how you listen, reviews indicate you’ll enjoy plenty of volume and a well-rounded sound.

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The Takeaway

Overall, reviews for the S10 are positive. The biggest questions surrounding the phone are whether it’s worth the extra price of the S10e or cheap enough to justify not jumping to the S10 Plus.

NDTV declares, “If you are looking for a smartphone that does it all and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, your search ends here.

Stuff says, “If you've got to have the best Samsung and arguably the best Android, yet don't see the point in twin selfie cameras or ridiculous zooming capabilities, the S10 is pretty much all the phone you'd ever need.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Geeknizer

It still hаѕ a big, bеаutіful ѕсrееn that’s grеаt for wаtсhіng vіdеоѕ, but іt dоеѕn’t make уоur hаnd hurt holding іt. Pеrfоrmаnсе is gооd, thе саmеrа’ѕ gооd and the ѕоftwаrе іѕ the start оf a rethink of how wе uѕе bіg phones. Thе ultrasonic fingerprint scanner wоrkѕ wеll еnоugh tоо and thеrе’ѕ еvеn...

- Karan S, Geeknizer
Pocket-lint

A compact and powerful phone that offers a great consistent experience. The battery life isn't great and the camera isn't best in class when it comes to mode challenging situations. The software remains some of the most mature and comprehensive making it a pleasure to use, but there are equally-powe...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
The Guardian

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is an all-round great phone that thankfully keeps things at a manageable size. It still has a big, beautiful screen that’s great for watching videos, but it doesn’t make your hand hurt holding it. Performance is good, the camera’s good and the software is the start of a rethin...

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
BGR

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the perfect premium smartphone that we’d expected from Samsung in 2019. Among the Galaxy S10 series trio, the Galaxy S10 is company’s most-balanced smartphone, which is not too big or small, and comes with flagship-grade camera and specifications. In my opinion, the Galaxy...

- Hitesh Arora, BGR
Tom's Guide

The $899 Galaxy S10 offers superfast performance and a beautiful display, with a less distracting camera cutout than on the larger, pricier S10 Plus. I also love that the S10 offers my favorite feature, Wireless PowerShare. That means you don't have to splurge on the priciest Galaxy to reverse-charg...

- Caitlin McGarry, Tom's Guide


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S10 on March 8, 2019.


The Galaxy S10 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S10 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S10 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S10 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S10 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Samsung Galaxy S10's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1440 x 3040 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1260 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S10 Specs

Overview
Release date March 8, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz
Internal Storage 128/512 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.39 W/kg
Body: 1.37 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1260 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Cardinal Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.99 x 7.04 x 0.78 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 157 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels
Pixel density 551 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F1.5/F2.4), 3rd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, HDR, Aperture F1.9
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Additional sensors:

  • Barometer
  • Heart Rate Sensor
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Geeknizer

An all-round grеаt рhоnе thаt thаnkfullу keeps thіngѕ аt a mаnаgеаblе size

from Geeknizer

It still hаѕ a big, bеаutіful ѕсrееn that’s grеаt for wаtсhіng vіdеоѕ, but іt dоеѕn’t make уоur hаnd hurt holding іt. Pеrfоrmаnсе is gооd, thе саmеrа’ѕ gооd and the ѕоftwаrе іѕ the start оf a rethink of how wе uѕе bіg phones. Thе ultrason...More

It still hаѕ a big, bеаutіful ѕсrееn that’s grеаt for wаtсhіng vіdеоѕ, but іt dоеѕn’t make уоur hаnd hurt holding іt. Pеrfоrmаnсе is gооd, thе саmеrа’ѕ gооd and the ѕоftwаrе іѕ the start оf a rethink of how wе uѕе bіg phones. Thе ultrasonic fingerprint scanner wоrkѕ wеll еnоugh tоо and thеrе’ѕ еvеn a hеаdрhоnе socket. If you’re lооkіng fоr a grеаt рhоnе thаt’ѕ оn thе ѕmаllеr ѕіdе оf the gigantic-phone rеvоlutіоn, there аrеn’t mаnу bеttеr thаn the Gаlаxу S10.

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Pocket-lint

Not to be overlooked

from Pocket-lint

A compact and powerful phone that offers a great consistent experience. The battery life isn't great and the camera isn't best in class when it comes to mode challenging situations. The software remains some of the most mature and comprehensive making it a pleasure to use, but there are equally-powerful rivals available for less money.

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A compact and powerful phone that offers a great consistent experience. The battery life isn't great and the camera isn't best in class when it comes to mode challenging situations. The software remains some of the most mature and comprehensive making it a pleasure to use, but there are equally-powerful rivals available for less money.

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The Guardian

The sweet spot

from The Guardian

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is an all-round great phone that thankfully keeps things at a manageable size. It still has a big, beautiful screen that’s great for watching videos, but it doesn’t make your hand hurt holding it. Performance is good, the camera’s good and the software is the start of...More

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is an all-round great phone that thankfully keeps things at a manageable size. It still has a big, beautiful screen that’s great for watching videos, but it doesn’t make your hand hurt holding it. Performance is good, the camera’s good and the software is the start of a rethink of how we use big phones. If you’re looking for a great phone that’s on the smaller side of the gigantic-phone revolution, there aren’t many better than the Galaxy S10.

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BGR

Best of everything

from BGR

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the perfect premium smartphone that we’d expected from Samsung in 2019. Among the Galaxy S10 series trio, the Galaxy S10 is company’s most-balanced smartphone, which is not too big or small, and comes with flagship-grade camera and specifications. In my opinion, the...More

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the perfect premium smartphone that we’d expected from Samsung in 2019. Among the Galaxy S10 series trio, the Galaxy S10 is company’s most-balanced smartphone, which is not too big or small, and comes with flagship-grade camera and specifications. In my opinion, the Galaxy S10 uses the present technology to best of its abilities.

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Tom's Guide

Gorgeous display and cutting-edge performance

from Tom's Guide

The $899 Galaxy S10 offers superfast performance and a beautiful display, with a less distracting camera cutout than on the larger, pricier S10 Plus. I also love that the S10 offers my favorite feature, Wireless PowerShare. That means you don't have to splurge on the priciest Galaxy to reverse-charge all of your devices.

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The $899 Galaxy S10 offers superfast performance and a beautiful display, with a less distracting camera cutout than on the larger, pricier S10 Plus. I also love that the S10 offers my favorite feature, Wireless PowerShare. That means you don't have to splurge on the priciest Galaxy to reverse-charge all of your devices.

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Android Guys

One of the most featured packed Android phones on the market with a price to match

from Android Guys

The Galaxy S10 offers up a great display, snappy performance, and one of the best camera experiences. Add in decent battery life, tons of options and additional software features and you have a phone that is built to satisfy a vast majority of users.

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The Galaxy S10 offers up a great display, snappy performance, and one of the best camera experiences. Add in decent battery life, tons of options and additional software features and you have a phone that is built to satisfy a vast majority of users.

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GottaBeMobile

Delivers a great experience with meaningful features

from GottaBeMobile

If you want one of the best Android phones you can buy without breaking the bank the Galaxy S10 is a great buy, but you should definitely compare it to the Galaxy S10e before you pick a phone.

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If you want one of the best Android phones you can buy without breaking the bank the Galaxy S10 is a great buy, but you should definitely compare it to the Galaxy S10e before you pick a phone.

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Gadgetbyte

A great device

from Gadgetbyte

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ are Samsung's first flagship for 2019. They have a couple of shortcomings, but for what they are worth, the devices have got a lot to offer, and they have deemed themselves worthy of their price tag.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ are Samsung's first flagship for 2019. They have a couple of shortcomings, but for what they are worth, the devices have got a lot to offer, and they have deemed themselves worthy of their price tag.

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Deccan Chronicle

A flagship in the middle

from Deccan Chronicle

As of now, the Galaxy S10 handsets are the ones to beat and if you opt for this model you get an immersive screen, a decent battery life, great cameras and most importantly bragging rights because you will have one of the best devices the world has to offer this year.

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As of now, the Galaxy S10 handsets are the ones to beat and if you opt for this model you get an immersive screen, a decent battery life, great cameras and most importantly bragging rights because you will have one of the best devices the world has to offer this year.

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TrustedReviews

Extensive design shift and a load of new features

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the best Android phone you can buy today. it has an excellent OLED display, strong camera and a host of new additions. It doesn’t set the standard for areas such as camera quality or battery life, but as a complete package nobody will be left wanting more. I’m sure that’s exactly what Samsung was aiming for.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the best Android phone you can buy today. it has an excellent OLED display, strong camera and a host of new additions. It doesn’t set the standard for areas such as camera quality or battery life, but as a complete package nobody will be left wanting more. I’m sure that’s exactly what Samsung was aiming for.

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