How to tell the four new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones apart
An ode to ten years of Galaxy S
Since the first Galaxy S ten years ago, fans and the general public alike have always highly anticipated Samsung's "Galaxy Unpacked" event. A decade later and the South Korean tech giant has decided to go big and truly raise the bar. Rather than the usual two options for one flagship, the Galaxy S10 lineup has four variants—all with names that had us in a blur for a split second. Here's a mini guide to figuring out which Galaxy S10—the S10, S10+, S10e and the most premium of all, the S10 5G—is for you.
S10e is the "cheaper" option of the four followed by the S10, S10+ and S10 5G. That being said, all four are impressive, powerful and gorgeous—more so for the models with a higher price point. With an edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED screen (a world's first which also helps to reduce blue light) with barely-there bezels, the entire Galaxy S10 lineup:
- Equipped with Fast Wireless Charging
- Capable of Wireless PowerShare (where you can charge other Qi-certified smartphones and compatible wearables)
- Fitted with an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on the Dynamic AMOLED display itself and it can instantly unlock your phone even when it's on sleep mode—with the exception of the S10e where the Fingerprint Scanner is located on the power button
- All rear cameras have OIS, Wide-angle lens (12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4), Ultra Wide lens (16MP FF, F2.2 (123°))
S10e — 5.8-inch Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED
S10 — 6.1-inch wide Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED
S10+ — 6.4-inch wide Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED
S10 5G — At the moment, we only know that it will have a 6.7-inch screen
S10e — Dual camera (Wide-angle and Ultra Wide) with OIS and up to 8x digital zoom
S10 — Triple camera (Telephoto: 12MP F2.4, Wide-angle and Ultra Wide) with Dual OIS and up to 10x digital zoom
S10+ — Triple camera (Telephoto: 12MP F2.4, Wide-angle and Ultra Wide) with Dual OIS up to 10x digital zoom
S10 5G — It has four rear cameras with the fourth being a 3D depth-sensing lens to help with photography and AR.
S10e — 10MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.9
S10 — Same as the S10e
S10+ — Dual camera with the additional 8MP sensor to take portrait selfies with the bokeh effect
S10 5G — Same as the S10+
S10e — 3,100 mAh
S10 — 3,400 mAh
S10+ — 4,100 mAh
S10 5G — 4,500 mAh
*Note: The Galaxy S9+ is fitted with a 3,500 mAh battery pack
S10e — 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage
S10 — 8GB RAM, 128GB of storage
S10+ — 8GB RAM, 128/512GB of storage
*The S10+ will also have an additional variant made with a stronger ceramic body, housing 12GB of RAM and a massive 1TB of storage—add that with the microSD slot and you'd get a total of 1.5TB's worth of space.
S10 5G — 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage
The first three models above will have a microSD slot (up to 512GB) but the word is that the 5G model won't-which leads to speculations and expectations.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The following prices are based on the 128GB models:
S10e — RM2,699
S10 — RM3,299
S10+ — RM3,699
S10 5G — N/A
With the exception of the S10 5G, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 phones will be available for preorders on the website beginning 22 February 2019, 10AM till 28 February 2019 (or while stocks last). The devices are expected to officially go on sale on 8 March 2019.
So what's the deal with the S10 5G model?
Not too much is known about the S10 5G phone (yet) but it's understandable as not a lot of carriers in general and in other countries have rolled out 5G networks. Once that is ready, however, expect this 5G-compatible phone to deliver download speeds 10 to 100 times faster and of course, much better coverage.
The S10 5G, together with its fourth lens, is expected to change the landscape of streaming 3D and holographic renderings. With faster wireless network speeds, playback, as well as image or video capture, would be a lot smoother. Samsung didn't mention a specific launch date but the S10 5G is expected to be released first in the US during the second quarter of this year.