Review of Samsung Galaxy S10, Superior in Many Sectors But There Are Weaknesses

One of the high-end mobile phones that I always wanted to try was the Samsung Galaxy S Series. Since its arrival and much desired, the Samsung Galaxy S Series is interesting. Samsung Galaxy S Series has many attractive features.

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S10, which costs $850.08 , has a sibling named Samsung Galaxy S10e and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. When it came to my desk, the Samsung Galaxy S10 came with a large black box that reads “S10”.

When the black box was opened, a mobile phone with an attractive design was present. In it also comes a white fast charging charger, and of course, that is interesting the AKG headset. The rest, such as cell phone cases in general, which usually has a charger cable, SIM injector, and also a guidebook.

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Design
10
Display
10
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
8
Camera
9
Value for Money
9
PROS:
  • Outstanding performance
  • The quality of the rear camera and front camera catches are very good
  • The sharpest and best screen display
  • The OneUI user friendly
  • Battery consumption is quite economical.
  • Good body material design
  • The presence of a 3.5 mm audio jack
CONS:
  • Color body design feels less "shining" for a premium mobile phone
  • Rear camera capture low-light not optimal
  • Fingerprint sensor response that is less hasty
  • The charging speed is not very impressive

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

I don’t have much to say about the guidebook. Better to just discuss my experience using this Samsung Galaxy S10. What is this Samsung Galaxy S10 like? Check out the following review.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Specifications

General

    • Was announced – February 2019
    • Network –2G, 3G, 4G
    • SIM Card –Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Body

    • Dimension –149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
    • Weight –157 g

Screen

    • Type – Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
    • Size – 6.1 inches
    • Resolution –1440 x 3040 pixels, 19: 9 ratio (~ 550 ppi density)

Hardware

    • Chipset – Exynos 9820 Octa (8 nm)
    • The CPU – Octa-core (2×2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)
    • The GPU – Mali-G76 MP12

Memory

    • RAM – 8 GB
    • Internal Memory – 128 GB
    • External Memory – microSD, up to 512GB (using SIM 2 slot) – for dual SIM models

Main Camera

    • Number of Cameras – 3
    • Resolution – 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
    • Feature – f / 1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1 / 2.55 “, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + f / 2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1 / 3.6”, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom + f / 2.2, 12mm (ultrawide) + LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
    • The video – 2160p @ 60fps , 1080p @ 240fps , 720p @ 960fps , HDR, dual-video rec.

Selfie camera

    • Number of Cameras – 1
    • Resolution –10 MP
    • Feature –f / 1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video calls, Auto-HDR
    • The video –  2160p @ 30fps , 1080p @ 30fps

Connectivity

    • Wlan – Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
    • Bluetooth – 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
    • Infrared – NO
    • NFC – Yes 
    • GPS – A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
    • USB – 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Battery

    • Type –Li-ion
    • Capacity –Non-removable 3400 mAh
    • Wireless Charging – Yes
    • Feature
      • Fast battery charging 15W
      • Fast wireless charging 15W
      • Power bank / Reverse wireless charging 9W

Feature

    • OS (When Released) – Android 9.0 Pie
    • Sensor –  
      • Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
      • ANT +
      • Bixby natural language commands and dictation
      • Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
    • 3.5mm Jack – Yes
    • Color – Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink
    • Others
      • Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
      • IP68 dust / water proof (up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes)
      • HDR10
      • Always-on display

The design

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 that I review is the Prism White variant. This variant is a series of Samsung Galaxy S10, which offers white, but when viewed at a glance, the color tends towards blue or green, if you look at the back of the body.

This rear body uses an aluminum frame wrapped with protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Obviously, this makes the back of the body of the phone look pretty sturdy. Especially the fact that the body of the Samsung Galaxy S10 has pocketed IP68 certification, clearly makes this phone feel more resilient.

Even though I have IP68 certification, which means this phone is waterproof, I won’t try to test it right away. Not deliberately, of course.

Samsung Galaxy S10 that I hold does, indeed, feel very premium. Each corner and the curve look together, so it does not seem slippery in hand. Samsung is concerned about the design. Not only the design side, but Samsung also maintains its existence with the audio jack port at the bottom. Port, together with the speaker flanking the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the cellphone screen.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

On the right side, Samsung puts the power button that is present alone. Usually, in this section, there is also a volume button, but this volume button section turns out to be on the left just above the Bixby button.

The presence of this Bixby button had received criticism in the previous series. Why? Because a few of users feel Bixby is less useful when compared to Google Assistant. Now, on the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Bixby button is still maintained, but its function can be changed to other functions such as Samsung Assitant by one click and two clicks to move to other applications. There is no option to turn off the Bixby button.

So, where are the slots for SIM and microSD? Samsung placed this slot at the top of the phone, together with the mic. The sim slot used in the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a hybrid SIM slot (dual SIM or single SIM with microSD).

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

With a weight of only 157 grams, the Samsung Galaxy S10 feels better in hand. It feels light in my hand, not heavy, so it makes it easier for me to carry this phone, even quite right when putting in a pants pocket, though.

However, there is one thing that is quite odd to me. The body design of the Samsung Galaxy S10, although it is quite good, but feels less attractive. The color of the model that tends to look pale is quite different but does not seem “wow” at all.

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Screen

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 series, in the end, have to follow the current cell phone trends, namely presenting the front camera with the smallest form possible. Especially in the Samsung Galaxy S10, the existence of the front camera is not like notch in general but comes with a round shape attached to the screen. Samsung calls this punch-hole display alias Infinity O-Display.

Infinity O-Display is present in the left corner of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Its existence can be anticipated enough by using a special wallpaper Samsung Galaxy S10 which will usually cover this Infinity O-Display. But when the phone is used, for example, when watching a video, the round hole is visible in the upper left corner. Strangely enough, I used to see the smartphone screen with a black hole in one corner.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Oh really, I haven’t talked about screen technicality. The screen on the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a 6.1 inch screen and has a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The screen comes in a 19: 9 ratio with a screen density of 550 ppi. The type of screen panel used is Dynamic AMOLED, not Super AMOLED.

This Dynamic AMOLED is a display panel technology development from Samsung Galaxy S10. This technology can produce a good screen display, especially the screen on this phone also supports HDR10 +.

A good screen display is also recognized by DisplayMate.com, a site that often reviews the matter of the screen of an electronic device. DisplayMate considers the Samsung Galaxy S10 screen as a smartphone with the best screen quality. Moreover, in addition to a good visual appearance, the screen on this phone is also quite sturdy because it is coated with a protective Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Without a claim from one of the screen quality assessment sites, I myself also acknowledge the clarity and sharpness of the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S10. When I first saw the screen of this phone, I was amazed by the screen display which is quite clear, even though it turns out, the default resolution that is set default on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is FHD + alias 2280 x 1080 pixels.

I just found this out when checking in the screen resolution section. In this section, there are options to set the screen resolution used. The maximum screen resolution is WQHD + alias 1440 x 3040 pixels. But by default, the resolution set is FHD +.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

I can change this screen resolution as I wish. I tried to use these three resolutions. The most comfortable is clearly WQHD +. Just keep in mind, the use of high resolution has the potential to make the use of battery consumption run out faster.

The use of HD + resolution is also still comfortable but feels less optimal. Changing this screen resolution requires the phone to be restart so that the screen can adjust to the selected resolution display. Otherwise, the screen display, when opening an application, will look uncomfortable, such as writing that is too large, for example.

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It can be concluded if the Samsung Galaxy S10’s screen display is indeed sharp. The resulting color reproduction is quite good and sharp. There are no complaints about this screen display because, indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S10 presents a fairly clear screen. In fact, the quality of the screen is still quite clear when the screen is exposed to direct sunlight.

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User Interface

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a OneUI interface based on Android Pie. OneUI provides a pretty pleasant experience and indeed feels better when compared to Samsung UX 9.0 as embedded in the Samsung Galaxy S10.

The appearance of the OneuI icon is not too rigid, and the size is quite flexible. That is, the size can also be adjusted to the tastes of its users; for example, the icon does not appear too big or not too small. In addition, OneUI also provides a good and quite application switching experience smooth. The features in OneUI are also quite complete and easy to understand even by novice users.

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Performance

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Now, let’s talk about the most fun part, performance. Why is it fun? Well, because the performance of a cellphone is often a reference to why people should buy the cellphone. So, what is the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S10 like? To answer it, let Antutu score below answer it.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Although Antutu does not describe the actual performance or not too precise to guess the performance, but it is often a benchmark for the performance of a cell phone. And the number 323 thousand is clearly not a small number. This figure is clearly higher when compared to the Antutu Snapdragon 845 score, as seen on the Asus Zenfone 5z or Asus ROG Phone.

The Geekbench score also shows a high number for a top-class mobile phone. The single-core Geekbench 4 score of 4,395 and the multi-core Geekbench 4 score of 9,647 are clearly not small numbers. This Geekbench 4 figure shows, even more, the performance of a cellphone than the Antutu score.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

This high Geekbench 4 and Antutu score is clear because the Samsung Galaxy S10 is equipped with Exynos 9820. This chipset made by Samsung is made based on 8 nm fabrication which certainly provides better performance with more efficient battery consumption.

With a chipset that has a fast processor (2 × 2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2 × 2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4 × 1.95 GHz Cortex-A55), I found no significant obstacles when using the Samsung Galaxy S10. There is no lag, and application switching is also smooth. Using a lot of applications is also quite smooth. The 8 GB RAM usage factor is also another factor that makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 arguably the best in its price class.

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Game Performance

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

What about the game’s performance on the Samsung Galaxy S10? Of course, it’s fine, but it’s smooth. Mali-G76 MP12 as a graphics processor on this phone, is able to work optimally in running a variety of games that are quite heavy, though.

GFX Bench benchmark test results show that this phone has good performance. Some tests like T-Rex at 1080p and Aztec Ruins at 1080p show high fps. The average GFX Bench graphics test in 1080 resolution shows an fps above 30 fps, a number that makes a game smooth when played.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

However, judging by the benchmark results is not enough. It needs testing to see how far the performance offered from the graphics processor in this phone. Because of this, I tested the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S10 with three heavy games.

1. Fortnite

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

The first game I tried on the Samsung Galaxy S10 was Fortnite. This game is an exclusive game that can only be run on mobile phones with high-end specifications. Playing Fortnite on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is smooth, and the best performance can be set to high graphics settings with 60 fps. But for higher graphics, namely “epic” it turns out stuck at 30 fps only.

2. Honkai Impact 3rd

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Honkai Impact 3rd is the next game; I tested on the Samsung Galaxy S10. This game is quite heavy because it shows cool animated graphics. So, is the Samsung Galaxy S10 playing this game smoothly? To answer this, I use Gamebench as a benchmark to see fps in a game.

Gamebench application requires permission to run on top of other applications (in this case, the game). Unfortunately, Fortnite doesn’t allow the use of Gamebench, so I can’t see the exact fps numbers. However, for Honkai Impact 3rd, Gamebench can run and be able to record games with high fps.

This Honkai Impact 3rd can run at 59 fps, a pretty high number. This figure is obtained by setting high graphics. So playing the Honkai Impact 3rd game on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is no big deal, especially with the high fps.

3. PUBG Mobile

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

This game obviously can be played well and seen from the fps number above, which shows the number 39, a number that is certainly quite good and playable in playing PUBG Mobile. In fact, sometimes the fps number can reach 42 fps or more.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

The fps number can be obtained if you play PUBG Mobile with HDR and graphics settings frame rates “Ultra”. If you want a better PUBG Mobile experience, please set the graphics in graphical mode smooth, the “extreme” framerates option will appear later. The choice of “extreme” framerates allows Samsung Galaxy S10 to run PUBG Mobile with numbers from 50 to 60 fps.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

From the test results, it can be concluded that the performance of Samsung Galaxy S10 is clearly smooth in playing games. The high number of fps obtained is clearly proof that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is really good in terms of performance gaming.

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Rear Camera

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10
The camera is another interesting selling point that certainly cannot be missed just like a Samsung Galaxy S Series phone. The three rear cameras in this cellphone are proof of Samsung’s seriousness to present a cellphone with good quality camera catches.

DxOMark score reaching 109 is proof that the quality of the Samsung Galaxy S10’s rear camera is really good. Although the variant tested by DxOMark is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, this does not change the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera is equally good. Because the back camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 really comes together with the configuration of the same three rear cameras.

The three rear camera configurations on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus consist of 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP. The 12 MP camera is a wide camera with double aperture f / 1.5-2.4. This camera supports the Dual Pixel PDAF, and OIS features.

The second camera is a 12 MP telephoto camera. This camera supports features AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom. While the third camera is 16 MP which functions to capture images with an ultrawide lens that is able to capture a wider picture. What are the catches of this rear camera? Let the following photos speak.

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The catch of the Samsung Galaxy S10’s rear camera is really good. The camera is able to capture images well, even very detailed. Try to look again, rain splashes down, and water attached to the leaves look more clear and detailed. The camera is also capable of capturing images with noise the minimal.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s rear camera has AI technology that allows the camera to read objects and provide direction for precise aiming. Several times I use the back camera, when photographing an object, there is often a direction to aim precisely. You could say the AI ​​on this camera is quite cool.

In addition, the rear camera, on this cellphone also has a variety of complete features. One feature is to change the color contrast according to our tastes, including setting it to black and white mode. In addition, this phone’s back camera is also capable of photographing food objects so well that it makes the results look detailed and tempting.

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The rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 also presents panoramic shooting options. There are no complaints in this mode. All I can say is that the panorama mode is really quite good.

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In addition to panoramic mode, the Samsung Galaxy S10 also has a Live Focus feature for photographing objects with bokeh effects. There is also an Instagram photo mode that is resized for Insta Story. The “Pro” mode feature is also on this phone. However, it is clearly interesting in the ultrawide camera capture that it is able to capture images as well as the images below.

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 also presents features for recording slow-motion videos. The results are clearly good. The video recording feature is also good and can produce good and detailed 4K video. No complaints for the quality of the photos and videos because they are good.

The thing that I might complain about is the photo mode in dark conditions. The Samsung Galaxy S10 (at least for now) has quite a hard time producing good images and details in low light conditions. Looks like the example below.

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The rear camera catches in dark conditions produce enough photos that have a lot noise. There is an AI Scene feature that allows the camera to be active in capturing images in night conditions or low light (night mode). But well the results are indeed less than optimal.

For a high-end cellphone, it’s a shame if the rear camera catches in the dark are not very good. It’s not bad but when compared to competitors Samsung Galaxy S10 which comes with the “Night Mode” or whatever its name is, obviously Samsung Galaxy S10 is losing competitiveness.

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Front camera

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

At the front, the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a 10 MP front camera. The front camera is in the black circle that I mentioned earlier, which is the punch hole alias Infinity O Display. This fathom camera is capable of capturing selfies with details and good like the selfies below.

This front camera can also capture photos widely. Suitable for selfie groups. The picture is clearly quite good. Examples of selfie groups on this cell phone can be seen in the photo below.

The front camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is also quite good. There are no significant obstacles when I take a selfie or use the front camera feature on this phone. All its features are quite useful, including the Live Focus feature, which is now the photo bokeh feature, so it is a separate obligation on a cellphone.

For video recording is also good. If you like blogging, the Samsung Galaxy S10 can be used as a mainstay because the front camera can record 2160 pixels of video well and in detail. Moreover, the front camera has an HDR feature.

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Battery

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a capacity of 3,400 mAh battery. This battery has a pretty good endurance. With my significant usage, I can use this Samsung Galaxy S10 all day, including the use of the game.

The battery also has a fairly efficient consumption. An example is when I play 1080p Youtube videos for one hour, the battery consumption is reduced by only 9%. I can get this by setting the screen brightness level to 50%.

In a way, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s power consumption is quite economical. Unfortunately, for charging, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is not the best. Well, this Samsung Galaxy S10 supports fast charging. It’s just not the best. From the battery with 14% power, I charge it to 100%, it turns out it takes about 105 minutes.

The charging time is indeed quite fast. It’s just that the competitors Samsung Galaxy S10 is able to bring faster charging. Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S10 does not miss the matter of the ability to charge batteries wirelessly, including the battery charging function on other mobile phones, aka reverse wireless charging, although I do not use and do not need this feature.

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Other Features

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

As a high-end mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 clearly has complete features. This phone has features like NFC, a complete sensor, and so on. Fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock are also present on this phone. For Face Unlock, I did not find a significant problem. Face Unlock on mobile is quite fast and good in reading faces.

The unfortunate thing is about the fingerprint sensor. Samsung Galaxy S10 is present with fingerprint sensor technology below the surface of the screen. Samsung calls this the ultrasonic fingerprint under the display. Fingerprint sensor technology is quite good. Unfortunately the response is sometimes a little slow, even faster, Face Unlock or face scanner than this fingerprint sensor.

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Conclusions

Review of Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is definitely a really good high-end phone. With a price of $850.08 , the Samsung Galaxy S10 offers what really should be in an upscale mobile phone. Many advantages offered by this cell phone. But of course, there are weaknesses.

9.3 Total Score
Ecellent

From the results I use this Samsung Galaxy S10, I can say if this phone is quite good. Best in its class and worthy of being chosen, although, there are still shortcomings that accompany this high-end mobile phone from Samsung. Many sectors are superior, but there are still other sectors that are lacking. You could say the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the best but not perfect.

Design
10
Display
10
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
8
Camera
9
Value for Money
9
PROS
  • Outstanding performance
  • The quality of the rear camera and front camera catches are very good
  • The sharpest and best screen display
  • The OneUI user friendly
  • Battery consumption is quite economical.
  • Good body material design
  • The presence of a 3.5 mm audio jack
CONS
  • Color body design feels less "shining" for a premium mobile phone
  • Rear camera capture low-light not optimal
  • Fingerprint sensor response that is less hasty
  • The charging speed is not very impressive
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