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Amidst all the fanfare one would expect of a 10th anniversary edition, Samsung has revealed its Galaxy S10 smart phone range, and it’s everything everyone predicted and so much more.
Unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event on February 20, the Samsung S10 was always destined to be a showstopper. Here are the many ways it did not disappoint.
As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S10 range launched with three models - the lower spec S10e with a 5.8-inch screen, the standard S10 featuring a 6.1-inch screen and the hefty S10+, measuring 6.4 inches, which comes with some extras and additions.
The screen is the major selling point for this latest Samsung smartphone. The Galaxy S10 features an Infinity O display that sees the pixels spill over the sides.
“No notch, no distractions. Precise laser cutting, on-screen security, and a Dynamic AMOLED that’s easy on the eyes make the Infinity-O Display our most innovative Galaxy screen yet,” Samsung enthusiastically proclaims.
This stately all-encompassing screen pretty much relegates everything else to a footnote. The cameras are mere punch-holes, while beneath its beauty lies the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the S10 and S10+ that grants entry to the device.
This front facing fingerprint sensor is a departure from previous models for Samsung which formerly saw fingerprint activation at the back.
“Using ultrasonic waves and machine learning, it detects the 3D ridges and valleys of your fingerprint, so only you can access your phone. It’s secure and convenient – even allowing you to unlock, drag, and hold to open the app you want,” Samsung notes.
And it’s a move that has been warmly welcomed by many in the tech world, with TechRadar noting the sensor is now exactly where it belongs.
The S10 cameras caused a great deal of conjecture prior to release. Now the unveiling confirms what many had suspected. This model features a lot of cameras. The standard S10 features three rear cameras and one at the front, while the S10+ goes above and beyond with dual cameras at the front and three at the rear.
“It's a full kit of lenses in your pocket. There’s a Telephoto Camera for amazing zoom possibilities, a Wide-angle Camera for everyday moments, and an Ultra Wide Camera for panoramic landscapes,” Samsung claims.
Even the S10e boasts two cameras at the rear and one at the front, but the zoom lens is not available on this more affordable model.
Samsung has taken some initiative with this range, electing to incorporate artificial intelligence to maximise the phone’s capabilities.
They note the S10 will use machine learning to understand your day, then tailor the phone to suit. In layman’s terms, that means the phone can anticipate your routine and power down relevant apps in a bid to save on battery power.
So, if you’re a prolific Googler as you commute home, this phone will likely keep some power up its sleeve. There are some lengthy caveats here, but Samsung says this is a phone that can go all day.
It’s even intelligent and generous enough to note your night-time routine, switching to Night Mode and dimming the screen so your eyes can adjust when it knows you normally go to bed.
As a nifty little addition, the S10 has the capability of charging some other devices through technology known as Power Share.
This allows the phone to act like a wireless charger that can power up other compatible phones or accessories like Samsung earbuds simply by placing them on the phone.
Tech Radar notes colors will vary by region, but the available range extends to: Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism White, Canary Yellow and Prism Green.
The US will get all but yellow and green, while in Australia, Prism Blue and Yellow are not currently available.
Already many are predicting the S10 will be among the best phones of the year, but the privilege of owning one will set you back a considerable amount of cash.
The Galaxy S10 price starts at US$899 (AU$1349) for the 128GB variety, which is well above the S9 price.