We've already seen a ton of leaks in the last few weeks about the Galaxy S10 and the wait is finally coming to an end. Samsung has announced the launch of S10 today at its Unpacked event in San Francisco. This year's launch is extremely important for the company since the S-series was launched exactly 10 years ago.
In the last decade, the S-lineup has played a pivotal role in making Samsung one of the largest smartphone makers in the world. The series has successfully defeated LG, HTC, Sony, and even Google's offerings in the past. To make things even more interesting, Samsung has launched three variants of the phone instead of the usual duo.
The S10 is available in three options: the S10e, S10, and S10+. The S10e is being targeted as a slightly cheaper variant of the flagship and it incorporates a majority of the elder sibling's offerings. The S10 is the main flagbearer and lastly, the S10+ has a few more power features along with a larger display.
The flagship smartphone Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole front camera that Samsung calls Infinity-O. The proximity and ambient light sensor are now located behind the display.
Instead of Samsung Experience UI, the new S10 ships with a new skin called One UI. It is built around focus blocks and has segregated viewing to provide more productivity options and use maximum area of the display. Under the hood is an Exynos 9820 (Snapdragon 855 in the US) processor, coupled along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
At the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 12-megapixel dual aperture sensor with optical image stabilization, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. On the front is a single "dual-pixel" sensor that is located inside the display punch-hole. The software is capable of recognising 30 scenes and adjusts the capturing settings accordingly.
For authentication, Samsung is now relying on an in-display fingerprint scanner as well as face unlock. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery and the company has added a host of new charging features.
This includes wireless PowerShare that can reverse charge another device. In simpler words, the phone can be used as a portable power bank to wirelessly charge compatible accessories like Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds. It'll be available in Prism White and Prism Black.
Coming to the S10e, it houses the same processor as the S10 along with 6GB RAM and a slightly smaller 5.8-inch AMOLED display. Even the battery has been reduced down to 3100mAh and it doesn't get the 12-megapixel telephoto lens on the rear. The S10e will be available in Prism White colour only.
The S10+, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and has a dual camera set up on the front in a wider punch-hole. Even the battery has been boosted to 4100mAh and will be available in an additional Prism Green colour. It shares the same processor, but gets two variants in memory: 8GB+128GB and 12GB+1TB (yes, 1 T!). The 1TB storage variant is available in Ceramic Black colour option.
Samsung has also announced the availability of Galaxy Ecosystem, and it consists of Galaxy Buds, Wireless Combo Charge power bank, and Wireless Charger Duo (charger). The brand is also partnering with Marvel and selling "Galaxy Friends" covers that have a design of Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America, and the Avengers. Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue and Flamingo Pink. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. Preorders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e begin tomorrow, February 21, 2019. Pricing starts at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.00 for Galaxy S10+ and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e. India pricing and availability will be known soon.