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Galaxy S10+ features that have excited me… and one that hasn’t

The Galaxy S10 is official, and we’ve been busy writing about the device along with other products that Samsung announced at Unpacked 2019, including the Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy S10 rumors and leaks were plentiful and they gave us a good idea of what to expect before Samsung took the stage, and here are the features that have me excited as I wait for the Galaxy S10+ to go on sale.

Galaxy S10+ features that have excited me

Ultra-wide camera

Well, if you are a regular SamMobile reader, you probably had an idea this would be on the top of my list. I’ve loved Samsung’s decision to focus on ultra-wide cameras in the budget and mid-range segment, and now a flagship from the company has an ultra-wide camera as well. That and the telephoto lens mean the Galaxy S10+ is ready for every scenario. And in addition to letting you shoot wider pictures, I like that the ultra-wide camera on the Galaxy S10 lineup is a 16-megapixel sensor, so we’ll get plenty of detail in those ultra-wide shots compared to the 5 or 8MP ultra-wide cameras on devices like the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy A7 (2018).

Dual Pixel autofocus on front camera

This is another camera feature that I’m happy to see on the Galaxy S10+ and in general. Samsung’s smart autofocus thing on the Galaxy S8 and other recent flagships has been a good workaround to a physical autofocus system, but it’s far from perfect. With Dual Pixel autofocus, the 10MP front camera on the Galaxy S10+ trio now has the same autofocus system as the rear cameras, so the selfie game should be considerably better. I think I’m growing a bit too old to be taking too many selfies these days, but hey, when I do take one, the S10 will be able to do it quickly without me worrying about the focus kicking in, especially indoors and in poor lighting conditions.

In-display fingerprint sensor

This one should be obvious. I’ve never liked Samsung’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. It was both the problematic location of the sensor back in 2017 and – though it got fixed with the Galaxy S9 – the fact that the fingerprint reader was still on the back, which means you have to lift the phone off the table to unlock it. With the Galaxy S10, it’s back at the front and inside the display, so it should be pretty similar to the physical home key fingerprint readers from before the Galaxy S8 came along. I am not at all disappointed that the iris sensor is gone, but no notification LED is going to be a problem as I’ve never been keen on Always On Display because of its effect on battery life.

4,100 mAh battery

This is perhaps the main reason I’d go for the Galaxy S10+ and not the Galaxy S10. Spoiler alert, though: the 4,100 mAh battery is probably going to be the same as the 4,000 mAh battery on the Note 9. Samsung has just adopted the way of Chinese OEMs and is now rating batteries for their typical capacity and not the rated capacity, which is the capacity that matters in real-life conditions. The rated capacity is going to be around 4,000 mAh on the S10+ and 3,000 mAh and 3,300 mAh on the Galaxy S10e and S10. Not that that’s a bad thing, as 4,000 mAh is plenty for a flagship phone, especially now that there’s more efficient silicon powering under the hood.

One Galaxy S10+ feature that I’m not keen on

That one feature would be the dual front camera. Or, more precisely, that God awful cutout for the front camera. I don’t think I would mind a single cutout like the S10e or S10’s, but that wider cutout on the S10+ is just too, well, wide. I still haven’t played with the phone in person so maybe I won’t mind it as much in practice, but I’m disappointed that to get that big battery, one also has to embrace that dual front camera as well.

The second front camera will be great for those who love taking bokeh selfies, but for everyone else, it will serve little purpose than to give you a bigger black hole to look at every time you use the phone. One can’t have everything, though, so I guess this is something I and many others who buy the Galaxy S10+ will have to live with.


What about you? What is your favorite Galaxy S10 model out of the three (or four, if you’re lucky enough to be in a market where the Galaxy S10 5G will be launched) and what are the features you’re looking forward to the most? Let’s discuss in the comments!

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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VickersgCarter
VickersgCarter

Just use the settings and change the look of the cutout if you do not like it but no matter what you do it is still way better than a notch

simchester
simchester

S10+ is the perfect option… I’ve used it…

Only missing features are 2….

1. 5G connectivity
2. ToF camera

S10 5G is just to big…were in 2019… not everyone it’s crazy about big phones

HomerS66
HomerS66

You don’t like the cutout of the S10+? It’s actually the best or atleast not bad 🙂
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SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I’ve been saying for ages since the beginning of the leaks that the hole punch and especially the awful pill shaped cutout were completely unnecessary . I’ve seen the devices in person and played with all 3 and I haven’t changed my mind. When you hide both you end up with a massive black bar at the top almost as twice the size as the thin bezel of Note 9, ridiculous!! I really hope Samsung doesn’t do the same f***ing thing with Note 10. Thin top and bottom bezels with nice and well designed front facing speakers is the way… Read more »

siaho
siaho

Well, tbh the top bezel is there, sure it’s smaller than the one on note 9, but it’s there and sizeable. I really don’t understand the decision to be “interesting” and not putting the two senzors on the top + LED notification + iris scanner and whatnot. Would had been better vs what they had now with the big cutout and big notification bar around it. Generally not really impressed with this year. Previous we had for first time in galaxy the stereo speakers and the camera aperture changing for a more stand out features. This year there is only… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I agree

torrellclement
torrellclement

I like all Samsung is offering at the moment. But I am opting for the Galaxy S10+. The camera cutout isn’t all that bad. At least then people will know I have the latest and greatest Samsung flagship.

GS7edge
GS7edge

Is there an option to hide the hole like hiding a notch?

djcbs
djcbs

Yes!
No major tech blogs have reported it (no idea why) but there’s an option in the settings that puts a virtual bezel on top and hides the hole (pretty well actually ’cause, you know, Samsung’s AMOLED).

Now, disclaimer, as I wrote below, it does NOT keep the status icons inside it.

djcbs
djcbs

I’ve just had a couple of hours with the phones. I’m getting the S10e. Regarding the hole, Samsung has an option to but a fake bezel there. It pushes everything down (as a real physical bezel would) BUT also allows you to pull down the notification tray from the bottom of the fake bezel (which is what sold the phone to me). The ultra-wide camera I’m pending FINAL software. The one on the phones being send to stores for display do NOT have the final camera software. It doesn’t record in 4K and lacks Night Sight (or whatever the name… Read more »

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

Gotta stay with s9plus will wait for note 10 or s11 for better notch stuff and notification led back

lynxbell
lynxbell

You are right

gtone339
gtone339

LED notifications are around the hole-punch camera. 😉

djcbs
djcbs

Where did you see that?

Yousef206
Yousef206

” Samsung has just adopted the way of Chinese OEMs and is now rating batteries for their typical capacity and not the rated capacity, which is the capacity that matters in real-life conditions.”
Can any one explane this please ??

MirceaForce
MirceaForce

yeah same here

torrellclement
torrellclement

The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain specified conditions. However, the actual energy storage capabilities of the battery can vary significantly from the “nominal” rated capacity, as the battery capacity depends strongly on the age and past history of the battery, the charging or discharging regimes of the battery and the temperature.

lynxbell
lynxbell

I watch more videos on youtube…and i dont see led notification. I am disapointed

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

Me too lets wait samsung fixes this in note 10 or s11

Dcdaniel
Dcdaniel

Its called the always on display, why use that when you can literally see the app on the screen? It’s as if you where still using the flashlight to flash for your notifications, it’s stupidly anticuated.

locarno
locarno

Ok. Finally I ended reading all that news about S10 etc..

I started yesterday evening after Unpacked (just readed few news, then go to sleep), and today all day spent on Sammobile reading news. I found some mistakes which are already fixed thanks to Adnan and Abhijeet. I also have a lot of knowledge about new products thanks to this articles.

Belive me or not but I write 114 comments from yesterday. I think someone answer to at least half of them.

locarno
locarno

” Samsung has just adopted the way of Chinese OEMs and is now rating batteries for their typical capacity and not the rated capacity, which is the capacity that matters in real-life conditions.”

So what is the rated and typical capacity for S9+ or S7 Edge ?

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

I have just pre-ordered my S10+. I was thinking about ceramic back, but I realized that it doesn’t matter what is on the back because I will put my phone into a case. The cut out is bigger that S10, but tbh I think it looks better. Maybe I will change my mind when my phone will be in my hands, lol. Can’t wait till 7th of March.