admin February 21, 2019

It’s the moment that Samsung fans around the world have been waiting for – the Galaxy S10 smartphoneis finally here.

Samsung announced the new flagship smartphone at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, alongside the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e.

The new smartphones have a range of exciting features, including almost edgeless displays and innovative ‘punch-hole’ cameras.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new smartphones, including key features, prices and when you can get your hands on one.

Release date

Thankfully, there’s isn’t too long for you to wait before you can get one of the new smartphones.

Pre-orders are open from today (20 February), with shipping beginning on 8 March.

The hole punch camera (Image: Daily Mirror)

Price

The Galaxy S10 is priced at £799, while the Galaxy S10+ is slightly more expensive, starting at £899.

And for those looking for a slightly more wallet-friendly option, the Galaxy S10e is priced at £699.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that people who opt for the S10 or S10+ will get a free pair of Galaxy Buds – Samsung’s wireless earphones – with their device.

 

The Galaxy S10 (Image: Shivali Best)

Colours

Unlike many rivals, Samsung has opted to offer a huge range of colour options with its new smartphones.

The Galaxy S10+ is available in Ceramic Black or Ceramic White, while all three smartphones are available in Prism Green, Prism White, Black, Blue or for those looking to stand out in the crowd, Canary Yellow.

Design

The smartphone displays range in size from 5.8 inches (Galaxy S10e) through to 6.4 inches (S10+), with the S10 itself sitting in the middle at 6.4 inches.

Both the S10 and S10+ feature Samsung’s iconic curved glass display, and the S10+ has a whopping 93.1% screen to body ratio.

While the S10e has a slightly less curved display, it still has impressively slim bezels.

 

The new smartphones have almost edgeless display with ‘punch-hole’ cameras (Image: Shivali Best)

In its predecessor, the Galaxy S9, the front-facing camera and sensors sat within a thin bezel at the top of phone.

But all three new devices have ditched this bezel in favour of a ‘punch-hole’ camera in the top right of the screen, making room for a larger screen.

While this design is bound to divide fans, it’s definitely an improvement on the dreaded ‘notch’ seen in rival smartphones.

The back of the smartphones also shakes things up. The rear cameras are organised horizontally, and the rear fingerprint sensor has been ditched.

Cameras

The S10 features a triple lens rear camera, with lenses for zoom, wide, and ultra-wide photos, and a single lens front-facing camera.

The S10+ takes this up a notch, with the same triple lens rear camera, but also a dual lens front-facing camera. To make room for this, the ‘hole punch’ on the front of the phone is oval-shaped, rather than circular like in the S10 and S10e.

 

The rear cameras are laid out horizontally (Image: Shivali Best)

Meanwhile, the S10e features a dual-lens rear camera with lenses for zoom and wide photos, and a single-lens front-facing camera.

The smartphones also have a number of new camera features, including better scene optimisation and shot suggestions, and super steady video.

Key features

One of the most exciting new additions is an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner, which features in the S10 and S10+ smartphones.

The scanner allows users to unlock their device simply by touching the screen, even in harsh weather conditions.

And if that doesn’t appeal to, you’ll be happy to hear that you’ll also have the option of facial recognition unlocking, or a passcode.

Another new feature is Wireless PowerShare, which allows you to give power to any compatible wireless charging device, simply by placing it on your smartphone.

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The smartphones’ AI performance has also been given a boost, meaning the devices have faster app launch and adaptive power based on how you’re using your smartphone.

Storage has also been given a boost, with users able to choose up to 1TB a storage (only in the S10+), with 12G of RAM.

Other announcements

During the event, Samsung also announced that a fourth smartphone under the ‘S10’ umbrella is coming soon – the Galaxy S10 5G.

As the name suggests, this smartphone will have 5G connectivity. It will also be the biggest in the group, with a huge 6.7-inch display.

Other key features include a 3D depth camera, four rear camera lenses and a 4,500 mAh battery.

However, you’ve got a little bit longer to wait to get one – Samsung says the Galaxy S10 5G will be available in ‘early summer.’

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