Samsung has had quite a year! After the success of the Note 9, the Korean tech giant is back at it again with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. The phone brings a number of improvements over its predecessor including a new punch-hole display.
And guess what, we have the Samsung Galaxy S10 with us today. Yes, you hear it right! We will be testing the phone out for you guys. But before we get into the review, let’s check out what the phone has to offer as a flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Initial Impressions
The Samsung Galaxy S10 arrived at our office about a week ago and I have been using it ever since. Just like any good smartphone, in recent times, the phone comes in some good packaging. The box is black in color with “S10” written in huge blue font. Peeling the plastic wrap and lifting the lid, we are immediately greeted by the phone itself. Keeping it to the side, the next item inside the box is a fast-charging powering brick, a USB Type-C cable, and a Type-C to Type-A convertor. There is also a pair of AKG-tuned earphones which is a great inclusion. And finally, hiding in the lid of the box is another tiny box which contains the paperwork, sim ejector tool, and a transparent plastic cover.
Going back to the phone, on initial impressions, the phone looks absolutely gorgeous. The Prism Blue color option further adds to looks of the device. And holding the S10 for the first time, it felt quite good in the hand. The combination of glass and metal makes the phone one premium piece of technology.
The S10 is also considerably smaller and lighter than the Note9 which so happens to be the device I am coming from. At just 157g, wielding the device is easy as it gets. Sitting at the center of it all is a 6.1-inch Quad-HD Dynamic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The panel is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and is HDR10+ complaint. The hole punch makes an appearance sitting at the top right of the display. Being a single camera, visually it looks much better than the dual-camera layout of the S10+. Turning on the display, its image quality blew my mind. Videos were vibrant, sharp, and had a lot of details to them. Needless to say, it is the best display in the market right now. Period!
Under the hood, the S10 packs an octa-core Exynos 9820 processor along with the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. The SoC is backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The memory of the phone can be further expanded via a micro-sd card slot up to a whopping 1TB. These combinations make up a great performing phone! The S10 was easily able to handle everything I threw at it. Everything from scrolling through our website to playing graphics intense games was a smooth experience on the phone.
In the software side of things, the S10 runs on One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie. This version of Samsung’s UI is very one-hand friendly. Everything can be easily reached without having to do crazy hand gymnastics. This is further amplified by the pocket-friendly size of the phone. The UI also looks modern with no visible lags or stutters. Overall, the UI seems like it has been dramatically improved over its predecessor.
In the camera department, the S10 packs a triple camera set up at the rear. This layout is made by an f/1.5-2.4 12MP wide, an f/2.4 12MP telephoto, and an f/2.2 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The inclusion of an ultra-wide lens is a genius move on Samsung’s part. I absolutely adore it! The phone also packs an f/1.9 10MP front camera, sitting snug inside the punch hole. Both the rear and front cameras take some class-leading photos. I am impressed with the details and vibrancy the photos from the phone packs.
That said, due to my limited time with the phone, I can’t comment further on the cameras. I will cover them more vigorously in our full in-depth review which by the way is coming out real soon. Stay tuned!
And finally, powering the device all up is a 3400mAh non-user removable battery. The battery life of the phone was amazing in my four days of use. I got somewhere around 4-5 hours of on-screen time with the phone. The S10 also comes with a slew of other features like an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, IP68 rating, fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and a headphone jack. These all are great inclusions for a top of the line flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Initial Impressions: Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a phenomenal flagship smartphone. It has an impressive design, pocket-friendly size, gorgeous display, top of the line camera, and powerful performance. The phone also has a slew of features that makes it a unique piece of technology in the smartphone space.
For a price of Rs 1,15,000, you just can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S10. It is just that good! That being said, is it the best smartphone you can buy at this price point? Well, to answer that question we do need to dig a bit deeper. And we will do just that with the phone. I will put the phone through its paces in the days to come and finally answer the question for you guys in our full review. So stay tuned for that!
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