Built to a true high-end standard, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ focuses all the company has learned over the years into a slick, incredibly attractive smartphone. Front and centre to the design is the crisp 6.4” Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display, slinking across the handset with a pixel density of 522ppi, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and the ability to handle Samsung’s HDR10+ format. What follows is a chain of thoughtful premium specifications, all pushing the idea of what a modern smartphone should be in 2019.
Thanks to the thinnest bezels on a Samsung to date and a new hole punch design (avoiding the notch concept), the screen is able to take up more space to emphasise immersive visual experiences. While the handset is quite large and fairly difficult to operate with just one hand, the S10+ actually feels lighter than its predecessors. This makes it all the more surprising that it includes a 4100mAh cell, ensuring all-day battery life with fast charging and Wireless PowerShare.
The phone’s audio experience is complemented by a headphone jack, maintaining the beloved feature which is handy for those without a Bluetooth device. Convenience is also found with the dual sim card slot, which can also be used to expand the phone’s internal storage.
Most impressive is the total of five lenses which make this a true photography powerhouse. On the front, the 10MP selfie-camera is greatly enhanced by the accompanying 8MP RGB Depth Camera. While on the back sits the remarkably efficient and complementary trio of a 12MP Telephoto Camera, 12MP Wide-Angle Camera, and 16MP Ultra Wide Camera.
Photos taken with the S10+ are super sharp with excellent contrast, most valuable when paired up with the Wide Angle Lens for taking photos of architecture, interiors and landscapes with a lot of details. We found the zoom lens worked best for architecture shots or finding unique angles.
With the right lighting conditions and the correct exposure, adjusted via the settings, night time shots on the S10+ turned out remarkably well for us, further validating the multi-camera system. Although dynamic range is still quite limited, so it’s best to be a bit more vigilant when taking photos with high contrast. However, HDR does work well indoors, with interiors turning out sharp and bright while the landscape outside of the window can still be seen clearly.
As for video, we were thoroughly impressed with the steady shot on video mode, even while testing it out on a boat. Playing footage back, you’d think it was mounted on a gimble with how stable the footage was.