The end of winter often brings good news – warmer weather, longer days, and in the past few years, new Samsung Galaxy handsets.
This year is no different, with Samsung celebrating the 10th anniversary of their renowned ‘S’ series by launching the Galaxy S10 range. The line-up includes:
- Samsung Galaxy S10: the flagship model
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: the upmarket version
- Samsung Galaxy S10e: the cheaper option
The tech giant also announced two further handsets:
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G: a handset featuring new 5G connectivity
- Samsung Galaxy X: an innovative device with a foldable screen
Here’s what Samsung have revealed about their upmarket phone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Release and cost
The Galaxy S10 range was announced on 20 February at Samsung’s Unpacked launch event, with the official release date set for 8 March. If you’re thinking about getting the high-end model, it’ll set you back £899 - £30 more than the S9 Plus when it was launched last year.
The Galaxy S10 Plus’s Super AMOLED Infinity-O display measures at 6.4 inches, its screen-to-body ratio at an impressive 93.1%. It offers QHD+ resolution with HDR10+ support, making it the first phone with this capability.
The Infinity-O display gets its name from the laser-cut hole in its upper right corner, which contains the S10 Plus’s dual front-facing camera.
The handset is a similar size to the S9 Plus, measuring at 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, however it’s both thinner and lighter than its predecessor – it weighs in at 175g, just under 20g heavier than the S10.
The phone is available in the following colours (though it could vary by region):
- Flamingo pink
- Prism black
- Prism blue
- Prism white
- Prism green
- Canary yellow
However, the 512GB and 1TB versions have a ceramic backing, rather than the glass used in the other variants, coming in either black or white.
Like the flagship S10, the S10 Plus has a triple lens rear camera – one regular 12MP lens, one optically zoomed telephoto 12MP lens, and one 16MP ultra-wide lens. However the S10 Plus stands out from the range with its front facing camera – using two lenses as opposed to the one found in the S10 and S10e.
You’ll also be able to record video in HDR10+ with Digital Video Stabilisation, which according to Samsung will bring your Ultra HD videos to the same standard as an action cam – possibly rivalling the GoPro Hero7 Black.
The phone’s Infinity-O display houses an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, more secure and accurate than the older optical scanning technology.
Flip the phone over and you’ll have your own Qi charging pad, thanks to the range’s PowerShare feature – you can use it to charge other phones as well as Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds. What’s more is this feature automatically turns off when your phone reaches 30% battery.
Speaking of the Galaxy Buds, Samsung’s wireless earphones aren’t enough to tempt the company into removing their 3.5mm headphone jack.
Being the most upmarket handset in the range, the S10 Plus is predictably equipped with plenty of top-of-the-range specs.
It’ll contain either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the most recent Exynos chipset, depending on which region you’re in, and it’ll come with either 8 or 12GB of RAM. Storage capacity options include 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB, though the phone does have a microSD card slot if you want to expand your storage space.
The S10 Plus also has a new cooling system using a vapour chamber, ideal if you use your phone for long stretches of gaming.
In terms of battery life, you’ll get a whopping 4,100mAh battery capacity that promises ‘all-day battery life or a bit more’, according to Samsung.
The S10 range will also sport the next-gen Wi-Fi 6 that lets you easily switch between routers and is said to offer a speed boost 20% higher than the S9 – though you’ll need a new router to take advantage of this.
Compare mobile phone tariffs
If you’re looking for a good deal on a tariff with the Samsung Galaxy S10 range or any other phone, you’ll be able to find a better deal by comparing tariffs on MoneySuperMarket.
You can browse through deals from a number of network providers with a choice of handsets from all the major manufacturers. All you need to do is choose the model you’re looking for, or select a SIM-only plan, and you can start comparing.
Galaxy S10 Plus specs
|Release Date||08/03/2019 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||74.1mm x 7.8mm x 157.6mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||6.4 inches|
|Screen Type||Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1440 x 3040 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||526 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 512, 1000|
|External Storage||Micro SD|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||10 MP|