The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was the almost-everything-included Samsung phone you really want – if you can afford it and handle its massive 6.4-inch display. This was the most notable of the company’s 2019 output. It combines power and price with a large (but not too big) display.
This was perhaps the ancestor of Samsung’s new Ultra handsets like the Galaxy S21 Ultra or Note20 Ultra. These phones offer the best specs at a great price.
The S10 Plus is still a powerful flagship phone but it’s not the largest. This is because the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S10 LTE have larger 6.7-inch displays.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is not the only one that has been beaten by two generations of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 U, both larger than the phone and with better specs, new features, and improved cameras, are both larger than the S10 Plus. The S10 Plus has seen several discounts so it is still worth looking at, especially if your preference is for its sleek design.
The Galaxy S10 Plus was immediately a popular choice as it is a larger and more powerful version of the Galaxy S10, and a cheaper Galaxy S10e. With a 6.4 inch screen that extends from edge to edge, it redefines what a “phablet” is in 2019. This is Samsung’s marginally better solution to the iPhone notch, which continues into the iPhone 12 line. While the S20 has placed its punch-hole in center, we still love the S10 Plus, which keeps its selfie camera in one corner.
The screen-to-body ratio of 93.1% is now a staggering 93.1%. The pixels extend from the top speaker to the bottom chin and spill over the curved edges. It is still one of the most beautiful screens on a smartphone. Under the glass, you will find an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor at the front and Wireless PowerShare on the back. This allows you to charge other devices with Qi.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’s back has a triple lens camera. It can take normal, telephoto and, for the first time, ultra-wide pictures. The latter lens allows you to capture more of what you see, without needing to move back. Although it is not as good as the Huawei P30 Pro, the S10 Plus has a fun-to use and versatile camera suite.
These ideas have been used before by LG and Huawei. The S10 Plus combines the best features of rival handsets with first-to-launch elements like Wi-Fi 6 speed and HDR10+ screens. This package is the best among large, expensive smartphones.
The S10 Plus is the best Samsung phone, even though it has the latest features.
There are many other options, such as the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Sony Xperia Xperia 1. All of these have similar specs and lower prices, so make sure to check them all before you buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Price and Availability
- Launched March 8, 2019, following a February 20, 2019, announcement
- 128GB version: $999 / PS899 / AU$1,499
- 512GB version: $1,249 / PS1,099 / AU$1,849
- 1TB/12GB RAM Edition:$1,599/PS1,399/AU$2,399
Galaxy S10 Plus specs
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.4-inch
CPU: Octacore chipset
Rear camera 16MP +12MP +12MP
Front camera 10MP +8MP
Headphone jack: Yes
The S10 Plus was released on March 8, 2019, and it was more expensive than the S9 Plus at launch. However, both phones are now available for sale at a fraction of the price, as its successor has been launched.
The Galaxy S10 Plus’s price is now $849 / PS769 / AU$1,299. This is a good deal that will increase in the sales season.
It cost $999 / PlayStation899 / AU$1,499 to launch the 128GB storage model with 8GB RAM. This price matches the Note9 launch prices and is $80 / Ps30 higher than the S9 Plus. The 512GB model with a ceramic back costs $1,249 / PlayStation1,099 / AU$1,849.
Samsung’s ‘Ultimate Performance Edition” variant is only available on Samsung’s own website. It packs a massive 12GB RAM and 1TB storage and costs $1,599 / PS1,399 / AU$2,399.
The S10 Plus with 128GB storage is more expensive than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple charges $1,150 / PS999 / AU$1,799 to store 64GB and has no microSD card slot. The smaller iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches) also has half the storage, but is almost the same price as the 128GB 6.4 inch Samsung phone.
For context, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus cost $1,199 / PS999 / AU$1,649 to 128GB storage, and $1,299 / PlayStation1,099 / AU$1,899 to 512GB. Both came with 12GB RAM.
- A 6.4-inch QHD+ LCD screen with a remarkable 93.1% screen to body ratio
- Infinity O display type’s punchhole fits two front cameras in top right
- First smartphone with HDR10+. But beware of fake touches due to a lack of bezel
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ 6.4-inch Super-AMOLED display makes it the largest S-phone screen ever. It is larger than the Galaxy S9 Plus’ 5.8-inch screen and matches the Note 9 screen. It’s also much better.
We love the 93.1% screen to body ratio, which allows for more pixels in a smaller area. Samsung’s Infinity-O screen avoids a notch and uses a laser-cut hole at the top-right corner to house the front camera.
This ‘punch-hole display’ has a large hole. Samsung added two front cameras to make better portrait selfies than its single-lens Galaxy S10e and S10e front cameras. It’s not distracting, which is a good thing.
Full HD+ is the default resolution, but you can turn it up to QHD+. It’s sharp and razor-sharp, with HDR10+ for better contrast and color. This is a great perk for movie-watchers who use their phone to watch movies.
Samsung’s chipping away of bezel has one drawback: our intruding palms made false touches on the screen, especially when we were typing. We found that our keyboard was often switched between numbers and letters, resulting in embarrassing messages. Beware iPhone owners who are used to a more ugly bezel and better palm rejection software.
Samsung’s 2019 Infinity-O display looks great. This display looks amazing, with vibrant, colorful reproduction that makes the most of images, icons and apps as well as video.
- Premium ceramic back
- Perks – reverse wireless charging (new), and headphone jack
- To avoid dropping your large, slippery smartphone, you’ll need a case
The S10 Plus design has many surprises. The aluminum frame of the S10 Plus is thinner than the S9 Plus but still contains smooth Gorilla Glass 6. The 512GB and 1TB models are available in three colors: ‘Prism’, black, and green. They are also available with ceramic back-ups in white or black.
The Galaxy S10 Plus’s back is almost flush with the triple-lens array camera array. It has a subtle bump that outlines it. You won’t be in a position to see where the reverse wireless charging module, which is below.
It is roughly the same dimensions as the S9 Plus, and it feels more comfortable than the larger Note 9, with an 83.4% screen to body ratio. The handset is surprisingly easy to hold for a Plus-sized handset. However, those with smaller hands will not find the glass-and metal finish provides much grip. We used two hands to type and suggested a case.
The volume rocker is located on the left, above the dedicated key for Samsung’s smart assistant, Bixby. This will launch the assistant. It will give you quick access both voice commands and the Bixby Today screen. It’s easy to mistake the AI key for volume-down, unfortunately. Samsung has made it possible for users to re-map the Bixby button they don’t like.
Samsung is still one of few phone manufacturers that haven’t abandoned the 3.5mm headset jack. What’s more, it’s trying to sell its wireless Galaxy Buds while keeping this feature. It’s an impressive move by Samsung to choose a more user-friendly design.
Fingerprint sensor in-screen
- The in-screen fingerprint sensor works well for us now
- Ultrasonic sensors work better than optical but require more pressure
- Not as fast and fool-proof as traditional fingerprint sensors
Another feature is the fingerprint sensor, which takes a 3D scan from your print and performs an invisible trick. Even though our fingerprint was slightly wet, it’s much more accurate than the and OnePlus 6T in-screen fingerprint scanners. The downsides are the slower speed and greater pressure required.
Some failures were due to incorrect placement. We don’t expect to completely eliminate these failures since there is no physical ridge to guide us. We went from an initial recognition success rate of 80% to a 95% success ratio over time. We had to get used to the invisible sensor’s location.
You can mitigate these issues by setting up face unlock. We found that it could recognize us quicker than the fingerprint scanner. The only problem is that it requires you to look at the S10 Plus in order to unlock it. It’s also less secure.
- Triple lens camera to take normal, telephoto, and ultra-wide pictures
- 12.3MP main camera takes excellent photos rivaling Pixel 3
- Ultra-wide camera makes a great addition to your photography collection, even though it’s not always sharp
- Color Point is a fun way to use
Like the S10 Plus, the Samsung S10 Plus features a triple-lens rear camera array. It includes a 12MP regular lens and a new ultra-wide 16MP lens.
12.3MP main camera
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Samsung’s dual aperture lens was able to produce vibrant photos, as well as good low-light images. It is not always consistent in quality (advice: Take lots of photos), and lacks a dedicated Night Vision mode for long exposures.
Because it captures photos in bright, vibrant colors, it ranks among the top camera phones of 2019. The iPhone photos are more muted than the S10 Plus. Comparing the Pixel 3 to the S10 Plus, however, it’s low-light capabilities are not as good as the Pixel 3. It is particularly good at denoising nighttime images and almost smoothing people’s skin in an attempt to reduce low-light graininess.
16MP ultra-wide camera
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Samsung’s ultra-wide lens captures photos with a 123 degree field of view, something Google cannot do. This lens is great for getting more information into a frame.
If you are posing in front iconic statues and tall buildings, your photographer won’t have to walk across the street to take your photo. You are most welcome, kind stranger.
The wide angle can cause distortions in people and objects, making them appear stretched. This lens is great for taking stunning landscape photos or group shots. To avoid barrel-like warping, people should be tightly packed in the middle of the frame.
Live Focus portrait photos
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Live Focus is easier with the Galaxy S10 Plus. Samsung’s portrait mode now offers a variety of options. You can still use the background blur effect, which you can toggle with an onscreen slide. But there are now three options.
For a more artistic shot, Zoom and Spin offer different blur effects. But Color Point is our favorite. This allows you to keep your subject in the forefront in color while making the background black and/or white.
It’s very effective and striking. You can also choose this option when using front-facing cameras for striking selfies.
Front-facing cameras with 10MP and 8MP pixels
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The 10MP and 8MP front-facing cameras can be used to enhance depth. This feature allows for better Live Focus portraits and is only available on the S10 Plus version of Samsung’s new phones.
The front cameras take great images in all lighting except low light. Low light causes the photos to look softened by the software’s attempt to smoothen out the noise. However, this problem is not limited to Samsung phones.
Is it really necessary to have a dual-selfie cam? No. There is very little difference between the S10 and S10+ selfie quality. This is the most obvious upgrade. The Plus has the option to zoom in and take front photos closer to the subject.
Samsung’s fully-loaded and easy-to-navigate Android app is where it stands next to Google’s less robust camera app. We love the ability to quickly switch between the front and main cameras by simply swiping up on your screen. It’s almost like a big button. It’s easy to take a selfie using a gesture. Simply open your hand, then make a fist and the countdown will begin.
Scene Optimizer now offers 10 additional categories. This allows the AI to distinguish between cats and dogs, which can be used to fine-tune image settings. It was smart enough to identify the main subject of a busy scene and adjust brightness as needed.
Shot Suggestions offers tips on how to fix photos with the phone’s neural processor unit (NPU). Its real-time tips for framing subjects and leveling shots were very helpful. There is also an on-screen tool to center group shots. Although its suggestions can sometimes be a bit off-base, it is a useful addition to the camera’s UI.
In 2019, video will see a lot of improvements. The S10 Plus features digital video stabilization for the rear camera, and HDR10+ recording.
Samsung’s new stabilization technology will make Ultra HD video look just like footage from an action camera. While the phone doesn’t have as much durability, it can rival the stability of the GoPro Hero7 Black. The DJI Osmo Pocket is our preferred smartphone for smooth, crane-like video.
HDR10+ video recording represents a major upgrade, as Samsung’s previous phones did not have the capability to record HDR. We found that HDR10+ did not overexpose scenes to add contrast. However, it turned off saving to the HEVC format which creates smaller files. HDR10+ has a “Labs” label. It seems like it is still in development.
- With the default Full HD resolution , You get more than a day’s battery life
- The Galaxy S phone’s 4,100mAh battery is the most powerful.
- Samsung’s fast charger is slower than other competitors, but still beats Appl
With a capacity of 4,100mAh, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’s battery is a new record for the S series. The S9 Plus last year was above average and delivered all-day battery life with its 3,500mAh unit. However, the S10 Plus performed much better in our tests.
Samsung claims that the phone has an “all-day battery and a bit more” battery life. This may be due to the larger screen or just because Samsung is playing safe. We found that moderate use, which includes a few hours of Spotify streaming, some messaging and social media, as well as a bit of Netflix and a little gaming, allowed us to finish the night with a remarkable 10% to 30% battery remaining.
You can enable some additional features on your Galaxy S10 Plus, and the battery will take a hit. These include the always-on display and changing Full HD+ into QHD+.
There are many power saving modes available on the Galaxy S10 Plus. The most powerful is Maximum Power Saving. This locks down the interface to a handful of key apps, so you can still get hours.
- Phone can be used as a Qi-charging station
- While it doesn’t charge other devices as fast, it can save your life
- This feature may be more popular with your friends
Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare feature transforms the S10 Plus’ back into a large Qi charging mat. This is great for friends who are running low on battery, and you don’t mind sparing some of the 4,1000mAh capacity.
It performed flawlessly in our tests. We were able to charge the Galaxy Buds with their cases when we placed them on top of the phone’s lower third.
Samsung doesn’t show favoritism in this area either. All Qi-charging phones worked in our tests including the iPhone XS Max. This feature was used more often than we expected during MWC 2019, and it became very popular.
It is comforting to know that PowerShare will turn off when your phone’s battery life drops below 30%.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has reverse wireless charging. However, Samsung makes it easier to access Wireless PowerShare via the quick menu in the notification shade. Huawei hides its feature behind a forest of submenus.
- Samsung’s OneUI interface makes it easy for you to access menus on large phones
- BixbyAI is more irritating than it’s value, mainly due to the Bixby button
- We would like to see the Mac/PC Samsung apps that Apple-like Continuity’
Android 9 Pie is one UI. Samsung has added a twist to it, making it easier to navigate menus. The screen’s bottom half is lined with options – so your thumb can reach them. It’s well-designed. It’s gone are the days Samsung’s cumbersome TouchWiz UI. One UI is lighter, but still clearly different than stock Android.
Although the interface is simple, it still contains double, triple or even triple amounts of pre-installed Microsoft, Google, and Samsung apps. Samsung Notes will not win us over if it does not have a desktop version. It lacks strong continuity software that makes switching between devices much easier than Apple.
We would like to see Samsung update Android Q in 2019 rather than waiting a year. At least, our petition to remap the Bixby key has been heard. This AI shortcut can be used to launch an app or to run Bixby quick commands. It basically allows you to configure settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and screen brightness.
Notice: The Bixby button can recognize single and double presses. Only one must launch Bixby at a time. These are the rules for re-mapping. For example, a double click can launch us into our Clash Royale addiction.
Are you not a fan of Bixby? If you press the home button long enough, the S10 Plus will activate the all-around-better Google Assistant.
- Our fastest Android phone
- Snapdragon 855 (US Version) almost as fast as iPhone XS
- First to Wi Fi 6, but requires Wi-Fi 6 router for faster speeds
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has the power to compete with today’s top gaming phones. It also features top-of-the line specs. It ships in the US with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, while it ships around the globe with Samsung’s Exynos 9920 chip.
The octacore chips come paired with 8GB RAM (or 12GB in the Ultimate Performance Edition). This gives it plenty of power. It actually has the fastest Android phone ever tested with a Geekbench multicore score of 11,002. However, the Exynos chip scored a slightly lower 10,385 while the camera app seemed a little slower.
Samsung is very close to matching the iPhone XS score at 11,481. Outright speed has been Apple’s advantage over its main rival. The S10 Plus is a much better value than the iPhone XS, with 128GB of storage, which includes around 110GB of free space. For an additional fee, you can add a microSD slot to support cards up to 1TB or internal storage sizes of 512GB or 1TB.
The first phone to have next-gen WiFi 6 allows you seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi routers. It is also four times faster that the 802.11ax standard. This phone should offer a 20% speed increase over the S9, but you will need to purchase a new router in order to make use of this feature.
Who is it for?
Its 93.1% screen to body ratio and vibrant colors make it the largest screen in the world at 6.4 inches. There’s even a 3.5mm headphone socket. What’s not love about that?
We prefer the Google Pixel 3 main camera better, but the S10 Plus selfies look amazing in all lighting except low-light. Color Point mode is so much fun to use.
You are a power user
The S10 Plus’ battery life is significantly better than the previous Samsung phones. Its “all-day battery life” is a safety feature that can last for up to a day and a quarter. Wireless Power Share allows you to charge other devices wirelessly and also Qi charges them.
It’s not for everyone.
You are on a budget
It is not for the weak of heart or wallet. It’s cheaper than the iPhone XS Max and offers a better value, but it costs twice as much as a Note 9. If you don’t require the best, there are phones that offer better value.
Smartphones are easy to lose.
This phone is made from glass and it’s large and slippery. If you are a butterfinger with smartphones, you will want to purchase a case and possibly even a warranty. It is expensive to replace.
You want the best camera phone
Although this camera is excellent, it’s not the best. The Pixel 3 is the clear winner. The Pixel 3 is the winner. Although Google’s phone may not be as elegant or feature-packed as Samsung’s, it is still a great overall choice.
First review: March 2019
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Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 offers all the same flagship features as the Galaxy S10 Plus, but in a smaller package and at a slightly lower price.
The smaller display, measuring 6.1 inches, still offers QHD+ resolution. However, it has a single punch hole camera embedded.