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S$1,078 Samsung Galaxy S10: Beating the Competition to the (Hole) Punch

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 marks ten years of its S-series of flagship smartphones and has been launched in Singapore today. It also marks a series of world-firsts, including an expression of its display making prowess with the world’s first dynamic AMOLED on a mobile device.

Amongst the phones launched are the Galaxy S10e (starting SGD 1,078), Galaxy S10 (SGD 1,298) , Galaxy S10+ (SGD 1,398 –  SGD 2,198), along with the USD 2,000 Galaxy Fold, which hasn’t been announced for the Singaporean market yet. The tech giant also unveiled the a 5G model, which has no slated release date or prices as of yet. 

Pre-orders open from 12 February 2019, 12PM in Singapore, and customers will receive a complimentary bundle worth SGD 386 upon payment for their pre-order. It will include the Wireless Charger Duo Pad and Wall Charger in White worth SGD 148 and the Galaxy Buds in White worth SGD 238.

Its display technology is the centrepiece of its S10 devices. Their displays can deliver 1,200 nits of maximum brightness, with 60m colours at 100% colour volume – on what Samsung claims is the most colour-accurate display on a mobile device. It also supports HDR 10+, which melds well with video streaming.

Samsung CEO D.J. Koh shows off the new Samsung Galaxy S10+. Image: Samsung Unboxed

Dynamic tone mapping also optimises brightness levels to enhance details. The display also reduces blue light levels by up to 42%, without the use of any filters for enhanced wellbeing and comfort. 

Under the screen, the S10 features the world’s first ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Ultrasonic waves map out the ridges of fingerprints even in bright or wet conditions – something some optical scanners struggle to do. With such high unlocking speeds, the S10 unlocks simply and quickly.

The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Image: Daniel Adipranoto

Anti-spoofing algorithms also can identify fake fingerprints for greater security with Knox, Samsung’s proprietary security system.

The 128GB versions of the S10e, S10 and S10+ will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Green. The higher-tier 512GB and 1TB models of the Galaxy S10+ will be available in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

Photography has been enhanced with a triple rear lens array. Touted as a pro-grade camera system, the array features a 12MP 77-degree FOV camera, a 12MP telephoto with a 2x zoom, and a 16-megapixel 123-degree FOV ultra-wide angle camera.

This combination of cameras enables more natural perspectives when using Live Focus, and more effects have been added for a greater variety of uses – all able to be previewed even before snapping a photo.

Samsung shows off its photographic capabilities with the hashtag #withGalaxy. Image: Unpacked Event video screengrab

The Samsung S10 also includes an AI camera that capitalises on a dedicated neural processing unit that recognises up to 30 different scenes. From mountains, flowers and sunrises – the cameras on the S10 adapts for different scenes. The AI is also able to provide compositional tips to guide a novice photographer. By analysing more than a 100 million photos, the S10 is more than capable of providing advice.

Video is also no compromise. The S10 is also the first mobile device in the world capable of recording footage in HDR 10+. This means brighter, more vivid videos, with tonal mapping techniques going frame-by-frame to optimise the colour for every scene. A Super Steady Camera boasts action camera-tier video stabilisation, also.

Samsung has also partnered with Adobe for a dedicated version of Premiere Pro Rush CC optimised for the S10, for a simple, seamless editing process. Trimming, colour correction and titles can be processed easily. It will be available on the S10 later this year.

The cutout on the Galaxy S10e. Image: Ian Ling

On the front, the S10+ features a 10-megapixel dual pixel camera, along with an 8-megapixel RGB depth camera. The S10 and S10e have a more circular cutout that only includes the 10-megapixel wide-angle camera unit.

This means more accurate self-mode Live Focus photographs, along with UHD videos.

Samsung has also partnered with Instagram, with a dedicated “Instagram Mode” on the camera, enabling easier access to Instagram Stories and other features. 

A dedicated “Instagram” mode on its native camera app means better integration and use of features on social media. Image: Unpacked event video screengrab

The SDK of the cameras on the Galaxy S10 will also be available for applications, enabling access to low-light modes and other specialist features. Snow, Snapchat and Line are some of the applications that have confirmed support for the phone’s camera.

With up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It also supports external memory to up to 512GB in MicroSD card form. 

Its CPU has been improved to up to 29%, and its GPU 37% over its predecessor the S9. 

Its battery outlasts its predecessor by up to 25%, by learning your usage patterns to optimise power intelligent. The S10’s large battery capacity can also be used to reverse wireless charge other devices. Fast wireless charging 2.0 charges up to 36% faster.

Wireless charging 2.0 on the accompanying Galaxy devices means less clutter and greater ease. Image: Unpacked event video screengrab.

Three models will be available. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the standard model, with a 6.1-inch edge screen and under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It will have a single front-facing wide-angle camera, along with a 3,400mAh battery. It will only available in one configuration locally: 128GB storage with 8GB RAM, coming in at SGD 1,298

The S10+ tops it off with a 6.4-inch edge screen, along with the added RGB depth camera and 4,100mAh battery. It comes in three configurations: 128GB (SGD 1,398) and 512GB (SGD 1,798), both with 8GB RAM, and a top-tier 1TB model with 12GB of RAM. This model comes in at SGD 2,198.

The entry-level S10e is a 5.8-inch flat screen with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. It will sport dual rear cameras (wide and ultra-wide) along with a single front-facing camera, along with a 3,100mAh battery. It will feature 128GB of storage, with 6GB of RAM, coming in at SGD 1,078.

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+. Image: Unpacked event video screengrab

At launch in the US, S10e begins at USD 749, the S10 at USD 899 and the S10+ and USD 999.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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