Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S10 Smartphones

By Dan Anderson ● February 20, 2019

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S10 line of devices, which includes the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy S10e is the entry-level variant of the trio of devices. The biggest differentiator between this year’s models and last year is the Infinity-O displays for the front-facing camera.

“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” said Samsung’s President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division DJ Koh. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations.”

The Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10 have 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch Infinity-O displays for the front cameras on the right side, respectively. And the Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4-inch display with a wider cutout for the dual front camera.

And the S10e has a flat display and a Full HD+ resolution. And the S10 and S10+ have curved QHD+ AMOLEDs. The bezels were made slimmer in order to accommodate a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio / 91.6% on the S10e.

Photo: Samsung

Plus the S10 and S10+ also have ultrasonic fingerprint sensors under the display. The lower-cost Galaxy S10e has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button on the right side of the device.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ have triple cameras on the back. The cameras include a 12-megapixel f/1.5-f/2.4 dual aperture primary sensor with optical image stabilization, a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with optical image stabilization, and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens with a 123-degree field of view. The Galaxy S10e comes with the primary 12-megapixel sensor and the ultra-wide sensor as well. But the Galaxy S10e device does not have a telephoto lens.

The S10e, the S10, and S10+ have a 10-megapixel front camera with Dual Pixel autofocus and 4K video recording. And the S10+’s second front camera has an 8-megapixel depth sensor that can take Live Focus photos. In terms of video, the Galaxy S10 devices are the first to shoot HDR10+. And the video recording feature supports digital image stabilization.

All three models have an 8nm Exynos 9820 chip in most market and the 7nm Snapdragon 855 in other markets. The Galaxy S10e has 6GB and 8GB RAM options. And the Galaxy S10 has 8GB RAM and the S10+ has 8GB and 12GB RAM options. The 12GB variant of the S10+ has 1TB of storage and a ceramic back. And the S10e and S10 have 128GB of base storage along with 256GB and 512GB options. Plus the S10+ also has an 8GB RAM and 512GB storage option.

For charging, the Galaxy S10 has Wireless PowerShare so it can charge other devices wirelessly. For example, you can use this feature to charge Gear/Galaxy wearables and the new Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy S10 trio of devices has the Android Pie operating system integrated with the One UI version 1.1. And there is a new feature called Bixby Routines, which automates tasks. Plus the Galaxy S10 features IP68 water resistance and stereo speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos. And the devices have support for Wi-Fi 6 (Wi-Fi 802.11ax) networks.

The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ are going to be available for purchase on March 8th in select markets. The colors options include Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, and Flamingo Pink color options. Canary Yellow is exclusive to the S10e. And the S10+ ceramic model comes in black and white.

The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e will be available for purchase at AT&T, Spectrum Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity Mobile. And Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, Samsung.com, and the ShopSamsung app are also going to carry the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. Pricing for the devices start at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.99 for Galaxy S10+, and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e for both carrier and unlocked versions.

Preorders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e are starting tomorrow on February 21, 2019, at 12:01 am ET.  Consumers who preorder a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy 10+ between February 21, 2019, and March 7, 2019, will receive free Galaxy Buds ($129.99 value).

The Galaxy S10 5G will be available from Verizon Wireless exclusively for a limited time in the first half of 2019. And AT&T, Spectrum Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Xfinity Mobile will be offering this version at a later date this summer.

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