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Samsung Galaxy S10 Revealed: Everything You Need to Know

February 20, 2019

4:17 pm

Samsung's new lineup of phones — the S10, the S10 Plus, and the S10e — come with better-than-ever fingerprint sensors, fancier Infinity screens, and wireless charging capabilities.

The Galaxy S10 starts at $900, the Galaxy S10 Plus starts at $1000, and the Samsung S10e starts at $750.

Pre-orders are open as of February 21.

New Samsung S10 Range Revealed

Technically, the Galaxy Fold is the start of a new category of phone, so you'll need to head over to our Fold reveal article if you want to hear about the coolest foldable phone out there. Same goes for Samsung's suite of wearables. Now, here's the S10 lineup.

The New Samsung S10 Lineup

The new range includes a trio of models: The S10, the S10 Plus, and the cheaper S10e. First up, the flagship S10 phone.

Samsung S10

The new flagship phone has a larger screen, at 6.1 inches, and comes with a new ultrasonic fingerprint reader that unlocks the device seamlessly and instantly. It's compatible with Wifi 6 (the world's first device to do so), so internet should be faster than ever with the phone's always-on connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy S10Here are the specs:

  • 6.1-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display
  • 19:9 aspect ratio, HD+
  • Water protection
  • Size: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 150 grams
  • Three-lens rear cameras: 12-megapixel wide, 16-megapixel super wide, and 12-megapixel telephoto lenses
  • 10 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4K UHD video recording
  • Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • 128GB/512GB storage, with microSD card expansion
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 6, LTE Cat.20, Bluetooth 5
  • Wireless charging
  • Android 9 Pie OS

Best of all, there's a headphone jack on all three new S10 phones, for all of us who are still toting around our wired earbuds.

The Galaxy S10 starts at $899.99. The 512GB version will cost another $250 on top of that.

Click to pre-order the Samsung S10 from Samsung (from $899 unlocked)

Samsung S10 Plus

The S10 Plus comes with a lot of the same specs as the S10, from the wireless charging to the infinity screen, RAM and processing power.

It also comes with a few improvements over the S10, most notably in the arenas of storage and battery capacity: Storage is capped at 1TB rather than 512GB, while the battery is 4,100mAh, up from 3,400mAh. The screen is a smidge bigger (by 0.3 inches), and so is the weight, which up 25 grams. And the S10 Plus includes a second front camera that the S10 doesn't have: It can improve depth of field and be used for portrait mode.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Galaxy S10 Plus starts at $999.99, which is just $100 more than the S10 flagship. The 512GB version costs another $250 and the 1TB costs another $600 beyond the base price.

Here are the full specs to expect:

  • 6.4-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display
  • 19:9 aspect ratio, HD+
  • Water protection
  • Size: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Three-lens rear cameras: 12-megapixel wide, 16-megapixel super wide, and 12-megapixel telephoto lenses
  • 10 megapixel and a 8-megapixel front camera
  • Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • 128GB/1TB storage, with microSD card expansion
  • 4,100mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 6, LTE Cat.20, Bluetooth 5
  • Wireless charging
  • Android 9 Pie OS

Click to pre-order the Samsung S10 Plus from Samsung (from $999 unlocked)

Samsung S10e

This phone is aimed at those who still want a top of the line device, but don't mind skipping a few of the more overpowered features in order to bring the price down a few hundred bucks.

Samsung Galaxy S10eThe screen is flat and has a bezel: It's small, if not quite not as impressive as the other S10 phones' Infinity screens.

The Samsung S10e starts at just $750. The 256GB version is $850 in total. Here's what those prices will net you:

  • 5.8-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display
  • 19:9 aspect ratio, HD+
  • Water protection
  • Size: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 150 grams
  • 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel rear cameras
  • 10 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB storage
  • 3,100mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 6, LTE Cat.20, Bluetooth 5
  • Wireless charging
  • Android 9 Pie OS

Click to pre-order the Samsung S10e from Samsung (from $749 unlocked)

When will the Samsung S10 phones be available?

All three Samsung S10 phones will be available for pre-orders as soon as tomorrow, February 21. They'll be able to ship by March 8.

Expect to see them from all major U.S. phone carriers, as well as available straight from Samsung and others in unlocked condition.

Should I Buy a Samsung S10?

A lot of the new lineup's features are a noticeable improvement on the S9 and S9 Plus: The displays are larger and the triple-camera array is a flashy talking point. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanners are totally new and appear to perform very well.

That's about it for the groundbreaking updates, however: While the phones' specs overall are great, they're not shockingly improved. Still, the Galaxy S10 lineup remains a worthy iteration of the Samsung phone line.

If you're in the market for a new Samsung phone and the price tag doesn't throw you off, the Samsung S10 delivers on a lot of the impressive next-gen technology it promises.


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Adam is a writer at Tech.co and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for the last decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry (and Digital Book World 2018 award finalist) and has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect. When not glued to TechMeme, he loves obsessing over 1970s sci-fi art.