By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
SAMSUNG’S Galaxy S10+ is the latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer that features very fast performance, an excellent triple rear-camera system and a high-quality 6.4-inch display.
The S10+ is powered by a Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core processor running at 2.7, 2.3 and 1.9GHz.
The model I tested came with eight gigabytes of working memory and 128GB of storage. It was really fast. Apps and games ran very fast and the menus and touchscreen were very responsive.
I used AnTuTu Benchmark Version 7.1.5 to measure its performance and the S10+ got an impressive score of 331,125 points.
When I compared the scores on the ever-growing AnTuTu online database of Android users as of midnight on March 3, the S10+ ranked No 1.
Samsung says the S10+ uses new AI software that automatically optimises battery, CPU, RAM and even device temperature based on how you use your phone, and continues to learn and get better over time.
Leveraging AI capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how you use your device to launch your most frequently used apps faster.
And it is engineered for the best possible gaming experience because it is built with AI-based on-device gaming performance optimisation software and premium hardware including Dolby Atmos for gaming mode and a vapour chamber cooling system.
The S10+ also got a very fast Internet connection. I tested it on TrueMove H’s LTE network and found that it downloaded applications very fast and my snapshots were backed up to my Google Photos cloud storage in no time.
I used the Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speed and the S10+ got a download speed of 104Mbps and an upload speed of 30.2Mbps.
The S10+ comes with an outstanding display. Samsung says its new flagship phone uses its best screen yet, which is the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display.
The display is HDR10+-certified so it is very good for watching HDR movies. The display delivers vivid digital content with dynamic tone mapping. So it’s very good for viewing photos. The Dynamic AMOLED display is also VDE-certified for vibrant colours and yields an extraordinary contrast ratio.
The display also provides high readability and accurate colours even in bright sunlight.
And Samsung’s unique Infinity-O Display technology packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display to maximise the display. The S10+ cuts a hole into the top right corner to hide the double front cameras and avoid distraction.
S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display also includes the first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner that reads the 3D contours of your physical thumbprint – not a 2D image of it – for improved anti-spoofing. With a FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification, this biometrics authentication offers vault-like security to keep your device safe.
During the test, I found the fingerprint reader on the display worked efficiently to unlock the screen. The S10 also has face recognition technology using the dual front cameras that worked fast and efficiently for unlocking the phone.
I enjoyed watching HDR YouTube clips and HD movies from iFlix and True ID TV apps on the vibrant display. The display is large and really beautiful for watching movies.
S10+ uses Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture technologies for its main camera, which has three cameras – 16MP Ultra Wide camera, 12MP Wide-angle camera and 12MP telephoto camera.
The Ultra Wide lens captures scenes wider than normal lens with its 123-degree angle of view. Ultra Wide lens correction ensures your shots will never be distorted.
The Ultra Wide, Wide-angle and Telephoto cameras can be selected by tapping on the their icons on the viewfinder display.
And the Wide-angle camera is installed with Dual Aperture technology that supports f/1.5 aperture and f/2.4 aperture. The Dual Aperture provides day-to-night light control by adjusting and optimising light before you tap the shutter.
Moreover, the camera uses the powerful processor to automatically combine multiple frames of the same low-light moment into beautiful shot.
The Telephoto camera provides 2X optical zoom and up to 10X digital zoom.
The camera has auto exposure mode called Photo. The camera adjusts all the shooting parameters for you automatically. Photo mode uses AI technology that is driven by a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). In Photo mode, the AI uses Scene Optimiser to recognise and more accurately process additional scenes using power from the NPU.
If you want to capture outstanding subjects with blurred background like the ones shot with digital SLR camera, you can use Live focus mode that lets you adjust the blur level of the background in real time before tapping the shutter button.
If you are an advanced photographer, you can use Pro mode to adjust various shooting parameters, including ISO sensitivity, white balance, focus, colour temperature, contrast, saturation, highlight, shadow, aperture and exposure compensation.
I found the Photo mode’s AI really resulted in beautiful and outstanding shots and the AI recognised scenes accurately. And Live focus mode allowed me to capture beautiful subjects with blurred background easily.
The S10+ also uses a dual camera system for the front cameral to allow you to capture beautiful selfie shots with blurred background easily.
The selfie camera has 10MP resolution using a Dual Pixel sensor and it lens is bright with an f/1.9 aperture. The data for the generating blurred background come from the RGB depth camera with 8MP resolution and an f/2.2 aperture.
For wireless connections, the S10+ comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 ac with MU-MIMO technology. Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted and safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE, as well as alerting you of potentially risky Wi-Fi connections. And the S10+ also supports new Wi-Fi protocol called Wi-Fi6, which is faster but availability is still limited.
The S10+ comes with a large battery of 4,100mAh capacity, which survived a day’s use during my test. Moreover, Samsung introduces Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphone devices and even compatible wearable devices.
In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ is available in two models in Thailand the one with 8GB of RAM and 128 storage retails for Bt35,900, 8GB of RAM and 512GB for Bt44,900 and 12GB RAM and 1TB storage retails for Bt55,900
>> OS: Android 9.0
>> Network: Enhanced 4x4 MIMO LTE Cat.20, Sub6 / mmWave (2.8G, 3.9G)
>> Processor: Samsung Exynos 9820 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
>> Memory: 8 GB
>> Storage: 128 GB + microSD slot (up to 512GB)
>> Display: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
>> Cameras: Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS- Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45 degree); Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77 degree); Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123?) - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom; Front: Dual Camera- Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80 degree) - RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 |(90 degree)
>> Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM; Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC
>> Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
>> Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, |RGB Light Sensor
>> Authentication: Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password?Biometric Lock
>>Types: Fingerprints, Face
>> Battery: 4,100 mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
>> Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
>> Weight: 175g