Samsung Unveils S10 At Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
Tonight’s a busy day for Samsung. It’s their keynote session which is held once a year. It’s called the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked and this year, they unveiled a brand new Samsung S10 handset. And with it come some awesome new features.
The new premium handset comes in a brand new lineup that features four new and unique devices. They will feature a new Dynamic AMOLED display and a next generation camera with three different drivers. Let’s dive into the new additions.
Let’s start with its new screen. It features the new Dynamic AMOLED technology that implements HDR10+ certification making this the first one of its kind. From what we’ve seen it can produce some wonderfully sharp and vivid colours. There’s dynamic tone mapping for ultra realistic colour reproduction, and a reduction of blue light by up to 42%. Physically, the screen goes from side to side and top to bottom, with a small cutout for the front facing camera. It looks like a true, all screen fronted phone. and is named Infinity-O Display. The screen is VDE-Certified as well.
Built directly into the front of the phone is a first ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner which reads the 3D contours of your physical fingerprint, which means it cannot be fooled by an image of your finger. It features the world’s first FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification which sounds awesome, but it will also keep your phone super secure. No spoofing your security credentials here.
What’s new to the world of Samsung Galaxy S phones is the triple camera setup on the back of the device, each with a job to do. One lens is an ultra-wide, 123-degree field of view which is meant to represent the human eye and peripheral vision. It’s more for your landscape shots.
The camera also features AI technology so it can recognise the scene in front of you. Whether it’s food, your dog, a landscape or a document, Samsung will recognise this and enhance your images so you can get the perfect quality each time. It also has a Neural Processing Unit for professional and natural photo quality. And the last thing that’s new on offer is the Shot Suggestion which will guide you to the perfect framing of your images.
Lastly, the Samsung S10 offer digital stabilisation technology when using the video function. Both cameras on the front and back can shoot at a UHD resolution and as an industry first, the rear camera gives you the chance to film in HDR10+. I’m definitely excited to get my hands on this camera.
Under the hood there are some new intelligent performance features, like the Wireless PowerShare which allows the Galaxy S10 to charge Qi-certified smartphones and smart devices like watches and the new earbuds straight from the back of the phone. If you plug your phone into a power outlet, it will charge the phone and also the device resting on the back.
The new AI software will also optimise your CPU, RAM and even temperature so you can get the most out of your device, as it will remember which apps you frequently use and how you use your device.
There’s the new WiFi 6 standard which will give you much faster WiFi with compatible routers and it will also switch between wireless router and LTE seamlessly depending on the fastest connection to the net.
Again, Bixby is making a return, so hopefully in real life we’ll see some improvements over previous iterations, but I’m not holding my breath too much here.
Samsung is also leading the way with 5G, as long as your network provider can give you that kind of speed. We’re a little way off 5G right now in the UK, but it’s on the way.
The new Samsung S10 has a battery life 4,500mAh battery for long lasting use, and will come with 25 watt charger for those ultra fast charging times we’ve seen on phones of late.
What Else Is New?
Other features include an IP68 rating for that water and dust resistance, a next generation processor which we’re still to learn more about as it wasn’t provided through Samsung’s news room and a flurry of apps like Samsung Health, Pay and DeX. One big thing is the ability to upgrade your storage capacity to 1TB and the ability to add a 512GB for a total of 1.5TB worth of storage.
“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 DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green and Prism Blue and will retail for £799 for the standard S10 and £899 for the S10+. The lesser Galaxy S10e will retail for £669 and will come in Canary Yellow. The S10+ will also come in premium ceramic models named Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in stores and online beginning 8th March 2019.