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Unboxing Samsung Galaxy S10: what you need to know

20 February 2019

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is now available to buy. Here’s everything you need to know about one of this year’s biggest phone releases.

Three new Galaxy phones 

Samsung has pulled out all the stops to mark the tenth anniversary of their Galaxy S series. They’ve launched with three versions of their latest smartphone: Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e.

The Galaxy S10+ features the largest screen of the three – a big and beautiful 6.4-inch curved Infinity-O Display that wraps around the front of the phone, leaving barely any room for bezels. Yet there’s still space for five cameras – two on the front and three on the back, including ultra-wide and ultra-zoom lenses for stunning landscapes and incredible portraits.

The Galaxy S10 is great for immersing yourself in entertainment on the move, thanks to its sleek design. It features a 6.1-inch curved Infinity-O Display, which produces bright and vivid photos, videos and webpages, but with a smaller body that you may prefer to handle day to day. The S10 has three cameras on the back and one on the front, as well as an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on the display that lets you quickly and conveniently unlock your phone, even when it’s wet.

The Galaxy S10e packs powerful performance into a stylish and compact body. It’s easy to hold and use with one hand. The phone features a flat screen Infinity-O Display. Content takes centre stage – there’s no home button, no notch and barely any bezels, just a small cut-out in the top corner of the screen where the front-facing camera sits. On the back there are two cameras, including a wide-angle lens for great group shots and sweeping landscapes. Plus, the Galaxy S10e features a cool PowerShare function that lets you share battery power with compatible phones, Galaxy Buds and Galaxy smartwatches, and a Side Fingerprint Scanner that lets you unlock your phone while holding your phone naturally.

New Infinity-O Display

Samsung Galaxy S10 6.1-inch Infinity-O Display

What’s most noticeable on the Galaxy S10 is the stylish new Infinity-O Display. Samsung’s new flagship is sporting a fresh design, free from notches and big black bars across the top of the screen. Instead, the Infinity-O Display is almost completely uninterrupted, with just a small cut-out dot on the top right-hand side of the screen which houses the phone’s front-facing camera.

This gives you more room to immerse yourself in the latest Netflix shows, and delivers a better view when you’re scrolling through webpages or flicking through photos. There are no buttons – everything is sleek and seamless – and you can choose from the curved displays on the S10+ and S10 or the flat screen on the S10e.

Up to 1TB of built-in storage and 12GB RAM

All three phones pack some serious power. Whichever phone you go for will have a minimum of 6GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. But if you rely heavily on your phone for business, working on the move or regularly performing data-intensive tasks, you can always add more power and storage.

The Galaxy S10+ is available with 1TB of built-in storage (and the ability to add up to 512GB of additional space via MicroSD) and an incredible 12GB RAM on board – that’s a seriously powerful phone that would leave most PCs in its wake.

Share your power between phones

two Galaxy S10 smartphones touching each other sharing power

The S10’s new PowerShare feature is an easy way to top up the battery on your Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch or  someone else’s phone. As long as you’re charging up a compatible phone and have over 30% battery power left, you can place the phones back to back and give someone else’s battery a boost when they can’t get to a power socket. It’s a sure-fire way to win some brownie points too.

Killer cameras on the front and back

a woman recording herself on camera using the Galaxy S10

Samsung’s S series smartphones have always been renowned for having impressive cameras, but the Galaxy S10 takes things even further with three cameras on the back.

Both the Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature 12-megapixel wide, 12-megapixel zoom and 16-megapixel ultra-wide lenses, giving you the flexibility to get close to your subject without jeopardising image quality and fit more detail into your frames.

Dual aperture and dual pixel lenses mean your images are detailed and look great in bright light and during dark nights.

The Galaxy S10+ also features an additional front-facing camera, so you can get as creative with your selfies as you can with your other photos by adding creative blurred background effects. 

The Galaxy S10e features a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel zoom dual camera on the back and a 10-megapixel dual pixel selfie camera on the front, for some seriously high-quality camera capabilities on a compact smartphone.

What's more, all three new Galaxy S10 smartphones feature 4K Ultra High Definition video recording via the front camera for the first time ever on a Samsung smartphone. That means all your selfie recordings and video calls will look more detailed than ever. 

A new way to unlock your phone

the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on the display of the Galaxy S10

PINs and passcodes can be fiddly. Plus, it gets frustrating having to enter in your digits every time you want to check your updates and messages. Biometric authentication, such as fingerprint scanning and facial recognition can be faster, but it can still be awkward reaching for the scanner or staring at the screen while on the move.

Enter the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner – available on the Galaxy S10 and S10+. It lets you unlock your phone simply by placing your finger on the phone’s Infinity-O Display. No more reaching around the back of your phone to unlock it or staying still while your facial profile is read. The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner is fast and secure. What’s more, it even works when the display’s wet, in low temperatures and bright sunlight.

The Galaxy S10e features a Side Fingerprint Scanner that lets you unlock your phone while holding it as you normally would, for extra convenience.

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