The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the “middle child” in the Galaxy S10 trio that the company has just launched. While the Galaxy S10+ has been recognised as the best that the Galaxy S series has to offer, the smaller Galaxy S10e has also managed to gain popularity thanks to its relatively powerful hardware and reasonable price. The Galaxy S10 then is stuck in the middle, claiming to offer the best of both worlds. Does it really manage to do that, or are you better off with either of its siblings? We put it to the test to find out.
Samsung Galaxy S10 design
The Samsung Galaxy S10₹ 62,000 is a good-looking smartphone and there is no denying that. Samsung has used premium materials in its construction. You get an aluminium frame that is sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 6 at the front and Gorilla Glass 5 at the back. This should also help the phone resist scratches from day-to-day use to some extent.
The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display, which sits right between the 5.8-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S10e₹ 55,900 (Review) and the 6.4-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S10+(Review). Since it is a QuadHD+ panel it pushes out 550ppi which is denser than the Galaxy S10+ as well. The display is also HDR10+ certified, so you will be able to enjoy HDR content on it. Just like with the Galaxy S10+, you get an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10.
The Galaxy S10 has a small footprint, and the rounded aluminium frame makes it comfortable to hold in the hand. It has the SIM tray at the top along with a microphone. At the bottom, it has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a loudspeaker, along with the primary microphone. The back of the Galaxy S10 is a fingerprint magnet and you will have to wipe it down frequently or pop it into the clear plastic case that comes in the box.
Samsung pre-applies a screen protector on the display which you might or might not like, but at least you won’t have to go hunting for one that works with the in-display fingerprint scanner. There’s still a Bixby button on the right, which can be used to trigger Samsung’s voice assistant. You also have the option to set either a single- or double-press to launch a different app as long as the other of those options still triggers Bixby, just like we noted in our Galaxy S10+ review.