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Samsung unveils Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10 Plus with embedded fingerprint scanning and more

By Cal Jeffrey · 20 replies
Feb 20, 2019
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  1. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 at Unpacked in San Francisco on Wednesday. After introducing its new folding smartphone, it dove right into its highly anticipated flagship phones.

    The Galaxy S10 features a full top-to-bottom, side-to-side AMOLED screen, which supports HDR10+. The bright 1,200 nits "Dynamic Infinity-O" display has a color gamut capable of 60 million colors making it highly vivid and color accurate. It can reduce the blue light emitted, making it easier on the eyes without using a filter or reducing picture quality.

    What is arguably more exciting about the new display is not so much what you can see, but what you can't.

    Samsung has finally achieved an on-screen fingerprint scanner. Several companies including Apple tried to embed fingerprint technology in the screens of last year’s devices but scrapped the idea when it could not be done in time. Now, Samsung has figured it out and will be among the first to offer such a feature.

    It accomplished this by embedding an ultrasonic sensor beneath the lower part of the display. When users press down, the sensor records a 3D image of their print. Samsung claims this makes it even more secure than traditional 2D scanning because it is harder to spoof the depth of the ridges.

    Another below-deck innovation is the front camera sensors. Gone are the notches and cutouts.

    “The result of a groundbreaking engineering process, the Galaxy S10’s unique Infinity-O Display packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display – so you can maximize your screen real estate without any distractions.”

    The result is a true edge-to-edge display.

    Speaking of cameras, the dual-pixel, dual-aperture rear camera has an ultra-wide 123-degree field of view just like the human eye.

    “What you see, the camera sees,” says Samsung.

    The camera’s software is AI-driven and can analyze a user’s composition and make suggestions on how to improve the shot. The algorithm takes various aspects of the photo including lighting, objects in-frame and other data and gives on-screen advice on how to improve the picture before you snap it.

    In addition to great panoramic stills and AI enhancements, the camera uses digital stabilization while taking video for super smooth shots without post editing. And what good is that gorgeous HDR10+ display without a camera that can make the best of it? Both cameras can record in UHD HRD10+.

    Samsung has improved battery performance through AI as well. The Galaxy S10 will now optimize the 4,500mAh battery, CPU, and even device temperature depending on how you use your phone. The more you use it, the quicker it “learns” how to make components run efficiently. The company claims this innovation improves battery life up to 37 percent under typical usage conditions.

    It also has what Samsung is calling “Wireless PowerShare.” This feature essentially turns the phone into a wireless charging pad for your other devices like the ear pods and new smartwatch the company also unpacked today. To use it, users simply place the phone face down on a flat surface and then set their Qi-compatible accessory (or phone) on the back of the device.

    The newest flagship will come in three flavors — the Galaxy S10, the S10e, and the S10+ — in a wide variety of colors including ceramic versions in white and black. Storage options vary, but the S10+ offers the most potential with up to 1TB onboard capacity and a microSD slot for up to 512GB more. Check out Samsung’s website for a full list of specs and features.

    All versions will be available from most of the major providers starting March 8, 2019. Pricing starts at $899.99 for Galaxy S10, $999.99 for Galaxy S10+ and $749.99 for Galaxy S10e for both carrier and unlocked versions.

    Pre-orders begin Thursday, February 21 at 12:01 EST. To sweeten the pre-order deals, Samsung is offering a free set of Galaxy Buds ($130 value) to anybody placing orders between tomorrow and March 7.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,792   +2,611

    "The Galaxy S10 features a full top-to-bottom, side-to-side AMOLED screen."

    So no way to actually hold it without touching the screen. Yessir, that's sure what we needed.
  3. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 775   +660

    A hole. What's a hole doing in my TARDIS?

    —Uh, display!
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,286   +1,496

    The S10+ gets Android 9.0 but the S10, still a $900 phone, doesn't and only comes with Oreo?
  5. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 112   +42

    Just one of the reasons why I keep saying that Samsung phones are more expensive than iPhones even though the price might be similar. iPhones get at least 5 years of updates for the price - and those updates are on-time. With Samsung, it's barely two years of upgrades and those upgrades are always many, many months late. However, people love to put their hands in their pockets for a rip-off from Samsung and then claim that iPhones are overpriced.
    Cal Jeffrey, Clamyboy74 and misor like this.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,591   +933

    In the last five years of updates, what ones impressed you the most?
    meric and m3tavision like this.
  7. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 529   +141

    Galaxy S10+, that's the phone I can afford in 3 years when the price drops like a rock.....
  8. Buhaj47

    Buhaj47 TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +12

    Interesting if the fingerprint scanner is gonna work with screen protectors - wouldn't like to break a 1k phone!
  9. Christiaaan

    Christiaaan TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +26

    IOS 12 that brought speed and life to the damn iphone 6 lmao try using a galaxy s5 or note 5 it will be a laggy mess after a week.
    Clamyboy74 likes this.
  10. Christiaaan

    Christiaaan TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +26

    Unless they have a new UI that is not bloated this will still be a laggy mess after a month, just like my note 9 was, note 8, etc.
    onestepforward likes this.
  11. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,286   +1,496

    I've always had Samsung Galaxy phones but I've never paid **** for them. I get the model 2-3 generations behind for pennies. For example I currently have an S6, got it for $280 when the S8 was just releasing 2-3 years ago. Now that the S9, S10 and S10+ are taking all the fame, I see NIB (not refurbished, brand spanking new) Samsung S7's for $230, and I'll probably just grab one as my S6 is starting to get gray hair.
  12. Branoli

    Branoli TS Rookie Posts: 21

    So what if you want to put a protective case on it to give you something that isn't going to slip right out of your hand when you try to pick the darn thing up. Yup just what I want is a skinny slippery phone you can't touch the sides of because touching the sides means touching the front. When my S7 goes belly up and I can't get an S8 or S9 I guess I will have to look elsewhere.
  13. Qrox

    Qrox TS Booster Posts: 71   +31

    Where did you see that? From what I checked, the S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G all come with android 9.0
  14. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 112   +42

    You are quite correct. It is unfortunate for Samsung owners that their phones so quickly depreciate in value. ;-)
  15. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,286   +1,496

  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,591   +933

    Speed and "life."
    meric likes this.
  17. Manrubio

    Manrubio TS Rookie Posts: 40   +11

    Hahahaha savage!
  18. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 90   +55

    Apple has to update their phones every year to slow down the previous ones otherwise you'll realize the new ones are small hardware upgrades and you'd stop wasting your money.

    But as the previous poster mentioned, which iOS update in the last 5 years to your iPhone 5S (released September 2013) impressed you the most?

    Was it "Slide to Unlock" in iOS 7?
    Was it the "QuickType" autocomplete in iOS 8?
    Was it "Siri" in iOS 9?
    The Siri update in iOS 10 (that made it actually do anything)?
    The Siri voice update in iOS 11 that made it sound more human (and also spy on you)?
    Or the "performance update" in iOS 12 to try to convince you to finally install an update in the last 5 years because the updates until then made your iPhone worse?
    OneSpeed likes this.
  19. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 112   +42

    All of them because I've never experienced a problem with updates.

    So, which Android updates did you enjoy most on your Samsung phone in the last 5 years? Oh sorry about that. What I should have asked is, how many new Samsung phones did you need to buy over the last 5 years to get the latest Android updates?
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2019
  20. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 90   +55

    The Galaxy S4 (April 2013) was updated in November 2013 with Android 4.3, adding bluetooth low energy and the next version of OpenGL to improve gaming graphics, February 2014 with Android 4.4 KitKat, improving memory management and improved Hangouts to support MMS and SMS messaging, and Android 5.0.1 Lollipop in January 2015 which improved on Jelly Bean's notifications updates to give permissions individually to apps, added a battery saver mode and batching of tasks to reduce internal radio usage, jobs scheduling to save data by limiting apps to Wifi data, and a Battery usage monitor to view which apps were using the most power (I know, it's tough waiting 3 years for Apple to grace you with an Android-first feature)
  21. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 112   +42

    Wow, what you have done is set-up a debate that the most recent versions of an OS are important because that way the user gets the best features. In other words, you were trying to tell me that I am wrong by proving that I am correct. That's, um, not particularly smart of you.

    So, we are now both in agreement - it is a problem that Android phone makers, particularly Samsung, do not provide updates for more than two years; assuming that they provide updates at all. You should have just agreed at the start!

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