Samsung launches its Galaxy S10 family of flagship smartphones in India



Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Screen

Unveiled last month at the company’s Unpacked event, Samsung has announced the launch of its flotilla of new smartphones making up the company’s flagship series for 2019 – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e – in India.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 family includes a core set of shared features, such as multiple cameras, with only minimal tweaks differentiating the various models. The new phones sport an aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panels front and back.

What’s new

Samsung has shared that it focused on three main tentpoles developing the S10 family: display, camera, and performance.

Samsung’s new Dynamic AMOLED displays for the Galaxy S10 series are brighter, have higher contrast, and are still power efficient. Each phone’s screen features a punch-hole selfie camera, but the rest of the sensors are behind the glass. Samsung calls this the Infinity-O display.

The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch screen with Full HD+ resolution, the Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch display with Quad HD+ resolution, while the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ display. All three have a 19:9 screen aspect ratio, making for 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The displays also have improved blue light control Samsung claims reduces eye strain by 42 percent, and Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.

The phones feature ultrasonic in-display fingerprint readers, which read a 3D image of your thumb through the glass.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Cameras (1 of 13)

Then there’s the camera. While the S10e has two rear cameras, the S10 and S10 Plus have three rear cameras. On the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus you’ll find an ultra-wide 16MP camera with a 123-degree field of view, a wide-angle 12MP camera with a 77-degree field of view, and a telephoto 12MP camera with a 45-degree field of view. All are capable of capturing 4K video in HDR10+. There are, of course, AI smarts to recognize objects and scenes, and make suggestions on the fly.

On the front, all the phones have a dual-pixel 10MP camera that can record 4K video. The S10 Plus adds an 8MP depth camera for selfie portraits.

For performance, the Galaxy S10 line runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in other markets but in India, Samsung packs in the 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 processor with RAM ranging between 6GB and 12GB, and storage ranging between 128GB and 1TB.

  Samsung Galaxy S10e Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display 5.8-inch AMOLED panel
2,280 x 1,080 resolution
435ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.1-inch AMOLED panel
3,040 x 1,440 resolution
551ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.4-inch AMOLED panel
3,040 x 1,440 resolution
525ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855 8nm octa-core Exynos 9820 / 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855
RAM 6/8GB 8GB 8/12GB
Storage 128/256GB 128/512GB 128/512GB / 1TB
MicroSD Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB
Cameras Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel

Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS +
12MP OIS telephoto f/2.4

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel

Rear:
16MP f/2.2 ultrawide +
12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual pixel with OIS +
12MP OIS telephoto f/2.4

Front:
10MP f/1.9 dual pixel +
8MP depth sensor f/2.2

Battery 3,100mAh
Non-removable
3,400mAh
Non-removable
4,100mAh
Non-removable
Wireless charging Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68
Security Capacitive fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock. Embedded Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock. Embedded Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. 2D face unlock.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Cat20 LTE, 7CA, 4×4 MIMO
SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM
Software Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Dimensions and weight 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
150g
149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm
157g
157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
175g
Colors blue, yellow, black, white, pink blue, green, black, white, pink blue, green, black, white, pink, black (ceramic), white (ceramic)

The usual suspects

The Galaxy S10 series carries over many of the features that have made Samsung phones popular around the world.

The phones include expandable storage via microSD card, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C. Keeping with tradition, the Galaxy S10 line is rated IP68 for protection against the elements.

Samsung says the Galaxy S10 family will be among the first to ship with Wi-Fi 6 on board. Wi-Fi 6 is faster and more compatible with other Wi-Fi gear when compared to Wi-Fi 5 and older. Bluetooth 5.0 is on board, as is GPS/GLONASS for worldwide location services.

Samsung Galaxy S10 portfolio runs Android 9 Pie with the company’s new One UI layer on top. One UI is rolling out to older Galaxy S9 and Note 9 phones, and will come preinstalled on the S10 family.

Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Back (5 of 9)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range is a pricey lot and even the entry-level Galaxy 10e starts at $749 globally. In India, the Samsung Galaxy S10 devices will be available at Samsung’s online store, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm, Tata Cliq and other retail outlets starting March 8.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e will be available for 55,900 rupees (~$780). India gets only the Prism Black and Prism White variants with 128GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is priced at 66,900 rupees (~$930) for the base 128GB variant, and you can step up to the 512GB version for 84,900 rupees (~$1190). Color options include black, white, and blue.

The top of the line Galaxy S10 Plus is priced at 73,900 rupees (~$1033) for the base 128GB variant. The 512GB and 1TB storage variants are priced at 91,900 rupees (~$1285) and 1,17,900 rupees (~$1650) respectively. The 128GB variant will ship in black, white and blue colors. The higher storage variants will be available in ceramic white and black.

As expected, there was no word on the Galaxy Fold or the Galaxy S10 5G for the Indian market.

What are your thoughts on 2019’s first flagship devices and its pricing in India? Would you be looking to pick one up? Let us know in the comments.



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