A Closer Look at Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

  • Specs and performance - How fast is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Design - How does it look and feel
  • Camera - Good enough to replace a standalone camera?

In this modern-day and age, having a smartphone is no longer a luxury. Rather, it has become a necessity. This can be attributed to the fact that more and more people are using their phones not only to make calls or send messages but also to open and respond to emails or even upload and download files as needed for work or school.

Aside from this, people no longer carry cameras with state-of-the-art specifications since the cameras of the smartphones out in the market today are already comparable to the capabilities of high-end cameras. If you are looking into getting a new smartphone, then take a closer look at Samsung Galaxy S10 with the 5G capability.

What’s in this article:

  • Design
  • Operating System
  • Specs and Performance
  • 5G Capability
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Battery Life
  • Price and Availability

Design

Galaxy S10 5G spans a diagonal measurement of 6.7in, which easily makes other phones comparably small. It is also made up of Gorilla Glass 6 and an aluminum frame with a premium finish and IP68 waterproofing. 

The power key is relatively easy to reach as it is located on the right of the handset. It still has a Bixby button though on the left side with a volume rocker that sits right above it.

On top of the phone is the SIM slot, but unfortunately, there is no micro SD card slot for this handset. Nevertheless, a 256MB internal storage capacity will surely prove to be sufficient.

Operating System

Galaxy S10 5G runs on an Android 9 operating system with a manageable amount of bloatware that is already pre-installed in the handset. Upon initial fire up, you will be presented with the option to install proprietary apps such as Samsung notes, which is a great thing because your handset won't come with loads of software that you may not need.

You also have this flexibility in terms of the user interface because you can customize what you want to see by simply configuring the settings. For instance, you can change your home screen grid size or get rid of the apps tray.

Specs and Performance

Galaxy S10 5G comes with 8GB of RAM coupled with a 256MB starting storage capacity. Unlike the rest of the S10 line though, this specific handset doesn't support micro SD cards.

The global version of this phone leverages the Exynos 9820 chipset which makes it highly capable of accommodating several apps open simultaneously. Aside from this, you will find a seamless gameplay or movie playback experience with the use of this phone.

Overall, it is quite noticeable that it falls a bit short when compared to the 12GB RAM and 1TB internal storage of Galaxy S10 Plus.

5G Capability

In terms of the 5G capability of Galaxy S10 5G, one word is there to describe its speed: phenomenal. Indeed you will be able to achieve speeds of up to 1Gbps that allow you to download a standard quality, half an hour show on Netflix within five seconds. This translates to downloading an entire season in a couple of minutes! With a regular LTE Galaxy S10, the same file download will take you about five minutes and a couple of seconds more. 

There is a certain drawback though. mmWave 5G entails the need for a line of sight to the small cell equipment, without any physical obstructions. Thus, you won't be able to connect to the 5G network while you are indoors. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why 5G smartphones are still currently considered as a hard sell.

Display

Galaxy S10 5G boasts of a bright and bold AMOLED display with a razor sharpness that you can expect in much more expensive smartphones. Even if the screen gets pretty bright, it is still great for outdoor use.

However, the color accuracy of the S10 5G wasn't quite at par with the color accuracy of the S10 Plus.

This minimal setback is not enough for you to disregard this phone though because when you hold this smartphone in your hands, it simply looks brilliant. The dynamic AMOLED panel will surely paint the smallest details from the darkest shadows to the brightest color palette.

Camera

Galaxy S10 5G's camera can be considered as Samsung's best. Overall, you will find four cameras at the back of the handset, with three of them being a 12MP primary shooter. These three cameras also have 16MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto, which are all derived from the S10 Plus.

The fourth camera has a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor integrated into its lens. This enables your phone to calculate the depth of the image more accurately. The great news is that the camera in front of the handset also has this sensor.

Battery Life

With a 5G capability, you would expect that the battery life of the phone is compromised. This is just not the case for the Galaxy S10 5G because the battery life is surprisingly normal. In fact, you will still have more than 50% of the battery charge left even after a couple of hours of countless video downloads and gigabytes of app usage.

In case you only use your phone for basic web surfing, you can expect that its battery life can last up to 12 hours. Nevertheless, even with 4500mAh, it tends to charge up quickly, faster than any other Samsung handset. Expect a 50% battery charge within half an hour of being plugged in. Perhaps you have the 25W adapter to thank for in delivering this feature.

The Verdict:

Samsung Galaxy S10 may have been one of the pioneers when it comes to smartphones with 5G capabilities. However, it is a surprisingly amazing handset that feels normal to use, such that you don't have to put up with any early adopter qualms.

While its price is justified by its 5G capability, you don't have to rely solely on 5G to recognize the amazing features of this phone. Thereby, if money is not a question, then go ahead and have yourself the state-of-the-art Samsung Galaxy S10.

Metadata: Want 5G? Get your hands on Samsung’s first 5G capable phone: Galaxy S10 5G. Videos or gaming? You will surely find the speed superb and amazing.