Samsung Galaxy S10: Key specs, new features

Gelo Gonzales
Samsung Galaxy S10: Key specs, new features
Here are the new features that last year's S9 didn't have

MANILA, Philippines – The Samsung Galaxy S10 apears to be worthy of being the celebrated line’s 10th anniversary phone, packing an attractive set of improvements that makes just the right amount of noise. (READ: Samsung launches the Galaxy Fold and its first 5G handset)

Here are those key features:

A Dynamic AMOLED display

Samsung claims that it’s their “best screen yet.” It also claims of having the industry’s best contrast ratio on a mobile device, rated at 2,000,000 to 1, and touts improved color accuracy and reduces harmful blue light more.

Infinity-O Display 

An evolution of the Infinity Display introduced in 2017’s Galaxy S8, named so for the “punch-hole,” a small cavity on the screen that houses sensors and the selfie camera for phones with an all-screen display. 

Embedded ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

It’s supposedly better than traditional scanners as it reads the “3D contours of your physical thumbprint” as opposed to just capture a 2D image of it. This helps with anti-fingerpring spoofing, says Samsung. 

3 lenses

The S10 adds an ultra-wide lens to the mix, in addition to the standard and tele lens combo introduced in last year’s S9. The lens has a 123-degree field of view, which is said to be what the eye sees. Great for landscape shots and for big group photos. The S10e though only has two cameras. 

The phone also allows you to record HDR10+ videos, which Samsung says is a world-first. HDR10+ is a technology that greatly expands the color range captured by a camera. 

Reverse wireless charging

Samsung gets in on the act, following Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro in late October. They call it Wireless PowerShare. With it, you can charge a compatible device such as their Galaxy Watches or the new Galaxy Buds simply by slapping the device to the back of the phone. 

“In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip,” Samsung says. 

First to WiFi 6

It’s the first phone to be compatible with WiFi 6, the newest WiFi standard for better connections and security. But you’ll need new WiFi 6 routers, which are just arriving, to enjoy the feature. (READ: Samsung Galaxy S10: Price, availability details)

Core specs

Galaxy S10
6.1-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi)
Screen-to-body ratio: 93.1%
Triple camera with optical image stabilization
10-megapixel front camera
157 grams
128GB storage
3,400 mAh

Galaxy S10+
6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi)
Screen-to-body ratio: 93.1%
Triple camera with optical image stabilization
10-megapixel front camera with 8-megapixel RGB camera for added image depth
175 grams
Up to 12GB RAM
Up to 1 terabyte storage
4,100 mAh
Starts at P55,990

Galaxy S10e
5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
Screen-to-body ratio: 91.6%
Dual camera with optical image stabilization
10-megapixel front camera
150 grams
128GB storage
3,100 mAh

All models:

Qualcomm 855 or Samsung Exynos 9820 depending on region
Wireless charging and Wireless Powershare
Android 9.0 Pie

The S10 phones are available on March 8, with pre-orders beginning February 22. –

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.