Galaxy S10 launch: Samsung dodges the notch with “Infinity-O” display


Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus front showing Infinity-O screen
Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus front showing Infinity-O screen

PHILIPPINES – Samsung Galaxy S10 series is now official. The company revealed its newest flagship Android smartphone at the Samsung Unpacked event held in San Francisco, USA on Wednesday.

Samsung will be releasing three Galaxy S10 variants in the Philippines: Galaxy S10 Plus will have the biggest screen of the three, coming in 6.4 inches. It is followed by the Galaxy S10, with its 6.2-inch curved screen, and an “entry-level” variant with a flat screen, the Galaxy S10E.

Back lying - Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)
Back lying – Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)

Galaxy S10 display

It is the first Samsung smartphone to feature an almost bezel-less 19:9 dynamic AMOLED screen with a “punch hole” located at the top right corner of the screen. It is also the first smartphone in the world to utilize ultra-sonic fingerprint scanning technology, unlocking the phone by touching the lower portion of the screen on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.

On the other hand, Galaxy S10E will utilize a side-swiping fingerprint scanner similar to that found on the Galaxy A Series.

Selfie camera Infinity-O display - Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)
Selfie camera Infinity-O display – Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)

Dubbed the “Infinity-O” display, the Galaxy S10 achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 90% and completely eliminates the need for a notch to allow the front-facing “selfie” camera to peek through.

Galaxy S10 camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus features an elongated, horizontal hole to make room for dual selfie cameras capable of taking 10 MP + 8 MP photos. Moving to the back, the Galaxy S10 Plus will have three cameras with varying focal lengths: a 12MP regular camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera capable of taking photos at an angle of 123 degrees, and a 16MP camera that takes photos at double (200%) the regular zoom.

Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)
Rear camera – Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)

Its smaller sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S10, packs the same triple-camera module as the S10 Plus as its main shooter, but with a single selfie camera up front.

Galaxy S10E, the smallest of the three, will have a single selfie camera and a dual-camera module at the rear.

Triple camera - Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)
Triple camera – Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)

Galaxy S10 5G: Galaxy Note 10?

Samsung also revealed that its engineering teams are currently working on a 5G-capable phone dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. It dwarfs the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, inching closely into Galaxy Note 10 territory with a 6.7-inch display, a 4,500 mAh+ battery, and a depth-sensing camera capable of capturing videos with simulated depth of field or “bokeh”.

Galaxy S10 performance

All Galaxy S10 models will come with Android 9 (Pie) with Samsung’s newest proprietary customization layer, One UI, out of the box.

Samsung did not provide official information on the chipset that will be used in the Galaxy S10 series, however, earlier leaks have revealed that it will have an 8-core CPU. Past releases of the Galaxy S10 series have shown a blend of both Exynos and Snapdragon SoCs, and there is no indication that the company will deviate from this model with the Galaxy S10.

Hybrid dual SIM + MicroSD tray hand-held - Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)
Hybrid dual SIM + MicroSD tray hand-held – Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Philippines)

Galaxy S10 price and availability (Philippines)

At launch, the Galaxy S10 is priced at 899.99 USD (~46690 PHP), making it the most expensive Galaxy S10 to date. The entry-level Galaxy S10E starts at 749.99 USD (~38,899 PHP), while the Galaxy S10 Plus is priced at 999.99 USD (~51,883 PHP). Samsung Philippines will be revealing the price of the Galaxy S10 at the local launch on February 26.

In the Philippines, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be available for pre-order from February 22 to March 3, 2019, with delivery scheduled on March 8.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back white
Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back white

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs

  • Display: 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED “Infinity-O”
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual Nano-SIM + hybrid Nano-SIM / microSD
  • Chipset: 8nm 64-big 8-core CPU (max 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
  • Rear camera (main): Triple 12MP f/2.4 telephoto (45-deg) OIS + 12MP f/1.5 (77-deg) + 16MP f/2.2 (123-deg)
  • Front camera (selfie): 10MP f/1.9 (80-deg)
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB
  • Storage (ROM): 128GB
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • Sensors: ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Price: 899.99 USD (~46690 PHP)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs

  • Display: 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED “Infinity-O”
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual Nano-SIM + hybrid Nano-SIM / microSD
  • Chipset: 8nm 64-big 8-core CPU (max 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
  • Rear camera (main): Triple 12MP f/2.4 telephoto (45-deg) OIS + 12MP f/1.5 (77-deg) + 16MP f/2.2 (123-deg)
  • Front camera (selfie): Dual 10MP f/1.9 (80-deg) + 8MP f/2.2 depth sensor
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB/12GB
  • Storage (ROM): 128GB/1TB
  • Battery: 4100 mAh
  • Sensors: ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Price: 999.99 USD (~51883 PHP)

Samsung Galaxy S10E specs

  • Display: 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED “Infinity-O”
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual Nano-SIM + hybrid Nano-SIM / microSD
  • Chipset: 8nm 64-big 8-core CPU (max 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
  • Rear camera (main): Dual 12MP f/1.5 (77-deg) + 16MP f/2.2 (123-deg)
  • Front camera (selfie): Dual 10MP f/1.9 (80-deg)
  • Memory (RAM): 6GB
  • Storage (ROM): 128GB
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • Sensors: ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Price: 749.99 USD (~38899 PHP)

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