Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review: bigger, faster and lasts longer

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The Galaxy S10 5G is the largest, most advanced and most expensive smartphone in Samsung’s current lineup, aimed not just at being “the 5G one” but also the best one.

Unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, which comes in either 4G or 5G versions that are identical in size, weight, and features, the S10 5G is its own phone.

It’s bigger, heavier, thicker and has more cameras and sensors on the back and front than the S10+.

The front is filled by the 6.7in QHD+ AMOLED screen, which curves at the sides and has a large oval-shaped cut out in the top right of the display for two selfie cameras and a depth sensor.

The screen is really lovely, as you’d expect for a top Samsung: bright, crisp and colorful with good viewing angles.

It is not quite as bright or smooth as the fantastic 90Hz screen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but better than all the rest.

Samsung S10

The massive screen means the S10 5G is a very big phone. At 77.1mm wide and 162.6mm tall the S10 5G compares similarly to 5G rivals such the OnePlus 7 Pro or the 4G-only iPhone XS Max.

But the way the back tapers at the sides and its comparatively light 198g weight, which undercuts the competition by 8-10g, makes the S10 5G just about manageable.

I could fit it in a men’s jeans pocket, but anything smaller was a struggle.

If you don’t want the biggest of phones and the downsides of weight, cost, size, one-handed use, etc that come with them, this is most definitely not for you.

The display hides Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone with your thumb on the screen, which works well enough but isn’t as fast or accurate as the optical sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G or traditional fingerprint sensors.

The phone is water-resistant to the international IP68 standard, or depths of up to 1.5 meters in fresh water for 30 minutes.

Drop the S10 5G in the toilet and you’ll be able to rinse it afterward. It also has a headphone socket, which is rare in 2019.

Specifications

Screen: 6.7in QHD+ AMOLED (502ppi).
Processor: Samsung Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
RAM: 8GB of RAM.
Storage: 256GB.
Operating system: One UI based on Android 9 Pie.
Camera: rear triple camera + depth sensor, front 10MP selfie-camera + depth sensor.
Connectivity: single sim, LTE, 5G, Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5, wireless charging and GPS.
Dimensions: 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9mm.
Weight: 198g.

36-hour battery life