Like Huawei’s P30 Pro which we reviewed earlier this year, the S10+ has an almost bezel-less display, with Samsung choosing a curved display that spills over the left and right edges to maximise screen real estate. Speaking of which, the front-facing cameras are neatly tucked into the top part of the screen in one of the better integrations of a smartphone’s front-facing camera we’ve seen.
On the back, the three rear-facing cameras are neatly encassed in a raised panel. The aluminum frame is thinner than that of the S9 Plus, and comes sandwiched between Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back. Color choices are ‘Prism’ white, black or green. For the review, we were sent the 128gb S10 Plus in white.
The only downside of all this screen (and glass) is the S10+ is a slippery smartphone, and one you’ll want to put a case around to stop it sliding off a table, as I quickly discovered, with my review model now showing a few signs of use.
First up, the S10 Plus screen is not only big, it’s bright too, and offers excellent outdoor readability. The default resolution is Full HD+, but you can change this to QHD+ (2960×1440 screen resolution) for ultimate image quality, although this comes at a slight cost to battery life. Regardless of whether you choose the default or QHD+, the screen displays vivid colours and detailed blacks with excellent contrast.
Samsung’s implementation of an in-screen fingerprint sensor is also very slick. It’s located about a third of the way up the phone screen, and works very quickly. However I did set up the facial recognition at the same time, and often this beat me to it before I could unlock the phone with the fingerprint scanner. I liked the choice of having both, with the slight time lag of the fingerprint sensor worth the trade off for slightly better security.
There’s lots to like with the S10 Plus camera. Let’s start at the back. Here there’s three cameras, 12-megapixel, 12-megapixel telephoto and 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle, and you can choose between these with a quick flick between modes in the camera-module. In use, I found myself often ‘framing-up’ a scene, flicking between the three modes to see what gave the best results, before firing away.