If any other phone manufacturer experienced failures as catastrophic as exploding batteries and gimmicky screens that break in a day, they probably wouldn’t still be around. So kudos to Samsung for its Galaxy line being so strong so consistently it can weather storms like that. Although Google produces its own handsets, the Galaxy phones are the closest thing Android has to true premier iPhone competitors.
The top of the line Samsung Galaxy S10+ continues that legacy, even if experts predict it’s on the wrong end of an upcoming paradigm shift.
In terms of pure specs the S10+ is a beast. And it should be. At a thousand dollars, it’s the most expensive modern Galaxy phone you can get with only one screen. That edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED screen is 6.4 inches with a long 19:9 aspect ratio and 3,040 by 1,440 resolution. The brightness and color range make visuals look gorgeous in a variety of environments.
Under the hood is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with general performance upgrades as well as specific improvements like the X24 modem for better 4G and Wi-Fi 6 connections. It’s a little finicky, but the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is pretty nifty. The phone packs three cameras that impress despite not being that different from previous models: a 16-megapixel 123-degree ultra-wide camera and two 12-megapixel camera including one “2x telephoto” version. And even with all these features the phone manages to retain a headphone jack along with a USB-C port and waterproof build.
Really, the biggest reason to be skeptical of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ isn’t a problem with the phone itself right now. Rather, it’s just a lot to spend on a 4G phone while everyone gets hyped for 5G. But that’s a different, future discussion.
For more on the Samsung Galaxy S10+ check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And here are some other upcoming Android phones worth waiting for.
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