You have won the Samsung Galaxy S10. Receive it today

There seems to be a new rumour about the Galaxy S10 that comes out every single day. However, these new rumours that we see are starting to pile up on each other and double up on each other. With that in mind, we’re kind of getting a really good sense of what to expect from Samsung pretty soon.

We’re actually expecting four different models. That’s what the rumours say. One of which is the Galaxy S10 Lite. That’s meant to be sort of maybe the more budget-friendly model of the Galaxy S10. Apparently it won’t have those iconic curved edges on the display. And it will be sort of an overall smaller device. And it might not have some of the, you know, cool new tech and features that the other models have. Then we have the regular Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+. Those are the usual sort of models that Samsung will release every year. Display size is kind of in the air right now. We’re not 100% sure but we’ll find out soon enough.

Then it becomes a little interesting. There is a new Galaxy S10 X. And this is said to be an ultra-premium, fancy, crazy, you know, model of this, of the Galaxy S10 lineup. It’s meant to be pretty large for one. It’s gonna have a large battery I’ve heard. I’ve heard rumours that it will have 5G support. 10 gigabytes of RAM, which is an enormous number. It’s also said to have a base level of one terabyte of storage. I don’t know anyone who needs that much storage in a phone. But hey, it’s there if you need it. And you’ll probably have to pay for it.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S10 X is said to have six cameras I heard. I have an idea about what five of those lenses will do. You’ll basically get the regular-angle lens. Ultra-wide angle lens. And probably a zoom lens on the back. And then on the front, you’ll probably have a regular-angle selfie camera. And an ultra-wide angle selfie camera, which has been a trend recently with a few phones like the Google Pixel 3 and the LG V40. One other thing we’re expecting on the fancy Galaxy S10 X is an in-display fingerprint reader. That actually might not seem very new to you because you probably saw that on the OnePlus 6T, as well as some other Chinese phones like Xiaomi. But, unlike OnePlus, Samsung is said to be using an ultrasonic technology, which apparently is better than the optical technology that OnePlus uses for the OnePlus 6T. We’ll have to see whether or not it will be better.

We don’t actually know that much about specs for the whole lineup in general. One thing I’m predicting is that they’re all gonna use the new chip from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 855. So not too many rumours are surrounding the specs. At least not as much as for design.

Samsung so far has avoided the notch. And we’re not expecting it in the Galaxy S10 lineup. This year we’re expecting a hole-punch instead of a notch. There’ll be a hole-punch in the top right of the devices. We actually kind of get an idea of what it looks like with some of Samsung’s recent phones. Like the Galaxy A8. Anyway, that seems to be a new trend now that’s gonna be happening. I believe on the S10+ and the S10 X we’ll see a larger hole-punch. Like an oval, double hole-punch. We’ll see how much, that again, that impacts what you’re seeing on the screen like videos or an app.

Will the headphone jack be on the new Samsung phones? Who knows. This one has flipped and flopped a lot over the last couple months. Some say that Samsung removed it. Some say that Samsung kept it. We don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. We’re expecting the latest devices from Samsung to come with the latest version of Android. And we’re also expecting a brand new Samsung One UI, user interface, running on top of Android, which should offer a cleaner and faster and just more responsive kind of experience with Samsung’s phones. Samsung is also said to be giving the S10 models a better, sort of, facial recognition system. Some have been calling it, you know, something close to Apple’s FaceID on the iPhone X. However, considering the hole-punch holes on the front of the phone and the super slim bezels, I’m really not sure where Samsung would put all that facial recognition stuff. The hole-punch holes in the Infinity-O display’s kind of small. Maybe enough space for a selfie camera, but, hard to tell like where the sensors are going.

As regard to price, I’m thinking it’s gonna be a very standard Samsung Galaxy S kind of pricing. The Galaxy S10 E or S10 Lite, however you wanna call it, that might have a lower price than usual. So perhaps under $US700. And then the Galaxy S10 X however that has a wild price tag of $US1,200 so far. At least according to some rumours.

So the Galaxy S10 I think is gonna be very exciting. I feel like the whole phone itself will just have this fresher look than the older phones. It will be really interesting to see how Samsung thinks it could up the smartphone game. So tune in on February 20th for Samsung’s Unpacked Event. It will be streamed live. And that’s when we’ll find out everything we need to know about Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phones.

As any self-respecting tech journalist does, I took photos with the new Samsung Galaxy S10 to compare them to the greatest smartphone camera of all time: the Pixel 3.

As I took more and more photos with each phone, I started to realise that this couldn’t be a battle of which phone takes the best photos. They both take excellent photos, but each phone has different styles, and they each do certain things better than the other.

Google’s style is to give you contrast-y, natural photos that have a lot of depth, even if it means you don’t see every detail in darker areas. Samsung’s style is to brighten up the darker areas so that you can see pretty much every detail, which sounds great, but it can lead to a flat-looking photo.

Of note: I’m using the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy S10 Plus for this comparison. The XL and the standard-size Pixel 3 have the exact same camera set-up; the S10 Plus and standard S10 have the same rear camera, but the S10 Plus has one extra selfie lens.

But enough talk – check out photos taken with the new Galaxy S10 Plus compared to the Pixel 3 XL:

Indoors in Grand Central Terminal, both phones take great photos.

The Pixel 3 likes to make things dark and contrast-y, which makes for richer colours and better depth. With that said, Pixel 3 photos can appear too dark at times, which makes details in darker areas harder to see.

The Galaxy S10 likes to make everything bright, which helps brings out details in darker areas. At the same time, the Galaxy S10’s image looks a little flatter than the Pixel 3’s because the colours aren’t quite as rich, and there’s less depth as a result.

Here’s a perfect example of what the Pixel 3’s camera likes to do, versus the Galaxy S10.

The Pixel 3’s camera makes for deep and rich colours at the cost of visible detail – or at least easy-to-see detail.

The Galaxy S10 adds a little vibrancy to the colours, and brightens everything up, which makes it easier to see the details. For this kind of setting or scenario where I want to capture details on my subject, I’d prefer the Galaxy S10.

And here’s a perfect illustration of what the Galaxy S10’s camera likes to do. Except here, it doesn’t quite work out.

The Galaxy S10 likes to make sure you easily see details by brightening everything up, but at the cost of depth and contrast. The photo above looks significantly flatter than the Pixel 3’s photo – the shadows on the bottles aren’t very obvious or defined in the S10’s photo, at least compared to the Pixel 3’s photo. It’s clear that the Pixel 3 is obsessed with keeping the shades and shadows cast by its subjects. In this case, the win goes to the Pixel 3.

This bottle shot and the previous basketball shot above show how even the best smartphone cameras don’t handle everything, at least for quick point-and-shoot style shooting.

This is an insanely hard test for each phone’s HDR, and it’s pretty clear which phone wins this round.

HDR (high dynamic range) is designed to brighten up darker areas to reveal detail by taking several photos at different exposures.

You’d think the Galaxy S10 would run away with this one, as it loves to brighten darker areas. But it couldn’t compete with the Pixel 3’s HDR.

It’s an insanely tough subject to capture with a smartphone camera, as the phones are trying to capture the deep purple skull against a bright light. And the skull’s colour itself is so deep and rich that it’s hard for a phone’s camera to capture its details on a good day when lights are shining on it.

But on an easier HDR shot, the Galaxy S10 wins.

Here, the Galaxy S10 manages to brighten up the rear-end of this Ronald McDonald art installation while maintaining the exposure in the background so it doesn’t blow out the Tesla store-front’s details across the street.

The Pixel 3 captured a good shot of the installation’s back and has better shadows, but it blew out the lighting of the Tesla store.

Here, the Galaxy S10 added way too many cool blue tones, which makes for an overly blue photo compared to the Pixel 3’s photo.

And the Galaxy S10 added some yellow tinting to this photo, whereas the Pixel 3’s colours are perfectly natural and accurate. (The Pixel 3’s photo is still quite dark, though.)

I prefer the overall colour of the Pixel 3 photo, but I like the detail on the totem pole that the Galaxy S10 captured. It just goes to show there is no perfect smartphone or smartphone camera.

The Pixel 3 absolutely destroyed the Galaxy S10 in this night shot.

The Pixel 3 uses Google’s software smarts with a feature called Night Sight for amazing night shots. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10’s main camera has a variable aperture that’s designed to let in more light for night shots.

It’s pretty clear which method works best – there’s absolutely no competition here whatsoever.

Just to prove that the Pixel 3’s Night Sight mode wasn’t a fluke on the previous photo, here’s another test.

The Galaxy S10 has an entire lens dedicated for 2x zoom, which should make zooming up to 10x look better. The Pixel 3, on the other hand, zooms in without a dedicated zoomed lens, and it doesn’t quite zoom as far, but looks just as good as the S10’s dedicated zoomed lens.

The Pixel 3 doesn’t zoom quite as far as the S10 and its dedicated 2x zoomed lens. Still, I was expecting a little more clarity and sharpness at the S10’s maximum 10x zooming.

It’s amazing what the Pixel 3 can achieve with only a single camera and without a dedicated zoomed lens.

Sure, the Galaxy S10’s zooming isn’t that impressive, but the S10 has an ultra-wide camera, which is pretty great, and it’s something the Pixel 3 can’t fake with software.

I’ve been using the S10’s ultra-wide camera quite a bit since I got the review unit, and I wish every phone had an ultra-wide camera. Ultra-wide-angle photos are something that not even Google can fake with software on the Pixel 3, and the lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera on the Pixel 3 is especially noticeable after using the Galaxy S10.

The Galaxy S10’s ultra-wide camera isn’t perfect, as it creates a fish-eye effect where details around the edges bow in towards the center on the photo. But it’s better than not having an ultra-wide camera, which lets you capture significantly more detail of where you are while taking a photo. Above, you get a much better idea of where I’m standing compared to the regular photo from the Pixel 3.

Just watch out for your fingers in the shot (like mine on the bottom left) when using the Galaxy S10’s ultra-wide-angle camera.


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