About Samsung Galaxy S10 deals
In this guide
- What are Samsung Galaxy S10 phones?
- What models of S10 are available?
- Samsung Galaxy S10 features
- Galaxy S10 5G phones
- Samsung Galaxy S10 – best providers
- Alternatives to the S10
- Frequently asked questions
The Samsung Galaxy S10 was at the time of its release on March 8 2019 Samsung's most expensive, most fully featured and highly specced model. It was Samsung's flagship phone. Of course, now we also have the Galaxy S20 series, which has superseded it, but that has not made the S10 range any less astounding or impressive. And with it now being a 'last-gen' model, it's also quite a bit cheaper than it once was.
It could, and should, be argued that the primary competitor for Samsung's S10 phones was and remains Apple's iPhones. Sure, there are other contenders from Huawei, OnePlus, Google, and even Sony having a stab at the high end. But for most, if you want the best handset out there, your choices are going to be focused on Samsung or Apple. Let's take a look at what makes the S10 so darned good.
What are Samsung Galaxy S10 phones?
With the S20 range now available for some months at the time of writing, one might be forgiven for thinking the S10's best days are behind it. But that's simply not the case. If anything the lower pricing of 'last year's model' and the availability of even cheaper 'refurbished' S10s makes it an even more solid option than it was a year ago.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 brought a number of innovations to the smartphone market, carrying over and perfecting Samsung's curved-edge screens, on-screen fingerprint sensor, a processor so fast that operation is smooth and flawlessly lag-free, and a strong focus on attaining professional level photography all in one compact package.
What Samsung Galaxy S10 models are available?
There are essentially four different models of Galaxy S10, each aimed at a specific sort of user and at a particular budget. At the top end you have an absolute monster in the Samsung Galaxy S10+ 1GB – a frankly insane handset with 12GB of onboard memory and an astounding 1 terabyte of onboard storage. While at the other you have the cut-down Samsung Galaxy S10e, a handset for those on a budget and with some of the more expensive features scaled down or removed – and a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone SE. Let's take a close look at the primary differences across the models.
- Samsung Galaxy S10 (base model) – Sports a fast, octa-core processor, a 6.1" Dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 3040x1440 pixels – what Samsung refers to as Quad HD+, three rear cameras and one front camera with resolutions of 12.0 megapixels, 16.0 megapixels, 12.0 megapixels and 10.0 megapixels respectively. 8GB system RAM, with 128GB storage on the entry-level version, though there is another, more expensive version of the base S10 with 512GB of storage. It has dual SIM capacity, and is water resistent to 1m.
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ – The real difference on the S10+ is the screen, which is 6.4" in size but with an equal resolution of 3040x1440 (Quad HD+). There is more, though. The rear of the phone has three cameras instead of two, with an additional 12.0 megapixel camera dedicated to wide-angle photography. There is also and additional 8.0 megapixel camera on the front for the same reason. RAM size is increased to 8GB, and you have the same storage size options of 128GB, 512GB, or the freakishly huge 1TB version for which we cannot conceive any possible use beyond bragging rights.
- Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ 5G – Both of the above phones have versions that are 5G-ready. Bear in mind that unless the model you are buying expressly states it is the case, most S10s and S10+s do not.
- Samsung Galaxy S10e – Designed to compete directly with the Apple iPhone SE, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is really its direct equivalent. Like the iPhone SE it is a down-specced version of these flagship phones, sporting a 5.8" FHD+ screen with a resolution of 2280x1080 pixels, 6GB of RAM, two rear cameras at 12.0 megapixels and 16.0 megapixels, and one front camera at 10.0 megapixels. You won't get the flagship-level experience with the S10e that you will with the S10 or S10+, but then you won't be paying anywhere near as much either.
Samsung Galaxy S10 range – main features
While there is plenty to differentiate each phone up and down the S10 range, there are also a number of common features you will find on every model.
- A fast, octa-core processor – No matter which version of the S10 you go for you're going to get an eight-core processor, but there is some differentiation throughout the range as to which eight-core processor you're going to get. Each is appropriate to the size of the screen and functions of the individual handset, so don't sweat over it. All S10s have been praised for their fast and smooth operation.
- Dynamic AMOLED screen – Every S10 model has a very bright Dynamic AMOLED screen, easily bright enough to deal with direct sunlight and still be very readable. The size and resolution of these screens differs up and down the range, but no matter which you pick you will get the same strong brightness, contrast and 16-million-colour depth.
- Three to five superb cameras – The top end S10 models, the S10+s, come with three rear cameras and two front. The standard S10s have three rear cameras and one front, while the S10e has two rear cameras and one front. All of Samsungs cameras are of exceptional quality and take amazing photographs. You're going to find yourself with more photography options the higher up the range you go, however.
- 6GB, 8GB or 12GB memory – System memory determines how many apps you can have running in the background at once. 6GB, as seen on the S10e, is plenty for most, though you will have to periodically shut down apps you're not using. 12GB, as seen exclusively on the S10+ 1TB, means you can probably run every app on the phone at once and still run into no issues. All other models, the S10 and S10+ (128GB and 512GB) have 8GB or RAM, which again, is plenty.
- Dual-SIM – You can put two SIMs into any S10 model, whether that be one for work and one for personal, or some other usage. This is not a very common feature of handsets generally, and certainly an attractive one if you're running two numbers for different purposes.
- Face unlock and on-screen fingerprint sensor – You'll be able to unlock your phone by simply pointing it at your face on most S10 models – all except the S10e, in fact. While all models have a fingerprint sensor should you opt to unlock your phone that way.
Which providers offer Samsung Galaxy S10 deals?
Unlike some of the more 'boutique' phones you might see from Google or Nokia or even Sony, Samsung phones, and more specifically Samsung flagship handsets such as the S10 series are in such high demand you can find them available just about anywhere. Here are a list of providers who offer S10 contracts of all kinds, and that Cable.co.uk recommends.
Alternative phone brands
Being a flagship phone range, the S10 lineup isn't really comparable with just any phone. More, its only real alternatives are phones with similar specs and similar price points. And that's a pretty elite group. Here, then, are the makes and handsets we consider to count as a direct Galaxy S10 competitor. The list is short.
- Apple – The iPhone 11 (not the Pro) is priced similarly to the Pixel 4. It is, in our opinion, a better phone in some respects. However, iPhone means you'll be tied into the iOS operating system. If you've historically had Android phones, this means you will no longer have access to your apps, and that makes Apple's iPhones a decent alternative with certain conditions
- Google – Google Pixel phones have long traded on the strength of their cameras, but the truth is everyone else has mostly caught up on that front, and it could even be argues that Samsung has leapfrogged them. Still, it's a fairly uncommon phone to see out in the wild, so if you like to be different, these are great phones in the mid-range pricing point.
- Sony – A top end, Sony Xperia phones will cost you similar money to Google Pixel phones. We're not all that enamoured with Sony phones here at Cable.co.uk, mainly because we feel there are better options for the money. However, those of you who are brand loyal may consider the name more important than other considerations
- OnePlus – Is a Chinese manufacturer whose aim is to offer you top-specced handsets for less money. To that end, the OnePlus 7 Pro is similarly priced to the Google Pixel 4, but equals or betters its specifications, in some cases by a large margin. For example, you'll get 8GB RAM and 256GB storage on the OnePlus for the same money you'd get 6GB RAM and 64GB storage on the Google Pixel 4
Frequently asked questions
What is Samsung Galaxy S10?
The Samsung Galaxy S10 range consists of a range of handsets of various screen sizes, storage sizes and price points. Released in March of 2019, they are now considered 'previous generation'. However, the S10 range is widely regarded to be one of the best handsets or handset ranges ever created, and to this day remains a very potent phone.
Are Samsung Galaxy S10 phones any good?
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ range of phones have won countless awards and were, at the time of their release, considered by many reviewers and industry pundits to be the best handsets money can buy.
Can I connect Samsung Galaxy S10 phones to my TV?
Yes. You can mirror the screen on your phone onto a Samsung television, or buy an adapter (USB-C to HDMI) to connect the phone to any other type of television, provided it has an HDMI port.
Can I get Samsung Galaxy S10 phones SIM-free?
Yes. Most providers will sell you a Samsung Galaxy S10 handset without demanding you take out a contract. At the time of writing, you can now get refurbished S10s from many providers, which can save you a lot of money off the asking price, and still come with a full warranty.
Can I buy refurbished Samsung Galaxy S10 phones?
Yes. In fact, we recommend seeking out a Samsung Galaxy S10 phone that has been refurbished if your budget is somewhat tight.
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