Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: Our Complete Review – Smartphones


Introduction
    The Galaxy S10 is not alone, it has arrived with two other smartphones, the Galaxy S10e, which is content with the essentials, and the Galaxy S10 Plus, which always gives more. Benchmarks, screen test, battery … we put the Galaxy S10 + to the test to give you our full opinion.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is an "improved" version of the Galaxy S10. Bigger screen, bigger battery, more camera frontage … What is the Galaxy S10 + compared to his little brother?
Technical information sheet of Samsung Galaxy S10 +
        Model
                                    Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
                    
            OS version
                                            
                            Android 9.0
                Interface
                                            
                            Samsung One UI
                Screen size
                                            
                            6.4 inches
                Definition
                                            
                            3040 x 1440 pixels
                Pixel density
                                            
                            526 dpi
                SoC
                                            
                            Exynos 9820 at 2.7GHz
                Processor (CPU)
                                            
                            ARMv8
                Graphics Chip (GPU)
                                            
                            Mali-G76
                RAM memory
                                            
                            8GB
                Internal memory (flash)
                                            
                            128 GB, 512 GB, 1024 GB
                MicroSD
                                            
                            Yes
                Camera (backpack)
                                            
                            Dual 12 Megapixel sensor
                Camera (front)
                                            
                            Sensor 1: 10 Megapixel, Sensor 2: 8 Megapixel
                Video recording
                                            
                            4K
                Wireless
                                            
                            Yes
                Bluetooth
                                            
                            5.0 + A2DP + LE
                networks
                                            
                            LTE, HSPA, GSM
                Supported bands
                                            
                            2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
                SIM
                                            
                            2x nano SIM
                NFC
                                            
                            Yes
                Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
                                            
                            USB Type-C
                Geolocation
                                            
                            Yes
                Drums
                                            
                            4100 mAh
                Dimensions
                                            
                            157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
                Weight
                                            
                            175 grams
                Colors
                                            
                            Pink, Yellow, White, Blue, Black, Green
                Price
                                            
                            1009 €
                
                                    
                        Product sheet
                                                    | Test
                                                
                                This test was made from two Samsung Galaxy S10 +. One loaned by Samsung, the other by Cdiscount. In many ways you will find more information about our Galaxy S10 test.
Read on FrAndroid: Test Samsung Galaxy S10: mastered in every way, or almost

Design: big and refined
The design of the Galaxy S10 is almost perfect. Compact, but with a large screen, lightweight, ergonomic … Yes, the Galaxy S10 is the perfect companion of my hand. The S10 +, for its part, uses the same codes and adapts them to a larger size (157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm compared to 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm).

Bigger also means less simple to use with one hand. This is a matter of appreciation and content lovers will appreciate the space gained, but we lose mathematically in ergonomics. Still, it remains very pleasant in hand and especially its 175 grams are much lighter than the Galaxy Note 9 for an identical screen size.
For the rest, the recipe is the same as on the Galaxy S10. The screen borders are impressive finesse, the finishes are very good, the proposed colors are beautiful … everything is fine with the exception of the rear coating that hangs too easily fingerprints and always this button Bixby which falls perfectly under the finger when we do not expect it and we hoped to lower the sound.

What marks at first glance, it is obviously its face which leaves place almost entirely with the screen with its curved window on the sides and its very thin edges (2 mm on the top and 4 mm below the screen). The screen however does not cover all of this surface since the camera is included in a "pill", an oblong hole. Between embarrassing scar on the screen and charismatic trademark, everyone will find his own definition of this gimmick.
The template was a little bigger, the buttons are reassembled all that could be inconvenient for small hands. The ignition button and the one used to turn up the volume are a bit high, and require some gymnastics of the hand to reach them.

Moreover, the change of size and weight makes me personally grab the smartphone stronger than the Galaxy S10, which means to press much more frequently without doing it on the edges of the screen on purpose, thus generating actions not desired.
Screen: always a beautiful slab
I already said for the Galaxy S10, I repeat for the Galaxy S10 +: Samsung masters his subject when it comes to screens. We are here in the presence of a superb AMOLED panel of 3040 x 1440 pixels for a diagonal of 6.4 inches. The contrasts are endless, the maximum brightness is very strong and can read the screen even in full sun and the colors are good original. As for those who prefer the foil to the realistic, they can opt for the mode "Vif" and a manual adjustment of the colorimetry.

As for the very down-to-earth measures, we only managed to increase the brightness to 480 cd / m², but there is no doubt that under a stronger light, it could go much higher. The colors are however faithful, with a slightly cooler temperature than the S10 at 6700 K (for 6500 K at the ideal). The difference is not obvious, however. Note also that the slab is larger, we can see viewing angles that denature a little faster colors when we do not look at the front screen.

Add to that the HDR10 + mode and you are ready for cinema sessions directly on your small screen in the best qualities currently available on smartphone.
performances
In terms of performance, the Galaxy S10 + takes the same configuration as the Galaxy S10, namely an Exynos 9820 SoC and 8 GB of RAM. It is not surprising to see that both smartphones react more or less in the same way. Bigger, the Galaxy S10 + seems better ventilated and the heat dissipation is a little better. In the long run, he is better off the road and gets better scores on the most demanding requests.
Samsung Galaxy S10 + (FHD +) Xiaomi Mi 9Mate 20 Pro (perf) Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (FHD +)
SoCExynos 9820S855Kirin 980Exynos 9810
AnTuTu 7.x333 708370 355300 614241 932
PCMark 2.07 7378 8389 3375 135
3DMark Slingshot Extreme4 3905 4994 2203 355
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics5 2216 3554 2523 667
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics2 8193 7374 1132 584
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan high (Onscreen / offscreen) 19/16 FPS23 / 16 FPS14 / 11 FPS14 / 11 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 37/43 FPS36 / 42 FPS27 / 32 FPS26 / 28 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 59/97 FPS60 / 101 FPS59 / 78 FPS57 / 75 FPS
Sequential read / write804 / 192 MB / s796 / 189 MB / s866 / 195 MB / sec822 / 194 MB / sec
Random Read / Write35,2k / 6,3k IOPS37,1k / 37,1k IOPS39,6k / 40k IOPS34,3k / 5,4k IOPS
Overall, the Galaxy S10 + reacts very well everyday, it can navigate fluidly in the interface and move from one application to another without the slightest problem of slowing down or storage.
Unsurprisingly, the games are going well: Arena of Valor remains static at 60 fps in the most advanced modes and Fortnite can turn high, but there are some drops in framerate if you push the performance to 60 fps. If we still feel a little heat, it is clear that the set is still a little better managed than the S10, which allows it to be slightly more in-game.
Software: One UI at the top
Android 9 Pie, security patch of February 1, 2019 and One UI 1.1 … the Samsung Galaxy S10 + has the same winning formula as the Galaxy S10.

The interface is customizable at will, it is thought to be accessible to all (whether you're a veteran of Android, a newcomer to iOS or a complete neophyte), thought to be used to a hand even on large surfaces screen and full of small features that will make life easier for those who take the time to browse a little.
In bulk, we can mention the display of applications in pop-up, dual messaging, SmartThings to manage external devices, SmartView to easily share the screen on a TV, secure folders, Game Launcher, setting the application grid, quick opening of the shortcuts panel, the side menu, the Finder or even the digital wellness part, which among other things reduces the appeal of your smartphone before going to bed if you are too much easily hypnotized by its shimmering colors.
                    
It will be recalled, however, the small flat on unlocking since the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is a bit slow and imperfect and facial recognition, even in its most secure mode, is fooled by a photo.
Camera
In 2018, the main difference between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 + was at the level of the photo since the large model had two photo modules instead of one. This year, Samsung has decided to equip its two smartphones with the same rear module with three lenses. No surprise so on this side, and I invite you to read the test of the Galaxy S10 for a very detailed analysis.

Overall, the Galaxy S10 + is a great camera. It is perhaps a little less impressive than the Pixel 3, but its three different focal lengths give it a great versatility and it is doing very well in almost all situations. Day and night, its colors are right, the grain is nice, detailed dive and everything is perfectly managed. However, we notice that the treatment is slightly different on the ultra-wide angle, which makes the colors a little saturated, but the effect sticks rather well to this kind of shooting.
                        
The portrait mode is however a little disappointing. The bokeh is quite simplistic and the cutting of the subject could be better. He particularly has trouble with the contours of glasses that sometimes confuses with the background, and some locks of hair. The few changes of effect that can be applied do not make the clipping better, but still allow to hide a little more gross errors.
                  
For video, the quality is also at the rendezvous with a record in 4K at 60 fps rather good, although the stabilization could be better, two modes slow-motion, timelapse and excellent stabilization on Full HD (at 30 or 60 fps).
Two front cameras
The real difference between the S10 and the S10 + is the dual front camera, at the top right of the screen. The bubble is a little bigger, less aesthetic and the fact that it is integrated in the screen makes it easy to put your finger on it. This is all the more annoying that Samsung warns when the rear lenses are dirty, but not for the goals before. So we do not always think to clean them to remove the greasy white veil rather marked.

I just realized a problem of the "bubble" of Samsung. As it is in the right corner, we tend to put our finger on it to lower the flap of notifs. Suddenly the camera is quickly dirty.
Before / after cleaning: pic.twitter.com/pB3c9OkyCS
– Manu 👀 (@Nobunagashi) March 13, 2019

The real question is whether the dual front sensor has a real interest. And the answer is no. The front camera is certainly good, but the difference with the Galaxy S10 is far from obvious. As on the rear camera, the portrait mode is not particularly bluffing and it happens to have failures. It is still doing pretty well even in difficult conditions when we think to activate the flash screen. We certainly lose in natural, but the definition is greatly improved.
                    
Clearly, the camera should not be the element that will make you look for the S10 or S10 +, the differences are not enough marked for that. But even at night, the overall result is satisfactory.
                         
His
New category, new paragraph that can only begin with "it's like the Galaxy S10". The stereo speaker is better balanced with regard to the balance left / right, but we always remain on a very clear and homogeneous despite a power that does not push the extremes. This should not be a problem, however, unless of course you enjoy watching videos or listening to music on your smartphone's speakers in noisy places …

The excellent surprise is again the presence of the jack, and a very very good jack more. The sound is clear, well balanced, powerful and your eardrums will scream for help before the sound saturates. Add to that Samsung's little software bonuses like Dolby Atmos, Equalizer or Adapt Sound to adjust the sound to your audition and you have exceptional quality.
Network and connectivity
Like the Galaxy S10, the S10 + has all the latest technologies. WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, LTE category 20, VoLTE, VoWiFi, NFC … Everything is there, everything is fast and efficient, and the rates, both in WiFi and 4G, are very good.
There is nothing special to report about calls or GPS, everything is correct, as on the Galaxy S10.
A much better autonomy
The Galaxy S10 would be perfect if it was not its deplorable autonomy that does not allow me to hold a full day without having cold sweats in the evening if I did not connect the smartphone in the afternoon. For its part, the Galaxy S10 + has a much larger battery (4100 mAh instead of 3400), which allows it to ensure much longer despite its larger screen.
Very far from the 4:30 of the small model, the Galaxy S10 + shows me beautiful scores in more or less 7 hours of screen lit in the day on a full charge. We are in the top of the basket, and even with intensive days I rarely fall below 20% going to bed at night. If your consumption is not as important as mine, you can even hold 2 full days playing with the energy saving modes.
On our SmartViser automated test protocol, the Samsung Galaxy S10 + held 10:20, less than the Galaxy S9 +. The management of autonomy seems nevertheless much better managed in standby and the screen less greedy. We still note that his score is approaching that of OnePlus 6T, which is consistent with our feelings.

In the box we find again the charger 15 W, which is a little light for the very high end. Count between 1h45 and 2h for a full recharge of the phone, which is disappointing when you know that a smartphone like the Oppo Find X can be fully charged in about 30 minutes.
Price and release date of the Galaxy S10 +
The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is marketed from March 6, 2019 priced at 1009 euros for the 128 GB model and 1259 euros for the 512 GB model. It enters into direct competition with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Google Pixel 3 XL and Apple iPhone XS. We are, of course, waiting to see what the P30 range will look like in the coming weeks.
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus at the best price?
    
The question arises obviously also concerning the Xiaomi Mi 9 which proposes very good benefits for half less expensive. A competitor who makes good concessions.
    
    
        
            
                        Samsung Galaxy S10 + Test The verdict
                    
                                                    
                                
                                The design of the S10 + is unique, beautiful, well finished … Everything could be good if there was no Bixby button that raises the volume buttons and the curved screen that causes false manipulation too regularly because of the heavier weight than the S10.
                            
                                                    
                                
                                Sublime, bright in all circumstances, HDR10 + … the screen of the S10 + has it all.
                            
                                                    
                                
                                Up-to-date, functional, customizable … the S10 + software interface has it all.
                            
                                                    
                                
                                The Exynos 9820 is less efficient than the Snapdragon 855 and the Kirin 980 in some respects. In everyday life, this should not bother you, especially since its size offers better heat dissipation than the S10 and avoids curbing its performance.
                            
                                                    
                                
                                The portrait mode of the S10 + is disappointing. Very disappointing even for a device of this caliber. But this is perhaps his only major flaw since he manages to be versatile and very good in all circumstances.
                            
                                                    
                                
                                This is the negative point of the Galaxy S10, it is here corrected with a much bigger battery. Clearly, the S10 + is very very good at this level and it will be blamed only its power adapter a little feeble for a quick recharge.
                            
                                            
                            
                    
                    
                            
                            
                
                    The size of the S10 was a real crush, but its anemic autonomy was a real problem. Here, the battery is no longer a problem at all, but the template is not as compact and impressive. The effect "wow" is less there and its curved screen becomes more problematic everyday for those who do not dress their smartphone a shell.For as well, its battery allows it to be one of the most complete smartphones from the moment. All the latest technologies are there, everything is well-groomed and well finished and the user experience is at the rendezvous.Rest the question of the price. The Galaxy S10 + is expensive and when you see competitors like the Xiaomi Mi 9 that offer very good benefits for half the price, it is not totally absurd to hesitate. However, the price of the S10 + is already falling quickly and a good promotion would allow you to enjoy the best at a very good price.
            
                            
                        Good points
                        Atypical design
                                                            Sublime screen
                                                            One UI is a very good interface
                                                            Heats less than S10
                                                            The camera is very good
                                                            Big autonomy
                                                            (jack and microSD)
                                                    
                    
                        Negative points
                        Portrait mode a little behind
                                                            Bixby button misplaced
                                                            Approximate fingerprint sensor
                                                            The curved screen often causes false manipulations

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