Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G isn’t just an S10 with a 5G-ready modem inside. The device is a big deal in other ways — literally.
The S10 5G’s 6.7-inch AMOLED panel is massive. This is not a phone you can use one-handed, unless you’re Hagrid the half-giant. Forget about fitting it in a woman’s jean pocket. Not happening. I tried to slip it in my skirt pocket and it stuck out comically. But if you like huge screens, there’s a lot to like about this supersized handset, which could very well wind up one of the year’s best smartphoneswhen all is said and done.
Editor’s note, April 11:The Galaxy S10 5G will be available to buy in May, with preorders for the device starting soon.
Galaxy S10 5G Specs
|Display (Resolution)||6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED (Quad HD+)|
|Rear Cameras||Four cameras: 16 MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2); 12 MP wide (ƒ/1.5, ƒ/2.4); 12 MP telephoto (ƒ/2.4); hQVGA 3D depth sensor|
|Front Cameras||Dual: 10 MP wide (ƒ/1.9); hQVGA 3D depth sensor|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (North American); Exynos 9820 (International)|
|microSD||Yes, up to 512GB|
|Size||6.4 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches|
Beautiful display, cool camera tricks
But the Infinity O display is truly gorgeous. The S10 5G has two front-facing cameras, making for a slightly more obvious, oval-shaped hole-punch in the otherwise edge-to-edge screen.
The S10+ also has two cameras, but the 5G model’s secondary depth-sensing lens has a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for better portrait selfies and more accurate facial recognition. Samsung added a fourth lens to the rear camera system with the same 3D capabilities, which enables a new video portrait effect.MORE: Galaxy S10 Plus Review: The Ultimate Android Phone Is Here
Live Focus Video is a new menu option in the S10 5G’s camera, and it makes your video clips look like DSLR photos come to life.
You have to adjust the level of blur before shooting, and you can’t make any adjustments after pressing the record button. That requires a level of foresight that I don’t usually have when taking quick videos, but I expect to see more artistic folks than I make excellent use of this new feature.
What about 5G?
The 5G part of Samsung’s 5G phone is a little more difficult to quantify, as wireless carriers haven’t yet flipped the switches on their next-gen mobile networks yet.
Samsung showed off what the S10 5G is capable of with a demo of a baseball game. As the game streamed on the top half of an S10 5G’s display, I was able to change my viewpoint of the action in the stadium on the lower half of the screen. I even got up close to a player and rotated around him as he batted.
The demo made excellent use of the S10 5G’s massive screen. And 5G connectivity will clearly be a game-changer. But I wish Samsung would (or could) show more of the S10 5G’s future potential today.
We’ll have to wait until the S10 5G launches on Verizon’s 5G network in May to see what Samsung’s biggest phone ever is capable of.
In the meantime, the S10 5G still doesn’t have an official price, and the 5G-capable Galaxy Fold will be available in April for $1,980. Will the S10 5G be overshadowed by its bendy big brother? We’ll find out sometime later this year.