Samsung's new addition to the Galaxy S10-series has something for everyone, says Khalid Anzar.
Samsung brought the latest in the Galaxy S10-series to India on March 6, a month after launching it globally.
The Galaxy S10 Plus has a long list of features and boasts of several industry-first additions.
The Galaxy S10 Plus has a glass-metal-glass design, with a steel frame sandwiched between a Gorilla Glass 6 in the front and Gorilla Glass 5 at the back.
It has a lightweight design and, despite looking similar to the Note 9, it has a compact form factor that is even thinner than the Galaxy S9+.
The phone is easy to hold, but the power button is slightly higher than usual on the left side of the frame.
The glass body and steel frame make it slippery, so a good cover is advisable.
Samsung has one of the best OLED screen technologies and the panel used in the Galaxy S10 Plus is proof of that.
Named dynamic AMOLED, this screen is the first to support HDR10+ content format.
But due to lack of compatible content, it doesn't add much to the display's strength.
Nonetheless, the screen is vivid, has a good contrast ratio and houses an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor below the display.
The S10 Plus has a triple-camera module at the back, boasting of a combination that includes a variable aperture lens, ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom.
The camera supports AI-based automatic scene recognition, making it easy to point and shoot without changing the settings.
The addition of a telephoto lens and ultra-wide angle lens in the rear camera module completes the phone's imaging prowess.
The front camera is as good as the rear, but lacks zooming capabilities, night mode and certain other features that are limited to the back module.
The front camera also supports HDR, which enables it to capture objects in front of bright lights comfortably.
Premium smartphones get top-of-the-line hardware and the Galaxy S10 Plus is no different.
What gives it an additional boost is Samsung's new Android Pie operating system-based 'One' user interface.
The phone's AKG-tuned stereo speakers and wired headset connectivity, thanks to a 3.5mm audio output port, makes it an interesting proposition for multimedia enthusiasts.
For gamers, the phone has an AI-based optimisation that improves in-game performance greatly.
Even with a mammoth screen that has a super-sharp resolution and power-hungry hardware, the Galaxy S10 Plus impresses with its on-battery time.
It works for almost a day on regular use and around 8-10 hours on moderate or heavy usage.
Priced at Rs 73,900 for the base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, the Galaxy S10 Plus is a complete package.
From a water and dust resistance (IP68) rating to a class-leading imaging prowess and DeX computing support, the phone has something for everyone.