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HWM Singapore|April 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

James Lu

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ are two of the first flagship smartphones of 2019, and they’re also among the first to feature a hole punch display, which means they have a small hole cut out in the display for the camera. Are holes better than notches? I don’t think anyone truly loves either option, but at least most people can agree that a small hole is less obtrusive than a huge notch.

The S10 has a circular hole punch cutout, while the S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout to accommodate its two front cameras. Both displays are also Infinity displays, which means they curve at the edges. The bezels on the sides of these phones are thinner than ever, and the bottom bezel has also shrunk in comparison to the S9 and Note9, making these the most full-display phones Samsung has ever made. If you want actual specs, the S10 has an 88.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, while the S10+ has an 88.9 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Both phones are thinner and lighter than last year’s models too. They’re roughly the same size, but are remarkably just 7.8mm thick, almost 1mm thinner than their predecessors. The glass-backed S10+ weighs just 175g, while the S10 is just 157g.

Flip the phones over and you’ll see the cleanest designs Samsung has had in years. Thanks to the new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, there’s no longer a rear fingerprint scanner, and the result is a more streamlined, minimalist rear.

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