Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus performance
The S10 Plus is a blisteringly fast phone. It uses Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 chip in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while the rest of the world gets the slightly quicker Snapdragon 855.
Those with the 128GB storage option get 8GB of RAM, while anyone with the 1TB storage option (which really isn’t necessary) gets an equally unnecessary 12GB of RAM.
As a result, the S10 Plus will breeze through any sort of multitasking, and let you play games with ease.
The S10 Plus also has four power mode options, which allow you to decrease the screen’s brightness or rein in that crazy fast processor in order to extend the battery life. It’s a neat trick, and puts you in greater control of your phone’s performance – ideal if you’ve got a long trip somewhere and don’t want to run the battery down too much.
The S10 Plus is easily one of the fastest phones on sale today, and can easily hang with the best models from Apple and Huawei.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus software
The S10 Plus’ software is a real mixed bag.
Samsung’s new OneUI Android skin is great, and it excels on the S10 Plus. Gesture controls are effortless, and the way apps interact with the punchhole camera is brilliant – with OneUI, you never feel that you’re losing out on screen real estate.
However, updates do still take a little while to come through, and we’d ultimately prefer it if Samsung adopted a near-stock version of Android like Motorola has. With that said, it’s difficult to overstate how nice OneUI is compared to older Samsung skins.
Then there’s Bixby. Don’t get us wrong – Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant is getting better, and the company’s decision to open up a marketplace for Bixby developers is a step in the right direction. But Google Assistant is still light-years ahead of Samsung’s smart assistant.
Put simply, Bixby just isn’t as smart as Google’s offering. For example, we asked Bixby how to get from Camden (where the Tech.co offices are) to the Sir John Oldcastle pub in Farringdon. Google Assistant was able to take us straight there, but Bixby gave us a route to Victoria station – roughly two and a half miles away, which would be disappointing if you wanted a quick beer after work.
There’s also a dedicated Bixby button under the volume rocker on the side of the phone. It can be remapped, however, so you can open any app with one press, or open Bixby with two presses.