Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review

It's futureproofed and fantastic, but 5G isn’t quite there yet

Samsung S10 5G
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G could be the best 5G phone around. Its camera is one of the most consistent and versatile smartphone snappers we’ve tested, and the background defocus effects it creates are also top-notch thanks to its ToF (time of flight) sensors. The screen is also big and beautiful, and across the board, everything about this phone feels premium. If you don’t need 5G just yet, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the Huawei P30 Pro would make excellent alternatives, but if you want to be futureproofed and don’t mind paying for the luxury, the S10 5G is a great choice.


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    Excellent camera

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    Stunning display

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    Futureproofed with 5G


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    The phone can get hot (Exynos version)

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    Mediocre battery life (Exynos version)

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    5G coverage is sparse (July 2019)

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the top of the line Galaxy S10 model. Not only does it deliver faster mobile data speeds than its 4G counterparts, but it also features a Time of Flight  (ToF) camera on the back and front, making for a grand total of six cameras across the device.

This is by comparison to four cameras on the Galaxy S10, and five on the Galaxy S10 Plus. It isn’t the first time we’ve seen a ToF camera; the Huawei P30 Pro’s main camera is coupled with one to help with depth sensing. ToF cameras work by projecting a beam and measuring the time it takes for it to be reflected from the surface and back onto the sensor. In doing so, it’s able to make a more accurate depth map than phase detection autofocus.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.