The Galaxy S10 is the latest flagship handset from Korean mobile giant Samsung. And what a handset it is. Indeed, its jam-packed with all the latest specs and features. But is it worth your money?
Samsung Galaxy S10 at a glance
With extra thin bezels, edge-to-edge display, a pin-hole camera and no ugly notch, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a gorgeous looking handset jam-packed with cutting edge tech. In terms of colour options, you can pick from Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Green variants.
Stand-out features include an in-display fingerprint scanner that sits beneath the phones screen where the home button used to sit and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.
The phone's screen is also protected by durable Gorilla Screen Glass too, so its extra tough as well as nice to look at.
Here are some more of the phone's key specs and features:
- Display - at 6.1 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S10 screen is a fair size, and it's Dynamic AMOLED display will make watching films and playing games a joy. But If you really like a big display, you'd be better off taking a look at the S10 Plus.
- Battery - no one likes shoddy battery life. Thankfully, due to the phone's powerful chip-set, the S10 sports a 3,400mAh battery that’s built to last all day.
- Camera - the S10 has three snappers at the rear, and one at the front. In terms of megapixels, the three cameras at the back are 12MP wide, 12MP zoom and 16MP Ultra-wide. Meanwhile, the selfie camera is a 10MP, dual aperture snapper with super-slow motion capabilities.
- Storage - you can pick up a 128GB version of the phone with 6GB RAM and a 512GB version with 8GB RAM.
- In-display finger-print scanner - the S10 boats an ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint scanner, capable of recognising a fingerprint right down to your pores, which means the process is is more secure than might think. Yup, we're impressed
Samsung Galaxy S10 design and screen
All-screen phones are increasingly common at the high end of the smartphone market. But few look as good as the Galaxy S10. Or genuinely befit the description 'all-screen'. Unlike the iPhone X and XS range where screen space is eaten by up an obtrusive 'notch' that houses the front camera, the S10's front camera is secreted in a tiny 'pinhole' on the top right-hand side of the display. It's barely noticeable. Team that with smaller bezels (a technical term for the edges that surround the screen) and you've got a display that takes up almost the entire front of phone. It's a real sight to behold. As you'd expect if you've owned a Galaxy S phone before, the S10 features the latest Dynamic AMOLED screen technology too.
So it's bright, crisp, power-efficient and performs really well in low light conditions.
Samsung Galaxy S10 battery
In tests we easily got a good day and a bit out of the S10 on a single, full charge. That's after a day of streaming video and music, recording a few clips and receiving a working-day's worth of email notifications.
It's worth noting that there are wireless charging and fast charge modes too. The latter means you can power up the phone to 80% in just over half an hour or so.
If you're in a giving mood, you can also share your S10's charge with your friends and family by placing their phone against the S10's glass rear section.
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera specifications
If you're an Instagrammer or just a keen photographer the S10 won't let you down, with photos that are consistently enlivened by extra-vivid colours and lots of detail.
We were very impressed by how efficiently the S10 recognises the object you're photographing and the conditions you're working with.
And it's equally adept at using that AI-augmented awareness to automatically adjust settings to enhance colours in good light. And then boost illumination levels to help you get a better snap when you're shooting in the dark.
The upshot is that the S10 makes it very easy to get good shots, even if you've got minimal flair for photography.
Galaxy S10 camera
12 MP wide lens
10 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
12 MP telephoto lens with OIS and 2x optical zoom
16 MP ultrawide lens with Super Steady video
A.I assistance, adjustable Live Focus bokeh mode
Beauty Mode and Live Focus mode
Galaxy S10 contract options
Need an Galaxy S10 deal with a lot of data? Got an idea of how much you'd like to pay upfront for an Galaxy S10 contract? Maybe you're in the market for some value-adding freebies? We've tracked down our best Galaxy S10 deals, whatever your criteria.
Cheap Samsung Galaxy S10 deals
Sort the Galaxy S10 deals in our comparison tables by cost to see the cheapest ones that fit what you're looking for. Ranking by total cost will show you which deals offer the best value across the whole contract; or monthly cost shows you the ones with the lowest monthly bills.
Alternatively, set a maximum budget in the filter on the side to only see the deals you can afford.
There's a few more things you can look at too:
- Network - some providers' deals are significantly cheaper than others, even if you don't get as many extras and bonuses with your plan
- Refurbished handsets
- Deals from resellers - like Carphone Warehouse or E2save
- Existing customer deals - from your current mobile network, or even your broadband or TV provider
Top Samsung Galaxy S10 deals by network
Use CompareMyMobile's comparison tool to find the best iPhone Galaxy S10 deal. We pull in deals from a bunch of UK networks and resellers so you can sort through them and see which one is best for you. The filters at the side of the page will help you narrow them down to ones that fit what you need.
Here are some of the major networks you can choose from:
Samsung Galaxy S10 deals with iD Mobile
Although not a household name, iD Mobile has carved out a strong identity for itself in recent years thanks to its super affordable SIM-only deals and phone contracts.
To find out more about iD mobile, check out our iD Mobile network review
Samsung Galaxy S10 deals with EE
If decent Wi-Fi coverage is particularly important to you, EE is well worth a look. Its coverage reaches most of the UK. To that end, it’s ideal for anyone who relies on a sturdy Wi-Fi connection, particularly freelancers and those who travel around for work.
What else does EE have to offer? Read our EE review
Samsung Galaxy S10 deals with BT
BT, which piggybacks on EE’s mobile network, offers generous coverage across the UK. And if you’re an existing broadband customer, you’ll get a reasonable discount on its mobile phone contracts packages, to boot.
Take a closer look at what BT has to offer with our BT network review
Samsung Galaxy S10 deals with Vodafone
Aside from its basic tariffs, Vodafone customers who like to travel will also get some great incentives to join the network, including big data plans and TV Entertainment passes.
Like the sound of Virgin Media? Find out what else it has to offer with our Vodafone review
More phones like the Galaxy S10
Take a look at some other phones that are similar to the Galaxy S10 and compare all your options before you commit to a plan.
Can I get a Samsung S10 deals with no upfront cost?
A Samsung Galaxy S10 deal with no upfront cost may mean a more expensive bill each month, but these plans certainly are available - and from quite a few networks, too.
Select 'free' in the phone cost filter on the comparison grid to compare them. You can also sort the deals by upfront cost, which shows you the ones with free devices and cheap upfront costs first of all.
Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 a good buy in 2023?
The newer Galaxy S20 improves on the Galaxy S10 with more power, a better battery, a brighter screen and a telephoto lens that's genuinely excellent for long-range and super-close-up shots.
But for the most part the S10 bears up very well with its successor, with three rear camera lenses, lots of storage and comparable battery life.
What's more given that the S10 is now much cheaper, it remains a really good purchase. And is a phone we'd have no hesitation in recommending.
Can I get a Galaxy S10 contract with bad credit?
These days, most mobile networks will carry out a credit check. Of course, if you have bad credit, this can be a problem. But it doesn’t have to be - there are still plenty of deals you can sign up to.
Does the Galaxy S10 support 5G?
The standard version of the Galaxy S10 is not compatible with 5G networks, so you won't be able to enjoy the super fast speeds that 5G technology provides. However for a bit more outlay, you can get the 5G version of the S10.
Is the Galaxy S10 waterproof?
It's not waterproof. No smartphones are. But the S10 is water-resistant, with an officially recognised IP68 rating. That means it can survive being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for half an hour.
How many cameras does the Galaxy S10 have?
The standard version of the S10 has three rear cameras, which consist of a 12-megapixel standard lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. Around the front, there's a single-lens 10-megapixel camera for selfies.
What size is the Galaxy S10?
The Galaxy S10 features a 6.1-inch display, which has been squeezed into a pretty compact, slimline phone with dimensions of 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 millimetres.
Does the Galaxy S10 have wireless charging?
Yes, the Galaxy S10 can be charged wirelessly and features a fast wireless charging mode too. But to do so, you'll need a wireless charging mat (sold separately). The S10 can also be charged wirelessly at the charging stations that you typically find at cafes, hotels and airports.
Does the Galaxy S10 have portrait mode?
Yes, the S10 has portrait modes for both the front and rear cameras. Samsung's S10 camera app also allows you to manually adjust the level of background blur and make the background monochrome to bring your subject into even sharper focus.
Galaxy S10 specs
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||70.4mm x 7.8mm x 149.9mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||6.1 inches|
|Screen Type||Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1440 x 3040 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||550 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 512|
|External Storage||Micro SD|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||10 MP|