March 06, 2019

So Just How Durable is the New Samsung Galaxy S10?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is now available for pre-order at most major carriers, with a release date of March 8. The device features a radically different design with some new features like an in-screen camera and fingerprint reader.

The cheapest version of the Galaxy S10 starts at $899, while the most expensive version will set you back around $1,500.

Specifications

The world got its first official taste of the Samsung Galaxy S10 last week at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event. Alongside several new variants in the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung also unveiled a new foldable phone and smart wearables.

Samsung Galaxy S10

* Screen: 6.1-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio

* Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm, 157 grams

* Processor: Snapdragon 855

* Memory: 8GB/12GB

* Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB, microSD slot

* Battery: 3,400mAh

* OS: Android Pie 9.0

* Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 5, LTE, Wireless charging, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

* Rear Camera: Wide angle 12-megapixel, telephoto 12-megapixel, ultra-wide 16-megapixel

* Front Camera: 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel RGB depth camera

Two new features launched in the Samsung Galaxy S10 include wirelessly charging another device and a fingerprint reader underneath the screen. While both of these features seem interesting in theory, there's no telling how they will hold up over time.

The Galaxy S10 comes with a factory-applied screen protector, which is uncommon for the company. That's chiefly because scratches could mean the fingerprint reader becomes unusable. Check out this durability test done on the device to see what we mean.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Durability Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD_IlFkqSnA

The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel did a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S10 to determine how much abuse the screen can take. Ultimately a few light scratches didn't seem to impact the in-screen fingerprint reader's ability to function, but deep scratches did.

Zack confirms that at a certain point, the deep scratches in the screen ruin the reader. The phone reports the fingerprint scanner is dirty and won't allow new fingerprints to be programmed into the device. That's disappointing news, but not unexpected for first-year experimental tech.

Zack also notes that the under screen fingerprint reader is much slower than the traditional ceramic readers on most smartphones. If speedy screen unlocks are important for you, you're better off with facial recognition on the Galaxy S10 for now.

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