Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review - update
4.9Overall Score
Name: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Price (RRP): $1548
Manufacturer: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is an extension of the Galaxy S10 family – we like to call it the S10+/+ or “the phone to buy regardless of 5G”. While it has essentially the same internals as the S10+, save the 5G modem and two TOF sensors, it does have to drive a little more tech.

We set out to explore the differences between the S10+ and the Galaxy S10 5G. We also reflect on 5G coverage and if it has improved since the late May launch at Telstra HQ (nope – it has not!)

Who buys the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G?

If you have a use case for 5G (and can get reception😁😢) then it is one of three smartphones you can select:

  • OPPO Reno 5G fabulous 10x lossless zoom review here
  • LG V50 innovative dual-screen review here

However, even if 5G is not important, it is a further step up over the excellent S10+.

Spoiler alert: The Galaxy S10/+ received five-out-of-five in our review so it’s a dead giveaway that the Galaxy S10 5G should do just as well. However, lack of a MicroSD expansion slot, loss of the rear heart-rate sensor, and that you can only buy it from Tel$tra on a plan loses a few points.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 8/256GB

Model: SM-G977BZAATEL

Website: here

Price: Available exclusively from Telstra at $1548 ($44/66 over 36/24 months – a $432 reduction on launch price) plus a monthly 3G/4G/5G voice and data plan ranging from $50/15GB to $100/150GB. An additional $15 monthly fee for 5G access applies from July 2020.

Note: The version sold here has the Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC and 5100 sub-6GHz 5G modem that tops out at 2Gbps – if you were sitting uncomfortably on top of a Telstra tower! This unit has different performance specs and battery life (both better) than the Qualcomm SD855 version used in the US.

You may want to read our incredibly detailed S10/+ review first. This review covers the differences only. Any specifications in brackets refer to the Galaxy 10+.

Screen:

It has a 6.7-inch (6.4”), 3040 x 1440, 502DPI, 19:9, Cinematic Dynamic AMOLED, making it just .1” smaller than the Note10+. In all other respects – brightness, colour gamut and performance – it is a perfect screen.

Galaxy S10 5G

Processor:

It shares the same Exynos 9820 SoC and like the S10 series has a little, not bad, SoC throttling. In a 15-minute, 100% load test, it was great for the first 12 minutes and then dropped to 71% of its peak performance. In fact, only the two 2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 cores dropped back – the other six cores were unaffected.

This is purely a heat management and protection issue and would not affect anyone unless they used the phone for extended periods at maximum load.

Of the 256GB it has 223GB free and no microSD expansion slot.

LTE/5G

It is a single SIM and locked to Telstra’s 3/4/5G network although the lock does not appear to extend to the 4G/4GX or 3G network (we used an Optus MVNO sim to test that).