ASUS VivoBook S14/S15

Connectivity & ports

Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones has always been the first to be the best of the best connectivity. We first saw the Galaxy S8+, it was the first smartphone to feature Bluetooth 5.0. And now, the Galaxy S10 series is the first to feature WiFi 6 – which is based on the IEEE 802.11ax WiFi standard.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

This technology is so new that there are only a number of routers that support 802.11ax on the market currently. The ASUS ROG RaptureĀ GT-AX1100 supports WiFi 6, but it costs as much as the Galaxy S10e.

That aside, the fingerprint scanner has also been moved under the display. Instead of using an optical fingerprint scanner like the OPPO R17 Pro or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung developed their own technology – using sound waves. Essentially, it uses TOF techonlogy to map your fingerprint in 3D by utilizing sound.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The new ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner works a lot better compared to its optical counterpart. If I placed my fingertip on the correct position, it will unlock 100% of the time. I tried dirtying up my fingertip, unlock the phone while eating fried chicken, and the ultrasonic fingerprint reader still flawlessly.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

If you misplaced your fingerprint, an indicator of where the fingerprint scanner will be shown on the screen. Brilliant!

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung has once again retained all of the ports that we all have come to love over the years. Obviously, I am speaking about the 3.5mm audio jack. It is found at the bottom alongside with the USB-C cable, a microphone, and also loudspeaker.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

At the left side is where we can find the volume rocker and Bixby button. More about this button in the software section of this review.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

At the right side we can see the power button. The position of it has been moved way up above compared to its predecessor. It cannot be reached with one hand without changing your grip on the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

At the top of the phone, we can find the card tray and the secondary microphone. Samsung also retained the usual nano SIM 1 + hybrid slot for the cards.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung really did us a favor this time around by retaining microSD card and also the 3.5mm audio jack as many of us still rely on these two things. Since they are not broken, why fix it?

While we’re on the subject of audio, the Galaxy S10+ has fantastic stereo speakers (from the earpiece too) and it sounds amazing. There is actually bass and I enjoyed my time listening to music from the loudspeakers themselves.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
9
Software
10
Connectivity and ports
10
Screen
10
Specifications
10
Camera
8
Battery and charger
8
Value
7
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