Samsung Galaxy S10+ Q&A: Your questions answered!
Galaxy S10+ Q&A
PA: The ultrasonic one is faster than optical in-display scanners, but nothing beats a good ol' physical scanner. It goes like this: physical FP scanner > Ultrasonic > Optical!
PA: There are no artificial limits in play here. Sure, you might not be able to record super-long videos due to storage concerns, but Samsung has omitted the 10-minute limit that was present on the previous generations.
PA: 1. Yes, it does have stereo speakers. 2. Audio's excellent, no qualms with this one. 3. Yes, you can charge the phone and wirelessly charge your Galaxy Buds at the same time.
PA: Your mileage may vary depending on the specific tempered glass protector you have in mind - some might work, some might not. Better look out for tempered glass protectors that are ultrasonic-friendly!
PA: There's no LED notification light present. The end of an era for Android devices is sadly upon us, and you will have to resort to the always-on display to check on your notifications. The vibration motor is a bit snappier than the one found on the Galaxy Note 9, which is great! On the topic of long exposure, we are happy to report that you can use a long exposure of up to 10 seconds in Pro mode.
PA: They successfully ignore the punch hole and don't interrupt the functionality of apps and games. As we said in our review, "Samsung's unorthodox solution hasn't broken the looks or functionality of any apps or games we've run on the Galaxy S10+ so far. They simply ignore the cutout and the area to the side of it, with rare exceptions such as Google Maps stretching all the way up to the top of the screen. The front camera can be "hidden" by applying a black background to the status bar, but that doesn't look pretty."
PA: 1. This will be addressed in the full reviews of the S10 and S10e. So far, the S10+ has fared similarly to the Note 9 in terms of battery life. 2. You should ask Samsung! 3. OneUI is by far the best stock software to ever grace a Samsung phone, bar none. 4. Yes, it does. 5. Depends - if your S8/S8+ feels dated to you, then sure, the S10/S10+ will be more than a worthy upgrade. On the other hand, if that S8 is still treating you well and the S10 isn't particularly enticing, you should probably hold off on upgrading.
PA: Unlock with Voice Match, a core Google Assistant functionality, can definitely be used on the S10 series. However, it's insecure (but aren't we all?) and others might succeed in unlocking your voice. After you unlock your phone, you can continue your queries to the assistant provided that the "OK Google any time" feature hasn't been disabled.
PA: The overall quality of both stills and videos is largely the same as the Note 9. That's not a bad thing, of course, but we feel that there's always some room for improvement. Of course, the major differentiating factor between the S10+ and the Note 9 is the super-wide camera of the former which is very fun to use despite its shortcomings (no OIS and no autofocus, noisier images).
PA: Yes, it can be used with Gear VR. As logic suggests, your view will be obstructed in the area of the punch hole, but what are you going to do...
PA: It wouldn't be surprising at all if the Galaxy S10 lineup has been over-engineered to accept a greater charging input than advertised, but if Samsung has decided to play it safe by limiting the charging speed, then we'd trust them with doing the right thing. Nobody wants the Note 7 fiasco to repeat itself in one way or another, right?
PA: Just like any other Android device, the Galaxy S10 lineup has developer settings available after tapping the build number entry in software info a couple of times. You can't change the DPI without resorting to ADB, but you can change the density of the interface elements by heading to Settings > Screen Zoom.