Samsung considers update to add two key features to the Galaxy S10 line

Samsung considers update to add two key features to the Galaxy S10 line
According to a tweet from tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce), Samsung is considering a couple of firmware based changes to the Galaxy 10 series that should excite owners of these phones. The tweet says that the president of Samsung Greater China, speaking at a conference, spoke about hiking the quick charging capabilities of the handsets in the line to 25W. Strangely, Samsung already offers 25W charging on its mid-range Galaxy A70, Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 phones, but not on its currently released flagship models. We should point out that the Galaxy S10 5G, a completely different phone specs-wise than the 4G LTE version of the Galaxy S10, will launch with 25W charging functionality this summer.

Just a few days ago, Xiaomi introduced its 100W "Super Charge Turbo" charger that will take a battery from 0% to 100% in just 17 minutes. And if you can't wait, a 7-minute charge will take a smartphone battery from 0% to 50% in only 7 minutes. Oppo's SuperVOOC charges at 50W while the foldable Huawei Mate X will charge at 55W when released later this summer.

The other new feature that the Samsung executive talked about sending to the Galaxy S10 line via an update is Super Night Mode. Similar to the Night Sight feature available on all three generations of Pixel phones, Super Night Mode would allow Galaxy S10 users to shoot photographs in dark and low-light conditions without using the flash. Currently, Sammy's new flagships have something called Bright Night, but this doesn't get turned on and off when needed like the Pixel's Night Sight. Instead, Bright Light is part of the Scene Optimizer AI tools that automatically detect what the subject matter is of a picture being taken, and adjusts the camera to optimize the results. If the Screen Optimizer realizes that a picture is being in the dark, it will have the camera take a longer exposure to let in more light. While that is partially how the Pixel's Night Mode works (AI is used to add certain details), Samsung's Bright Night requires a photo to be taken in almost complete darkness in order to turn on. Another drawback is that it is up to the camera, and not the user, to activate it.

Samsung's low-light photography was tested against the P30 Pro and the Pixel 3

Huawei also has a similar low-light photography feature on the P30 Pro called Night mode. We recently put it to the test against the Pixel 3 and the Galaxy S10. Our conclusion was that the P30 Pro system outshines the other two in low-light photography, with the Pixel 3 second and the Galaxy S10 in third place. Perhaps the recent unveiling of the Huawei P30 Pro was the impetus behind the comments made by Samsunbg's China-based executive. After all, the P30 Pro has the aforementioned Night mode, and its battery can charge at 40W. While Huawei's new phones are essentially a non-factor in the U.S., they are strong competition for the Galaxy S10 line almost everywhere else.

While there is no word on when these features could be pushed out to Galaxy S10 owners in the form of an OTA update, it might be sooner than you think. As we pointed out earlier, the 25W fast charging capability is already in use on the company's new Mid-range Galaxy A phones, and much of what a Super Night Mode would do is already part of the Galaxy S10 camera's Bright Light. Still, for many who just shelled out big bucks for the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, these features can't arrive soon enough.



1. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Sounds like Sammy's playing catchup..

3. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Night mode is really the only important feature missing from the S10 series.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The beauty of android is that you get that with apps like flux(was it ?) ...

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

#4 Phonehex ain't talking about system wide Night mode. He is talking about Night mode in camera.

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

#3 That's a missed opportunity. They should have better implemented Super Night mode during launch. But better late than never.

7. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Yes , Night sight/ Bright night mode.

8. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the fact that it is implementing them is a GOOD thing, of course releasing them with these features would have been an even bigger selling point but still, this is the joy of the freedom of android :-) this is a good result

2. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

This would make this phone really great

9. eyaleng

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 25, 2019

Make no mistake, this is a direct response to the P30 with its superior charging speed and low-light photography capabilities. Samsung is feeling the heat (in Europe at least). So next time, before you worship these soulless corporations that don't give a s*** about the consumer, remember that competition is good.

14. gendo

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Yes. Competition is good. That's why Samsung has to keep up with its competitors.

10. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

What's that burning ... My Galaxy s10 caught fire! ... Damn firmware update!!

12. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Nice try..... you failed

11. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I hope so, night photography is the only reason why I was looking to trade my S10+.

13. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Lmao smh


Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

So you'll need to buy a new charger or the one in box support 25W?

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Dont need night sight when the Google camera app works flawlessly already and brings true night sight. Use it often and it's crazy how good Google is at photography

17. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Except for the fact that the majority of the world are screwed in this part, as night sight only works on Snapdragon version.

18. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

They should've did this form launch. They knew Huawei will up the game.

19. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

A "key feature" in my book is something like automatic callrecording not the kind of fluf that this article mentioned.

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