I’m a big fan of Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 (details), Galaxy S10 Plus (details) and Galaxy S10e (details). But the smart money says you should wait for the Galaxy Note 10, and this is why…
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Picked up last week, Samsung took a performance shortcut with the entire Galaxy S10 range which is hard to swallow. Every Galaxy S10 model is fitted with UFS 2.1 storage, despite Samsung announcing the commercial availability of UFS 3.0 which is twice as fast and more efficient, so it has less battery drain.
Samsung has already confirmed the Galaxy Fold will have UFS 3.0 when it launches next month and every Samsung flagship phone will feature this next-generation storage from now on. But the Galaxy S10 line-up has been left in the cold. This is a real shame given everywhere else the models are full of cutting-edge tech.
That is, aside from one area: security. Mystifyingly, the Galaxy S10 actually has worse facial recognition than its predecessor and tests this week have revealed it can be fooled by almost anything. Galaxy S10 models have so far been unlocked with a photo, a video and even a sister!
Samsung will undoubtedly try to improve this with software updates, but the best bet is disabling facial recognition entirely and relying on the new Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. Or waiting for the Galaxy Note 10. After all, Samsung is unlikely to make such a big mistake again.
Yes, the Galaxy S10 range is very expensive (even the new budget model) but early adopters will be bitten harder than anyone else. New data from BankMyCell reveals the Galaxy S9 lost over 40% of its value in month one and over 60% of its value disappeared in nine months making it “one of the fastest depreciating handsets.”
The upside is those who are prepared to hold-off upgrading can pick-up a bargain within a few months. Given the facial recognition problems, that sounds like a smart move anyway.
Do Not Buy The Galaxy S10 (Yet)
Needless to say, there’s a lot to like about the Galaxy S10 range but there’s not a lot to like in buying one right now. Wait for Samsung to deliver fixes for the facial recognition, see if UFS 3.0 is integrated into a quiet refresh of the models within the next 3-6 months and remember the big one: the Galaxy Note 10 is just five months away…
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