The Problem with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: and today we’re gonna be talking about the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
A lot of you guys will already know that these have been some of my favorite devices of the year so far.
And I’ve had my personal SIM card in the S10 Plus
for the most part of this year. And that’s because there’s a lot to like about the S10 Plus.
I’ve covered a lot of that in my full, in-depth, two-month-later review, I’m gonna be linking that in the cards and in the description.
Now, here’s the thing.
If you are to go out and buy an S10 Plus, depending on your region, you’re gonna be getting a slightly different version.
Now physically they’re gonna look the same.
And generally speaking, they are also gonna be performing very similarly.
However, I know a lot of you guys already know that depending on your region, you’re gonna be getting either a version powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Samsung Exynos 9820.
Now, generally speaking, both of these are very capable chipsets and you’re gonna be getting good performance from both of these, however, in my review, I did mention that after using both of them extensively, I did notice that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 version was slightly better in terms of performance and it was definitely better in terms of battery life.
I was getting roughly around 20% better battery life on the 855 version compared to the 9820.
Now, this may be partly because the Exynos 9820 is an 8-nanometer chipset, versus the 7-nanometer chipset on the 855.
Now, following on from that there’s an advantage that I’ve noticed on the Exynos version, compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 version and that is updates.
It seems like because the Exynos chipset is made in-house by Samsung, they can roll out updates quicker than compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 version.
And in most cases, it’s a lot quicker.
So, let me give you an example.
In my review, there was something that I fed back and I’m sure lots of other users fed back as well and that was that we’d
like to have a night mode, a dedicated night mode for low light photography, as well as a portrait mode, the light focus mode from the telephoto camera, initially, it was only available on the primary camera.
And it was great to see that Samsung actually took this feedback on board and they have rolled out some updates on my Exynos version that have enabled night mode, which improves low light photography, and they’ve also given us a portrait mode from the telephoto camera which works very, very well.
However, as mentioned, this is currently, only on my Exynos version.
Now here’s the thing, the night mode update on my Exynos version, came around two months ago and the portrait mode from
the telephoto camera update came around six weeks ago.
So, it’s roughly about one and a half months ago.
Now, these updates are still not available on my Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 version.
And I’ve spoken to a few friends in the US who also use the 855 version and they don’t have it either.
So, it seems like we’ve got advantages and disadvantages for both variants.
And as a consumer, generally speaking, you’re only gonna be able to get the version that’s available in your country.
Yes, you could get it imported, but that’s gonna be a little bit complicated.
So, why am I making this video?
Well, it’s really to highlight this issue.
Yes, I know we’ve had these differences for some time, between the different chipsets, but I think this year in particular, the differences are most significant.
And I’m hoping that Samsung can watch this and take that feedback on board and try to give us more consistency, going forward.
Yes, a couple of weeks between updates is fine, but if we’re waiting a couple of months, then it can be quite frustrating for a lot of users.
I’m sure it’s not an easy fix and there are probably lots of complicated things happening in the background when it comes to supply chains and distribution and things like that, but I would definitely like to see more consistency between different variants of the Galaxy devices going forward.
Should you still buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus despite this issue?
Yes, I would still recommend it.
I would definitely say that the S10 Plus is one of the best smartphones of this year so far.
And regardless of which region you’re in, I still think you are gonna be getting a great, great experience.
It’s just something that I would like to see improved going forward.
So that’s it really, a quick video just to summarize the situation and keep you guys informed.
What do you guys think of this difference?
Definitely let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful.