The 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 Has Better Cameras, Too

By Holly Brockwell on at

It seems blisteringly-fast 5G mobile data isn't the only reason to wait for Samsung's 5G version of the Galaxy S10: the cameras are apparently even better than on the regular, still-very-good S10.

The S10 5G has an extra camera, an HQVGA time-of-flight camera, like the fancy extra camera on the Huawei P30 Pro. It's used for 3D applications like augmented reality and better bokeh effects in photography.

The 5G S10's cameras are the first to ever receive a DxOMark benchmark score of over 100 for both photos and videos, which is a pretty big deal.

While the phone scores exactly 100 for video, it got 117 for photos. That comes out to an overall score of 112, tying it for first place with the Huawei P30 Pro for the highest ever mobile camera result.

The S10 5G's selfie camera comes out on top outright, with a score of 101 for photos and 90 for videos, combining to make a total score of 97. The P30 Pro only got 89 for its selfie camera, relegating it to fifth place on the list, behind three Samsung phones and the Pixel 3.

Here's DxOMark's summary of the S10 5G's results:

"Overall, the Galaxy S10 5G performs slightly better than the excellent S10+ in our tests. Samsung’s move to 4K default resolution for video, and a beneficial switch to using the telephoto camera for bokeh effects in portrait mode, give the 5G version a 3-point score bump to put it at the very top of all our tested mobile devices. The S10 5G also gets to claim the title of being the first smartphone to score 100 points for video. Buyers of the 5G version of the S10 may be primarily interested in its next-generation connectivity, but will get improvements to photos and videos as an additional benefit.

As with other devices with a similar camera setup, the S10 5G’s ultra-wide-angle camera did not have an impact on its DxOMark score. Still, an ultra-wide lens is a very useful tool for many, especially landscape photographers and anyone hoping to capture images of large groups of people. Similarly, the added TOF sensor in the 5G version of the S10 doesn’t affect its score, but does allow for better bokeh effects when desired in videos, and should improve performance for depth-sensitive augmented reality applications (for example). It will also be interesting to see if Samsung is able to provide the upgraded bokeh quality to S10+ owners via firmware update, since both models use cameras with the same listed specifications."

You can read their very in-depth review here.

The 5G S10 is coming to the UK, will definitely work with EE and Vodafone's 5G networks, and will cost about £950 for 256GB and £1,050 for 512GB.

Everything else might be getting worse in 2019, but mobile cameras are definitely improving to levels we couldn't have imagined just a couple of years ago. All the better to photograph the apocalypse with. [Trusted Reviews]