Samsung has long been a reliable player in the Indian market and the first choice for many users. While Chinese smartphone manufacturers have recently flooded the market with inexpensive smartphones, the Korean smartphone manufacturer is still finding buyers thanks to the brand that has built up over the years. To compete in the Sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, Samsung launched the Galaxy M10 earlier this year. Though affordable by Samsung standards, it wasn't very well equipped to take on the competition. Samsung has now released an update for the Galaxy M10, which is aptly called the Galaxy M10.
This new smartphone offers numerous improvements over the Galaxy M10, including a fingerprint scanner, an AMOLED display and much more. Do these improvements make the Galaxy M10 more desirable? We check it out to find out.
Samsung Galaxy M10s design
The Galaxy M10s has the same design as the Galaxy M10 (review), with the highlight being a large display with a water drop-like notch. Samsung has enlarged the display and now measures 6.4 inches. It has thin bezels on the top and sides, although the bottom bezel is chunky by comparison. The waterdrop notch houses the selfie camera and above it is a tiny earpiece grille that is easy to miss thanks to its black surface.
Pick up the handset and you will find that at 169 g it is relatively light. The sides of the Galaxy M10s are curved, which makes them comfortable to hold. It has a thickness of 7.8 mm and is housed in a 4,000 mAh battery. All buttons are on the right. We found the on / off switch to be easy to reach, but we can't say the same thing about the volume buttons.
On the left is a compartment with two nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion. The Galaxy M10s has a secondary microphone at the top, while the primary microphone is at the bottom, along with a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and speaker.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 missed a fingerprint scanner, which was an unfortunate gap given the price. The company fixed this time by offering one on the back of the Galaxy M10. We found its position a little too high for our liking, but mixing the phone helped to get it. There is a dual camera configuration with a single LED flash on the back of the phone.
Like most other smartphones in the Galaxy M series, the M10 also has a plastic back panel to keep costs down. We have determined that it is a fingerprint magnet and there is no case included to avoid this.
Samsung Galaxy M10s specifications and software
The Galaxy M10 had a weak processor, but the Galaxy M10s seems to have been upgraded to the Samsung Exynos 7884B. This is an octa-core processor with two ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and six other cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.35 GHz. The Galaxy M10s is only available in a configuration with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage at a price of Rs. 8999. You get around 22 GB of free space for immediate use. You have the option of expanding the memory with a microSD card by up to 512 GB.
Samsung has chosen an AMOLED display for these Sub-Rs. 9,000 smartphone, and it looks beautiful. It has a resolution of HD + (720×1560 pixels) and good viewing angles and is bright enough outdoors. An AMOLED panel that looks so good isn't common in this price segment, and you'll enjoy viewing content on this smartphone. However, we were not satisfied with the bottom speaker because it was not loud and everything sounded very quiet.
Two 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi and three satellite navigation systems are supported. Samsung comes with a 15 W charger, which is a good addition and helps to charge the battery quickly.
Samsung delivers the Galaxy M10 with OneUI 1.1 on Android 9 Pie. Our unit ran the August security patch. We have pre-installed Netflix, Snapchat, Amazon Shopping, Booking.com, Helo, Dailyhunt and some Microsoft apps. While most of these apps can be uninstalled, Netflix can only be disabled. Dailyhunt and Helo can receive spam mails after the first start. We recommend uninstalling them immediately if you don't want to use them.
Digital Wellbeing, an Android Pie feature that lets you track your device’s usage, is also available on your smartphone. There are some gestures like Smart Stay that keep the display on as long as you look at it. You can pull the notification bezel down by swiping the fingerprint scanner on the back. Double tap to wake up is also available to quickly wake up the phone. Unfortunately, there is no always-on display function. Samsung could have built this in to take full advantage of the AMOLED panel.
Samsung Galaxy M10s performance and battery life
With the Exynos 7884B SoC from Samsung, the Galaxy M10 delivers acceptable performance for basic tasks such as navigating the Android user interface. We noticed a certain weakness when loading apps because the phone took longer than usual. The 3 GB of RAM you get with this smartphone is sufficient for average users. However, if you keep doing multiple tasks between apps, you will find that they end in the background. This increases the waiting time because the weak processor reloads these apps.
Since many phones in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segments now have new processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, we were excited to see how the Exynos 7884B was built. In AnTuTu v8, the Galaxy M10 with 108,755 was significantly below the value of 169,832 clocked by Redmi Note 8 (review) with its Snapdragon 655. Geekbench 5 also reported lower scores for the Galaxy M10, with the device achieving 244 and 894 points in the single-core and multi-core tests. The Redmi Note 8 scored 314 and 1,327 points in the same tests. The graphics benchmarks were decent, with the Galaxy M10s achieving 31 and 8.4 fps in the GFXBench T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks.
We played PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy M10 and the game was set to medium settings by default. The graphics were set to balanced and the frame rate to medium. We noticed a jerk while playing and the smartphone felt slightly warm. We also played PUBG Mobile Lite, which ran better and was playable with no noticeable lag.
The Galaxy M10s offers good battery life. At the end of a full day, we still had around 40 percent of the time. This included running some benchmarks, taking some photos and videos, and using the smartphone to navigate with Google Maps. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone ran for 15 hours and 11 minutes, which is reasonable for the price. The 15 W charger comes in handy as the phone grows to 28 percent in 30 minutes and 60 percent in an hour. It took over an hour and a half to fully charge the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy M10s cameras
The Samsung Galaxy M10s is equipped with two cameras. There is a 13 megapixel primary camera with an aperture of 1: 1.9 and a 5 megapixel ultra wide angle camera with an aperture of 1: 2.2. It also has a single LED flash just below the camera module. For selfies, it has an 8 megapixel sensor positioned in the water drop notch.
The camera software is similar to what we saw on the latest Samsung M series smartphones. In addition to the photo and video modes, the modes Panorama, Pro and Live Focus are available. There is a quick switch with which you can easily switch between the main camera and the wide-angle camera. There is an AI that detects what the phone is pointing at and sets up the camera accordingly. You can also quickly activate embellishments and filters.
The main camera of the Galaxy M10 did well in daylight for a phone at this price, and the photos looked good on the phone's display. When we checked the photos on a computer, we found that the dynamic range was not large and the colors were a bit boring. The landscape shots of the day looked good, but we found that the smartphone wasn't recording tiny details. When we enlarged the picture, we could also see grain. The wide-angle camera helps to capture a wide field of view, but we have noticed a loss in quality. Gunshots also had barrel distortion that distorted everything around the edges.
Samsung Galaxy M10s photo samples were taken with the primary camera (top) and the wide-angle camera (bottom). Tap here to view the full size image
Tap to see full size examples of Samsung Galaxy M10s cameras
Close-ups were much better, but focusing the smartphone took a little longer than expected. Once the focus was fixed, it provided a sharp output with a natural depth effect for the background.
In poor lighting conditions, the camera performance drops. The smartphone needs some time to measure scenes and save the focus. Photos showed no details, and large grains were seen when zoomed in. Close-ups showed no details, and it was not easy to position the phone so that it was exactly where we wanted it to be.
Portraits taken in daylight showed good edge detection. With the Galaxy M10, you can choose the level of blurring before shooting. In poor lighting conditions, the output was not sharp and grainy for our taste. Selfies have the option of beautification by default and are good enough for the price, but we've noticed the drop in performance in low light conditions. For both the primary and selfie shooters, the maximum video recording is 1080p. The stabilization is missing, which led to blurred shots.
The Galaxy M10s was launched at Rs. 8,999 in India and it is one of the few smartphones that offer an AMOLED display at this price. We think it's good that it has a clear display, is relatively light and still offers good battery life. You can also charge the smartphone quickly with the included quick charger. These are things that impress buyers looking for a simple, modern, and affordable smartphone.
However, the competition is brutal and the Galaxy M10 doesn't have much to offer in terms of performance. The Exynos processor is only suitable for simple tasks. throw something heavy and it stumbles. Samsung has to put even more work into the cameras if it wants to dominate this segment. We don't need a lot of additional cameras, but improving performance in low light and increasing focus speed through software updates would help the Galaxy M10s immensely.
If you're specifically looking for a Samsung device for little money, the Galaxy M10s is a good choice. However, you should also consider options such as the Realme 5 (review) or the Redmi Note 7S (review). If you value battery life, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy M30 (test).