The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy M10 is its screen, with its waterdrop-style notch at the top for the front camera. Just above the camera on the top edge sits the earpiece, and the entire thing looks similar to what we’ve seen on smartphones such as the OnePlus 6T and Oppo F9 Pro. A thin black border can be seen all around the screen, with it stretching almost till the top edge and leaving a narrow chin area at the bottom.
The back and sides of the Samsung Galaxy M10 are plastic, with curved edges and corners. The ports and buttons are all where we expected them to be, and the only thing that really stood out was the speaker grille at the back rather than at the bottom. This was common a few years ago, but now comes across as odd. It also causes audio to be slightly muffled when the phone is lying flat on its back, which can affect how loud the ringtone is.
The top-left corner of the back of the phone has the dual-camera setup and flash, and you’ll also see a Samsung logo and some regulatory text. The blue colour of our review unit looked good, but the plastic was prone to picking up fingerprints and smudges.
Something that a lot of users will appreciate on the device is the SIM and external storage tray, which features dedicated slots for two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. It’s also worth pointing out that the Samsung Galaxy M10 doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, and you only have face recognition as a method of biometric security on the device.
The screen on the phone is a 6.22-inch HD+ resolution ‘Infinity-V’ TFT display, named so because of the shape of the notch. Perhaps its biggest issue is the resolution; at 720×1520 pixels, you get a 19:9 aspect ratio but it isn’t very sharp. For basic usage, we didn’t have too many issues, particularly with apps such as WhatsApp or anything that doesn’t rely on heavy visuals.
The Samsung Experience UI looks alright even with the lower resolution, although we could see some grain around the app icons. However, we weren’t impressed with the screen when using it with Netflix and simple games such as Subway Surfers.
We also didn’t quite like the colours and brightness, and found that things don’t look very good at wider viewing angles. Furthermore, the screen appears dull unless you drag the brightness slider all the way to the maximum level. What we did like about the screen was its size, proportions, and edge-to-edge design.
- NETWORK Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Dimensions: 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7 mm (6.13 x 2.98 x 0.30 in)
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Size: 6.22 inches, 96.6 cm2 (~82.1% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5
- CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
- MEMORY Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
- Internal: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- MAIN CAMERA: Dual 13 MP 5 MP
- SELFIE CAMERA: Single 5 MP
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- SKU: SA948EL02JH7KNAFAMZ
- Display Size (inches): 6.2
- Operating System: Android
- RAM(GB): 3
- Memory Size (GB): 32
- Color: Black
- Model: M10
- Weight (kg): 1