Samsung now offers up to $400 trade-in toward Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e (US only)

Once Samsung launched the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e, the company decreased the maximum amount you could get from a trade-in from $550 to $300. The good news is that Samsung raised the trade-in maximum to $400, though there are some caveats.

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First, the boosted trade-in value is only available if you buy an unlocked Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e. Don’t fret if you’re a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint customer — you can still get up to $300 off carrier versions when you trade in an eligible device.

Also, only the following smartphones net you the full $400 credit:

Finally, the new trade-in deal is available for a limited time in the U.S. Samsung didn’t say for how long the deal will last for, so you might want to buy the Galaxy S10 sooner than later if you want a higher trade-in offer.

You can pick up the Galaxy S10 at the link below. Note that you can get a free set of Galaxy Buds and a free New Duo Charger if you pick up the 512GB version of the Galaxy S10.

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25 Bixby actions to try with your new Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Home Screen

After unboxing your brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 and setting up all the basics, it’s time to let loose and start playing with the plethora of features the device offers. One of them is Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant that lets you interact with the device through voice commands. Bixby understands thousands of commands and lets you do things like play music and check the weather without even touching the device.

We won’t show you every single command Bixby understands in this post. Instead, we’ll focus on the most popular ones you’ll likely use often to get things done faster. Here are 25 useful Bixby commands you should try out with your new Galaxy S10.

1. Save a contact

  • Command: Hi Bixby, add Paul as a new contact with his number 1234-5678.

2. Get up to speed

  • Command: Hi Bixby, read me my last text message.

3. Delete sensitive info

  • Command: Hi Bixby, delete all messages that contain the word “PIN number.”

4. Capture and share

  • Command: Hi Bixby, take a screenshot and text it to Jennifer.

5. Download an app/game

  • Command: Hi Bixby, download Instagram from the Google Play Store.

6. Share it with the world

  • Command: Hi Bixby, post the last photo I took on Facebook.

7. Enjoy yourself

  • Command: Hi Bixby, play a funny cat video on YouTube.

8. Set a timer/stopwatch/alarm….

  • Command: Hi Bixby, set a timer for 27 minutes.

9. Get a ride

  • Command: Hi Bixby, get me an Uber to the airport.

10. Learn a foreign language

  • Command: Hi Bixby, scan this text (with the camera) and translate.

11. Pucker up

  • Command: Hi Bixby, take a selfie.

12. Get nostalgic

  • Command: Hi Bixby, show me my vacation photos from France.

13. Don’t forget the milk

  • Command: Hi Bixby, remind me to pick up milk at 7pm.

14. Find your car

  • Command: Hi Bixby, remember where I parked.

15. Check battery status

  • Command: Hi Bixby, how long will my battery last?

16. Turn on night vision mode

  • Command: Hi Bixby, turn on the flashlight.

17. Better safe than sorry

  • Command: Hi Bixby, delete my browser history.

18. Open an app

  • Command: Hi Bixby, open the Android Authority app.

19. Check your fitness level

  • Command: Hi Bixby, how many steps have I taken today?

20. Get your grub on

  • Command: Hi Bixby, find the nearest pizza place.

21. Dance into the night

  • Command: Hi Bixby, play dance music on Spotify.

22. Don’t get lost

  • Command: Hi Bixby, navigate to Oxford street.

23. Don’t get caught in a storm

  • Command: Hi Bixby, what’s the weather like?

24. Don’t be late for that meeting

  • Command: Hi Bixby, show my schedule for today.

25. Get rid of the clutter

  • Command: Hi Bixby, delete the last two images I took.

There you have it — these are the most useful Bixby commands to try on your Galaxy S10. There are plenty of others you could test out, some of which you can check out in our dedicated Bixby guide.

We asked, you told us: Most prefer the Galaxy S10 Plus over the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 back glare vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (5 of 60)

Huawei officially announced the P30 Pro this week, introducing the Galaxy S10 Plus’ first real competition of 2019. Both handsets feature top-of-the-line specs, impressive camera performance, and a premium price tag.

With this in mind, we decided to ask you if you’d rather pick up Samsung’s latest and greatest or Huawei’s. Here is what you had to say.

Huawei P30 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus?

Results

It was a pretty cut and dry poll across the site, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. With over 50,000 votes, 60 percent of the voters would rather own and use the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus over the Huawei P30 Pro.

According to the comment section, most people valued Samsung’s overall performance. While a lot of voters agreed that Huawei’s camera setup would likely outperform Samsung’s, the Galaxy line has a reputation of being a lot more reliable than the P series.

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Additionally, it appears as though most who shared their opinion are liking Samsung’s new One UI. Compared to Huawei’s EMUI, One UI is fresh, fast, doesn’t limit an app’s background performance, and is made for larger phones.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • S10 Plus. All of the features that most people would want are right there and they made the Samsung experience even better.
  • how about ‘NOTCH interested’?! (in case you didn’t get it, neither of those)
  • Neither. Phones are getting so monotonous. It’s the same thing in every phone these days
  • Everything aside, EMUI sux
  • Only thing good is the camera. Everything else, S10+ is much much better.
  • Samsung all the way. Not touching Huawei, don’t trust them.
  • The S10+ is a much better phone overall. (Build quality, components quality, the display, headphone jack, features, etc.) The camera alone isn’t enough to make that Huawei phone as good as the Galaxy.
  • Huawei does have the best cameras, but Samsung has better UI, UX, better screen, Dex and it’s own VR superpowers.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

Hidey Hole grabs wallpapers from Reddit for you that hide the Galaxy S10’s camera

Samsung Galaxy S10e Toy Story Wallpaper

Since the launch of the Galaxy S10 series, users (including Samsung) have been creating wallpapers that hide the phone’s hole punch cameras. Now, Chainfire, a well-known Android developer, has released an app called Hidey Hole that aggregates these wallpapers for you (via Android Police). 

As the developer states in the app’s Play Store listing, you could get all of these wallpapers yourself by just visiting Reddit. What’s special about Hidey Hole, is that the app makes finding specific images more convenient to locate while throwing in a couple of extra features.

Inside the app, you can first sort the wallpapers based on which Galaxy S10 they were made for. From there, you can have the photos listed by the date that they were uploaded to Reddit or by popularity. And thirdly, you can also search for wallpapers by category. Unfortunately, it looks like this feature is still a bit buggy.

Lastly, Chainfire added the ability to edit a wallpaper’s brightness, contrast, and colors. These controls allow users to finetune each image to look best on their displays.

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Don’t bother downloading this app though if you aren’t using a Galaxy S10 device. The developer states that it will crash on opening and they won’t fix it. You will have to find creative wallpapers somewhere else. 

You can download Hidey Hole directly from the Play Store for free using the button below. 

Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S10? (Poll of the Week)

Last week’s poll summary: Last week, we asked you to choose between the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Out of over 60,000 total votes, roughly 39 percent of voters said they’d buy the Mate X over the Galaxy Fold. Just 28 percent would choose the Galaxy Fold over the Mate X. What’s strange is that 30 percent of voters said they’d choose neither phone.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup goes on sale this week, and we want to know if you’re buying one.

Overall, we’ve heard very little complaints from our readers with the S10 family so far. Not only do the smartphones pack in all the features you could want, Samsung is catering to a wide variety of users this year.

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If you’re after the biggest phone with the best specs you can get, the Galaxy S10 Plus is for you. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 is still a pretty big phone and has a very similar spec sheet, though you do get a few less features. The Galaxy S10e, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone XR, is a much smaller, more affordable phone.

The problem is, these phones are pricey. The cheapest Galaxy S10e starts at $749.99, the S10 proper will cost you $899.99, and the S10 Plus starts at $999.99.

Did you order any one of these phones? If so, which one? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments with your thoughts. Oh, and our Galaxy S10 Plus review will likely drop sometime very soon, so stay tuned for that!

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Samsung Galaxy S10 phones officially support Netflix HDR10 video

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e aren’t yet available to the general public, Netflix quietly added HDR10 certification for all three phones.

This is good news for those that want to take advantage of the Galaxy S10 phones’ Dynamic OLED displays, which are the first smartphone displays to support HDR10+. Whereas HDR10 features a set metadata channel, HDR10+ features a dynamic metadata channel with a variable midpoint of the dynamic range. The metadata is then used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis more accurately.

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However, we don’t have a firm idea of how much Netflix content supports the HDR10+ standard. We should see such content show up more on Netflix over time, thanks to 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. agreeing to support the HDR10+ standard.

Before you play HDR10 content on your Galaxy S10, make sure you have the latest version of Netflix installed — HDR10 content on Netflix won’t play on an older version of the app.

In related news, Netflix also added HD certification for the Galaxy S10 phones and the lower-end Galaxy M-series phones — the latter include the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30. Netflix added HD certification for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 710, and 855 processors.

Any devices that feature the three aforementioned processors will support Netflix in HD resolution out of the box. That is unless your device doesn’t support Widevine L1.

DxOMark: Galaxy S10 Plus is the best overall smartphone shooter

Samsung Galaxy S10 Prism Back

Yesterday, DxOMark scored the Xiaomi Mi 9 as the third-best smartphone for taking photos. Now, the scores are in for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and it looks like it’s going to steal a lot of the Mi 9’s thunder.

According to DxOMark, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is now the best overall smartphone camera system for still photography. Its overall score for photos and video is matched by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei P20 Pro, but the Galaxy S10 Plus selfie cam blows those devices out of the water, making it the best full package choice.

The Galaxy S10 Plus received a score of 114 for its rear lens when it comes to still photographs, the same score as both the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro. It also scored a 97 for video, the same score as the Mate 20 Pro but slightly lower than the P20 Pro (which scored 98).

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It would appear then that it’s mostly a tie between the three, but the dual-lensed selfie cam on the front of the Galaxy S10 Plus sends it flying past its peers with a score of 96, much higher than the Mate 20 Pro (75) and the P20 Pro (72).

In other words, when it comes to taking photos, the Galaxy S10 gives you the complete package which no other device alone can match.

Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is still the top winner when it comes to video footage with a score of 99, the highest score ever given by DxOMark. However, it could be that the phone received that score because the Mi 9 defaults to 4K video recording instead of the usual 1080p most devices use as a default. Therefore, the score might be a little skewed.

Some folks don’t put much stock into DxOMark scores, but the Galaxy S10 Plus matching the two best smartphone camera systems and beating out even the Google Pixel 3 when it comes to taking selfies is pretty impressive.

NEXT: DxOMark finally debuts selfie camera testing suite

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera might support 1080p slo-mo, HDR10+ video, more

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. 91mobiles.com

The team over at XDA Developers spent some time poring through code contained in the latest software of currently-available Samsung smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9. It found some interesting references to as-yet-unavailable camera features, which likely will debut in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

XDA has done this before, accurately predicting the launch of the Galaxy S9’s Intelligent Scan feature and the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 well before those devices hit the market.

To be clear, it’s not guaranteed that the code references will definitely appear with the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera. However, the likelihood is pretty high that the referenced features will appear at some point.

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What did XDA find, you ask? The most notable feature it found is referenced as “SUPER_SLOW_MOTION_CAMERA_RESOLUTION_FHD.” This suggests a new slow-motion capture feature is on the way which will record at 1080p. Currently, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are capped at 720p for recording slow-motion footage.

Additionally, the team found evidence to suggest that the 0.2- and 0.4-second limits for slow-motion recording will be extended to 0.8 seconds.

Another cool reference discovered is the support for filming HDR10+ video content. Unfortunately, XDA couldn’t find any references to resolution or frame rate for HDR10+ video.

Video isn’t the only thing likely to get some love: XDA also found references to a range of bokeh effects for still images. Using these new effects, you’ll be able to change background focus, make parts of the photo black-and-white, or even create artificial lighting sources for your photos.

XDA breaks down everything they found here, which also includes HEIF image format support, wide-angle video recording, beautification effects, automatic shutter buttons, and more. Just be aware that it may come to be that some of these features won’t see a full release.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 — All the rumors in one place

An official-looking render seemingly confirms the Galaxy S10 Plus’ design (Update: More images)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Leaked Render 91mobiles

Update, Jan. 31, 2019 ( 3:55pm ET): On the heels of this morning’s leaked render, WinFuture has released similar photos of the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus in multiple colorways and angles. You can view a handful of the new images below.

Galaxy S10 Colorway
Galaxy S10 side angle
Galaxy S10 Colorway
Galaxy S10 Leak Side Angle

Additionally, WinFuture put the renders of the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus side by side so you can see the size comparison. If rumors are to be believed, the smaller of the two will come in with a 5.8-inch display while the Plus model will have a 6.2-inch screen.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Size Comparison

Original post, Jan. 31, 2019 (12:00pm ET): With MWC just a couple of weeks away, 2019’s smartphone announcement season is just about to start. As is tradition, Samsung’s latest flagship has been leaking all over the internet. This time, 91mobiles claims to have been given official renders of the Galaxy S10 Plus.

As you can see, the handset in the leaked image pretty closely matches leaked CAD models and real-life photos that we’ve seen up until this point. To no one’s surprise, the larger of the two Galaxy S10 models looks to have a dual-sensor hole punch in the top right corner of the display and three cameras around back.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Leaked Close Up 91mobiles

This render also seemingly confirms the fact that Samsung is ditching the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Instead, the South Korean manufacturer is rumored to be including an in-display sensor that will pair with the company’s usual facial-recognition tech.

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Other than that, there’s isn’t anything new to learn from this render. The button layout appears to match what we’ve seen in previous years with the power button positioned on the right side of the phone and the volume rocker and Bixby button on the left. And because of the Infinity-O display, the Galaxy S10 Plus features smaller bezels compared to Samsung’s older handsets.

As a refresher, the Galaxy S10 Plus is rumored to have a 6.4-inch display which would match the Note 9’s. Additionally, the handset should come with the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 SoC depending on the region, 6GB to 12GB of RAM, and up to a terabyte of built-in storage.

Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus at an Unpacked event on February 20 in San Francisco.

Galaxy S10 case renders seemingly confirm three variants and hardware features

Every year Samsung releases a new generation of Galaxy S smartphones and every year they leak out early. While we’ve already seen a good number of photos appear online, Evan Blass has now shared case renders of the South Korean company’s entire Galaxy S10 lineup.

The below renders reportedly show the Galaxy S10E (previously known as the Lite version), S10, and S10 Plus.

If you turn the contrast up on the renders, you can spot a number of additional features. First, it’s quite clear that the Galaxy S10E and S10 each sport a single hole punch camera sensor while the S10 Plus includes a dual-camera setup.

Second, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus feature three cameras around back while the S10E only has two. Thanks to a previous leak, it’s rumored that the three rear sensors will include a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP camera with a telephoto lens. We’re not sure what two sensors will be available on the S10E.

Third, while the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will likely include an in-display fingerprint sensor in addition to face unlocking technology, the cheaper S10E model will not. Instead, it appears as though Samsung is going to add a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that doubles as the power button.

Lastly, thanks to the case being clear, we can see that all three phones should include a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a bottom-facing speaker. Additionally, there had some talk that Samsung might use a sound-emitting screen similar to the Vivo Nex phone, but the renders do appear to show a minuscule cutout for an earpiece at the top of the display.

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Based on previous leaks, it’s believed that the Galaxy S10E will have a 5.8-inch display, the S10 will have a 6.1-inch screen, and the S10 Plus will be the largest at 6.4-inches. It’s also rumored that the class on the two larger models will be curved on the side like with previous Samsung handsets while the S10E will be flat, but it’s hard to tell if that’s exactly true in these renders.

One thing to note here is that case renders aren’t always the most reliable. Occasionally, the accessory manufacturers like to sprinkle on additional details that won’t be seen when the handset is released. But as these images look realistic and they were leaked by Blass, we find them trustworthy.

What do you think about these renders? Which one of the Galaxy S10 variants are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!