It's official: The 1TB Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the most expensive smartphone ever made for a mainstream audience.
With an RRP of $2399, the 1TB Galaxy S10+ costs $900 more than the Galaxy S9+ did at launch (albeit with almost twice as much storage). Even the top-of-the-range iPhone XS manages to outprice it. So what do you get for your truckload of dollarydoos?
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the first smartphone to come with 1TB of onboard storage. It's also one of the biggest phones ever, with its Quad HD+ AMOLED display measuring 6.4 inches. (The iPhone XS Max is slightly larger at 6.5".)
Other noteworthy specs include an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, three rear-facing cameras (12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle and 16MP ultra-wide), 8GB RAM and a generous 4100mAh battery. As mentioned, it also comes with 1TB of storage, plus a microSD card slot for an additional 512GB.
Here are the full specs:
|Operating system||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)|
|Camera||Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°) - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: Dual Camera - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) - RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)|
|Body||74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g)|
|CPU||8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)|
|Memory||8GB/12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)|
|Network||Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 - 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM - 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor|
To be fair, it's worth noting that the Apple iPhone XS Max is only $30 cheaper than the 1TB Samsung S10. It also comes with around half the capacity and has no external storage options. In any event, you can plump for one of the cheaper S10 models if $2399 is too high for you.
Personally, we think most people will be better off nabbing the 1TB Samsung Galaxy S10+ on a contract. While this will cost more money in the long run, you won't be paying through the nose in a single hit. (Plus, you're obviously going to need mobile data for this thing - might as well kill two birds with one stone, eh?)
You can see how the various telco plans compare by heading to our S10+ plan portal which should be up and running at approximately 9am AEDT.