Best Phones with GPS in 2020

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Winner
OnePlus 8 Pro Glacial Green​, 5G Unlocked Android Smartphone U.S Version, 8GB RAM+128GB Storage, 120Hz Fluid Display,Quad Camera, Wireless Charge, with Alexa Built-in
Best Price
Honor 20 (128GB + 6GB RAM) 6.26" HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - 48MP Quad Main Camera + 32MP Frontal Camera - International Version No Warranty YAL-L21 (Blue)
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | US Version | 128GB of Storage | Fingerprint ID and Facial Recognition | Long-Lasting Battery | U.S. Warranty | Prism Black
Model
8 Pro
20
Galaxy S10+
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
OnePlus
Honor
Samsung
Display Diagonal Size
6.78 inch
6.26 inch
6.4 inch
Storage
128 GB
128 GB
128 GB
Battery Capacity
4,510 mAh
3,750 mAh
3,400 mAh
RAM
8 GB
6GB
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
1.43 oz
1.13 oz
2 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Lightning-fast performance
  • Very bright and convincing display
  • Great battery life and very short charging time
  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Good battery life - and charging time
  • First class equipment
  • Excellent and large OLED display with integrated fingerprint sensor
  • Triple camera with many features
Cons
  • High Price
  • No memory card slot
  • Expensive Price Tag
Winner
OnePlus 8 Pro Glacial Green​, 5G Unlocked Android Smartphone U.S Version, 8GB RAM+128GB Storage, 120Hz Fluid Display,Quad Camera, Wireless Charge, with Alexa Built-in
Model
8 Pro
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent June 2020
Manufacturer
OnePlus
Display Diagonal Size
6.78 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
4,510 mAh
RAM
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
1.43 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Lightning-fast performance
  • Very bright and convincing display
  • Great battery life and very short charging time
Cons
  • High Price
Best Price
Honor 20 (128GB + 6GB RAM) 6.26" HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - 48MP Quad Main Camera + 32MP Frontal Camera - International Version No Warranty YAL-L21 (Blue)
Model
20
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Honor
Display Diagonal Size
6.26 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
3,750 mAh
RAM
6GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
1.13 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Good battery life - and charging time
Cons
  • No memory card slot
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | US Version | 128GB of Storage | Fingerprint ID and Facial Recognition | Long-Lasting Battery | U.S. Warranty | Prism Black
Model
Galaxy S10+
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Samsung
Display Diagonal Size
6.4 inch
Storage
128 GB
Battery Capacity
3,400 mAh
RAM
8 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
2 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • First class equipment
  • Excellent and large OLED display with integrated fingerprint sensor
  • Triple camera with many features
Cons
  • Expensive Price Tag

We compared and tested the best Smartphones with GPS in terms of Display Quality, Performance, Battery Life, Storage, Price and more. Above you can see the Top 3 Ranking of the best Phones with GPS and below you will find more information about GPS in Phones and the in-depth reviews of each Phone.

Guide: GPS in a Phone / Smartphone

If you are looking at a smartphone with GPS test, you will see here how important a simple smartphone can be as a GPS phone. According to a GPS smartphone test, a GPS mobile phone is equipped with certain techniques so that the phone can communicate with a GPS satellite. In general it can be said that new and current models are all sold as GPS phones.

GPS was considered a novelty for some time, but in the meantime this function is already standard with the manufacturers. So if you are looking for a mobile phone with GPS, you can search in a GPS mobile phone leaderboard and you will be able to find current models very well.

Comparison winners can come from Samsung, Apple, Huawei, HTC or other manufacturers.

Known manufacturers of GPS smartphones

  • HTC
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Huawei
  • OnePlus

Why is GPS in a smartphone so important?

A GPS signal may sound banal, but it is enormously important inside the smartphone to increase the comfort of a smartphone. A GPS phone can not only be used for navigation with Google Maps or other apps, but will also benefit directly from GPS in everyday life. So the GPS signal matches exactly where you are.

Use caseExample
Weather ForecastsFor example, if you want to check the weather, the smartphone will know where you are and find the right forecast for the region.
Find out ratings of restaurantsFor example, even if you’re out and about in restaurants, the smartphone can tell you how good the restaurant is according to reviews and experiences.
Creating Movement PatternsIf you are a passionate runner, you can also benefit from GPS. The GPS mobile phone records the meters and routes you have run and you can check afterwards how fast and effective you have run. Such functions would not be possible without GPS, so the price performance of a GPS phone will always be optimal.

Advantages of a GPS Phone

  • GPS makes it easy to locate your device.
  • This allows you to find the device even if it has been lost or stolen.
  • Many apps from the store provide even more accurate data thanks to GPS.
  • An easy navigation is also possible.

Disadvantages of a GPS Phone

  • Battery consumption increases with the use of GPS

How to Buy a Smartphone with GPS

If you want to buy a GPS phone, you should get a GPS phone overview. In an overview in the shop you will find numerous manufacturers and models, which can overwhelm you at first.

That’s why it is so important to look into a smartphone with GPS test, so that you not only get a good price, but according to a price comparison also a good performance. Whether it can be ordered with a contract or without a contract, you must ultimately decide.

Ranking First: OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro review


Pros

  • Lightning-fast performance
  • Very bright and convincing display
  • Great battery life and very short charging time

Cons

  • High Price

The OnePlus 8 Pro already captivates at first sight with its very noble design and the high-quality workmanship. The back of our test device comes with frosted glass, similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. The back looks very chic, but is also a bit more slippery than unmatted glass.

Therefore, a GPS cell phone case should be indispensable for many users. In this case, the camera on the back doesn’t bother as much, as it protrudes very far out of the case and prevents the OnePlus from lying flat.

We very much like the mute switch, which the OnePlus 8 Pro still has. Similar to the iPhones, a physical switch can be used to mute the mobile phone at lightning speed. However, in opposition to Apple devices, three modes are available for selection: Mute, vibration and sound.

Talking about vibration: As already in the previous model OnePlus 7T Pro, the manufacturer also installs an excellent vibration motor in its latest model. The GPS smartphone announces incoming notifications or calls with a very gentle vibration.

Display

OnePlus 8 Pro versions

The OnePlus 8 Pro’s screen has a huge 6.8 inch diagonal. It is thus only a touch smaller than the display of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra and is especially suitable for gaming or watching videos.

However, the high refresh rate of 120 Hertz (60 Hz is usually the norm) ensures pleasant operation with soft animations and a fast response even outside of these areas of use.

Due to the narrow screen format of 19.8:9 in combination with a front that consists of about 90 percent display area only, the user quickly gets the feeling of holding only one large and impressive screen in his hand. The rounded side edges support this a bit more.

Thanks to the QHD resolution (3,168 x 1,440 pixels), the OnePlus 8 Pro produces a crisp, sharp image and brings it up to a very good 513 ppi pixel density. The display also becomes very bright: The screen brightness can already be manually adjusted to a bright 609 cd/m².

But if you’re out in the sunlight, for example, the OnePlus 8 Pro turns up the screen brightness even more and brings it to a spectacular peak value of 1,039 cd/m² in our test. It is in no way inferior to the flagships of other manufacturers like Samsung.

The OLED display shows colors very brightly and the black level is also excellent. We measured an excellent coverage of the sRGB color space of 151 percent in the test.

HDR videos can also be viewed in all their glory thanks to the full display of the DCI-P3 color space. The contrast values are also strong, reaching a value of around 158:1. The OnePlus received the best mark for its display in our test.

Battery Life

OnePlus 8 Pro test ranking

The battery capacity of the OnePlus 8 Pro is 4.510 mAh – this is quite large. Nevertheless, it takes just 70 minutes to fully charge the battery with the included 30-watt adapter. Moreover, 63 percent are already available again after half an hour of charging – enough for a few more hours of use.

As an alternative to the classic wired version, the OnePlus 8 Pro now also comes with wireless charging support for the first time. Parallel to the release, the manufacturer also presented its own wireless charging station, which, like the included power supply unit, achieves 30 watts of power.

So it’s not surprising that the wireless charging time of 78 minutes is hardly any longer. This also makes it the first smartphone with GPS on the market that nominally consumes the same amount of power as a wired one and therefore has almost the same charging time.

In our endurance test we set the display to a brightness of 200 cd/m² and let the device automatically surf the web and play videos via LTE without interruption. Only after about 11 hours did the phone with GPS function switch off – a very good value.

However, you only get this runtime if you do without the increased refresh rate of 120 hertz and are on the move in 60 Hz mode. Otherwise, you’ll lose about one and a half hours of maximum battery life: In our test, it ended after 9:33 hours in 120 Hz mode.

Performance

OnePlus 8 Pro pen

OnePlus has chosen the best from Qualcomm for its current flagship product. The Snapdragon 865 provides the necessary computing power, with a clock rate of up to 2.84 gigahertz and eight computing cores. A full 12 gigabytes of RAM are available to support this.

So it’s not surprising that the OnePlus 8 Pro only just slipped past the best mark in our performance test at the time of testing. The smartphone with GPS loads and renders our elaborate test PDF file in a short 3.2 seconds. It achieved excellent 11,446 points in the PCMark for Android.

But the strong performance of the smartphone also makes itself felt positively in everyday life at all times: almost no loading times, consistently smooth and snappy animations, an always short reaction time – the 8 Pro actually has everything you can expect from a smartphone in 2020 in terms of performance.

Camera

With a total of four camera lenses on the back, OnePlus wants to do a lot better with its new flagship than with its predecessor models. A main camera with 48 megapixels, an ultra-wide angle sensor with also 48 megapixels, a telephoto lens with triple optical zoom and a colour filter lens are used.

According to the manufacturer, the latter processes the light in a different way than cameras of other smartphones and works with a laser system. This results in images with a different color tone than usual. The main camera and the telephoto lens are optically stabilized. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

In the test, we were convinced by the OnePlus flagship’s camera quality, even if it doesn’t quite come up to the level of the very best. Thus, the quality of photos in daylight is excellent and scores with lots of details and great contrasts. In twilight, the picture quality is still usable if you hold the phone with GPS function steady while taking the picture.

However, the first weaknesses in comparison to, for example, a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are already apparent here: the OnePlus 8 Pro doesn’t come close to its photo quality. If you shoot the twilight photo from the palm of your hand, the quality doesn’t decrease as much as it does with the Huawei P40 Pro.

The quality of the Selfie camera is good, but was already better in previous models. Still: that’s grumbling at the highest level, the photos look very good.

Equipment

OnePlus 8 Pro test ranking comparison display

Current Android 10 is used in the OnePlus 8 Pro from the factory. The manufacturer gives the operating system some additional functions with its in-house software interface, Oxygen OS, but leaves the basic design largely unchanged.

After the first setup of the smartphone with GPS ability, about 220 gigabytes of the nominally 256 GB memory remain available for free. Thus most users have enough space for all kinds of apps, games and multimedia data.

The fact that OnePlus again dispenses with a MicroSD slot here can be forgiven. Instead, the mobile phone with GPS sensor is dual-SIM capable. Furthermore, the topic of 5G has now also arrived at OnePlus, as the OnePlus 8 Pro also feels comfortable in the new wireless network.

Features

OnePlus 8 Pro back side

Like almost every other current flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Pro no longer comes with a headphone jack. Here you have to fall back on alternatives, such as USB-C headphones or Bluetooth headphones, as OnePlus does not include a corresponding adapter for the classic 3.5 millimetre jack connection in the packaging. After all, the OnePlus 8 Pro has excellent stereo speakers that produce a great sound.

The other features convinced us in the test. The OnePlus flagship supports both WiFi 5 (WLAN-ac) and WiFi 6 (WLAN-ax). It is one of the first smartphones with the current Bluetooth standard 5.1 and NFC is of course also on board. The USB-C port is also currently available in version 3.1.

For the first time in the history of OnePlus, your smartphone with GPS sensor is also officially protected against the ingress of water and dust. Although the OnePlus smartphones have already kept water and dust away from the hardware in the past, the manufacturer has always saved itself the IP68 certification of the 8 Pro.

For unlocking, either a rather insecure two-dimensional face recognition or an enormously fast and reliable fingerprint sensor is available. The latter is hidden under the display glass and works optically.

Verdict

The OnePlus 8 Pro surprised us positively in the test. The display is an absolute feast for the eyes and doesn’t only get really bright, but also convinces with rich colors. In addition, the operation looks very soft and pleasant thanks to the 120 Hertz refresh rate.

The battery should get most users through the day, but should the worst come to the worst it also recharges in a flash. The performance is on the highest level, the equipment almost perfect, that’s why the OnePlus 8 Pro is ranking First on the Best Phones with GPS.

Ranking Second: Honor 20

Honor 20 review


Pros

  • Great Performance
  • Best Price
  • Good battery life – and charging time

Cons

  • No memory card slot

In keeping with the current standard of high-end smartphones with GPS sensor, the Honor 20 has a generous 6.3-inch display with narrow edges. Only a small hole for the 32 megapixel front camera disturbs the display in the upper left corner.

The workmanship is very good. The edges are pleasantly rounded, only the conspicuously protruding camera hump feels somewhat sharp-edged.

The case consists of a glass jacket in fresh blue and plain black. Honor calls this “Dynamic Holographic Design” and states that they allow millions of tiny prisms to penetrate the depth layer.

What we ultimately see is a cell phone with a chic glass back that shimmers depending on the incidence of light. It looks cool, but the back is still vulnerable to fingerprints.

Display

Honor 20 test

Unlike many models in the luxury class, the Honor 20 has no OLED display and also “only” has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels (Full HD Plus). But that is sharp enough for the size. A difference to the higher QHD resolution, with which many high-end devices currently boast, is ultimately not visible to the naked eye.

Overall, we like the 6.3-inch LCD’s image display very much, the only disturbance being a small hole in the upper left, in which the 32 megapixel front camera sits. If you place an OLED screen next to the Honor 20’s LC display, it becomes clear that it can’t quite keep up with OLEDs in terms of contrast display, but it has a large color space (covers about 140 percent of the standard RGB color space).

Even the larger DCI-P3 color space relevant for HDR films is almost completely covered. With a maximum brightness of 424 candelas per square meter (cd/m²) it is sufficiently bright. Unlike for example the Mate 20 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the brightness doesn’t turn up any further under sunlight, though.

The fingerprint sensor is not integrated into the display, but is now located on the side. The position is a matter of taste and we are definitely satisfied with the lightning-fast response time – just as with the face recognition.

Camera

Honor 20 camera

The rather conspicuous camera hump of the Honor 20 consists of four sensors. In addition to the 48-megapixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, there are two further sensors, each with two megapixels: one specifically for the blur effect in portraits and one for macro shots.

These are cool features, but instead of photos with a resolution of two megapixels, we would have preferred an optical zoom and an optical image stabilizer (as in the Honor 20 Pro).

Two megapixels are too few, especially for macro shots that show fine and small details. The added value is therefore within limits. Videos, which you can only shoot at 30 fps in 4K, are at least stabilized by software.

In good lighting conditions, the photos, which are 12 megapixels by default, are good and rich in detail. The sharpness level could be larger, though. On the test shots, we repeatedly discovered blurred areas, especially in the outer areas. Enlarged photos with the digital zoom also lose sharpness.

The shots in low light are okay, but no comparison to the quality of the Huawei P30 Pro. Especially in dark areas, image noise becomes apparent.

Selfies with the 32 megapixel front camera get sufficiently sharp even without auto focus, but a bit too bright. The portrait mode works well at the front and back, but could partly free up more precisely.

Performance

Honor 20 backside

Besides a lot of display and a quad camera, the Honor 20 for the price offers above all a great performance on the level of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or P30 Pro. The Kirin 980 has 6 Gbyte RAM at its side. Apps start quickly and the system reacts smoothly.

Our self-created, gigantic test PDF loads the Honor 20 in WLAN at about the same speed as the Mate 20 Pro. The latest Android 9 Pie is installed as the operating system under its own EMUI 9.1 user interface.

The battery with a capacity of 3,750 mAh should keep the Honor 20 alive for a day without any problems. We measured a runtime of about 10 hours in our online runtime, in which we automatically scroll on websites and play videos in an average brightness of 200 cd/m².

That is good. After about two hours the Honor 20 is fully charged again with the included 22.5 watt adapter. After half an hour it is already almost halfway. But those who would like to charge wirelessly will go out empty.

Equipment

Honor 20 test table

An internal memory of 128 or 110 usable GBytes is available for music, photos and other data. That should be enough – but it has to be, because the Honor 20 does not have room for a microSD card.

But you can insert two SIM cards (4G/4G) at the same time. In the LTE network, the Honor 20 theoretically travels downstream at up to 1,400 Mbps. However, tariffs in Germany currently offer no more than 500 Mbps.

Verdict

The Honor 20 scores in the test with an outstanding performance that can easily keep up with the upper class. It also scores well in the other categories.

The LC display is sufficiently sharp and bright, the battery life should get you through the day without any problems. The quad camera takes good photos and can keep up with the quality of current premium devices.

All in all the Honor 20 ranks on a great second place in the Best Phones with GPS. Also due to the low price, it wins our ‘Best Price’ category, so if you are on a budget, we would advise you to buy this smartphone.

Ranking Third: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review


Pros

  • First class equipment
  • Excellent and large OLED display with integrated fingerprint sensor
  • Triple camera with many features

Cons

  • Expensive Price Tag

On the outside, the Jubilee Galaxy looks quite impressive. It’s not easy for smartphone manufacturers to bring a device with a completely fresh design onto the market every year (unless it’s a folding smartphone).

With the S10 Plus, Samsung has once again achieved a major visual change over its predecessor. The display takes up a much larger part of the front of the device, and the remaining edges on the top and bottom have become considerably narrower.

A recess on the upper display edge, as on the Apple iPhone (aka “Notch”) was never an option for Samsung to accommodate the front camera. The manufacturer has considered a different solution for the new S10 models: A hole in the top right of the display. As the S10 Plus even has two front cameras, this hole is a wide oval.

Not surprisingly, the lateral display edges are bent again on the Plus version of the tenth Galaxy S phone. This makes the Galaxy S10 Plus – like its predecessor – look exotic and modern. The finish with the aluminum frame is excellent.

Despite the larger display (6.4 inches instead of 6.2 inches), the S10 Plus is still easy to use, but one-handed becomes a bit tiring. For the first time, Samsung is using ceramic as the case material for the Plus model. This feels very high-quality, but it’s not very handy.

According to Samsung, however, it should be much more shock and scratch resistant than the glass case of the S9 Plus. For the time being, the Galaxy S10 Plus won’t be colorful – the colors white or black are available.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus hands on

Samsung uses an OLED display in 19:9 format with the high resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels, also known as QHD+. At 6.4 inches, it has the largest screen diagonal to date among the Galaxy-S models. Fans of large displays, however, already had a 6.4-inch diagonal available with the Galaxy Note 9.

In the standard setting, the screen “only” works with 2,280 x 1,080 pixels. If you want more, switch to QHD+ resolution in the settings. But with the naked eye and away from VR glasses, you won’t see any difference. So to save some battery power, the standard setting with Full HD+ resolution also does the job thicker.

In the test, the OLED display shows off strong colors and strong contrasts. In the “vivid” setting it clearly surpasses the standard RGB color space with 154 percent. Those who like it a bit more subtle can choose a “natural” display. Here, the coverage is reduced to 138 percent compared to the standard RGB colour space.

Streaming fans get their money’s worth, because the Galaxy S10 Plus covers 100 percent of the very large DCI-P3 color space relevant for HDR10 videos – the Galaxy S10 Plus is also licensed for HDR10+.

The display shows itself to be extremely rich in contrast in the laboratory measurement (checkerboard contrast: 176:1) and exceeds the display values of both the Galaxy S9 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

When bright light falls on the sensor, the S10 Plus reaches an extremely high maximum brightness of around 887 candelas per square meter (cd/m²) in automatic mode. This means that contents can still be read excellently outside in sunshine.

If you turn the screen up manually in the living room at home, it still reaches a very good 435 cd/m². We measured here with 50 percent white content. The Galaxy S10 Plus also shows small highlights in HDR videos extremely brightly – the screen can therefore also show its strengths in dark surroundings.

Fingerprint and face sensor

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus fingerprint sensor

The days of a rather awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner directly under the camera on the back are over: the Galaxy S10 models are the first Samsung smartphones with GPS sensor in which the fingerprint sensor is invisibly built into the display.

To unlock the Galaxy S10 Plus, the finger is simply placed in the indicated place in the lower area of the display. The technology isn’t new, though; Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and OnePlus have long since shown their own models with the feature.

Samsung doesn’t use an optical sensor here, however, but relies on ultrasonic technology. This means that the sensor reacts much faster (and is also safer, according to Samsung): it is sufficient to place the finger on the marked area for half a second. Attempts to unlock the phone with a damp or creamed finger have also been successful without delay.

Alternatively, the Galaxy S10 Plus can also be unlocked via face recognition, which also reacts very quickly. We tried this variant in a pitch-black room – without any problems.

However, there are also no problems when trying to unlock the S10 Plus with a video. We put the device to the test 15 times. The unlock worked for 12 attempts – even when the “faster detection” mode was deactivated in the settings.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is much more difficult to trick with a photo. Here, the unlocking only worked for about three of 15 attempts. Otherwise, a hint appears that there would be no match. Nevertheless, it worked three times to bypass the lock – so the unlocking by face scan is certainly not safe.

And this even though the Galaxy S10 Plus even has a second front camera with depth sensor for the bokeh effect. But a 3D scan of the face isn’t done, which is why it’s so easy to trick the unlock.

Performance and Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comparison

The processor performance is strong, because Samsung builds top processors for Android: In the USA and China the current Qualcomm-SoC Snapdragon 855 is under the hood, in all other parts of the world the latest chip Exynos 9820 developed by Samsung itself is used.

In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Exynos has to admit defeat to the Snapdragon 855 in terms of overall performance. However, it still comes in ahead of the strong Kirin 980, which is in Huawei’s latest top models. Samsung explains that there are many reasons for using two processors – including license costs, different regulations and patent rights.

The processor has 8 or even 12 GByte RAM at its side. According to Samsung, the CPU performance is said to be 33 percent better than its predecessor, and the graphics performance is said to have increased by as much as 37 percent.

The Galaxy S10 Plus reacts extremely quickly in all – even performance-intensive – tasks. In the PC Mark for Android it reaches just over 7,500 points and is thus well ahead of the Galaxy S9 Plus (5,400 points).

A lot has also happened in the graphics performance. It achieves the best result in the benchmark GFXBench – at least among the Android phones with GPS sensors. It can’t keep up with the iPhones.

On the Galaxy S10 Plus, Android 9 Pie runs under Samsung’s OneUI 1.1 user interface, whose look is a matter of taste. We find the interface clear, but the round app icons with simple graphics look very childish.

New is the interaction area, which is limited to the lower 2/3 area of the display to avoid awkward finger movements. Regular updates will be available for two to three years.

However, experience has shown that these are always delayed. The security patch on our test device was after all from February 1st, 2019, thus up-to-date.

We are very satisfied with the battery life. Samsung uses a thick 4,100 mAh energy storage, which lets its muscles flex in our online runtime. Together with the more efficient processor, the Galaxy S10 Plus lasts 11:21 hours in continuous use – which is excellent.

But some cross-country skiers like the Huawei Mate 20 even manage over 16 hours. For our online runtime test, we dim the brightness to 200 cd/m² suitable for indoor use and let the smartphone load videos and websites from the LTE network. A script also simulates scrolling and typing inputs.

The S10 Plus is fully loaded again in 118 minutes. After half an hour it is at 36 percent. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro makes it to 65 percent in this time – handy if you forgot to recharge until the last moment.

If you have a Qi charging station at home, you can also charge the Galaxy S10 Plus wirelessly. By the way: the Galaxy S10 Plus has a built-in charging surface, so that it can become a Qi charging station itself and can charge compatible devices, such as the Galaxy Watch Active, but also other mobile phones with an inductive charging function wirelessly.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera

Meanwhile, it is almost no longer a peculiarity for smartphones with GPS function to have three cameras on the back. Nevertheless, the camera setup of the Galaxy S10 Plus impresses us. The main camera consists of a telephoto (12 MP sensor), wide-angle (12 MP) and ultra-wide-angle (16 MP) lens.

The latter has a viewing angle of 123 degrees, which is very useful for landscape or group shots, for example. The telephoto lens can enlarge subjects twice. If you want to get even closer to subjects, you can use the tenfold digital zoom.

An optical image stabilizer is available in both the wide-angle and telephoto lens and prevents photos and videos from being blurred quickly.

Cool is the variable aperture size, which changes depending on light intensity. In bright conditions, the Galaxy S10 Plus chooses a rather small f/2.4 aperture, which allows a good depth of field. At twilight (below 100 lux), the system increases the aperture to f/1.5 to capture more light.

The latter promises better tracing, less noise and overall better photos in these situations. The front camera consists of a 10-megapixel wide-angle lens and a second 8-megapixel lens, specially designed to create the stylish bokeh effect of selfies.

Now for the highlight of the cameras: Both front and main camera shoot videos in 4K resolution – a new and attractive feature. In the settings you can activate a (software controlled) video stabilization even at 4K.

We recorded a high-resolution video once with and once without video stabilization. The difference is clear, the stabilized video is almost free of judder.

Also the automatic scene optimization was extended by 10 scenarios. It now recognises 30 different motifs and adjusts the colour tones accordingly – new are, for example, “cat”, “dog” and “baby”.

The AI also suggests the ideal shooting position or warns of closed eyes or backlighting. The quasi obligatory night mode is of course also included. This has an exposure time of up to 40 seconds and computes several images into an optimized one.

However, a tripod is recommended in any case. Furthermore, the super slomo has been extended from 8.4 seconds to 14.8 seconds.

Photo Quality

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera quality

All in all, we really like the shots taken with the Galaxy S10 Plus. In daylight they get the full score. The photos are super sharp, colors look natural. Structures like hair, yarn or the grid of a screen are extremely detailed.

Even photos taken in low light are convincing, as they retain many details and reproduce colours very well. Only the sharpness decreases towards the edge. When taking pictures from the hand we noticed that little noise is visible on the photos, but on the other hand details are lost because the soft focus smooths structures too much.

Selfies are very sharp, but a little too bright for our taste. For group photos, the mobile phone also expands the picture detail.

Equipment

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus backside

When it comes to equipment, Samsung offers almost everything your heart desires. The Galaxy S10 Plus is waterproof according to IP standard 68 and supports LTE Cat 20 (up to 2 Gigabit per second). Bluetooth 5 and NFC are also included.

The internal memory is already an enormous 512 GByte. But Samsung goes one better and offers a premium version with 1 TBye storage space and 12 GByte RAM. Should that still not be enough, the Galaxy S10 Plus also has room for a microSD card or a second SIM card (hybrid slot).

In addition, the Galaxy S10 Plus is already prepared for the next WLAN generation (Wi-Fi 6 with up to 1.2 Gbps), which is supposed to provide better throughput especially in full WLAN networks, such as at the airport.

And in times of the gradually disappearing 3.5 millimeter jack socket, Samsung makes us happy and continues to use it. But even without headphones, the Galaxy S10 Plus delivers a very good, clear stereo sound.

By the way, Bixby can now speak German, even if the voice assistant doesn’t yet understand every sentence at first go. Common commands, such as weather information, work without any problems. If you want, you can also give her a nickname with which Bixby will address you – a nice gag, nothing more.

The Galaxy S10 Plus can also be connected to a monitor via a Dex cable (about $30), whereupon it creates a desktop as usual on a PC, on which several windows can be opened simultaneously and side by side. The Galaxy S10 Plus can then be used as a touchpad or keyboard.

The “small” version includes 512 GB memory and 8 GB RAM, while the premium version has 1 TByte memory and 12 GB RAM.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a powerful phone with GPS sensor. So powerful that at the time of testing it left all other phones behind and took third place on our mobile phone best list. In the categories display, camera, performance and features, the Galaxy S10 Plus gets top marks.

And thanks to the ceramic back, the model not only looks classy, but also feels very high-quality. Even the battery life is excellent. We only express criticism because of the details in twilight photos.

The bottom line is that the Galaxy S10 Plus is an excellent all-in-one package for those looking for the ultimate. However, Samsung demands a high price, which is why the Samsung Galaxy S10 is ranking third on the best Phones with GPS.


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