Samsung has been a huge success in the top segment for a long time, the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series has been successful for many years, however, the brand has never been competitive in the affordable segment until recently. . Not long ago, the brand unveiled their Galaxy M smartphone line and has now added more phones to the Galaxy A series.
Currently, the Galaxy A50 tops the line and the Galaxy A10 is the brand’s new low-end smartphone at a price below 10,000 Rs.
The Galaxy A10 is a fairly large phone with a 6.2-inch screen but a hand-held one. Although the body is large enough, the majority of the front is occupied by the screen and the contours are quite thin, the chin on the front of the smartphone is relatively thicker than the edges but smaller than what we have seen on most smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A10 comes with an HD+ resolution display with 1520 vertical pixels and 720 horizontal pixels. The Galaxy A10 has an IPS LCD backdrop unlike the more advanced Samsung Galaxy A30 and A50 that come with a Super AMOLED display. There was no mention of external protection for the screen but it did resist scratches and damage quite well. Despite the IPS LCD panel, the colors still stand out and the image looks vivid on a bright screen.
The overall design on the Galaxy A10 is quite simple and uses a plastic back, making this handset clearly in the affordable segment. The phone is quite thin and easy to hold with a strong grip. The buttons on the right are touchy and give a solid clicking feel. The Galaxy A10 is integrated with dual SIM function and supports a microSD card, this sim tray is located on the left side of the smartphone. The main microphone, 3.5 mm headphone port, and micro USB charging port are all at the bottom of the device while the speaker is located at the back of the smartphone.
The back of the Galaxy A10 is very simple and made entirely of plastic, which gives a very dull appearance. However, this material is quite immune to fingerprints and scratches which is a good thing. The device does not have a fingerprint sensor and uses facial recognition for quick unlocking, the camera detects and recognizes the face quite well but has difficulty in bad lighting conditions. No advanced gestures to wake up means you’ll have to wake up the device manually to unlock it.
The packaging comes with a SIM pusher, power brick, micro USB cable, and documentation. The Samsung Galaxy A10 is pretty well built and looks pretty good for a cheap smartphone.
Specifications and features
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is powered by their internal chipset, the Exynos 7884, which is an octa-core chipset with 2 x 1.6 GHz cores and a 6 x 1.35 GHz core. The RAM on the smartphone is 2GB and the internal memory is 32GB, which can be expanded up to 512GB via microSD card. The device comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, GLONASS, Acceleration, and Distance sensors.
The Samsung Galaxy A10 runs on the latest One UI software based on the Android Pie version, which also installed a February security patch. The One UI user interface makes it easy to use even such a large phone without having to struggle with access. The home screen setup needs some changes as the icons to look funnily large by default, which can be re-finished by selecting a dense grid for the home screen. There are even options that allow swiping with one finger to receive notifications, and this is extremely useful given the size of the smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A10 also came pre-installed with the Samsung Pay mini, which is a shortened version that allows UPI transfers, payment wallets, and gift cards. The software also comes with support for Android Pie Digital Wellbeing which helps to track each user. Devices prein installed with software such as Daily Hunt, My Galaxy, Amazon Shopping and Galaxy Apps store send a lot of unwanted notifications. This can be opted out after the initial setup of Samsung’s applications is complete.
The Samsung Galaxy A10 is an average performance person when it comes to chatting and other productivity apps, the overall experience is almost smooth without being jerky too much. However, sometimes we may experience some lag when scrolling through the recent application carousel. In the Geek Bench test, the Samsung Galaxy A10 scored 3324 on multi-core and 1103 on a single-core while the device’s AnTuTu score was 89,895. While these numbers are not particularly impressive when some other smartphones with better chipsets are available for the same price, this phone stacks up pretty well.
The phone does not heat up much when used normally when using the CPU and GPU continuously, the Galaxy A10 has warming but the temperature is still very much controlled. We tried playing PUBG on the Galaxy A10 and the phone could barely manage the game even at the lowest settings, Asphalt 9: Legends did better on the smartphone with a smoother frame rate. The sound on the Galaxy A10 is quite weak and the volume is small in the games. Even in apps like YouTube and Amazon Music, the volume is still much lower than we’d expect. There is also Dolby Atmos on smartphones for an enhanced Audio experience and can be turned on for both wired and wireless headphones.
The camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy A10 is quite trivial, the rear camera is a 13MP single camera with an aperture of f / 1.9 while the front camera is an Infinity-U display with a resolution of 5MP and has an aperture of f / 2.0. The rear camera comes with an LED flash to support natural light. The camera app is quite similar to what we saw on the new One UI Smartphone. The rear camera supports HDR shooting but does not have scene optimization functionality. The brand’s more advanced smartphones including the Galaxy A30 come with a Scene Optimizer function that enhances color and softens textures to make photos more eye-catching.
Landscape shots are well detailed and capture a good view, which is a bit deformed in low light conditions but the camera handles the image quite well. Autofocus works well in locking the focus but takes a period of time, resulting in some photos losing focus in a hurry. Macros in good lighting conditions have enough detail and color with sharp edges and clearly defined details.
Despite the wide aperture, the low-light shot was slightly blurry and lacked detail, the noise increased when the lighting conditions were unfavorable. Overall, the shots were taken in poor light quality and it was even worse when shooting indoors with low light, macros getting a little better but the overall quality was still below average. This camera app has many modes including Panorama, Pro, and Sticker mode.
The front camera on the Samsung Galaxy A10 has an average resolution, a 5MP sensor with an aperture of f / 2.0 does the average job in daylight conditions and has difficulty in low light conditions. Selfies turned out to be a little softer than we liked in most conditions but the color accuracy was at an acceptable level. In low light conditions, the selfie is visible to the grain and lacks any detail.
The Galaxy A10 can shoot in FullHD resolution using both the front and rear cameras, it does not come with any software or hardware stabilization features that make the end video look very vibrating. Continuous autofocus isn’t quick and is mostly a hit and miss. There are AR Emojis in the camera app, first seen on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy A10 comes with a 3,400mAh battery and lasts about 10 hours on the battery loop test, with an all-day lifes life associated with calls, chat, and browsing through social networks, we can spend the whole day on a one-charge. The phone charges quite quickly and works well on the battery segment.
Samsung did pretty well in the affordable segment with the launch of the new Galaxy A and Galaxy M series smartphones. The Galaxy A10 is a backbone smartphone that brings confidence in the brand at a price that is within reach of the majority of users. The Samsung Galaxy A10 made a few cuts to keep the price of the smartphone low, the device even skipped some important sensors and ignored the side camera at the back to keep the price low.
The competition is stiff in the budget segment, however, very few smartphones offer the quality, confidence, and reliability as what is offered by the Galaxy A10. The Galaxy A10 is a decent phone for a first time user or as a secondary phone, the device has decent battery life and can handle most basic social networking and chatting apps fine. The processor on the Galaxy A10 isn’t competitive enough for the price and the cameras are about average.
While there are other options in the price segment that might perform better than the Galaxy A10, the Galaxy A10 comes up as a jack of all segments.