The Galaxy S10+ is Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. And in typical Samsung fashion, it’s thrown in the kitchen sink, packed to the brim with features. These range from novelties like reversible wireless charging to meaningful upgrades such as a 4100mAh battery. Furthermore, the Galaxy S10+ sports the latest and greatest in terms of silicon. For Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India, specifications include an Exynos 9820 octa-core SoC, Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. The US version has the same amount of memory, but it gets Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and an Adreno 640 GPU. According to our Samsung Galaxy S10+ review, the Exynos version has proven to be an absolute beast in terms of benchmarks.
That said, if you’re planning to make use of all the Galaxy S10+ has to offer, you’re probably going to be playing your fair share of games. To find out how well it works in terms of real-world performance, we took some of our favourite, more graphically intensive games for a spin. These include PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, and Arena of Valor. If you’re serious about gaming on your phone, here’s what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Before playing a game, set the resolution on your Galaxy S10+
The Samung Galaxy S10+ supports a variety of resolutions. In our Samsung Galaxy S10+ review we noted that the phone has a native resolution of 1440×3040 pixels, out of the box, it’s downscaled to 1080×2280.
You can change this in the Settings menu with the help of slider to hit its native 1440×3040 resolution, or drop to 720×1520 pixels. The lowest resolution makes text appear jagged, and also lowers details in-game, to make for a not so ideal experience. Personally, we prefer the highest resolution, or the WQHD+ option as it is called.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Game Launcher and Game Tools explained
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ Game Launcher arranges all your games in a single place, allowing you to tweak them as you see fit. It’s helpful in getting the best out of your games if you rotate between multiple titles, allowing you to choose one of the three settings for each of them. They’re self-explanatory – ‘Focus on power saving’, ‘Balanced’, and ‘Focus on performance’.
Digging deeper, you’ll find an option to set the frame rate (maximum of 60fps) and force what’s described as ‘Low Resolution’ in game, although it doesn’t specify what resolution exactly. Samsung warns that individual game settings overrule the overall game performance settings and that changing settings per game may result in a game not running properly.
And then there’s Game Tools which lets you take screenshots, record video, decide if you want to receive calls and notifications, or enable Dolby Atmos for higher quality audio. These features are easy to use, though we felt Dolby Atmos’ effects are more pronounced with earphones such the AKG-branded pair packed in with the Galaxy S10+ for immersive audio.