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The Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ launch today

If you've got $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you're in luck. Samsung's latest smartphones are launching today. You can mosey down to your local carrier store or electronics retailer and buy a Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, or S10+. You can also order them online for shipping in (probably) a couple of days.

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Galaxy S10+, S10, and S10e buyer's guide: Choosing the right Samsung phone in 2019

Every year, Samsung unleashes a new lineup of Galaxy S smartphones, and 2019 is no different. The Galaxy S10 family is here (you can buy them direct from Samsung, by the way). This isn't a review, and it isn't a list of specifications compared in a table: it's just about helping you (or, for our AP die-hards, maybe a friend or family member) decide which of Samsung's three newest phones is the best choice for you - and making it relatively simple to do so. So, what are the key differences that you should consider when deciding between the Galaxy S10+, S10, and S10e?

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The Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are getting day-one updates to improve the camera and fingerprint reader

The Samsung Galaxy S10 isn't even technically available yet, but carriers have confirmed a day-one update will be waiting for early adopters. Support documents from T-Mobile and Verizon detail the update, but presumably all versions of the Galaxy S10 family will get the same OTA out of the box.

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Those perfect Galaxy S10/S10+ hole-punch wallpapers have their own subreddit now

Samsung has begun shipping its Galaxy S10 family of devices in several countries around the world, which means that many users are now getting to unwrap their shiny new phone, set it up, and gawk at its gorgeous Super AMOLED display... save for that little hole-punch (or two) in the top right corner. But fans can be tenacious and enterprising; you give them an ugly eyesore and they transform it into pure art. Case in point: someone started making a few hole-punch embracing wallpapers that strategically place objects with dark circles right where the cutout is supposed to be. And now there's an entire subreddit dedicated to that.

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[Update: S10e now $650, S10+ now $900] Dual-SIM Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e models are already discounted on eBay

It's no secret that flagship phone values drop like rocks. None of the Galaxy S10 models have even hit store shelves in the United States yet, and yet international dual-SIM models are already being discounted on eBay. The S10 is available for $799.99 ($100 off), the S10+ for $955.87 ($44 off), and the S10e for $679.99 ($70 off).

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Samsung releases Experience app for Galaxy S10

So, you probably don't have a Galaxy S10 yet. Maybe you're anxiously waiting for a pre-order to ship or you're on the fence about ordering Samsung's latest (very expensive) phone. In either case, you might be interested in Samsung's new Experience app for Galaxy S10. It's not the same as actually using a Galaxy S10, but it might give you the gist.

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Some lucky Galaxy S10 pre-orders are shipping out early

Samsung initially promised that pre-orders would arrive by March 8th, but based on recent reports, some folks might be getting theirs a bit early. Shipping notifications for some pre-orders are already going out.

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Netflix adds HDR certification for Galaxy S10 lineup, HD support for Galaxy M-series and latest Snapdragon chipsets

Whenever a major new Android device debuts, Netflix tends to add HD and HDR certification to it. Of course, that's not always the case, but Samsung is too big a name to ignore. The Galaxy S10 phones can now play Netflix video in HDR, and lower-end Galaxy M-series devices and newer Snapdragon chipsets now have HD support.

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JerryRigEverything puts the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor to the test

Samsung's latest phones are expensive, and you don't want to spend $1,000 on something just to have it break. Leave it up to JerryRigEverything to break phones for you. The latest video features the Galaxy S10 surviving all the standard tests, but he also inflicts some extra abuse on the display to test the robustness of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

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[Update: Now available for download] These wallpapers are perfect for the Galaxy S10's hole-punch camera

The iPhone X started a trend of companies using dark wallpapers to hide (or at least obscure) screen notches. It has been clear since the first press renders leaked that Samsung is also using this tactic to make the Galaxy S10's hole-punch camera less of an eyesore. But as it turns out, you can actually embrace the hole-punch design, given the right background.

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