Samsung Galaxy S10: All you need to know

Galaxy S10 launch Feb 20

Samsung Galaxy S10 is set to be the most important smartphone released by the South Korean company in the past decade. Not only is the phone expected to rekindle the company’s smartphone sales following the poor market performance by the Galaxy S9, but it also happens to mark the 10th anniversary for the company’s smartphone business.

After months of rumors, Samsung finally gave us the official launch date as February 20 and on this page, we bring you all there is to know regarding the Galaxy S10, including the specs, features, possible pricing and release dates, among other details.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 specs

  • 6.1-inch 19:9 QHD+ curved AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 16MP main camera
  • 8MP punch-hole front camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, In-display FPS, Face unlock, etc.

Unlike the recent past where Samsung released two variants of its flagship phone, 2019 will witness the launch of multiple Samsung Galaxy S10 phones. On this page, we have details of the standard S10, but you can find details about the other phones in the links below.

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In terms of design, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will mostly be distinguished by their size, camera, raw power, and battery capacity, much as it has always been the case. From the rumors we can gather, the S10 will ship with a 6.1-inch AMOLED display screen with a hole punch for the selfie camera.

Besides housing the front camera, the display panel will also play host to an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, the first of its kind on a Samsung phone. We’ve seen this technology on a good number of Chinese smartphones, but this will be the first time it appears on a device by a non-Chinese vendor.

Much about the design materials isn’t known, but we do know that glass is the most preferred choice for building premium phones these days. That said, expect the glass, including the display panel, to be protected by the latest technology from Corning.

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Qualcomm already gave us the next-gen Snapdragon 855 processor. This unit will power American and Chinese variants of the S10, as usual, with the rest of the globe making do with Samsung’s own Exynos 9820. These two should deliver the same performance, so there is nothing much to worry about, especially since you still get the same 6GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage options regardless of the processor in use. Despite the huge storage volume, we still expect the room to expand via a microSD card slot.

Rumors suggest the variable aperture lens introduced on the Galaxy S9 will keep its place on the S10, however, it will be joined by a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens of up to 123 degrees. Whereas the standard 12MP lens will include support for OIS and autofocus, the ultra-wide lens has none of these. It has also been said the S10 will join the S10+ in rocking up to three lenses on the back, although we cannot verify this at the moment.

We don’t know the details of the front shooter, but its unlikely Samsung will be ditching the long-serving 8MP lens, but of course, a few touches here and there will be inevitable. Reports also claim the camera will include support for Bright Night and portrait lighting features similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.

Unlike the cameras, we can’t say much about the battery, but word on the street is that the Galaxy S10 will rock a 3500mAh battery unit or faster battery charging technology or both. We know that a USB-C port will be used for charging, but the exact version of fast charging technology that will be used is still unknown.

In terms of software, it is a well-known thing that Samsung usually spares the new OS for the launch of its flagship Galaxy S series. Granted, the Galaxy S10 will ship preinstalled with One UI based on Android 9 Pie out of the box.

Other details include support for Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm audio jack, camera-based face unlock, and so on.

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Image source: Evan Blass

Samsung Galaxy S10 pricing and availability

Samsung has confirmed that the launch event for the Galaxy S10 will take place on February 20. Although not mentioned anywhere officially, there are reports that the device will be ready for purchase beginning March 8.

Even if this date doesn’t materialize, we can assure that most markets will have the phone through March and April 2019.

With prices of every Galaxy S device driving upwards with every launch, don’t expect the contrary with the S10. It has been claimed the base model will retail at about $900, with the premium variant going for $1000.

Apparently, the UK market will pay £799 and £899 for the 128GB and 256GB storage options of the S10, respectively, but of course, none of these has been confirmed to be the final price tag.

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