Samsung Galaxy S10: All you need to know

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The latest flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 9, has been here for a few months now and its enough time to start hearing about the Galaxy S10 and what it could bring. In this post, we have all the rumors and speculations about the S10; whether it’s the design, specs, features, price and any other details that matter, you are in the right place. Without further ado, let’s dig in!

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Specifications

Galaxy S10 Lite

  • 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage
  • Single-lens main and front cameras
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, side-mounted FPS, etc.

Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display screen(Standard), and 6.44-inch (Plus) Super AMOLED display sizes
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processor
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • Dual-lens main camera (standard, wide, and telephoto lens)
  • 64GB, 128GB or 256GB expandable storage
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, in-display FPS, etc.

Galaxy S10+

  • 6.44-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • Tri-lens main camera (standard, wide, and telephoto lens)
  • Single-lens front camera
  • 128GB, 256GB or 512GB expandable storage
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 5G, in-display FPS, 3D Face unlock, etc.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 will be marking the 10th anniversary since the debut of the Galaxy S series and just like Apple did with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Samsung reportedly wants to go even bigger with the S9 successor. Speculations are already mounting that this could finally be the device that debuts with the elusive true edge-to-edge design and in-display fingerprint scanning technology, but will it?

Let’s check out what the rumor mills have to say.

Design and display

Samsung has been setting the design standards for years now and nothing is expected to change with the Galaxy S10. The continued push for a true full-screen design is taking a new direction as Samsung tries to avoid a possible backlash with consumers. According to stories doing rounds on the web, the S10 will match the Mi MIX 3’s screen-to-body ratio thanks to Samsung’s plans to adopt new Infinity-O display technology that allows for a true full-screen panel with a camera hole. Speaking of holes, this leaked design of the S10 doesn’t show anything like this.

But newer images shared by Evan Blass suggest that the front will indeed have camera holes, where the standard S10 and S10 Lite will get a single-lens camera while the S10+ will get a dual-lens setup. Previous leaks have suggested that the S10 Lite will re-introduce a flat screen design, but from what Blass shared, the design looks like what we’ve been seeing since the S8.

Apparently, it is also likely that the S10 will be the first Sammy device to rock a ceramic back while other reports point to gradient colors like Huawei flagships. Reports suggest that S10 will ship with up to five gradient colors of black, white, green, silver, and pink, with some quarters adding yellow to this list, too.

As for the display screen, previous reports had suggested that the entry-level Beyond 0 would come with a 5.8-inch panel, something that has been corroborated by subsequent reports on more than one occasion. The premium model will ship with a massive 6.44-inch panel and according to an even more recent development, there will be another variant with a massive 6.7-inch display screen and 5G support, which is likely to be the ceramic back model.

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All are expected to be Super AMOLED panels with a hole for the camera, but we won’t be surprised if the base model came with a 1080p resolution, with QHD reserved for the other premium models. But according to Ice Universe, who is also the source of the above image showing the back panel, the Galaxy S10 display screen resolution will go beyond 600ppi pixel density.

Apparently, Samsung Display is also working on a display screen panel that could also double as the earpiece, thus eliminating one of the primary reasons for having a notch. It is said that the screen will make use of vibration and bone conduction in transmitting sound between the ranges of 100Hz and 8000Hz. Of course, these vibrations will not affect the entire display, which means that in order to hear what the person on the other end is saying, you’ll have to place your ear in the upper half section of the phone, as shown in the image below.

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In separate reports, it is alleged that the S10 will have components from China, among them image sensors and antenna parts, but of course, this is just a hunch that hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung. Also, other rumors suggest that the entry-level variant of the series will get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, just like the Galaxy A7 2018, while other reports have suggested that an in-display fingerprint scanner will finally debut on a Samsung phone.

From some of the images and renders floating around, there is no fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S10 and S10+, adding more weight to previous reports of a UD scanner. As for the S10 Lite, though, you get a side-mounted scanner and yes, a dual-lens camera is in there too, if the leaks are to be believed.

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Processor, RAM and storage

Up to four model numbers of the alleged variants of the Galaxy S10 have been doing rounds on the web. Initially, it was just three variants with numbers SM-G9700, SM-G9730, and SM-G9750, but later there popped up another with model number SM-G975FC. Apparently, the latter will be the one to house the new 5G modem and being the premium variant, it will also come with the most premium specs, although others should be the same with other models.

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It’s still unclear whether the entry-level model will ship with a different processor, but a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 (aka 855) or Exynos 9820 will run the show alongside 4GB or 6GB RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB. Still, we won’t be surprised if the premium model got a limited edition 512GB storage option to match the Galaxy Note 9. Of course, room to expand the storage should also be present.

In another separate report, it is claimed that the Galaxy S10 could also come with superior LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 chips.

Camera, battery and software

It is alleged that the back of the S10 will have a horizontal camera setup like the one used on the Note 9. This, as per the report, is to create more room for a bigger battery. This corroborates previous reports that had suggested the S10+ will come with a huge 4000mAh battery unit. Details of the specs of these lenses have surfaced as well, claiming that the setup will consist of a standard 12MP main lens with variable aperture, a 16MP wide-angle lens of up to 123 degrees and a 13MP depth-sensing lens, although other reports point to a telephoto lens.

There are no details of the front camera, but we’ve heard previous reports pointing to a dual-lens setup on the front too, although one lens could be used for 3D face recognition purposes, much like the iPhone X family. In short, we could be looking at up to five lenses in total, much like the LG V40 ThinQ.

Even more interesting is that The Wall Street Journal reports that the 5G version will add a fourth ToF (time-of-flight) sensor on the back for depth sensing purposes. Of course, all this has to do with augmented or virtual reality capabilities of the phone and to make it even better, Qualcomm has plans to integrate 3D sensing algorithms into the Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Another report has also previously revealed a faster wireless charger at the FCC, suggesting that the S10 could have significantly improved fast wireless charging. Samsung has been using the same wireless charging technology since the debut of the Galaxy Note 5 but in the new wireless charger, you will be getting a device that can input up to 25W compared to the 15W the current crop manages.

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In terms of software, the Galaxy S10 family will be the first to debut with the new One UI preinstalled. Of course, Android 9 Pie will be the base OS.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 price and release date

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Image source: Ben Geskin

Samsung Galaxy S10 will be unveiled in Q1 2019 and the Mobile World Congress looks like a possible destination for the launch event. There are also some claims that the foldable Galaxy smartphone could switch places with the S10, where the latter will get an early launch at the CES 2019 while the former will be at the MWC 2019, but it looks unlikely to be the case.

In terms of pricing, you can expect an even more expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 when compared to predecessors. One thing that is expected to contribute to the increased price tag is the new in-display fingerprint scanner, which The Bell says will cost an extra $13 compared to the typical fingerprint scanning module.

In short, we expect prices in the regions of $1000 for the high-end variant.

Are you excited about the Galaxy S10? Let us know in your comments below.

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