The Samsung Galaxy S10 could be the most futuristic phone out there, if some of these rumors are true.
- Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S10 suggest some significant changes are coming to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S lineup in 2019.
- Some of the rumored changes include a total redesign, improved cameras, and new bleeding-edge features.
- It's tempting to believe every rumor, especially if it comes from notable and previously accurate sources, but we won't know for sure until Samsung's official announcement, which is scheduled for February 20.
That's what the rumors are suggesting, at least. Even Samsung's mobile-business leader, DJ Koh, has chimed in to hype up the next Galaxy S smartphone.
If the rumors are accurate, we should expect a pretty significant overhaul in the Galaxy S10 lineup that could see the adoption of new technologies, next-gen specs, and a more modern design. The rumors paint a futuristic vision of the Galaxy S10's looks.
We'll see exactly what Samsung's been up to this last year when the company hosts its 2019 Unpacked event on February 20, which is where Samsung usually unveils its new Galaxy S flagship devices.
Check out the latest leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S10:
There will be four models of the Galaxy S10, including the Galaxy S10 "E," regular Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and a Galaxy S10 "X"
Samsung is supposedly planning to offer four variants of the Galaxy S10:
- The Galaxy S10 "E" is said to be the less expensive model of the Galaxy S10 lineup, much like the iPhone XR is the less expensive version of the iPhone XS.
- The Galaxy S10 will be the standard model.
- The Galaxy S10 Plus will be similar to the standard Galaxy S10, but with a larger display, a few extra features, and potentially more spec options.
- The Galaxy S10 "X" is apparently an ultra-high performance, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink type of phone that will have various extra features over the standard and "E" models.
Galaxy S10 E: Thicker bezels than the rest of the lineup, much like the iPhone XR and its thicker bezels compared to the iPhone XS lineup. Several color options might be available, one of which appears to be a yellow option, as per the latest rumor.
Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10 X: Bezels will be thinner than any previous Galaxy S device. Will be available in a pearly white or black.
Galaxy S10 E: A 5.8-inch display that's potentially flat with Samsung's Infinity O punch-hole for the camera.
Galaxy S10: A 6.1-inch display with curved edges and Samsung's Infinity O punch-hole.
Galaxy S10 Plus: A 6.4-inch display with curved edges and Samsung's Infinity O dual punch-hole.
Galaxy S10 X: A 6.7-inch display with curved edges and with Samsung's Infinity O dual punch-hole.
Galaxy S10 E: A dual-lens system, with one likely for regular photos, and the other for zoomed shots. Single selfie camera.
Galaxy S10: A triple-lens system, with one likely for regular photos, the other for zoomed shots, and another for ultra-wide angle shots. Single selfie camera.
Galaxy S10 Plus: A triple-lens system, with one likely for regular photos, the other for zoomed shots, and another for ultra-wide angle shots. Dual-lens selfie camera, with one for normal selfies and the other for ultra-wide angle selfies.
Galaxy S10 X: A four-lens camera system, with one likely for regular photos, the other for zoomed shots, and another for ultra-wide-angle shots. (It's unclear what the fourth lens could be used for. It's pure speculation, but the fourth lens could be purely complimentary for portrait mode enhancements.) Dual-lens selfie camera, with one for normal selfies and the other for ultra-wide angle selfies.
All Galaxy S10 variants are said and expected to come with the latest chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855.
Galaxy S10 E: 128 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM
Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: 128 GB storage, 6 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, 8 GB RAM options.
Galaxy S10 X: 1 TB (1,000 GB) storage, 10 GB or 12 GB RAM. Potentially available on S10 Plus, too.
5G, the next generation after LTE
Only the Galaxy S10 X is said to come with 5G so far.
5G is a new wireless standard that promises extremely fast data speeds and potentially less congestion than today's 4G LTE standard. That means 5G data speeds could still be fast even during times of peak data traffic.
So far, however, 5G availability is extremely limited and hasn't been fully deployed by most carriers. If a 5G model is released, it'll only fulfill its potential in a few cities where 5G is starting to roll out.
In-display fingerprint sensors
From the leaks and rumors, it appears as though all the Galaxy S10 variants will be getting in-display fingerprint sensors. There's no sign of traditional physical fingerprint sensors on either the front or backs of Galaxy S10 devices, based on supposed photo leaks.
It's said that Samsung's in-display fingerprint sensor uses ultrasonic technology rather than the optical technology that the OnePlus 6T uses. Apparently, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors offer better reliability and accuracy.
3D facial recognition similar to Face ID on recent iPhones
A face scanner for unlocking the phone will be included in the Galaxy S10, potentially creating an opportunity for augmented-reality stickers, The Investor reported, citing Samsung's partnership with Mantis Vision, a company that develops 3D-sensing camera technology.
Previous Galaxy S phones have featured iris and facial recognition technology, but they're not as accurate or fast as Apple's Face ID system. A better facial-recognition system on the Galaxy S10 would be a welcome upgrade.
This rumor flips and flops. Some say the Galaxy S10 won't come with a headphone jack, others say it will. The latest rumor is suggesting that Samsung will keep the headphone jack.
A faster charging brick than most other smartphones
Most high-end Android devices come with fast charging bricks, and they mostly perform the same way across the board. For Android devices, fast charging has become the norm.
However, Samsung may be giving the Galaxy S10 a new fast charging brick that could charge the phone even faster. At least, that's what a tweet from gadgets leaker @IceUniverse suggests — supposedly, Samsung's standard 15W charging brick will "become history." We'll assume that the 15W charging brick will make way for a charging brick with even higher capacity, rather than going backwards to slower chargers.
Faster charging is certainly a worthwhile feature. Currently, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition uses a 30W charging brick, which charges the phone at an incredibly quick rate. Other phones that charge at regular fast charging speeds seem slow after using the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, and the extra time it takes to charge other phones is surprisingly noticeable.
It could even charge other devices wireless, just like Huawei's latest smartphone
Samsung's Galaxy S10 smartphones could have reverse wireless charging, according to XDA-Developers, citing an FCC filing of upcoming Samsung devices. On the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, reverse wireless charging lets you place another smartphone or device with wireless charging support to its back to charge wirelessly.
Reverse wireless charging on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is pretty slow, but it's said to be faster on the Galaxy S10.
It'll come with an updated version of Samsung's new "One UI" interface over Android.
It'll be surprising if the Galaxy S10 doesn't come with the latest version of Android, Android 9.0 Pie. Bloomberg's report, as well as Evan Blass' claims, suggest that it will come with the latest version of Android.
Samsung's phones usually sport a tweaked version of Android, with a slightly modified interface. That interface used to be called "TouchWiz," but it has been called "Experience" for the past few years. Most recently, Samsung unveiled its new "One UI" interface that should feature in the Galaxy S10, considering Samsung will roll it out to the current Galaxy S9 and Note 9 lineup. Blass suggested the Galaxy S10 will roll out with the One UI.
Samsung's upcoming One UI is designed to make one-handed use easier on the company's larger phones, like the Galaxy Note series. It'll also come with a Night Mode that turns the overall theme of the Android operating system and One UI to black, which should make it more comfortable to use in the dark.
Samsung is announcing its new phones on February 20, and they're likely to be released around March.
Samsung sent out press invitations for its 2019 Unpacked event taking place on February 20, which is only one day away. Samsung's Unpacked events are where the company usually reveals new Galaxy S models.
The current pricing rumors come from Gizmodo UK priced in GPB, which we've translated into potential USD pricing:
Galaxy S10 E: £669/$850
Galaxy S10: £799/$1,000
Galaxy S10 Plus: £899/$1,200
Galaxy S10 X: Unknow, but likely to be pretty high!