The Samsung Galaxy S10 launches soon. However, the new Galaxy S10 leaks are spilling out almost daily now, and have potentially given us an early look at what we suspect Samsung’s smartphone for 2019 might look like.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is shaping up to be a more significant upgrade compared to last year’s relatively incremental spec bump from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9.
It’s rumoured to have a fresh-looking all-screen display with less bezel at the top. Not only that, it may have ‘hole punch’ front-facing camera embedded in the screen’s top right corner.
We may also see Samsung adopt an in-screen fingerprint sensor and be the first to launch a phone with the Snapdragon 855 chipset (in the US variant, at least).
Seems like a lot all at once? We’re a month out there will be even more leaks to pour over. After all, the Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s 10th-anniversary Android phone. It has been teasing a few surprises for us in February. Here’s what we know to date.
Okay, let’s cut to the chase.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 launches February 20th and could hit stores on March 8.
Samsung itself has revealed the date, along with the time and location:
‘The Galaxy S10 will be unveiled at 11 am PT (2 pm ET, 7 pm GMT) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco’.
Samsung Galaxy S10 price
- Samsung Galaxy S10 price expected to rise to $779 / £799
When the Samsung Galaxy S10 does go on sale it’s sure to cost a lot.
One rumour puts the budget Galaxy S10 Lite model at $650-$750 (roughly £500-£585 / AU$900-AU$1,040), while another has the Samsung Galaxy S10 price rise to £799, which will likely be around $779 (around AU$1,400) for the 128GB variant and £999 for 512GB of storage.
Another source points to a price of €929 (around $1,055 / £820 / AU$1,475) for a standard S10 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, rising to €1,179 (around $1,340 / £1,040 / AU$1,875) for a version with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
The same source claims that the top-end 5G model will cost between 1.6 million won (around $1,430, £1,110, AU$1,980) and 1.8 million won (roughly $1,600, £1,250, AU$2,230), making it around twice as expensive.
In short, though, the Samsung Galaxy S10 price is all but guaranteed to rise over the asking price of the Galaxy S9 – so you might want to start saving.
Samsung Galaxy S10 design and display
- Three different screen sizes
- A camera cut-out in the screen
- A 19:9 aspect ratio and 1440 x 3040 resolution
Our best look yet at the likely design of the Galaxy S10 comes from a series of photos showing it alongside the Galaxy S10 Plus.
Details about the standard S10 include a single-lens punch-hole camera on the front, tiny bezels above and below the screen, a triple-lens camera on the back, and a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone port and speaker on the bottom.
The back of the Galaxy S10 Plus shown here has a quad-lens camera arranged horizontally and is shown in both black and ‘Ice Blue’.
Other details include a 3.5mm headphone port and it looks like the phone has a glass back and a metal frame. Dimensions meanwhile are apparently 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm, rising to 9mm at the camera bump.
Samsung Galaxy S10 biometric security
- An on-screen fingerprint scanner
- An improved 3D face scanner
One rumour we have seen pop up numerous times in the presence of an on-screen fingerprint scanner.
This would go nicely with the all-screen design that’s being tipped for the phone and would see the Galaxy S10 follow in the footsteps of the likes of the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Will Samsung Galaxy S10 be a foldable phone?
One thing you shouldn’t expect is a foldable phone. Not from the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10, at least.
The Infinity Flex Display concept Samsung showed off on November 7, 2018, made it clear: the company’s foldable phone design is very much that: a concept.
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera
- A dual, triple or quad-lens rear camera
- 12MP, 13MP and 16MP lenses
- A single-lens front-facing camera
An analyst Samsung is considering a triple-lens camera for the Samsung Galaxy S10, along with a 3D sensor for augmented reality content.
Analyst chatter isn’t always that reliable, but it would make sense if Samsung wants to compete with the Huawei P20 Pro and the rumoured triple-lens iPhone.
There’s also a rumour claiming that while the most basic model of the Galaxy S10 might have just a single-lens camera and the middle model might have a dual-lens one, the biggest (and most expensive) version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 would have a triple-lens camera.
Samsung Galaxy S10 battery
- Standard S10 could have a 3,500mAh or 3,300mAh battery
- S10 Lite could be 3,100mAh or 3,000mAh, S10 Plus could be 4,000mAh
- 5G Galaxy S10 could have a 5,000mAh battery
Possible sizes for the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 Lite are rumoured. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3,500mAh one, the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 4,000mAh one and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has a 3,100mAh one.
Samsung Galaxy S10 name
We’ve also heard talk that Samsung might rename the range, launching the next model as the Samsung Galaxy X rather than the Galaxy S10.
That might sound unlikely, but Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile division, has been quoted as saying that “we have been thinking about whether we need to maintain the S moniker or the numbering system” so it’s possible.
More recently, a leak suggests Samsung may revive the ‘Edge’ moniker, which may mean this handset actually launches as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Edge.
It seems unlikely though, as the ‘Edge’ screen which the moniker denoted is now ubiquitous across Samsung’s flagship range, so it doesn’t make sense to add it to the end of the Galaxy S10 name.