- Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S10 suggest some significant changes are coming to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S lineup in 2019.
- Some of the rumored changed 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, 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 the company 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, and Galaxy S10 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S10E, S10, and S10+ (L to R), encased pic.twitter.com/Pk2gpXkXxn
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 19, 2019
Samsung is supposedly planning to offer three variants of the Galaxy S10, according to technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has accurately predicted elements of new Apple iPhones, as well as various subsequent leaks and rumors.
Kuo believes one model will have a 5.8-inch display, another will have a 6.1-inch display, and the third will have a 6.4-inch display.
A recent Bloomberg report suggests that one of the models will be a more budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S10 that won’t come with the curved edges, but rather a more traditional flat display. A rumor featured in Gizmodo suggests that the “budget” Galaxy S10 will be called the “Galaxy S10 Lite,” or the Galaxy S10 “E.”
The fourth model, which isn’t included in the image above, is said to be an ultra-premium device. Find out more below.
The Galaxy S10 “X” is said to be an ultra-premium model with 5G and every feature under the sun.
- Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
It’s said the Galaxy S10 “X” will have a huge 6.7-inch display, and it’ll include support for 5G networks, a total of six cameras, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a massive battery, 10GB of RAM, up to a terabyte (1,000 GB) of storage, and AI software that’ll learn the way you use the phone and adjust specific functions accordingly.
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.
The bezels will be almost non-existent, but it still won’t have a notch.
- YouTube/Concept Creator
Galaxy S10 protective film, this Hole is smaller than the Galaxy A8s,S10 only a 6.1-inch 19:9 ratio, it seems that the S10 is as small as the S8, one-handed operation is not difficult. pic.twitter.com/fETKtTyvoF
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 16, 2018
Bloomberg’s report suggested the Galaxy S10 will have “almost no bezel” on the top and bottom of the phone – a design that the supposedly leaked screen protector for the Galaxy S10, shown above, supports.
With ever-diminishing bezels, most phone makers have resorted to using the infamous notch design to house the selfie camera and various sensors. Samsung has staunchly opposed the notch design, and it’s apparently sticking to its guns for the Galaxy S10.
Blass suggests it’ll have a “punch hole” style selfie camera, and the latest rumors suggest it’ll be found on the top-right corner of the display. Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8s, could also offer a good idea as to what this punch-hole design will look like. The Galaxy A8s could actually be giving away the Galaxy S10’s design when you keep in mind Samsung’s reported plan to introduce newer features to its mid-range devices before its high-end flagship devices.
This is a supposedly leaked screen protector for the Galaxy S10 Plus, which hints at a total redesign with no notch and a punch-hole opening for the selfie camera.
This is the Galaxy S10+ screen cover, its data is accurate, if you like to draw a rendering, you can make it according to it. pic.twitter.com/IwysyZIxh4
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 25, 2018
This is a supposedly leaked image of the Galaxy S10 “Lite,” or the Galaxy S10 “E.”
This is a conceptual diagram of the Galaxy S10 Lite from the phone case manufacturer. pic.twitter.com/2FxRiMJyG1
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 28, 2018
Rumors are suggesting that the Galaxy S10 will have a front-facing fingerprint scanner underneath the display.
- Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
A front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded underneath the display is perhaps the most hotly anticipated feature that could come to the Galaxy S10 – and the rumor mill says it’s well on its way.
Embedded fingerprint sensors will come standard on two of the upcoming Galaxy S10 models, according to The Investor, as well as a more recent Bloomberg report. Considering the rumors about the Galaxy S10 “X” and its in-display fingerprint sensor, it looks like the regular Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and the Galaxy S10 “X” will include similar in-display fingerprint sensors.
It’s still unclear whether or not the lower-end Galaxy S10 model with a supposedly flat display will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to Bloomberg. The Investor suggests it could have a regular fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone. The rumor lines up with Kuo’s earlier predictions.
So far, the OnePlus 6T is the only phone in the US that has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Elsewhere in Asia and Europe, some phones from Chinese manufacturers – including Vivo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei – have in-display fingerprint sensors, too.
It’s also 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.
The Galaxy S10 won’t have a traditional earpiece.
- Hollis Johnson/Business Insider
The earpiece on the Galaxy S10 won’t actually be an earpiece, according to ET News. Supposedly, phone-call audio will be transmitted to a user’s ear not with a traditional speaker, but with vibrations emanating from the display.
Without a traditional earpiece, there would be no need for an opening from which sound can escape. Fewer ports and openings could lead to a cleaner and more modern design, but it could also point to narrower bezels coming to the Galaxy S10. It could even allow Samsung to make an all-screen front surface without the need for an iPhone X-style notch.
Still, the front-facing cameras and sensors need a hole to peek out of somewhere, so it remains to be seen how Samsung could accommodate those with the Galaxy S10 design.
The top three Galaxy S10 models will have more cameras than any previous model.
- YouTube/Concept Creator
So far, the rumors suggest that the Galaxy S10 will have three rear camera lenses and two front-facing cameras, according to The Bell, a Korean news outlet, as well as the latest Bloomberg report. Blass reinforced the rumor that the Galaxy S10 will come with a triple-lens camera system on the rear.
The Bell reports that the extra lens on the back will be a 16-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle lens, similar to the ultra-wide-angle lens on LG G and V phones.
That will be in addition to the 12-megapixel optical-zoom lens and standard wide-angle lens on Samsung’s current-model Galaxy S and Note phones.
The dual-lens system on the front, meanwhile, could allow for an iPhone X-style portrait mode while taking selfies.
The Galaxy S10 “X” is said to come with four cameras on the rear and two at the front, making a total of 6 cameras.
The Galaxy S10 might a have 3D face scanner to unlock your phone, similar to Apple’s Face ID system.
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 own Face ID system. A better facial-recognition system on the Galaxy S10 would be a welcome upgrade.
No one knows if the Galaxy S10 will have a headphone jack or not.
This rumor flips and flops. Some say the Galaxy S10 won’t come with a headphone jack, others say it will.
If it follows through with ditching the headphone jack, the Galaxy S10 would be the first Samsung Galaxy phone to lack the port.
It’ll come with next-gen specs.
It’ll most likely run on the latest and most powerful chip from the mobile chipmaker Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855, according to Phone Arena. Most smartphone models from 2018 are running on the Snapdragon 845.
The Galaxy S10 is also said to sport faster memory technology for both RAM and storage, which could boost the phone’s performance.
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.
The Galaxy S10 may come with 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 essentially replaced regular charging, and it’s become pretty standard.
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.
Samsung is announcing its new phone on Feburary 20, and they’re likely to be released around March.
- Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Samsung sent out press invitations for its 2019 Unpacked event taking place on February 20, which is less than one month away. Samsung’s Unpacked events are where the company usually reveals new Galaxy S models.
As for price, rumors are all over the place, so it’s hard to tell. The latest leaks appearing in Gizmodo from an anonymous source suggests the “budget” Galaxy S10 Lite could cost around $850, which isn’t so budget.
As for the two “premium” variants, the regular Galaxy S10 is said to cost around $1,000, with the Galaxy S10 Plus potentially going for around $1,200. These are high, iPhone-style price tags, but the leaks and rumors suggest some significant features and design upgrades. We’ll have to wait and see.