Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors and information: Feb. 20 launch, 5G discuss at CES 2019 and the whole lot we learn about specs, options and value


Samsung has announced that it will host its next Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20. And with that, the countdown to the Galaxy S10 begins in earnest.

Because the world’s largest cellphone producer, Samsung has an incredible deal using on the 10th version of its flagship Galaxy S sequence. And primarily based on the rumors, it might effectively reside as much as the hype. A refrain of analysts, pundits and leakers are portray an image of a Galaxy S10 jam-packed with doubtlessly extraordinary options, together with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the company’s own take on Face ID and an Infinity-O display. If the tales are correct, Samsung might have successful — and safe its place on the high of the smartphone heap. 

If not, the street forward may very well be troublesome. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, launched in February final 12 months, haven’t sold particularly wellSlowing phone sales at the moment are a menace to each model. And China’s Huawei, which ousted Apple to take the No. 2 slot, is placing growing stress on Samsung. Regardless of its own problems — which embrace rising hostility from governments in the US and world wide — Huawei continues to drive gross sales on the power of progressive merchandise such because the Mate 20 Pro

Including to the drama is a pair of rising applied sciences that promise to change the smartphone panorama within the close to time period. Samsung is battling LG, Huawei and others to be the primary to market with a foldable cellphone. And each phone-maker is racing to provide telephones that may assist the next generation of cellular technology, called 5G. We anticipate to see examples of each this 12 months.

With simply over a month to go till the introduction, new rumors and hints proceed to bubble up. We’ll proceed to gather and consider them right here, so verify again usually. 

Confirmed: Feb. 20 launch in San Francisco

Samsung interrupted CES 2019 with the announcement of the launch date and location for its subsequent Unpacked occasion. Although it didn’t explicitly reference the Galaxy S10, it did the whole lot however — with the occasion date, time and livestream URL printed under the picture of a 10 on its facet. The occasion will happen Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. PT on the Invoice Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. CNET shall be on the bottom to cowl the bulletins reside.


And if this timing bears out, Samsung would presumably save the launch of its upcoming foldable ‘Galaxy X’ phone for MWC the next week — getting a second wave of publicity after it unveils the Galaxy S10. If the Galaxy S10 reveals up then, Samsung is prone to begin delivery it on March 8, in response to an earlier report by Gizmodo UK

Rumor: Three Galaxy S10 telephones, together with Plus and Lite fashions

The Galaxy S10 is rumored to return in three configurations:

Galaxy S10: Probably code-named Past 1, this mannequin is claimed to be the identical measurement as at present’s Galaxy S9, however with even slimmer bezels. It is anticipated to have a 6.1-inch display screen and one front-facing digicam. 

Galaxy S10 Plus: Probably code-named Past X or Past 2, this would be the successor to the Galaxy S9 Plus. It’s going to have the most important display screen — maybe a 6.4-inch show — and as much as 4 rear cameras, two front-facing cameras and an enormous battery. Regardless of some rumors about assist for 5G, we expect it is unlikely. 

Galaxy S10 Lite: Probably code-named Past 0. Modeled on the iPhone XR, this may very well be a smaller, less-expensive gadget with a 5.8-inch show and fewer {hardware} gildings. Different rumors embrace straight edges as a substitute of two curved sides, no fancy in-screen fingerprint reader and no headphone jack. 


Samsung drops 5G hints at CES 2019

Although telephones weren’t a spotlight of Samsung’s press conference at CES, they have been definitely a part of the subtext. From the stage, HS Kim, president and CEO of the corporate’s Client Electronics Division talked about that Samsung was the primary to get FCC approval for its business 5G gear — and promised that the expertise will come to shoppers within the US throughout the first half of 2019. 

Samsung has dedicated to bringing out 4 5G telephones in 2019 — two for AT&T and one every for Verizon and Sprint. Nonetheless, regardless of persistent rumors on the contrary –including the latest one mentioned above that specifies its display screen measurement — we do not anticipate one of many Galaxy S10 telephones to be Samsung’s first 5G model. Samsung cellular chief DJ Koh told Korean reporters in November {that a} separate gadget launching in March on Korean carriers shall be its first 5G cellphone as a substitute. 

Rumor: ‘Shiny Night time’ mode for low-light photographs

Google captured the title of best Android phone of 2018 with its Pixel 3 — primarily based largely on the power of its distinctive digicam expertise, which produces remarkable photos even in low light conditions. Now, XDA Developers has unearthed proof that Samsung could also be cooking up its personal model of Google’s Night Sight feature — known as, flatteringly, ‘Shiny Night time’ — which might debut on the Galaxy S10. 

Based mostly on clues discovered within the code of Samsung’s latest One UI launch, Samsung has ostensibly developed a solution to produce shiny photographs in very darkish situations utilizing computational images. If true, this might assist the Galaxy S10 redress one of many Galaxy S9’s greatest shortcomings — and put it on higher footing with the best phones for taking photos in 2019.  

Rumor: New fashions with greater screens 

Two days earlier than Christmas, serial leaker Ice universe tweeted out display screen dimensions for 5 forthcoming Samsung telephones — together with a 5G model of the Galaxy S10 (extra on that under) and the Notice 10. The tweet corroborates earlier data, and, if correct, means that value is not going to be the one factor to extend in 2019. 

At 6.11 inches diagonal, the Galaxy S10’s show could be roughly 5 p.c bigger than the Galaxy S9’s, and a 6.44-inch S10 Plus show could be about Four p.c bigger than its predecessor. The Notice 10 additionally seems set for a 5 p.c bigger display screen. The rumored Galaxy S10 Lite’s show is anticipated to be kind of the identical measurement because the one on at present’s Galaxy S9. 

Rumor: The Galaxy X foldable cellphone 

Samsung teased a foldable cellphone at its annual developer convention in Nov. 2018, and there are rumors about a March debut for the Galaxy X

That famous, we expect it is unlikely given the large dangers inherent in debuting a radically new type issue. Regardless of its uneven monitor report, the Galaxy S is a dependable model, and Samsung will not gamble away the chance to crow a few particular 10th anniversary version.

Although many firms are speaking about it (together with HuaweiLG and others), there’s only one foldable cellphone available on the market at present — the Royole FlexPai. We think about that Samsung will enter this market cautiously, rigorously gauging buyer curiosity, earlier than bringing a foldable design into the mainstream Galaxy S lineup.


Rumor: Costs are going up, will vary from $845 to $1,765

Samsung is poised to comply with Apple’s lead and jack up the prices of its subsequent sequence of flagship telephones. Gizmodo UK reports {that a} new entry-level Galaxy S10, probably the S10 Lite, outfitted with 128GB of storage, will begin at £669 — which converts to about $845. Costs solely go up from there for the usual S10 and S10 Plus, which can embrace superior digicam expertise and different higher-end options. 

Here is an summary of the rumored pricing for every mannequin and storage tier. Keep in mind UK costs embrace 20 p.c tax, so the greenback equivalents is not going to be direct conversions, even when these are correct:     

  • Galaxy S10 Lite, 128GB: £669
  • Galaxy S10, 128GB: £799
  • Galaxy S10, 512GB: £999
  • Galaxy S10 Plus, 128GB: £899 
  • Galaxy S10 Plus, 512GB: £1,099 
  • Galaxy S10 Plus, 1TB: £1,399 

Rumor: The S10’s headphone jack stays put for now

Earlier than you solid off the headphone jack as a given, take word. Samsung’s Galaxy A8S does not have one. Nevertheless it does have a display screen that is anticipated to return to the Galaxy S10 (see under). In October, Korean outlet ET Information reported that Samsung might ditch the headphone jack within the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11.

For now, although, the headphone jack seems to be protected. A case that is been linked to the Galaxy S10 has a gap for the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. That is motive sufficient for prolific leaker Ice Universe to tweet a brief video of the clear plastic case. In fact, with out figuring out something concerning the case maker or how this firm obtained its data, there is no solution to independently confirm the accuracy of the design. Discover additionally the vast horizontal window on the again the place a number of cameras might go.

Fingerprint sensor needs to be in-screen and ‘ultrasonic’

Qualcomm introduced that its Snapdragon 855 chipset will assist an ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint reader that verifies your identification utilizing sound waves. Samsung was on the present as a accomplice speaking up 5G telephones. Whereas the world’s largest phone-maker did not breathe a phrase about in-screen readers, there’s little doubt at this level that that is the answer Samsung’s been ready for.

In-screen fingerprint sensors are ramping up as essential function in high-end telephones. The OnePlus 6T beat Samsung to turn into the primary US provider cellphone to have one. However rumors reaching way back to the Galaxy S9 have pegged the function for a Galaxy.

Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors promise to precisely and securely learn your print via water and dirt. We have seen this expertise underneath improvement for years — the video under reveals it in motion.

Six cameras whole for the Galaxy S10 Plus?

Fours cameras will adorn the again of the Galaxy S10, in response to one report, and two will sit up entrance, not less than for the bigger Plus mannequin. The ‘common’ Galaxy S10 is usually recommended to have the one front-facing lens.


A number of rear cameras have the flexibility to supply extra zoom choices, extra advantageous element (particularly if one digicam is monochrome), and depth mapping for portrait mode (the ‘bokeh impact’) and AR.

The rumor is additional bolstered by the existence of the Galaxy A9, a cellphone with 4 rear cameras that Samsung introduced in October for Asian markets.

Samsung may very well be utilizing the A9 as a take a look at mattress for the design and software program, earlier than implementing refinements within the all-important Galaxy S10. Frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass has suggested, nevertheless, there shall be three rear cameras on the Galaxy S10, not 4.

Will the Galaxy S10 deliver portrait mode to video?

Qualcomm put assist for portrait mode movies into its Snapdragon 855 chip for 2019 telephones and past, however that is no assure that Samsung will reap the benefits of the expertise.

If it does, you is likely to be making use of a depth-sensing bokeh impact to topics in video in addition to photographs. Qualcomm stated that you just’d be capable to swap out the blurred backgrounds in these 4K movies for different scenes from a library of selections.


Extra concerning the selfie digicam’s Infinity-O punch-hole ‘notch’

Though Samsung advised the world it was engaged on three new notch designs for future telephones, the corporate by no means dedicated to the Infinity-V, Infinity-U or Infinity-O designs for its Galaxy S10.

At this level, we would be shocked if we noticed something aside from the Infinity-O show, which has a gap punched out of 1 nook for not less than one digicam lens. Samsung has made the design official within the newly introduced Galaxy A8S, a cellphone for China, nevertheless it’s doubtless that Samsung would launch the design on a much less vital cellphone in case points come up that the designers might handle, moderately than take a threat on its most vital cellphone of the 12 months.

Renders present the selfie digicam’s ‘gap punch’ on both facet, however newer rumors insist it’s going to be on the proper as you take a look at the cellphone face. Blass means that the Infinity-O will come to the Galaxy S10.

Huawei introduced one thing related with its Honor View 20 cellphone, however as a substitute of a gap lower from the display screen, the Honor View 20 matches the digicam under a clear portion of the show. The jury’s nonetheless out on whether or not this setup impacts photographs.

Will the Galaxy S10 toss out the iris scanner and at last get 3D ‘Face ID’?

When the Galaxy S9 first arrived, we have been disenchanted it did not use safe 3D depth-mapping expertise to unlock the cellphone just like the iPhone’s Face ID. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, launched in 2017, helps mapping with 50,000 infrared dots, in comparison with Apple’s 30,000 infrared dots. As an alternative, the Galaxy S9 retained Samsung’s safe iris unlocking and insecure face unlock, the latter a staple on Android telephones.

Now is likely to be the time for Samsung to step up its face-unlocking recreation. Rumors level to each the Galaxy S10 losing the iris scanner and gaining a rival to Face ID. Qualcomm’s latest chip helps one other sort of face-mapping expertise that is additionally safe sufficient for cellular funds, known as Sense ID 3D Face Authentication. Maybe it is this sensor that would energy Samsung’s tackle Face ID.

Along with unlocking the cellphone securely with a face scan, a depth-mapping selfie cam might allow higher AR apps and results, just like the disastrously creepy AR Emoji, a rival that predated Apple’s far more skillfully executed Memoji.

The Galaxy S10 will run Samsung’s One UI interface on high of Android 9

Samsung confirmed to CNET that each one future telephones, together with the foldable cellphone, will use the brand new One UI interface that Samsung unveiled at its November Developer Convention. The One UI interface design declutters the present Samsung Expertise and tries to group icons for simpler one-handed use. It will work with Android Pie, the ninth model of Google’s cellular software program, however not with earlier variations of Android.

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