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Samsung Galaxy S10: What we know...

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On Wednesday 20th February 2019 the Galaxy S10 range will be unveiled by Samsung at their latest media events, scheduled to be held in London and San Francisco. It is widely believed that pre-orders for the new devices will go live just seconds after the end of the presentations (though the handsets won’t be available in stores until 8th March, 2019).

DJ Koh (Samsung’s mobile chief) has suggested that we could see “very significant” design changes and “amazing” new colours. So, with any luck we could see the beginning of the end of ‘samey’ mobile phones.

 

The S10 Range

Samsung is trying something completely different with its Galaxy S10 series – it plans to release at least three separate variants of the handset, with some tipsters pointing to four separate models of the Galaxy S10.

The smartphones – codenamed "Beyond 0", "Beyond 1", and "Beyond 2" inside the Seoul-based company – have been listed on a number of different certification bodies, including the Chinese CMIIT government body.

Based on the latest whispers, the Galaxy S10 range will breakdown as follows:

  • "Beyond 0" / Galaxy S10E: Entry-level S10 with 5.8-inch display, LTE
  • "Beyond 1" / Galaxy S10: Follow-up to Galaxy S9 with 6.2-inch display, LTE
  • "Beyond 2" / Galaxy S10 Plus: Follow-up to Galaxy S9 Plus with 6.44-inch display, LTE
  • 5G-enabled "Beyond 2" / Galaxy S10 X: 6.7-inch display, 5G connectivity, 1TB storage

You may have noticed that the S10 plus features a 6.44-inch display, which is actually bigger than the AMOLED panel on the Note 9 phablet.

Prices

According to a reliable source speaking to Gizmodo, the following Galaxy S10 prices have now been confirmed by Samsung:

  • 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S10E with 128GB of storage: £669
  • 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 with 128GB of storage: £799
  • 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 with 512GB of storage: £999
  • 6.44-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus with 128GB of storage: £899
  • 6.44-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus with 512GB of storage: £1,099
  • 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S10 X with 1TB of storage and 5G connectivity: £1,399

 

Features

The Galaxy S10 promises to be the most important Samsung release in years, and not just because the Galaxy S9 has suffered from slow sales. This will mark the tenth anniversary of the South Korean tech giant's flagship smartphone. So what are we expecting:

  • Samsung is reportedly planning up to four variants of the Galaxy S10 at 5.8-, 6.1-, 6.4- and 6.7-inch sizes. The cheapest could have a flat display, while the largest and most expensive may support 5G and carry a total of six cameras across the front and rear.
  • Expect an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor. This would allow you to unlock the phone just by placing your finger on the display.
  • Samsung has teased the Galaxy S10 will have a markedly different design from its predecessors, and rumours suggest it'll come in the form of a bezel-free Infinity-O screen with a cut-out in the panel for the front-facing camera.
  • The back of the Galaxy S10 may feature as many as four cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. But other reports have said the phone will offer three cameras.
  • The Galaxy S10 is expected to split power between Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset for North American models, and Samsung's own Exynos 9820 silicon for the rest of the world.
  • There could even be a fourth model of the Galaxy S10 that would have 5G capability built in, according to code identified by XDA Developers and, more recently, a report from The Wall Street Journal.
  • Huawei's P20 Pro introduced us to the concept of three rear cameras this year, with the extra lens helping produce better shots in low-light. Samsung reportedly is eyeing a triple-lens setup for its next Galaxy phone, with KB Securities analyst Kim Dong-Won publishing a research note that says the S10 will have three cameras on the rear.
  • Samsung has been criticized for not developing a 3D face scanner to compete with Face ID in Apple's iPhone X. But a report from The Investor says that Samsung has partnered with 3D camera firm Mantis Vision to finally get a 3D scanner into the Galaxy S10.