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Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G

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Everything we know about the Samsung launch on the 20th February 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and Fold Launch 2019
 

At Unpacked Last night in London (and San Francisco) Samsung took the wraps off the next generation of Galaxy devices. This marked the end of the last decade and the start of a new generation of Mobile. Samsung debuted the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10e.

Samsung also became the first of the big manufacturers to reveal their folding phone with the unveiling of the 'Galaxy Fold'.

We don't imagine the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi will be far behind, with the Samsung launch coming just days before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (a trade event where Samsung's rivals will unveil new handsets of their own).

The Galaxy Fold

The Fold will go on sale in just over two months time, earlier than many expected.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Folding Screen

The Galaxy Fold opens up to create a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and is able to run up to three apps at once. A demo showed off "app continuity" features by which the device transferred from one mode to another. 

One example involved a Google Maps screen appearing on the Fold's smaller front display and then expanding to a larger view when the handset was opened following a one-second pause.

It said that it had designed a new type of hidden hinge system that would withstand hundreds of thousands of folds and unfolds, and contained a battery on each side to extend its runtime.

See which other manufacturers are talking about folding Screens here.

The Galaxy S Series

The S10 series is likely to remain Samsung's focus when it comes to sales for the foreseeable future.

In-screen fingerprint sensor

The S10 series sees the inclusion of the ultrasonic screen fingerprint scanner in the S10 and S10+ models. This is a slightly controversial move by Samsung as though supporters of this tech think it is much better than the optical based ones, others think it is the poor relation and we should just move to facial recognition sooner rather than later. Personally, we think the inclusion of the in-screen fingerprint scanners is great because there are scenarios where a fingerprint is going to be more useful and easier to use than facial scanning.

Cut-out camera

Samsung refers to this as the Infinity O design and we know as the "hole punch" camera. The move allows the phones to feature a thinner top bezel without the "notch" found on many rivals.

It has, however, caused the firm to ditch the eye iris-scanner introduced in the S8.

Models

The Galaxy S10 - £899 (get S10 insurance from just £8.49 per month here)

Galaxy S10e insurance

The Galaxy S10 plus - £799 (get S10 plus insurance from just £8.49 per month here)

Galaxy S10 plus insurance

The S10+ also has a second selfie camera to help it take depth readings.

Other improvements include:

  1. This has a curved 6.4-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen
  2. A second camera on the front, with an 8MP snapper joining the 10MP one
  3. Its battery is a lot bigger too, coming in at 4,100mAh
  4. You can get it with up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

The Galaxy S10e - £669 (get S10e insurance from just £7.49 per month here)

Galaxy S10E insurance

The introduction the lower priced S10e will be appealing to many, though if you do choose this model you’ll have to deal with the following trade-offs:

  • a lower-resolution, smaller 5.8in screen that does not curve round the device's sides like the 6.1in and 6.4in displays of the S10 and S10+
  • no telephoto "portrait" rear camera
  • no heart rate sensor
  • a capacitive fingerprint scanner on its side, rather than the ultrasonic in-screen option of the more expensive phones

The Galaxy S10 5G - No price, due to be released this summer.

Though we haven’t been given a precise date for the launch of the S10 5G model (or price), we do know that it will come with a few exclusive features:

  • a 6.7in (17cm) display. For comparison, the Note 9 is 6.4in and the iPhone XS Max 6.5in
  • faster wired-charging
  • 3D depth-sensing cameras on its front and rear. These could be used to offer improved facial scans and photo-background blurs, although details have yet to be confirmed

See our article on 5G here and the networks who’ll be providing it here.