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8 Things to Know About Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series

The South Korean tech giant has set a Feb. 20 date for the phone’s launch. The clip, which lasts 15 seconds, features the words “the future unfolds” and the date “02.20.19” which, for those of you who have been living under a rock recently is the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch date.

The official website did not release more information about the S10 except for the date for the conference.But there are a lot of speculations about the new Galaxy S10.

More than Our Expected

It’s rumored to have a fresh-looking all-screen display with a less bezel at the top. Not only that, it may have ‘hole punch’ front-facing camera embedded in the screen’s top right corner.

While we obviously can’t say for certain what the Galaxy S10 devices will look like before Samsung officially unveils them, leaks, rumors, and renders have given us a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Samsung Galaxy On February 20

The Galaxy S9 mostly repeated the S8’s design, but fans should expect very significant changes to the S10’s exterior. The most significant change will likely concern the front facing camera, as rumors suggest the Galaxy S10 will get an Infinity-O display—Samsung speak for a screen with a pill-shaped hole for either one or two lenses. Well-known Samsung leaker seems to think at least some of the S10 models will launch with this design; he tweeted a render of what is believed to be the S10+ on Dec. 4.

Colour of the S10 Series

The colour options are also outed; the S10e will be available in yellow, black, green and white (with a blue version launching “later”), the S10 and S10+ in black, green, white and blue. The pricey 12GB + 1TB variant will reportedly be offered in ‘Ceramic Black’ and ‘Ceramic White’ variants. Famous leakster, Evan Blass has also shared renders of the Galaxy S10 Plus, showing it in black, green and white, as well as posting a picture of the S10 Plus together with the S10 and S10E in clear cases.

Samsung Galaxy S10 E Colours

Fingerprint Sensor

Qualcomm unveiled its new ultrasonic scanner, which can read and authenticate fingerprints sensor through the glass display on the front of a smartphone, on-stage during its Technology Summit. The component — which tallies perfectly with the long-rumoured feature headed to the next entry in the Galaxy S series – will begin shipping in mobile devices in the first half of 2019, Qualcomm announced.

Unlike traditional optical sensors, the ultrasonic variant from Qualcomm does not compare the print against a two-dimensional pattern previously stored.

Fingerprint Sensor On S10 Series

Instead, Qualcomm’s all-new 3D Sonic Sensor creates a three-dimensional mould of the fingertip by bouncing soundwaves off the skin through the display. According to Qualcomm, the sensor can capture a breathtaking amount of detail-down to the individual ridges and pores. This makes it far more accurate than optical sensors that compare the pattern of the fingerprint.

Camera

According to a report from SamMobile, the S10 will be kitted out with a triple-camera system that will retain the S9’s 12-megapixel f1.5/2.4 lens as its primary sensor. Alongside this, there will apparently be a ‘super wide-angle’ 16-megapixel snapper (f/1.9 aperture with a 123-degree field of view), plus a 13-megapixel f/2.4 lens to complete the picture.That’s the good news for Galaxy series fans who love their premium camera specs.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lens

The bad news? This tri-camera configuration might only be available on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, while the plain Galaxy S10 E could be pitched as an ‘affordable’ alternative with a dual-camera setup.

There’s also a chance the Plus-sized model will come with a dual-camera on the front, with the intention of delivering greater depth of field (or bokeh) effects for selfies. The additional sensor could also be used to improve the handset’s face-recognition feature.

Performance Specs

All Galaxy S10 variants are said and expected to come with the latest chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855.

Galaxy S10 E: 128 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM

Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: 128 GB storage, 6 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, 8 GB RAM options.

Galaxy S10 X: 1 TB (1,024 GB) storage, 10 GB or 12 GB RAM. Potentially available on S10 Plus, too.

About the Price

An early Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price rumor claims it will cost €1,049 (around $1,190 / £925 / AU$1,665) for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage version, while a 8GB/512GB model could set you back €1,299 (around $1,475 / £1,130 / AU$2,065).

However, a more recent Galaxy S10 Plus leak suggests the handset won’t cost quite that much, with 6GB/128GB costing €999 and the 8GB/512GB model coming in at $1,249.

Throwing Money Away For S10

That’s still more than the launch price of the Galaxy S9 Plus in Europe, which means you’re probably looking at a $50/£50/AU$100 premium on the S10 Plus price versus its predecessor.

The most exciting Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price leak is also the most expensive. Tipped to set you back €1,499 this top-of-the-range S10 Plus will reportedly pack a massive 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. That’s still cheaper than a 512GB iPhone XS Max though.

Samsung Wireless Earbuds

What’s more, Samsung may have developed new wireless earbuds to compete with Apple’s AirPods, and they could debut alongside the Galaxy S10 on Feb. 20. German tech site WinFutured has published a new photo of what it’s called the Galaxy Buds, and which it says can be charged wirelessly on the back of the for the coming phone. And, according to a new rumor, Samsung may throw in a free pair with preorders ‘in some regions’.

Samsung New Earbuds In 2019

When will the S10 Series Come on the Market?

Perhaps the biggest question on your mind is “When will I be able to buy the Galaxy S10?”.

On January 10, Samsung officially confirmed that it’ll hold an Unpacked event on February 20, 2019, in San Franciso to announce the S10 series.

Earlier rumors suggested that Samsung would announce the phones at Mobile World Congress, but with the event being held just a week before the trade show begins, Samsung appears to be confident that its new batch of phones are worthy of their own, standalone event.

Following the February 20 event, one report claims that the Galaxy S10 Lite, S10, and S10+ will be available for purchase starting March 8 with the 5G-capable Galaxy S10 X launching a bit later on March 29.

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