The Samsung Galaxy S10 is only a month away, and yet we know very little about it – officially, at least. The rumor mill, however, is in full swing, and hype levels are through the roof.
With suggestions that it will come in four variants, have an under-the-screen camera and fingerprint sensor, a 5G model, plus potentially a whopping 1TB of storage…there’s a lot to dig through.
We collect what we know, and what we’ve heard, about the Galaxy S10 to date.
What We Know About the Samsung S10
In terms of official announcements, Samsung has been fairly tight-lipped about the S10, the hotly anticipated follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S9 (click for our full review).
What we know know for sure is that there is an event on 20 February where we’ll get our first look at the S10. At Samsung’s launch event, we’ll learn the specs plus a release date and price. But, aside from that, it’s a case of following the rumors.
What We’ve Heard About the Samsung S10
…of which, there have been plenty. Some sources have proved more reliable than others, but there’s plenty to chew over until the official release:
Four versions – According to a report in Bloomberg, credited to anonymous sources, the S10 will be available in four variants. Firstly, the standard S10, which will be practically bezel-less, and the same size of the S9, at around 5.8-inches. It will also feature a fingerprint sensor under the screen, according to rumors.
A second, cheaper model is also scheduled, without the trademark Samsung curved screen, and potentially lacking the underscreen sensor. Lastly, sources claim there will be a larger, ‘plus’ model, which would fit the usual suite of Samsung’s flagship phone releases. Then, there are separate rumours about the S10 X model…
S10 X – Electronic News, a Korean news site, has reported that Samsung will introduce a premium ‘X’ model. According to the report, it will launch in Korea in March for around $1500 – that’s a big chunk of change for a phone, but the site has also listed some specs, which might explain that price tag. Boasting a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, 1TB storage and a massive 10GB of Ram, this is set to be a device that will get any phone fan salivating.
It is also slated to have a huge 5,000 mAh battery, which could give it serious staying power. Last year’s S9+ had a 3,500 mAh battery, for comparison.
It will have 5G – Reports on the Samsung S10X also claim that it will feature 5G, as well as the list of already impressive features. At this point it seems that the standard S10 will rely on 4G, so you’ll have to fork out if really want 5G.
Again, that’s if a 5G variant of the S10 is released this year. It’s widely assumed that this will be the case, and that the S10 5G will be one of the first 5G phones available.
Under-screen camera – Samsung has resisted following in Apple’s footsteps, and refused to apply a notch to its phones to house the front-facing camera. In fact, Samsung has enjoyed mocking Apple for its notch-y efforts. However, in an effort to reduce the bezel on the S10, it seems that it will move the camera to under the screen, with a punch-hole in the top right corner.
It has a headphone jack – In another case of Samsung refusing to copy Apple, it seems that the headphone jack is staying. For now. In a leaked image from a case manufacturer, you can clearly see the jack on display. However, there have also been rumors of Samsung prototyping an S10 variant that ditches the jack.
It uses the Snapdragon 855 chip – It looks like the S10 will feature the Snapdragon 855 processor, a rather speedy chip that CNET claims is an ‘absolute beast’ in its benchmarking tests, and leaves the S9 far behind.
It has three rear cameras – According to xda-developers Max Weinbach, the S10+ features a triple camera, for ‘super wide, wide and telephoto’ images.
What the Samsung S10 Isn’t
Foldable – There’s been a lot of speculation about Samsung’s folding phone, with the company actually showing off the tech at the end of last year (albeit briefly) and hinting at it more recently, in Paris. However, don’t get too excited about the prospect of this feature coming to the S10.
Early leaks show the design of the flagship phone to be a traditional shape, so it seems that Samsung is saving its folding tech for a separate, dedicated device.
Cheap – With the impressive specs that we’re hearing about, the S10 is bound to be a ruiner of wallets.
Samsung has plenty of global ambitions when it comes to cheap phones – check out the upcoming M range, for example. They launch in India first, but rumors suggest they could even be coming to the US.
Reveal and Launch Date
We know for certain that the official reveal date for the S10 will be 20 of February.
Samsung has planned an event to share the new phone with the world, and it will be streamable from the Samsung website. It’s a smart move from Samsung, dropping this major announcement a few days before Mobile World Congress, Barcelona’s annual bonanza of smartphone and tablet announcements. This way, Samsung can happily grab the headlines from its competitors.
While we don’t have an actual release date nailed down just yet, it’s a safe bet to say that pre-orders will go up straight after the event. Following previous Samsung phone availability, we’d expect it to be in stores around mid-March.