The process of making the Samsung Galaxy S10 better is not over yet. There were already various leaks which confirmed that Samsung, for its handset marking the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy family, already included a new design, faster updates, a true rival to Apple’s FaceID feature and an ultrasonic in-display reader but that is not all.
There is new information surfacing which speaks about Samsung’s plans to include an upgrade which could reshape the whole smartphone industry. ET News, which has proven reliable with this sort of news, reported that the South Korean company will incorporate a total of five cameras within the Galaxy S10.
Samsung Galaxy S10’s Camera
The cameras will be placed like this: two in the front and the remaining three will find their place on the rear of the smartphone. If the scenario with two cameras in front isn’t completely new to us, the trio in the back seems like something pretty interesting. That’s because they will apparently operate differently from anything we have ever seen before.
Samsung’s plans are to introduce a 13-megapixel telephoto lens to complement a heavily upgraded primary camera that has 12 megapixels. This translates into the phone offering 3x optical zoom capabilities. Also, another camera improvement will be represented by a 16-megapixel lens with a wide angle which comes with a 123-degree field of view (FOV).
The latter feature has already been used by LG in its dual camera array system which overcame the need for optical zoom but, so far, no other company tried to include all three options into a single device. Because of this, Samsung has the potential of providing a real differentiator. However, they still have to work over some problems which may come with this do-it-all approach.
According to ET News, Samsung is facing a real challenge with sourcing additional modules plus a total of five per phone. Because of this, Samsung will more than likely limit this level of functionality to just one Galaxy S10 model, probably represented by the high-end Galaxy S10 Plus, which will have a price that could top $1000. We can expect something even more expensive if the rumors about a limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 5G tech turn out to be true.
With all these in mind, it is becoming clearer and clearer that Samsung isn’t refraining one bit from having a memorable 10th anniversary for its Galaxy brand and what is currently online describing the core Galaxy S10 features is enough to grant wishes made by fans for years. The news comes even better now that Samsung has finally admitted to having delayed yet again the release of its radical folding Galaxy F device.
In terms of upgrades, we already knew that Samsung heavily redesigned the upcoming smartphone and that these upgrades are at the same time long-awaited and focused on matching the iPhone X’s. That’s why there is a mischievous plan going around Samsung’s headquarters and that plan was revealed by Ice Universe, the prolific leaker.
According to him, there will be a 5G version added to the Galaxy S10, which will be based on the Beyond 2 development by adding a 5G baseband. This information represents at the same time a cause for celebration and one for concern. What is worth celebrating is the fact that we have confirmation that Samsung will implement what was recently announced by Qualcomm, the 5G functionality.
On the other hand, we should look at what Ice Universe suggests, that the 5G technology will be limited. If you don’t know already, Beyond 2 is the codename used by Samsung for its Galaxy S10 Plus model, while Beyond 0 is the new budget-friendly model and Beyond 1 the Galaxy S10 itself.
So, by basing it on the Beyond 2 development, Samsung will restrict the 5G support only to the larger Galaxy S10 Plus. It isn’t the first time we saw this from Samsung. If you remember, something similar occurred when the South Korean giant decided to restrict the dual cameras to the Galaxy S9+.
This kind of move comes with the huge potential of paying off for the company, driving users to opt for the higher-end model. However, the past has shown that splitting features can backfire, as it did for the S9 range sales.