Samsung Galaxy S10 series of phones are the hot and happening topic of 2019, even though the phone is still weeks away from an official launch. Apple has unveiled its iPhones for 2018 and now it’s time for Samsung to answer a lot of questions.
The manufacturer has refrained from removing the headphone jack or using a notch in all their flagship models including the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. With the industry moving towards foldable phones and punch holes for front cameras, Samsung is expected to lead the race and take a whole new route that Apple failed to adopt.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 Lite are the rumoured three models scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2019. An additional leak in the XDA developer’s forum suggests the company is also building a 5GB phone, exclusively for Verizon, as well as a phone named Bolt, which will be expensive, with top-notch specs and maybe the foldable phone the industry is talking about.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphones Release Date
Before we delve deep into the specifications of the smartphone, a nearly reliable retailer has leaked to Gizmodo that the phones will be released much earlier, possibly in the month of February. They have even added that it is expected to be hosted before the Mobile World Congress 2019 which is scheduled for Feb 20th, to be ahead of their competitors.
While the release date will be much earlier, it will start shipping from March 8th onwards to people who pre-order the devices. Samsung is planning to launch at least three different phones at different price points and varied specifications to make sure they deliver to every kind of buyer.
Infinity Display with Punch Hole Camera
Evan Blass is a trusted Twitter news source as most of his leaks from the past have been credible and turned out to be true when the announcement was made. According to his tweet, the Galaxy S10 will have
- Infinity O punch hole front camera
- In-display fingerprint scanner with ultrasonic technology
- At least three rear cameras
- Android Pie out of the box with promised updates
Few preliminary Galaxy S10 details:
– "Punch hole" style selfie cam cutout (sounds like Infinity-O display).
– Ultrasonic, in-display FPS
– Three rear cameras (standard/wide/tele)
– One UI over Android Pie
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 13, 2018
Galaxy S10 Series of Phones – Hardware Specifications
The hardware specifications of the phones and the rumour that there are at least three different devices being launched by Samsung began in the middle of 2018. Every other rumour and leak after that continues to confirm the claim.
Etnews reports that there are three specifications for the Galaxy S10:
"Beyond 0", 5.8", Single Camera
"Bryond 1", 5.8", Dual Camera
"Bryond 2", 6.2", Three Camerashttps://t.co/Dh2t59Yiob
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 25, 2018
Galaxy S10 Lite is the entry-level model with a smaller 5.8-inch display, dual rear camera and aside fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S10 will have a larger 6.1-inch display, with in-display fingerprint scanner while the Galaxy S10 Plus will sport a triple rear camera and larger 6.44-inch curved display.
All these smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC, the latest flagship processor and will also use Exynos 9820, which is an equivalent of the same processor. All phones will have a dual camera, except for the Plus edition.
Samsung’s Flagship Sets a New Benchmark with Beyond X
It is unclear whether Samsung has decided to withdraw their widely successful Note series phones. The models are rather large with a stylus and serve a specific purpose. The specifications of the Samsung Beyond X the phone that is considered the true flagship of them all may replace it.
Here is a quick overview of its leaked specifications
- Large 6.7-inch display
- Selfie camera will be a dual camera design with a punch hole
- In-display fingerprint sensor with 5G support
- Four rear cameras and will support facial recognition similar to the iPhone XS models
A leaked document suggests Samsung is also working on a phone named Bolt, but there isn’t much information available. It is unconfirmed whether this is the same model among the leaked four different devices or something entirely new.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, S10 and S10+ Price
With smartphones becoming increasingly expensive and often close to a grand, Samsung is not going to go cheap this time around. They have also considerably boosted the storage size of the base models so that people don’t have to use SD cards and rather opt for even bigger storage if they are willing to pay the price.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite – 128 GB expected to cost $840
Galaxy S10 – 128 GB expected to cost $1000/ 512 GB variant at $1,250
Galaxy S10 Plus – 128 GB expected to cost $1,125/ 512 GB variant at $1,375
While the pricing may sound much higher for the 2019 flagship lineup, it is expected that the pricing will be at least $50 to $100 lower when they actually get launched in the U.S. The prices of the Samsung Galaxy S10 models where converted from leaked rumours from Europe and UK, where they were quoted n Euros. While a direct conversion is not how it works, it should also be taken into account that Samsung would want to keep prices slightly lower to reach the most number of buyers possible.
Sources Emerge from Leaked Case Manufacturer Designs
The case manufacturers may not get the information in an accurate manner, but the leaked cases do confirm the size of the device and the overall placement of the camera. Samsung will most probably opt for a punch hole camera on the right-hand or left-hand side, rather than keeping it in the centre as depicted in these images. If it is placed in the center, it still wouldn’t hurt as the overall aesthetics of the display remains great to look at.
A case manufacturer's expectations for the Galaxy S10 lineup: pic.twitter.com/lrExjvalcb
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 8, 2018
It is a mystery whether Samsung would retain the 3.5mm audio jack, but rumours claim they will do so for the flagship models of 2019 and may remove them later down the line.
Samsung is going strong so far and being an equivalent competitor for Apple, their move towards getting rid of notches and innovating something new to retain the front camera might inspire other manufacturers to follow suit. Huawei has already done it and based on Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 Lite success with the new design, it might become the new norm this year.