In this post we’ll go over every single Galaxy S10 detail you need to know. From the latest news, rumors, release date details, leaked Galaxy S10 videos and more. We know it’ll be one of the most exciting phones in years, and perhaps the best phone of 2019. As a result, the hype train is full speed ahead, and expectations are high. Almost too high.
It’s a milestone year for Samsung, like the iPhone X, so expect big things. Samsung’s new phones must compete with three new iPhones from Apple, Google’s powerful Pixel 3, and the latest Chinese phones with neat features like in-display fingerprint scanners. Without further delay, here are the latest Galaxy S10 details to get you excited, including a video from the most accurate leakster in the business.
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date: Early March 2019 (Early February reveal)
- What is the Galaxy S10?: Samsung’s 10th flagship high-end Galaxy S smartphone
- What to expect?: 3-4 phones, triple cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor & edge-to-edge displays
- How Much Will it Cost?: Anywhere from $649-$999 depending on the model
Now that you know a few of the basics and we’ve answered some important questions, read on for the latest news and rumors.
Latest Galaxy S10 News (December 3rd, 2018)
Where do we even begin? Leaks and rumors are everywhere for the Galaxy S10. Before we get started, here’s a brand new video from @Onleaks and 91mobiles, one of the most trusted leaksters over the last few years. This is almost certainly the Galaxy S10+ with a 6.4-inch screen and two camera cutouts in the display. There’s no notch, but it might as well be one. I have mixed feelings about what we see in the image above and video below.
It’s worth noting that, if real, the bezels will be much smaller on the top, bottom, and both sides than what we see in this “render” image. Phones always look better in real life. Plus, check out the tweet below.
Back in June, a report came out saying Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 phones. Three phones with codenames of Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. A flat 5.8-inch screen, a curved S10, and an even bigger and better Galaxy S10+. Now, we’re hearing a 4th Galaxy S10 5G monster with a 6.7-inch screen and 6 cameras could be in the works, on top of those other three. Plus, details about the fingerprint scanner, multiple cameras, and the bezel-free screens with no notch.
Furthermore, the trusted leaker @UniverseIce confirmed most of this with photos taken from a recent private Samsung event about its upcoming tech in 2019. Then, he received images of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ screen which confirmed most of the rumors and gave us enough information for the concept renders shown above and below. It’s getting crazy out here, crazy exciting.
And now, famed leakster @evleaks shed light on the situation, confirming many of the rumors we’ve heard so far. Evan Blass states Samsung will use the “punch hole” style selfie front-camera cutout in the Infinity-O display, use an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, triple cameras, and One UI over Android 9 Pie.
Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will reportedly be the first phone with Qualcomm’s in-display ultrasonic scanner technology. That’s important because Qualcomm’s tech works through glass, metal, ceramic, underwater, and is the most advanced option on the market. Keep in mind that we’re hearing the cheaper flat 5.8-inch S10 will have a side-mounted scanner, while the main S10 and Galaxy S10+ will have fingerprint sensors under the screen. This tech is different (and better) than what’s inside the OnePlus 6T.
Here’s probably our best look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 running Android 9 Pie with Samsung One UI, and the punch-hole front facing camera and no notch.
If you’re wondering how Samsung will put the front camera under the screen and get around all the sensors in Apple’s notched display, this tweet explains the technology they’ll employ.
Galaxy S10: What You Need to Know (All the important stuff)
We could go on and on about a sleek new design, talk about the big curved AMOLED displays, or explain all of the specs, but that’s all just rumors so far. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ will be Samsung biggest, fastest, and best phones ever released. And no, Samsung will NOT copy the iPhone X notch. Instead, we’ll get a tiny cutout in the actual screen (near the top left) to house the camera. Then, the bezels will be tiny and we’ll get dual front-facing speakers.
What’s important is that rumors suggest Samsung will release three phones this year, one will have triple cameras, and they’ve combined years of R&D into a 10th-anniversary flagship Galaxy S10.
For the past four years Samsung has released two phones, then a bigger Galaxy Note later in the year. For 2019 it sounds like they’re going to offer an affordable flat-screen Galaxy S10 for those that hate curved screens, then two more Galaxy S10 phones similar to what everyone knows and loves.
The bigger Galaxy S10+ will have the iconic curved 6.4-inch Quad AMOLED display or bigger, with a larger battery, and a unique triple camera system on the back.
Galaxy S10 Specs (Rumored)
It’s still early, but here are some potential specs for Samsung’s new phones in February of 2019.
- 5.8-inch Flat Screen, 5.9-inch Curved Infinity Display, & 6.4-inch Curved Quad-HD Infinity Displays (Bezel-free)
- 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor in the US and Samsung Exynos in select regions
- 6-8GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB storage with microSD expansion
- Android 9 Pie With Samsung One UI
- Multi-camera 12MP dual-aperture f/1.5-f/2.4 cameras, Quad camera setup in S10+ (OIS, 960fps Slow-Mo, 4K, and much more) (Potentially four cameras in the S10+)
- 8MP Front Selfie Camera with Portrait Mode & Improved 3D AR Emoji (Dual cam in S10+)
- Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- 3,300 mAh and 3,870 mAh with Fast Charging and Faster 15w Wireless Charging (or bigger)
- IP68 Dust & Water-resistance, USB Type-C, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Heart-rate sensor, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, more
Galaxy S10 Cameras
Recent leaks from Korea suggest the Galaxy S10+ will come with 5+ cameras. Not three or four, but up to six cameras total. Four on the back and two on the front. Industry parts experts claim that only the bigger Galaxy 10+ will get this treatment, while the two smaller S10 variants will only have two or three on the back, and one on the front. However, with the cutout in the screen adding two front cameras to the S10+ is concerning, similar to the image below. Is this too big of a cutout, is it any better than a notch? Let us know.
Around back, Samsung will reportedly pack in a main 12-megapixel camera, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom (not 2x), a third 13-16 megapixel super wide-angle lens, and a fourth camera with unknown details. That 4th lens could be a huge 48MP sensor. This setup offers the widest field of view ever seen on a Galaxy S phone. The new quad-lens camera will be one of the Galaxy S10 Plus’ main selling points next year when the phone arrives.
Yes, that’s six cameras on the new and improved bigger Galaxy S10+ coming in early 2019. I have a feeling the smaller Galaxy S10 will pack 2 or 3, while the affordable flat Galaxy S10 “Lite” will only have 1-2. And if you’re worried about the camera inside the screen, here’s how it might look during movies or gaming. For everything else, it’ll be hidden mostly inside the black notification bar.
iPhone Xs Max (notch) vs Galaxy S10 (hole) in gaming and movie watching.
While gaming on S10, your thumb will block the cutout and you won't see it. pic.twitter.com/gWjuPHgwux
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) November 13, 2018
If I had to guess, the cheapest 5.5 or 5.8-inch flat-screened Galaxy S10 will only have dual rear cameras, a side or rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and give the iPhone Xr a run for its money. Then the other two will bring the heat to Apple, LG, and the rest of the market.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date
We know the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will be great, so your biggest question is likely “When can I buy the Galaxy S10?”.
If 2019 is like almost every other year, the company will host its annual Samsung Unpacked 2019 event in Spain at Mobile World Congress near the end of February. Basically, expect Samsung to debut and show off the Galaxy S10 around February 25-28th, 2019, at the MWC 2019 tradeshow. Being it’s 10th-anniversary, they could host a big separate event on the 24th, or even earlier.
Recent leaks suggest Samsung will announce the Galaxy S10 on February 6th, with a release date later in the month or early March. That sounds early to me, but we’ll have to wait and see.
As for when you’ll be able to buy the S10, it should officially hit store shelves a few weeks later. Based on previous years, we believe it’ll have a March 15th, 2019 Galaxy S10 release date. That’s nothing but a guess, but when you look at previous years it lines up perfectly.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Price
With rumors suggesting three Galaxy S10 phones in 2019, Samsung could really shake up its pricing strategy. Especially if the regular flat Galaxy S10 wants to compete with Apple’s iPhone Xr.
Devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 came in at $720, while the bigger Galaxy S8+ and S9+ are around $850 or so. That said, the big Galaxy Note 9 is $1,000. Here’s what we think:
- Galaxy S10 flat screen – $649
- Main Galaxy S10 – $749
- Galaxy S10 Plus – $899 (or more)
- Galaxy S10 5G – $1,249 or more
My guess is the budget Galaxy S10 (flat screen) will cost roughly $649 to take on the iPhone Xr. While the other Galaxy S10 models have similar pricing to previous years and slightly undercut the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. That said, $899-$999 makes more sense when you compare the S10+ to high prices of the Note 9 and iPhone Xs Max.
Flat “Infinity-O” Display
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
4+64GB / 6+64GB / 6+128GB
Snapdragon 845 or 8150
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) November 12, 2018
A Few More Galaxy S10 Leaks & Rumors
In closing, we want to share a few other Galaxy S10 leaks, rumors and news for potential buyers. And while we’ve heard a few reports about a design change, we’ll have to wait and see. Just like Apple, Samsung continues to stick to a familiar design. Is 2019 the year they switch it up and offer a completely revamped phone for its 10th anniversary?
The popular leakster @IceUniverse on Twitter said that none of the renders and fan-made leaks have the design or cameras right, at least not yet. Then, he suggests Samsung’s new phones will get a big boost in performance thanks to faster processors, RAM, and storage. However, on November 20th he shared images of the glass covering the screen, then a render that essentially confirms the design.
Galaxy S10+ protective film pic.twitter.com/zTV3qHEdOJ
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 4, 2018
The Galaxy S10's Infinity-O screen laser hole punching technology is called "HIAA" (Hall In Active Area) by Samsung. This is Samsung's exclusive OLED screen technology. Samsung has exclusive technology for a certain period of time. pic.twitter.com/jWPXUgoAMl
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 21, 2018
Basically, Samsung’s using faster LPDDR5 RAM and UFS3.0 storage chips that will make apps fly and improve performance as a whole. Combine that with some other leaked information and Android 9 Pie and things are getting exciting.
Additionally, earlier this year Samsung’s chief hinted at a name change but we’re not sure they’ll ever drop the “Galaxy” moniker. And if they don’t drop the name, they could drop the bigger “Plus” model. A report from Korea believes Samsung will ditch the Plus with the Galaxy S11 in 2020, as the bigger model eats into the Note market share. Thoughts?
And finally, there’s a good chance the Galaxy S10 will come with a sizable upgrade to the battery for the first time in several years. Samsung surprised everyone with a huge 4,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 9. As a result, expect a big increase for the popular Galaxy S series in early 2019 too.
Stay tuned right here for any and all S10 information.
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