The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still one of the best phones you can buy, but it isn’t perfect. Neither is the bigger Galaxy Note 9. However, the upcoming Galaxy S10 could be the most exciting smartphone of 2019, but only if Samsung makes some big changes in a few key areas.
With that in mind, here we’ll go over the latest rumors and what we want next from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. We don’t know too much yet, but we’re starting to see and hear very exciting rumors as 2018 comes to a close.
Considering this is the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S, we’re expecting big things. Below you’ll find some early rumors, followed by what we want (or need) to see from Samsung’s 10th generation Galaxy S10 smartphone.
Quick Galaxy S10 Details
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date: Early March 2019, with a February announcement
- What is the Galaxy S10?: Samsung’s 10th-anniversary flagship Galaxy S phone
- What to Expect?: Three phones, triple cameras, optical fingerprint sensors (in screen) & more
- Galaxy S10 Price?: We’re guessing anywhere from $649-$999 depending on the model
Latest Galaxy S10 News & Rumors (October 25, 2018)
This summer a few reports suggested Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 phones in 2019. Three phones with codenames of Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. The first one will have a flat 5.8-inch screen and be positioned as an affordable Galaxy S10 to take on the iPhone Xr. Then there’s a regular Galaxy S10 curved model with a bigger screen, and finally, a bigger 6.44-inch Galaxy S10+.
At the end of October Bloomberg posted a huge story with tons of details, including exciting info that confirms the rumor above. Bloomberg’s source explained the three devices and then some. Sharing top-secret info about true edge-to-edge screens with the front-facing camera under the screen, in-display fingerprint sensors, and 5G support. Additionally, the trusted leaker @UniverseIce further backed up those reports with a photo from a private Samsung event showcasing it’s most advanced tech coming in 2019.
His image talks about the fingerprint scanner underneath the AMOLED display, and Samsung using a see-through screen or a display with a hole in it near the top for the front camera. Allowing the phone to cover the entire front of the device with no notch whatsoever, something even Apple can’t do.
Recent leaks from Korea suggest the bigger Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras, too. Not three or four, but five cameras total. Three 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 four. If true, we could see a regular high-end lens, a telephoto zoom, then a third ultra wide-angle sensor. Each camera does something different. Not to mention two cameras on the front.
And finally, another Galaxy S10 rumor claims Samsung will ditch the fingerprint and Iris scanner and opt for a fingerprint scanner inside of the screen. Also known as an in-glass scanner, or an optical fingerprint sensor. Only Samsung’s two main S10 variants will have this technology, while the cheaper Xr competitor will have a side-mounted sensor.
The new rumor of the Galaxy S10, Beyond0 uses side fingerprints, Beyond1 and Beyond2 use screen fingerprints.
And Beyond0 and Beyond1 are dual cameras, and Beyond2 is three cameras.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 6, 2018
For what it’s worth, this same “trusted” leakster believes the Galaxy S10 will get announced at Mobile World Congress in February.
5 Things We Want From the Galaxy S10
We know Samsung has something big planned for the Galaxy S10, but how big is the question. Will they do something like Apple’s iPhone X and surprise everyone with a bold new design, or just improve on the same one we’re all familiar with? If they want to succeed the phone can’t look exactly like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 again. So, here’s what we want to see.
1. A Premium New Design
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, S9, and the new Galaxy Note 9 all look exactly the same. There’s nothing wrong with the design, but we’re expecting a bold new bezel-free screen to take on the iPhone and Android competition. Here’s a fan-made concept video, but it could be closer than you think.
What will this new design entail? We’re not really sure. What we do know is Samsung will likely shrink the bezels even smaller than Apple and offer a truly bezel-free screen, or something similar. They’ll avoid the notch completely by putting the front camera and sensors under the display. Not only do we want this, but we believe it needs to happen for Samsung to succeed.
We could see a new material, a folding display, or a true edge-to-edge screen like what’s shown above. The foldable Galaxy X/F is still coming in early 2019 too, and that’s not the Galaxy S10 either. They are two different product lines. Expect the overall style and “identity” to remain, while they make notable changes everyone can appreciate. In fact, we think Samsung will deliver something similar to what’s shown above. Although it still looks the same on the rear, save for three cameras, the all-display front steals the show and will please customers and fans alike.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
We heard rumors that the Galaxy S8 would have a fingerprint scanner inside the glass, under the display. A similar rumor arrived for the Note 8 and the Galaxy S9 release. However, 2019 and the Galaxy S10 might finally be the year that happens. We’re serious this time. Other manufacturers have already done so, the new OnePlus 6T has one, and Samsung is next. Again, this is a must for Samsung.
An explosive leak from The Bell states Samsung will ditch the fingerprints, improve 3D facial recognition, and add a fingerprint scanner under the display. As rumored about and explained by Bloomberg, Samsung will use Qualcomm’s new in-display fingerprint scanner technology that works through glass, metal, underwater and more. And again, here’s the latest evidence of this fancy new tech.
Basically, we’ve heard this rumor for years but don’t be surprised if 2019 is when it finally happens. Even in all three models available.
3. Dual, Triple, or even Five Cameras
High-end Samsung phones have some of the best cameras on the market. The Galaxy S9+ came with dual lenses, and one even has a variable aperture that physically changes on the fly to take the best possible photos in any lighting situation. They’re impressive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get better.
Various reports believe the Galaxy S10 line will have 3-5 cameras depending on the model. That’s two on the front and two on the back. At least for the first two Galaxy S10 handsets. Recent leaks from Korea suggest the biggest Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras. Not three or four, but five cameras total. From what we’re hearing only the bigger Galaxy S10+ will have five, while the smaller S10 will only have four.
If Samsung keeps (yet improves) its dual rear cameras from the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9, but then adds a third ultra wide-angle lens, that would be great. Not to mention they could potentially combine all three together for one big photo. Then, of course, we want two front-facing cameras for better portrait-style photography and group selfies.
4. Better Battery Life
Almost every aspect of smartphones is way better now than it was 3-4 years ago, except one — battery life. It can’t improve every year like the screen, camera and software. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t want improvements.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ last almost an entire day, which is decent. That said, I’ll gladly take a few extra mm of thickness if that means a 3,800 or 4,000 mAh battery is inside so I never have to worry about it running out during a busy day.
In fact, we’re already seeing signs of this exact approach by Samsung. The new Galaxy Note 9 has a massive 4,000 mAh battery inside and easily lasts longer than any Galaxy I’ve ever had. We’ve seen something similar in the Galaxy S8 Active, so it makes sense for Samsung to vastly improve battery life in the Galaxy S10. We doubt they’ll match the Note 9, as that’s their best device, but the S10+ will come close and likely have around 3,800 mAh. Then, look for something around 3,400 or 3,540 in the smaller S10.
5. Improved Software (Updates & AR Emoji)
And last but not least we want a big improvement in the software department. We’re talking about the overall software experience. Whether that’s better and faster performance, quick and timely updates, or useful features and themes. Leaks of the Galaxy Android Pie software are promising, too.
I’m also looking forward to AI smarts to improve battery life, and smarter camera software so photos aren’t so oversaturated, delivering more vibrant colors. Not to mention better AR emoji and AR gaming.
Samsung is already one of the best when it comes to adding helpful tools and feature to its software. Just take a look at these 10 cool things the Galaxy S9 can do. They can always improve though. A huge area that must improve is the speed of software updates. If others can do it, Samsung can too. Then, OnePlus phones are blazing fast, and Samsung must take a page from their book and do something to ensure Galaxy phones don’t slow down over time.
Time to start getting excited about the Samsung Galaxy S10, its release date, and the stream of leaks and rumors that will continue all holiday season long. This will be Samsung’s biggest, best and most important phone in years. Basically, expect the best they have to offer and some compelling new technology.
In closing, if Samsung can make some notable improvements to the design with what we’ve detailed above, all while delivering a better display, more cameras, and longer battery life, the Galaxy S10 will be a winner. Basically, everything Samsung did with the Note 9, only on a more power powerful platform with a new design and truly bezel-free display.
Stay tuned for more details, as we’ll learn more soon enough. Then, expect a stunning new Galaxy S10+ in February or March of 2019.
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