Everything We Know So Far About The Samsung Galaxy S10
It almost feels like Samsung have barely taken the covers off of the Galaxy S9, and they actually haven't even released their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 9, to the public yet.
However, that hasn't stopped rumours about the nature of the much anticipated Galaxy S10, and how it will provide a response to Apple's next generation of iPhones, from starting to swirl.
Here's what we think we know so far.
A first leak has given us an idea of what the S10 may look like, with Samsung apparently keen on taking Apple to the very limit of just how far they can stretch the concept of the infinity display and minimise bezel sizes.
According to reports from Korea published by Forbes, it's likely that three S10 models will release, one being budget-conscious and one being the S10+, all of which will feature displays with an in-built fingerprint scanner.
According to well-respected Samsung analysis website SamMobile, the premium Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will use ultrasonic display-based sensors, while the entry-level model will have an optical sensor.
It's likely that Samsung's decision to double down on the fingerprint scanner is a response to Apple's strategy of going all-in on what it thinks is the security of the future: facial recognition.
While the S10 is likely to feature its own version of facial recognition, it's looking to perfect the fingerprint reader in a way that Apple simply can't, and word is that Apple may well be planning a U-Turn on their decision to omit Touch ID from their iPhones altogether.
In terms of the stuff that people really care about when using their new phone, it's likely that both high-end Samsung S10 models will have triple rear cameras, while the S10+ will also boast a dual-lens front facing camera to set it apart from the solitary camera that rests on the front of the normal S10.
Overall, the S10 seems like it' s going to represent a change for Samsung back to really pushing the boat out in terms of design.
After 2 or 3 years of releases like the S8 and S9, which have largely felt like minor upgrades on each other, the S10 looks as if it's going to breathe a bit of life back into the long-time standard bearer for the Android generation.
Now, reports from the Wall Street Journal have begun to shed light on how Samsung is planning to celebrate a decade of the Galaxy range and simultaneously bring it into a new generation. As you can imagine, their plans are big.
According to the Journal, who are quoting sources inside Samsung, Samsung is planning on dropping 3 variants of their upcoming new flagship, which most are obviously predicting will be called the Galaxy S10, "with displays that range in size from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches."
However, it doesn't end there. Samsung also reportedly have a phone in the works that they hope will come to redefine the boundaries that people currently place on smartphones.
Internally code-named "Beyond-X", it'll be 5G capable, measure 6.7 inches diagonally, and perhaps most importantly, somehow pack an absurd six cameras into its frame. It'll have two front-facing cameras at the front and four at the back, which Samsung believe will give the phone better spacial awareness when taking photos and video.
By going to market with the phone as early as next February, Samsung look set to establish an early monopoly on the future market for 5G-capable phones.
Even though 5G networks are set to launch across America next year, analysts claim Apple won't have a 5G-capable iPhone ready until 2020.
Samsung’s next Unpacked event date, this was officially announced at the weekend, will take place on Wednesday February 20 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
It’s at this event that Samsung is widely expected to announce the latest Galaxy S flagship phones to mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy series.
According to a report today in The Wall Street Journal, Samsung will show off a “fully functional” version of its long-in-development foldable phone, as well as the rumoured three variants of the Galaxy S10.
A higher-end fourth model with 5G connectivity is set to be launched later in the spring.