The Samsung Galaxy S10 could land early next year and we’re already hearing rumors about it.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has the potential to be the most exciting phone of 2019, but only if the company makes some changes.
Update: The top-end Galaxy S10 model could have five cameras in total, with two on the front joining three on the back. Plus, while some models will apparently have an in-screen fingerprint scanner they apparently might not all – but none of them are thought to have a scanner on the back.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 range is strong, but not 5 stars strong, and we’re going to need to see some big changes for the brand to stay on top, especially in the face of fiercer competition from the likes of Apple and Huawei.
We don’t know much about the Galaxy S10 yet, but we are starting to hear a few rumors, all of which you’ll find below.
And below that you’ll find a wish list of the main things we want – nay, need – from the phone, including an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a fresh design.
The good news is that if early rumors are to be believed we might get at least one of those things.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is likely to launch in early 2019. More specifically we’ll probably see it at MWC 2019, which takes place from February 25-28.
Not only does a leaker claim we’ll see it then, but Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 range at MWC 2018, so the 2019 show is the most likely release date.
Samsung doesn’t always announce its Galaxy S flagships there, but recent models have all been announced in the first few months of the year, so we’d be surprised if we don’t see the Samsung Galaxy S10 by the end of March 2019.
Though it could arrive earlier, as we might see it in January at CES 2019 if one rumor is to be believed. That takes place from January 8-11.
Of course, whenever it is announced you might not be able to buy it straight away.
When it does go on sale it’s sure to cost a lot. There aren’t any price rumors yet but the Galaxy S9 launched at $719.99 / £739 / AU$1,199, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus went on sale for $840 / £869 / AU$1,349, so we’d expect the Galaxy S10 range will cost at least that much.
We’ve seen a photo, possibly showing a prototype of the Galaxy S10 (though notably the source didn’t refer to it by name but did say “this may be a design beyond”, and ‘Beyond’ is believed to be the codename of the S10).
The image, which you can see below, shows a handset with a curved screen and almost no bezel on any edge. There seems to be less bezel in fact than we’ve seen on any other phone, suggesting the front-facing camera may either pop up or be built into the screen.
You can’t see much else, but in addition to the power and volume buttons it looks like the Bixby button is making a return – if this photo really is showing the S10 and if nothing changes in the design before launch, which are two big ifs, especially as reputable leaker @OnLeaks has poured cold water on the image, claiming it’s fake.
That’s our only real possible sighting of the Galaxy S10 yet (and we use the term ‘real’ very loosely), but we have heard a number of things about it, and one rumor we have seen pop up more than once is the presence of an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
This would go nicely with the all-screen design that’s being tipped for the phone, and would see the Galaxy S10 follow in the footsteps of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS and Vivo Nex .
A report claims that it will use an ultrasonic Qualcomm scanner, and that Samsung has felt pressured to include it due to Vivo and Huawei both having phones with in-screen scanners.
Multiple separate sources who spoke to The Bell have said as much, adding that Samsung will also look to ditch the iris scanning tech in the Galaxy S10 in favor of an improved 3D face scanner – much like the one found on the iPhone X.
An earlier rumor also talks about an in-screen scanner, stating that while an in-screen scanner wouldn’t be ready in time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it would be ready by sometime next year, making the Samsung Galaxy S10 a candidate for one.
But Samsung might go even further and also put the speakers in the screen, as just such a display has been shown off by Samsung Display, according to OLED Info .
And the earpiece could go in the screen too, as Samsung is said to be planning a ‘sound-emitting display’ for use in a phone early next year, having already shown off the tech at an industry expo.
All that combined could mean a truly bezel-free look, like the one shown in the image above, though the front-facing camera will still need to be put somewhere.
And speaking of the camera, the rear one of those could change too, as an analyst reckons Samsung is considering a triple-lens one for the Samsung Galaxy S10, along with a 3D sensor for augmented reality content.
Analyst chatter isn’t always that reliable, but it would make sense if Samsung wants to compete with the Huawei P20 Pro and the rumored triple-lens iPhone .
It’s also a rumor that we’ve now heard again, with a source claiming that Samsung will make three Galaxy S10 models. One of these, apparently codenamed ‘Beyond 0’, will have a single-lens camera, 5.8-inch screen which might be flat, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner .
That would be the most basic model, but there’s also said to be ‘Beyond 1’, which apparently has a 5.8-inch curved screen, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a dual-lens camera, and ‘Beyond 2’, with a 6.2-inch curved screen, an in-screen scanner and a triple-lens camera.
Some or all of the models might also have a dual-lens front-facing camera according to one report, which would give the top model five lenses overall. It’s not known what the extra front lens would be used for, but it’s likely to improve the face unlock feature if nothing else.
We’ve also heard talk that Samsung might rename the range, launching the next model as the Samsung Galaxy X rather than the Galaxy S10. That might sound unlikely, but Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile division, has been quoted as saying that “we have been thinking about whether we need to maintain the S moniker or the numbering system” so it’s possible.
And we also have an idea of what might be powering the Samsung Galaxy S10, as it’s reportedly going to use the unannounced Snapdragon 855 (at least in some regions). This is said to be a 7nm chipset, which is smaller and likely both more powerful and more efficient than the Snapdragon 845 found in many of 2018’s flagships.
The 855 is also said to be capable of supporting theoretical download speeds of up to 2Gbps, up from 1.2Gbps on the Galaxy S9 – though don’t expect to get speeds anywhere near this in the real world. Still, it could be a big upgrade.
As good as the Samsung Galaxy S9 is, it’s also rather too similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, so we hope Samsung changes things up for the S10. Here’s what we want to see.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 looks almost identical to the Galaxy S8, so it’s high time we got a new design from the South Korean company.
Whether that means a notch, a new material or even a foldable phone we’ll leave to Samsung, but we want to see something new.
While the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a dual-lens camera, the standard Galaxy S9 only has a single-lens one.

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