THE GALAXY S10 could be the last Samsung flagship to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. So says ET News, which reports that while the Galaxy…
THE GALAXY S10 could be the last Samsung flagship to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
So says ET News, which reports that while the Galaxy S10 will likely keep the port, Samsung is planning to remove the headphone jack on either the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11. Instead, the company will rely on a combination of the phone’s USC Type-C port and a bundled headphone dongle, according to the report.
ET News doesn’t say why Samsung would want to get rid of the headphone jack but speculates that, like other manufacturers, the company simply wants to save space for other parts.
3/10/18: A new report has detailed the triple camera setup that Samsung will shove onto the Galaxy S10.
As per the report, seen by SamMobile, the Galaxy S10 will feature the same 12MP f1.5/2.4 variable aperture lens as the Galaxy S10, alongside a «super wide-angle» 16MP f/1.9 lens with a 123-degree field of view and a 13MP f2.4 aperture sensor.
The report notes that the wide angle lens won’t feature optical image stabilization and autofocus.
This triple-camera setup looks set to feature on the highest-spec Galaxy S10 model, according to SamMobile. An «affordable» model will feature a single camera lens, while the standard Galaxy S10 will reportedly boast a dual camera setup.
24/8/18: A slip-up by Samsung has hinted that it’ll be launching four different versions of the Galaxy S10.
According to XML files hidden inside the firm’s Android 9.0 update, spotted XDA-Developers, the four devices are codenamed ‘beyond 0’, ‘beyond 1’, ‘beyond 2’, and ‘beyond 2 5G’.
This adds weight to recent rumours that Samsung is planning to launch a 5G variant of the S10. According to online murmurs, this model will pack near-identical specs to the Galaxy S10 Plus (or ‘beyond 2’) but will feature additional sensors to facilitate 5G comms.
While the leak doesn’t tell us much else about the devices, XDA notes that all four handsets will likely launch with next-gen silicon from Samsung or Qualcomm (the Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 8150), while the 5G model likely will pack either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 or Samsung’s own Exynos 5100 modem.
17/9/18: The Galaxy S10 could pack a 19:9 aspect ratio display, according to leaked benchmarks.
The HTML5test benchmarking tool published results of an SM-G405F running Android 9.0 Pie. While it’s unconfirmed that this model number related to the Galaxy S10, SamMobile reports that the benchmark lists a resolution of 412 x 869 pixels, higher than the 412 x 846-pixel resolution listed for the Galaxy S9, suggesting the mysterious device will join Samsung’s flagship S-Series lineup.
While the listing doesn’t tell us much else, these figures do suggest that the Galaxy S10 could pack a taller, 19:9 display, as opposed to the 18:5.9 aspect ratio on the Galaxy S9. This is backed up by recent rumours that the flagship will boast noticeably reduced bezels compared to its predecessor.
These leaked benchmarks come hot on the heels of DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung’s mobile biz, confirming that design changes to the Galaxy S10 will be «very significant».
Speaking to Chinese media, Koh suggested that the firm’s 10th-anniversary smartphone will be more than an incremental update — as the S9 was to the S8 — adding the S10 would be offered in «amazing» new colours.
10/9/18: The Galaxy S10 will reportedly be Samsung’s «most expensive» smartphone yet, thanks to its added 5G tech.
So says Korean website The Bell, which reports that Samsung will release a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 that could make the iPhone XS look cheap. The report notes that the model, which will feature the same specs as the S10 Plus, will require «four to five more antennas» than current 4G handsets, before concluding that «price of the series can be the most expensive.»
Besides its added 5G modules and high-end price-tag, The Bell reports that the S10 model will feature a 6.44in display and will be — along with the S10 Plus — the first S-series smartphone to arrive equipped with a dual camera on the front and a triple camera on the rear.
The S10 lineup, set to be revealed at next year’s CES, will could be released «before and after March 5, when domestic mobile operators start 5G service», the report notes.
28/8/18: Samsung will equip all three Galaxy S10 models with an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to a report at The Investor .
While earlier reports had suggested that the ‘entry-level’ S10 model would miss out on the scanner, it’s now being reported that all three models will feature the in-screen tech.
According to The Investor, the two high-end models will reportedly have an ultrasonic display-based fingerprint sensor, while the entry-level model will get an optical fingerprint sensor.
«The two high-end Galaxy S models will come fitted with an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner while the other one will house an optical fingerprint sensor beneath the screen,» an official from the display industry told the website.
The ultrasonic sensor, which likely will be supplied by Qualcomm, will create 3D mapped fingerprint to scan a users’ digits, making it more accurate than traditional scanners. It’s not affected by grease, sweat or light, according to the report.
The optical sensor, which will be ‘three times cheaper’ than the ultrasonic alternative, works like a digital camera, capturing a two-dimensional image of a fingerprint. It’s not as accurate as the scanner set to debut on the two high-end S10 models, and will struggle to scan fingers if they’re dirty, too wet or too dry, or if external lights get in the way.
25/7/18: Samsung is reportedly designing its own GPU that will sport an «entirely new design» and could make its debut in the Galaxy S10.
The news, first broken by Graphic Speak and later corroborated by reliable tipster Ice Universe ( below), claims that Samsung is developing an in-house GPU that delivers «leading performance/watt» in simulations.
The GPU will sport an all-new architecture that could make it work in everything smartphones to supercomputers, according to an analyst briefed on the work.
«This is really a big deal — it’s the first new GPU design in 10 years,» said Jon Peddie, principal of Jon Peddie Research.
The Samsung GPU could «put it on par with Apple,» Peddie added. «This design is so good, they could deploy it in every platform — it’s a function of their ambition. If I owned it, it would be in everything including cockpits and supercomputers.»
The GPU, developed by Samsung newbie Dr. Chien-Ping Lu, a graphics veteran who previously worked at Nvidia and MediaTek, is expected to first appear in a Samsung Exynos smartphone processor — a sign that it could crop up in the firm’s 10th anniversary Galaxy S10.
The company has not decided whether it will license the technology, according to the report.
20/7/18: The Samsung Galaxy S10 will have significantly smaller bezels than its S9 predecessor, according to the latest rumours.
While the Galaxy S9 was pretty much a carbon copy of the Galaxy S8 before it, despite rumours that it would boast significantly smaller bezels, it looks like Samsung has been saving these big upgrades for its 10th anniversary Galaxy S release.
According to Twitter tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S10’s screen to body ratio will be «greatly improved» compared to the S9. There’s no word on specifics, but it’s likely the Samsung will eliminate the bottom bezel on the device to achieve a screen to body ratio of around 90 per cent.
Currently, the Galaxy S9 has a screen-to-body ratio of around 84 per cent.
In a follow-up tweet, Ice Universe also suggests that the S10 will offer improvements in the battery department, saying: «If you use the more sophisticated packaging technology SLP, then the battery is definitely bigger than the S9, and the Samsung president said that he is working hard to solve the charging speed problem.»
18/7/17: Qualcomm has shown off an early prototype of its ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s expected to debut on the Galaxy S10.
According to Twitter tipster Ice Universe, Samsung will be among the first to work with Qualcomm’s in-display fingerprint scanning technology. He quotes Samsung CEO Dj Koh as saying that the S10 won’t adopt an optical fingerprinting solution because «optical fingerprinting can cause a bad user experience.»
Qualcomm’s ultrasonic tech, tested by CNET, «uses sound waves to generate a map of your fingerprint, with the wave of pressure bouncing off the contours of your skin.»
The technology, which could spell the end of the physical home button, also offers a number of advantages over optical scanners, the report notes. It can scan a finger if it’s wet, has a lag time of just 250 milliseconds, boasts a one per cent rejection rate and is measures in at just 0.15mm, so it won’t result in chunky smartphones.
Qualcomm has confirmed that the tech will start showing up in smartphones next spring.
17/7/18: Apple guru Ming-Chi Kuo has turned his attention for Samsung and is predicting that the Galaxy S10 will come in three sizes.
In a report seen by Business Insider, Kuo says he expects the Galaxy S10 to be made available in 5.8in, 6.1in and 6.4in models — almost identical to the sizes that Kuo expects Apple’s 2018 iPhones to come in.
Adding weight to recent rumours, Kuo expects the larger two S10 models to include in-display fingerprint sensors, and the smaller model to include a fingerprint sensor on the side.
Kuo adds that Samsung will «aggressively» promote the on-screen fingerprint scanning — likely because it’s a feature Apple’s not planning to include on its incoming iPhones.
Kuo predicts Samsung could ship 40 million Galaxy S10 phones next year, mostly the two larger models — no doubt the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. Samsung could also ship 14 million to 16 million Galaxy Note 10 phones next year, according to the report.
10/7/18: Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus will arrive kitted out with five ( five!) cameras, The Bell reports.
Samsung is reportedly planning three Galaxy S10 models for 2019, with earlier rumours claiming the highest-spec Galaxy S10 Plus will include a P20 Pro-rivalling triple-lens rear camera setup, much like Apple’s incoming iPhone X Plus .
Korean website The Bell is now reporting that the S9 Plus successor will also feature a dual-camera setup on its front, likely to enable face-scanning tech similar to Apple’s Face ID. Earlier rumours claimed Samsung’s easily-fooled iris scanner will be replaced by a 3D-sensing camera on next year’s S10 lineup.
The report also has some more information on the S10 Plus’ rumoured triple-lens setup, which will allegedly comprise a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, and a new 16MP, 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens.
The standard Galaxy S10 (codenamed ‘Beyond 1’) and entry-level (‘Beyond 0’) models aren’t expected to offer such high-end camera credentials, though. The S10 will offer the same tri-camera setup on the back but only one on the front, according to the report, while ‘Beyond 0’ will reportedly come with a standard two cameras — one on the front and one on the back.

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