Update: Another Samsung Galaxy S10 screen protector image leak gives us a look at the possible all-screen design. Plus, leaks suggest the phone could have up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, which in both cases would be more than any other phone.
New Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors point to what may be the most exciting phone of 2019, which makes sense given the incremental upgrade that was the Samsung Galaxy S9. The South Korean company is poised for a major overhaul.
Current Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors suggest a phone with a larger screen, maybe one that does away with the iris scanner in an attempt to make the screen-to-body ratio larger than the Galaxy S9 Plus. Every fraction of an inch of space counts.
Samsung did just announce its Samsung Infinity Flex Display, though we suspect that will be on a different foldable model, as the idea we saw in person on November 7 seemed like a concept. In other words, Samsung could launch a Galaxy S10 variant to test the waters with early adopters.
Speaking of timing, the Galaxy S10 release date may not be far off. In fact, we could see official hints about the smartphone drop in the next few weeks, namely at CES 2018 in January (sometimes Samsung teases its phone there) or right ahead of MWC 2019 (we expect the phone to launch at this Barcelona-located conference).
Here are all of the Galaxy S10 leaks regarding its in-screen fingerprint scanner and a fresh design.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 launch date is is likely to be in early 2019. More specifically we’ll probably see it at MWC 2019, which takes place from February 25-28.
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, but that feels too early for such as major announcement, so we’d take this particular Galaxy S10 leak with a fair pinch of salt.
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, at least for the higher-end models, the most basic version might be fairly reasonable (if still expensive) though.
One price rumor puts the budget model at $650-$750 (roughly £500-£585 / AU$900-AU$1,040), but this time Samsung might launch three models, so expect prices to climb significantly as you move up the range.
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. We’d expect the pricier entries in the Galaxy S10 range will cost at least that much.
According to Samsung’s mobile business chief, DJ Koh, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have some “very significant” design changes and come in some “amazing” colors.
One leak from OnLeaks suggests those colors may be Black, Grey, Blue, Red, Green and Yellow, while in announcing some software Samsung may have hinted that the phone will come in silver, green, black, blue and pink shades and will have a 3.5mm headphone port.
Meanwhile, a benchmark for a mystery Samsung phone which could be the S10 points to a 19:9 aspect ratio, which would make it taller than the 18.5:9 Galaxy S9.
Along with that the benchmark suggests a resolution of 1440 x 3040, which would be a slight boost, and there’s every chance that to achieve those things Samsung would slim the bezels, fitting a larger, sharper screen into the same size body.
One thing the Galaxy S10 might not have though, is a notch, because, as noted by T3, Samsung has taken to Twitter to criticize the notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL, so presumably it won’t be going down that route for its next flagship. Having said that, the company has now revealed several new screens, some of which do have notches.
And a source claims that the most basic S10 model will have a flat ‘Infinity-O’ display, which is one of these new screens and has a circular cut-out towards the left edge of the display, rather than a conventional notch.
We’ve heard similar from another reliable source, saying that at least one model (though in this case it sounds like a higher-end one) will have a “punch hole” style selfie camera cut-out.
The image below gives an idea of how that might look. This is from a patent filed by Samsung, though it doesn’t have the Galaxy S10 name attached.
At least one S10 model could ditch bezels completely though, as Samsung has teased another phone (the Galaxy A8S) in the image below, showing a handset that seemingly has no notch or bezels. This might be achieved by drilling a hole into the screen for the camera, according to one source, possibly like the Infinity-O display mentioned above.
Of course, this isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S10, but the S10 could well sport a similar design
Indeed, a leaked screen protector apparently for the Samsung Galaxy S10 shows a design with virtually no bezels, no notch and seemingly no camera cut-out. You can see that below.
Since then, the same source has shared another image showing either the same screen protector or a very similar one, as you can see below.
Once again, there’s no obvious camera cut-out, no notch and basically no bezels.
We’ve also seen a photo, possibly showing a prototype of the Samsung 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 Galaxy 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.