Samsung Galaxy S10: Specs, price, release date, rumours, leaks and latest news
The Samsung Galaxy 9 is one of the best smartphones of 2018, but tech being what it is, we’re already looking ahead to next year’s Galaxy S10. Here’s everything we know so far, including the Galaxy S10’s rumoured specs, release date and price, plus all the latest Galaxy S10 news and leaks.
Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 this autumn, Samsung’s next flagship smartphone launch will be the Galaxy S10 in 2019. And while it might seem to be light years away, the S10 rumours are already flooding in.
The latest leak isn’t necessarily good news, though.
Those of you thinking that the Note 9 would be Samsung’s first flagship to feature an in-demand fingerprint scanner might want to look away now, because a new report from South Korea’s Chosun Economy has it all going down differently, claiming that this particular killer feature won’t be making an appearance until the S10 and S10 Plus.
Better tidings come to us from South Korean publication The Bell, however, which says that Samsung is instructing its partners to have components ready to hit the production line in November. Building on this, it says that the Galaxy S10 will be launched in early-2019 – as apparently will the near-mythical foldable Galaxy X phone.
However, the release dates will apparently differ for the two devices, with the Galaxy X pegged to headline CES 2019 in January and the S10 – allegedly codenamed ‘Beyond’ – launching at Mobile World Congress 2019 in February.
If you think that sounds a bit odd, you wouldn’t be wrong. Samsung has a strong presence at CES, but in recent history has used the event to showcase its latest TVs and home appliances – a major phone reveal hasn’t happened at the show for years.
MWC makes a lot more sense as it’s a dedicated mobile event, but the thinking is that Samsung might not want to launch the two phones simultaneously. We’re ultimately not much wiser thanks to the report, but as before, Q1 2019 is a good bet for the Galaxy S10 to launch.
Samsung Galaxy S10 News: Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus sizes outed?
Prior to this, the same outlet proffered that the Galaxy S10 rather than the Note 9 will be Samsung’s first phone to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner – something its May report reiterates. It also says that the device will feature a 3D camera module produced in partnership with Qualcomm, meaning it could offer the same kind of facial recognition technology as the iPhone X.
According to The Bell, the Galaxy S10 will measure in at 5.8 inches, while big sibling the Galaxy S10 Plus will get a 6.3-inch display, so the duo will be roughly the same size as the S9 and S9 Plus.
This also means that the S10 likely won’t be the foldable Galaxy X smartphone that has fascinated gossip mongers over the last couple of years. Instead, we reckon there’s a good chance Samsung launches the Galaxy X as special 10th anniversary handset alongside the S10 and S10 Plus – just like Apple did last year with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
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Read on for more Galaxy S10 details.
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Galaxy S10 Specs: All the latest Galaxy S10 rumours
This all roughly chimes with what we’ve heard about the Galaxy S10 so far.
Prior to the recent report out of South Korea, the bulk of S10 speculation has arrived courtesy of Weibo and Twitter tipster Ice Universe, with the crystal ball gazer offering up the following by way of early insight.
This suggests that the Galaxy S10 will be headlined by an all-new Infinity Display that touts an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93% – up from the 83.6% found on the Galaxy S8 and S9.
It also hints – and this can almost be considered a given, in light of Samsung’s launch history – that the S10 will pack a new-gen Samsung Exynos chipset in the EMEA region, whilst coming with a Snapdragon 855 SoC in North America.
Elsewhere, the S10 is tipped to offer support out of the box for UFS 3.0 – a standard of Univeral Flash Storage (UFS) that’s twice as fast as UFS 2.0 – and 5G mobile connectivity.
Now, let’s talk about when the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are likely to be released.
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Samsung Galaxy S10: Release date and price
The Galaxy S10 won’t arrive until 2019 – this much we can pretty much confirm today.
As we’ve said, you can expect the Galaxy S10 to be unveiled in Q1 next year, with a February or March 2019 launch event timed around (but not necessarily at) MWC an early favourite.
In terms of pricing, expect the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus to be at the loftier end of the market. The Galaxy S9 officially starts at £739, while the S9 Plus can’t be yours for less than £839, so don’t rule out a base RRP of up to £799 for the S10 and £899 for the S10 Plus.
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That’s all we know for now, but stay tuned, as we’ll be updating our guide to the Galaxy S10 regularly with all the latest news, rumours, and spec leaks.
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