Samsung Galaxy S10: Release date, specs, price, rumours and all the latest news
The Samsung Galaxy 9 is one of the best smartphones of 2018, but tech being the unstoppable force 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 release date, rumoured specs, and price – plus all the latest Galaxy S10 news, leaks and images.
Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 this autumn, Samsung’s next flagship smartphone launch will be the Galaxy S10 in 2019 – assuming the near-mythical Galaxy X foldable smartphone doesn’t magically appear in the next couple of months.
And while it might seem to be light years away, the S10 rumours are already flooding in, as is (at long last) some concrete details. Let’s take a look at the absolute latest.
Galaxy S10 Latest News: Exynos 9820 reveals key Galaxy S10 details
Gossip-mongering was supplanted by cold hard news on Wednesday November 14, when Samsung revealed its next-gen Exynos 9820 chip. It’s the SoC that’s set to drive the Galaxy S10 in a number of key markets, including the UK, and provides a treasure trove of information about Samsung’s next flagship.
The Exynos 9820 uses a more power efficient 8nm fabrication than its predecessor, which was based on a 10nm node, so we can reliably expect the Galaxy S10 to be Samsung’s most power-efficient phone yet and offer improved battery life, even if it may fall short of more cutting-edge 7nm chips like the Apple A12 Bionic.
The Galaxy S10 will also likely offer 8K video recording at 30fps and improved 4K recording at 150fps, based on the Exynos 9820’s specs, as well as hinting at a tripe camera system similar the Huawei P20 Pro as its ISP supports up to five sensors.
The addition of new Mali-G76 GPU cores should make the Galaxy S10 the smoothest Samsung phone around when it comes to handling visually-intensive games and apps, while the inclusion of a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit) to handle AI-related tasks separate from the device’s core processing functionality suggests a host of new Samsung AI features.
On the more disappointing side of things, the Exynos 9820 ‘only’ features an LTE-A Cat. 20 modem, which is something of a surprise given that we were expecting the Galaxy S10 to be the first Samsung 5G phone when it lands next year. However, there could still be a 5G Galaxy S10 variant sporting Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 855 SoC – but historically, these models ship to the US rather than the UK.
A deeper dive into the Exynos 9820’s capabilities, including eventual benchmarks, will give us an even clearer look at how powerful the Galaxy S10 will be, but for now, this announcement represents some of the firmest details to date regarding Samsung’s 2019 flagship.
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Latest News: Galaxy S10 display and colours revealed at SDC 2018?
The Samsung Developer Conference 2018 served up a couple of juicy Galaxy S10 tidbits.
On November 7, the company may have let slip a number of new Galaxy S10 colour options as part of its OneUI reveal. The new UX design is widely expected to debut on the Galaxy S10, making the black, silver, pink, blue and mint green devices shown as part of Samsung’s SDC presentation on OneUI potentially highly revealing. Note also that the unnamed test devices appear to feature a headphone jack, which throws into doubt previous rumours the Galaxy S10 will see Samsung kill the 3.5mm audio port.
More intriguingly still was Samsung’s SDC unveiling of its new Infinity display lineup, which – as well as the all-new bendy Infinity Flex expected to feature on the Galaxy F foldable phone – is comprised of four screens: the Infinity-U, Infinity-V, Infinity-O, and New Infinity displays.
These were showcased during a separate presentation at its annual dev shindig, and while screen cut-outs still feature on three out of the four design, the ‘New Infinity’ display teases the prospect of a true all-screen Galaxy S10 with the front camera sensors embedded under the display – killing the controversial notch on Samsung’s next flagship.
This would be music to most people’s ears (eyes?) and make Samsung’s phone the first of its kind to sport an advanced front camera system without compromising the screen experience, so we’re really hoping this one holds true.
A November 4 Galaxy S10 leak seems to back up this hopeful crystal ball gazing, as a mystery Samsung device with nearly no bezel was spotted in a recent Android Pie beta.
Galaxy S10+ teaser video whets the appetite
This one’s purely fan fiction, but we can’t help but love this Galaxy S10+ concept video.
There’s also no less than four cameras on the rear of the device, which would see the Galaxy S10+ go one better than the likes of the three camera-toting Huawei P20 Pro, and the inclusion of a 7nm processor and 5G connectivity is also teased in the video – though as we now know from the new Exynos reveal, those particular specs may be off-point.
Galaxy S10 Leaks: Next Samsung flagship to ape Apple and drop headphone jack?
Prior to all this, it appeared Samsung might be ready to follow in the footsteps of Apple, Google and OnePlus in dropping the headphone jack. An October 26 Bloomberg report, which cites “people familiar with the matter”, has reported that three versions of the S10 are in development, and that Samsung is “toying with” a prototype that doesn’t have a headphone jack.
The report also claims that the standard Galaxy S10 will feature a 5.8-inch OLED screen that’s curved on both sides, almost no bezel at the top and bottom, an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras, and a front-facing camera sensor camera that’s visible but “tucked under the screen”.
That’s rumoured to launch alongside a Galaxy S10 Plus and a cheaper S10 model that features a flat screen and no in-display fingerprint scanner − almost certainly to keep pricing under control.
We’ve also gotten wind that the Galaxy S10 could be the first handset to ship with the new Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0 standard.
During a presentation at Qualcomm’s 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 24, Samsung head of mobile product planning, Jay Oh, confirmed that the company’s first wave of UFS 3.0 product will be launched in H1 2019 – which means it’s perfectly primed to feature on the S10, which we expect to see launched at or around the time of MWC 2019 in Barcelona.
USB 3.0 will be compatible with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB phones, as well as being 5G-ready, so it should slot nicely into Samsung’s flagship lineup as a new feature. This also adds further fuel to speculation the S10 will launch with a 5G chipset, as despite also nodding to 4G technology, next-gen 5G connectivity was very much the headline act of the Qualcomm conference.
Prior to this, a recently published Samsung patent that hints at the Galaxy S10 featuring an on-display fingerprint reader. The WIPO filing, which you can see below, was first spied by Dutch Samsung blog Galaxy Club and published on October 18.
If the connection between the patent and the S10 is accurate, it would mean we don’t have to wait until the Galaxy Note 10 (likely to be announced in August or September 2019) for a Samsung phone that features an integrated scanner.
Prior to this, we heard rumours from another Samsung fan blog, SamMobile, which concerned the Galaxy S10’s camera.
According to the October 2 report, the S10 will be kitted out with a triple-camera system that will retain the S9’s 12-megapixel f1.5/2.4 lens as its primary sensor. Alongside this, there will apparently be a “super wide-angle” 16-megapixel snapper (f/1.9 aperture with a 123-degree field of view), plus a 13-megapixel f/2.4 lens to complete the picture.
That’s the good news for Galaxy series fans who love their premium camera specs.
The bad news? This tri-camera configuration might only be available on the higher-end Galaxy S10+, while the plain ‘ol Galaxy S10 could be pitched as an ‘affordable’ alternative with a dual-camera setup.
Prior to this, we had some juicy Galaxy S10 gossip via The Bell on September 6. It claims that while the S10 will support 5G, the next-gen connectivity won’t be a feature of every model (H/T). Instead, it seems like a 5G Galaxy S10 variant will be made available in select markets.
Samsung’s home turf of South Korea is the obvious choice here, as the country’s three largest mobile carriers have all said they’ll launch 5G networks in March 2019 – right around the time we’re expecting the Galaxy S10 to launch.
Mobile tipster ‘Ice universe’ has also thrown their weight behind the rumour.
Prior to this, the same site reported that the S10 won’t feature an iris-scanner. Instead, it’s said to feature a face-recognising 3D-sensing camera (a la Face ID on the iPhone X) and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Rumours about that in-display fingerprint sensor have been swirling around for some time now, and Samsung is believed to have struggled to get it right. However, the firm might finally have cracked the formula and be preparing to equip its top S10 models with ultrasonic scanners, while trickling down a cheaper optical scanner to a more affordable model.
The report also backs up earlier rumours that the S10 will have a 5.8-inch screen, with the larger S10 Plus measuring 6.3-inches. We’ve also heard murmurs out of South Korea that one S10 model might come with a dual front ‘selfie cam’,
Galaxy S10 Rumours: S10 spied in photo leak?
We may now have our first look at the Galaxy S10 – or at least an alleged prototype − too.
Mobile leaker ‘Ice universe’ tweeted the image you see above on June 20, and while it doesn’t explicitly reference the Galaxy S10, ‘beyond’ is believed to refer to the codename Samsung is developing the phone under.
You can also potentially see a physical Bixby button on the side of the phone, which aligns with previous rumours about the S10. Here’s the tipster’s social media share in full:
Prior to this, we had some not so great news out of South Korea.
Those of you thinking that the Note 9 might 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 we’ll see this particular killer feature for the first time when the S10 and S10 Plus come out − and no earlier.
Better tidings came 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
There’s also a chance the Plus-sized model will come with a dual-camera on the front, with the intention of delivering greater depth of field (or bokeh) effects for selfies. The additional sensor could also be used to improve the handset’s face-recognition feature.
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.
Reliable tipster Ice Universe believes that Samsung will announce the elusive foldable Galaxy X at CES in January, leaving MWC – where Samsung usually announces the latest Galaxy S series smartphones – free for the Galaxy S10 in February.
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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