It’s 2019 and the first Samsung Galaxy S10 photo leak is here. New Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks point to big changes for the smartphones in 2019, with a fresh all-screen display and a ‘hole punch’ front-facing camera embedded in the top right corner of the screen.
Samsung Galaxy S10 release date
- Galaxy S10 launch date could be February 20, 2019
- Expect leaks or hints at either CES or in the lead up to MWC 2019
According to sources inside a major technology retailer speaking to Gizmodo, the Galaxy S10 will be launched at an event on February 20, 2019. That’s a little earlier than usual – after all, the Galaxy S9was launched at MWC on February 25, 2018 while the Galaxy S8 was unveiled in New York on March 29, 2017. However, it’s worth noting the latter was an exception caused by the delays to the Galaxy S8 following the fallout from the overheating battery issue that did for the Galaxy Note 7. Until then, Samsung has used Mobile World Congress tradeshow to unveil its new flagship Galaxy S handset every year since the S5.
According to the same report, the latest Galaxy hardware will be available to pre-order as soon as the keynote finishes, with an official Samsung Galaxy S10 release date pegged for Friday March 8, 2019.
Samsung Galaxy S10 range
Samsung has steadily increased the price of its flagship Galaxy S handset each year and – barring a massive economic downturn or sudden consumer demand for ridiculously expensive new technology – we expect this year to be no different in that respect.
The rising price tag of the Galaxy S series could explain why the South Korean company has decided to add its new “Beyond 0” lower-cost variant.
The following Galaxy S10 prices have now been confirmed by Samsung:
- 5.8-inch Galaxy S10 “Lite” with 128GB of storage: £669
- 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 with 128GB of storage: £799
- 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 with 512GB of storage: £999
- 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus with 128GB of storage: £899
- 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus with 512GB of storage: £1,099
- 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage: £1,399
For comparison, the entry-level Galaxy S8 was released with a price tag of £639 ($725), while the Samsung Galaxy S9 sold for £739 ($720) at launch.
Samsung Galaxy S10 design and display
- Three different screen sizes
- A camera cut-out in the screen
- A 19:9 aspect ratio and 1440 x 3040 resolution
The first alleged Samsung Galaxy photo look arrived as we rang in 2019, and it shows a more expansive all-screen display, one that displaces the top bezel in favor of a tiny front-facing camera embedded into the top right side of the screen.
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera
- A dual, triple or quad-lens rear camera
- 12MP, 13MP and 16MP lenses
- A dual-lens front-facing camera
An analyst reckons Samsung is considering a triple-lens camera 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 while the most basic model of the Galaxy S10 might have just a single-lens camera and the middle model might have a dual-lens one, the biggest (and most expensive) version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 would have a triple-lens camera.
Samsung Galaxy S10 battery
- Standard S10 could have a 3,500mAh battery
- S10 Lite could be 3,100mAh, S10 Plus could be 4,000mAh
There’s only really been one battery rumor, but it reveals possible sizes for the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 Lite.
In the image below you can see cases seemingly for the three phones, and along with screen sizes that have been rumored before there are numbers that look like battery sizes.
In which case, if they’re accurate, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3,500mAh one, the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 4,000mAh one and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has a 3,100mAh one.
Samsung Galaxy S10: what we want to see
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.
1. A new design
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.
2. Dual or triple-lens cameras on both models
While the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a dual-lens camera, the standard Galaxy S9 only has a single-lens one. For the Galaxy S10 we want both models to have two lenses, or better yet, three. After all, the Huawei P20 Pro has landed with exactly that to stunning effect.
Samsung’s been delivering top smartphone cameras for a while now, but this year it has some real competition from Huawei, so for the Galaxy S10 we want to see it take steps to get ahead.
The good news is that a triple-lens camera has already been rumored, though it sounds like only the priciest model will get it.
3. An in-screen fingerprint scanner
n-screen fingerprint scanners have been rumored for various Samsung phones and the Galaxy S10 is no exception, but now that other companies have launched commercially available handsets with them we might finally see Samsung roll one out.
Having a scanner in the screen means it doesn’t need to take up space on the front or be awkwardly placed on the back, plus it looks high-tech enough to make owners of other phones jealous.
This too has been rumored for the Galaxy S10, so there’s a very real chance it will happen.
4. More vibrant photos
While the overall quality of photos taken by the Samsung Galaxy S9 is very high, some lack vibrancy and a few are also more washed out than we’d have expected or liked. This is especially true when there’s background light, so we’d like the Samsung Galaxy S10 to be able to cope with this better.
5. Improved AR Emoji
AR Emoji were one of the more hyped features of the Galaxy S9 range, but they were also one of the least impressive aspects of these phones.
There are a few reasons for this. Beyond their inherently gimmicky nature it can also be hard to create one that looks like you, and when recording a video of yourself using the emoji, the camera’s facial recognition isn’t powerful enough to do it justice.
While AR Emoji will probably never be an essential feature, if Samsung’s going to keep using them we’d like to see them at least rival Apple’s Animoji next time around.
6. Better battery life
Battery life is one thing that doesn’t improve with each new phone generation. In fact, sometimes it gets worse. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus you’re only really looking at a day of life.
And while that might generally be okay for anyone who doesn’t mind plugging their phone in every night, it’s worth remembering that the battery will start to wear out over time, so a day of life when you buy the phone means less than a day a year or two on.
As such we really want to see improvements to the battery in the Galaxy S10, whether that’s through a larger unit than the frankly small 3,000mAh one in the Galaxy S9, or just through more efficient hardware and software.
7. A totally bezel-free look
We’ve said already that we want a new design from the Galaxy S10, but what we’d really like is a complete absence of bezels. As in no notch either, just an all-screen front.