Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to be the next flagship device the smartphone manufacturer delivers in its ‘S’ series next year. Rumours of the upcoming device have started pouring in and most of them point at a significant update from this year’s Galaxy S9, which is to be expected since the Galaxy S9 is an incremental update over its predecessor with minor overall changes and enhancements. Reports suggest that the Galaxy S10 might be launched in three variants this time, one of which could be a budget model. Samsung is tipped to incorporate an in-display fingerprint sensor on the device and some of the latest reports, which reveal cases and covers of the new phone suggest the same. With so many reports of the Samsung Galaxy S10 floating around the internet, it’s high time for a rumour roundup. We will keep adding and updating this article as more details of the phone emerges but do read till the end to know the phone’s pricing and launch date, which is based on the latest leaks.
Samsung could launch the Galaxy S10 lineup in three different screen sizes. Quite a few leaked images of the device suggest that the company might radically depart from its usual design this time. @OnLeaks tweeted an image of the Galaxy S10 Plus some time back and since the source is fairly reliable, it just might be the best look yet at the upcoming phone. Going by the image, the Galaxy S10 might feature an infinity display design but more interesting is the pinhole notch for the front camera. The notch is seen situated on the upper right corner of the display and it’s a fairly large notch that might be housing dual front cameras, along with some additional sensors.
The image also reveals the device’s rear panel, which is seen housing a quad-camera setup. Previously leaked image of the phone, via SlashLeaks, tipped at a triple-rear camera setup. However, the image is speculated to be a photoshop of the Galaxy Note 9. The image by OnLeaks seems more accurate and give more details like an audio jack on the phone, along with a metallic frame and a glass back. There is also no fingerprint sensor on the back, which further inferrs at the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner. Another OnLeaks report suggests that the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus could be launched in Black, Blue, Red, Green, Grey, and Yellow colour models.
As mentioned earlier, Samsung might introduce a budget Galaxy S10 phone this time. A recently leaked image of the Galaxy S10 Lite suggests that the company might fit it with a flat display instead of an infinity display design and skip on the in-display fingerprint sensor. However, it might feature a side mounted fingerprint reader that doubles as a power button and a headphone jack could also be present on the phone’s bottom edge.
While the above-mentioned design is thought of being the most reliable one till now, another popular tipster Evan Blass has also posted an image of “A case manufacturer's expectations for the Galaxy S10 lineup.” The images suggest a totally different design than we have seen previously and tip at the screen size of the three models as well. The Galaxy S10 Lite is said to features a 5.8-inch display, while the S10 could be equipped with a 6.1-inch screen and the S10 Plus might feature a 6.4-inch display. The phones are speculated to be codenamed Beyond 0, Beyond 1 and Beyond 2 respectively. Additionally, the images suggest a pinhole notch on the upper middle portion of the Galaxy S10 Lite and S10’s screen, while a similar dual pinhole notch can be seen on the S10 Plus. We say you take this information with a pinch of salt since the images could be based on the ongoing rumours of the phones and all three of them feature Infinity Display design, which is not said to come to the S10 Lite.
It’s almost confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy S10 phones will feature the company’s latest Exynos 9820 chip, which has already been revealed. The octa-core SoC is built using an 8 nm fabrication process, which is a bit surprising since everyone was expecting Samsung to move onto the 7 nm process. However, the new chip is said to be 20 percent faster in terms of single core performance and 40 percent more power efficient with 10 percent reduced battery consumption. The new SoC also comes with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit this time, which is supposed to help process AI related tasks faster than its predecessor. Do note that the chip doesn’t come with 5G support but is said to deliver download speeds of up to 2Gbps.
While the Exynos version of the phones is expected to hit regions outside the US, Samsung might equip the phones with the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the States. The new Snapdragon 855 is built on the 7nm process and comes with more transistors packed even tightly. A Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10+ scores 325,076 points on AnTuTu benchmark sighting of the Exynos 9820 suggests that the new SoC does perform better than its predecessor but is unable to match up to the new Snapdragon 855 SoC or Apple’s A12 Bionic. Benchmarking of the Snapdragon 855 was also leaked and it suggested that the new SoC is capable of beating not only its predecessor but also the Apple A12 Bionic.
Rumours suggest that the S10 lineup could be offered with 4GB RAM and it could go up to 12GB with up to 1TB of internal storage. The onboard storage for the phones might also be upgraded to UFS 3.0, which is said to be twice as fast as the current storage modules and takes up less space, making room for other components. Samsung's One UI skin is already available for the company’s Galaxy S9 lineup and a more refined version of the same is expected to be seen on the Galaxy S10 phones, which will most probably be based on Android 9 Pie.
Reports on the camera segment on the Galaxy S10 lineup are currently all over the place as there's not much reliable information. However, as mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus model is expected to feature four cameras on the rear, similar to the Galaxy A9 (2018). The standard Galaxy S10 could feature a triple rear camera, similar to what we have seen on the Galaxy Galaxy A7 (2018). Reports suggest that the Galaxy S10 Lite might feature either a single or a dual rear camera setup. However, Samsung is most likely to fit it with a dual camera if it’s a part of the flagship S10 lineup.
While there are no specifics of the four camera setup on the Galaxy S10 Plus, a report gives some info on the triple-camera configuration expected on the Galaxy S10. The device could feature a 12MP wide-angle lens with a variable aperture between f/1.5-f/2.4, along with a 13MP telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture. There could also be a 16MP super wide-angle lens with a f/1.9 aperture with a 123-degree field of view.
On the front, both the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy S10 are rumoured to feature a single camera, which might be housed in a pinhole notch. The Galaxy S10 Plus could sport a dual front camera setup, with the same pinhole notch display.
While Samsung usually releases only two flagship devices in its ‘S’ series, it might change things this time around. There have been reports of a new budget Samsung Galaxy S10 variant, besides the regular S10 and the larger S10 Plus models. While the two regular models are expected to ship with all the latest tech, the budget S10 model could skip on most of them to keep the cost low. As for the rest of the two variants, we have already described what they could come within the sections above.
In terms of the device’s release date, the smartphones could be announced early next year and Samsung is expected to reveal them during the Mobile World Congress 2019. Seeing how the South Korean smartphone maker released its Galaxy S9 during last year’s MWC, it is very likely that the Galaxy S10 lineup could again be revealed one day before MWC 2019 commences, on February 24. There’s another rumour of the phones bring revealed at CES 2019, which is held from January 8-11, 2019. However, this seems too early for Samsung to launch the phones.
Samsung’s flagship phones are priced higher and the same trend can be expected with the Galaxy S10 models as well. Since there’s also a budget model expected to launch this time, it could be priced much lower than the device’s standard and Plus variant. Reports on pricing of the Galaxy S10 Lite suggest that the phone could start at around $650 ( Rs 46,400 approx). There’s no concrete report on what the Standard Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus might cost but considering that their pricing might be in line with the company’s current year flagship, the Galaxy S10 could be priced starting at $850 (Rs 60,600 approx), while the Galaxy S10 Plus might be launched starting at $950 (Rs 67,800 approx).