Update, February 18, 2019 (12:08 PM ET): We’ve updated the rumor hub with more information about specs, when you’ll actually get the phone in your hands, some camera info, and a new way to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 that hasn’t existed up until now.
On February 20, 2019, Samsung will launch its follow up to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10. That means we’re only days away from finding out how many of the rumors are actually true!
To help you get excited for the upcoming release, take a final trip down Rumor Mill Lane by examing our Samsung Galaxy S10 roundup below.
Release date: Samsung Unpacked reveal on February 20
- Samsung has confirmed it will reveal the Galaxy S10 on February 20, 2019
- If you reserve your Galaxy S10 now, you will see it delivered to your home by March 8, 2019
In the past, Samsung used the Mobile World Congress trade show, held in Barcelona in late February, to introduce the newest members of the Galaxy S series. However, the company has now confirmed it will hold a Samsung Unpacked press event on Wednesday, February 20 in San Francisco, several days before MWC 2019 begins. Samsung will also live stream the event for anyone to watch on the Internet as well as hold a live stream event in New York City at its Samsung 837 hub.
Samsung’s Philippines portal has given us a clue as to when we might see the most expensive Galaxy S10 Plus model specifically. Samsung’s pre-order scheme in this territory suggests a new limited edition smartphone — what we suspect is the rumored Galaxy S10 Plus with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage — will be released on March 15. The evidence also indicates this release would be later than the other models.
Without an explicit confirmation that its next big phone release is the Galaxy S10, Samsung has set up a website for people to reserve “the next Galaxy” before its official launch. You can get up to $550 off of a new Galaxy handset when you trade in an eligible device, and you will also get a $50 credit to spend on accessories after the phone is purchased. Samsung claims people who reserve the phone will have guaranteed delivery of the handset by March 8, 2019.
Specs: Three (possibly four) different Galaxy S10 models in the works
- Leaked model numbers seemingly confirm that Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 models at once.
- The vanilla and Plus models will likely have three rear cameras, with the cheaper model have a dual lens setup.
- Other rumors claim the higher-end phones could have an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3D sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is rumored to have the internal codename “Beyond.” Some rumors concerning the phones’ hardware specs have already hit the internet. One of them claims Samsung will launch three different S10 models at once.
The three devices have apparently been given the codenames Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. Of the three devices, Beyond 1 will reportedly be the successor to the Galaxy S9, Beyond 2 will be the successor to the Galaxy S9 Plus, and Beyond 0 will be a new entry-level device.
In September 2018, three model numbers leaked online which seemingly confirm that there will be three different variants of the Galaxy S10. The model numbers are SM-G970, SM-G975, and SM-G973. The first two model numbers match up with previous ones for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but the third model number is brand new and could be a reference to the “Beyond 0” entry level device.
Last week, a full specs sheet for the three rumored devices hit the internet, giving us a deep look into what each Galaxy S10 device might be packing. Here are the basics:
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- 6.1-inch display, curved, 19:9 ratio, 3,040 x 1,440 resolution
- 6GB or 8GB of RAM
- 128GB or 512GB of internal storage
- Triple rear camera and single front camera
- In-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- 3,400mAh battery
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- 6.3-inch display, curved, 19:9 ratio, 3,040 x 1,440 resolution
- 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM
- 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB of internal storage
- Triple rear camera and dual front camera
- In-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- 4,100mAh battery
- Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S10e
- 5.8-inch display, flat, 19:9 ratio, 2,280 x 1,080 resolution
- 6GB or 8GB of RAM
- 128GB or 256GB of internal storage
- Dual rear camera and single front camera
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 3,100mAh battery
The leaked specs sheet doesn’t say anything about mobile processors, although we fully expect the device to ship with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.
The leaked specs sheet also doesn’t say anything about headphone jacks, although judging from renders (discussed more below) we are relatively certain all three models will have the much-loved port.
The Galaxy S10 might also feature reverse wireless charging. Called “Powershare,” the feature could let you use the Galaxy S10 to wirelessly charge other devices. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro includes the same feature, but we found the phone to charge devices at a lethargic pace.
Possible ultra high-end 5G model in the works?
We are almost certain that the Galaxy S10 line will NOT be 5G-capable. According to rumors, there will be a 5G phone from Samsung this year, but it will be its own standalone model and not an S10 or Note 10 device.
However, the “Beyond” codenames mentioned earlier did include a Beyond 2 5G model. This could mean that there will be a Samsung Galaxy S10 “Ultra” model that will also have 5G connection capabilities.
Rumors suggest this 5G variant will launch sometime after the launch of the initial three devices. It’s possible the 5G S10 could launch along with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy F — the company’s long-awaited foldable phone.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung is in talks with Verizon to introduce a 5G version of the Galaxy S10. The big question is whether Verizon’s 5G network for smartphones will be ready by the time this rumored Galaxy S10 model launches.
If this 5G model of the S10 does launch, it will be an absolute beast.
This highest-end model reportedly will have six cameras (two on the front, four on the rear), an enormous 6.7-inch display, and support 5G connections. It could also have a ceramic back and support reverse wireless charging.
There are also reports suggesting this highest-end model could have 3D sensors on both the front and the back, making it an augmented reality powerhouse. Read the next section for more on these alleged 3D sensors.
Keep in mind, however, that this rumored variant could be something entirely different from the Galaxy S10 line.
3D mapping camera sensor like you’ve never seen before
As discussed above, we expect the Galaxy S10 to have three rear cameras and a single front-facing lens while the Galaxy S10 Plus could have the same triple-lens setup on the back with the addition of an extra sensor on the front, for a total of five cameras. The Galaxy S10e, however, will likely have a dual camera on the back and a single lens on the front, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
Another rumor claims the Galaxy S10 could be the first Samsung phone to have a 3D sensor. This could allow the phone to map the outside world in 3D and assist its augmented reality features, like improved versions of the S9’s AR Emoji.
A leaked spec table from Twitter user bang_gogo_ supposedly backed up the camera specs we have learned up until now. According to the leaked spec table, the 12MP primary camera features an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture. A 16MP sensor acts as the wide-angle lens with a 123-degree view and f/1.9 aperture, while the third 13MP sensor acts as the telephoto lens and features an f/2.4 aperture with a 45-degree field of view.
Based on the table, only the 16MP sensor lacks OIS and auto-focus.
Interestingly, Samsung is reportedly working on its version of Google’s Night Sight. Called “Bright Night,” the feature was mentioned in a breakdown of the One UI beta’s Samsung Camera APK. Bright Night could debut in the Galaxy S10, though it could also be available for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.
A report on XDA-Developers suggests the camera on the Galaxy S10 could support slow-motion video capture at 1080p resolution, along with possible support for filming HDR10+ video content. The report adds that the camera could support a number of effects and features, including a way to change background focus, make parts of a picture black-and-white, the ability to create artificial lighting sources for photos and more.
Another Samsung first for the Galaxy S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Futuristic in-display fingerprint scanner
Another Samsung first for the S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner. Multiple reports suggest that Samsung will eschew using the current in-display fingerprint sensor tech used by Vivo and Oppo to instead use its own ultrasonic tech. Theoretically, ultrasonic fingerprint scans could be faster and more efficient than the current optical sensors that companies put underneath displays.
However, we don’t expect the Galaxy S10e — the cheaper variant — to have the ultrasonic tech. Instead, the 10e will likely have a side-mounted sensor while the S10 and S10 Plus could have the ultrasonic sensor.
Also, the Samsung Galaxy S10 might not have an iris scanner like what’s included in the Galaxy S9 models. Apparently, the rumors claim the in-display fingerprint sensor will take the place of the iris scanner for opening and locking the smartphone. However, face unlock should still be included.
Some rumors claim the Galaxy S10 could use its screen as a replacement for its built-in speaker. Apparently, Samsung Display has created a sound-emitting screen that could be used on the Galaxy S10. It’s similar technology to the Vivo Nex phone.
If history is a guide, we can expect the Galaxy S10 to offer Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon chipset (the Snapdragon 855), for the U.S. market. It will likely release in the rest of the world sporting Samsung’s latest in-house Exynos chip, the Exynos 9820.
Early on in the rumor cycle, framework files that XDA Developers unearthed from the then-unreleased Android 9 Pie firmware for the Galaxy S9 referenced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 chipset. It’s believed that the Snapdragon 8150 moniker was actually an internal name for the Snapdragon 855. After all, the company has used four-digit internal names for its chipsets before, such as the Snapdragon 835 (known as MSM8998).
Both the Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 offer dedicated AI silicon. In Qualcomm’s case, it’s using a Hexagon 690 digital signal processor coupled with a brand-new Tensor accelerator. Meanwhile, Samsung is touting a neural processing unit (NPU) for machine learning tasks.
Dedicated AI hardware would allow Samsung to accelerate a variety of tasks, such as image processing, machine vision, natural language processing, and biometric authentication. This could lead to better photos, faster Google Lens and Bixby Vision performance, and more virtual assistant commands without an internet connection.
It’s believed that Samsung’s cheapest Galaxy S10 will offer 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. This makes for an impressive leap over the 4GB/64GB Galaxy S9. Rumors suggest the standard Galaxy S10 will offer 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 128GB to 512GB of storage. The S10 Plus is said to take things even further, with 6GB, 8GB, or a whopping 12GB of RAM and up to an incredible 1TB of storage.
It’s almost a sure bet that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will launch running Android 9.0 Pie with the new One UI skin and an updated version of its Bixby digital assistant, considering many of the older Samsung flagships already have the Pie upgrade.
|Samsung Galaxy S10 rumored specifications|
|Display||5.8-inch, 6.2-inch, and 6.3-inch displays|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB, or up to 12GB|
|Storage||Starts at 128GB, goes to 1TB|
|Camera||Galaxy S10: Three on rear, one on front
Galaxy S10 Plus: Three on rear, two on front
Galaxy S10e: Two on rear, one on front
|Battery||Galaxy S10: 3,400mAh
Galaxy S10 Plus: 4,100mAh
Galaxy S10e: 3,100mAh
|Headphone jack||Expected on all three devices|
|Software||Android 9 Pie with One UI skin|
|Other features||Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint (S10/Plus)
Side-mounted fingerprint (S10e only)
Design: New specs can dictate the Samsung Galaxy S10 overall design
- The Galaxy S10 could look much different than previous phones in the series.
- Rumors suggest an “Infinity-O” display, with cutout holes on the front for the selfie cam.
- New colors are likely coming, including a bright yellow.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could have very different look compared to the Infinity Display design of Galaxy S8 or S9 phones. Indeed, if the rumors about the in-display fingerprint scanner and audio features are correct, the phones could be the closest Samsung has come to being truly bezel-less.
However, even if the device has no bezels, it likely won’t be without controversy: noted leaker Evan Blass suggests the Galaxy S10 will feature the “punched” display known as the Infinity-O. This would mean the front-facing camera sensor wouldn’t live in a notch, but rather right in the glass, maybe in the upper corner. Click here to read our rumor roundup on this tidbit.
Somewhat corroborating Blass’ claims is Samsung reportedly began mass production of Infinity-O displays. Given the timing of the report, as well as the Galaxy A8s’ announcement, the Infinity-O display could be ready for the Galaxy S10.
@OnLeaks and 91Mobiles published some Galaxy S10 Plus renders, which show off three rear cameras and the Infinity-O display up front. The cutout up front looks large enough to house two selfie cameras. You can see the renders down below.
There are also rumors suggesting the Galaxy S10 will have four color variants: black, white, yellow, and green. Those colors could even be gradients, as Samsung has just started experimenting with this type of design.
German tech website WinFuture has published similar renders of the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10, revealing the punch-hole screen and rear camera setup. You can check these out below.
Evan Blass tweeted an image which appears to be a real-life Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in white color. However, the image is cropped so only part of the device is visible. See below:
Finally, we have a fresh render of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus without any watermarks from evleaks. We don’t learn anything new from these images, but at least you can see the device by itself without any glaring obstructions.
Last but certainly not least, Samsung’s latest wallpapers that should arrive with the Galaxy S10 line have started to show up online. You can find the download link here.
Price & availability
- The prices for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus will almost certainly be higher than last year’s Galaxy S9/Plus.
- Rumors suggest the entry-level model will cost $800, while the highest end model could start at around $1,000.
- The highest-end Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage could cap out at over $1,500.
Obviously, Samsung has not indicated how it will price the Galaxy S10 models. If the company actually releases three different versions of the S10, each with its own RAM and storage capacity, pricing could vary widely, from as low as around $650 for the entry-level 5.8-inch model with the lowest RAM and storage to over $1,500 for the 6.3-inch model with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
According to a Gizmodo tipster, here’s how the prices break down:
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- 128GB: 799 pounds (~$1,009). 512GB: 999 pounds (~$1,262)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- 128GB: 899 pounds (~$1,136), 512GB: 1,099 pounds (~$1,388), 1TB: 1,399 pounds (~$1,767)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- 128GB: 669 pounds (~$845)
Meanwhile, a new leak from MySmartPrice and tipster Ishan Agarwal has offered Dutch pricing. This should also line up with the rest of Europe if confirmed:
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- 6GB/128GB: 899 euros (~$1,028). 8GB/512GB: 1,149 euros (~$1,315)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- 6GB/128GB: 999 euros (~$1,143), 8GB/512GB: 1,249 euros (~$1,429), 12GB/1TB: 1,499 euros (~$1,715)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- 6GB/128GB: 749 euros (~$857)
Trusted leaker Evan Blass tweeted this out recently, which gives us an idea of the highest priced variant:
That’s about $1,500. pic.twitter.com/5BIDyeegAf
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 17, 2019
Additionally, some of you will be able to buy a Samsung Galaxy S10 in a way you never have before: directly from a Samsung store in your mall. Samsung plans to open three Samsung Experience Stores in malls located in California, New York, and Texas. These will be like Appl stores but selling only Samsung products and will also include repair services.
Samsung Galaxy S10: Conclusion
These are all the rumors and credible speculation we’ve come across so far about the Samsung Galaxy S10. As we always do with this kind of post, we will be updating this page on a regular basis as more rumors, and any official statements and specs from Samsung, are released
In the meantime, share your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S10. Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be a worthy successor to the S9? Let us know in the comments!
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- February 13, 2018: Hole-y moly: Screen protector is awful on this leaked Galaxy S10 Plus
- February 12, 2018: Reserve your Galaxy S10 now and receive it by March 8
- February 12, 2018: Samsung Galaxy S10 camera might support 1080p slo-mo, HDR10+ video, more
- February 12, 2018: Full specs sheet leaks for Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup