Update (07/09): We’ve added new details about the alleged camera and potential fingerprint sensor setup that could be coming to the rumored three versions of the Galaxy S10. Check out the full article below for more details!
In 2019, Samsung will launch its follow up to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the Galaxy S10. Even this far ahead of its release, there are already lots of rumors about what the S10 will be like, including how many models will be launched, and what kinds of new hardware and software features will be included.
The manufacturer has yet to comment officially about the specs, price, and release date for the Samsung Galaxy S10, but there are enough credible rumors to give us an idea of what to expect.
Release date: CES 2019 announcement and February release
- Release date rumors have not been confirmed by Samsung.
- One report claims the Galaxy S10 could be announced in January at CES 2019.
- This could mean the phones could go on sale as early as February 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 Korea Herald recently reported Samsung could reveal the Galaxy S10 models well ahead of that usual timeframe, and in a new location.
The report claims Samsung may use the Consumer Electronics Show, held in early January 2019 in Las Vegas, to announce the Galaxy S10 models. If that’s the case, the phones could go on sale in February, well ahead of the series’ traditional March launch. The story claims Samsung is moving up the release of the Galaxy S10 because it plans to use MWC 2019 as the place where it will officially reveal its long-rumored, highly anticipated foldable smartphone.
Specs: 3 different Galaxy S10 models in the works
- Some rumors claim Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 models at once.
- The highest end model could have three rear cameras.
- Other rumors claim the phones could have an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3D sensor.
We are still several months away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10, which 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 (link in Korean). 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.
According to this rumor, two of the devices will have 5.8-inch displays, while the third would have a 6.2-inch screen.
The same story also claims one of the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10 models would have a single rear camera, while the second would have two rear camera sensors. The highest end 6.2-inch Galaxy S10 could have as many as three rear cameras, according to some rumors — similar to the Huawei P20 Pro.
A recent report (in Korean) has added more information about the cameras that will potentially be found on the upcoming devices. It says that the Galaxy S10 Plus will get a dual-lens camera setup on the front of the device, and a triple-lens camera on the rear. The rear setup will be the same as the Galaxy S9 Plus but with the addition of a 16MP, 120-degree ultra-wide angle lens, according to the rumors.
The same report says that the Galaxy S10 will sport a single camera on the front and a triple camera on the rear. Meanwhile, the entry-level device will get a single camera on the front and a dual camera on the rear.
However, another report (in German) suggests otherwise. It says that only the Galaxy S10 Plus will get the rear triple camera and that the Galaxy S10 and the entry-level device will both only get dual-lens rear cameras. It also claims that the Galaxy S10 Plus will get a 12MP main lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP 123-degree super-wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture, as well as a 13MP zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture.
The same report suggests that the rear camera found on the other two devices will be the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus but without the 13MP zoom lens.
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.
Another Samsung first for the Galaxy S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Another Samsung first for the S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner. Some earlier rumors claimed Samsung would use its own in-house ultrasonic technology for this feature, but more recent rumors suggest the Galaxy S10 will use Qualcomm’s tech.
While the in-display fingerprint sensor is rumored to feature in the two higher-end devices, some reports (link in Korean) have suggested that the lower end Beyond 0 model will get a fingerprint sensor on the side of the device. This could be similar in style to the fingerprint sensor on the Motorola Z3 Play.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S10 might not have an iris scanner like whats 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.
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.
Processor and RAM memory
If history is a guide, we can expect the Galaxy S10 to be the first smartphone to have Qualcomm’s next-generation version of its highest-end Snapdragon mobile phone processor, beyond the current Snapdragon 845, for the U.S. market. It will likely release in the rest of the world sporting the next generation version of Samsung’s in-house Exynos chip, ahead of the current Exynos 9810 model.
It’s possible Samsung could launch the lowest end Galaxy S10 with just 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, like the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9. If the rumors of two more models are accurate, they could have 6GB or even 8GB of RAM, and as much as 512GB of storage space.
It’s also likely the Samsung Galaxy S10 will launch running Google’s Android P with an updated version of the Samsung Experience UI skin and an updated version of its Bixby digital assistant. Other hardware specs for the phone, such as the size of its battery, its water and dust resistance rating, and whether or not it will have a headphone jack, are unknown at this time.
|Samsung Galaxy S10 rumored specifications|
|Display||5.8-inch, 6.2-inch displays|
|Processor||Next-gen Snapdragon or Exynos chip|
|Storage||up to 512GB|
|Camera||Single, dual and triple rear camera setup|
|Software||Android P with Samsung Experience|
|Other features||In-display fingerprint sensor and speaker, 3D sensor|
Design: New specs can dictate the Samsung Galaxy S10 overall design
- The Galaxy S10 could look much different than previous phones in the series.
- Some rumors suggest that it could come close to a truly bezel-free design.
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. A recent Twitter post from an internet gadget leaker showed off a photo of what the leaker suggested was an S10 prototype, and it had almost no bezels. However, that image is almost certainly a fake.
The S10 could come close to a 100 percent bezel-free phone, but we won’t know until credible photos and renders appear closer to the phone’s launch.
Price & availability
- The Galaxy S10 price will certainly vary depending on the phone’s model and hardware specs.
- The low-end model could be priced around $700, while the highest end model could cost over $1,000.
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 $700 for the smaller 5.8-inch model with the lowest RAM and storage, to over $1,000 for the 6.2-inch model with more RAM and storage.
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!