Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung may avoid the top notch on the Galaxy S10 with a game-changing display

The dust has barely settled on the Samsung Galaxy S9’s launch, but there’s no rest for the wicked. Work on the newest model of Samsung’s world-beating smartphone is already underway, and we’re already inundated with rumors and whispers about the Samsung Galaxy S10.

So whether we’re hearing about an even more advanced camera, jaw-dropping good looks, or — in Samsung’s most potentially radical move — an increased battery capacity, we’ve gathered all the rumors, leaks, and news into one place so you can quickly find out everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Design

The Galaxy S10’s design has apparently been finalized, and won’t be bringing a massive redesign. The latest reports from The Bell point at Samsung working hard to create fingerprint-on-display (FOD) scanner, with some seeming success. The same can’t seem to be said for a true 3D-sensing camera like the iPhone X — that same report points at slow commercialization that could stymie the component for the S10.

While the Samsung Galaxy S10 may look similar to its predecessor, the display may get a massive update for 2019. According to ET News, the Galaxy S10 will feature 6.2-inch sound-emitting OLED display. Instead of using a traditional speaker, the technology uses bone conduction and vibration to transmit sound directly through the display. Such technology will mean even smaller bezels on the Galaxy S10 since a top-firing speaker cutout will no longer be necessary.

The Infinity Display design, first seen on the Galaxy S8, will likely return on the S10, though it’s likely Samsung will continue to shrink bezels.  While new rumors suggest at least one S10 handset will have a 6.2-inch OLED display, an earlier report suggests the Galaxy S10 will ship with slightly larger 5.8-inch screen, while the S10 Plus will sport a 6.3-inches display.

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Previous news of a patent approved in March 2018 shows a phone with a screen-to-body ratio of 99 percent, no visible speakers, front-facing camera, or fingerprint sensor. While creating this phone isn’t outside the realms of possibility — the front-facing camera could be under the display, as could the fingerprint sensor — it now seems more likely that such a radical redesign is not intended for the Galaxy S10.

Another earlier patent granted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation reveals that Samsung is working on phone designs that are as close to bezel-free as possible, with fingerprint scanners placed beneath the display tech — this could also be linked to the long-rumored foldable Galaxy smartphone.

Name

The Galaxy S10’s code name has been revealed, and it’s “Beyond.” Code names are fairly significant because they’re generally an indicator of what the manufacturer intends to achieve with its new device. The Galaxy S8 was code-named “Dream,” for Samsung’s dream of surpassing Apple, the S9 was “Star” for being the polished star of the Galaxy range, and LG went with “Judy” with the original design of the G7 because it was a middle-aged woman who made jam on the weekends. “Beyond” is probably an indication that Samsung is planning a fairly large redesign of the S range in both form and function, and probably intends the S10 to push through the declining numbers of premium smartphone sales we’ve seen in 2018.

In short, “Beyond” is set to be the next big thing, with the sort of features that make you want to buy it.

In terms of the actual phone’s name, while we’ve tentatively named this article the “Galaxy S10,” there’s no guarantee that’s what Samsung’s next generation of S-range phone will be named. Some early rumors point that Samsung will be looking to ditch some of its long-standing branding in favor of a fresher name. Most money would be on “Galaxy X,” but Apple has already claimed that for the iPhone X, and long-running rumors of a foldable flagship called the Galaxy X persist, making that name an unlikely choice. Still, a lot can change between now and the actual release.

Design

The Galaxy S10’s design has apparently been finalized, and won’t be bringing a massive redesign.The latest reports from The Bell point at Samsung working hard to create fingerprint-on-display (FOD) scanner, with some seeming success. The same can’t seem to be said for a true 3D-sensing camera like the iPhone X — that same report points at slow commercialization that could stymie the component for the S10.

The Infinity Display design, first seen in the Galaxy S8, is set to return again in the S10, though it’s possible that Samsung will have shrunk the bezels down again. The report mentions that the screen size will be increased ever so slightly, to 5.8 inches for the regular S10 (up from 5.77 inches on the S9) and 6.3 inches on the S10 Plus (up from 6.22 inches on the S9 Plus).

Previous reports that the Galaxy S10 would include a notch like the iPhone X have, thankfully, seemingly been put to rest by this new report.

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Previous news of a patent approved in March 2018 shows a phone with a screen-to-body ratio of 99 percent, no visible speakers, front-facing camera, or fingerprint sensor. While creating this phone isn’t outside the realms of possibility — the front-facing camera could be under the display, as could the fingerprint sensor — it now seems more likely that such a radical redesign is not intended for the Galaxy S10.

Another earlier patent granted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation reveals that Samsung is working on phone designs that are as close to bezel-free as possible, with fingerprint scanners placed beneath the display tech — this could also be linked to the long-rumored foldable Galaxy smartphone.

Specifications

It’s a fair bet that the Galaxy S10 will feature a new iteration of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, most likely the Snapdragon 855. Samsung has sunk $5.6 billion into a foundry for rumored 7mn chipsets for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones. Risk trials for those chips will begin later this year, with Samsung expecting that mass production would be possible in early 2019 — just in time for a likely S10 release date.

Face-sensing technology

While the Galaxy S9 is an impressive beast, the front-facing face-sensing tech on the front of the camera might be its weakest area. While the S9 still has the Intelligent Scan tech that scans a hybrid of your face as well as iris data, it’s not secure enough for purchase verification and a far cry from the highly advanced and secure Face ID that Apple introduced on the iPhone X. As a double-whammy of disappointment, this underpowered facial sensing also means that AR Emoji, Samsung’s AR-powered emojis that follow your facial movements, aren’t anywhere near as accurate as Apple’s Animoji. Tests from across the Digital Trends office led to some — er — fairly disturbing uncanny valley creations.

While seeing Andy Boxall transformed into AR Moby is amusing and disturbing in equal measure, we expect that the Galaxy S10 will see some major improvements in its front-facing camera tech. Earlier rumors said that Samsung was teaming up with 3D camera startup Mantis Vision to provide 3D-sensing camera tech for Samsung’s upcoming smartphones, and those rumors have seemingly been confirmed by a report that the Galaxy S10 will include a full 3D camera.

Release date

Are we fools for expecting Samsung to stick to its previous release schedule? Perhaps, but we’d still take that wager.

While Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018, the Galaxy S8 was launched at its own “Unpacked” event in 2017 — and while the Galaxy S10 isn’t likely to be as big a redesign as the S8 was, it’s possible that Samsung will choose to reveal its newest phone at its own special event.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Samsung in the coming months, so watch for our updates on the latest Galaxy S10 news.

Updated on June 13: Added new bone-conducting speaker rumor.