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.
According to the latest news, the Galaxy S10’s design has been finalized, and apparently won’t be bringing a massive redesign. 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). Even more exciting, the report mentions that an in-display fingerprint sensor — from Qualcomm and Synaptics in the U.S. and Aegis Tech in Taiwan — is likely, as is a full 3D-sensing camera like the iPhone X.
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.
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.
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.
Numbered iterations are great until you start hitting the big numbers. Then it starts to look a little silly.
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 called. Some early rumors point that Samsung will be looking to ditch some of its longstanding branding in favor of a fresher name. Most money would be likely to go 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 continue to persist, making that name unlikely. Still, a lot can change between now and the actual release.
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 April 17: Added the rumors that the S10’s design had been finalized.