Samsung all but confirms the Galaxy S10 will arrive on Feb. 20, ahead of MWC

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019

Samsung’s next flagship smartphone — likely called the Galaxy S10 — may debut a week ahead of Mobile World Congress on February 20. The company sent out invites to media for a Galaxy Unpacked event, which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The Galaxy S10 has been all but confirmed officially. In the invitation Samsung said, “As you may know, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Galaxy series.” Last year’s Samsung smartphone that debuted around the same timeframe was the Galaxy S9, so it’s not a stretch to assume we’ll be seeing the launch of its successor.  That being said, there’s a possibility Samsung could unveil a new naming structure for the celebratory phone, not unlike what Apple did with the iPhone X.

What’s more interesting is Samsung’s decision to skip Mobile World Congress, and considering the event in the coming weeks is labeled “Galaxy Unpacked,” it’s unlikely we’ll see any major announcements from Samsung at the Barcelona show this year. This isn’t the first time Samsung has sat out of the trade show — the company unveiled the Galaxy S8 at a separate event in March 2017.

What can we expect for the new phone? Well, it could actually be three handsets. The latest rumors reveal three names: The S10, S10 Plus, and S10 E. Some or all of these devices may come with Samsung’s Infinity-O display, also known as a punch-hole display. It’s where the bezels surrounding the screen are nearly non-existent, and the selfie camera floats as a lone circle at the top of the screen, like a punched hole in a piece of paper. There’s a clue in the invitation image above — we presume the line running through the middle is how thin the bezel will be around the phone.

Galaxy S10 Evan Blass Leak
Evan Blass, @evleaks

Rumors also suggest Samsung may add a third camera to the back of the Galaxy S10 Plus, making way for a wide-angle lens, just like phones such as the LG V40 ThinQ and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. All of this information comes from leaks, so take it with a grain of salt. You can read all the latest updates we have on the Galaxy S10 in our handy roundup.

Other announcements

What else may be on the docket for Samsung? We could potentially hear more about the Galaxy Home smart speaker, powered by Bixby. Samsung announced the product at its Galaxy Note 9 launch event in August 2018, but we have not heard much about it since. Considering the device was in marketing images around CES 2019, it’s not a stretch to expect to hear more.

There’s a good chance we’ll also learn more about the foldable phone — that’s if Samsung doesn’t just unveil it completely alongside the S10. Samsung confirmed to Digital Trends the phone will launch in the “first half of 2019.” The image in the invitation could also be interpreted as two screens, or the two-tone zero on the “10” could be teasing the folding nature of the phone.

No matter what’s debuted on stage, Digital Trends will be on the ground in San Francisco covering Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked on February 20, which starts at 11 a.m. PT.


Samsung permits peek at an eye-popping, 15-inch 4K OLED laptop display

Samsung is now preparing for the new OLED laptop trend and is providing a look at an eye-popping 15.6-inch 4K OLED panel that is expected to power larger premium laptops in the new year.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus photo leaks with dual front-facing camera

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

If you want Samsung's advanced folding phone, be prepared to pay a lot for it

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.

Breeze through security with these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags

Getting through airport security is a drag, but your laptop bag shouldn’t be. Thankfully, these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags will get you and your gear to your destination with ease.
Social Media

Google will begin shutting down the classic Hangouts app in October

Google confirmed that it will begin retiring the classic Google Hangouts app in October. The company will start by pushing users to move to the new Google Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Smart Home

Starbucks coffee delivery lands in 6 more cities via Uber Eats

Starbucks is in the process of expanding its coffee delivery service far beyond Miami. Available via the Uber Eats app, the service has just launched in San Francisco, with five additional cities joining in the coming weeks.

How to make a contact group on an iPhone

There's no obvious way to crate contact groups on your iPhone, but you can do it through iCloud or you can install a third-party app to help. We explain both methods as we explore how to make a contact group on an iPhone.

Xiaomi shows how its folding smartphone will look, and you’re going to love it

Xiaomi is the latest manufacturer to show off a folding smartphone prototype. The unnamed phone has a different design than others we've seen, adopting a double fold where the sides of the screen fold over the back of the device.

These patent images may show the new Moto Razr folding phone

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it?

HMD Global confirms which Nokia phones will definitely receive Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.

AT&T and Rush System are using 5G to create the 'hospital of the future'

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.

Here's how (and why) to use safe mode with an Android phone

When you have an issue with your phone, safe mode can help you determine whether a third-party app is to blame. If you’re wondering how to access it, or how to turn the feature off in Android, then you have come to the right place.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.