The Samsung Galaxy S10 will get a release date inside Q1 2019, meaning it’ll be launched and on market before the start of April, all being well.
This is Samsung’s usual release date window, and 2019, based on current rumors, doesn’t appear to be any different.
This year, however, the handsets themselves will be slightly different – there will be three phones for a start…
Why Is Samsung Releasing Three Galaxy S10 Phones?
Simple: because Apple just announced and released three iPhone models for 2018. And anything Apple does, Samsung will follow – they’re in heavy competition and each usually follows the other.
With Apple, you have the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS MAX and the iPhone XR.
Similarly, Samsung will release three models of its Galaxy S10: two with EDGE displays (the pricey ones, likely over $1000 each), and one with a normal display (likely around the $700 to $800 mark).
The flat, non-EDGE Samsung Galaxy S10 will be the entry-level model, the handset that will go head to head with the iPhone XR, which is Apple’s “cheaper” 2018 iPhone.
The “true” flagship models will be the EDGE versions of the phones, and these will have display sizes ranging from 5.8in to 6.4in – all models will use OLED panels (unlike Apple’s XR).
Samsung Galaxy S10 Specifications (Rumors)
There has been plenty of leaks thus far, regarding the Galaxy S10’s specifications. If rumors are true, we’re looking at the following specs for the Samsung Galaxy S10:
- AI-specific chipset, with CPU, GPU and separate neural processor
- 5G modem
- UFS 3.0 storage
- LPDDR5 RAM
- 93 per cent or more screen-to-body ratio
- 9th-generation mobile Super AMOLED display
- 3D AI processing with camera
- L-shaped battery
Expect BIG updates to the camera, larger, more expansive displays, and improvements to processing abilities and overall grunt.
The look and feel of the phones will be different too, though the handsets will still carry Samsung’s traditional EDGE display design – it’ll just be more refined and polished than the Galaxy S9’s.
5G Galaxy S10 Model?
Yep, there’s apparently a 5G model of the Galaxy S10 coming too; that’d make four models, technically, though no one’s really sure if this handset will debut at the initial launch – it could come later in the year.
Obviously, this phone is dependent on 5G networks being up and running by Q1 2019, and this doesn’t look like it’ll be the case in most markets.
Samsung is working with AT&T to make this happen in the US, however, as described below:
“This is a first. We’ll be testing the real-world impact 5G will have on the manufacturing industry,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “Ultimately, we plan to use what we learn from this 5G Innovation Zone to help create better technology experiences and improvements in Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s plant along with creating a future blueprint for people and businesses across all industries.”
“As we evolve into a Smart Factory, Samsung Austin Semiconductor is continuously focused on leveraging data and automation to increase system performance,” said Dr. Sang-Pil Sim, president, Samsung Austin Semiconductor. “This collaboration with Samsung Electronics America and AT&T will help us test how a 5G network can improve mobility, performance and efficiencies within our plant.”
Therefore, the 5G Galaxy S10 is likely Samsung’s Ace in The Hole for later in the year, once 5G is more prevalent.
This approach ensures Samsung has a phone for when the telecom companies start pushing 5G properly later on in 2019.
Again, expect to pay BIG money for this model too – anywhere from $1000 to $1200.