13 December 2018
Back in February this year Samsung took the stage at the MWC 2018 to announce flagship Galaxy S9 series. As expected the S9 lineup didn't bring any significant change in the design language instead of the company focused mainly on the internal upgrades. The Galaxy S9 is more than six months old and now all eyes are on the successor Galaxy S10 series. Considering the leaks and rumors almost on daily basis we have a ton of details regarding what to expect from Galaxy S10 lineup in Q1 2019.
The continuous stream of leaks gives us a good idea regarding what kind of changes Samsung is bringing for the 10th anniversary Galaxy S-lineup phones. So if you are amongst those who are waiting eagerly for the Galaxy S10 series, we've gathered all the details we know so far regarding the device. We will be updating this rumors roundup so as to let you know what's new in specifications and features of the device.
Update (November 14, 2018)
The popular leakster Evan Blass has tweeted a few preliminary details of the Galaxy S10. The details aren't new as we have already heard them in several leaks but coming from a reliable leakster, these details do look legit. According to his tweet, the Galaxy S10 is going to have a "punch hole" style selfie cam cutout (sounds like Infinity-O display). Also, it's going to have an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. There will be three rear cameras - one will be the standard one, one is going to be the wider one and the last is going to be the telephoto lens.
Update: December 12th, 2018:
It is time for a new leak coming from the reliable tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce). The leak claims that each of the Galaxy S10 variants will come with a 2K Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S10 is said to sport a 6.1-inch display, Galaxy S10 Plus with a 6.4-inch display, and the Galaxy S10 Lite with a relatively smaller 5.8-inch display.
About the Display:— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 11, 2018
The latest display material of the "M9" series (S8, Note8,S9,Note9 are M8 series)
S10 Lite 5.8 inches 18.5:9 2K+ Super AMOLED
S10 6.1 inches 19:9 2K+ Super AMOLED
S10+ 6.4 inches 19:9 2K+ Super AMOLED
Update: November 28, 2018
Update: November 22, 2018
As per the latest exclusive report from SamMobile, One of the Galaxy S10 series variants will have the Ceramic rear. The device will be released in White and Black colors. So far Xiaomi and Essential opted ceramic rear for their premium flagships, its good to see Samsung finally opting the premium ceramic material for their flagship phone.
Update: November 21, 2018
Samsung is reportedly set to bring the Galaxy S10 in different colors - Black, Green, White, and Yellow. There could be a chance that we say gradient colors of these reported variants.
Update: November 20, 2018
According to a new report, the Galaxy S10’s standard variant may feature a flat screen of a 5.8-inch size. However, there will be a curved display variant as well. The report conveys that the top-specced version will come with a curved 6.2-inch display. Samsung is said to be working with new companies for the organic chemicals for the Red, Green, and Blue sub-pixels. These will be used for the M9 generation and replace the M8 chemicals used in the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9.
Update (November 14, 2018)
As per the latest tweet from well-known tipster Roland Quandt, Samsung is internally testing three variants of Galaxy S10 series including SM-G970F, SM-G973F, SM-G975F. Most likely the SM-G970F will be the entry-level model(Galaxy S10 Lite), SM-G973F (Likely Galaxy S10 ) whereas the SM-G975F could be the S10 Plus model.
One of the key upgrades to the Galaxy S10 will be the new design language. Back in September Samsung CEO DJ Koh claimed the Galaxy S10 will bring "Significant changes" in the design department and he also suggested the phone will be available in "amazing" colors. Like Apple, Samsung is planning to release three variants of Galaxy S10 series next year. Recently Bloomberg also reported the Galaxy S10 will come in three variants like the latest iPhones.
According to The Bell, Samsung internally codenamed the Galaxy S10 as Beyond 1 whereas the other variants are codenamed as Beyond 0 (likely S10 Lite or Mini) and Beyond 2(S10 Plus). Samsung yet to release any phone with under-glass fingerprint scanner despite the fact the Chinese OEMs are releasing phones with an under-glass scanner for quite some time. Samsung reportedly will bring at least two variants of Galaxy S10 will have an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner. The Mini or Lite variant will have a traditional fingerprint scanner on the rear side.
Also, the well-known Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo reveals the Galaxy S10 will be available in 5.8-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.4-inches models with Super AMOLED display panels.
So far all leaks and Samsung's recent patents clearly indicate the company isn't planning for the notch design instead it's looking to further reduce the bezels to a minimal level with a small O cutout for the camera. Back in January Samsung patents a technology in which they opted an edge-to-edge display with selfie camera embedded behind the screen. This certainly provides enough space to further reduce the bezels to the minimal level.
According to Ice Universe, Samsung at its recently held corporate event "2018 Samsung OLED Forum" showcased its “Sensor Integrated Technology” in which all the major front-facing sensors were shown embedded below the display. The leaked PPT also reveals a new "Under Panel camera sensor" which can work under display as well.
Samsung will bring ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint instead of optical sensors to provide more accuracy and lightning speed for unlocking. A recent report suggested that Samsung have exclusive rights to Qualcomm's ultrasonic sensor for at least H1 2019. The bezels will be further reduced thanks to the Sound-Emitting displays. Samsung will ditch the traditional speakers in favor of new bone conduction and vibration tech.
Update: December 3rd, 2018
We might be seeing the first ever live image of the Galaxy S10 5G prototype. The Ice universe who has been posting everything related to Samsung’s upcoming plans and products have come up with a picture and claims that the gadget showed is a 5G prototype being tested by Samsung.
Update: November 26, 2018
According to a new report from IT Home, Samsung will launch a new phone with 12GB RAM. The publication has stated that the Galaxy S10 model will feature 1TB storage as well. It’s expected that such massive features belong to the Galaxy S10 5G edition that is tipped to feature a 6.7-inch display.
Update: November 21, 2018
According to a new report from WSJ, Samsung Galaxy S10's top variant is actually the 5G one with 6 cameras. It's going to be the fourth variant which is internally being called as Beyond X. The model number of this variant is unknown but it is rumored to feature a massive display of 6.7 inches. The report proceeds with the fact that this top-specced variant of the Galaxy S10 has four cameras on the rear and two on the front.
The report also claims that this variant could support the reverse wireless charging which means the device will charge the other phones.
Another report from ET News claims that the fourth camera on the Galaxy S10 will be the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor that could enable the 3D sensing. The ToF camera on the Galaxy S10 5G edition can assist in gesture navigation and create augmented reality (AR) experiences.
The Galaxy S10 5G variant may come in Q2 2019 and the other three variants will hit the market first.
In a recent report, XDA developers shared a code snippet of Samsung's Android Pie update which reveals the company could bring a fourth variant of Galaxy S10 with 5G capabilities. At the moment it is still in the dark whether Samsung will release the 5G variant alongside the regular models of Galaxy S10 or will delay the release for few months. Samsung, however, claimed the Galaxy S10 won't be the first phone with 5G connectivity.
Back in February Samsung confirmed they are investing on to build 7-nm chipsets which confirms the Samsung's next-gen flagship SoC will be based on 7-nm FinFet process. Like always Samsung not only relying on their Exynos chipsets but also they will be utilizing the Qualcomm's next-gen flagship SoC (likely Snapdragon 855). The US-bound and North American models will have the Qualcomm's chipset whereas the rest of the world will get the Exynos powered model. The Exynos 9820 reportedly will have the dual Neural Processing Units to better handle AI tasks efficiently.
Like Samsung, the Qualcomm's chipset will also be built on the 7nm process. So far Apple and Huawei announced their flagships chipsets A12 Bionic and Kirin 980 respectively built on the 7nm process. Apart from the latest processor, the Galaxy S10 will have advance modules of storage and RAM as well to increase efficiency. The Galaxy S10 will be Samsung's first phone with UFS 3.0 storage whereas the DDR5 RAM is due in 2020. Samsung is working on 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB UFS 3.0 memory modules which mean the Galaxy S10 will be available in these variants.
Update: December 10, 2018
An alleged case render of the Galaxy S10 from Ghostek showcases the camera cutouts revealing how many camera lenses this smartphone will include. It appears that the Galaxy S10 will include three cameras in the rear. These are rumored to include a man 12MP sensors, 13MP telephoto camera, and a third 16MP one that boasts a wide-angle lens. Apart from these, the Galaxy S10 is rumored to include an in-display selfie camera.
Update: December 7, 2018
Update: November 28, 2018
According to The Bell, the Galaxy S10 cameras circuit boards suppliers will be Newflex Technology and Daeduck GDS. The new circuit boards are aimed to boost the camera performance notably with new camera sensors.
Update: November 26, 2018
According to a new reference, the cameras of the Galaxy S10 may come aligned in horizontal position. The hint is coming from the latest version of Samsung Health app that reveals the cameras will be aligned horizontally to accommodate flash and heart rate recognition area.
The very known tipster Ice Universe on Twitter who posts new leaks on Samsung's stuff reveals the same. The tipster has also provided the image that shows the rear cameras of a device bearing the flashlight as well aligned horizontally.
This year Samsung took a jump by introducing new camera module with a variable aperture to better handle low-light scenarios. Now everyone is willing to know what Samsung is cooking inside as far as Galaxy S10 cameras are a concern. The Huawei P20 Pro lead the market this year with its stunning triple rear cameras setup.
The Galaxy S10 reportedly will have triple rear cameras, the primary sensor is 12MP with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. The secondary sensor will be ultra-wide angle 16MP module with f/1.9 aperture and 123-degrees FOV (field of view). This sensor lacks optical image stabilization. Last but not the least the third sensor will be a telephoto 13MP sensor with optical zoom up to 2x and f/2.4 aperture. Only the Plus model will have triple cameras whereas the standard Galaxy S10 will have dual cameras on the rear side.
According to the Bell, the Galaxy S10+ will have dual rear cameras like the Galaxy S9+ whereas the third sensor will be ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor. Not just that they also claim the S10+ could have dual selfie snappers.
The Galaxy S9 lineup has iris scanner as well as hybrid facial recognition to unlock the phone. The Galaxy S10 lineup reportedly will be Samsung's first phone with 3D Facial recognition like the Apple iPhone X. According to the Bell report, Samsung joins hand with Mantis Vision for the 3D scanner. At the moment it is yet not confirmed what kind of technology Mantis vision will be provided to Samsung, however, it is expected to be as good as the Apple's 3D facial scanner. The S10 lineup won't have iris scanner.
The Korean giant Samsung patented new Graphene batteries last year. It is Samsung's new solution to resolve the issue of slow-charging of Li-ion batteries. The good thing is Graphene battery can be fully charged in just 12 minutes and also it last longer as opposed to traditional batteries.
It is almost evident that Samsung Galaxy S10 will be shipped with Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. The company recently unveiled their new One UI with even less bloatware. The new One UI will be rolled out in January and it is mainly focused to provide a better interface for one hand usage. The Bixby will be 2 years old at the Galaxy S10's announcement, we can expect major upgrades to it as well. At the moment it is still in the dark what kind of extra goodies in terms of software features new S10 will be bringing on board.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10 lineup rumors roundup in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be updating this article as soon as some more info appears online.