The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still one of the best phones you can buy, but it’s not perfect. The upcoming Galaxy S10 could be the most exciting smartphone of 2019, but only if Samsung makes some big changes to the design.
Considering this is the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S, we’re expecting big things. Below you’ll find some early rumors, then what we want (or need) to see from Samsung’s 10th generation Galaxy S10 smartphone.
Quick Galaxy S10 Details
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Release Date: Early March 2019, with a February announcement
- What is the Galaxy S10?: Samsung’s 10th-anniversary flagship Galaxy S phone
- What to Expect?: Three phones, triple cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors & more
- Galaxy S10 Price?: We’re guessing anywhere from $649-$949 depending on the model
Latest Galaxy S10 News & Rumors (July 2018)
This summer a few reports suggested Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 phones in 2019. Three phones with codenames of Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and the Beyond 2. The first one has a flat 5.8-inch screen and could be somewhat affordable. Then there’s a regular Galaxy S10 curved model and the bigger 6.2-inch (or bigger) Galaxy S10+.
Recent leaks from Korea suggest the bigger Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras, too. Not three or four, but five cameras total. Three on the back and two on the front. Industry parts experts claim that only the bigger Galaxy 10+ will get this treatment, while the two smaller S10 variants will only have three or four. If true, we could see a regular wide lens, a telephoto zoom lens, then a third ultra wide-angle sensor. Not to mention two cameras on the front.
And finally, another Galaxy S10 rumor claims Samsung will ditch the fingerprint and Iris scanner and opt for a fingerprint scanner inside of the screen. Also known as an in-glass scanner, not to mention some new 3D facial recognition. Only the more expensive two will get this treatment, while the cheaper flat S10 will have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. At least according to Ice Universe.
The new rumor of the Galaxy S10, Beyond0 uses side fingerprints, Beyond1 and Beyond2 use screen fingerprints.
And Beyond0 and Beyond1 are dual cameras, and Beyond2 is three cameras.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 6, 2018
On July 5th that same trusted leakster posted on Twitter that the Galaxy S10 will get announced at Mobile World Congress in February.
5 Things We Want From the Galaxy S10
We know Samsung has something big planned for the Galaxy S10, but how big is the question. Will they do something like Apple’s iPhone X and surprise everything with a bold new design, or just improve on the same one we’re all familiar with. If they want to succeed the phone can’t look exactly like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 again. So, here’s what we want to see.
1. A Premium New Design
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, S9, and probably the upcoming Note 9 all look exactly the same. There’s nothing wrong with the design, but we’re expecting a bold new bezel-free screen to take on the iPhone and Android competition. Here’s a fan-made concept video, but it could be closer than you think.
What will this new design entail? We’re not really sure. What we do know is Samsung will likely shrink the bezels even smaller than Apple and offer a truly bezel-free screen, or something similar. We’re pretty confident they’ll avoid the notch completely, but we’ll have to wait and see.
We could see a new material, a folding display, or a true edge-to-edge screen like what’s shown above. The foldable Galaxy X is still coming, and that’s not the Galaxy S10 either. They are two different product lines. Expect the overall style and “identity” to remain, while they make notable changes everyone can appreciate.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
We heard rumors that the Galaxy S8 would have a fingerprint scanner inside the glass, under the display. A similar rumor arrived for the Note 8 and the Galaxy S9 release. However, 2019 and the Galaxy S10 might finally be the year that happens. Only this time we’re serious. Other manufacturers have already done it, and Samsung is next. Not only do we want this, but we think it needs to happen.
An explosive leak from The Bell states Samsung will ditch the fingerprints, improve 3D facial recognition, and add a fingerprint scanner under the display. Similar to the Vivo NEX and a few other phones. Now that this technology is rapidly improving, we see no reason Samsung wouldn’t do the same.
Basically, we’ve heard this rumor for years but don’t be surprised if 2019 is when it finally happens.
3. Dual & Triple Cameras
High-end Samsung phones have some of the best cameras on the market. The Galaxy S9+ came with dual lenses, and one even has a variable aperture that physically changes on the fly to take the best possible photos in any lighting situation. They’re impressive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get better.
Various reports believe the Galaxy S10 will have 3-4 cameras. That’s two on the front and two on the back. At least the main high-end Galaxy S10. Recent leaks from Korea suggest the Galaxy S10+ will come with five cameras. Not three or four, but five cameras total.
If Samsung keeps (yet improves) its dual rear cameras from the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9, but then adds a third ultra wide-angle lens, that would be great. Not to mention they could potentially combine all three together for one big 36 Megapixel photo. Then, of course, we want two front-facing cameras for better portrait-style photography.
4. Better Battery Life
Almost every aspect of smartphones is way better now than it was 3-4 years ago except one — battery life. It can’t improve every year like the screen, camera and software. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t want improvements.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ last almost an entire day, which is decent. I’ll gladly take a few extra mm of thickness if that means a 3,800 or 4,000 mAh battery so I never have to worry about it running out during a busy day.
I few rumors floating around suggest Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will have a massive 4,000 mAh battery, the biggest of any flagship Galaxy phone. We’ve seen that same size in the Galaxy S8 Active, so it’s very doable. We want better battery life on the Galaxy S10.
5. Improved Software (Updates & AR Emoji)
And last but not least we want an improvement to software overall. We’re talking about better and faster software updates that land more frequent. Better camera software so photos aren’t so oversaturated and have more vibrant colors. And better AR features like the AR Emoji that tried to copied Apple but failed.
Samsung is already one of the best when it comes to adding helpful tools and feature to its software. Just take a look at these 10 cool things the Galaxy S9 can do. They can always improve though.
If rumors of two cameras on the front are accurate, and 3D facial recognition is part of it, the Galaxy S10 will rival Apple’s animoji features.
In closing, if Samsung can make some notable improvements to the design while delivering a better display, more cameras, and longer battery life the Galaxy S10 will be a winner. Leaks and rumors continue to arrive at an alarming pace and we’ll know more soon enough. Stay tuned for more details, and expect a stunning new Galaxy S10+ in February or March of 2019.