Samsung Galaxy S10 preview: what we know so far

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We’re only 48 hours away from the official unveiling of Samsung’s 2019 flagship phone series – the hotly-anticipated Galaxy S10. And with this year marking the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy brand, we’re expecting Samsung to go all-out to impress consumers and critics with its latest range of high-end devices.

But if you can’t wait for Thursday’s Samsung Unpacked event to find out just what the Korean company has in store for the smartphone world this year, we’ve compiled all the rumours, leaks, and educated guesses as to what you can expect from the premium S10 series.

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10E

Samsung has all but confirmed that the Unpacked event will showcase at least three new Galaxy devices, including the standard Galaxy S10, the upsized Galaxy S10+, and a new, smaller model called the Galaxy S10E. Some of the likely specs and features for each handset are below.

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch screen
  • New Infinity O display, with no front screen notch
  • ‘Hole-punch’ front camera
  • Triple camera setup in rear
  • In-screen ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor
  • OneUI interface
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

Samsung Galaxy S10+

  • 6.4-inch screen
  • New Infinity O display, with no front screen notch
  • ‘Hole-punch’ dual front cameras
  • Triple camera setup in rear
  • In-screen ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor
  • OneUI interface
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Possible 4,100mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S10E

  • 5.8-inch screen
  • New Infinity O display, with no front screen notch
  • ‘Hole-punch’ front camera
  • Dual camera setup in rear
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • OneUI interface

For its 2019 series, Samsung has abandoned the ‘front notch’ design of previous bezel-less phones in favour of its new Infinity O display, in which the front-facing ‘selfie’ camera is incorporated into a small hole in the phone’s screen. All three new Galaxy phones will run Samsung’s own One UI, a customised Android interface that builds on the stock version of Android 9.0 Pie.

 

 

Both the S10 and S10+ are likely to feature not only wireless charging, but reverse charging (the ability to charge other devices). The S10 and S10+ will also apparently incorporate a new, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a state-of-the-art rear camera setup, including a triple lens camera for standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide angle shots.

While the S10E will be the smaller, ‘lite’ alternative to the standard S10 and S10+, it’s still likely to include a range of premium features, including upgraded cameras. And in good news for AirPods haters, all three S10 variants are expected to retain the headphone jack.

What about 5G and foldable phones?

In addition to the pretty-much-definite S10, S10+ and S10E, Samsung may also announce a limited-edition, phablet-sized Galaxy device that’s been dubbed the S10 X. Not only will the rumoured X feature a huge 6.7-inch screen, a massive 5,000MaH battery, and 1TB of storage, it will also be 5G-ready.

While 5G mobile networks aren’t yet up-and-running, a 5G-capable device means easy compatibility for when the next-generation mobile technology does go live. The mysterious X may also include four rear cameras and two in front, feature 12GB of RAM, and come with a serious price tag of well over $3,000 AUD.

Finally, Unpacked may also be the official debut of Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Flex/Galaxy F smartphone, which was confirmed as on-track for a 2019 release last month. This groundbreaking new device will include a new Infinity Flex display, allowing the phone to fold in half without affecting its main 7.3-inch screen. The Flex will also feature a secondary 4.6-inch screen, as well as Samsung’s new specially-designed multi-app interface.

How much will the Galaxy S10 cost?

Of course, we still don’t know what Samsung’s new phone will actually cost, but it’s a safe assumption you’ll be able to pick up each model from either Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone on-contract. Here’s the rumoured outright pricing in Australian dollars for each device:

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 128GB: $1,377
  • 512GB: $1,720

Samsung Galaxy S10+

  • 128GB: $1,549
  • 512GB: $1,894
  • 1TB: $2,400+

Samsung Galaxy S10E

  • 128GB: $1,153

Buying on plans will certainly spread the cost out over a longer period, but means you’ll avoid a hefty upfront payment. If you go with either Telstra or Optus, you’ll most likely also have the option of leasing your phone over two years, with the option to upgrade after 12 months.

If you’d prefer to buy your device unlocked at full price and pair it with your choice of SIM-only plan, you’ll be able to order directly from Samsung, as well as selected retailers such as JB HiFi and Harvey Norman.

Samsung’s new Galaxy range will be unveiled from 6am AEST on Thursday, 21 February. Pre-orders for each device will most likely begin either later that day, or on Friday, 22 February, with phones being available in stores mid-March. We’ll have all the plan, pricing and phone info updated as it comes through, so watch this space.

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