More Samsung news from CES today, with the electronics giant confirming that the hotly-anticipated Galaxy S10 smartphone will launch next month.
Samsung’s Unpacked event will take place on February 20, with the 2019 flagship Galaxy S10 slated to be the headline attraction. The event – which will be held in San Francisco – will show off not only the S10, but will potentially also provide more information on the upcoming ‘foldable smartphone’ from Samsung, as well as the company’s plans for the 5G market.
It’s not surprising that Samsung would choose to host its own event to announce the newest Galaxy S device, rather than schedule the launch for Mobile World Congress on February 25. So far, rumours indicate that Samsung is likely to unveil three versions of the S10 – the usual standard and ‘Plus’ models, as well as an all-new ‘Lite’ edition.
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What we know so far about the Galaxy S10
According to Gizmodo UK and prolific phone leaker Evan Blass, the standard S10 will feature a 6.1-inch screen, with the Plus version measuring 6.4-inches. The smaller Lite model is likely to include a 5.8-inch screen, will allegedly feature a flat display, and looks to be marketed as the ‘affordable’ option for Galaxy S fans.
The new Galaxy range will also include Samsung’s Infinity O display – a new design that erases the controversial front camera screen notch, in favour of a small ‘punch hole’ in the top-left screen. This feature was first revealed last month on Samsung’s Galaxy A8 smartphone, and will likely be the company’s go-to display option for future major releases.
Other leaked specifications include an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, as well as wireless charging (including the ability to charge other devices). Buyers can also expect a powerhouse CPU, in addition to the updated cameras and the inclusion of Samsung’s One UI.
Unfortunately, the S10 range won’t be 5G-compatible upon its initial release. However, Samsung has been consistently vocal about its intention to launch 5G devices sometime in 2019, so fingers crossed that the next-generation tech will be available to Australians by 2020.
Galaxy S10 pricing
Reports suggest that storage sizes will begin at 128GB, up to an epic 1TB for the Galaxy S10 Plus. Gizmodo UK is reporting that the S10 Lite will be available with 128GB of storage only, and be priced from £669 (about $1,153 AUD).
If you’re looking at the mid-range S10, expect to pay about £799 for the 128GB model (around $1,377 AUD) and £999 (approx. $1,720) for the 512GB storage size. Finally, the max-sized S10 Plus is expected to retail at £899 for 128GB ($1,549 AUD), £1099 for 512GB (about $1,894 AUD), and £1399 for the 1TB version (that’s over $2,400 in Aussie dollars!).
Unsurprisingly, the S10 isn’t a phone for the budget-conscious if you’re looking to buy outright. However, as Samsung will likely partner with Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone to offer each device on-contract, you may be able to score a great deal when the newest Galaxy flagship range officially launches next month.
From what we know so far, the S10 series will probably be available to pre-order after the February 20 Unpacked reveal, with an official in-store release likely to happen on March 8. So if you’re thinking of shelling out for a brand new Galaxy smartphone, start saving now – or check out the plans and prices already on offer for the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9.