Invitations are out for the Samsung’s launch event for 20th February taking place in San Francisco, but a lot of leaks are out as well leaving the geeks highly anticipated to try out the new era of punch hole design and a lot of under the hood updates. Let’s go through all the leaks so far until the launch event.
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Variants of the Galaxy S10 and S10+
Samsung is about to launch three devices namely S10, S10+, and a lite version S10E to take on iPhone XR but as every brand is hailing 5G we can also see a 5G version of S10.
A well-known tipster Roland Quandt, claimed that “some carrier’s marketing material” put forward the theory of “e” as e stands for “essential”.
Major Changes in Design
The biggest change is the new look with hole punch for the cameras on the display, yes Samsung never supported notch for its S series and now directly jumped on the year trend of hole punch design, the S10 and S10E(lite version) will have single camera hole punch but the S10+ will have dual cameras hole punch cut-out, this should result in less obtrusive display and more to look.
The display sizes leaked by SamMobile suggest that S10E and S10 would have a 5.8-inch display whereas S10 plus would have a 6.2-inch display. The S10 and S10+ will most probably support curved quad HD OLED panels within display fingerprint sensor but the “E” version might come with flat Full HD Super AMOLED panel with no in display fingerprint sensor and instead will have the power button also act as a fingerprint sensor.
Under the hood – Specifications
The Exynos 9820 is powered by silicon tri-cluster octa-core CPU 8nm LPP FinFET architecture. It consists of two custom cores for running heavy computational tasks, two Arm Cortex-A75 cores for “optimal performance,” and four Cortex-A55 cores for everyday tasks. With an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) its suppose to push the limits in terms of AR and AI. The Galaxy S10 Plus scored 4,472 in the single-core test and 10,387 in the multi-core test which are at par with the A12 bionic and snapdragon 855 at least in single core score which is a decent performance upgrade of about 20% and 15% in multicore score moreover being a 7nm chip it will boost power efficiency by 40%.
The integrated modem supports fastest downlink speed of up to 2Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and uplink of up to 316Mbps which should result in a better online gaming experience. Gaming this time with the Mali-G76 MP12 is seeing a big leap of about 40% performance improvement and 35% power efficiency. The chipset also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax) technology which will enhance stability and speed on wi-fi. It uses the physically unclonable function (PUF) which provide secure key manager which supports other protocols to uplift security on the device. As usual, Samsung will also launch a Snapdragon-based S10 using sd855 which is also a very powerful processor.
Software & OS
The S10 series will come with Pie out of the box running on the new Samsung’s ONE UI which is more optimized and brings some noticeable UI changes, some enhancement to one hand use and all system dark theme which might appeal to some audience and improve battery life.
Camera & Imaging
Talking about the cameras as per Korean report the S10+ will get a dual-lens camera on the front and a triple lens camera on the rear. The rear camera set up will be similar to S9 Plus but with an extra 16MP,120-degree wide angle lens on other hands the S10 will support a single camera on the front and a triple camera on the rear, the “E” version will get a single camera on the front and a dual camera setup on the rear
There is also a leak from German report suggesting that the S10+ will get the rear triple camera and the S10 and S10E will have dual-lens on the rear and it also suggests the S10+ will rock a 12MP main lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP 123 degree wide-angle lens with f/1.9, as well as a 13MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. Some reports also claim that S10 to have a 3D sensor. This could help in Augmented Reality and AR emoji.
Samsung is also working on a low light photography mode like Google’s Night Sight called “Bright Sight”.
Samsung has really worked upon the cameras this time around and this could result in some serious competition for pixel and iPhone.
Some nifty new tech in S series will include an In-Display Fingerprint sensor which should be a major improvement when compared to previous years sensors as this one has better chipset support and use its own ultrasonic sensor which should be faster and more accurate. This tech will improve with time as in the Oneplus 6T users report that the sensor is now faster after some use so we can expect a similar trend.
Other Interesting Features
Some rumors claim that the S10 could use a sound emitting screen like some VIVO NEX which may give it an edge with the bezels of the display.
Some latest buzzes also suggest it supporting the reverse wireless charging to charge the Samsung wireless earphones.
As of now we also have some leaks of the “S10-5G” or “S10X” model which suggest that this device is the most powerful among the others and is fully loaded with more hardware like six cameras (two on the front, four on the rear), an enormous 6.7-inch display, and support 5G connections. Now, this is interesting because this could have a ceramic back which also allows wireless charging and Samsung might add a 5000mAh battery to the phone.
Samsung might also be planning to add 3D sensors both on the front and the back of the device which completely transforms it into an augmented reality powerhouse.
The line-ups color options are also outed; the S10e will be available in yellow, black, green and white (with a blue version launching “later”), the S10 and S10+ in black, green, white and blue. The much talked about 12GB RAM + 1TB storage variant of the phone will be available in ‘Ceramic Black’ and ‘Ceramic White’ color options.
All this might sound interesting, but the leaked prices suggest that the regular S10 will fetch €929 (£810) for the 6GB/128GB model, and €1179 (£1,030) for the 8GB/512GB variant. And the same storage configurations for the S10+ will cost €1049 (£920) and €1299 (£1135) respectively.
Samsung’s highest-spec S10 model – the S10 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage – will reportedly cost an eye-watering €1599 (£1,400).
Some leak, of Twitter user @ishanagarwal24 and MySmartPrice, claims the S10 line-up will comprise of the Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+, the latter of which could pack a hefty 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. It is quite obvious that this option will be quite costly but it will be a media creators/consumer powerhouse!
According to the leak, the S10 will be made available in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 512GB configurations, priced at €899 and €1149 respectively. The S10e, long referred to as the S10 lite, will pack 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and carry a €749 price-tag, according to the leak.
All these leaks make the tech community excited to test the S10 but tech YouTubers like “Unbox Therapy” and “SuperSaf” said that “asking price is too much” even the lite version is expensive.
Samsung should learn from Apple and their loss in sales and accordingly price the devices.