The Samsung Galaxy S10 is some way off 8211; in early 2019 8211; but we8217;re already hearing a bunch of rumours about what form the device will take.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10 smartphones will be launched earlier in the year than their predecessors, according to a report from the Korea Herald.
Added to this, sources say Samsung may finally introduce its much-rumoured foldable smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2019 in February.
The design is expected to stay relatively similar to Samsung8217;s previous handsets, but expect an edge-to-edge infinity display and no notch 8211; Samsung looks to be staying away from that and it8217;s fast becoming a USP of Samsung handsets as everyone else goes down that route.
Korean website The Bell claims that Samsung8217;s 2019 flagship handset, which will be released as part of the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy range, will go by the name 8220;Beyond8221; throughout its development process.
The 600ppi will likely be for the smaller S10, whereas the Galaxy S10+ (if there is one) will take a slight dip in density. For Samsung to achieve 600ppi in a similar 5.8-inch screen as the Galaxy S9, the resolution of the display will need to be increased to near 4K quality.
We8217;re hearing the S10 will once again use Samsung8217;s Infinity Display, but will increase in size ever so slightly, to 5.8-inches (up from 5.77) and 6.3-inches (up from 6.22) for the S10 and S10 Plus respectively.
This would tie in with reports that Samsung will begin production of the foldable screen for its Galaxy X smartphone. While the Galaxy S10 will be the 10th anniversary for the Galaxy S-series, it will be a separate device to the Galaxy X.
Ice Universe states that the phone will be a 5G handset and feature a dedicated neural processing chip.
- AI-specific chipset, with CPU, GPU and separate neural processor
- 5G modem
- UFS 3.0 storage
- LPDDR5 RAM
- 93 per cent or more screen-to-body ratio
- 9th-generation mobile Super AMOLED display
- 3D AI processing with camera
- L-shaped battery
It8217;s a fair bet that the new handset will run Samsung8217;s own TouchWiz interface on top of the forthcoming Android P. It8217;s also likely the next-generation Bixby will be involved as well; we know a new version of the voice assistant will make its debut in the Galaxy Note 9.
Korean news site The Bell revealed the Galaxy S10 will finally get an in-display fingerprint sensor, something that was once rumoured for the Galaxy S9 and this has now been confirmed by Samsung itself. A statement from the company said: 8220;8221;Samsung Electronics has decided to commercialise the display fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S10.8221;
It8217;s reported that the feature will make its way into the Galaxy Note 9 first, although usually reliable industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said it still won8217;t be ready for mass-production come the Note 98217;s release.
The Bell8217;s report also states that Samsung will improve the 3D sensing camera technology in the next S-series flagship to help improve the performance and security of its face unlock feature. It should also result in an improvement for AR Emoji, too.
It is not currently known if the Samsung Galaxy S10 8220;Beyond8221; will also feature 3D sensing Face ID-style technology on the front. Facial recognition tech is big news in the phone market at present but industry sources are yet to establish whether Samsung will use it going forward.
Galaxy S10 audio tech
A report from South Korea says that Samsung will utilise a new technology that will see the earpiece integrated right into the display 8211; all in order to get the screen to fill the entire front panel of the phone. The report adds that Samsung will use its sound-emitting OLED technology in a 6.2-inch panel, which coincidentally is the size expected for the S10.
The panel will use vibration and bone conduction technology to transmit sound in the 100 8211; 8000Hz range that can only be heard when pressed to the ear. Read more on this: Samsung may embed earpiece in Galaxy S10 display
The Galaxy S10 camera 8211; three lenses?
It8217;s been claimed by Sammobile the 2019 flagship may come with a triple-lens camera, something Huawei introduced on the P20 Pro earlier this year. Details are scarce for now but given Huawei8217;s P20 Pro camera abilities, a triple lens system would be great to see from Samsung.