Fast Forward: Nokia 9 and Galaxy S10 announcements, Sony’s final shot

February is the month of smartphones



Curious about what to expect in the tech world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening next month!

Samsung will announce the Galaxy S10 series

There’s going to be a new Samsung flagship phone this February and it’s none other than the much-anticipated Galaxy S10. There have been a lot of rumors about the phone’s final form. It was first thought to be Samsung’s revolutionary folding phone, but it seems like they have different plans.

Based on the latest leaks, the Galaxy S10 will follow the Galaxy Note 9’s design with some advancements. It’ll have a punch-hole screen with an in-display fingerprint reader, three rear cameras, and the fastest processor available.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ units | Image credit: AllAboutSamsung

Samsung will announce the Galaxy S10 family on February 20, a few days before Mobile World Congress 2019. Rumor has it that we’ll have at least three Galaxy S10 variants, one of which is a budget-friendly phone.

LG is making gestures a thing again

Despite its weakening mobile business, LG is not backing up in the smartphone game. On the contrary, the South Korean company teased that they will introduce something different.

Whatever LG is baking in their oven, it looks like it’ll be interesting. Their 13-second teaser video explicitly says “Goodbye Touch” while doing some gesture-based commands to unveil other text.

While gestures are not exactly new features on mobile phones, we’re curious how LG plans to incorporate it into their new devices.

LG’s official event is scheduled on February 24, right before MWC officially starts.

Here comes Mobile World Congress 2019

January is for CES, while February is for MWC. Mobile World Congress will officially open its doors starting February 25 until 28. It’ll be a jam-packed four-day convention of the latest phones and other mobile technologies.

Samsung has its own pre-MWC event, giving others a chance to hold theirs on the MWC floor. So far, we know Nokia and Sony will take part at MWC.

HMD Global will unveil at least two Nokia phones. We’re expecting the Nokia 9 PureView with its penta-lens camera setup and the Nokia 8.1 Plus with a punch-hole display.

Sony, on the other hand, will announce the new Xperia flagship line. The Xperia XZ4 family will be officially introduced on the first day of MWC. Like before, there will be a regular XZ4 model and an XZ4 Compact.

Vivo and OPPO are also going to be present at MWC 2019 with their recently announced technologies. Vivo’s APEX 2019 concept phone will be showcased to the world, while OPPO is set to impress everyone with their new 10x lossless zoom solution for mobile phones.

Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.


Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy S10E: What are the differences?

A decade of Galaxies



Samsung has launched three new flagship phones: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10E. With three new models to choose from, it might be difficult to choose which Galaxy S10 is the one for you.

To help with this, we took the liberty to show you the differences between the three. Which of the Galaxy S10 models will be your GadgetMatch?


Starting with the screen, the three Galaxy S10 models sport Super AMOLED displays in different sizes. The Galaxy S10E is the smallest among the bunch with a 5.8-inch display. It’s followed by the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch display and, of course, the Galaxy S10+ with its large 6.4-inch panel.

It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S10E has a completely flat display, while the other two Galaxy S10 variants have the curved panels we’ve come to expect from Samsung.

All three models don’t sport a notch, but they do have holes on the upper-right corner for their front cameras. The Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 have a perfectly rounded hole-punch camera, while Galaxy S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout since it has two front-facing cameras.


Despite the size differences of the phones, all models are powered by a flagship processor. Depending on where you are, the Galaxy S10 family will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820.

Memory and storage configuration will also vary depending on the region. The lowest possible memory available is 6GB and it can go as high 12GB. As for storage, it starts at 128GB and will reach up to 1TB. The 12GB+1TB combo will be exclusively available for the Galaxy S10+.

Another significant difference between the Galaxy S10 phones is battery capacity. The Galaxy S10E has a modest 3100mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 owns a pretty standard 3400mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+, being the biggest of the three, comes with a huge 4100mAh battery.

All three variants support fast charging using wired or wireless chargers. They can also do reverse wireless charging (which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices using the Qi wireless standard.

Lastly, both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature the new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which is definitely faster than any of the in-display fingerprint readers we’ve tried before. The Galaxy S10E has a more conventional side-mounted fingerprint reader that’s still accurate and fast, but not as advanced.


The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ are the first among the Galaxy S lineup to have triple rear cameras. The setup is composed of a main 12-megapixel Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom.

Since the Galaxy S10E is priced lower, it only has two of the three rear cameras of its more expensive siblings: the main Dual Pixel camera and the ultra wide-angle shooter.

The situation in the front is quite different, though. Both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E have a single selfie camera, while the Galaxy S10+ gets an extra depth sensor for a more precise bokeh effect or Live Focus.

Pricing and colors

The cheapest model is the Galaxy S10E which starts at US$ 750. The regular Galaxy S10 will set you back US$ 900, while the bigger Galaxy S10+ is priced at US$ 1,000.

All three models will come in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue. In addition, the Galaxy S10E will be available in Canary Yellow, as well. The Galaxy S10+ also has premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White variants, but these are only available for the high-tier configurations.

Colors option may vary per region, so not all colors will be available in all markets.

Get to know more about the latest Galaxy S10 series by watching our hands-on video:

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything

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Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hands-on with all three versions!



Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).

Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!

In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On

Does it live up to the hype?



Infinity-O Display, five cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, next-generation wireless charging: these four features define Samsung’s new Galaxy S10.

When you take its features apart like this, it makes it seem like what we have is yet another underwhelming phone with no new groundbreaking feature. But to look at the S10 that way does the phone an injustice. It’s one that needs to be taken as a whole, not a sum of its parts.

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