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Samsung might launch four Galaxy S10 variants next year

Including a 5G-ready variant

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Three was the magic number. Throughout 2018, the smartphone industry obsessed over the number three. Earlier this year, Huawei started the triple-camera setup. Recently, Apple launched three variants of the same iPhone.

Strangely, as the trend just got its legs, the world is already moving on to another. Today, new leaks have revealed the industry’s latest trend — four.

In 2019, Samsung will launch their upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup. This time, the brand might launch an astonishing four new phones.

Traditionally, the company launches two variants from the annual S series — a regular and an edge/plus variant. In the past, Samsung also launched a third edge+ variant months after the first two. However, they did away with that variant in recent years. Right now, Samsung’s M.O. consists of just two variants.

Some inside snooping revealed Samsung’s latest plans. Recently, Samsung released the initial Android Pie updates for the Galaxy S9 series. As is tradition, XDA-Developers has analyzed the firmware’s files. Usually, Samsung hides some information regarding future phones within software. This one is no different.

Hidden underneath the files, Samsung included info that correspond to the S10 series. Of course, since the series hasn’t released yet, all we have to go on are the filenames.

The files describe three main variants — an entry-level 0, a regular 1, and an enlarged 2. Additionally, that last variant comes in two flavors — a 4G LTE model and a 5G-ready model. That brings it to four.

Besides that, the other files correspond to Samsung’s usual distinction between Exynos and Qualcomm processors.

Previously, rumors already hinted at three main variants. With this report, we can confirm all three models. As of now, the 5G-ready variant only remains a likely possibility prior to Samsung’s official announcement.

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Everything we know so far

The tenth-generation flagship

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Samsung is set to unveil its new flagship series this month — the Galaxy S10. Even before the phones get announced, we already know a lot about them. From the design to their prices, information about the Galaxy S10 family is already floating around the internet.

Without further ado, let’s get to know the Galaxy S10 phones before they go official.

A slight refresh in design

Design-wise, the Galaxy S10 series won’t look that different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S9, and even its bigger cousin, the Galaxy Note 9. But, it has its own characteristic.

For starters, it’ll have a new display. Samsung doesn’t like the notch (but they do have a budget notched phone), so the Galaxy S10 phones will have a hole-punch camera instead. The Galaxy A8s gave us a preview of Samsung’s plans, but the Galaxy S10 will use Super AMOLED technology, of course.

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

This year, aside from the usual regular and Plus variant, we’ll have a third member of the Galaxy flagship family. Dubbed the Galaxy S10E, this model is going to be cheapest of the bunch. It’ll have to let go of some features to meet its price point, though.

In terms of display size, the Galaxy S10+ will be the biggest at 6.4 inches, in the middle is the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch panel, and the smallest is the Galaxy S10E at 5.8 inches.

The superior Galaxy S10+ will have two front cameras and its hole is more of an oblong rather than a circle. This also means that the Galaxy S10+ has less screen real estate than its smaller siblings.

Since the front camera is now smacked inside the display area, Samsung can shrink the bezel even more. The current Galaxy flagships already have edge-to-edge screens, which means the Galaxy S10 phones will have more immersive displays. Although, Samsung has to let go of its iris scanner in order to pull off the true borderless design. In exchange, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will have in-display fingerprint scanners.

The three Galaxy S10 variants | Image credit: Evan Blass

The Galaxy S10 phones will have curved displays and contoured glass backs, except for the Galaxy S10E model. The camera setup on the back is aligned vertically, similar to the Galaxy Note 9’s.

The base colors for all models are black, green, yellow, and white. There are also talks about a special blue shade and a limited ceramic finish for the Galaxy S10+.

Top of the line as always

In the specifications department, none of the Galaxy S10 models will disappoint. All three Galaxy S10 phones will have at least 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

The Galaxy S10+ will have a special variant that’ll certainly be considered overkill with 12GB of memory and a whopping 1TB of storage. Just typing that makes my laptop feel inferior to a smartphone.

Galaxy S10 and S10+ back | Image credit: AllAboutSamsung

Like previous Galaxy S phones, the tenth generation will sport the fastest Exynos and Snapdragon processors available. Currently, there’s the Exynos 9820 from Samsung and the Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm. It’s unclear, though, if the phones will support 5G out of the box.

The rest of the specs should include USB-C and 3.5mm audio ports. If the headphone jack truly continues to live another year, it’ll be a strong statement against manufacturers that ditched it for certain reasons.

Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging | Image credit: WinFuture.de

The multiple cameras on the Galaxy S10 phones are quite interesting. We knew Samsung was already developing triple cameras since the second half of 2018. If you can recall, the company released the new Galaxy A7 with three rear cameras and then the Galaxy A9 with four rear cameras.

The camera sensors and features of the Galaxy S10 models have yet to be detailed, but we do know that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will have three advanced shooters on the back.

As for the batteries, the Galaxy S10E will have the smallest at 3100mAh, which is above average. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, will have a slightly bigger 3400mAh cell, while the Galaxy S10+ will have a long-lasting 4100mAh battery. Fast charging will be supported both in wired and wireless methods. Reverse wireless charging is also anticipated.

How much will it cost?

According to the latest leaked pricing info, the Galaxy S10E will go for EUR 749. The regular Galaxy S10 will start at EUR 899 and will have a more expensive EUR 1,149 variant. As the more premium of the three, the Galaxy S10+ starts at EUR 999. If you want the top-dog variant with 12GB memory and 1TB storage, you’ll have to prepare EUR 1,499.

When will it ship?

The phone is launching on February 20 during Samsung’s yearly Unpacked event. The keynote will take place in San Francisco, California and streamed live on Samsung’s website.

They won’t be immediately available after the launch, but pre-orders are expected to be open the next day. Rumor has it that the phones will be in stores as early as March 8.

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That’s about everything we know about the Galaxy S10 series, so far. Nothing is confirmed until the official launch, so there might be some changes. Are you planning on getting any of the Galaxy S10 phones?

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Leaked Samsung earbuds confirm Galaxy S10’s reverse wireless charging

Taking a page from Huawei’s playbook

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Samsung’s major launch is drawing closer, and we’re being treated to new leaks practically every day.

The newest info we have on the upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship series comes by way of this leak for the Galaxy Buds, which may be Samsung’s next truly wireless earphones to release.

The earbuds come with a charging case and will reportedly retail for EUR 149. More interesting, however, is the placement of the Galaxy Buds on what looks to be the Galaxy S10 or S10+.

It’s heavily implied that the Galaxy Buds (and probably other Qi charging-enabled devices) can charge on the back of the Galaxy S10 and/or its Plus variant. This is a feature we first saw on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro.

Previous rumors suggest that Samsung’s implementation might be more practical, though. While Huawei’s reverse wireless charging rate is below the standard 5W, Samsung could double that and hit 10W, which would at least double the speed.

There’s no confirmation yet if we’ll see the Galaxy Buds launch alongside the Galaxy S10 series during the Unpacked event on February 20.

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Samsung Galaxy S10E leak sheds more light on cheaper model

Follows up on previous rumors

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Image credit: WinFuture

We’ve been certain that there’ll be a more affordable variant of the upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone. But while we’ve gotten a hold of official-looking renders for the two higher-end models, it’s only now that we have a clearer look at the lowest-end of the bunch.

The renders come courtesy of WinFuture, which has been consistent in dishing out leaks that eventually turn out legit. What we see above is being touted as the Galaxy S10E or S10 Lite, depending on which rumors you prefer believing.

Although the leak doesn’t come with specs, we can confirm that this Galaxy S10 variant will have two cameras on the rear and a single punch-hole camera in front. These are likely the primary differences between the S10E and its more expensive siblings.

Not shown on the renders but implied by the indent on the right side of the frame, is the exclusion of the under-display fingerprint scanner in favor of a side-mounted reader, similar to the latest Galaxy A7’s.

It’s also important to note that the sides of the display aren’t curved, something that’s become sort of a tradition on recent Galaxy S smartphones. This explains the thicker bezels, and quite frankly, gives it a more iPhone XR-like look.

The grand reveal is going to happen during Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 20 in San Francisco. There we’ll probably also see a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 and the company’s first foldable phone.

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