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.
iKON wows at Samsung Galaxy S10 Philippine launch
And the crowds want more!
As soon as iKON (아이콘) was announced on stage, you could hear the screams of anticipation.
At the Philippine launch of the Galaxy S10, Samsung decided to go big. Special guests for the flagship announcement was K-pop sensation iKON which had fans lining up even outside of the venue.
The Korean sweethearts serenaded the excited crowds with 사랑을 했다 (Love Scenario) to start off the night.
K-Pop group iKON (아이콘) / @YG_iKONIC performed their all-time hit song “Love Scenario” in tonight’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Series Philippine Launch#GalaxyS10PH#WithGalaxy#TeamGalaxy#iKONforSamsungGalaxyPH pic.twitter.com/n2rSJMx6xq
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) February 26, 2019
Already on their second visit to the Philippines, Jay(제이) said, “Long time no see, Manila. I love Manila!” The band says they’d definitely love to hold another concert for their Manila fans.
— Her GadgetMatch (@HerGadgetMatch) February 26, 2019
The group continued their tantalizing performance with 죽겠다 (KILLING ME) and ended the show with their third and last song Bling Bling (블링블링).
iKON (아이콘) also performed their song ‘죽겠다’ (Killing Me) during tonight’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Philippine Launch.#GadgetMatchLIVE#GalaxyS10PH#WithGalaxy#TeamGalaxy#iKONforSamsungGalaxyPH pic.twitter.com/AuZIkdpudq
— Vincenz (@peanutBITTER_) February 26, 2019
Of course, some people in the audience, including yours truly, got up close and personal with the boys. Check out my little moment with Jay:
More of iKON’s performance in photos below:
Despite a short performance, it was one for the books. Definitely an iKONIC night!
Samsung Galaxy S10+ ties with Huawei’s flagships atop DxOMark ranking
Leads in the selfie department, as well
Now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to analyze the Galaxy S10 series for its raw performance.
We already know that it’s a beast in speed and display quality, so what we want to know now is: How great has Samsung made the cameras this time?
According to DxOMark, it’s as good as it gets. Not only does the top-end Galaxy S10+ share the number one spot with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro on the mobile chart, it even leads all smartphones in selfie quality.
That’s made possible with an overall score of 109 for the rear cameras and 96 for the front shooters.
This places the Galaxy S10+ in a comfortable position ahead other rivals such as the iPhone XS Max and Mi 9, which have scores of 105 and 107, respectively, for the main cameras. In terms of selfies, the closest competitor of the Galaxy S10+ is the Pixel 3 with 92 points.
Although DxOMark hasn’t completed the entire test for the Samsung flagship yet, they have praised the phone’s cameras across the board, especially for white balance, exposure, and autofocus accuracy.
While these numbers aren’t a tell-all basis for how well these smartphone cameras fare, we can attest to the quality we’ve seen so far. We’ll be sure to put them under our own microscope for our full review.
For now, you can watch our unboxing and hands-on videos of the Galaxy S10 lineup:
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:
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review: For those who like it small
A pocketable flagship-like phone
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) review
Refinement of a modern classic
OPPO A5s Review: Is it really any different?
Bang for the buck, at a cost of key features
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are friends again and Twitter is not calm
The Range Rover Evoque is a luxury SUV to beat
Google Pixel 4 spotted in the wild, new camera layout confirmed
Huawei’s foldable phone is delayed to make sure it won’t be like Samsung’s
A Father’s Day drive up north
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Enterprise2 weeks ago
ASUS is banned from using ‘ZenFone’ branding in India
Deals4 days ago
Pocophone F1’s cheaper price makes it an even better flagship-specced phone
Apps1 week ago
Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat
India6 days ago
Samsung Galaxy M40 is a budget phone with triple rear cameras
News2 weeks ago
Xiaomi Mi 9T unboxed ahead of official launch, has midrange specs
News2 weeks ago
Samsung updates two-year-old Galaxy J7 Pro with Android Pie
Computers6 days ago
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: Dell embraces a circular economy
News1 week ago
Huawei and Apple make the strongest phones, research says