We understand if you're feeling a little bit of déjà vu right now. An impending new device launch (this time Samsung's flagship Galaxy device) and, as always, a whole lot of rumours about possible features. One of those features being a Star Trek style holographic display.
At this stage, Samsung has managed to avoid any big-time leaks of the impending Galaxy S10 range. So let's skip past the ridiculous and talk about what we know for sure.. . and the realistic expectations.
What We Know For Sure?
The only hard facts we have is that Samsung will unpack the new Galaxy S10 in San Francisco on February 20th, 2019 2PM EST / 11AM PST (February 21st, 2019 at 6am AEDT for us Aussies wanting to tune in).
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What Are We're Expecting?
The latest leak from one of the most reliable sources, Evan Blass, is that Samsung will drop three versions of the Galaxy S10 range. These include...
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
In-line with previous years, the Galaxy S10 will also have a plus option, the Galaxy S10+. The big news though is the addition of the Galaxy S10E, which is the more affordable version of the Galaxy S10 (similar to iPhone's latest XR option).
Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ (L to R), encased pic.twitter.com/Pk2gpXkXxn— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 19 January 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 (top) and S10E (bottom), unwatermarked. pic.twitter.com/oZcLV8Rw4x— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 9 February 2019
In recent years, the camera has been the lead focus of how Samsung and Apple market their new devices and this launch is expected to be no different.
As you can see from the above images (encased), there is a redesign of the Galaxy S9 model camera, from a vertical to a horizontal lens layout. The S10 and S10+ are expected to feature a triple lens camera, whilst the budget S10E model will feature a dual lens.
The Galaxy S10e is also predicted to have an LCD screen compared to the AMOLED screens of the S10 and S10+.
What Other Rumours are doing the rounds?
Other talked about areas for improvement on the previous model are:
- In-display fingerprint sensor (see mockup in image above)
- Faster wireless charging (pretty much a given)
- Faster performance (Samsung’s 8nm Exynos 9820 chip or the Snapdragon 855)
- Longer battery life
- Dual selfie cameras
So nothing really out of the ordinary. We hope the rumours of a holographic display are true but at this stage... we would say that is unlikely.
And What About Price?
Surely we will see an increase in price from the Galaxy S9 range, which has a starting price of $619 USD, however, in such a competitive market it will be interesting to see how much less the lite version (Galaxy S10e) is listed at.