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Samsung Galaxy S10: All The Facts And Rumours So Far

Lifehacker Australia logo Lifehacker Australia 12/09/2018 Hayley Williams
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All eyes may be on Apple for its iPhone event this week, but that doesn't mean plenty of us aren't still thinking about Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most anticipated phones of 2019, expected to be released early next year. If you're eagerly holding out for news on the Galaxy S10, here's everything we know (and think we know) about Samsung's next phone.

Reports differ on when the S10 is going to be announced, though most agree it's either going to be at CES in January 2019, as per this quoted 'industry insider' or at MWC in February 2019, according to another renowned leaker. Either way, we're fairly certain to get it sometime early next year.

Note that the S10 is different to the Galaxy X, Samsung's experimental foldable phone, even though the names are easily confused for anyone familiar with Roman numerals.

Smartphones have put fingerprint sensors everywhere from the back of the phone, to the home button, to the side, to the power button. But according to reports the Samsung S10 is going to be joining the small but growing list of phones that are putting their fingerprint sensors on the display itself. The report claims Samsung has signed a deal with Qualcomm to bring their ultrasonic fingerprint-on-display scanner to the S10.

A tweet by Ice Universe claims the screen resolution on the S10 is going to be pushed beyond 600ppi, a big improvement on the S9's 570ppi. Display sizes will also increase slightly from the previous generation, with the regular model up from 5.77 to 5.8 inches, and the Plus increasing from 6.22 to 6.3 inches.

The S10's Camera Is Going To Be Something Special

Or rather, cameras. Early rumours pegged the S10 as being the first phone to have five cameras jammed into it, one more than the record-breaking Huawei P20 Pro. The configuration would most likely include three cameras on the back and two on the front with one dedicated to a selfie-taking portrait mode.

The most recent camera leaks suggest that the three rear cameras will include a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with up to 3x optical zoom and 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera.

While not a leak, some have speculated thanks to the in-screen fingerprint sensor that the Galaxy S10 will borrow the Oppo's clever solution of a pop out front camera (or cameras), making for a no-notch, bezel-free display.

It'll Have Good Guts

While this was never really in dispute, with every flagship on this level seeking to push the boundaries of smartphone performance, early reports can pinpoint more specifically what we can expect from the S10's processor. The phone will apparently be powered by an Exynos 9820 CPU with a next-gen Mongoose M4 core that could reach a core clockspeed of 3.30GHz or more.

Face Unlock Is Getting An Upgrade

Face ID was the iPhone X's biggest selling point, and now reports suggest Samsung is working on its own answer to this 3D face-scanning tech. If the feature comes to the S10, it'll replace the iris-scanning tech present in Samsung's current phones. The same report says it isn't a certain thing, however - the S10 may revert to using an iris scanner if the firm producing the face-scanning technology misses its deadline on production.

No 5G Yet

With 5G coming up fast on the horizon, some have speculated that the S10 may be Samsung's first 5G phone, but Samsung's DJ Koh has confirmed that the first 5G phone is still a little further away than the S10.

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