It’s the tenth anniversary of Samsung’s S-series flagship smartphones and the Korean tech giant is gearing up for something of a blowout: The company is expected to launch a total of five new phones during the first half of the year.
The upcoming S10 series will be announced on February 20 at a dual event held in San Francisco and London. A majority of rumors suggest Samsung will double its traditional line up and offer four variants of the smartphone. There’s also good reason to believe that the Galaxy F foldable phone might make its debut alongside these other handsets. While the flexible phone might stand out as the most ambitious release, the S10 series will also be packing a toolkit of game-changing features.
A near bezel-less display, 5G support, behind-the-screen fingerprint sensor, and facial recognition are all on the table. All of these will come with the yearly internal upgrades, including a Snapdragon 855 processor for lightning-fast performance.
If these rumors prove to be true and they’re powered by the cutting-edge hardware, Samsung could be sitting on an absolute banger of a smartphone. Here’s what to expect from all four models come late February:
The vanilla S10 is expected to tout a 6.1-inch OLED display, like last year’s S9 but that’ll be the only similarity between the two. The first of the S10 series is predicted to have three cameras, pinhole display cutout, in-screen fingerprint scanner, its take on a Face ID system, and the headphone jack is here to stay.
Variants on these four, baseline features will likely be available across the other models as well. A December report leaked the alleged prices of three of the models in the U.K., revealing that the standard S10 would start at £799, roughly $1,028.
Prices will likely vary in the United States and will increase with storage capacity. Just like the S9 models, all of the S10s are expected to come with at least 128GB of storage and offer as much as 1TB. If you think $1,000+ is still a bit pricey for a standard S10, you’ll be revealed to learn a cheaper one will be available.
Galaxy S10 Lite
The S10 Lite will act as Samsung’s version of Apple’s iPhone XR, and offer many of the features found in the marquis models but for a reduced, £699 ($900) price tag. But to get that lower price point, the display and computational power take a notable downgrade.
The hole-punch display will still be there, but the screen is thought to be 5.8-inches and the Lite might also skip on the behind-the-screen fingerprint scanner. This will probably mean it’ll have a lower resolution than the rest of the line up, which was the case for the XR in Apple’s 2018 releases. That said, there’s no rumor yet suggesting the Lite will lose any other of the S10’s features, so unless you really care about display quality, this could be the move.
Galaxy S10 Plus
On the other end of the spectrum is the S10’s beefier counterpart, the S10 Plus, which isn’t just an upgrade as far as size and storage, it’ll also come with more features. Its 6.4-inch OLED screen will be complimented with two-front facing cameras and as many as four rear cameras. That’d be enough to allow Samsung to rule the camera roost, at least for a little while, by offering one more lens than LG’s ThinQ.
That’s not all, in terms of bells and whistles at least. Mobile leaker Ice Universe tweeted that it could pack a 4000 mAh battery to support its dazzling screen and monstrous camera capabilities. But it also won’t come cheap. It’s expected to start at £899 (about $1,158) potentially reaching an eye-watering £1,399 ($1,802) for 1TB of storage. And the S10 Plus might not even be the most expensive handset to be debuted.
Galaxy S10 X
Chatter of a gargantuan 6.7-inch, 5G-enabled phablet has also been going around. It’s been tentatively dubbed the S10 X and it would be the most impressive phone Samsung has ever launched.
Korean tech news site Electronic News reported that it could pack a 5,000 mAh battery, 10GB of RAM, four rear cameras, and two front lenses. That said we may want to take this report with a grain of salt. Electronic News also says that this revolutionary new phone will only retail for about 800,000 to 900,000 won, roughly $715 to $800. That’s a pretty big deviation from the rest of the reported pricing scheme, not to mention one hell of a bargain.