What can we expect from Samsung in 2019?
New year, new tech announcements. Typically, the first quarter of the year is when Samsung makes its mark on the year – for the last few years, their flagship device has been unveiled and released by March.
We’re expecting more of the same this year, but what about the devices? Will they be foldable? We dig into the aces up Samsung’s sleeves.
One thing we do have confirmation on is that the Galaxy UNPACKED event is scheduled for February 20. It will take place in San Francisco, with Samsung promising “to usher in a new Galaxy experience based on 10 years of innovation.” Just like Apple did in 2017, Samsung will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their key device.
It’s just whispers at the moment, but Samsung may take it upon themselves to show the world four devices, potentially five. Rumoured to be on the cards is the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (which is believed to be a cheaper, more affordable device) and potentially the Galaxy X, tipped to be Samsung’s foldable device.
Prolific cell phone leaker Evan Blass has shared an image of what is believed to be the new Samsung Galaxy line. A foldable device isn’t in sight, and the three phones are named S10E, S10 and S10+. The E could be for ‘Edge’ – terminology that has been used before for Samsung devices.
In this image of the believed S10, you can see that the dreaded notch is now gone. Instead, the single front facing camera appears in a hole punch style in the corner of the screen.
Samsung Galaxy S10 “Beyond 1,” in the wild. pic.twitter.com/EMquh59Kln
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019
In a leaked picture of the apparent Samsung S10+, it has a double hole punch notch in the corner. It’s believed the image is of a Samsung employee using the device in public.
This is the Galaxy S10+. It is suspected that Samsung employees leaked. This is the S10+ with a protective case. Are you satisfied? pic.twitter.com/Qwq8QjvrEs
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 17, 2019
The smallest of the three – the S10 E – will sit at 5.8 inches, the S10 is believed to be 6.1 inches and the S10 + is set to be 6.4 inches.
The S10 E (or Lite, depending on which rumor is to be believed!) is thought to be a flat screen device but the S10 and S10+ will have curved displays, as their predecessors did.
No screen protector
It’s been unveiled that the latest Samsung devices will have an incredible in-built finger print scanner. There’s just a slight issue that this means you couldn’t use a screen protector on it. Armadillotek tweeted that they have been testing cases with real Samsung S10 devices but the scanner won’t support a screen protector.
We are ready for the #GalaxyS10 #GalaxyS10Plus.
We just want to make it clear that we tested regular clear and mate plastic screen protector and tempered glass screen protector, neither worked on the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor of Galaxys10 series. pic.twitter.com/qATS1Es9Nn
— Armadillotek (@armadillotek) January 20, 2019
At least, this will be the case for the premium models. It’s thought the Galaxy S10 E will have a fingerprint sensor on the side, rather than on the back of the cell phone.
Huge memory options
It is suggested that the internals of the next Samsung smartphones will be huge. There could be a Snapdragon 855 processor tucked inside and storage options will be bumped up too.
Base storage is allegedly set to increase from 64GB to 128GB. So, the S10 Lite is thought to be available in just a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option, which will be the base for the S10 and S10+. The S10 and S10+ will also be available in an 8GB RAM / 512GB storage option and finally, the S10+ is believed to have a huge 12GB RAM / 1TB storage – but it’ll be costly. A device of that power is rumored to cost over $1,800.
Ready for 5G
It’s not clear which device this will be yet, but it’s believed that at least one of the Galaxy phones will be 5G compatible. The 5G is rollout has begun in the US but is expected to continue throughout this year and into 2020.
Long live the headphone jack
Whilst almost every other cell phone manufacturer has turned it’s back on the antiquated headphone jack, Samsung has clung on to theirs yet again. From the leaked images of the S10 E, S10 and S10+, a headphone jack is located at the bottom of the cell phone.
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