Samsung Galaxy S10 Launch Event: Everything You Need to Know

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone series from Samsung.

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This story has been updated with live stream link as Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy S10 in the United States on 20 February

All eyes wait for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S10 in the United States on 20 February. The company will unveil the latest S series phones, and probably few more devices.

Keeping that in mind, it’s worth looking at all the features, the possible design changes one can hope that Samsung manages to use and give us a Galaxy S product that manages to pack flagship features but carry a differed design language that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Here are all the rumours and leaks that we’ve come to hear about the Galaxy S10 series from Samsung for 2019. You can also check out the live stream of the event later tonight.

Three Phones on the Card

These renders suggest that Samsung will launch three Galaxy S phones in 2019. 
These renders suggest that Samsung will launch three Galaxy S phones in 2019. 
(Photo: Ben Geskin/@VenyaGeskin1

You might notice the design changes, especially the camera hole on the front but the bigger news is that Samsung could launch three Galaxy S phones in 2019. This will be the regular Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus and a Galaxy S10 Lite to round-up the series.

As the name suggests, one expects S10 and S10 Plus to pack the same hardware, albeit with a slight difference in screen size. With the S10 Lite, the price barrier lowers down which means use of mid-range hardware.

The latest rumour to have surfaced online is that the upcoming Samsung flagships will sport battery capacity between 3,000mAh and 4,000mAh. The three phones were reportedly spotted on a Brazilian certification site that showed the S10 Lite sporting a 3,000mAh battery with the S10 and the S10+ coming with 3,300mAh and 4,000mAh battery respectively.

A Hole in One!

The notch takes a new shape with the Galaxy S10. 
The notch takes a new shape with the Galaxy S10. 
(Photo: Ben Geskin/@VenyaGeskin1

If 2018 was the awakening of the regular, wide and water drop notch, 2019 is panning out to be the year of the ‘hole-notch’. Basically, phones in the coming months won’t have the traditional notch, instead a phone’s front camera will be a hole being punched into the screen.

The Galaxy S10 series will be one of the first to mark this trend. The company’s called it the O-Infinity display and we’re eager to see how big a difference does this new form of notch makes for screen viewing.

More Cameras, Of Course

Three rear cameras 
Three rear cameras 
(Photo: Ben Geskin/@VenyaGeskin1

In 2018, Samsung resisted the temptation of loading up its phones with more than two cameras but 2019 is going to see them break that tradition. The rumours about Galaxy S10 suggests that the phone will get three cameras at the back, while the Galaxy S10 Plus will go one step further and add four cameras to its setup.

Now it has been proven that multiple cameras don’t mean better imaging quality (Pixel series the best example) but with Samsung it’s easy to get excited about what the Galaxy S10 could promise.

Galaxy S10 with 5G But Not for India

The Galaxy S9+ packs a bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy S9+ packs a bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 8.
(Photo: The Quint)

Many reports suggest that Samsung will be eyeing the 5G market, and for that a Galaxy S10 will support the latest connectivity standard in the industry. That’s not all, this unique device is also expected to feature the reverse wireless charging option, that lets you charge other devices, something we first saw with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro in 2018.

Having said that, consumers in India have no reason to feel excited about this possibility, as the supposed device will mostly be available in markets like Europe and US among others.

Features Galore

Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ prices revised after launch of Galaxy S9. 
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ prices revised after launch of Galaxy S9. 
(Photo:The Quint)

The new Samsung Galaxy S10 series will have a lot of firsts for the company. This will be their first to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner, is also likely to be the first to come without a headphone jack (ugh) and a new look software loaded into the phone.

Flagship Hardware Onboard

Samsung Galaxy S9+ (left), Galaxy S9 (right)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ (left), Galaxy S9 (right)
(Photo: The Quint)

Rest assured, the Galaxy S10 range will come with Snapdragon 855 or latest Exynos processor, loaded with up to 8GB RAM (about time!) and plenty of storage space as well.

Hopefully, Samsung manages to roll out the phone with the latest Android Pie flavour, which is yet to hit the existing Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8 and even the Galaxy Note 9 users across the world.

Bigger, Better and Pricier?

All of this means only one thing, a higher price tag for the Galaxy S10. Every year we’re seeing the prices of flagship phones reaching new level, with Apple heading the charts with its Rs 1.45 lakh sticker price for the 512GB iPhone XS Max.

Samsung, because of its made in India advantage manages to keep its pricing below the industry level in India, and we’re hopeful the Galaxy S10 manages to keep that tradition going.

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