The Galaxy S10's defining new feature is on $500 flagships already

The Galaxy S10's defining new feature is on $500 flagships already
Samsung, thankfully, has way more new features in store for the Galaxy S10 than an in-display finger scanner. It better, as these biometric identifications embedded in the phone display itself are not a novelty anymore and can be found in $400-$500 handsets like the Mi 8 already.

In fact, one of the second-tier Chinese smartphone makers (in terms of sales, not handset quality) just announced its next flagships - the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus - and they both sport in-display finger scanners. The move has apparently freed a copious amount of space on the bottom bezel so it can be trimmed in a drastic manner. The top bezel underwent a similar and symmetric transformation, resulting in an "all screen" phones with huge displays.

When we say flagships, we mean it, as the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus come with Snapdragon 845 chipsets, 6/8GB RAM, and 64-256 GB storage in various combinations, depending on the price tag. That pricing starts from the equivalent of $400 for the 6GB/64GB model of the 6" Meizu 16, and goes "all the way"  to $585 for the 6.5" Meizu 16 Plus with an 8GB/256GB memory combo.

A 20MP + 12MP dual camera adorns the back, offering 3x lossless zoom with the telephoto lens, and wide f/1.8 aperture, while a 20MP selfie cam with portrait mode is embedded in the top bezel. The new Meizu flagships have what seems to be an intriguing ring flash on the back, for more even illumination, which could prove to be another unique feature to add to their appeal. 

The only ho-hum parts are the 3010mAh and 3640mAh battery capacities, but we'll have to wait and see how these dare before we pass any verdict on battery life. All in all, what analysts say will be the defining feature of the Galaxy S10 is already on $500 phones whose specs are nothing to sniff at, too. Samsung better come up with something more extraordinary to wow buyers of its anniversary S-line edition which will most likely be priced at $700+.

source: Meizu

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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70 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

it's not even launched and ipa has already started to hate on it.

73. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They have to push the iProducts and cannot have people waiting for better tech. Why wait for new things when you can buy the same phone from last year in a slightly different color with an Apple logo on it? That trillion dollar valuation is looking shaky and they have to shore it up.

75. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

To be fair, there is $200 smartphone with dual camera and can do "portrait mode" (even video with that mode), and released 3 months before iPhone7s+, but I don't see PA make article about that before. Btw, that phone called Redmi Pro.

93. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

They are not hating on it, they even said the note 9 is "the most advanced device money can buy in the mobile industry". In this case tho, they are saying the truth, samsung sales are declining every year, and s9 was a fail. But you samsung fanboys are as sensitive as teenage girls and way too ignorant to admit it.

94. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

How can S9 called a fail when S9+ outsold iPhoneX?

98. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

And the iPhone 8 outsold both, your point? iPhone X is a 999USD phone, let's see if the note 9 even comes close to its sales figure. Tbh though, the S9 was more of an iPhone 8/plus competitor

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Here we go again...

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Yeah just like 1000$ animooji machine

4. Elvis358

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Well the specs look realy great and look 16:9 display with small bezels ;) Not the fan of the 18:9 and other tall phones!

5. FluffyBled unregistered

Which of the said phones is launched? If none, when do they launch?

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Stereo recording is available on $200 phones, but not for some $850+

76. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You mean that $999 animoji maker?

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And... The iPhone X's defining feature is available on a $210 smartphone. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro that's going for about $210-230 around here for the 3GB variant has a 'Face Unlock' feature. Sure, it won't be anywhere near as secure as Apple's Face ID but still... A gimmick is a gimmick! G'Day!

12. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Defining feature - The Notch. Available everywhere.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

When it comes to face unlock, there are 3 types. 1D, 2D and 3D. 3D is more accurate overall vs the other 2. But its also less secure. 1D can be fooled by simpler means like a very well done photo. Samsung uses a 2D technology, which when tested has not failed when someone with a similar face tried to unlock it. Like twins as an example. Apple's Face ID, unlocked for 2 people who weren't even related and only looked similar. Family members were able to unlock as well. But Samsung and the Surface all failed on such attempts to fool the tech. So I don't see how Face ID is better and though its gimmicky in nature, it is useful.

67. RoyalMike unregistered

Don't forget the iris scanner in samsung phones which is probably the most secure biometric and can't be fooled by anything

77. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

There's no such thing like 1D face unlock, a photo is 2D. 2D is flat surface, 1D is just a boring straight line. Most android right now (including Samsung), is just using front facing camera and can be fooled with photo (except for Samsung's intelegent scan which also using iris scanner) Surface/Windows Hello use 2 cameras to check if it's flat photo or a real face. And IphoneX and Mi8 use IR dot projector to 3D map the face.

55. Papa_Ji

Posts: 878; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

A better version of 3D unlock in also available on Xiaomi Mi 8 for $550..... It's not only much cheaper but also more secure than apple's Face ID.

8. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

So cheap Chinese phones are so great and better then Samsung. Was there not an article earlier today on Phonearena talking about malware on cheap Chinese devices. Is that a selling feature also Phonearena.

10. Elvis358

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Samsung fanboys everywhere & Crying! Such Fun!

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

GFYS No one is crying, just stating facts.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17473; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would they cry? If they've got a current Samsung Flagship, they've got the best phones on the market.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4331; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Aren't those 500 phones using basic optical in display fps as opposed to ultra sonic?

62. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Yes. Effectively, they're using 2D scanning which could be spoofed and has illumination issues through thicker screen protectors whereas Samsung has been working on employing Qualcomm's 3D fps (ultrasonic). Ironically, when Apple unveiled its advanced 3d facial recognition, you didn't see articles blasting them for introducing an already available feature. Typical myopic story.

14. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The entire key to S10 will be price. There will be so many unsold S9/9+ and Note 9s that the hard pill to swallow will be that people see Samsung trying to get the same profit per phone as "unfair" given that the Android OS wasn't owned and developed by them. That's why Apple pricing isn't seen as unfair. This fact is why smaller phone makers have been able to pop up with one-hit wonders so often and will do so going forward.

15. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

A shame they don't include NFC and their update policy is just unacceptable (no android updates, security updates once a year).

16. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I mean, I get that Chinese device manufacturers have already had this feature however that feature is not standard over here stateside. To your average Joe, this will be awesome. You gotta remember Apple is able to get more money with less innovation than this. And while Samsung may not be the first to implement this solution, they may be one of the best when finally done. At this point, the OS and hardware are very mature in style and form factor. I don't see much changing from year to year at this point besides internals.

17. Ali888

Posts: 101; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

So if we go solely on specs, like phonearena is doing here with the meizu phones, shouldn't iPhones be crap then?

19. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

The only way for Samsung to Surprise the consumers nicely and start selling again, as before, it is to put a massive battery at least 5000 mAh or even bigger, and to get rid of it the bloatware, and also to put Android one.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I don't think the size of a battery has any effect on sales. After all as poorly as many phones perform as far as battery-life, it hasn't stopped people from buying them. Samsung's issues with sales have to do mostly with the fact they have more competition. When you are out in front, that means everyone behind you is gunning to take you down. Though I don't see any Chinese OEM selling 300M phones, without being in the US market, which right now is key for Samsung to stay on top.

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