We've already seen numerous renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. But today's renders of the first two models on that list, tweeted by noted tipster Evan Blass, are a bit different in that they are unblemished by a watermark. In theory, this means that you should have an unfettered look at both phones.
Galaxy S10e will carry two cameras on the back and employ a side mounted fingerprint scanner. This phone will feature a flat screen as opposed to the curved edges found on the other two models. In the U.S., the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform should be under the hood, and we expect that a 3100mAh battery will power the device. A 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen will grace the handset, which will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Color options are Black, Green and White with a Blue version coming.The renders once again reveal that the "more affordable"
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will feature a 6.1-inch curved Super AMOLED display, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a triple camera setup on back. U.S. models will be equipped with the Snapdragon 855 and carry 6GB RAM/128GB of storage and 8GB RAM/512GB of storage. A 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on, and consumers will have the same color choices found on the Galaxy S10e.
While not seen in the latest renders, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ also features a Super AMOLED display, this one weighing in at 6.4-inches. An in-screen fingerprint reader is included along with a triple camera setup in back, and dual cameras in front. Again, the Snapdragon 855 is found under the hood of U.S. variants, but in addition to the two memory and storage configurations available with the Galaxy S10, the S10+ will have a variant packed with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.
At this point, U.S. pricing is a guessing game even with leaks from European countries. The Galaxy S10e could be priced in the $750 range, while the Galaxy S10 might cost $900 and up. The Galaxy S10+ could start at $1,000 and run as high as $1,500 for the top spec'd model. All three phones are expected to be unveiled during the Samsung Unpacked 2019 event, which will be held on February 20th. Pre-orders should start immediately after the announcement; those orders are expected to ship starting on March 8th.
As an incentive to get potential buyers to pre-order the phones, Samsung will reportedly toss in a free pair of its new Galaxy Ear Buds to those who reserve one of its new 2019 flagship models. The accessory is the sequel to the Samsung Gear IconX and will come with 8GB of storage, twice the amount found on the company's current ear buds.
Will Consumers open their wallets and upgrade to the new models?
The new handsets replace the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Last year's flagship models failed to set the world on fire, sales-wise. Of course, much of this had to do with the trend of the overall smartphone market. Longer upgrade cycles, higher prices, high penetration rates, and yes, a lack of innovation are all partly to blame. Still, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ remain the most popular Android handsets in the market.
This year, Samsung faces the same challenges with the Galaxy S10 line. Yes, the Galaxy S10e is expected to make entry into Sammy's flagship series more within reach for many. But that was also the idea behind the Apple iPhone XR, and consumer response to that model (as well as the other two new iPhones) has been tepid at best, forcing Apple to launch a trade-in promotion. The Chinese market is unstable right now, especially with the U.S.-China trade war continuing, and Samsung is getting whupped in India by Xiaomi's value for money pricing.
The main question that consumers will be asking is whether there are enough new features on the upcoming models to warrant spending the money to upgrade. Additional camera sensors, bumps in RAM and storage, larger displays and faster processing power are all nice to have. But will the in-screen fingerprint scanner and the reverse wireless charging be enough to get consumers to open their wallets and purses? For Samsung, that is the billion dollar question.