Samsung’s Galaxy S10 won’t be the company’s first 5G phone, but will it have it at all?

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 won’t be the company’s first 5G phone, but will it have it at all?
After the unimpressive results of the Galaxy S9, experts and consumers alike expect Samsung to wow them with the next phone from the series – the Galaxy S10. And while this is still possible, one of the features we were hoping to see in the S10 – 5G capability, might not make an appearance. These assumptions are not based on some obscure leak, but a statement by the director of Samsung’s mobile division, DJ Koh, which revealed both a lot and nothing.

During a press conference at Samsung’s event for the Galaxy Note 9, Koh clarified that the Galaxy S10 will not be the company’s first 5G smartphone. There’s uncertainty because this statement is true in two cases: Option 1: Another phone with 5G is released before the S10, making it not the first, but having 5G as well. Option 2: Another phone with 5G is released after the S10, meaning it won’t have 5G.

Considering that 5G will be a premium feature for at least another year or two, the candidates to pioneer it for Samsung are not many. The first one is the rumored foldable phone Samsung is aiming to release early next year, something the director also confirmed at the press conference. If that’s the case, then it’s very likely that the timeline will be from Option 1 and the S10 will have 5G. The other candidate is the Galaxy Note 10, expected to be released about this time next year. This scenario obviously leaves 5G out of the picture for the S10.

Something that might give us a clue as to which option is more plausible is the information that mobile carriers in Samsung’s homeland, South Korea, are planning to launch 5G in March of 2019. Surely, Samsung will try to have a smartphone out for the early adopters, making “Option 1” more likely.

We’re sure that as time goes one, we’ll get more clarity on both the S10 and the foldable phone, and the mystery will be unraveled. 

via: ZDnet

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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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30 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Really looking forward to the S10. Hope we get LPDDR5 and SD855 to take it to the next level.

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1800; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s getting pretty darn near impossible to wow people these days especially when people like the ones that read sites like this are expecting. If it’s going to wow us it’s probably going to be something nobody is expecting. Or maybe this Plateau is here to stay for awhile

22. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Next level of failure....lolzzzzzz A mere RAM module cannot pull out Samsung from this deep grave they are stuck in right now. People are continuously getting bored and hateful about their entire smartphone strategy. They need to truly do something here if they wanna redeem themselves.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31103; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We take you about as serious, as we do a five year old, trying to rob Fort Knox with a water gun.

28. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

That's the funny thing about android no one particular manufacture is needed. BTW did anyone notice that Huawei overtook Apple for 2nd largest number of phones shipped in the 2nd quarter.

29. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Oh and that includes the fact that Huawei does not sell phones in the USA

2. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Galaxy X(or F) will come first with 5G, but of course S10 will have too

27. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

5G is a dangerous scam of a technology. It travels shorter distances than the present tech and needs towers in much closer proximity. There are even reports of serious adverse effects on those that reside close to the towers, and it hasn't even gone full scale yet!

30. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

What are those "serious adverse effects" that we need to know of?

3. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

I hope will Have at least 5000mAh Battery. Xiaomi has 4000 mAh Battery, oukitel pro 6000mAh battery. and Samsung Galaxy what? another failure in battery? If continue to do the same, for samsung Galaxy s10 we will have a new negative record in sales after Samsung Galaxy s9and get rid of bloatware or we get rid of samsung phones is simply as that.If you don't take serious your failure with samsung Galaxy S9 will end up severe hurt in Samsung industry.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

shut up about your battery. go carry a nokia 33100 if you want the 1 week battery life. 4000mah is enough unless you want a chunky brick. s9 was not a failure since samsung knew that the s9 will not beat the s8 in sales. i think everyone here knew that as well. its just the s8s version of the s8, nothing special. bloatware is a non issue for a long time. an touchwiz has alot of benefits over the pixel in terms of software. 10 needs a design refresh and some new tech that will stand above others and some of the rumors are awesome.

8. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

According to Strategy Analytics’ research, the company’s Galaxy S9 is its worst-performing smartphone after the Galaxy S3. Samsung’s market share also fell by 0.1% while Huawei and Xiaomi gained share by 1.6%. Therefore, it looks like Lee Jay is eager to nip this problem in the bud – before Chinese manufacturers are able to gain sure footing in a market that Samsung has commanded for years.

13. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Don’t worry lads! Galaxy S9 will fly off the shelf with Galaxy S10 as part of their anniversary promo. All free stuff from Samsung flagships were dusted on their shelves, moght be using them to entice fandroids.

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Those Chinese OEM's don't compete against Samsun's Note or S. They are selling more phones in the mid and low range categories. The S and Note are Samsung premium models. And none of those contenders, offer what the S and Note do. I don't care how nice they are. The P20 as an example, is a very nice premium Chinese phone. But it is not a Galaxy S on any level. It cost $500 for a reason. 3rd party parts are cheaper than 1st party. The components are not of the same quality, performance or capabilities.

31. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Actually Huawei had about 40% growth in the first half of the year and overtook Apple in shipped units with no USA sales

9. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

your mother and your father, teach you to talk like that in strangers? who have a different point of view from you? You are a bum and do not comment on me another time. I do not speak with scums like you.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Does your mother and father know you are on the internet. Still waiting for proof of that smartphone that last 2 or 3 days of uses you keep bringing up.

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

My Note 8 and my old Galaxy S8+, last about 1.7 days on a single charge with medium usage. Even with its 3xxxMaH battery. But I don't make lots of calls. Those Chinese phones with 4000+batteries, tend to be poorly optimized, with terrible SoC's which drink battery power constantly. After all, why would you need a 5000Mah battery in a phone, that has zero features to use them? What's eating up all that power? It's liek another Chinese phone. How is it a phone with 20% battery left, just turns off all of a sudden? when the Galaxy can drain all the way to 1% before it dies. a bad battery just means the phone needs to be charged more often. It should still drop to 1% before powering off.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Only non-flagships Xiaomi use 4000mAh battery, Xiaomi didn't use 4000mAh battery for their flagships.. Oukitel is as thick as brick..

11. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Do your math. you are not correct. and even if you were ( which aren't you), this is not reason for samsung to sell the same phone exactly like last year's phone, before twoo year's phone... I hope you get in meaning.

14. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Ever since the Note 7, Samsung has stopped pushing for the limit of max battery capacity. Instead, they have focused on longevity, as was first evident with the S8, which would have up two twice the remaining capacity of the S7 after a full year of normal use. This hints at them using a larger reserve (basically setting 100% at say 80% of the max capacity, thus slowing down degradation from full charge cycles dramatically), similar to what Tesla now does. Even the Note 9 could have had well over 4000 mah with the gradual improvements of energy density over the past years, but there's something to be said for durability too with batteries that are in principle non-removable. Some of the Chinese manufacturers still prefer the numbers game for capacity though.

19. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Instead of "up to twice the remaining capacity", that should have read "up to half the capacity loss".

4. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don’t know if there’s a huge demand for it or just bragging rights, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if it didn’t have 5G (if I was in the market for it).

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

probably be 1 or 2 years and it will only be in the big cities so i wouldnt fuss about it unless you keep your phone for a very long time.

24. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But it got to start somewhere!!

15. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

There is demand for it in certain markets, especially those related to online VR, gaming, remote control and other types of fast real time communication. Because 5G allows for a ping 25-50 times faster than LTE, finally making it more suitable for purposes mentioned above.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Will it even matter is they do or not? How many carriers will have 5G? How many will still even have this phone, when 5G is finally even 50% available in the world?

25. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It got to start somewhere! Orelse technology progress would never happen.

23. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

2 requests: go back to 16:9, and stop using all glass. So dumb to use glass, we carry these devices with us all day. If they do that, I'll be highly interested in the s10. I'm still making my peace with removable batteries being scrapped. (That's why I still rock the mighty note4)

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