Samsung Galaxy S10 may disappoint with its design, reliable tipster says

Samsung Galaxy S10 may disappoint with its design, reliable tipster says
The Samsung Galaxy S10 – the most important phone in Samsung's history. The ultra flagship that will eradicate all bezels and offer users cutting-edge, true full-screen experience. What smartphones should have been from the very beginning, but couldn't, due to technical limitations.

But what if the Galaxy S10 is none of those things? Or at least, not all of them. What if the S10 is merely an incremental upgrade over the S8 and the S9?

In a time when several Chinese brands are introducing phones with pretty much no bezels at all, crazy pop-up and slide-out cameras, and in-display fingerprint scanners, it's easy to lose track and dream big. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, there's convincing evidence that Samsung will, indeed, implement many exciting technologies in the Galaxy S10, such as an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, dual selfie cameras, and 5G support. But what if all this comes wrapped in a package that looks very similar to the last two Galaxy S phones? Has design become too much of an obsession for smartphone makers, and how damaging could it be for a brand to forego the latest trends in smartphone design, albeit still delivering on other fronts?

This is the gist of a recent tweet by industry insider IceUniverse, who says that if the Galaxy S10 doesn't feature a radical new design, it could damaging to Samsung's brand. He went on to add that Huawei's game will be particularly strong in the coming year, and that the Chinese telecommunications giant may finally be able to "beat" Samsung.


IceUniverse's track record has been rather solid so far, as far as Samsung phones go. Prior to the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9, he was among the first to release information about the new, Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen. And he wasn't wrong about the phone's design either, going on record to state that it won't be too different from the Note 8. As for the S10, over the past couple of weeks, IceUniverse has reiterated that it may not be as exciting design-wise as some people may be hoping for. Although he still hasn't confirmed what the S10 will look like, his comments are supposedly based on inside information and pose interesting questions nonetheless.

That the Galaxy S10 will feature notable innovations on the hardware front is pretty much a given, but we can't be too sure of the handset's design. If the Galaxy S8, S9, and the latest two Galaxy Note models are anything to go by, then the S10 could end up being "more of the same" when it comes to looks. Given how much people care about cutting-edge design these days, and taking into account the slow sales of the Galaxy S9, IceUniverse's word comes as a fair warning.

Sure, the bottom bezel may be gone and the top one may be slimmed down, but if the Galaxy S10 isn't all-screen and futuristic looking, it just won't have the "wow" factor that the Galaxy S8 had. And it's funny to think that, just last year, the S8 looked so new and fresh. It marked the biggest design evolution in Samsung phones since the first Galaxy S, and yet, people are already clamoring for even smaller bezels and an even bigger screens.

What do you make of all this? Would you even consider buying the Galaxy S10 unless it is all-screen and has an in-display fingerprint scanner and five cameras on the back? Or are you just fine with how Samsung phones look right now and don't mind an incremental refinement to the design with other innovations to back it up? Tell us in the comment section below.


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47 Comments

1. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I read this as well on his Twitter account. I'm hoping for the best Samsung.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 792; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Note 9 still looks good to me. Get rid of the chin in the S10 and we are good, Samsung.

33. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Totally agreed, we don't need a run of the mill notched device. All screen would be great, though

3. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Nowhere does it say that the S10 will have the same design.

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1295; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

everyone is going to have an all screen phone and people will still complain. at this point people are just being anal

27. slim3bdo

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

You mean iPhone arena is being anal about any news not concerning apple . Any news for apple is excellent just like apple video crazy speculation that it will bring 500 billion , even though it's not started . Any other news about non apple is bad Wtf iPhone arena , I'm 100 % sure the site is running by apple as it runs it's agenda of programming ppl that apple is the best anything else is bad

29. bucknassty

Posts: 1295; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i dont doubt your suspicions... i still think it's absurd that they did not discount apple for using the iphone 6 design for 4 years, but complained about the S9 and the infinity display was only in its second year of production.

43. slim3bdo

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Will I pointed that out when they attacked htc m9 for using the same design for 3 years and ignored apple for doing the same for the iPhone , heck now 5 iPhone generations use the same exact design yet in each year they praise this old dusty design . Phones have wireless charging it's a gimmick , iPhone has it , it's revolution . Phones have water proofing it's not needed , iPhone have it it's important . Phones have 2 back cameras it's a gimmick , iPhone have it , it's innovation . And the list will never stop

4. JCASS889

Posts: 432; Member since: May 18, 2018

that would be really dumb of samsung, the entire internet is yelling at them to change up the design, especially for the anniversary model.

16. middlehead

Posts: 434; Member since: May 12, 2014

But every third person is asking for a different design from each other. I want them to go back to the S7's style.

5. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I think the s10 maybe a incremental update. Its the X series i am looking forward to seeing.

6. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

This is BS. One he says IF and 2 one of his other tweets says the final design will be leaked in November and he will tell us more then.

18. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly

34. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Yup, this is pure speculation at the moment

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 525; Member since: May 02, 2016

Definitely the S10 will get fresh new design.. if you know samsung they gave the same design for S4 and S5 then new design for both S6 and S7 then new design for both S8 and S9 so the S10 will get the updated design now maybe full screen around 90% - 95% without notch, to give the S10 the same design is completely not expected from Samsung, although there are some people they used the same design for 4 years, what if samsung did it .. it will be ok

8. Amir123a

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Clickbait. Nice one Phonearena... He ABSOLUTELY did NOT mention ANY info or hint of what the s10 design will be. He just spoke his mind, nothing more.

20. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just more twisted words

9. djk4363

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I agree that the S10 design must be wow, otherwise it will truly damage Samsung - and Samsung has been damaged already with the incremental conservatism applied on the S9 and Note 9. Don't get me wrong. I am an S9+ user and I think the quality of the phone in terms of build, software, interface, camera etc. is impeccable. No one does it quite like Samsung But that ain't enough nowadays. I rushed to buy the P20 Pro when it came out. I rushed to buy the Oppo Find X. The design pulls me in like a magnet. In light of the fierce competition and determination to succeed, Samsung cannot assume it will reap sales no matter what it does, like it did a few years ago. Let's keep our fingers crossed. It would be sad to see the demise of a giant.

35. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I think Samsung is far from being demised, at least for the foreseeable future. The difference to other long gone big companies is that Samsung has many divisions able to support in case other division can't make a profit. Samsung just recycled the S8 design for a year while other did the same and they're fine. Even Huawei pretty much repeated the design between the P9 and P10. The P20 is stunning but not everyone wants a notch on the screen. Samsung will be fine and I believe they can remove the chin while reducing the bezel. This would definitely be refreshing

47. djk4363

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I guess I was melodramatic. I agree with what you say. I am just thinking they can be bolder with hi tech innovations, looks etc. I am only talking about their mobile division and how it should fight to stand up in the face of fierce competition, irrespective of how terrible they are. These terrible competitors are turning heads eventually...

10. peace247 unregistered

meh...it worked for apple....

11. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Reliable tipster? This dude just posts everything, so he will be right eventually.

36. luis.aag90

Posts: 270; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

A tipster living from clickbait

12. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Does Note 10 will have a notch? Samsung sales are tanking. Androids wanted to have new design every year while apple still selling an older design.

28. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Apple can use the same design as mu h as they want because they are the o kg seller of US based devices and its basically take it or leave it. When you have to actually compete, you always have to spend money on constant change. Apple fans could care less if Apple waits years to deploy any software or hardware changes worth even talking about. They have no choice anyways because they have to wait for Apple fo move. People who buy iPhones dont care about looks, bells and whistles or even usefulness. The vast majority buy solely on popularity.

14. Texpert

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

One tipster on Twitter drops an "if", and people misinterpret it as being the real deal,do you guys also know that iceuniverse himself said that the design won't be final until November and the fact that Samsung is working to overcome some overly complicated challenges that come from the design they are trying to implement,please just stop taking the if word as if something has been set on stone when it clearly hasn't.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1800; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

For me, the S9 design is fine. Fingerprint scanner could be a little better. I'd prefer the circle style, rather than the chicklet style Samsung currently employs. I don't think Samsung needs to completely redesign the phone. Just make sure the device works properly, and there are no software bugs. I'd love to see them adopt a more vanilla Android experience.

17. izim1

Posts: 1591; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Im confused... what more do you people want out of a rectangle? Ghost flames? And yes, ive said the same thing to people complaining about the iPhones "recycled" designs over the years. There's only so many things you can do with a rectangle.

19. D34ever

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

I'm fine with incremental upgrades. As long as the device has the features I want, I'll buy it.

21. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, same here. Samsung S and Note line are the best looking phones and as long as they give me what I want I will buy.

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