Samsung Galaxy S10+ flaunts large screen cutout in first live image leak

Samsung Galaxy S10+ flaunts large screen cutout in first live image leak
While the Galaxy S10 family is not exactly the world’s best-kept secret, Samsung has largely managed to avoid high-quality leaks of real-life prototypes, which is quite an achievement given the company’s next-gen flagship smartphones are essentially confirmed for a February 20 announcement.

Of course, thanks to the generally reliable @OnLeaks and our own rock-solid inside sources, we know what to expect from the Galaxy S10 and S10+ in terms of general design language and specific screen cutout implementation.

Meanwhile, Evan Blass recently offered our first glimpse of a “regular” Samsung Galaxy S10 variant in the wild, and now a live picture of a purported pre-release Galaxy S10+ unit is making the rounds on Reddit.

Unfortunately, the photograph takes potato quality to a whole new level, making it impossible to distinguish any subtle details that may have helped further build hype for Samsung’s next big thing.

We can’t even be 100 percent certain this is indeed the unreleased Galaxy S10 Plus, although the main easily discernible feature is a dual front-facing camera housed in a large, pill-shaped display hole that falls in line with our expectations and all those leaked renders so far.

In all likelihood, the picture depicts a Samsung employee gone rogue, bound to be harshly penalized for his carelessness. Even though the no doubt advanced prototype is disguised with the help of a special case, the screen and user interface were probably supposed to be camouflaged as well. At the very least, the phone should have never been used in public. Then again, it can’t be long now until every single detail about all four models will be essentially etched in stone.

On that note, a Redditor claiming to be in possession of a similarly masked and unpolished Galaxy S10+ pre-release version compares the handset favorably to the Galaxy Note 9. The GS10+ allegedly feels lighter, despite being "about the same size", while the One UI software is "pretty darn fast." 

More importantly, the phone's in-display fingerprint recognition technology is "confirmed" by this source as well, along with improved facial authentication. The iris scanner is indeed apparently out, while other features remain under wraps as this purported Samsung employee doesn't want to get into trouble for revealing too much too early.

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