Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening
If the answer to the latter question is the Samsung Galaxy S10, let us start by saying we totally get that. While it’s definitely hard to argue with the appeal of the Galaxy Note 9, S9+, or even the regular, single-cam GS9, the world’s top smartphone vendor is widely expected to be preparing something special for an early 2019 announcement.
Then again, there’s a good reason why the company’s 2018 high-end designs look so similar to their predecessors. It’s probably not because radical changes are coming next year. Instead, this is a design language that just works.
But let’s analyze existing rumors one by one and try to conclude what’s reasonable to expect from the Galaxy S10 and what’s... not so much:
Fortunately, it seems the Galaxy F is happening at last. For real. Probably. But even though Samsung’s bigwigs insist this won’t be a gimmick and you will be able to buy it worldwide as early as next year, the foldable technology is certainly not ready for adoption on such a mainstream device as the S10. It may not be ready in time for the Galaxy S11 either.
Besides, the real-life benefits of a tablet-style gadget you can also use as a phone, then easily store in your trouser pocket, are unlikely to justify the high costs of such a risky build. Even if foldable devices do end up standing the test of time, the ever-shrinking popularity of tablets suggests the masses may not be very excited about this hybrid type.
Verdict: Probably not
Significant design changes?
Are snazzy new colors significant enough? How about two new biometric identification methods? A few extra cameras and a larger than ever product lineup?
If those sound like exciting upgrades to you, Samsung’s tenth Galaxy S-series release is bound to make you very happy. But if you’re anticipating some other type of revolutionary aesthetic alteration, you may want to prepare yourself for a world of disappointment.
It’s obviously too early to be certain of these things, but unless Samsung discovers some new extraterrestrial technology between now and February or March 2019, odds are the Galaxy S10 will be a rectangular (rigid) slab with a large and beautiful screen, as well as razor-thin bezels.
Verdict: Let’s be rational
Now, granted, certain companies have been known to mock certain others before eventually following their suit, but these are all fresh tweets. So, yeah, notch haters are probably safe for at least one more Galaxy S generation. No idea about headphone jack devotees, however.
Verdict: No way, Jose
Of course, the DeX Mode software is not perfect and there are plenty of “serious” computing things you can’t do with your Galaxy Note 9 just yet. But more than anything, a wireless DeX connection would make for a great Galaxy S10 sales hook.
Verdict: A strong maybe
It’s no longer experimental, it’s no longer bold, and it might be cannibalizing sales rather than maximizing them. Besides, if Samsung truly believes in the mainstream future of foldable phones, certain resources will need to be shuffled around. It simply wouldn’t make sense to go from two to three flagship lineups.
Verdict: Not as unlikely as you think
All the cameras in the world
Interestingly, the Galaxy S10 is tipped to play it “safe” with no more than five cams in total. We’re talking “only” three rear snappers, as well as two selfie cameras, at least as far as an “ultra-premium” variant is concerned.
But the dual-lens Note 9 is already an impressive performer, so adding a third imaging sensor could well take things to the next level in terms of wide-angle photography.
Verdict: Prepare to be dazzled
Moar processing power
The sky is the limit for Samsung’s next-gen in-house Exynos beast, as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8150, a processor so radically upgraded that a new naming scheme is warranted.
Verdict: We ain’t seen nothing yet
The best in biometrics
Verdict: Patience, young grasshoppers