Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening

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Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening
Galaxy S10 family concept by @WaqarKhanHD

Yup, it’s (almost) that time of year again. Only a few big smartphones are left to be unveiled by the end of the month, after which you’ll need to make that impossible decision. Will you buy a new flagship this holiday season? If so, which one suits your needs best? If not, what are you waiting for?

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.

Left to right - the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy S8+

Left to right - the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy S8+


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:

Foldable design?


Do you ever find yourself dreaming of a simpler world where foldable phones have become standard and we’re no longer bombarded with rumors of delays, production setbacks, and more and more companies interested in making this concept a commercial reality?

This is certainly an exciting but tricky concept

This is certainly an exciting but tricky concept


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?


What exactly does “significant” mean? That’s the question we need to answer before attempting to decipher and extrapolate from recent statements by Samsung Mobile President DJ Koh.
Are snazzy new colors significant enough? How about two new biometric identification methods? A few extra cameras and a larger than ever product lineup?

The Galaxy Note 9 is already an engineering marvel

The Galaxy Note 9 is already an engineering marvel


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

Notch?


For this section, I would like to quote a few relevant Samsung Mobile US tweets. “The notch-free life is a good life.” “If you like having more RAM, expandable storage, and living notch-free, we’ve got you.” “Time to botch the notch.” And, of course, my personal favorite, this perfectly scathing description of everything that’s wrong with the Pixel 3 XL notch - “you could land a plane on it.”

There will be none of this on the Galaxy S10

There will be none of this on the Galaxy S10


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

Wireless DeX?


Who needs a tablet that can fold into a phone when you can have a phone capable of switching to a full desktop experience without a docking station, a pad... or even a cable?

Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening
 

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

S Pen?!


This is an older rumor you may have forgotten about, but it makes just as much sense now as it did before the Note 9 saw daylight looking pretty much like an S Pen-wielding Galaxy S9+. The Galaxy Note family had a good run, but what’s the point in keeping it around now?

Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening
 

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


It’s not about the number, it’s how you use them. If you don’t believe us, remember the excellent job Google did with the single rear-facing shooter of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re not drooling in anticipation of the commercial release of the world’s first quad-camera phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions - what's reasonable to expect and what's probably not happening

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


How much faster can a phone get? These diminutive devices are already capable of things that seemed physically impossible just a few years ago, making laptops pretty much useless, but incredibly enough, the world’s first 7nm-based chips appear to be proving there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

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


Samsung may have missed its window to pioneer in-display fingerprint sensors, but both that and 3D facial recognition methods are still hard to find in a Western flagship handset. Besides, it’s not always about being first. Being accurate, fast and secure is equally as (if not more) important. Then again, nothing’s etched in stone.

Who's ready to leave conventional fingerprint readers behind?

Who's ready to leave conventional fingerprint readers behind?


Verdict: Wait and see

5G speeds


Will the fourth Galaxy S10 version support 5G connectivity? Will it matter anytime soon? Will Korea be the only market to get it at first? These are just a few of our unanswered questions that could ultimately make or break an anniversary device in need of as many “hooks” as possible. But like age, it’s vital to keep in mind the 5 in 5G is just a number. We probably still have several years to go before the next mobile industry revolution truly kicks in.

Verdict: Patience, young grasshoppers

Related phones

Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Pcworld1976

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Present Huawei new phone today and it appears S10 predictions lol

35. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 184; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Samsung S10 will rape all of those chinese pos in the azz. Even S8 and Note 8 is better than huawei mate 20 pro

36. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

In your dreams. Try not masturbate all the time and wake up. Samsung is a Zombie Company,who try to sell Garbage for a hefty price.

2. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

3. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Nobody will waiting, for Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung Has disappointed the consumers. With the prices, the low memory, the unacceptable battery, that does not last not even one day. So bye,bye Samsung and welcome Huawei.

8. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Well said, Welcome Huawei, but not the Mate 20 Pro, it is toooo expensive. I'll rather go for the Mate 10 pro, it is way less expensive now and also has Android Pie.

12. middlehead

Posts: 417; Member since: May 12, 2014

Nobody cares about your Huawei shilling. Earn your 10 cents an hour somewhere else.

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Low memory and unacceptable battery? Do you even own a Samsung? My Bite 9 last 2 full work days on a charge. Low memory? I have 8GB. How much exactly do you need in a phone? And it came with 128GB and a 512gb option. It had the best battery life fe a phone in its class and last I checked no one else makes a phone equal to the note. If you're comparing battery life of the Nite to any phone that has less features and complain about battery life, then it shows you know nothing about texh. It would be like trying to compare gas mileage of a Canry to a Lamborghini. A car with more cylinders burns more gas. Who would have thought if such? Obviously not you!

22. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

The problem with samsung is,that the company stayed in the gas era, when all the other companies past to electricity era. ( Samsung cylinders - others electricity motors, ev) Do the math, genius.

34. TechNeck

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I swear this comment is the most absurd thing I've seen today. Just stop talking about what you don't know.

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You talking about a cheap phone that even even sold in the US. Come on dude. Get it together.

23. AbhiD

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Really Huawei sponsored troll ? How about that ugly notch, no headphone jack, no dedicated speaker, ugly UI, ridiculous price, substandard Optical type slow fingerprint scanner ? When was the last time your Huawei made a no compromise device?

29. Farcaster

Posts: 138; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

No thanks. Until Huawei can prove to be an international contender (not some ripoff, value company) I'll stick with the real deal.

4. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

In the midrange category, Samsung has lost, from Xiaomi. Super Battery, Super memory, and affordable price. Samsung things that he will sell outdated smartphones, in overpriced cost. ( hahahahahahah...... Fools Samsung) Or he will sell big the new Iphone, and will have big profit, from the parts that sells in Apple( hahahahahahah...Idiots Samsung).Samsung this Year is lost for you because you don't listen the consumers.

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Outdated phone at high price? Which one? Outdated in what way. Because a S9 with Oreo, will still do way more than your Chinese made Huawei with Pie.

5. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

6. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro 189g, 8.6mm thickness Android 9.0 Non-removable Li-Po 4200mAh battery The technicians of Samsung are unable to design a phone with big Battery.

24. AbhiD

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Note 9 with a 4000 mAh battery and integrated S Pen, headphone jack, no notch, dedicated speakers, when was the last time Huawei did that ?

7. OneLove123

Posts: 650; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Can't wait for my S10+

9. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 X 232g, 8.2mm thickness Android 9.0 Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery With this specs, nobody will wait Samsung again. We go and Buy Huawei. Enough is enough. Samsung. Go to villages and give your phones for free together with apple. Bye, bye.

10. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Trolling heavy I see

14. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 332; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Dude relax, it's just a phone. Maybe you should log off the Internet and get some fresh air x

11. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Screen on back

13. middlehead

Posts: 417; Member since: May 12, 2014

Flat screens or I finally switch brands.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

They already sell flat phones. No one is stopping you from buying them. The Nite and S will always have curved screens. So I guess goodbye and good riddens.

27. middlehead

Posts: 417; Member since: May 12, 2014

Apparently you haven't heard the rumors that they may, in fact, bring back flat screens on the S line. After you've investigated those, you can get back to your spelling homework.

15. Pcworld1976

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Crapmoled Lag Late updates disappointing camera Low performance

21. OneLove123

Posts: 650; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Piyath? Is that you?

26. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

2012 called. They want their insults back.

16. smguk

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I am waiting for S10 no way i am going to buy huawei's Notched s**te with their new gimmicky expandable storage

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