GADGET fans are looking forward to this week’s Samsung Galaxy S10 launch – which may be enough to tempt Apple fans away from their iPhones.
Here’s a complete guide to the expected Galaxy S10 release date, specs and price features, expert opinions, plus all the latest leaks, rumours and photos of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ so far.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to replace last year’s Galaxy S9
We also give you a first look at some of the Galaxy S10 cases set to launch with the new phone, and answer the important question of if the Galaxy S10 will feature 5G.Samsung Galaxy S10 latest news – LEAKED Galaxy S10 hands-on video reveals all
In just a few days, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S10 to the world at a launch event in San Francisco – and the company has already confirmed three phones are coming, with a March release date.
A newly leaked Galaxy S10 hands-on video also leaves little to the imagination.
On February 14, UK phone retailer Mobile Fun posted what looks to be the first Galaxy S10 hands-on video to its YouTube channel.
It shows off the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus model, and seems to confirm that the phone will feature a total of five cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Before this, a February 13 leaked image of the turbo-charged smartphone was shared, giving us our best idea yet of what to expect from the device.
The phone pictured is the super-sized Galaxy S10 Plus and was posted to Twitter by trusted mobile leaker Evan Blass.
This leaked banner features a render of the Galaxy S10 Plus and appears to confirm it will feature a headphone jack, as well as a dual selfie snapper.
This camera will be slotted into a “hole-punch” slot in the top right of the display, which is almost edgeless.
Twitter / Evan Blass
On the same day, we also got a clear look at the official Galaxy S10 case.
Shared by phone retailer Mobile Fun on YouTube, the video of the new Samsung case line-up seems to confirm three Galaxy S10 phones.
These are new flagship the Galaxy S10, super-sized sibling the Galaxy S10 Plus, and all-new affordable model the Galaxy S10e.
The video also appears to reveal more about the Galaxy S10’s new wireless charging feature, which is called PowerShare.
It is thought that this feature will allow you to charge your phone simply by placing it on another Galaxy S10 handset.
Samsung Galaxy S10 release date – when is the Galaxy S10 launch?
Samsung has already confirmed the Galaxy S10 launch date.
The Apple rival is hosting a major press event in San Francisco and London later this month.
Invites to the Samsung Unpacked event feature the number “10” so it seems very likely the Galaxy S10 will be announced.
This is scheduled to take place on February 20, kicking off at 7pm GMT for Brits.
It’ll also be live-streamed, so Samsung fans will be able to tune in from anywhere in the world.
There’s also plenty of evidence that the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy X folding phone will be on show, too.
It’s worth noting that this event comes just days before MWC 2019 kicks-off.
This is Barcelona’s annual tech trade show, which kicks off on February 24.
The show typically hosts major phone launches from the world’s biggest tech companies, although Samsung often hosts its own rival event.
Samsung will want to make sure it captures headlines that week, making it even likelier that the Galaxy S10 launches on February 20.
It’s also worth noting that although Samsung will probably announce the Galaxy S10 on February 20, the phone is unlikely to go on sale immediately.
You can expect a delay of a few weeks between announcement and retail release, as with previous years.
So we know about the launch, but what about the actual Galaxy S10 release date?
Although the gadget is “technically” a secret, Samsung has accidentally exposed key info about the phone.
The first is a page on Samsung’s US website, which lets users register their interest in the “Samsung Galaxy S10”.
The Sun / Samsung Samsung accidentally revealed the Galaxy S10 release date on its US website
If you sign up for updates, you’ll be given “early access to pre-order”.
And in fine print at the bottom of the page, Samsung confirms that this reservation period runs from February 21 to March 7.
That suggests that the phone will go on sale on February 21, and start shipping on March 8.
A second leak comes courtesy of Samsung France, which added a page to its website revealing the names of the three Samsung phone models expected to launch – as spotted by specialist blog Sammobile.
These include the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Samsung Galaxy S10+.
The Galaxy S10 is likely to be the core model in the trio, which will only be superseded by the Galaxy S10+. The latter is reportedly going to be more powerful, and costlier too.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10e is supposedly going to be a cheaper option, designed to rival Apple’s more budget-friendly iPhone XR.
Twitter / Evan Blass The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been extensively leaked online
Samsung Galaxy S10 specs, design and features – what to expect from the Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is being kept being closed doors, so exact details about the phone aren’t public knowledge yet.
But we have plenty of rumours to chew over.
Most leaks to date suggest that Samsung will launch three different models of the Galaxy S10.
We’re expecting the usual Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, with different screen sizes to take on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
But it’s also likely we’ll see a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite or Galaxy S10e.
Getty – Contributor Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phones will be direct competition for the impressive iPhone XS
Screen sizes are tipped as 5.8 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.4 inches, which is roughly in line with Apple’s 2018 iPhone roster.
Base storage for all three models is rumoured as a very generous 128GB, which is double what you get from an entry-level iPhone.
The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are also tipped to have 512GB versions, while the latter may even get a 1TB model – which is more storage than most people would ever need.
AP:Associated Press Samsung hasn’t officially announced the Galaxy S10 yet – but it’s likely to arrive on February 20, 2019
At least one of the phones is expected to support super-fast 5G internet, taking advantage of the 5G networks rolling out in the UK in 2019.
Samsung has already announced its next-generation mobile chip – the Exynos 9820 processor.
This chip is expected to power the Samsung Galaxy S10, and is built on a new manufacturing process that should make it faster and more power-efficient.
It’s also possible that Samsung may opt for Qualcomm’s new (and seriously speedy) Snapdragon 855 chip, instead.
However, it’s not clear if Samsung has any hope of beating Apple’s ludicrously powerful Apple A12 Bionic chip – featured in all three 2018 iPhone models.
Alamy The Galaxy S10’s screen might cover the entire front of the handset – save for a small circular cut-out for the selfie camera
Perhaps the biggest rumoured change is to the design.
Last year, Samsung revealed a new type of all-phone screen, where the the display covers the entire front of the handset.
The only exception would be a tiny “punch hole” cut-out for the selfie camera.
Samsung is likely to use this new design on the Galaxy S10, giving it a possible leg-up over Apple, whose iPhone has a much larger screen cut-out.
In terms of camera prowess, it’s expected that Samsung will carry over the Galaxy S9’s impressive 12-megapixel f/1.5 – f/2.4 shooter.
This is supposedly going to be paired with two other cameras (16-megapixels and 13-megapixels) to create a super triple-snapper.
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However, it’s possible this will only appear on the Galaxy S10 Plus model – with the other two handsets relegated to single- or double-camera set-ups.
Is there any expert opinion? You bet.
“We believe key technology enhancements will be around Infinity-O display, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and – front and centre – a triple-camera setup,” Dan Ives, an industry expert and analyst at Wedbush Securities, told The Sun.
“The curved display and most advanced camera technology to date with optical zoom are key features that will be front and centre for key Samsung loyalists.
“Early 5G support will be a selling point as Samsung needs to make sure this is a 5G ready smartphone.”
New Samsung wireless earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods could also arrive alongside the Galaxy S10, with recent rumours suggesting they may be called ‘Galaxy Buds’.
Alamy Samsung could send its prices skyrocketing well over £1,000 for the 2019 line-up of Galaxy smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S10 price – how much will the Galaxy S10 cost in the UK?
The Samsung Galaxy S9 cost a fairly hefty £739, which was expensive even by 2018’s standards.
Sadly, predicting the Galaxy S10 price is very difficult.
Apple changed the game in 2018 with its new roster of iPhone models, ranging from a high £749 to a ludicrous £1,449.
This could force Samsung to raise its own prices in kind, so its brand doesn’t seem cheaper than Apple’s.
However, concerns over Apple’s ability to actually sell its new iPhones has many doubting whether people are willing to pay £1,000 plus for a smartphone.
This could prompt Samsung to stick to a lower price – to avoid similarly bad PR.
“This will be a potential game-changing model design from Samsung, with three models that can range from £850 on the low end, to £1,350 on the high-end with all the bells and whistles,” Dan explained.
“With all of Apple’s troubles, this is a key product release for Samsung.”
Samsung launch new flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone. with a focus on an improved camera
And a report by gadget blog Gizmodo published last year suggested that the Galaxy S10 Lite would cost £669, while the Galaxy S10 would come in at £799 or £999 – depending on which model you bought.
And the top phone – the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – will supposedly cost £899, £1,099 or £1,399, varying by model.
Of course, Samsung hasn’t actually released any official Samsung Galaxy S10 price info, so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.What is the Samsung Galaxy S10?
Each year, Samsung releases two high-end “flagship” phones: a Galaxy S devices in spring, and a Galate Note device in autumn.
The Galaxy S phones are the popular mainstream gadgets that directly rival the iPhone – and so Samsung packs them with the hottest features.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is this year’s replacement to 2018’s Galaxy S9, and is probably just around the corner.
But Samsung is keeping tight-lipped about the new gadget, so we’re having to rely on rumours, leaks and educated guesses for now.
Alamy The Galaxy S10 is tipped to feature a super-fast Exynos chip built by Samsung itself
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