It may seem a little premature to talk about the Samsung Galaxy S10, after all the Galaxy S9 has yet to appear on the market. But rumors about the next-next generation Samsung flagship are already emerging, with the likelihood that this will be a significantly more ambitious unit than the imminent S9.
Before going any further, it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will probably appear in February 2019. Samsung seems to have settled into a regular device window for what is its flagship device. And it is unlikely that the Korean company will digress from this policy next year, particularly as it makes sense with regard to processor arrangements.
It has been reported that Samsung has signed an exclusivity deal for the Snapdragon 845, which will drive the Galaxy S9 in several geographical locales. So the earlier in the calendar year that Samsung can release the Galaxy S10, the more likely it is that such an exclusivity deal can be agreed for the next generation Qualcomm chip.
Speaking of which, smartphone leaker Roland Quandt recently provided information suggesting that the Snapdragon 855 processor will be a 7nm chip. Quandt pointed to data on the business-driven LinkedIn social media platform that seemed to confirm this. Considering that Samsung continues to have a favourable relationship with Qualcomm, it seems highly likely that the 855 will appear in the Galaxy S10.
Another recent report suggests that the Galaxy S10 could be compatible with the 5G wireless standard. It is certainly early to be making this assertion, as this system is yet to launch. 5G is expected to arrive, though, in the first half of this year, promising broadband speeds of up to 100 times faster than the existing 4G networks.
And infamous Weibo user ‘Ice Universe’ suggest that the Galaxy S10 will be the first mobile to support the 5G standard, even though units from other manufacturers will arrive in the stores first. For example, the next generation Apple iPhone should appear with 5G Internet available.
However, it seems that Samsung has placed a particular emphasis on delivering 5G connectivity in the future, particularly considering the strategic relationship agreement that has been announced between the Korean company and Qualcomm. This document specifically notes that the transition to 5G will be important for both developers, meaning that Galaxy S10 users could be the first to benefit from in the ultra- fast Internet speeds that 5G promises.
The same tipster also recently commented on the screen to be included in the Galaxy S10, suggesting that it could deliver an incredible screen-to-body ratio of 93 per cent (the S8 is currently 83.6 per cent). This would mean a virtually bezel-free device, and one that would be particularly striking aesthetically.
It will be interesting to see whether Samsung utilizes this extra screen proportion to deliver a larger display, or instead looks to reduce the size of the overall unit. Certainly such a design suggests that the screen size could be increased over previous releases, and this would make particular sense if the 6.5-inch mobile from Apple that has been rumored recently indeed appears this year.
A larger display size could motivate Samsung to increase the screen resolution of the Galaxy S10 over the forthcoming S9. While it is generally believed that the Galaxy S9 will retain the quad HD+ resolution of the previous generation, the S10 could push forward to the 4K resolution standard. This would be particularly logical if Samsung releases its first 4K mobile in the shape of the Galaxy Note 9 later this year.
Ice Universe also suggests that the Galaxy S10 will include a Neural Processing Unit. This innovation would not be unique to the Samsung mobile, though, as a similar device can already be found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The intention of this unit is to handle any complex artificial intelligence and 3D processing required, ensuring that the central processing unit can deal with everyday tasks unencumbered.
Another aspect of the Galaxy S10 which could become more clear in the next few weeks is the prospect of an embedded fingerprint scanner. This has been strongly linked with the imminent Samsung flagship, yet recent reports have suggested that it will ultimately be excluded from the design.
Both Samsung and Apple have been attempting to deliver an in-screen sensor, yet there have been technical and logistical difficulties encountered in doing so. This has meant that both of the mega-corporations have been forced to shelve plans related to fingerprint scanners, and this could impact on the makeup of the Galaxy S10. It is possible that this innovation will instead appear in the 2019 version of the Samsung flagship.
Interestingly, it has also been suggested that the Galaxy S10 could be branded differently to other devices in the series. While the 2019 smartphone release would remain the central product of the Korean Corporation, Samsung could choose to name the device as Galaxy X as opposed to the Galaxy S10 moniker.
Another leaker, Tekz24, has made this particular suggestion, indicating that industry researchers and analysts have spilled the beans on this topic. The Galaxy X branding will be used in order to simplify the naming scheme for what is the most important product of the Korean manufacturer. There will also be an obvious parallel drawn with the Apple iPhone X, perhaps resulting in a head-on assault in 2019.
Finally, the pricing of the Galaxy S10 is possibly the hardest aspect of the smartphone to predict. We can reasonably expect it to be more expensive than the forthcoming Galaxy S9, although it should be well under the psychologically important $1,000 mark. Perhaps a recommended retail price in the region of $799-849 is realistic for the Galaxy S10.