With the Galaxy S10 unveiling just a few weeks away, leaks about the device have been coming out from all corners of the globe. We have already seen the Galaxy S10 benchmark results, which still lag behind the iPhone X, by the way. Just weeks before the Galaxy Unpacked event, Italian website TuttoAndroid has shared the Galaxy S10 prices for the Italian market. The Italian prices are similar to the UK prices leaked last month.
Galaxy S10 prices for different models: Can you afford it?
TuttoAndroid revealed color options for Samsung’s upcoming phone as well. The handset will come in three variants – an affordable Galaxy S10 E (also referred to as Galaxy S10 Lite in the rumor mill), a standard Galaxy S10 with dual rear cameras, and an ultra-premium Galaxy S10 Plus with three cameras on the back.
According to the Italian publication, the Galaxy S10 would go on sale on March 8th. Italy is expected to be among the first markets to get Samsung’s new phone. The Korean company would unveil the device at an Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 20. Samsung will live stream the event on its website. Pre-orders will reportedly go live soon after the unveiling. Samsung could also unveil a 5G phone and/or a foldable phone at the same event.
TuttoAndroid has learned from its sources that the cheaper Galaxy S10 E is going to cost €780 ($885) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Samsung has bumped up the base storage from 64GB to 128GB. The S10 E is going to be available in only 128GB storage option, though the upcoming phones would have a microSD card slot for external storage.
The standard Galaxy S10 prices will be €930 ($1,056) for the 6GB/128GB version and €1,180 ($1,340) for the 8GB/512GB variant. The Korean company appears to have ditched the 256GB storage option.
The larger Galaxy S10 Plus would be priced at €1,050 ($1,192) for the 6GB/128GB model. The 8GB/512GB is going to set you back by €1,300 ($1,477) while the top-end 12GB/1TB version would be priced at €1,600 ($1,819). It means the highest storage variant of Galaxy S10 Plus is going to cost more than twice as much as the entry-level Galaxy S10 E.
The prices in the US are unlikely to be that high, but there is no denying that Samsung is going to bump up the Galaxy S10 prices dramatically. The company has to ensure that the phones have enough innovative features to justify the price tags. Apple’s pricing strategy worked well with the iPhone X but the latest iPhone XS and XS Max received a lukewarm response. So much so that Apple had to cut its revenue guidance for the holiday quarter. It will be interesting to see whether Samsung’s pricing gamble will play off, especially at a time when its sales are falling.
Color options revealed
TuttoAndroid also shared details on the color options. The Galaxy S10 E would arrive in Black, White, Yellow, and Green colors. The regular Galaxy S10 would be available in Black, White, and Green, meaning it would drop the yellow color. The S10 Plus would launch in White, Black and Green. The publication says there will also be two non-ceramic special editions of the Galaxy S10 Plus.
The Italian publication added that Samsung has a few more products in store for the February 20 Unpacked event. The company could announce a new smartwatch dubbed Galaxy Fit, new headphones, and new Android-powered tablets at the same event. Considering the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will take place just a few days after the Unpacked event, Samsung could keep these products for the MWC.
Galaxy S10 photos leaked
Reliable Twitter tipster Ice Universe shared leaked pictures of the Galaxy S10 Plus. The leak confirms that the device would have a punch-hole Infinity-O display to accommodate the dual front cameras. The other two models would have only a single camera on the front panel.
Galaxy S10+ leaked again, saw those two eyes? pic.twitter.com/92UW2HWInS
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 22, 2019
Last week, VentureBeat contributor Evan Blass shared a leaked picture showing off the back panel of all three handsets. Before that, Blass had tweeted out a photo of the Galaxy S10 “in the wild.” He added that the upcoming flagship would be capable of wirelessly charging other compatible devices such as smartwatches and phones. A few days ago, Reddit user hissick27 spotted a traveler in South Korea using the Galaxy S10 Plus in a bus.
Samsung Galaxy S10E, S10, and S10+ (L to R), encased pic.twitter.com/Pk2gpXkXxn
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 19, 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 "Beyond 1," in the wild. pic.twitter.com/EMquh59Kln
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019
All the three upcoming phones would run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 or Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 chips depending on the market. The US and a few other countries will get the Snapdragon variant while the Exynos model would be sold in the rest of the world. The S10 E would pack a decent 3100mAh battery, the S10 would get a 3500mAh battery, while the S10 Plus would feature a giant 4,000mAh battery.
The S10 and S10 Plus would sport an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, while the cheaper S10 E is said to have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The ability to unlock devices by placing your finger on the screen sounds exciting. But recent reports suggest the in-display fingerprint sensor won’t work if you place a screen protector over the display, which if true could disappoint many potential buyers.