Hot on the heels of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 , Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home speaker , anticipation is growing ahead of the launch of the Samsung S10.
The upcoming flagship isn’t due for a while yet, but the rumours are already starting to fly.
The original S handset was revealed in 2010, so while this isn’t exactly the 10th anniversary, it is the 10th S model.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is it called?
If the Korean tech firm sticks with the current convention, which it is expected to do, the new smartphone will be called the Samsung Galaxy S10, following on from last year’s Galaxy S9 .
However, some have suggested that Samsung could opt for an Apple-esque ‘Galaxy X’ moniker.
Samsung’s internal codename for the phone is said to be ‘Beyond’, which doesn’t give us many clues but does suggest that the firm wants its handset to go one step further than its rivals.
When will it be announced and what’s the release date?
Samsung is expected to unveil the new Galaxy S10 in the first quarter of 2019.
The launch will most likely coincide with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona.
The show runs 25-28 February, with many speculating that the phone will be revealed at an event on the show’s press day on Sunday 24 2019 .
However, Samsung doesn’t always launch its flagship at MWC, sometimes opting for a separate event several weeks later.
When can I pre-order the Galaxy S10?
It’s hard to predict the exact date, but the Galaxy S10 is likely to go on sale the month after being revealed.
If the phone is unveiled on 24 February, it will be probably be available for pre-order straight away, before going on sale towards the end of March.
How much will it cost?
Naturally, it’s too early to predict the exact price of the Galaxy S10, but we can make a good estimate.
In 2017, the Galaxy S8 launched with a price tag of £639, while the Galaxy S9 launched this year with a £100 markup at £739.
We’re not expecting to see a similar rise this time, but a more modest step up seems likely possibly something like £749-£799.
Galaxy S10 range
Rumours suggest that there will be three versions of the Galaxy S10, including standard model with an 5.8-inch display.
There is also likely to be a Galaxy S10+ with a larger 6.2-inch screen, while a budget model with a flat screen, rather than a curved display could also join the lineup.
However, some rumours suggest that the third model could instead be a super-sized version with a 6.4-inch screen, though as that would make it the same size as the new Note 9, it seems less likely.
Galaxy S10 features
The new flagship is expected to feature a bezel-free infinity display with a Super AMOLED planel.
The new handset could include the much-rumoured Samsung ultrasonic fingerprint reader , which works under the screen of the phone.
The technology appeared on the U.S. Patent Office , where the description details the use of an optical sensor under the screen to take a snapshot of the user’s fingerprint.
Another source claims this will work with the ultrasonic scanner which can also be used “at the side” of the device.
This could mean a scanner which, potentially, scans more than one finger at once for dual layered security.
The new fingerprint reader could well be Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Face ID.
Samsung is well known for the excellent cameras on its handsets, so it’s likely that the S10 will get an updated snapper.
With the Huawei P20 Pro introducing a three-lens rear camera, there are rumours that Samsung could follow this trend.
It’s also possible that the Galaxy S10 will be the first, or one of the first 5G handsets to launch.
However, even if the handset is 5G-capable, we won’t see next-gen 5G networks rolling out in the UK until at least 2020.
Galaxy S10 design
A concept design has given us a glimpse of what the new handset could look like.
DBS Designing posted a video to its YouTube channel , titled ‘Samsung Galaxy X Concept.’
It shows a full-screen device, without the dreaded ‘notch’ seen in rival devices, including the iPhone X .
While the Galaxy S9 has a dual-lens camera, the designs indicate that the Galaxy X could have a triple-lens camera.
This could allow budding photographers to snap more high-quality photos, including 3D images.
However, as the concept design didn’t come from Samsung, it’s unlikely to resemble the final design too closely.
Galaxy S10 specs
The S10 is rumoured to feature a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which would be a slight step up from the Snapdragon 845, currently found in the S9.
It’s also likely that the new flagship will include some form of AI processing, putting it head-to-head with the likes of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro .