Samsung Galaxy S10: All the rumors in one place (Updated February 9)

Update, February 9, 2019 (2:00 PM ET): We’ve updated the rumor hub with a new leaked watermark-free render of the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10, via Evan Blass, and a download link for the phone’s wallpapers.


In 2019, Samsung will launch its follow up to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S10. Even this far ahead of its release, there are already lots of rumors about what the S10 will be like — including how many models will be launched — and what kinds of new hardware and software features will be included.

The manufacturer has yet to comment officially about the specs, price, and release date for the Samsung Galaxy S10, but there are enough credible rumors to give us an idea of what to expect.

Release date: Samsung Unpacked reveal on February 20

 

The nitty-gritty

  • Samsung has confirmed it will reveal the Galaxy S10 on February 20
  • This could mean the phones could go on sale in late February or early March of 2019.

In the past, Samsung used the Mobile World Congress trade show, held in Barcelona in late February, to introduce the newest members of the Galaxy S series. However, the company has now confirmed it will hold a Samsung Unpacked press event on Wednesday, February 20 in San Francisco, several days before MWC 2019 will be held. Samsung will also live stream the event for anyone to watch on the Internet. A Feb. 20 date for the press event may mean the phone itself will go on sale in late February or early March 2019.

Samsung slightly moved up the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to compensate for weaker-than-expected sales of the Galaxy S9, so that might also be a factor with the rumored change in release strategy for the Galaxy S10 as well.

Specs: Three (possibly four) different Galaxy S10 models in the works

The nitty-gritty

  • Leaked model numbers seemingly confirm that Samsung will release three different Galaxy S10 models at once.
  • The Plus model could have three rear cameras.
  • Other rumors claim the higher-end phones could have an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3D sensor.

We are still several months away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is rumored to have the internal codename “Beyond.” Some rumors concerning the phones’ hardware specs have already hit the internet. One of them claims Samsung will launch three different S10 models at once.

The three devices have apparently been given the codenames Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. Of the three devices, Beyond 1 will reportedly be the successor to the Galaxy S9, Beyond 2 will be the successor to the Galaxy S9 Plus, and Beyond 0 will be a new entry-level device.

In September 2018, three model numbers leaked online which seemingly confirm that there will be three different variants of the Galaxy S10. The model numbers are SM-G970, SM-G975, and SM-G973. The first two model numbers match up with previous ones for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but the third model number is brand new and could be a reference to the “Beyond 0” entry level device.

According to this rumor, two of the devices will have 5.8-inch displays, while the third would have a 6.2-inch screen. SamMobile later suggested the Galaxy S10 would have a 5.8-inch display, the Galaxy S10 Plus would have a 6.2-inch display, and the entry-level variant would have a 5.8-inch display, so this seems to line up.

Bloomberg corroborated the previous reports and said Samsung will launch three S10 models. Even though the normal S10 and S10 Plus might have curved OLED displays with in-display fingerprint sensors, the third S10 model might not have a curved display or in-display fingerprint sensor. SamMobile also suggested the entry-level model would not have an in-display fingerprint sensor.

An anonymous Gizmodo tipster corroborated the claim that there will be three Galaxy S10 models. However, MySmartPrice and TuttoDroid have revealed more RAM/storage details. Here is how the three devices break down:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10
    • 6.1-inch display, curved
    • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
    • 128GB or 512GB of internal storage
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 6.4-inch display, curved
    • 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM
    • 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB of internal storage
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite/Galaxy S10e
    • 5.8-inch display, flat
    • 6GB of RAM
    • 128GB of internal storage

Bloomberg also reported that Samsung is testing S10 prototypes without headphone jacks, though this does not mean a final decision was made. However, Samsung’s quirky W2019 smartphone does not have a headphone jack, which could support the idea that the company will leave the headphone jack out of the S10.

Weirdly enough, the Galaxy S10 might feature reverse wireless charging. Called “Powershare,” the feature lets you use the Galaxy S10 to wirelessly charge other devices. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro includes the same feature, but we found the phone to charge devices at a lethargic pace.

Possible ultra high-end 5G model in the works?

The quad-camera Samsung Galaxy A9 2018.

We did hear a rumor that the Galaxy S10 line will NOT be 5G-capable. According to rumors, there will be a 5G phone from Samsung that releases next year, but it will be its own standalone model and not an S10 or Note 10 device.

However, the “Beyond” codenames mentioned earlier did include a Beyond 2 5G model. This could mean that there will be a Samsung Galaxy S10 “Ultra” model that will also have 5G connection capabilities.

Rumors suggest this 5G variant will launch sometime after the launch of the initial three devices. It’s possible the 5G S10 could launch along with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy F — the company’s long-awaited foldable phone.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung is in talks with Verizon to introduce a 5G version of the Galaxy S10. The big question is whether Verizon’s 5G network for smartphones will be ready by the time this rumored Galaxy S10 model launches.

If this 5G model of the S10 does launch, it will be an absolute beast.

This highest-end model reportedly will have six cameras (two on the front, four on the rear), an enormous 6.7-inch display, and support 5G connections. It could also have a ceramic back and support reverse wireless charging.

There are also reports suggesting this highest-end model could have 3D sensors on both the front and the back, making it an augmented reality powerhouse. Read the next section for more on these alleged 3D sensors.

Keep in mind, however, that this rumored variant could be something entirely different from the Galaxy S10 line.

3D mapping camera sensor like you’ve never seen before

The same story also claims one of the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10 models would have a single rear camera, while the second would have two rear camera sensors. The 6.2-inch Galaxy S10 Plus could have as many as three rear cameras, according to some rumors — similar to the Huawei P20 Pro.

A recent report (in Korean) has added more information about the cameras that will potentially be found on the upcoming devices. It says that the Galaxy S10 Plus will get a dual-lens camera setup on the front of the device, and a triple-lens camera on the rear. The rear setup will be the same as the Galaxy S9 Plus but with the addition of a 16MP, 120-degree ultra-wide angle lens, according to the rumors.

The same report says that the Galaxy S10 will sport a single camera on the front and a triple camera on the rear. Meanwhile, the entry-level device will get a single camera on the front and a dual camera on the rear.

However, another report (in German) suggests otherwise. It says that only the Galaxy S10 Plus will get the rear triple camera and that the Galaxy S10 and the entry-level device will both only get dual-lens rear cameras. It also claims that the Galaxy S10 Plus will get a 12MP main lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP 123-degree super-wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture, as well as a 13MP zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture.

The same report suggests that the rear camera found on the other two devices will be the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus but without the 13MP zoom lens.

Another rumor claims the Galaxy S10 could be the first Samsung phone to have a 3D sensor. This could allow the phone to map the outside world in 3D and assist its augmented reality features, like improved versions of the S9’s AR Emoji.

Twitter

A leaked spec table from Twitter user bang_gogo_ supposedly backed up the camera specs we have learned up until now. According to the leaked spec table, the 12MP primary camera features an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture. A 16MP sensor acts as the wide-angle lens with a 123-degree view and f/1.9 aperture, while the third 13MP sensor acts as the telephoto lens and features an f/2.4 aperture with a 45-degree field of view.

Based on the table, only the 16MP sensor lacks OIS and auto-focus.

Interestingly, Samsung is reportedly working on its version of Google’s Night Sight. Called “Bright Night,” the feature was mentioned in a breakdown of the One UI beta’s Samsung Camera APK. Bright Night could debut in the Galaxy S10, though it could also be available for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

Another Samsung first for the Galaxy S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Futuristic in-display fingerprint scanner

Another Samsung first for the S10 could be the addition of an in-display fingerprint scanner. A new report suggests that Samsung will eschew using the current in-display fingerprint sensor tech used by Vivo and Oppo to instead use its own ultrasonic tech. Theoretically, ultrasonic fingerprint scans could be faster and more efficient than the current optical sensors that companies put underneath displays.

While one would expect something like in-display fingerprint sensors to only land on the higher-end versions of the Galaxy S10 line, a report from Korean site The Investor suggests that all three variants will have the in-display scanner tech. However, the lower-end model will feature the more-common optical sensor and the two higher-end models will get the ultrasonic versions.

Also, the Samsung Galaxy S10 might not have an iris scanner like what’s included in the Galaxy S9 models. Apparently, the rumors claim the in-display fingerprint sensor will take the place of the iris scanner for opening and locking the smartphone.

Sound-emitting screen

Some rumors claim the Galaxy S10 could use its screen as a replacement for its built-in speaker. Apparently, Samsung Display has created a sound-emitting screen that could be used on the Galaxy S10. It’s similar technology to the Vivo Nex phone.

Out-of-this-world processors

If history is a guide, we can expect the Galaxy S10 to offer Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon chipset (the Snapdragon 855), for the U.S. market. It will likely release in the rest of the world sporting Samsung’s latest in-house Exynos chip, the Exynos 9820.

Framework files that XDA Developers unearthed from the unreleased Android 9 Pie firmware for the Galaxy S9 referenced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 chipset. It’s believed that the Snapdragon 8150 moniker was actually an internal name for the Snapdragon 855. After all, the company has used four-digit internal names for its chipsets before, such as the Snapdragon 835 (known as MSM8998).

Both the Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 offer dedicated AI silicon. In Qualcomm’s case, it’s using a Hexagon 690 digital signal processor coupled with a brand-new Tensor accelerator. Meanwhile, Samsung is touting a neural processing unit (NPU) for machine learning tasks.

Dedicated AI hardware would allow Samsung to accelerate a variety of tasks, such as image processing, machine vision, natural language processing, and biometric authentication. This could lead to better photos, faster Google Lens and Bixby Vision performance, and more virtual assistant commands without an internet connection.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera review

It’s believed that Samsung’s cheapest Galaxy S10 will offer 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This makes for an impressive leap over the 4GB/64GB Galaxy S9. Rumors suggest the standard Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will offer 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 128GB to 512GB of storage. But the S10 Plus is said to take things even further, with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

It’s also likely the Samsung Galaxy S10 will launch running Android 9.0 Pie with the new One UI skin and an updated version of its Bixby digital assistant. Other hardware specs for the phone, such as the size of its battery and its water and dust resistance rating are unknown at this time.

 Samsung Galaxy S10 rumored specifications
Display5.8-inch, 6.2-inch displays
ProcessorNext-gen Snapdragon or Exynos chip
RAM4/6/8GB
Storageup to 512GB
MicroSDUnknown
CameraSingle, dual and triple rear camera setup
BatteryUnknown
Water resistantUnknown
Headphone jackUnknown
SoftwareAndroid P with Samsung Experience
Other featuresIn-display fingerprint sensor and speaker, 3D sensor

Design: New specs can dictate the Samsung Galaxy S10 overall design

The nitty-gritty

  • The Galaxy S10 could look much different than previous phones in the series.
  • Some rumors suggest that it could come close to a truly bezel-free design.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 could have very different look compared to the Infinity Display design of Galaxy S8 or S9 phones. Indeed, if the rumors about the in-display fingerprint scanner and audio features are correct, the phones could be the closest Samsung has come to being truly bezel-less. A recent Twitter post from an internet gadget leaker showed off a photo of what the leaker suggested was an S10 prototype, and it had almost no bezels. However, that image is almost certainly a fake.

However, even if the device has no bezels, it likely won’t be without controversy: noted leaker Evan Blass suggests the Galaxy S10 will feature the “punched” display known as the Infinity-O. This would mean the front-facing camera sensor wouldn’t live in a notch, but rather right in the glass, maybe in the upper corner. Click here to read our rumor roundup on this tidbit.

Somewhat corroborating Blass’ claims is Samsung reportedly began mass production of Infinity-O displays. Given the timing of the report, as well as the Galaxy A8s’ announcement, the Infinity-O display could be ready for the Galaxy S10.

@OnLeaks and 91Mobiles published some Galaxy S10 Plus renders, which show off four rear cameras and the Infinity-O display up front. The cutout up front looks large enough to house two selfie cameras. You can see the renders down below.

There are also rumors suggesting the Galaxy S10 will have four color variants: black, white, yellow, and green. Those colors could even be gradients, as Samsung has just started experimenting with this type of design.

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

German tech website WinFuture has published similar renders of the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10, revealing the punch-hole screen and rear camera setup. You can check these out below.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Size Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S10 Size Comparison

Evan Blass tweeted an image which appears to be a real-life Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in white color. However, the image is cropped so only part of the device is visible. See below:

A leaked image of a real-life Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in white color. Evan Blass

Finally, we have a fresh render of the Samsung Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 without any watermarks from evleaks. We don’t learn anything new from these images, but at least you can see the device by itself without any glaring obstructions.
Samsung Galaxy S10e and S10 No Watermarks Evan Blass

Last but certainly not least, Samsung’s latest wallpapers that should arrive with the Galaxy S10 line have started to leak. You can find the download link here.

Price & availability

The nitty-gritty

  • The Galaxy S10 price will certainly vary depending on the phone’s model and hardware specs.
  • Rumors suggest the entry-level model will cost $800, while the highest end model could cost over $1,000.

Obviously, Samsung has not indicated how it will price the Galaxy S10 models. If the company actually releases three different versions of the S10, each with its own RAM and storage capacity, pricing could vary widely, from as low as around $650 for the entry-level 5.8-inch model with the lowest RAM and storage, to over $1,000 for the 6.2-inch model with more RAM and storage.

According to a Gizmodo tipster, here’s how the prices break down:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10
    • 128GB: 799 pounds (~$1,009). 512GB: 999 pounds (~$1,262)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 128GB: 899 pounds (~$1,136), 512GB: 1,099 pounds (~$1,388), 1TB: 1,399 pounds (~$1,767)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
    • 128GB: 669 pounds (~$845)

Meanwhile, a new leak from MySmartPrice and tipster Ishan Agarwal has offered Dutch pricing. This should also line up with the rest of Europe if confirmed:

  • Samsung Galaxy S10
    • 6GB/128GB: 899 euros (~$1,028). 8GB/512GB: 1,149 euros (~$1,315)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 6GB/128GB: 999 euros (~$1,143), 8GB/512GB: 1,249 euros (~$1,429), 12GB/1TB: 1,499 euros (~$1,715)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite/Galaxy S10e
    • 6GB/128GB: 749 euros (~$857)

Samsung Galaxy S10: Conclusion

These are all the rumors and credible speculation we’ve come across so far about the Samsung Galaxy S10. As we always do with this kind of post, we will be updating this page on a regular basis as more rumors, and any official statements and specs from Samsung, are released

In the meantime, share your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S10. Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be a worthy successor to the S9? Let us know in the comments!

Previous coverage:

  • December 20, 2018: Galaxy S10 could have a low-light camera feature similar to Google’s Night Sight
  • December 18, 2018: Samsung Galaxy S10 series to get Mate 20 Pro’s quirkiest feature?
  • December 12, 2018: Massive leak gives us idea of Galaxy S10 release date, price, storage, more
  • December 4, 2018: Galaxy S10 Plus renders leak (Update: Yesterday’s renders were wrong, these are right)
  • November 27, 2018: Samsung Galaxy S10 variant could sport 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage
  • November 26, 2018: Samsung said to have begun Infinity-O display manufacturing, possibly for Galaxy S10
  • November 21, 2018: Samsung Galaxy S10 (5G) tipped for superior AR with front and rear 3D sensors
  • November 20, 2018: Highest-end Galaxy S10 could have 5G support, 6 cameras, 6.7-inch display
  • November 19, 2018: New rumors: Galaxy S10 colors, 5G variant launch, and cheaper model details
  • November 13, 2018: Samsung Galaxy S10 may house Infinity-O display and three rear cameras
  • November 13, 2018: Samsung may launch cheaper Galaxy S10 model, specs and price leaked
  • November 2, 2018: Bad news if you love Samsung iris scanners: the Galaxy S10 might lose it
  • November 1, 2018: Samsung W2019 ‘leak’ shows no headphone jack: Is this a test-run for Galaxy S10?
  • October 10, 2018: Brace yourself: Samsung could drop the headphone jack from next year
  • October 8, 2018: Samsung tipped to be working on NPU: Could Galaxy S10, Note 10 offer AI silicon?
  • September 21, 2018: Model numbers seemingly confirm there will be three Galaxy S10 variants
  • September 19, 2018: Samsung working on four Galaxy S10 models, including 5G Galaxy S10 Plus?

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