While many shoppers have their eyes on the Samsung Galaxy S9, and rightfully so, others have their sights set on the rumored Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung’s rumored 2019 flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is getting all of the attention right now. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are worthy successors to the Galaxy S8 and worthy competitors for the iPhone X and iPhone 8. If you’re in the hunt for a new smartphone, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ should be near the top of your list.
There are also two rumored Galaxy smartphones that might catch your eye. One is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a sort-of-official successor for the Galaxy Note 8.
The other device is the Samsung Galaxy S10, the rumored successor for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Rumors
Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors are starting to pickup as push into May and the summer.
According to Korean site The Bell, a publication that has a decent track record with Samsung rumored, the Galaxy S10 is codenamed “Beyond.” This information has been backed up by a well-known leaker in China.
The Galaxy S8 was known as “Dream” while the Galaxy S9 project was codenamed “Star” internally. The rumored Galaxy Note 9 is reportedly known as “Crown.”
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is still in the development phase, but we’re already seeing hardware and software rumors trickle out. Reports point to an enhanced camera, an improved fingerprint sensor, and familiar sized Infinity Displays with some notable upgrades.
Samsung is supposedly working on a Galaxy X flagship with a foldable display, but reports indicate this device is part of a different project.
While the release is months away, and an early release date reportedly in the mix, the Galaxy S10 should be on your radar if you’re looking for a new device in 2018. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should wait for the device to arrive though.
While some of you might want to hold out for Samsung’s announcements, others are going to be much better off buying something long before the next Galaxy S flagship arrives on shelves.
In this guide we’ll take you through some reasons to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and some reasons why you might want to pass.
Wait for Even Better Specs
Every year Samsung makes improvements to the Galaxy S hardware and software. The Galaxy S10 probably won’t buck the trend.
Galaxy S10 rumors already point to several hardware upgrades including a dedicated neural processing unit for improved AI, new UFS 3.0 memory, a new Exynos processor, support for 5G connectivity, and a larger “L” shaped battery that could improve battery life.
This is a preliminary spec sheet and it’ll likely change over the course of the year as Samsung starts ramping up development.
That said, if you aren’t thrilled with the Galaxy S9’s performance, and you don’t need a new phone right away, think about holding out for the Galaxy S10. It could bring some exciting upgrades.
WAIT FOR THIS IPHONE X FEATURE
|If you want one of the iPhone X’s top features you should think about waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S10.
According to Korean news site The Bell, Israeli startup Mantis Vision and camera module firm Namuga are working on 3D sensing camera technology for the Galaxy S10.
If true, it could mean the Galaxy S10 comes with 3D facial recognition similar to the Face ID solution Apple implemented on the iPhone X.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ feature 2D facial recognition and an iris scanner.
If you’re unfamiliar with Face ID, you can get a feel for the technology in the walkthrough video above.
WAIT FOR A NEW FINGERPRINT SENSOR
|Galaxy Note 9 rumors (and Galaxy S9 rumors) once claimed the device would have a fingerprint sensor under the display. Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like that won’t happen.
The original Galaxy Note 9 leaks came from a source that’s shared rumors on Chinese site Weibo in the past. Another rumor came from Chinese site ZOL.
A more recent report from respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the Galaxy Note 9 will miss out on the feature. Kuo isn’t one hundred percent accurate, but the well-known analyst has accurately predicted many hardware launches in the past.
The Galaxy Note 9 might miss out on the feature, but it looks like the technology could arrive on next year’s Galaxy S flagship.
A report from The Bell claims Samsung has informed its partners that it plans to use Fingerprint On Display (FOD) technology on the Galaxy S10. A report from Chosun backs up this report and claims Samsung will use the technology on the Galaxy S10, not the Galaxy S9.
Before you hang around waiting for the Galaxy S10, note that plans can change and often do. And given how many times we’ve heard this rumor over the years, we’d take this with a huge grain of salt, especially with 3D camera rumors swirling.
So if authenticating your identity with a simple press on your phone’s display is something you’re interested in, there’s a chance the Galaxy S10 will satisfy your needs.
At the very least, wait a few more months to see which direction Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor rumors go.
WAIT FOR MORE INFORMATION
|Before you buy your next phone or commit to waiting for the Galaxy S10, think about waiting for more information about the device. .
You can expect the spring and summer months to be filled with Galaxy S10 rumors and reports about Samsung’s plans.
These reports will help you decide if you want to continue to wait for the Galaxy S10 or if you want to go with another device.
Samsung’s working on a Galaxy Note 9, but there’s a chance (an outside one) the company unveils a new Galaxy phone alongside the new Note later this year.
In its Q4 2017 earnings call, Samsung said it’s going to put a major emphasis on foldable display panels and that in 2018, it “expects OLED to become a mainstream panel in the smartphone industry and will reinforce its competencies in new applications such as foldable, automotive, and IT displays.”
Again, Samsung’s got a Galaxy X rumored, but it’s unclear if it’ll make it to shelves before the Galaxy S10. We should see new Galaxy X rumors emerge this year and they could help you make your decision.
DON’T WAIT FOR A FOLDABLE DISPLAY
|The most exciting Galaxy X rumor centers around the device’s display. Instead of Samsung’s “Edge” display, the Galaxy X is rumored to have a completely flexible display made up of two bezel-less OLED display panels with a hinge in the middle.
If you aren’t sure what this might look like, take a look at these renders from LetsGoDigital. These renders are based on rumors and known patents.
A foldable, flexible smartphone would be extremely portable and it could open up a wealth of new software features including this one found in a patent by Patently Mobile.
If this patent pans out, Galaxy X users could tap an icon on the edge area of the phone to open up an app when the phone is unfolded.
The patent also points to multiple user profiles displayed on the phone’s edge. This would allow multiple users to input their password and gain access to their information.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Galaxy X and Galaxy S10 are two different phones and there’s a very good chance Samsung utilizes a familiar display design on the Galaxy S10.
Galaxy S10 rumors point to an Infinity display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93%. Another report from Korean site The Bell claims Samsung won’t go with a foldable display on its next Galaxy S flagship and will instead go with 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch Infinity Displays.
Leakster Ice Universe claims Samsung will make additional tweaks to the Galaxy S’ display including an upgrade to the pixel-per-inch (PPI) count to 600+ (4K/UHD). The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ displays come with 570 and 530 PPI, respectively.
If you want a foldable display on your next phone you’ll want to wait for the Galaxy X, not the Galaxy S10.
DON’T WAIT IF YOU CAN’T WAIT AWHILE
|If you can’t wait much longer to buy a new phone, don’t bother waiting for the Galaxy S10.
We know approximately when Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 9 and we have a pretty good idea about the Galaxy S10 launch.
At this point, the best case scenario is a launch sometime in early 2019, probably in the same Q1 window as the Galaxy S9 launch.
A recent rumor from Korean site The Bell claims the device will launch in January, or, a month earlier than the Galaxy S9.
This means you’ll have to wade through a year of unpredictable Galaxy S10 rumors before Samsung and leaksters confirm the release date, features, and price. If you can’t see yourself doing that, it’s probably best to move on.
Remember, most carriers allow you to upgrade after a year so you could buy a device now and be ready for the Galaxy 10 when it arrives next year.
DON’T WAIT IF YOU WANT A SMALL DISPLAY
|If you aren’t in love with the size of the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, don’t wait around for Samsung’s next Galaxy S flagships.
Unless Samsung takes things in a completely different direction, the Galaxy S10 displays will likely offer a ton of real estate.
Rumors currently point to 5.8-inches for the Galaxy S10 and 6.3-inches for the Galaxy S10+. These might not be the exact measurements, Samsung is still developing these devices, but we’d expect the screens to land in and around this size.
If you want something smaller you’re going to want to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there are a bunch of excellent small screen Android phones available right now.
DON’T WAIT IF YOU NEED A CHEAP PHONE
|The Galaxy Note 8 was Samsung’s most expensive phone ever and the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ aren’t cheap either.
If the Galaxy S10 comes with a 3D camera and a long list of bells and whistles, you can expect another expensive price point.
It would be great to see Samsung launch its flagship Galaxy S at an extremely affordable price point, but we don’t expect that to happen given its position in the company’s portfolio.
If you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a phone you’ll probably want to start looking elsewhere. Fortunately, there are a ton of great, cheap Android phones out there.
DON’T WAIT IF YOU FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE
|Don’t let Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors hold you back if you find a device you really like at a price you really like.
There aren’t any flagship foldable phones on the market right now, but there are some excellent devices to choose from.
You’ve got big-screen Android devices like Google’s Pixel 2 XL, one of our favorite devices from 2017 and one that will hang around all year until Google releases a successor.
You’ve got the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which were recently upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI. You’ve obviously got the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
There’s the OnePlus 5T, a phone that non-Android enthusiasts might not be familiar with. You’ve also got the new LG G7.
And if you aren’t married to buying a Galaxy phone, you’ve got Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and cheaper options like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s.
Again, most data plans allow you to upgrade to a new device after a year, when you trade in your phone. So if you were to buy a new device in the near future, say the Galaxy S9, you’d be able to pick up the Galaxy S10 soon after it arrives on shelves.
Before you commit to hanging around for the Galaxy S10, make sure you go hands-on with its competition.