The Samsung Galaxy S9 with its 'reimagined' camera has been released, and now we're getting tips about Samsung's next instalment, the Galaxy S10.
So what do we know so far about the next phone in the S range of Galaxy smartphones?
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Samsung Galaxy S10 release date
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 release date to be during the first quarter of 2019, most likely around March, and the annual Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
That date would be in line with the release dates of previous Galaxy S phones: the Galaxy S9 was released at an event on February 25 (2018) the Galaxy S8 was released on April 21 (2017) and if we look back even further back, the Galaxy S7 was released on March 12 (2016).
Samsung Galaxy S10 name
Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung has stuck to an easy-to-understand naming system, continuing up through Samsung Galaxy S2 to the S9, where we are now.
So the natural step for the 2019 Galaxy S would be to call it the Galaxy S10, but that may not be what happens.
In a press conference given on 26 February 2018, reported by The Investor, Koh Dong-jin, President of Samsung Mobile, said: "Although Samsung will stick to Galaxy, we have been thinking about whether we need to maintain the S moniker or the numbering system."
Best bets on the name if it’s not the Galaxy S10? Some people are claiming an iPhone-alike Galaxy X name might be on the cards although that’s also the rumoured name for Samsung’s new foldable phone. Needless to say, Samsung is keeping tight lipped.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G connectivity
According to a reliable tipster, the Samsung Galaxy 10 will be the first smartphone to support super-fast 5G.
Weibo user 'Ice Universe', who has a pretty good track record when it comes to leaking sensitive Samsung tidbits, has revealed that the Galaxy S10 will be the first smartphone to support 5G.
This makes complete sense, as Qualcomm and Samsung have recently announced a ‘strategic relationship’ agreement, which specifically mentions the "transition to 5G".
Galaxy S10 users should, then, be able to benefit from the faster internet speeds that 5G will provide.
Samsung Galaxy S10 specs
Ice Universe also revealed the Samsung Galaxy S10 could have an all-new Infinity Display with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93 per cent (the S8 is currently 83.6 per cent).
Powering everything could be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, if leaker Roland Quandt is to be believed. This will bring the expected improved performance and better efficiency over Qualcomm's current chipset.
Also expected to be included is a Neural Processing Unit (NPU), similar to that found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This will handle all of the complex AI and 3D processing, leaving the Qualcomm CPU free to handle more straightforward tasks.
Samsung Galaxy S10 features
While we didn't see an in-screen fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S9, we hear that the technology is being tested on the upcoming Note 9 although it apparently won't be ready in time for the Note 9 release.
That means that the Samsung Galaxy S10 could be the first Samsung phone to feature that innovative technology, perhaps leaving space on the back of the phone to add more cameras?
Samsung Galaxy S10 price
It’s way too early to make any kind of accurate prediction on the Samsung Galaxy S10 price. What, you want us to try, anyway? We couldn’t possibly. Oh, go on, then.
In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch price was $725 while the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch price was a slightly cheaper $720.
In the UK, however, there was a price increase of £100 between the two models: the S8 launched at £639 while the S9 launched at £739.
So, our current (very early!) guess at the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch price is that – barring a massive economic downturn or sudden consumer demand for ridiculously expensive tech – the US price will remain stable, at $725 or thereabouts.
And we can’t imagine the UK launch price of the S10 dropping back down to S8 levels, so we’re going to bet a British pound coin on the S10 launching at £749, a tenner more than the S9.
We'll see whether we were right next year.
We'll bring you more S10 leaks and rumours as we get them. Until then, why not see how the S9 compares to the S8?