With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and its 'reimagined' camera now well behind us, the tips are starting to really flow in about Samsung's next instalment, the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The S10, which has been given a really cool codename, is on course to see the light of day in March 2019, so what do we know so far about the next phone in Samsung's S range of Galaxy smartphones?
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Samsung Galaxy S10 release date
We're expecting Samsung to follow tradition and announce the Galaxy S10 during the first quarter of 2019: most likely around the start of March or the end of February, and the annual Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
We know that MWC 2019 kicks off on 25 February, and with the press day usually a day earlier than that, it's a sensible bet that the Galaxy S10 is going to get its grand unveiling on Sunday 24 February.
That date would be in line with the release dates of previous Galaxy S phones, though Samsung doesn't always use MWC as the platform.
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 saw the light of day in 2010, 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 upcoming foldable phone.
One idea is that future phones will all be named the Galaxy X with the year of release afterwards, but that would get very confusing very fast. Samsung will probably wait until the last possible moment to let us know the new name, but if it's the end of the line for the Galaxy S moniker, it certainly had a good run.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G connectivity
According to a reliable tipster, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will let you tear across the web and through your apps faster than ever, because it's set to 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 come with the next-gen 5G technology on board.
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.
Whether 5G technology will be up and running in your part of the world by next year is another matter: a select number of UK, US and Chinese cities are scheduled to have it by the start of 2019, but it won't be ubiquitous for a while.
Samsung Galaxy S10 specs
Seasoned Weibo tipster Ice Universe has also revealed the Samsung Galaxy S10 could have an all-new Infinity Display with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent (the figure for this year's S9 is 83.6 percent). Those bezels keep on shrinking.
Ice Universe later tweeted on 14 May that the S10 screen is rumoured to "exceed 600 ppi". That would be an improvement on the screen in the S9, which has a resolution of 570 ppi.
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, the same sort of upgrade we get every year from Qualcomm's latest chip.
Samsung usually develops its own Exynos chip for its Galaxy S phones in certain markets, as it did for the S9 in Europe with the Exynos 9810, and that's likely to be the case again in 2019.
Whether in regards to the Snapdragon 855 or the next Exynos chipset, you can expect even more nods towards AI processing next time around. All the indications are that a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) will be included, similar to that found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, ready to handle all of the complex AI and 3D processing.
The Galaxy Note 9 probably won't be a huge step forward from the S9 and S9 Plus in terms of specs, but it might offer up a few more clues about the Galaxy S10. The phablet is scheduled to launch sometime this summer.
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 there are question marks over if it won't be ready in time for the Note 9 release.
We've seen renders of what the tech might look like on the Note 9, and numerous revealing hints have been creeping out about how the in-screen fingerprint sensor will work and where it will be positioned, but we'll have to wait a few more months to see if Samsung managed to develop the in-screen sensor far enough to get it out of the door during 2018.
If not, that means that the Samsung Galaxy S10 could be the first Samsung phone to feature the innovative technology, perhaps leaving space on the back of the phone to add more cameras?
As for other features, it's tricky to know what else Samsung could possibly add to the existing S9 formula. We know that a foldable phone is in the works, but this is likely to be separate to the main Galaxy S line.
One feature Samsung always likes to focus on are cameras, and with Huawei upping the ante with a triple-lens camera on the back on the Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung will want to respond. More lens? More aperture settings? Better low light performance? It all could be on the cards for 2019.
Samsung Galaxy S10 price
At this stage it's far 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.
A lot can change between now and then in terms of supply costs and global markets. 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?