With the latest phablet device newly launched and already on store shelves, it’s time to look towards the future. In this fast-paced, action-packed smartphone jungle, a flagship device seems only to last about six months or so until it’s time for the next generation to make its appearance. And in this case, the device many of us are waiting for is the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The Note 9 is a fantastic device which checks all the most essential features in a $1,000 smartphone.
- Big Battery
- Big high-res screen
- Biometric security
- Lots of storage
- Lots of RAM
- Headphone jack
- Wireless charging
- Fast charging
You have to give Samsung credit for packing everything but the kitchen sink in a power user’s device.
Sure, there is the next batch of iPhones, Pixels, and Huawei branded handsets to be released before the year is done.
We know a lot about what the next Pixel will bring to the table, thanks to an unboxing.
We know to expect three great iPhones this year with improved hardware and software tweaks.
Huawei is expected to release its Mate 20 which is widely expected to pack Android 9.0 along with its Kirin 980 SoC built on a 7nm process.
There still a lot to look forward to before the end of 2018.
The next logical step after that is to look towards the first half of 2019, and that’s where things get interesting.
Rumored Samsung Galaxy S10 Features
It seems as if these days, smartphone manufacturers can hardly keep a secret due to the many leaks.
Unbreakable OLED Display
The S10 is rumored to feature an “unbreakable display” which Samsung announced in the middle of July.
Hojung Kim who is the general manager of the Communication Team for Samsung Display Company:
The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices not only because of its unbreakable characteristics, but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity and hardness, which are all very similar to glass
According to the report earlier this year, Samsung’s newly developed display withstood military-grade drop testing. This is a standard that was set by the U.S Department of Defense.
The unit survived close to 4ft drops on the ground in some 26 repeated successions at varying temperatures of 71 degrees Celsius, and as low as 32 degrees Celsius.
There was no damage to the sides or the front of the screen, and amazingly it continued to work as normal.
We can potentially look forward to what may be the worlds most durable smartphone display once this thing enters production.
There are reports that Samsung will use a built-in fingerprint scanner behind the display. Along with that, the company is expected to remove the bottom bezels almost entirely, while shrinking the top part for a better screen to body ratio.
Since more Android manufacturers are embracing the notch which was started by the Essential phone, we already know what to expect from the majority of smartphones due to be released.
Except that Samsung seems to have no plans to embrace the design faux pas, and it doesn’t look like we are getting that on the upcoming Galaxy S10, which is excellent news.
Tripple Rear Camera
Similar to the setup in the Huawei P20 pro with its trio of rear cameras, the Galaxy S10 is expected to feature three cameras in a horizontal, vertical, or grid position on the back.
The difference from the P20 Pro which has a vertical positioning is the use of optical zoom, wide-angle, and a portrait mode lens system.
It’s hard to say what the megapixel count is going to be until an official announcement is made, but we could be looking at groundbreaking smartphone photo talking capabilities.
As far I can tell, no other smartphone features all three lens setup. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
There are also rumors of two front-facing cameras for selfie shots, which would bring the camera count to five.
4k OLED Screen
We know that Samsung makes the best screens on smartphones. Some of you may not like the over saturated colors and prefer a more natural experience of that on the iPhone X.
Either way, the displays on the latest iPhone and the current lineup of Galaxy devices are all made by Samsung.
One of the most exciting rumors is that Sammy is planning to introduce a 4K display with an insane PPI count between 600-700 PPI.
Not only will the display need a higher resolution to support that PPI count, but it will bring an added benefit to VR applications as well.
If that’s the case, Samsung will want to go with a battery capacity of at least 4,000 mAh which is found in the Note 9 to support that display energy draw.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
The Snapdragon 855 was rumored to be in the Samsung Galaxy S10, but that’s a tough one to call.
Reports show that the processor won’t enter into mass production until Q4.
But Samsung has that buying power which usually sees its flagship mobile devices rocking the latest Snapdragon before anyone else.
Much to all the hype we have heard, it doesn’t seem as if 5G connectivity will be integrated with Snapdragon X50 modem which would deliver superfast speeds.
That could change, and I might be wrong on that. You know how rumors can go sometimes.
The 855 chipset will be developed on a 7nm process, but it might be a little late to the game if Huawei has its way.
Huawei is readying itself to release its in-house Kirin 980 7nm processor on the Mate 20, which would make it the worlds first Android device to do so when it launches in October.
It’s also worthy to note that Apple plans to introduce its A12 Bionic 7nm processors on the iPhone next month.
More details will come to the surface as we near the end of 2018 and enter into 2019.
If you have held off on grabbing yourself the Note 9 in anticipation of the Galaxy S10, you might be making the right choice here.
We are expecting big and revolutionary things for the Galaxy S10.