The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still fresh, but the first significant rumors concerning the sequel are already beginning to stir. Will we see a big change from the Korean manufacturer, or will Samsung stick to the tried and tested? The latest reports have revealed more about the three variants of the Galaxy S10 and how they will differ. Here's everything we know so far.
The S10 will come in three sizes, with different biometric capability
All About Samsung has heard some details about the Galaxy S10 from Samsung insiders. First of all, there is information about the camera, which Samsung is apparently planning improvements on. There are currently three versions, and their code names are Beyond0, Beyond1 and Beyond2.
It is now relatively certain that the Galaxy S10 will again receive a 5.8-inch display, while the screen of the Plus version will grow to a full 6.4 inches. But there should be another variant in between with a 6.1-inch display. Apple is planning similar sizes for the iPhone lineup expected in autumn. This information comes via a new report from the TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as seen by Business Insider.
However, a fingerprint sensor located under the display should only exist for the two larger variants. Similar to earlier Sony smartphones, the "normal" Galaxy S10 will have a fingerprint sensor on its side. A 3D sensor for facial recognition is rumored to be only available with the Galaxy Note 10.
Ultrasonic technology for the two high end versions
DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division, revealed some interesting tidbits about new fingerprint sensor technology for the Galaxy S10 displays during a fan event in China.
For the more advanced Galaxy S10 variants, Samsung plans to skip the adoption of optical fingerprint readers integrated in the displays that we have already seen appear on the market (for example on Huawei's Mate RS) and go directly to the faster and more precise ultrasonic technology. This technology would allow the fingerprint impression to be read more safely, quickly and without being disturbed by water or dirt on the display. According to Koh, if Samsung had wanted optical sensors, it would have used them two years ago.
Samsung uses ultrasound technology that promises more security than an optical sensor. Similar to earlier Sony smartphones, the "normal" Galaxy S10 will have a fingerprint sensor on its side. According to Kuo, a 3D sensor for facial recognition is only available with the Galaxy Note 10.
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- Technical specifications
As well as this, some further details about the features were revealed. The development project for the S10 involves Fingerprint on Display (FOD) technology, which has been an ongoing project for some time now, but it failed in the S8 and the S9 due to technical difficulties. The sensor would be placed into its AMOLED screen.
So far the in-display fingerprint scanner has only been available in rather niche offerings, such as Huawei's luxury RS Porsche Design. Nonetheless, for the technology to truly go mainstream, it's got to come on a Samsung. If the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 won't carry it, then we could see the Galaxy S10 bring this biometric tech to the masses.
3D face scanning to compete with Apple
The Bell also reports that Samsung plans to implement 3D face scanning tech for the next-gen flagship, although this still remains unclear. Samsung has been experimenting with facial recognition since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. While the Galaxy S8 and S9 saw some improvements with this, the Korean company has always lagged behind its American rivals in this field.
3D face scanning on the Samsung Galaxy S10 would boost security for facial scanning and could also improve related featues such as AR Emoji. SamMobile suggests that this lines up with previous reports that Samsung is working with startup Mantis Vision and supplier Woodgate to integrate this 3D face scanning into the next flagship.
While these are intriguing tidbits about potential new features, it also seems that Samsung will be sticking to their winning formula in many ways. The “Infinity Display” design is here to stay, and in the same 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch sizes as well.
Don't expect to be able to bend or flex the screen either, as the report from The Bell specifically calls out that this won’t be a foldable phone. Samsung's rumored flexi-phone, the Samsung Galaxy X, was speculated to be one and the same with the Galaxy S10, but at the moment it looks like a divergent evolutionary path for the Galaxy bloodline.
One of the key differences between each Samsung Galaxy S10 version is the camera setup.
The larger S10 (presumably the S10+) with the code name Beyond2 has an additional third camera installed on the back, and a dual camera setup up on the front for an impressive 5-camera array in total. According to a report from The Bell, Samsung will add a 120° wide angle module to what is otherwise the same configuration as on the S9+, including a telephoto lens.
And what about the other, smaller versions? The "regular" Galaxy S10 (codenamed 'Beyond1') and a yet-unnamed lower-end variant ('Beyond 0') will have fewer cameras. The S10 is said to have the same triple-camera on the rear, but only one on the front. Meanwhile, 'Beyond 0' will reportedly come with two cameras, one on each side, as is standard.
Additional information about the Galaxy S10+ comes in the form of specs detailed by reliable leaker Ice Universe, who spilled the beans on the alleged internals:
Samsung's next-generation Exynos 9820 will use the 2+2+4 DynamIQ architecture, 2xExynos M4 is the big core, 2xCortex-A75 (or A76) is the medium core, and 4xA55 is the small core. pic.twitter.com/3T5AUbcWhV— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 10, 2018
Naturally, at this early stage of the game it's important to take everything with a grain of salt when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S10. Things could change significantly between now and the release, but we'll continue to bring you the latest rumors, news and leaks right here.
Source: The Bell