HERE WE GO AGAIN. Rumours claim Samsung will launch its Galaxy S10 flagship in January 2018, with plans to launch its long-awaited foldable smartphone at MWC in February.
Korean newspaper The Bell, naturally, reports that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is likely to see an official unveiling at CES in January, with the “procurement of parts” to begin in October.
While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Samsung might launch its next flagship smartphone ahead of schedule, this rumour has a bit more meat. The Bell claims that the S10’s launch has been pushed forward to make room for its long-rumoured foldable ‘Galaxy X‘ smartphone.
Samsung has reportedly asked suppliers to start supplying component for the smartphone this November, with plans to unveil the handset at MWC.
The so-called Galaxy X will feature a”fold-in structure”, The Bell notes, comprising three 3.5in OLED panels. The front of the product will reportedly be equipped with two 3.5in panels to create a 7in screen, with an additional 3.5in display on the rear.
3/5/18: Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is codenamed “Beyond” and will be the first to feature a screen-embedded fingerprint sensor, according to Korean news outlet The Bell.
Citing the “parts industry” as its source, the website claims that Samsung’s ‘Beyond’ codename is fitting for the firm’s 10th-anniversary flagship, with the firm aiming to “go beyond” what it has already achieved in the smartphone market.
To do that, the Galaxy S10 will be the first Samsung smartphone to be kitted out with Fingerprint on Display (FOD) tech, according to the report, which notes that the firm has attempted to introduce the feature since the Galaxy S8 but failed due to “technical difficulties”.
Samsung will manage to embed a fingerprint sensor into the Galaxy S10’s AMOLED screen, The Bell claims, although it’s unclear who will be providing the firm with the futuristic tech.
It is not currently known if the Galaxy S10 will also feature iPhone X-a-like 3D sensing technology on the front.
“Unlike FOD, partners in the 3D sensing module are not detecting mass-production movements,” one electronics industry official said.
18/4/18: The Galaxy S9 may be just weeks-old, but Samsung has reportedly finalised the design of next year’s Galaxy S10.
So says Korean website The Bell, which claims that Samsung’s 10th-anniversary Galaxy S series phones will arrive early next year equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 3D sensing camera, similar to that found on the iPhone X.
The handset’s under-screen fingerprint sensor, the report claims, is currently being developed by Qualcomm and Synaptics in the US, and Aegis Tech in Taiwan. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ will likely be the first Samsung smartphones to come equipped with the tech, with recent reports noting that, despite earlier rumours, the Galaxy Note 9 is unlikely to carry the feature.
The Galaxy S10’s rumoured 3D-sensing module is being developed by camera firms Mantis Vision and Woodgate, The Bell notes. Further details about this feature remain vague, but it likely will offer iPhone X-style face-unlock functionality, improving on Samsung’s current, and somewhat lacklustre iris-scanning solution.
Elsewhere, the Korean report debunks speculation that the Galaxy S10 will feature the foldable AMOLED screen that we’ve heard so much about, and instead claims that Samsung will stick to same curved Infinity displays found on this year’s S9 and S9+.
The screens are allegedly getting bigger, though, with the S10 and S10 Plus tipped to feature 5.8in and 6.3in panels, respectively, 0.03in and 0.08in larger than their predecessors.
That’s all The Bell has to give, but an earlier report claimed that – somewhat unsurprisingly – the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will be powered by Samsung’s as-yet-unannounced Exynos 9820 SoC, that’s expected to debut inside the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung’s Exynos variants are typically released in Europe, with Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 855 processor set to power its US-bound version.
Samsung, naturally, hasn’t commented on the rumours. µ
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