2019 will the tenth anniversary of Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship lineup, and the company will take the stage on February 20 to take the wraps off the Galaxy S10. There’s heavy anticipation for the Galaxy S10, with Samsung preparing three variants of the phone instead of just two as it has been doing since the Galaxy S6. Well, there’s a fourth variant as well, but that one is only going to be available in markets where 5G networks will go live this year, which is to say it won’t be available in the majority of countries.
There’s a lot the Galaxy S10 will bring to the table. Leaks and rumors paint a pretty good picture of the main feature upgrades that we can expect, like an Infinity-O display with holes for the front camera and smaller bezels, a triple-rear camera setup, dual front cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors, and bigger batteries. Then there’s stuff like reverse wireless charging, ceramic backs, or a whopping 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, features that no one really needs but might still be offered. Of course, the feature list will also vary for each of the three variants.
It goes without saying that we here at SamMobile are immensely excited for the Galaxy S10. With barely three weeks left before it goes official, we wanted to round up our thoughts on what it is that we’re looking forward to the most on the Galaxy S10.
So, without further ado, let’s get started. Once you’re done reading, be sure to tell us what it is about the Galaxy S10 that excites you most down in the comments!
If you follow our coverage regularly, you’ve probably seen me going on and on about how I love ultra-wide cameras and that 4,000 mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 9. And, well, I’m excited that these features are going to be available on the Galaxy S10. Well, only the S10+ will have both features, but then the Plus model has always been the most feature-packed anyway. Wanting a big battery on a flagship phone is self-explanatory, but why do I have such a fetish for ultra-wide cameras?
Well, since Samsung started offering us dual camera setups, I don’t remember myself ever taking Live Focus pictures other than for our official reviews. I do love the 2x zoom functionality and use that often, and having an ultra-wide camera is basically the opposite of closing in on a subject, allowing you to cover more of a scene without moving away from it as you would with a regular camera.
Opportunities for taking wider pictures don’t present themselves as often as those where you zoom in on things, but it’s still quite handy. And every time I’ve gone back to my Note 9 after testing one of the phones with an ultra-wide camera, I’ve missed having access to the ultra-wide capability. With the S10, that won’t be the case.
I really need the Galaxy S10 to tick quite a few boxes, because I’ve already opined in great detail whether it would make sense to upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy S10. The Galaxy Note 9 is my daily driver and an absolute beast for whatever I need it to do for me. Personally, I’m more excited about the top-tier Galaxy S10+ than any other model. I have a feeling I’ll fall for that ceramic back (which we exclusively confirmed, by the way).
Having that 4,000mAh battery on the Galaxy S10+ will tick another box. I am also excited about the in-display fingerprint sensor. Samsung has gone with an ultrasonic sensor, which should be better compared to what we have seen on Chinese handsets so far. Additional features like 1 terabyte of internal storage and reverse wireless charging will just be the cherry on top (granted that the latter is more for bragging rights than substance).
I have high expectations for this year’s Galaxy S lineup, since it’s the tenth anniversary. After owning almost every single Galaxy S flagship, the suspense is killing me. The thing I look forward to the most is the camera. Competitors are upping their game and Samsung is lagging behind at the moment. The design of the Galaxy S10 is also something I look forward to, especially those shrinking bezels and the under-display fingerprint sensor. We’ve seen real press renders, but the actual thing tends to somehow look different, and Samsung simply has to deliver the goods this year.
I don’t exactly know what to expect from the upcoming Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy Note 9 that I’m using now is already close to perfect, so what could be better? Well, I have my eyes on the Galaxy S10+ because of the three rear cameras and two selfie cameras. I take a lot of pictures on my Note 9, but sometimes I wish I could take wide-angle shots (sure, you can use panorama, but it’s not the same thing). It’s also great to see you have more choice in storage options now: 128GB, 512GB, and even 1TB! Internal storage is always better, especially since it’s always faster than a microSD card.
What’s also important to me is the battery. I’m very pleased the Galaxy S10+ will get a 4,000 mAh battery like the Galaxy Note 9. And, last but not the least, the fingerprint sensor is finally coming back to the front, only this time it will be under the screen, which is a major plus (no pun intended) in my opinion.
The importance of ceramic goes beyond anything to do with a phone. Ceramic has advantages over other materials in terms of hardness, corrosion resistance, heat conductivity, insulation, cleanliness, weight, and what have you. And when ceramic makes its way to a smartphone, it not only makes the device scratch proof but also gives it a premium look and feel.
Samsung is late to the ceramic party, but it’s set to launch the Galaxy S10 with a ceramic back this year. However, reports suggest only the 12GB+1TB Galaxy S10+ will be getting it. Plus models are usually the most feature-packed, but even then, not all of the S10+ models will have a ceramic back. A huge price difference would be a big factor here, and how I wish Samsung will find a way to make ceramic more affordable. Alas, it won’t happen this year, but one can hope!