Galaxy S10 details drip in Samsung supply chain slip-up

Chris Burns - Dec 28, 2018, 4:20 pm CST
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Galaxy S10 details drip in Samsung supply chain slip-up

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (or S 10+ if you prefer) was leaked this week courtesy of an official case. Not the sort of case that’d normally come from a hairpin-trigger accessory manufacturer, but a real-deal Samsung case. With it came a set of details about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus that confirm some previous rumors, disprove others, and in general give us a pretty great idea of what we’re about to be messing with.

Relative Size

As per the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks this pre-release season, we’re looking at a set of leaks that comes in part from Ice Universe – and a bit from 8090. These folks have some extremely good internal contacts – and/or supply chain contacts – that deliver massive amounts of information on the next Samsung smartphone set no matter the name. This newest leak has to do with a protective case and a screen protector.

The image you see just above this paragraph shows the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus screen protector atop a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The size is not exact, but it’s pretty gosh-darned close. The marginal overall size difference is nothing compared to the extreme difference in total front face screen coverage. Nearly the same size body with a LOT more screen in the mix.

Screen Protector Warning

Screen protector associate 8090, posting this week from China spoke a bit about early results with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensors – like we’ll see in the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. He suggested that normal tempered glass screen protectors will not work.

With the glass and the layer of adhesive between the standard glass and the extra layer, all the required vibrations are dissipated. As such, new solutions must be found, and we can safely warn against buying your everyday average super-cheap screen protector for this phone – it won’t yield a pretty result!

All Three (or 5) models

The first three models will likely be revealed at the same time at an event set just before Mobile World Congress 2019. The other two models will likely be released some time before the end of the first half of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite:
• Display: 5.8-inches (flat)
• Back Cameras: 2x lens
• Front Camera: 1x punch-hole lens
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
• Fingerprint Sensor: Side-mounted
• Connectivity: 4G LTE
• Back: Glass

Samsung Galaxy S10 (Edge):
• Display: 6.1-inches (curved)
• Back Cameras: 2x lens
• Front Camera: 1x punch-hole lens
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display
• Connectivity: 4G LTE
• Back: Glass

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus:
• Display: 6.44-inches (curved)
• Back Cameras: 3x lens
• Front Cameras: 2x punch-hole lens (pill shaped)
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display
• Connectivity: 4G LTE
• Back: Glass

Below you’ll find the two 5G, enhanced, super-expensive, next-gen, super-powered versions of the Galaxy S10. These won’t be released at the same time as the rest of the Galaxy S10 crew. These are “beyond” those.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (Beyond X):
• Display:
• Back Cameras: 4x lens
• Front Cameras: 2x punch-hole lens (pill shaped)
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display
• Connectivity: 5G
• Back: Ceramic

Samsung Galaxy S10 Bolt:
• Display: 6.7-inches (curved)
• Back Cameras: 4x lens
• Front Cameras: 2x punch-hole lens (pill shaped)
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display
• Connectivity: 5G
• Back: Ceramic

Release Dates

The expected reveal date for the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Edge (or just S10), and S10 Plus, is February 20th, 2019. That’s around a week before the first day of Mobile World Congress 2019. Samsung will likely bring a whole bunch of Galaxy S10 models to show to MWC 2019 in Barcelona, too. After that, we’re expecting these first three models to launch on March 8th – or thereabouts.

The other two models we’re expecting will launch in the 2nd quarter of 2019. That’ll be right around the time 5G network coverage is large enough to justify the launch of a major smartphone from the biggest Android-toting manufacturer in the world.


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