Leaked this morning were a couple of power features for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and friends. Both of these features will become standards for the highest-end smartphones in Samsung’s lineup – but will begin to appear with the first Samsung Galaxy S10 line of hero phones. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Edge, and Galaxy S10 Plus will all have both of these features right out the gate – barring some unforeseen set of terrible, terrible circumstances.
Faster Charging for Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will likely be the first smartphone released by Samsung with better-than-15w charging. New fast-charging technology is on the way – as it is with some other high-end phones – and Samsung’s relative slow-charge methods will become a thing of the past. According to a set of messages released by heavy-duty Samsung leaker Ice Universe (on Twitter, Weibo), “Samsung smartphone 15w charging will become history” and confirmed is the fact that “new fast charging is coming.”
Touchy In-Screen Cam
Demonstrated by the Weibo user 微博配图, the following gif shows some of the new gestures that’ll undoubtedly make their way to the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup. The ring around the front-facing camera, especially, will make an appearance almost without a doubt. That one front-facing camera (or two, if you’re talking about the Galaxy S10 Plus,) will be more of a hero feature than any front-facing camera released on any previous Samsung smartphone – barring the A8s shown here, of course.
Also of note for the Galaxy A8s: The area with the cut-out, the area with the camera – can also be touched. The touchscreen continues across the entire panel, despite the absence of the display in the area of the camera. That’ll certainly be true of the Samsung Galaxy S10, as well.
Bright Night Camera
A new night-sight camera mode – aka post-processing plus long exposure time – will come to future Samsung phones, likely starting with Galaxy S10. Information comes from the latest Galaxy Note 9 Beta software with Android 9 Pie and One UI. That software was inspected by XDA Developers and the camera app for the Galaxy Note 9 included a new non-activated feature.
This new feature goes by the name Bright Night and is described by Samsung’s own code as a low-light feature as follows. “Take bright pictures even in very dark conditions,” says the code. “Take multiple shots and combine them to get brighter, clearer pictures in low light without using the flash.” If its anywhere near as magical as the Night Sight feature on the Google Pixel 3, it’ll be a real masterpiece.
Galaxy S10 Release Date
We’re expecting that the Samsung Galaxy S10 family will be revealed at a Samsung event on February 20th, 2019. That’s just a few days before Mobile World Congress 2019, and right in-line with some previous projections for future Samsung events. It’s expected that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Edge, and Galaxy S10 Plus will be revealed at this event, will go on pre-order the same day, and will have a release date on or around March 8th, 2019.