While Samsung’s foldable phone, which may be called the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flex, might be 2019 much-anticipated device, it won’t be something majority of consumers will actually buy. As far as Samsung flagships are concerned, that role still falls on the Galaxy S series and, if it still exists, the Galaxy Note phone. Samsung does seem to be piling up “innovative” features on the Galaxy S10 but with all the new hardware, it raises the question of how much those will sell for.
It does seem like Samsung will be throwing in everything including the kitchen sink to make the Galaxy S10 more appeal in terms of features. There is that ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, courtesy of Qualcomm perhaps, and three cameras on its back. There will also be an upgrade in storage sizes, including, according to rumors, the company’s first 1 TB “whole” internal storage.
Not all the “innovations”, however, are receiving rave remarks. The most contentious will perhaps be the Infinity-O style “hole punch” cutout seen first on the Galaxy A8s. We’ll have to see it in action first though. Perhaps like the regular notch, people will develop a blind eye for it. Or utter hatred.
As for the price, it won’t come cheap, unsurprisingly. The Galaxy S10 trio could very well push the limits of what consumers might find acceptable as far as prices go.
• Galaxy S10 Lite, 5.8-inch flat screen, 2 cameras, 128 GB – 669 GBP ($845)
• Galaxy S10, 6.1-inch Infinity Edge, 3 cameras, 128 GB – 799 GBP ($1,010)
• Galaxy S10, 6.1-inch Infinity Edge, 3 cameras, 512 GB – 999 GBP ($1,260)
• Galaxy S10 Plus, 6.4-inch Infinity Edge, 4 cameras, 128 GB – 899 GBP ($1,135)
• Galaxy S10 Plus, 6.4-inch Infinity Edge, 4 cameras, 512 GB – 1,099 GBP ($1,390)
• Galaxy S10 Plus, 6.4-inch Infinity Edge, 4 cameras, 1 TB – 1,399 GBP ($1,770)
Samsung will definitely start the year with a bang with those prices. Given how the Galaxy S9 sales almost didn’t turn out well, the company seems to be tempting fate a bit. Perhaps it hopes those new features would make consumers accept the highest price tag so far. But if they do, it might not bode well for the smartphone market as a whole with its ever-increasing premium prices.