Samsung is about to release its latest flagship devices. The Samsung Galaxy S10 launch date is confirmed as Wednesday, February 20, meaning we’ll see the smartphone days before MWC 2019, which takes place from February 25-28. Samsung itself has revealed the date, along with the time and location: The Galaxy S10 will be unveiled at 11am PT (2pm ET, 7pm GMT) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. We’ve heard that date rumored before, so it doesn’t come as a complete surprise, though some other rumors put forward different dates.
Of course, that’s just when the S10 will be announced – it might not go on sale for another week or two. The main rumor their points to a March 8 sale date in South Korea. We’ve also now heard that it could land in Italy that day, while another source also talks of a March 8 street date, so this sounds like a global launch date. That’s for the three main models (the S10, S10 Lite and S10 Plus). However, the source adds that the 5G S10 – which might be called the Galaxy S10 X – will land in stores on March 29.
It’s rumored to have a fresh-looking all-screen display with less bezel at the top. Not only that, it may have ‘hole punch’ front-facing camera embedded in the screen’s top right corner. We may also see Samsung adopt an in-screen fingerprint sensor and be the first to launch a phone with the Snapdragon 855 chipset (in the US variant, at least).
Here’s how the Galaxy S10 specs are shaping up from all the rumors and leaks so far:
- Screen size: 6.1-inch
- Screen resolution: 1440 x 3040
- Screen aspect ratio: 19:9
- Rear cameras: 12MP, 16MP, 13MP
- Front cameras: single camera
- Chipset: Exynos 9820/Snapdragon 855
- RAM: 8GB/12GB
- Storage: 128GB-1TB
- OS: Android 9 Pie
Of course, you may have a few more choices this time around. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is likely to be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and maybe even the Galaxy S10 Lite or S10 E, a ‘lite’ version of the new smartphone meant to take on the iPhone XR.
Whenever the S10 range lands, it’s likely to be sold by EE in the UK, as the network already lets you register for updates on it. That said, we’d expect just about all networks to offer one or more models of the S10. One price rumor puts the budget Galaxy S10 Lite model at $650-$750 (roughly £500-£585 / AU$900-AU$1,040), while another rumor has the Samsung Galaxy S10 price rise to £799, which will likely be around $779 (around AU$1,400) for the 128GB variant and £999 for 512GB of storage. Another source points to a price of €929 (around $1,055 / £820 / AU$1,475) for a standard S10 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, rising to €1,179 (around $1,340 / £1,040 / AU$1,875) for a version with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
More recently, an extensive price leak for all three rumored S10 handsets has the standard Samsung S10 starting at €899 for the 6GB/128GB configuration and rising to €1,149 for the 8GB/512GB model. Elsewhere, we’ve heard that the cheapest model (aka the Galaxy S10 Lite or Galaxy S10e) will cost between around 800,000 won (roughly $710, £550, AU$990) and 900,000 won (around $800, £620, AU$1,110). The same source claims that the top-end 5G model will cost between 1.6 million won (around $1,430, £1,110, AU$1,980) and 1.8 million won (roughly $1,600, £1,250, AU$2,230), making it around twice as expensive.