Samsung Galaxy S10 predictions : Yup, it’s (almost) that time of year again. Only a few big smartphones are left to be unveiled by the end of the month, after which you’ll need to make that impossible decision. Will you buy a new flagship this holiday season? If so, which one suits your needs best? If not, what are you waiting for?
Then again, there’s a good reason why the company’s 2018 high-end designs look so similar to their predecessors. It’s probably not because radical changes are coming next year. Instead, this is a design language that just works.
But let’s analyze existing rumors one by one and try to conclude what’s reasonable to expect from the Galaxy S10 and what’s… not so much:
Verdict: Probably not
Significant design changes?
What exactly does “significant” mean? That’s the question we need to answer before attempting to decipher and extrapolate from recent statements by Samsung Mobile President DJ Koh.
Are snazzy new colors significant enough? How about two new biometric identification methods? A few extra cameras and a larger than ever product lineup?
If those sound like exciting upgrades to you, Samsung’s tenth Galaxy S-series release is bound to make you very happy. But if you’re anticipating some other type of revolutionary aesthetic alteration, you may want to prepare yourself for a world of disappointment.
It’s obviously too early to be certain of these things, but unless Samsung discovers some new extraterrestrial technology between now and February or March 2019, odds are the Galaxy S10 will be a rectangular (rigid) slab with a large and beautiful screen, as well as razor-thin bezels.
Verdict: Let’s be rational
For this section, I would like to quote a few relevant Samsung Mobile US tweets. “The notch-free life is a good life.” “If you like having more RAM, expandable storage, and living notch-free, we’ve got you.” “Time to botch the notch.” And, of course, my personal favorite, this perfectly scathing description of everything that’s wrong with the Pixel 3 XL notch – “you could land a plane on it.”
Verdict: No way, Jose
Who needs a tablet that can fold into a phone when you can have a phone capable of switching to a full desktop experience without a docking station, a pad… or even a cable?
Verdict: A strong maybe
It’s no longer experimental, it’s no longer bold, and it might be cannibalizing sales rather than maximizing them. Besides, if Samsung truly believes in the mainstream future of foldable phones, certain resources will need to be shuffled around. It simply wouldn’t make sense to go from two to three flagship lineups.
Verdict: Not as unlikely as you think
Verdict: Prepare to be dazzled
Moar processing power
How much faster can a phone get? These diminutive devices are already capable of things that seemed physically impossible just a few years ago, making laptops pretty much useless, but incredibly enough, the world’s first 7nm-based chips appear to be proving there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Verdict: We ain’t seen nothing yet
Verdict: Wait and see
Will the fourth Galaxy S10 version support 5G connectivity? Will it matter anytime soon? Will Korea be the only market to get it at first? These are just a few of our unanswered questions that could ultimately make or break an anniversary device in need of as many “hooks” as possible. But like age, it’s vital to keep in mind the 5 in 5G is just a number. We probably still have several years to go before the next mobile industry revolution truly kicks in.
Verdict: Patience, young grasshoppers