Plagued by issues since its launch, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s teething problems have encompassed everything from fatal facial-recognition security flaws to slow ultrasonic fingerprint scanning; from slower memory configurations, to the re-using of the same camera modules from its predecessor (which didn’t do too well against the iPhone XS and Pixel 3 phones).
Despite these, the Galaxy S10 has captured imaginations (and markets) with its whole-hearted espousal of the hole-punch display – or “Infinity-O” according to Samsung parlance.
Slated for launches within 2019, the Samsung S10 5G, along with the Samsung Note 10 have enough information in the wild to take a decisive stand: they are the Samsung handsets to get this year by most metrics, penny-for-penny.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Despite earlier reports hinting at exorbitant price tags, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is set to be launched in Korea on the 10th of April at KRW 1.5M (SGD 1,789 / USD 1,324). That’s as much as the 512GB option of the regular S10+ launched about a month ago.
Apart from added connectivity options owing to its 5G namesake, the S10 5G is expected to be a true heavyweight in most regards. A 6.7-inch display dominates its front end, quite a bit larger than the 6.4-inch screen on the S10+. It will also feature the same display cutout, but differ in magnitudes within.
In line with Samsung’s announcement months ago, the S10 5G will adopt UFS 3.0 storage, which is leaps and bounds faster than the three year-old UFS 2.1 infrastructure on the S10 devices.
This would lead to up to a two-times increase in performance, while boasting efficiency savings in terms of reduced battery drain. It also tops out the 4,100mAh battery on the S10+ with a 4,500mAh one of its own.
Gripes about the S10 and how its two main camera units were effectively re-used from the previous S9+ are somewhat alleviated with the inclusion of a fourth camera module – a Time of Flight (ToF) unit that promises better low-light performance, better autofocus and depth-mapping.
Samsung is also expected to throw in the Galaxy Buds (SGD 238) for free.
The S10 5G will be limited with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but both are next-generation with speed and efficiency advantages. It will also feature a microSD card slot that will allow up to 512GB of additional storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Reportedly slated to be launched on April 8, the Note 10 is in many senses the phone the S10 should have been. Samsung departed from the design language of the S9 phones, adopting instead the angular form-factors of the Note 9 and A-series phones on the S10.
The Note 10, like the S10 5G, is far more than the addition of a single stylus to the fray. According to popular tech website SlashGear, the Note 10 will come with a (hole-punched) 6.6-6.66-inch panel with a resolution of 1440x3040p.
5G will make a debut on the Note series, though it will be delivered via a discrete 5G modem instead of a solution integrated on-chip.
Though it will feature the same chipset as its S10 siblings – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 – the Note 10 will, like the S10 5G, feature next-generation storage and RAM.
Taking another page out of the S10 5G, the Note 10 will retain the core camera functionality of the S10, only with the addition of an additional ToF module. It will feature a pair of selfie cameras on the front.
Some rumours also hint at the (outlandish) possibility of a camera on the S-Pen stylus itself – connected to the mothership via Bluetooth.
Price hikes are expected, and if Note 9 prices are any indication, last year’s 512GB model came in at SGD 1,728, and 128GB model at SGD 1,398.