The launch of Galaxy S10 by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930) is expected to take place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year. What is more interesting is that the smartphone will mark the tenth anniversary of Samsung’s S series. While the Korean electronics giant is yet to spill beans on it, rumour mills have reported that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is codenamed ‘Beyond‘.
Generally, Samsung releases only two variants of its smartphone models every time. However, it appears as if the tenth-anniversary smartphone may be an exception. A new report by The Bell states that the company is working on three variants of Samsung Galaxy S10 which are codenamed Beyond 0, Beyond 1 and Beyond 2.
Samsung Galaxy S10: It’s Beyond Everything Else
Previous speculations have also stated the Samsung Galaxy S10 will sport in-display fingerprint sensor, also called as fingerprint-on-display. Now it is being rumoured that Beyond 1 and Beyond 2 will come with this feature whereas Beyond 0 (which may be the lighter or mini version of the above two) will come with a physical fingerprint sensor on the right side of the device.
It must be noted here that since long Samsung has continued to place its fingerprint sensor on the front of the device. However, Samsung may change this too with its tenth-anniversary model by placing the fingerprint sensor on the side. But Samsung is not the first OEM to use fingerprint sensor on the side of a device. The fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone has, however already been seen in other smartphones such as Sony Xperia series and Moto Z3 Play. Generally, the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power bottom on the right of the device.
The optical fingerprint sensors are provided by Qualcomm. Some other important components are being provided by a Chinese camera module maker O – film. Speculations state that the Samsung Galaxy S10+, a.k.a. Beyond 2, will feature a triple rear camera setup. This new and exciting feature is however exclusive only to the Plus variant. Once again, Samsung is not the first one to introduce triple-camera in a smartphone; we have earlier seen a triple camera setup in Huawei P2 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy S10: Camera & Fingerprint Impact Price
Another report details the possible triple camera in Galaxy S10. The triple camera setup will feature a 12-megapixel primary camera lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture along with a 16-megapixel 123-degree super-wide-angle lens at f/1.9 aperture and a 13-megapixel sensor with the zoom lens as well as f/2.4 aperture. It is also being reported that the camera placement will be horizontal as opposed to the common vertical arrangement. However, the biggest change would be the placement of the primary lens which will reportedly be placed in the centre with the super wide angle lens and the zoom lens placed to its right and left respectively.
The Fingerprint on Display (FOD) units will be embedded in the OLED display of Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10+ by Samsung Display. The FOD unit cost $15 per unit which is about seven times the cost of a physical fingerprint sensor.
All these will have a direct impact on the price of Galaxy S10 and would end up tagging it with the most expensive smartphone ever made by Samsung.
Launch of Galaxy S10: Strong Contender of The Upcoming iPhones
The launch of Galaxy S10 is being seen as an effort to counter the unprecedented move by Apple. Samsung’s rival brand Apple is planning to launch three new iPhone models out of which one will be an affordable model with the LCD screen. There will be a direct competition between Samsung Galaxy S10 and Apple’s 2018 iPhone X. If there is any truth in the rumours, Samsung Galaxy S10’s processors will be much faster than those of iPhone X series.
Reports also suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S10 may have no top or bottom bezel with a higher screen to body ratio than that of Oppo Find X which was 93.8%. It has been speculated that the company may embed the speakers in the display to reduce that bezel space.
Samsung is leaving no stone unturned to make Galaxy S10 the most wannabe smartphone for users. The company wants to increase its market share of the premium smartphone as well as profit share of the premium smartphone by launching a string contender for iPhone 2018 models. Apple accounted for nearly 86% profit share of the premium smartphone segment in Q4 2017. Apple iPhone X alone accounted for the 35% profit share in the same quarter.
However, everything could only be speculated until Samsung officially launches Galaxy S10. It is for time to tell what new exciting and innovative features Samsung will exactly introduce in its tenth-anniversary model and how the market is going to respond to that.