Samsung makes the S10 Family official, along with its first 5G and folding phones

Samsung today unveiled a barrage of new Galaxy S10 models, including its first 5G model, but as if that wasn’t enough – it also launched a folding phone – the Galaxy Fold.

All in all, Samsung launched the S10e (with 5.8-inch display), a ‘standard’ S10 (with 6.1-inch display), a maxed out S10+ (with 6.4-inch display), an even larger S10 5G (with 6.7-inch display), plus the Galaxy Fold: A rather cool looking phone with a suggested retail price of a cool US$2000, give or take a few dollars!

All the new phones, bar the Galaxy Fold, will be on sale in March – with pre-ordering open now from Samsung’s own site, as well as the network operators. Only EE has stated its intention to sell the S10 5G, and only later in the year to coincide with its 5G switch-on.

The big change for all of these new phones (bar the Fold, which currently has no predecessor to compare against) is the hole punch camera on the front display, allowing for a bigger screen-to-body ratio and doing away with the screen design Samsung has favoured for a while.

It’s sure to raise some eyebrows from those who would sooner have a bezel than a notch or hole in the display. The S10e also does away with the curved edge design, and is seemingly going after potential iPhone XR customers.

Honor has already launched the View 20 with a similar hole punch, and before the launch Honor executives took the opportunity to point out that having the hole top-left allowed it to be effectively hidden when the phone was held in a landscape position, whether for gaming or media consumption.

In comparison, Samsung’s top-right positioning means it will remain visible at all times. Meanwhile the top-end models have an even wider hole to accommodate two cameras.

It will certainly be interesting to see how such a screen design is accepted (or not) by the mass market, given the sales of the Honor View 20 is going to be minuscule compared to the likely sales of these new handsets – especially with every major UK network ranging them (as yet, nobody has announced the Galaxy Fold for sale in the UK to the best of my knowledge).

I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the Galaxy Unpacked event, so have simply listed the models below with their specifications as provided by Samsung.

I’ll have my chance to play with them all at Mobile World Congress, starting 25th February. In the meantime, have a look and please share your thoughts on what you think of these phones – and especially the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung also announced new wearables, including the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit/Galaxy Fit e and Galaxy Buds.


Product Specifications – Samsung S10e, S10+ and S10 5G

Galaxy S10eGalaxy S10Galaxy S10+Galaxy S10 5G
Size/Weight142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm, 150g149.9 x70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g)162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94mm
198g
Display5.8-inch Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
(438ppi)
 6.1-inch Wide Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
 
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
 6.4-inch Wide Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
(522ppi)
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
6.7-inch Wide Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
 
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
 
Camera – RearRear: Dual Camera with OIS
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom
Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
 Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
– 3D Depth: hQVGA
 
 
Camera – FrontFront:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF,  F1.9 (80°)
Front:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF,  F1.9 (80°)
Front: Dual Camera
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)
Front:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– 3D Depth: hQVGA 
Memory6GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB
+ MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB
+ MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB/12GB RAM
(LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB
+ MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB +
256GB
(No MicroSD)
Battery3,100mAh (typical)3,400mAh (typical)4,100mAh (typical)4,500mAh (typical)
ChargingWireless Powershare, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless Powershare, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless Powershare, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0Wireless Powershare,
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Super Fast Charging (25W, Wired)
SecurityCaptive Fingerprint Scanner, 2D Face RecognitionUltrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, 2D Face RecognitionUltrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, 2D Face RecognitionUltrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, 2D Face Recognition
ProcessorOcta-core Exynos 8nm processorOcta-core Exynos 8nm processorOcta-core Exynos 8nm processorOcta-core Exynos 8nm processor
SIM CardDual(Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)Dual(Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)Dual(Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)1 SIM
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)Android 9.0 (Pie)Android 9.0 (Pie)Android 9.0 (Pie)
NetworkEnhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 – 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps UploadEnhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 – 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps UploadEnhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20 – 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps UploadEnhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
– 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*) *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps UploadWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps UploadWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload
PaymentNFCNFCNFCNFC

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Fold, which goes on sale from May, is hardly expected to be a huge seller (especially costing around two grand), but it does allow Samsung to steal the headlines – even if there’s a risk of undermining the coverage of the other handsets announced today.

The Galaxy Fold comes with a 4.6-inch 21:9 ratio ‘cover’ display for when in a folded position, but the obvious feature is that folding display on the inside. A 7.3-inch QXGA+ AMOLED display with a 4.2:3 ratio display.

On the camera side, there’s a dual camera on the inside (10+8-megapixel) and on the rear, you get a triple camera configuration (10+16+12-megapixel) but there’s also a 10-megapixel camera on the cover display. That’s a total of six cameras!

The Galaxy Fold is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which is the same setup as the US-bound S10 models. There’s 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage (and no microSD slot, although you’re really unlikely to need one with half a terabyte of storage inside).

To keep you going, there’s a 4,380mAh battery and fast charging both wired and wireless.

While the outer display is probably a little smaller than many would like, once you unfold the phone, you’re automatically transitioned into a larger version of the app you’re currently working with.

It would appear some of the added functionality will depend on developer support, and it may take until Android Q for Google to ‘bake in’ native support for folding screens.


Official Press Release

LONDON, UK – February 20, 2019 – Celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10. With four unique devices, the Galaxy S10 line is engineered to meet the distinct needs of today’s smartphone market, so consumers can do more of what they love. Each device delivers a next-generation experience in the categories consumers care about most: ground-breaking innovations in display, camera and performance.

A testament to a decade of innovation, Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a premium smartphone with powerful performance and sets the stage for the next generation of mobile experiences. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec – from display, to camera, to performance – to the next level. Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package, on a flat screen. Finally, Galaxy S10 5G is created for those who want more of everything and are ready for the fastest available speeds and the most powerful features. Featuring the all-new Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation camera, and intelligent performance, the Galaxy S10 line offers consumers more choice and sets a new standard for the smartphone.

“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”

Introducing the Dynamic AMOLED Display: Full Screen Experience with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Galaxy S10 is made with Samsung’s best screen yet, the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display. As the first HDR10+-certified smartphone, the display delivers vivid digital content, and with dynamic tone mapping, you’ll see a wider range of colour for a brilliant, realistic picture. Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display is also VDE-certified for vibrant bright colours[1] and extraordinary contrast ratio for even deeper blacks and brighter whites.[2]

Verified by DisplayMate, you’ll also enjoy exceptionally accurate colours on your mobile device[3]– even in harsh sunlight. What’s more, the Dynamic AMOLED display also reduces blue light through its TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display[4] without compromising picture quality or adding a filter.

The result of a ground-breaking engineering process, Galaxy S10’s unique Infinity-O Display packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display – so you can maximise your screen real estate without any distractions.

Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display also includes the first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner[5] that reads the 3D contours of your physical thumbprint – not a 2D image of it – for improved anti-spoofing. With the world’s first FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification, this next generation biometrics authentication offers vault-like security to keep your device safe.

Professional Camera

Building on Samsung’s camera leadership of Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture firsts, Galaxy S10 introduces new camera technology and advanced intelligence that makes it easy to take epic shots and videos:

Ultra-Wide Lens: A first for the S Series, Galaxy S10 offers an Ultra-Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view, like the human eye, so what you see is what’s in frame. Perfect for impressive landscape shots, big panoramas and even fitting the entire extended family into the photo, the Ultra-Wide Lens ensures that you’ll always be able to capture the full scene.

Super Steady & High-Quality Video Recording: Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilisation technology. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of an amazing concert or trying to record every detail of a bumpy bike ride, Super Steady allows you to capture the moment. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in UHD quality, and in an industry first, the rear camera gives you the flexibility to record in HDR10+.[6]

AI Camera: Galaxy S10 makes already smart features more accurate with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) so you can get professional shots worth sharing without having to manually select any advanced camera settings. Scene Optimiser can now recognise and more accurately process additional scenes. And with Shot Suggestion, Galaxy S10 offers automatic composition recommendations so you can frame your photo better than ever.

Intelligent Performance Features

Galaxy S10 is built with premium hardware and machine-learning-based software that works hard, so you don’t have to. From new power sharing capabilities to AI-powered performance enhancement and Intelligent Wi-Fi, Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s most intelligent device yet, from the inside out.

Wireless PowerShare: Samsung introduces Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphones and even compatible wearable devices. In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare[7], while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip.

Intelligent Performance: The new AI software on the Galaxy S10 automatically optimises battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature, based on how you use your phone, and continues to learn and get better over time. Leveraging AI-capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how you use your device to launch frequently used apps faster.

Intelligent Wi-Fi: Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted, safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE. Galaxy S10 also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it possible for better Wi-Fi performance when connected to a compatible router.

Bixby Routines: On Galaxy S10, Bixby learns your routine and provides personalised recommendations to make your life easier. With pre-set and personalised routines, such as Driving and Before Bed routines, , the Galaxy S10 makes things simpler, by automatically reducing device touches and cutting steps out of your day. [8]

A New Era of 5G Connectivity

Just as it did with 2G, 3G and 4G, Samsung is leading the way with 5G—working with major carriers to develop and deploy 5G networking technology. Now, Samsung is putting the power of 5G in consumers’ hands with Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s first flagship 5G smartphone. With Galaxy S10 5G, consumers on a 5G network can download a full season of a TV show in minutes, play graphics-rich cloud games with virtually no lag, and keep in touch with real-time 4K video calls. To take full advantage of 5G connectivity, Galaxy S10 5G features the largest-ever Galaxy S series display, the 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display; Samsung’s 3D Depth Camera for 3D-image capturing to power Video Live focus and Quick Measure; powered by 4,500mAh with Super Fast Charging at 25W.

The Best Comes Standard: Galaxy Foundation and Next Level Ecosystem

The Galaxy S10 line offers everything you have come to expect from the Galaxy S series and more—including Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, IP68 water and dust resistance[9], a next-generation processor and Samsung services like Bixby, Samsung Health, Samsung Pay and Samsung DeX. You will get the largest storage capacity available on a Galaxy device with 1TB of built-in storage[10] and the ability to add an additional 512GB microSD card for up to 1.5TB.[11]

Speed: Galaxy S10 gives you the capability to access next-generation Wi-Fi 6[12], which gives you prioritised and four times faster access[13] over other users in crowded areas, like an airport. Experience lightning fast LTE for downloading and browsing capable of up to 2.0 Gbps for the first time ever[14].

Gaming: Engineered for the best possible gaming experience, Galaxy S10 is built with AI-based on-device gaming performance optimisation software and premium hardware including Dolby Atmos for gaming mode and a vapour chamber cooling system. Galaxy S10 is also the first mobile device to be optimised for games created on the Unity platform.

Security: Galaxy S10 is built with defence-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.

Galaxy S10 Availability & Pre-Ordering

Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green and Prism Blue[15]. In addition, Galaxy S10e will also be available in Canary Yellow, and Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two, all-new, premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White.[16]

The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in stores and online beginning 8th March 2019. Pricing starts at £799 for Galaxy S10, £899 for Galaxy S10+ and £669 for Galaxy S10e. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e begin 20th February 2019. For a limited time, consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+ will be able to claim a pair of wireless Galaxy Buds[17] (worth £139).

[1] According to DisplayMate, peak luminance of up to 1200 nits.
[2] Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+’s display has been awarded a certification for 100% Mobile Color Volume with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 by VDE Germany.
[3] According to DisplayMate, 0.4 JNCD colour accuracy at DCI-P3 colour gamut.
[4] TÜV Rheinland, a globally recognised certification institute, awarded Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e’s display the Eye Comfort Certification based on its ability to drastically reduce the harmful effects of blue light. This certification can be found on www.tuv.com with the ID 1419064785.
[5] Available on Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G. Galaxy S10e has a Fingerprint Scanner located on the power button.
[6] HDR10+ recording quality may vary based on sharing platform and playback environment; HDR10+ colour is only available on supported devices or platforms.
[7] Wireless charge compatible (QI standard) devices only. Battery charge above 30% required to PowerShare on the move without being plugged into mains charge.
[8] Bixby Routines Driving routine only available in cars with Bluetooth capabilities.
[9] IP68 water resistant up to 1.5 meters from up to 30 minutes. Rinse in fresh water afterwards..
[10] Up to 512GB additional storage with external microSD card for maximum 1.5TB storage capacity available only on Galaxy S10+.
[11] microSD card sold separately. Expandable memory can be used to store media (photos, videos and music files) but not applications.
[12] Faster than previous Wi-Fi protocols. WI-FI 6 support may not be available depending on the country or region you live in.
[13] Actual speed may vary depending on the carrier and user environment.
[14] May vary by carrier.
[15] Prism Blue models will only be available as an exclusive variant.
[16] Ceramic version only available on 8GB/512GB and 12GB/1TB Galaxy S10+ models.
[17] Promoter: Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited. UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands residents (18+) only or registered companies. Pre-order a new Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ from a participating retailer between 20/02/2019 – 7/03/2019 and claim a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds in white by redemption. No cash alternative. Customers must complete the online claim form in the Benefits section of the Samsung Members app pre-installed, upload proof of purchase and provide all other required information before 8 April (Claim). Maximum 1 claim per Promotion Product purchased and a maximum of 250 claims per Participant. See at www.samsung.com/uk/offer/galaxys10-preorder for full Promotion terms.
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