More details have been disclosed about the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is scheduled to hit the market early next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy brand.
According to the smartphone industry analysts on Dec. 10, the disclosed details were reliable and provided information about the number of models, the characteristics of the display, the earphone jack and the number of cameras.
The most prominent feature is the number of models. The Galaxy S10 will likely come in three sizes -- 6.1 inches (the standard edition), 6.4 inches (the plus edition) and 5.8 inches (the light edition). The standard and plus models are high-grade models with different screen sizes and the light model is a budget model. The lineup is similar to the iPhone lineup consisting of the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. The three new models have already received certificates from organizations in major countries such as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China.
What differentiates the Galaxy S10 from the previous Galaxy model are its display and fingerprint sensor. Its speaker which perceives voices was pushed under its screen, and its front camera evolved into a small hole in its display. The display named 'Infiniti-O Display' was unveiled at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) last month. It is characterized by reduced space occupied by physical devices such as a camera and a speaker on the front.
Its fingerprint sensor was also hidden inside the screen. When a user places his finger on the screen, the Galaxy S10 will recognize the fingerprint pattern by applying ultrasonic waves on the screen. The light model will have a fingerprint sensor on the side to cut its price.
The Galaxy S10 is highly likely to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855, the next-generation AP after the Snapdragon 845. Industry analysts say the version for the Korean market will be loaded with the EXINOS 9820, an AP developed by Samsung Electronics.
There will be two or more cameras on the front and back, respectively. There was a concept image of the Galaxy S10 with two cameras on the back, but recently analysts forecast that the Galaxy S10 will have up to four cameras on the back.
One of the main interests among users is whether or not the new smartphone model will have a 3.5mm earphone jack. It was confirmed that a leaked Galaxy S10 case sample has a left hole for a 3.5mm earphone jack. Case makers do not go into production until they receive the final information about the appearance of a terminal. Therefore, a dominant view is that a 3.5mm earphone jack will not disappear from the new model.
Apple, on the other hand, blocked the wired earphone hole starting with the iPhone 7 in 2017. The elimination of an earphone terminal will give manufacturers two benefits. First, it is possible to reduce terminal thickness by reducing space. Second, the maker of a smartphone without an earphone jack can ramp up sales by selling self-developed wireless earphones. Apple's wireless earphone Airpod is a high priced product with a price tag of over 200,000 won.