Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and S10+: Everything that’s out there so far

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Despite months of rumors, speculations, and leaks, we haven’t covered anything related to the incoming Samsung Galaxy S10 series here on Android Kenya. But with only a few days left between now and the main launch event on February 20, we couldn’t resist the desire to chime in with what we know so far about the South Korean tech company’s flagship handset(s) for the first half of 2019.

To recall,  the Galaxy S9 and S9+ came to Kenya nearly a month after their launch, so we won’t be surprised if things turned out the same with respect to the S10 availability in the country. Without further ado, let’s talk the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, the trio of handsets (yes, Samsung will reportedly release at least three variants) that will be unveiled next week as the successors to the S9 and S9+.

Similarities

Before we delve deeper into what each individual Galaxy S10 handset brings forth, lets put aside the similarities first.

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Like before, it’s claimed that all three Galaxy S10 handsets are cut from the same fabric. The trio will come with the same glass and metal design protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 technology, Infinity O display panels that feature a hole in the screen for housing the front camera and thus avoiding the notch, support for Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth LE, as well as reverse wireless charging, much like what Huawei already does with the Mate 20 Pro.

You can also expect things like the 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C, IP68 dust and water resistance, heart rate monitor, facial recognition, and a fingerprint scanner, but the latter feature will vary in terms of placement as we are about to see. As for the processor, the same Samsung-made Exynos 9820 chipset is expected in all three with several memory combinations accompanying each device.

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That aside, lets separate these three Galaxy S10 handsets based on all the information that’s out there.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e leak

Samsung Galaxy S10e is reportedly the entry-level variant in the series, but a quick look at the specs in tow reveals nothing entry-level about this handset. The screen will have a hole for the selfie camera, but unlike what we’ve become used to seeing on recent Galaxy S models, the S10e is said to come with a flat-screen design, meaning there will be noticeable bezels on the sides.

Similar to the Galaxy A7 2018, you’ll get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10e. For the optics, a dual-lens camera will feature on the back in a horizontal setup while the front gets a single-lens shooter.

Here is the rest of the rumored Galaxy S10e specs sheet:

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ display screen
  • Exynos 9820 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP standard + 16MP ultrawide main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak

From the many leaked images, we can be sure that Samsung Galaxy S10 will debut with a punch-hole display screen for housing a single-lens selfie camera. In addition, the S10 will swap the side-mounted scanner of the S10e with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

This means the fingerprint scanner is making a return to the front panel of Samsung Galaxy S phones after missing out since the Galaxy S8, only that it will be more futuristic than before. Also, the screen will reportedly be curved from one edge to the other, much like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, and not flat like the S10e.

The main camera will reportedly get not two, but three camera lenses, adding a telephoto lens to the two on the back of the S10e. The S10 is said to come in three colors of White, Prism Black and Green, but it’s unlikely all three will come to Kenya, even if they materialize.

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Here is the rest of the rumored Galaxy S10 specs sheet:

  • 6.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Exynos 9820 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens 12MP standard + 16MP ultrawide + 13MP telephoto main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus leak

The most premium offering in the series, as you may have guessed, will be the Samsung Galaxy S10+. As the name suggests, this is the biggest of them all basically in terms of everything – be it size, specs, photography, battery capacity, and so on.

However, it will be identical to the Galaxy S10 in terms of design, although the only notable change is the broader punch-hole for housing a dual-lens selfie camera. In contrast, some sections claim the second lens will be a 3D sensor meant for secure facial authentication. I guess we’ll find out about this and more this coming week.

Here is the rest of the rumored Galaxy S10+ specs sheet:

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ screen with in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Exynos 9820 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB or 512GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens 12MP (standard) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 13MP (telephoto) main camera
  • Dual 8MP + 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI

FYI, it is claimed that the Galaxy S10+ will get a 5G variant with up to 12GB RAM and 1TB storage, but of course, this will be limited to a few markets with ready 5G infrastructure. With Kenyan telcos still struggling to penetrate into the deepest parts of the country with their 4G LTE connections, it may take quite some time before we begin this 5G talk.

Pricing and availability in Kenya

Now, onto the most important part of this post: pricing and availability. Unfortunately, none of these details is in the public domain. As pointed out earlier, it took the Galaxy S9 about a month between the official global launch and official availability in Kenya. Granted, we could see the Galaxy S10 series arriving in Kenya somewhere after mid-March 2019, although official sales in South Korea and other top-tier markets are rumored to begin on March 8th.

At launch, the Galaxy S9 was priced at Sh 85,000 while the S9+ was Sh 10K costlier. While we don’t expect anything different, chances are we might see a small hike because annual price increments have become a norm in the smartphone industry. Still, the S10e should command the cheapest price of the three while the S10+ will definitely skip past the Sh 100K mark for the base model.

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We will find out everything about the Galaxy S10 series in a few days’ time. The Unpacked 2019 event will be streamed live on February 20 from 10 PM Kenyan time (GMT+3), so be sure to tune in.

Each one teach one.