The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10 will be the two big announcements from the South Korean company over the next year. The Galaxy Note 9 is widely anticipated to follow on the footsteps of Note 8 and offer minor design improvements while the Galaxy S10 could bring major improvements to the Samsung’s smartphone design language.
While the Galaxy S10 would not be announced until the Mobile World Congress next year, the codename for the smartphone and some of the key features have already leaked. The latest report originating from South Korea claims that the Galaxy S10 has been assigned the codename ‘Beyond’.
The Galaxy S9 released early this year was codenamed ‘Star’ while its predecessor, the Galaxy S8 was codenamed ‘Dream’. The South Korean news outlet The Bell states that the codename indicates Samsung’s ambition to look beyond conventional smartphones with its next Galaxy S flagship. There is a possibility that the Galaxy S10 will debut as Samsung’s much rumored foldable smartphone. With the Galaxy S10, Samsung will mark 10 years of its Galaxy S series flagship smartphones that were announced to compete with the Apple iPhone.
Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh has already confirmed that the company is working on a foldable smartphone but he also said that it will not go to market till they perfect the idea. The Korean publication had previously reported that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will not differ much from the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in terms of design and will feature a 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively. One of the major addition is said to be an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Samsung is rumored to bring the in-display fingerprint sensor first to the Galaxy Note 9 later this year. It is said to be working with Synaptics, Qualcomm and Ezestek for in-display fingerprint sensor but the final vendor for it has not been confirmed yet.
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Most analysts believe Samsung will be able to rival iPhone X‘s Face ID with its own 3D depth sensing cameras sometime in 2019. So, there is a possibility that Galaxy S10 will sport a notch and include an advanced 3D camera for features like facial recognition and animated emojis.
While the information remains scant about the Galaxy S10 at this moment, it is worth mentioning that the Bell has proven track record of getting information related to Samsung right. Samsung seems to be losing its market share in major markets like China and India especially as consumers switch from premium to mid-range flagships and it needs to be seen what Samsung brings to the table to excite consumers.