Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy Note 9, its new flagship smartphone in New York on August 9. The larger consensus is that the Galaxy Note 9 won’t be much different from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8 in terms of design. Now, a report that even next year’s Galaxy S10 won’t be much different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S9.
Samsung, like most other major smartphone brands, follows tick-tock cycle for its product portfolio. Meaning that tick is the year when it would introduce a major redesign while tock would be the year when it would reiterate the design cycle. The Galaxy S8 launch in 2017 was the tick cycle of that design refresh while the Galaxy S9 was the tock cycle. This means that Galaxy S10 would launch during the tick cycle and a lack of major redesign would come as a big disappointment to Galaxy users around the world.
Samsung has employees suggesting that the Galaxy S10 should maintain the S9 design. I suggest that Samsung immediately investigate the employee. It may be a spy sent to Samsung.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 4, 2018
According to tipster Ice Universe, Samsung employees are advocating for the company to retain the design seen on Galaxy S9 with next year’s model as well. However, an industry source has mentioned that the South Korean smartphone maker has not made any firm decisions on the design of Galaxy S10 as yet.
Android Headlines notes that the Galaxy S10 line was alleged to avoid major visual changes compared to its predecessors. Samsung brought in first major redesign for its product portfolio with the launch of Galaxy S8 in 2017 bu adopting the new AMOLED displays with taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio and trimming the bezels around the display. However, that design seems to have fallen behind in time especially when you compare it to more modern devices like the iPhone X or Huawei P20 Pro or Oppo Find X.
By staying put with the design seen on Galaxy S9, Samsung will essentially be saying no to modern technologies like 3D facial recognition seen on the iPhone X or triple lens camera setup seen on the Huawei P20 Pro. It also might be saying a straight no to the idea of a device with motorized camera setup. It also means a smartphone with a display that does not have a notch, which is fine for most part but will limit stretching the screen to the edge.
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Since this rumor of Samsung sticking with Galaxy S9 design for the model next year is based on employee speculation, it should be taken with a pinch of salt. There is a possibility that Samsung will completely redesign the Galaxy S10 next year by offering features like an edge-to-edge display with even taller aspect ratio, 3D facial recognition and probably an in-display fingerprint sensor.
There are also reports of Samsung developing five camera setup for the Galaxy S10 next year. The Galaxy S10 is said to feature triple lens camera setup on the back like Huawei P20 Pro and dual cameras at the front. The Galaxy S10 is rumored to debut at Mobile World Congress in February next year and the company might launch a foldable smartphone at CES in January.