The Samsung Galaxy S10 might just steal this OnePlus fan’s money

The distracted boyfriend meme with the girl in the red dress being the Samsung Galaxy S10, the man being the author, and the girlfriend being OnePlus.

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C. Scott Brown

It’s no secret I’m a fan of OnePlus phones. I appreciate the company’s attention to design detail and how it offers flagship features at much lower prices than most of the competition. I also am absolutely in love with OxygenOS, the company’s beautifully simple Android skin.

But I gotta tell you: the Samsung Galaxy S10 is looking mighty fine.

I recently had the chance to visit one of the three brand new Samsung Experience Stores here in the U.S. While I was there, I got to play with three models in the new S10 lineup: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10e. All three devices left me very impressed.

As I left the store, I found myself imagining buying one of the phones. I won’t lie: I haven’t seriously thought about buying a Samsung phone in years. It was like running into an old flame and finding myself imagining getting back together, even though my brain is saying, “Don’t do it! It’ll be a mistake!”

Let me tell you why the Samsung Galaxy S10 is enticing me away from my beloved OnePlus — and talk a bit about why I might not make the switch.

Why I might buy the Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs OnePlus 6T camera

Just for a little backstory here, the last Samsung phone I owned was the Samsung Galaxy S4 which I bought in 2013. Prior to that, I owned the Samsung Galaxy S3 (one of my favorite phones ever) and before that, I owned the original Samsung Galaxy S. I am no stranger to Samsung phones.

While I loved the form factor of its devices and the myriad cool features they offer, I absolutely loathed TouchWiz, Samsung’s original Android skin. I hated it from the very beginning but kept giving it new chances with each new device.

Inevitably, with almost all my Samsung phones, I flashed CyanogenMod as soon as I could to avoid using TouchWiz. This worked, for sure, but was also a huge pain.

When OnePlus came around and announced the OnePlus One, it was like my prayers had been answered: a device with almost all the specs of a Galaxy S device pre-loaded with CyanogenMod — and it only cost a measly $300.

As soon as I got an invite for a OnePlus One I bought it and never looked back — I was officially done with Samsung.

Samsung has made huge strides in software with One UI and offers hardware features OnePlus phones don’t have.

Fast-forward to today, and we have the brand new One UI, a different kind of Android skin from Samsung. While it is still a little too cutesy for my tastes, it is light years ahead of TouchWiz and Samsung Experience (TouchWiz 2.0).

I appreciate how One UI is cleaner, simpler, and more intuitive than anything Samsung’s done in the past. I also appreciate how Samsung is looking at how we use our phones today and modifying the software to accommodate — a true “customer first” approach.

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Along with One UI, the Samsung Galaxy S10 features an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, which is perfect for me. As I discuss in my smartphone essentials article, I hate having to pick my phone up off my desk to unlock it using a rear sensor. The in-display fingerprint sensor on my current daily driver — the OnePlus 6T — is one of my favorite features. From everything I know so far, it appears Samsung’s ultrasonic sensor is even better.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 also features a remappable hardware button, something OnePlus doesn’t offer. The button opens Bixby by default, but Samsung is finally listening to users and letting them map it. A single press could launch just about any app, while a double-press could do something completely different. I would have so much fun playing around with this.

Lots of little things make the Galaxy S10 pretty enticing, such as the headphone jack, wireless charging, and a triple camera setup on the rear — all of which the OnePlus 6T doesn’t have. There’s also a wide variety of specs configurations to choose from, including a Plus model with a totally bonkers 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S10 packs a lot of punches the OnePlus 6T can’t counter.

Why I might stick with OnePlus

OnePlus 6T vs Samsung Galaxy S10e

One UI and the ultrasonic sensor are awesome, and the other new features in the Samsung Galaxy S10 are quite enticing, but a few things still make me nervous about switching.

The most glaringly obvious thing OnePlus has over any Galaxy S device is price. I got the maxed-out version of the OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it cost me $630. The cheapest variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10e still costs over $100 more, at $749. If I wanted to get a Galaxy S10 model with an equivalent RAM and storage configuration to my 6T, I’d have to spend at least $850 on an S10e.

Related: Who is the Samsung Galaxy S10e for?

Of course, the S10e wouldn’t get me the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor (the S10e has a side-mounted sensor), so I would have to spend a whopping $1,150 to get the standard Galaxy S10 with 512GB of storage to avoid downgrading my current storage level.

When it comes to price, OnePlus can deliver a device very close to what Samsung offers at literally half the cost.

If I decided to do that, I would be getting a smaller device, as the OnePlus 6T is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10e. I would have to get a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which would cost me an absolutely jaw-dropping $1,250 — about double what I paid for my OnePlus 6T.

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To quote The Big Lebowski: “The Dude does not abide.” I can’t imagine spending that much on a smartphone. Even if I sold my OnePlus 6T to help pay for the S10 Plus, I’d still be on the hook for $700, assuming my 6T sells for $550, which is what I’m seeing now on Swappa.

To be fair, the Galaxy S10 family does feature microSD expansion, something that OnePlus doesn’t. Obviously, microSD has it’s own limitations when it comes to speed and performance, but if I just wanted the same amount of space as my 6T I could get a base model S10 device and pick up a memory card.

Aside from price, another thing holding me back is software updates. Yes, Samsung is doing a much better job rolling out Android updates these days, but OnePlus is doing so much better. It took OnePlus all of 45 days to release a stable version of Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6, while Samsung took over six months to do the same for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9. Even if Samsung halves that for the upcoming release of Android Q, I’d still probably be waiting months longer than OnePlus users.

Until Samsung proves it can work on par with OnePlus in this respect, it’s difficult to see myself making the switch.

An important question becomes: how long will Galaxy S10 owners have to wait for Android Q?

The OnePlus 6T’s waterdrop notch is a lot nicer, in my opinion, than the punch hole cutouts on the Galaxy S10 line. This isn’t a deal-breaker or anything, but the Infinity-O display design is kind of “meh” to me. I certainly don’t hate it as much as I do the iPhone XS-style notch on the OnePlus 6 (or the godawful “bathtub” on the Google Pixel 3 XL), but I’m not a fan of it, either. In my opinion, the waterdrop notch makes the OnePlus 6T look more symmetrical and thus more appealing.

Despite my concerns with pricing, the big takeaway is that Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has a level of polish that is hard to ignore. If it’s been a while since your last encounter with a Samsung, it’s worth giving the Galaxy S10 a closer look. Today’s Galaxy is clearly a different beast from the one you might remember.

Can OnePlus win me over with the OnePlus 7? If it can’t, I might just have to keep my eye out for future discounts on the Galaxy S10 Plus.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 phones officially support Netflix HDR10 video

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e aren’t yet available to the general public, Netflix quietly added HDR10 certification for all three phones.

This is good news for those that want to take advantage of the Galaxy S10 phones’ Dynamic OLED displays, which are the first smartphone displays to support HDR10+. Whereas HDR10 features a set metadata channel, HDR10+ features a dynamic metadata channel with a variable midpoint of the dynamic range. The metadata is then used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis more accurately.

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However, we don’t have a firm idea of how much Netflix content supports the HDR10+ standard. We should see such content show up more on Netflix over time, thanks to 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. agreeing to support the HDR10+ standard.

Before you play HDR10 content on your Galaxy S10, make sure you have the latest version of Netflix installed — HDR10 content on Netflix won’t play on an older version of the app.

In related news, Netflix also added HD certification for the Galaxy S10 phones and the lower-end Galaxy M-series phones — the latter include the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30. Netflix added HD certification for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 710, and 855 processors.

Any devices that feature the three aforementioned processors will support Netflix in HD resolution out of the box. That is unless your device doesn’t support Widevine L1.

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanners: how do they work?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Fingerprint reader

After a few years lurking in backroom prototypes and inside a few quickly forgotten handsets, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are ready for prime time. The technology is built into Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, making the technology almost guaranteed to be securing millions of thumbprints by the year’s end.

In December 2018, Qualcomm announced its 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. This technology is enabled in devices using the company’s Snapdragon 855 platform as an option if the manufacturer wants to include the extra hardware. Ultrasonic fingerprint technology has its own pros and cons versus traditional capacitive scanners and even other in-display fingerprint designs. Here’s everything you need to know.

How ultrasonic fingerprint scanners work

Qualcomm’s 3D in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is based on what used to be called Sense ID. Rather than existing photographic or capacitive-based fingerprint scanners, ultrasonic fingerprint scanners make use of very high-frequency ultrasonic sound. You can’t hear it, but these waves are used to map out the details of the user’s fingerprint. Fortunately, there’s no need to swipe, just touch the finger to the sensor like the top of the line capacitive fingerprint scanners.

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To actually capture the details of a fingerprint, the hardware consists of both a transmitter and a receiver. An ultrasonic pulse is transmitted against the finger that is placed over the scanner. Some of this pulse’s pressure is absorbed and some of it is bounced back to the sensor, depending upon the ridges, pores and other details that are unique to each fingerprint.

There isn’t a microphone listening out for these returning signals. Instead, a sensor that can detect mechanical stress is used to calculate the intensity of the returning ultrasonic pulse at different points on the scanner. Scanning for longer periods of time allows for additional depth data to be captured, resulting in a highly detailed 3D reproduction of the scanned fingerprint.

Qualcomm notes that there’s about a 250-millisecond latency for unlocking, roughly equivalent to capacitive fingerprint scanners. The sensor has about a 1 percent error rate, which again is pretty comparable to other scanners.

Pros of ultrasonic fingerprint vs capacitive scanners

Ultrasonic fingerprint technology works very differently to capacitive fingerprint scanners, which are only able to reproduce 2D images. 3D details are much more difficult to forge or fool than a 2D image, making the ultrasonic system much more secure. It goes without saying that ultrasound is also much more secure than optical fingerprint scanners, which have all but fallen out of favor.

In-display scanners like those inside the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are optical not ultrasonic.

Another added perk of this ultrasonic fingerprint scanner technology is that it allows the fingerprint scanner to still operate through thin materials, such as glass, aluminum, or plastic. The sensor is just 0.15 millimeters thick and can scan through up to 800 µm of glass and up to 650 µm of aluminum. Therefore, the scanner can be embedded under the case or under the display as we’re seeing in the Samsung Galaxy S10, allowing for a more discrete look and thinner bezels.

Because the sensor uses ultrasonic waves, the sensor can also double up as a health tracker that can record heart rate and blood flow. Additionally, there’s less chance of damaging the sensor or exposing it to external tampering, and sweat or moisture on the finger won’t interfere with the scanning process either.

Scanning is just half the process

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Of course, there’s still plenty to be done with this fingerprint data and keeping it secure is an equally important part of the system.

As will all biometric security systems, processing and security highly sensitive personal information security are key. Qualcomm’s processors are built with dedicated security tools, including Cryptographic Accelerators, Key Provisioning Security, and a Trusted Execution Environment. This ensures that the processing and storage of sensitive data are kept well away from malicious applications. Other Arm-based processors offer TrustZone hardware isolation for similar levels of protection.

Qualcomm’s setup is also designed to support the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance protocols, which can be used for online password-less authentication. FIDO does this without transferring any of the confidential fingerprint information to the cloud or through networks that could be compromised.


Ultrasonic fingerprint scanners certainly have a number of advantages of existing capacitive implementations and given the prevalence of Qualcomm processors in mobile products. 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanners are now ready for prime time and it’s possible that we’ll see many more manufacturers adopt this technology throughout 2019.

The Galaxy S10 has an Instagram mode and Adobe Premiere Rush

Samsung Galaxy S10e front

Samsung announced at its Unpacked event that it is bringing an Instagram mode to the Galaxy S10. This partnership with the social network adds a new shooting mode to the handset’s camera app.

When the Galaxy S10’s camera is launched, users will find the new Instagram mode alongside other options such as panoramic mode and slo-mo. After snapping a photo, customers will be able to edit and customize the image with the social network’s various text and sticker options and then upload it directly to Instagram Stories.

There’s no word yet on if Samsung will bring this feature to older Galaxy handsets.

Samsung also announced that it is working with Adobe to bring an optimized version of Premiere Rush to the flagship lineup. In case you didn’t know, Premiere Rush is a mobile version of the company’s popular video editing software that’s made for mobile devices. The app is specifically aimed at creators who want a full suite of editing tools on their phones and tablets.

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For now, Adobe Premiere Rush is only available on iOS. Samsung stated that the app should be coming to the Galaxy S10 later this year. Let’s hope that it isn’t launched as a Galaxy exclusive like Fortnite was.

Learn more about the entire Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup here.

This week in Android: MWC 2019 is coming

Samsung Galaxy S10 ceramic white leak MySmartPrice

MWC 2019 is fast approaching, and we’re expecting it to be a big show. Of course, we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S10 right before the event, and Xiaomi will unveil its Mi 9 on the same day, which we’re positive is not a terrible idea. Except it is. Once we get to MWC, we’ll see LG’s next flagship, complete with a loudspeaker screen. Plus we’ll see OnePlus’ 5G phone prototype.

Back on the home front, we have to wonder why we’re spending $1,000 on phones when we have some great $500 options. Meanwhile, OnePlus is making huge inroads in the United States — as is Google.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:00 – 5 reasons why you absolutely shouldn’t miss Mobile World Congress this year

From 5G to folding phones, OEMs will be bringing it all to MWC 2019. We can’t wait to see what’s coming.


20:35 – Why I hope AT&T loses the 5G E lawsuit

AT&T is full of $%!^.


29:55 – OnePlus 7: Here’s what it needs to take on the best

There are a few ways we think OnePlus could really up its game and stand toe-to-toe with the big boys…


OnePlus is now a top-five high-end smartphone maker in the US

…but maybe it doesn’t have to, because it seems to be doing pretty well where it is.


We’ll get our first look at a OnePlus 5G prototype at MWC 2019

Plus, OnePlus will have a new 5G phone to show off at MWC.


44:15 – Opinion: These are my 7 essential smartphone features

What makes or breaks a smartphone is pretty personal, so C. Scott Brown is laying out his must-haves. Vote for yours!


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus 6T vs Honor View 20: Pushing back against the $1,000 smartphone

When you have two tough competitors at this price point, you have to wonder what all the four-digit price tags are for.


Google Pixel is fastest-growing US smartphone brand, but context is key

The Google Pixel 3 is a great phone and this sounds like great news, but how great is another question.


LG G8 ThinQ to pack OLED screen that can be used as an amplifier

It used to be a rumor, but now LG has confirmed that the LG G8’s screen will work as a loudspeaker. It might also have a bottom-firing speaker, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Google is getting more serious about making its own chips

Google has picked up over a dozen new microchip engineers of late. Are gChips Google’s new processors?


Who wants to win a Pocophone F1?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Pocophone F1Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Samsung stores opening in malls just in time for the Galaxy S10 launch

The Samsung logo.

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is only days away at this point. However, it turns out Samsung has more to debut than just its latest batch of smartphones: the first bonafide Samsung stores.

On February 20, 2019, Samsung will open three Samsung Experience Stores in New York, California, and Texas. The specific locations are as follows:

  • The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles, CA
  • Roosevelt Field on Long Island in Garden City, NY
  • The Galleria in Houston, TX

If you don’t live near those three places, don’t fret, as Samsung will also be opening temporary pop-up stores in various locations across the U.S. sometime in March. Android Authority will also be on hand at the Long Island store on opening day, so be on the lookout for our writeup on that.

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Along with the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung stores will sell other smartphones from the company, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. There will also be smartphone accessories, televisions, tablets, laptops, and many other different Samsung products.

Customers will also be able to get technical support on any Samsung products they own, including walk-in repair of their mobile devices.

Aside from the mini-stores inside many Best Buy locations, this will be the first time Samsung has opened its own dedicated retail shops in the United States.

Samsung also operates a location called Samsung 837 in New York City where you can try out many Samsung products. However, Samsung 837 is not a store, in that you can’t buy any of the products there.

Samsung will be hosting a live stream launch event for the Galaxy S10 at Samsung 837, which you can read more about here.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (12GB RAM model) looks mighty fine in Luxurious Ceramic White

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera might support 1080p slo-mo, HDR10+ video, more

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. 91mobiles.com

The team over at XDA Developers spent some time poring through code contained in the latest software of currently-available Samsung smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9. It found some interesting references to as-yet-unavailable camera features, which likely will debut in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

XDA has done this before, accurately predicting the launch of the Galaxy S9’s Intelligent Scan feature and the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 well before those devices hit the market.

To be clear, it’s not guaranteed that the code references will definitely appear with the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera. However, the likelihood is pretty high that the referenced features will appear at some point.

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What did XDA find, you ask? The most notable feature it found is referenced as “SUPER_SLOW_MOTION_CAMERA_RESOLUTION_FHD.” This suggests a new slow-motion capture feature is on the way which will record at 1080p. Currently, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are capped at 720p for recording slow-motion footage.

Additionally, the team found evidence to suggest that the 0.2- and 0.4-second limits for slow-motion recording will be extended to 0.8 seconds.

Another cool reference discovered is the support for filming HDR10+ video content. Unfortunately, XDA couldn’t find any references to resolution or frame rate for HDR10+ video.

Video isn’t the only thing likely to get some love: XDA also found references to a range of bokeh effects for still images. Using these new effects, you’ll be able to change background focus, make parts of the photo black-and-white, or even create artificial lighting sources for your photos.

XDA breaks down everything they found here, which also includes HEIF image format support, wide-angle video recording, beautification effects, automatic shutter buttons, and more. Just be aware that it may come to be that some of these features won’t see a full release.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 — All the rumors in one place

RSVP now to be one of the first to experience the Samsung Galaxy S10 in NYC

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Unpacked event invite.

Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S10 on February 20, 2019, from an event space in San Francisco filled with members of the press and mobile industry reps. However, at the same time on the other side of the country, the company will host a live stream event that will be open to the general public.

This New York City event will allow guests of all ages to be one of the first groups of people to experience the Samsung Galaxy S10.

The Galaxy Unpacked Livestream event will happen at 1:00 PM ET at Samsung 837, the company’s dedicated public hub for its various technologies. At Samsung 837, you can try virtual reality, view technology-focused art installations, try out Samsung products, or watch a film on the center’s three-stories-high cinema screen.

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To get into the event, it’s suggested you RSVP. To do so, click here (or the button at the bottom of the article) and hit the “RSVP” link at the top of the page. You’ll need to log in with a Samsung account to register.

Samsung does make it clear that not all who RSVP will make it in, and admission will be based on a first come, first served basis. As such, you should plan on getting to the event very early to nab your place in the queue.

OnePlus held a similar event in New York for the release of the OnePlus 6T. You can read about what that was like in our synopsis here, which should give you an idea of what this Samsung event will be like.

This week in Android: It’s weird phone week

We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.

In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.

Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about Huawei’s security.

Here are your top stories for the week

4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.


21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot

Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.


34:40 – Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.


44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build

You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with

OnePlus made some remarkable strides in 2018, including working with a U.S. carrier for the first time. Will OnePlus be able to keep that momentum going in 2019?


Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro triple camera close up

We took a deep dive into the camera on Huawei’s latest flagship and the results are a little surprising. No spoilers here though. You gotta click through.


LG in 2019: No more excuses

LG has not made great strides in the mobile space of late. It’s time for LG to do something to finally gain some world-wide ground.


LG might make a phone you can add another screen to… no joke

But honestly, LG, this probably isn’t it.


Opinion: Slider phones might seem cool, but are a design dead end

Slider phones are a great way to get smaller bezels, but they’re not a permanent solution. We break down why.


Huawei founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security

The founder of Huawei had a few things to say about security and how the company handles security. Which is nice and all, but…


Huawei is reportedly under federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department

Now don’t get us wrong, this particular case isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s not good either.


Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue

Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.


Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?

A Samsung Galaxy S10 was spotted in the wild. Check it out here!


Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Galaxy S10 case renders seemingly confirm three variants and hardware features

Every year Samsung releases a new generation of Galaxy S smartphones and every year they leak out early. While we’ve already seen a good number of photos appear online, Evan Blass has now shared case renders of the South Korean company’s entire Galaxy S10 lineup.

The below renders reportedly show the Galaxy S10E (previously known as the Lite version), S10, and S10 Plus.

If you turn the contrast up on the renders, you can spot a number of additional features. First, it’s quite clear that the Galaxy S10E and S10 each sport a single hole punch camera sensor while the S10 Plus includes a dual-camera setup.

Second, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus feature three cameras around back while the S10E only has two. Thanks to a previous leak, it’s rumored that the three rear sensors will include a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP camera with a telephoto lens. We’re not sure what two sensors will be available on the S10E.

Third, while the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will likely include an in-display fingerprint sensor in addition to face unlocking technology, the cheaper S10E model will not. Instead, it appears as though Samsung is going to add a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that doubles as the power button.

Lastly, thanks to the case being clear, we can see that all three phones should include a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a bottom-facing speaker. Additionally, there had some talk that Samsung might use a sound-emitting screen similar to the Vivo Nex phone, but the renders do appear to show a minuscule cutout for an earpiece at the top of the display.

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Based on previous leaks, it’s believed that the Galaxy S10E will have a 5.8-inch display, the S10 will have a 6.1-inch screen, and the S10 Plus will be the largest at 6.4-inches. It’s also rumored that the class on the two larger models will be curved on the side like with previous Samsung handsets while the S10E will be flat, but it’s hard to tell if that’s exactly true in these renders.

One thing to note here is that case renders aren’t always the most reliable. Occasionally, the accessory manufacturers like to sprinkle on additional details that won’t be seen when the handset is released. But as these images look realistic and they were leaked by Blass, we find them trustworthy.

What do you think about these renders? Which one of the Galaxy S10 variants are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!