Galaxy S10 Plus renders leak: Here’s what Samsung’s next flagship might look like

  • A new leak has given us our best look yet at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
  • The leak shows off the phone from every angle, confirming the presence of five cameras.
  • The renders also reveal that Samsung isn’t dropping the headphone jack just yet.

We’ve had a ton of Galaxy S10 leaks in the second half of 2018, covering the camera details, model line-up and much more. But we haven’t really had a great idea of what Samsung’s flagship phones will look like.

Now, 91Mobiles and OnLeaks have delivered a ton of renders, purportedly revealing the upcoming flagship in all its glory. The new leak covers the Galaxy S10 Plus, which is expected to be larger (obviously) than the standard Galaxy S10. Aside from the images, we also get a 360 degree video (seen above) to give us a better idea of the 2019 superphone.

The leak indeed shows a triple camera setup on the rear, with all three cameras arranged horizontally. We also see a flash and what is presumably the heart-rate sensor next to the cameras.

The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.
The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.
The Galaxy S10 Plus render by 91Mobiles.

Unlike the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9, we don’t see a rear fingerprint scanner here. There isn’t a visible scanner on the front either, because Samsung has apparently gone for an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, according to the publication. This differs from current in-display sensors on the market by using ultrasonic sound waves to verify fingerprints.

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Speaking of the front, the Galaxy S10 Plus sports two selfie cameras in a display hole or camera cutout, rather than in a notch. So it indeed looks like you’re getting five cameras — if the second selfie camera isn’t actually related to facial recognition. Speaking of facial recognition, it’s believed that the new phone will ditch the iris scanner in favor of a face unlock solution.

Look at the bottom of the phone and you’ll find a speaker grille, USB Type-C port, and (yes!) a headphone jack. So it tentatively seems like Samsung isn’t jumping on this controversial trend just yet. As for other design choices, we’ve got the power and volume rocker on the right, and the Bixby key on the left. We also see a Huawei-style gradient color scheme on one of the models — hopefully we see more gradient color options at launch.

What do you think of these renders? Give us your thoughts in the comments section! And for more Galaxy S10 coverage, you can check out our rumor hub over here.

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First Sony, now Samsung — expect 2019 to be the year of 48-megapixel camera

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  • Samsung has announced two new smartphone camera sensors.
  • The 48MP and 32MP sensors have a 0.8µm pixel size.
  • As well as higher resolution photography, the sensors could offer improved low-light performance.

Samsung has just revealed two new camera sensors — a 48MP one and a 32MP one — expected to be used in its upcoming phones. Samsung anticipates mass-production to begin in the fourth quarter of the year, meaning the senosrs could potentially be in line for use on the Galaxy S10.

As well as a device from Samsung, it wouldn’t be surprising if phones from other manufacturers end-up with a 48MP sensor in 2019. Samsung has upped its production capacity of camera sensors and is known to sell its camera sensors to other brands including Xiaomi. Additionally, Sony — the biggest supplier of camera sensors for smartphones — recently announced a 48MP sensor of its own.

When these sensors make it to phones next year, the cameras that use the sensors will have a larger megapixel count than any previous Android device — even the Huawei P20 Pro and its 40MP sensor. By comparison, both the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note 9 have dual 12MP cameras, while the Galaxy A9 has a 24MP sensor.

Samsung 48MP camera sensor

The recently unveiled camera sensors are also notable as the size of each pixel is only 0.8µm. The Galaxy S9 uses a sensor with a pixel size of 1.4µm.

A smaller pixel size allows manufacturers to fit more pixels on a sensor that is a similar size to existing ones. The Sony one, for example, is only 8mm in size. In turn, this means manufacturers can add higher-resolution cameras to their phones without increasing the size of the camera module.

This has plenty of advantages. Manufacturers won’t have to make space for the sensor by removing other tech, such as the headphone jack (which it has been rumored even Samsung is considering). The smaller size of the camera module will also make it easier for OEMs to include higher resolution sensors in multiple camera setups.

One difficulty with making sensors with a smaller pixel size is that — using existing pixel isolation tech — each individual pixel would be unable to capture as much light. Isolation tech is important as it stops light bleed between pixels.

The Sony Xperia XZ3.

However, Samsung says it has countered this with its Isocell Plus technology. This tech replaces the metal barriers which surround the pixels on its older sensors with a new material developed by Fujifilm. It says this material reduces light reflection and optical loss to deliver “higher color fidelity” and a “15 percent increase in light sensitivity.” This should ensure there is no loss in performance — despite the smaller pixel size.

Meanwhile, Sony promises that its 48MP sensor will use a Quad Bayer color filter array where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color to ensure that — despite the small size — the pixels will still deliver high sensitivity.

Both Samsung and Sony says the sensors will include tech that should offer improved results in low-light conditions. They will do this by merging four pixels into one, producing an image with a resolution of either 12MP or 8MP — depending on the sensor used.

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Additionally, the Samsung 32MP sensor will get a real-time HDR feature which Samsung says could deliver improved HDR performance while recording or streaming video, even in low-light settings. The Sony sensor will allow 4K shooting at 90fps.

While this year we have seen smartphone makers improve their cameras by adding multiple lenses and fancy software tricks, next year could be all about phones with a high megapixel count.

Next up: All the exciting things phones could do with triple camera technology