Samsung Galaxy A90 “notchless infinity screen” might have pop-up camera

Samsung Developer Conference Notch Displays

Samsung’s own website just leaked a few things (via GalaxyClub). The most significant piece of info is that Samsung plans to release another entry in its Galaxy A line of mid-range devices: the Samsung Galaxy A90.

The Galaxy A90 would be the upper-most device on the mid-range line, with the Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A40, and Galaxy A30 below it.

According to Samsung’s official site, the Galaxy A90 will also feature a “notchless infinity screen.”

Now, this could mean a lot of things. It could be that the Samsung Galaxy A90 will be the first device to hit the market with the New Infinity display, which you can see all the way to the right in the image above. If that’s the case, that would mean the selfie camera would be either a pop-up camera like we’ve seen on the Vivo Nex or a camera that lives under the display itself.

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Since a truly under-the-display selfie camera would be a feature no other device on the market yet has, it’s much more likely Samsung would use a pop-up camera rather than introduce a brand new feature to its mid-range line.

However, it could be that Samsung doesn’t consider the Infinity-O display — which appears on the Samsung Galaxy S10 — as a notched display. If that’s the case, then the Samsung Galaxy A90 could be the first device outside of the Galaxy S line to feature the punch-hole cutout on the front.

For what it’s worth, both Slashgear and frequent leaker Ice Universe believe the Galaxy A90 will have a pop-up camera. Take that as you will.

What do you think? Is the Samsung Galaxy A90 coming with a pop-up selfie cam, or does Samsung think a punch-hole camera isn’t a notch? Let us know your theories in the comments!

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years

Hidey Hole grabs wallpapers from Reddit for you that hide the Galaxy S10’s camera

Samsung Galaxy S10e Toy Story Wallpaper

Since the launch of the Galaxy S10 series, users (including Samsung) have been creating wallpapers that hide the phone’s hole punch cameras. Now, Chainfire, a well-known Android developer, has released an app called Hidey Hole that aggregates these wallpapers for you (via Android Police). 

As the developer states in the app’s Play Store listing, you could get all of these wallpapers yourself by just visiting Reddit. What’s special about Hidey Hole, is that the app makes finding specific images more convenient to locate while throwing in a couple of extra features.

Inside the app, you can first sort the wallpapers based on which Galaxy S10 they were made for. From there, you can have the photos listed by the date that they were uploaded to Reddit or by popularity. And thirdly, you can also search for wallpapers by category. Unfortunately, it looks like this feature is still a bit buggy.

Lastly, Chainfire added the ability to edit a wallpaper’s brightness, contrast, and colors. These controls allow users to finetune each image to look best on their displays.

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Don’t bother downloading this app though if you aren’t using a Galaxy S10 device. The developer states that it will crash on opening and they won’t fix it. You will have to find creative wallpapers somewhere else. 

You can download Hidey Hole directly from the Play Store for free using the button below. 

Leaked renders show off what could be the Samsung Galaxy A40

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung logo (18 of 18)

With the Samsung Galaxy A10, A30, and A50 already going official in February, WinFuture earlier today published renders of what could be the Samsung Galaxy A40.

Based on the alleged renders, the Galaxy A40 features an Infinity-U display with an Essential Phone-like notch up top. The renders also reveal a headphone jack next to the USB-C port, a plastic back, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Interestingly, the renders show off a dual rear camera system. That runs counter to a previous report, which alleged that the Galaxy A40 features three rear cameras.


Elsewhere, the Galaxy A40 reportedly features a 5.7-inch display, Samsung’s in-house octa-core Exynos 7885 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie. A previous report pegged a larger 6.4-inch display and the octa-core Exynos 7904 processor.

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Samsung will hold an event April 10, when the company will reportedly announce the Galaxy A40 alongside the rumored Galaxy A60 and A90. According to rumors, the Galaxy A90 is Samsung’s budget flagship and features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a pop-out camera system, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

As for the Galaxy A40, the phone reportedly comes in black, blue, coral, and white. Don’t expect to pay very much for the Galaxy A40 — the phone will reportedly sell for 250 euros (~$283).

First Bixby, now Google Assistant: Why non-remappable buttons are bad for everyone

Samsung Galaxy S10 Google Assistant

Opinion post by
Oliver Cragg

The remap revolution has begun at MWC 2019. After almost two years of to-ing and fro-ing, Samsung has confirmed that it will finally let users remap the Bixby button on all its current and future Galaxy phones.

The announcement was understandably drowned out by the headline-grabbing reveals of the Galaxy S10 series and the Galaxy Fold, but it represented a potentially huge turning point for hardware customization on Android phones. When the world’s largest smartphone maker makes a decision, other OEMs take notice.

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Unfortunately this utopian vision of a world where all our phones have an extra customizable hardware key may have been torn away from us already.

Just days after Samsung’s commitment, Google announced that it will be joining forces with a bunch of OEMs to bring dedicated Google Assistant buttons to multiple smartphones in 2019.

The only problem? You won’t be able to reprogram any of them.

Blame Bixby

Samsung Bixby on Galaxy S9 smartphone

When asked if these Google Assistant buttons will be locked down as standard or open to customization from users, a Google representative gave Android Authority the following response:

We’re working with partners to ensure the Assistant experience is intuitive and consistent across devices, so the button will not be programmable at this time. We also allow users to disable the button if they so choose.

That’s pretty definitive: the Google Assistant button is the Google Assistant button.

There are some apparent caveats (which I’ll get to), but taken at face value this is a clear cut stance on remappable hardware keys from the search giant, even if the “at this time” part leaves some wiggle room for customization further down the line.

It also suggests Google will force its announced partners — LG, Nokia, TCL, Vivo, and Xiaomi — to lock down the button on future phones. Considering LG previously hinted at a remap option for the LG G7 ThinQ — the first phone to carry a Google Assistant button — you have to wonder if it wasn’t eventually able to do so at Google’s insistence.

The decision is especially disappointing in the face of Samsung’s long-awaited announcement. The move to open up the Bixby button signalled a huge change in the OEM’s attitude towards a divisive feature first introduced with the Galaxy S8 series.

Unfortunately, it seems like the implementation is far from perfect though. While there a plenty of apps and functions you can remap the button to, you apparently can’t set it to call forth a different assistant like Google Assistant or Alexa.

Even if you do replace Bixby, you also seemingly can’t escape from it in its entirety as Samsung’s One UI has baked its assistive commands and notifications right into its very core.

That it took two years and multiple blocked third-party apps to get to even this point isn’t fantastic in hindsight, but for Samsung Galaxy users it’s a case of better late than never, and better this than nothing.

Perhaps Google will eventually add a remap option too. Who knows, if there’s enough outcry from users it might not take the whopping two year stretch it took Samsung to finally give in.

Yet, the timing of both announcements does Google no favors. While Samsung has at least taken a few steps forward, Google has decided to walk in the exact opposite direction.

It’d be a cruel irony if Google’s stance was influenced by Samsung’s choice to hold out on a remap option for quite so long.

Inconvenience keys

Blackberry KeyOne convenience key

The lineage of extra hardware buttons doesn’t begin or end with Samsung.

TCL’s Blackberry phones have carried a so-called convenience key since the launch of the DTEK50 through to the recent Blackberry Key2. All of these have been heavily customizable, culminating in the Key2 which supports three shortcuts as standard and even more contextual functions if you toy around with profiles.

There’s also the squeezable buttons on HTC’s phones which eventually led to Active Edge on Google’s Pixel line. Edge Sense supports various gesture commands and can be remapped to open other apps or HTC Sense features.

Google added quick access to Google Assistant on the Pixel 2 and then the Pixel 3 series with its own variation. Unfortunately, Pixel users are stuck with that stock function. There are third-party apps like Tasker that can be used as a workaround for the Pixel 2, but not the latest Pixel phones.

Related: How to use Google Assistant through your headphones

As for dedicated physical Assistant buttons, the LG G7 ThinQ started the ball rolling but you still can’t remap it natively. The same is most likely true for the LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ.

There are also Assistant buttons on the Google Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. These can’t be remapped either, but the buttons don’t stick out quite so much on a QWERTY keyboard. There are even hints we might get to customize these keys in a future Chrome OS update.

The wild card is the Xiaomi Mi 9, which you’d think would fall under the new “Assistant only” policy. However, in our review we found that you can remap the button to some basic MIUI functions like the flashlight. You can’t change it to summon an app of your choosing though, so it’s still far from ideal.

It’s entirely possible that Xiaomi’s other phone with an Assistant button, the 5G Mi Mix 3, will be the same. The main question marks are Nokia, Vivo, and TCL. It’ll be especially interesting to see how TCL balances the Google Assistant button with the Blackberry convenience key. Will we get two buttons or will the convenience key be retired?

Pain in the Assistant

LG G8 ThinQ Google Assistant button

For many users the presence of a non- or only semi-customizable Google Assistant button on their phone won’t be a huge concern. After all, the Bixby button didn’t stop millions buying the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9.

It’s also true that Google Assistant is a far more useful companion than Bixby, which softens the blow a bit.

Despite Samsung’s best effort to improve its proprietary digital butler, Assistant is still way ahead in the race due to its deep integratioon with Android and much wider set of features and functions — with even more announced at MWC 2019.

More choice is always better than no choice at all.

Assistant is also more familiar to users thanks to its stronger presence in the wider smart home ecosystem via Google Home, whereas Samsung’s Galaxy Home is still lacks an official release date.

There’s a high chance Google doesn’t see the lack of a remap option as an inconvenience at all. After all, its spent years honing Assistant into a genuinely assistive companion that’s now an integral part of Android and the wider Google brand.

Yet, it doesn’t matter how great Assistant is or how many people are happy to ignore a dedicated Assistant button. The bottom line is that more choice is always better than no choice at all.

The decision slightly sours what has, up until now, been a mostly positive relationship with Google’s friendly companion.

Even if you have a best friend that you couldn’t live without, you still want a little personal space from time to time. Assistant has so far been the kind of reliable pal you can call on at any time, but Google shouldn’t force that relationship at the expense of a more open, user-friendly experience.

These smartphone trade-in stats will probably make Galaxy S9 owners cry

Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone in sunrise gold in a person's hand.

  • The smartphone trade-in market is unforgiving, with major drops in value not long after purchase.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S line is especially poor when it comes to long-term value.
  • However, there are always gold mines to find if you know where to look.

Many of us buy smartphones knowing that, within a year or two, we will resell that phone on the used market. Even if we decide not to sell it ourselves, we’ll likely trade it in when we buy an upgraded model.

BankMyCell just published a slew of new data pertaining to the smartphone trade-in market, including both Android and iOS devices. As one would expect, the data proves that smartphones lose a lot of their trade-in value a year after they launch. However, you might be surprised by just how much.

In the cases of last year’s major flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the phones’ overall values dropped by nearly 60 percent in just one year’s time. In other words, a buyer would have paid $720 for a new Galaxy S9 in March of 2018 but now that device would only earn them an average of $290 on a trade-in.

BankMyCell

What’s more, smartphone trade-in values drop as soon as you “drive it off the lot,” so to speak. Within the first month of opening your brand new Galaxy smartphone, it loses about 42 percent of its original retail value when it comes to trades.

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This is comparatively worse than the trade-in values for iPhones. The iPhone X, for example, launched at a retail price of $999, but by the time the iPhone XS rolled around its value dropped to $690, or by nearly 31 percent. That’s about half as much of a drop as the Galaxy S9 experienced over a similar length of time.

BankMyCell builds its data off various trade-in values offered by different companies and then delivers an average. It’s important to note this because some companies will offer exceptional trade-in deals that will up the value of any given phone substantially. For example, Samsung is giving $550 worth of trade-in credits for the Samsung Galaxy S9 right now if you put it towards a Samsung Galaxy S10. That’s twice as high as what BankMyCell claims here, and also over $100 more than what most sellers are asking for the device on Swappa.

In other words, it pays to shop around when it comes to smartphone trade-in values.

Click here to see all the data BankMyCell has when it comes to trades.

NEXT: Why you should (and why you shouldn’t) buy a used smartphone

Galaxy S10 teardown reveals Samsung shameful USB-C port soldering

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Popular DIY YouTuber Jerry Rig Everything just posted the Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown video. While it’s a little painful to watch such an expensive device run through JRE’s torture, the teardown does reveal some interesting aspects of the latest Samsung superphone.

If you’re just interested in watching the video, you can check it out below.

However, if you’re just interested in the highlights, keep reading!

Right from the get-go, opening the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a real pain. Much like other all-glass phones, you need to use a heat gun to loosen up all the adhesive before you separate the “glass sandwich.” However, this practice is becoming very common, so it isn’t that surprising.

One thing that really riles JRE up, though, is when he pulls the motherboard out. Unfortunately, Samsung decided to permanently solder the USB-C port to the motherboard itself. Normally, replacing a faulty USB-C port would cost you all of $15, but since it’s permanently stuck to the motherboard here, that repair becomes basically impossible. You’d have to buy a whole replacement motherboard to fix a faulty USB-C port now.

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Going deeper, JRE finds another repairability nightmare, which is the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. The sensor itself is inaccessible without removing the screen, a procedure which will almost always result in breakage. Sure enough, after he accesses the sensor to have a look at it, the display no longer works. This means that if your fingerprint sensor goes awry in your Galaxy S10, you’ll need a whole new screen, not just a new sensor.

While right-to-repair activists are gaining a lot of ground, there are clearly a lot of decisions still being made by OEMs specifically to counter repairability. The USB-C port here is a perfect example of how something could have been designed modular like every other Samsung Galaxy phone but wasn’t. It’s very disappointing.

What do you think? Do you care about repairability with your smartphones? Let us know in the comments.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 smashes DisplayMate records, gets highest ever A+ grade

Good Lock will be compatible with Android 9 Pie on March 8

Samsung Good Lock 2018.

When the Android 9 Pie beta program began on the Samsung Galaxy S9 last year, users were disappointed to see that Samsung’s Good Lock app didn’t fully work with the upgraded operating system. Samsung promised full compatibility would eventually arrive.

Well, true to its word, Samsung is pushing an update to Good Lock which will enable Android 9 Pie compatibility this coming Friday, March 8 (via SamMobile).

If you don’t own a Samsung device, you might not be aware of Good Lock. The app allows for massive amounts of customization throughout a Samsung device with no need for root or ADB knowledge. It lets you change your lock screen, quick settings menu, task changer window, and more.

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The Samsung Good Lock team isn’t just bringing Pie compatibility, either. It also revealed that there are some new features on the way, including new styles for the recent apps screen, the return of multi-window functionality, and some new One UI style tweaks.

There’s also the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera feature known as Best Shot could make its way to other Samsung devices via Good Lock. This feature will allegedly be called Nice Shot but will offer the same functionality (help users frame a scene properly before they take a photo).

If you use a Samsung device with Android 9 Pie, be on the lookout this Friday for the updated version of Good Lock, and then get to customizing!

NEXT: Samsung Good Lock gets nav bar customization and dozens of new icons

Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S10? (Poll of the Week)

Last week’s poll summary: Last week, we asked you to choose between the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Out of over 60,000 total votes, roughly 39 percent of voters said they’d buy the Mate X over the Galaxy Fold. Just 28 percent would choose the Galaxy Fold over the Mate X. What’s strange is that 30 percent of voters said they’d choose neither phone.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup goes on sale this week, and we want to know if you’re buying one.

Overall, we’ve heard very little complaints from our readers with the S10 family so far. Not only do the smartphones pack in all the features you could want, Samsung is catering to a wide variety of users this year.

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If you’re after the biggest phone with the best specs you can get, the Galaxy S10 Plus is for you. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 is still a pretty big phone and has a very similar spec sheet, though you do get a few less features. The Galaxy S10e, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone XR, is a much smaller, more affordable phone.

The problem is, these phones are pricey. The cheapest Galaxy S10e starts at $749.99, the S10 proper will cost you $899.99, and the S10 Plus starts at $999.99.

Did you order any one of these phones? If so, which one? Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments with your thoughts. Oh, and our Galaxy S10 Plus review will likely drop sometime very soon, so stay tuned for that!

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Samsung Galaxy S10 international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway! Like every week, we’re giving away another a brand new Android phone to one lucky Android Authority reader.

A big congratulations to the winner of last week’s Samsung Galaxy S10 giveaway, Arvin K. from Australia.

This week we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 courtesy of our friends at X-Doria!

It’s hard to find smartphone cases that look good and protect your phone well, but X-Doria has managed to crack the code. This California-based company offers functional, stylish smartphone accessories for the most popular devices out there, including the all-new Galaxy S10.

We’ve partnered with X-Doria this week to give away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S10, along with two X-Doria cases:

  • X-Doria Defense Shield Case: X-Doria’s Defense Shield Case combines rubber, polycarbonate, and anodized aluminum to ensure your Galaxy S10 will stay protected.
  • X-Doria Defense Lux Case: The Defense Lux Case is perfect for those who want a protective, MIL-STD-810G-rated case but don’t want to sacrifice on style.

Visit X-Doria’s website below for even more information:

Samsung pulled out all the stops with the Galaxy S10. No, really — there aren’t many features missing from the company’s latest flagship.

The Galaxy S10 packs the latest-and-greatest processors from Samsung and Qualcomm (depending on your region), along with 8GB of RAM to ensure smooth multitasking. A triple-camera setup can be found around back, while the 10MP camera on the front is cut out of the display — that means there’s no notch to be found. Also, Samsung continues to listen to consumers and keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes!

The only downside here is that the standard S10 starts at $899. You don’t have to worry about that this week, since we’re giving one away. For free!

To learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S10, head to our related coverage below:

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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.

Opinion post by
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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