Inside Samsung's bid to challenge Apple with 5G, folding phones

Posted October 29, 2018

In a Bloomberg report that we covered earlier this morning, the site rehashed a number of rumors we've been seeing for months about Samsung's next-generation smartphone lineup. We're reportedly going to see three Galaxy S10 variants, two of which will be expensive models with in-display fingerprint readers, while the third option won't have an in-display fingerprint reader and cost less than the other two models. That cheaper version will have a flat screen and may lack a fingerprint sensor under the display.

The standard S10, codenamed "Beyond", features an OLED screen curved on both sides, round-shaped corners and nearly no bezel at the top and bottom, the people said.

As the name goes, the Samsung Galaxy S10 X 5G with 12 GB of RAM could be equipped with support for 5G connectivity. "Beyond" will be about the same size as the 5.8-inch S9.

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One of the two prototypes is longer horizontally when unfolded, while the other is longer vertically.

The report also states that the S10 will have triple cameras on the back, and the front-facing camera is "visible and tucked under the screen".

We'll learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S10 in February 2019 during the MWC when the flagship might be officially announced. Numerous Android phone makers, including Google, Huawei, and HTC, have dumped the headphone jack for USB-C audio, but Samsung has thus far resisted the trend, while hammering home the presence of the port in ads and commercials.

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Along with the folding display phone, the report mentions a device codenamed 'Beyond.' That device is the standard S10. However, the device is expected to include a four-inch screen on the outside to perform basic tasks like browsing emails, texts without the need of flipping it to open.

There are also doubts about how quickly Samsung can get this phone to market and whether it'll even be ready to show at the Samsung Developer Conference in November - despite Samsung's DJ Koh saying otherwise. "The display opens 'with a snap" like the Motorola Razr used to, but 'with a smoother feel.' The screen is coated with a film that makes it seem a bit plasticky, which has Samsung concerned because it may not be as glossy as consumers expect. As the phone nears the final stages of development, Samsung is reportedly working with Google to create a version of Android tailored for the device. Since its a foldable phone with a bendable display, it most certainly doesn't hold an on-screen fingerprint sensor said the report.

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