Galaxy S10 Leak ‘Confirms’ Samsung’s Nasty Surprise

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We already know what the redesigned 10th-anniversary Galaxy S10 will look like, but now details have leaked about both the release date and Samsung’s pricing. Unfortunately, the good news of the former is more than outweighed by the bad news of the latter…  

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Galaxy S10 Plus concept based on multiple leaksIce Universe

In a major exclusive, Gizmodo has first revealed Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 on February 20 and it will go on sale as soon as March 8. This is a week earlier than the Galaxy S9, a phone which was already a month earlier than the Galaxy S8.

As positive as this news is for fans who cannot wait, Gizmodo has concerning news about Samsung’s pricing. The site reveals Samsung will charge up to £1,399 ($1,750) for the range. The full breakdown is a little more encouraging, but there are still price rises across the board.

At the bottom of the range is a new flat-screen budget Galaxy S10 (details) which will cost £669 ($845) with 128GB of storage. Above that, the standard Galaxy S10 (details) will have 128GB and 512GB storage options costing £799 ($1,009) and £999 ($1,260). The larger Galaxy S10 Plus will cost £899 ($1,135) for 128GB, £1,099 ($1,390) for 512GB and £1,399 ($1,750) for a new 1TB option.

For US buyers, the good news is UK pricing is always more expensive because prices include sales tax. That said, these are the most expensive smartphones Samsung has ever made (the Galaxy S9 was £739 in the UK) and the limited edition 5G Galaxy S10 ‘Beyond X’ is not included, which a scary thought.

Qualcomm’s ‘3D sonic sensor’ will be used in the Galaxy S10Qualcomm

But will they be worth it?

Happily, Gizmodo’s report backs up several of the exciting headline features that had previously leaked: the new Infinity-O ‘cutout’ display, the world’s first ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader (confirmed by Qualcomm), additional rear cameras and ‘Powershare’ which lets users wirelessly charge devices from their phone. The flipside is Samsung’s Face ID rival has been scrapped and there are major doubts over the headphone jack.

Yes, this is not going to be an easy upgrade decision no matter how much Samsung tries to drop hints

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