Samsung Finalizes Galaxy S10 Design, 3D Camera Included: Report

Samsung finalized the design of the Galaxy S10 lineup meant to be released early next year, South Korean outlet The Bell reported Tuesday, citing industry sources familiar with the matter. The next generation of the company's flagship series will introduce a 3D camera comparable to the one found on Apple's iPhone X and also boast an in-display fingerprint reader, sources claim. While the firm is said to be sticking with the 18.5:9 Infinity Display panel used by its high-end offerings since early 2017 and the Galaxy S8 family, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus may have slightly larger screens than their 5.77- and 6.22-inch predecessors, being equipped with 5.8- and 6.3-inch Super AMOLED modules, as suggested by the same report, though the cited figures may also just be rounded.

The in-screen fingerprint reader is understood to be in development in collaboration with Synaptics and Qualcomm, whereas Taiwan's Aegis Tech will reportedly supply the components designed by Samsung and its partners. The 3D camera technology meant to be implemented into the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus will be procured by Mantis Vision, an Israeli startup that has already been mentioned by industry insiders in the context of a Samsung partnership earlier this year. The platform Mantis Vision created is understood to be functionally similar to the 3D camera of the iPhone X yet is also physically smaller and can hence be implemented without a notch, according to previous reports.

While the Seoul-based tech giant may still change some design cues of the Galaxy S10 lineup, the basic feature set of the 2019 flagship series is now understood to be largely set in stone. The company is expected to announce its next-generation flagships around the time Mobile World Congress 2019 takes place, meaning another late February announcement like the one seen this year is likely. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are also believed to be Samsung's first commercial products compatible with 5G networks that are promising to deliver unprecedented speeds, latencies, and capacities. The company's mobile chief DJ Koh recently hinted that the upcoming devices may be partially rebranded, though the firm won't be dropping its main Galaxy moniker anytime soon. Thanks to a recent misstep from one Samsung engineer, the likely name of the Galaxy S10's chip was revealed, with the expert in question explicitly mentioning the Exynos 9820 on LinkedIn. The non-international variants of the two devices meant to be sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China are likely to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 instead.

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