More Rumored Details On Galaxy S10, Galaxy F Surface

A new report from Sammobile, apparently from an inside source, has revealed a bit more information about the three Samsung Galaxy S10 variants, as well as a bit more information about the company's foldable Galaxy F. Among Galaxy S10 variants, perhaps the biggest news is that there will be a lower-end one that's meant to be entry-level. This lower-priced Galaxy S10 will ape one of the two premium models in that it will boast a 5.8-inch screen, but its storage options will be limited to 64GB internally, likely with a MicroSD slot, and it will not have an in-display fingerprint sensor. As for the Galaxy F, we're looking at a fully premium device to launch this new form factor, with storage at 512GB internal. Given the strange shape and unique qualities of the device, it's quite possible that normal Samsung features like a 3.5mm headphone jack and a MicroSD slot could get the axe, but there's no confirmation of that just yet.

Background: There have been multiple variants of Samsung Galaxy S flagship smartphones from the Galaxy S6 onward, and this generation will reportedly be no different. The SM-G973x is the base model, and will have a 5.8-inch display, under-screen fingerprint reader, and all the other usual trimmings. The 6.44-inch version will be dubbed the SM-G975x, and will almost certainly pick up the "Plus" moniker seen in the Galaxy S7, S8, and S9 lineups' larger models. These will initially come in black, white, yellow, and green. More colors have been revealed after release in previous models, and that could be the case here. Some gradient color variants have hit the Galaxy S9 family, and that tradition may continue here.  Those same color options will likely end up available for the cheaper model, termed SM-G970x. Finally, the foldable Galaxy F, which sports the model number SM-F900U for its global variant, will be offered in silver and black alongside its European and Asian versions, model numbers SM-F900F and SM-F900N respectively.

Impact: Samsung's CEO promised that the Galaxy S10 would represent "significant change" in comparison to previous entries in the series, but as yet, it's unclear just how different these new phones will be from previous models. A bump in processing power and a few new software features are already par for the course with Samsung refreshes, so such a promise may mean that something is coming that will fundamentally change the usage experience. As for the Galaxy F, it looks like Samsung is looking to establish folding phones as a premium space, and rightly so; the new device is built around all new technology, and beginning to recoup the massive research & development costs involved would almost mandate the first phone of this sort being a flagship device. This probably means that many devices entering the space will run on the high end, though it's quite possible that someone could grab a license for the technology and swoop in with a cheap foldable phone in the near future. In any case, Samsung looks set to write the rules of the playing field here, so consumers who want to get their hands on a foldable phone early on should be prepared to pay up.

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