An image described as the first "legitimate" render of the Galaxy S10+ — i.e. one said to originate directly from Samsung, created for promotional purposes but leaked prematurely — emerged online just earlier today, having been obtained by 91mobiles. The illustration that can be seen above shows a rather massive phablet that appears to have transitioned to an aspect ratio different than the 18.5:9 one used by the last several generations of Samsung's Infinity Display Super AMOLED panels.
While not the most obvious detail, one of the most telling ones revealed by the official-looking render is indicative of the availability of the Galaxy S10+. While the fact it was planned for a U.S. release was never in doubt, the color variants Samsung intends to make available stateside from day one are still a mystery, though to a smaller degree as of today. Namely, the newly emerged render shows a device whose model name is clearly printed on its lower back, which is a feature unique to Samsung-made handsets equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips and certified for commercial use in the United States.
Blue positioned as the new golden standard
In other words, American consumers will almost certainly be able to purchase this Ice Blue variant of the Galaxy S10+ and the only thing that remains to be seen is whether the finish in question will be available on all major carriers and from Samsung's first-party stores or if it ends up being limited to select retailers in the country. The finish itself was already tested by Samsung late last year after the company released Arctic Silver variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in China. This particular color is largely believed to have been inspired by Huawei whose P20 series of Android flagships served as evidence that gradients can be advertised as mainstream options for handsets.
Other features of the Galaxy S10+ model revealed by the leak mostly confirm previous sightings of the upcoming device and rumors that accompany it. The largest member of the Galaxy S10 family hence appears to be using a dual-camera setup on the front paired with an Infinity-O display, a Super AMOLED panel with a cutout for the said sensors. The rear plate of the phablet houses a three-lens system and lacks a fingerprint reader which Samsung is now believed to have moved beneath the Galaxy S10+'s display.
The Galaxy S10-series models planned for the U.S. should use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 chip, whereas the international variants of the Android flagships are expected to ship with Samsung's own high-end silicon - the Exynos 9820.
One 2019 novelty comes in the form of the Galaxy S10 E, a name expected to be attached to what's essentially a "Mini" take on the regular device. Unlike Samsung's previous such experiments, the Galaxy S10 E is said to offer top-of-the-line hardware, including the same premium chip configuration used by its more expensive counterparts. It will also feature a flat screen, a first for a premium Samsung device since the Galaxy S7 debuted in early 2016.
The Galaxy S10 lineup is scheduled to be officially announced on February 20 and should become available for purchase globally by mid-March. Following months of rumors, there are few remaining secrets surrounding the upcoming Android flagships but Samsung might still surprise industry watchers next month; after all, that would far from the first time it did so.