Rumors Roil Ahead of Next Month’s Galaxy Unpacked Event
Samsung is predicted to unveil its new lineup of flagship smartphones on Feb. 20 at a Galaxy Unpacked occasion in San Francisco, and the rumor mill has been working on time beyond regulation.
It’s believed three new Galaxy S10 fashions will likely be introduced on the occasion, in addition to a folding cellphone. Banners selling Unpacked are utilizing the phrase “Unfolding the Future” as a tagline.
The Samsung fashions will embody the Galaxy S10 with a 6.1-inch, curved OLED show and 128 GB or 512GB of inside storage; a Galaxy S10 Plus with a 6.4-inch, curved OLED show and 128 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage; and a brand new entry-level version, the Galaxy S10 Lite, with 5.8-inch, flat show and 128 GB of storage, primarily based on the latest rumors from XDA’s Max Weinbach and others.
“That’s a winning strategy,” stated Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates, an IT advisory firm in Northborough, Mass.
“It allows people to upgrade their phone without going to the (US)$1,000 level,” he instructed TechNewsWorld. “It’s not going to be the same feature set, but it gives people choice. In many markets, that choice is important.”
It’s additionally believed the S10 and S10 Plus could have their fingerprint readers embedded underneath the show, whereas the Lite mannequin could have the reader on its again, as do S9s.
The S10 and Lite could have two cameras on their backs, whereas the Plus could have three cameras, in accordance with Weinbach, XDA TV host and contributor to the XDA-Developers Portal, whose Twitter feed is a fountain of S10 rumors.
All the telephones could have a 12-megapixel, f1.5/2.Four digicam with auto focus and optical picture stabilization and a 16-MP, f1.9 extremely huge digicam with out autofocus or OIS.
However, the Plus mannequin additionally could have a 13-MP digicam with an f2.Four telephoto lens and assist for auto focus and OIS. It will assist Bright Night and portrait lighting as effectively.
The 5G model of the Plus will likely be distributed solely by Verizon for a number of months after its launch, Weinbach famous.
While the ultimate specs for the brand new lineup of S10s will not be identified till Feb. 20, rumors are typically very correct this near a launch.
“Many of the rumors are credible,” Gold stated. “It’s pretty hard, in this day and age, for any company to keep secrets about what they’re coming out with in the next three to six months, because the supply chain leaks like a sieve.”
Even if all of the rumors in regards to the S10s ought to show true, there does not appear to be something that hasn’t been seen earlier than, noticed Ramon T. Llamas, senior analysis analyst for cell units know-how and tendencies at IDC, a market analysis firm in Framingham, Massachusetts.
“The net on most of this is it’s variations on a theme that we’ve seen before,” he instructed TechNewsWorld.
That could possibly be dangerous information for a market phase struggling to take care of gross sales progress.
“From the rumors, I don’t think the various S10 models will move the needle on high-end smartphone sales,” stated Kevin Krewell, a San Jose, California-based principal analyst for Tirias Research, a high-tech analysis and advisory agency.
Have Smartphones Peaked?
“The three models will have improved cameras, but that is par for any new model,” Krewell instructed TechNewsWorld.
“The physical design is slick, but edge-to-edge displays are becoming common,” he continued. “I really think we’re reached the peak in smartphones — until something major changes the market.”
The greatest subject proper now’s getting customers to grasp the improved expertise they may have with a brand new cellphone, maintained Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, a know-how analyst and advisory agency in Austin, Texas.
“The improvements are coming at a slower pace than before,” he instructed TechNewsWorld.
A slower tempo of enhancements could possibly be a superb factor for customers.
“The phones most of us have so are good, most consumers can barely make use of all they offer,” stated Tuong Nguyen, a senior principal analyst at Gartner, a analysis and advisory firm primarily based in Stamford, Connecticut.
“Consumers are not taxing the devices to the limit, except for maybe in terms of battery life, yet vendors are offering even more features beyond what consumers can reasonably utilize,” he instructed TechNewsWorld.
Solving Upgrade Puzzle
People want a “step change” in the identical method they went from function telephones to smartphones earlier than they improve, Nguyen maintained.
“The new functions introduced — email, Internet, music, video, games, photos — were revolutionary, or at least significantly better than before,” he identified.
“The interface was improved by touch, and most importantly, the value and utility was significantly higher,” Nguyen continued. “All these need to be overcome or addressed to convince users to replace their current device.”
What will drive smartphone gross sales sooner or later, although, could don’t have anything to do with cameras, shows and slick industrial design.
“I think the next big wave will be increased local intelligence on the phone,” Krewell predicted. “The new S10 will have more neural net processing, but it needs more software support, which will come in time.”
5G to the Rescue?
There’s one other main change within the wings that would induce customers to improve their telephones. The carriers have begun constructing out their 5G networks. To reap the advantages of these networks, customers will want 5G telephones. As a treatment for sagging gross sales, although, 5G seems to be a longer-term answer.
The first 5G telephones aren’t prone to seem earlier than the top of this 12 months, which implies there will not be a lot quantity this 12 months, Gartner’s Nguyen famous.
“Even after that, I expect adoption to be gradual,” he stated. “First-generation devices tend to be bulky, expensive, slightly unattractive, and tend to be less desirable than the more developed and mature models of previous generations, so it’ll be the tech junkies and early adopters that will likely buy into the new devices.”
Then there’s the community drawback. It will likely be some time earlier than protection is widespread.
“If you only have 5G covering part of town, or part of the country, it’s not as compelling, because it deprives the user of a consistent experience,” Nguyen defined. “It’s like saying, ‘Hey, I can give you mind blowing WiFi coverage in your home, but only when you’re standing in the bathroom, in this corner.'”