The rumour mill is building a case for the Samsung Galaxy S10 announcement to be held at an event in San Francisco on 20 February.
A Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event is expected to both celebrate 10 years of the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones, while also providing the platform for the launch of the company’s latest devices – the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+.
Newspaper The Korean Herald cites industry sources for the location of San Francisco, as Samsung looks to make a departure from launching at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – the venue for many recent Galaxy device launches.
We’d previously heard that the Galaxy S10 would launch prior to MWC 2019 from sources talking to Gizmodo and this date seems to have stuck, with frequent Samsung leaker @UniverseIce taking to Twitter to again ratify the location and date.
The Next Galaxy, February 20, San Francisco.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 10, 2019
The first Samsung Galaxy phone – and the beginning of Samsung’s run of Android smartphones – was the Samsung Galaxy i7500. It launched on 27 April 2009, but took 4 months to make it to the UK. At the time we criticised the raw Android build for not being comparable to the HTC Hero’s Sense user interface.
The Samsung Galaxy S launched in 2010, along with TouchWiz 3.0 as Samsung looked to smooth out Android’s pain points, lifting the user interface from other Samsung devices, like the Bada-powered Samsung Wave.
Fast forward to 2019 and we’re expecting a number of device variants to launch, with Samsung sticking to the regular and + size models. The S10 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in some regions and Exynos 9820 in others, including the UK.
It’s also expected that there will be another Galaxy S10 model offering 5G – and available in the US and Korea. It might be the launch of this handset that has pulled the company into a US launch, as it looks to push 5G on the new model.
There’s nothing official from Samsung, yet, but the company is starting to build momentum, with retail partners like EE already opening up pre-registration for the next Galaxy.