Samsung is now trying to give a little more oomph to its midrange line by bringing high-end features to mid-range devices, by releasing a cheaper variant of the S10 with no curved screen and missing the in-display fingerprint sensor. As it turns out, Samsung may be taking a page out of Apple's book in launching a grand total of three models for the Galaxy S10. It will have an OLED with curved sides and rounded corners, virtually no bezels on the top and bottom of the phone, and a fingerprint sensor that will be placed underneath the display, according to Bloomberg.
The standard S10, codenamed "Beyond", features an OLED screen curved on both sides, round-shaped corners and nearly no bezel at the top and bottom, the people said.
As for the basic Galaxy S10, insiders say Samsung is going to ditch the curvy edge panel. It will be about the same size as the current 5.8-inch S9 model.
The report details Samsung has two prototypes on the table - the better of which will finally make it to the shelves - one tall and other wide when unfolded.
Samsung is likely to launch multiple flagship variants, including Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10 X and Galaxy S10 X 5G.
There's no actual date for the Android 9 beta yet, but it is thought to be coming to supporting Samsung devices in early 2019: "Android 9 Pie update is expected to roll out to Samsung Galaxy phones early next year", the company confirmed earlier this week.
Samsung has yet to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its flagship products, while its competition of Apple, Google and many other manufacturers have done so. but it seems it may soon be time for Samsung to follow suit. The company's designers are reportedly leaning toward the taller portrait model so it's easier to hold in one hand. There probably will abandon the curved screen and fingerprint sensor on it.
Recently in China at the launch of the Galaxy A6s and the Galaxy A9s, Samsung unveiled a sort of teaser for an upcoming device of theirs that sent the people into a tizzy.
Resource Bloomberg, referring to information obtained from knowledgeable persons told about the plans of Samsung for the production of advanced smartphones next year. The device will flip open similar to flip phones of the past and feature a glossy film used in the world of photography to aid the bending.
The more interesting part, for me, is that Google is actively involved in the development of a special version of Android to launch with the foldable phone.