Samsung New Phone Rumors: Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10

The scoop as we know it

Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Samsung consistently releases new Galaxy S phones along with the Galaxy Note phablet series each year. The company's annual Unpacked event is a flashy affair is where the most significant announcements happen, and the invitation, sent out months ahead, usually offers a hint. Once a new smartphone is introduced, rumors quickly started piling up about the what’s next. There have also been rumors for years about a Samsung phone with a foldable display, and in 2019, we got the Galaxy Fold, along with the Galaxy S10 series.

Here are the details we've confirmed about the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.

Galaxy Fold: Release Date and Details

Before the 2019 Unpacked event, online sleuths discovered that one of Samsung's patents showed a screen that folds over the back of the phone, like a wallet. The
Galaxy Fold turned out a bit differently, folding out into a 7.3-inch tablet,
than back in half again into a 4.6-inch smartphone. When you unfold the
smartphone, an app continuity system ensures that the apps resize to the larger
screen, and you can also multitask with up to three apps on the screen at a
time. In the U.S., the Fold launches on AT&T and T-Mobile, bundled with a pair of wireless Samsung Buds.

Other confirmed Galaxy Fold features include:

  • Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
  • 512 GB of onboard storage and a whopping 12 GB of RAM
  • A system of six cameras
  • Two batteries (4380 mAh) that can communicate with each other

Release Date: April 26

Price: $1980 (U.S.)

Galaxy S10: Release Date and Details

After the Galaxy Fold was revealed, Samsung brought out the Galaxy S10, which comes in three versions: S10, S10+, and S10e. All three, like the Fold, run Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI. Other features vary slightly across the three devices.

Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones
Samsung 

The S10 has a 6.1-inch screen and comes with:

  • An on-screen fingerprint sensor
  • 128 GB or 512 GB storage with 8 GB RAM
  • A tri-lens rear camera: 16, 12, and 12 MP
  • A 10 MP front camera

The S10+ has a 6.4 inch screen and also comes with an on-screen fingerprint sensor and the same cameras as the S10. It has three configurations:

  • 128 GB of storage with 8 GB RAM
  • 512 GB of storage with 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB of storage with 12 GB RAM

The S10e has a 5.8-inch screen and comes with the same memory and RAM configurations as the S10. It has only two rear cameras, not three, and lacks the on-screen fingerprint sensor.

Finally, the S10 5G, a Verizon exclusive, has slightly different features from the rest, and will be available in June 2019.

Release Date: March 8

Price: $899 and up (U.S.)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Release Date and Details

The short video teaser for the August 9 Samsung Unpacked didn't offer any detail but put the S Pen, in the spotlight. Same with the invitation.

Additionally, a well-known tipster called Ice Universe, who has broken the news about a handful of previous Galaxy devices, obtained a copy of a full-page ad for the Note 9, which showed the S Pen front and center.

With all that focus on the S Pen, many believed that the stylus would have enhanced functionality, beyond writing and drawing. They were right.

The Note 9's S Pen is:

  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Battery-powered
  • Charges in about one minute and lasts a half hour
  • A control for the camera and camera timer
  • A remote to playback music on the Note 9

Other confirmed features include:

  • A 6.4-inch display
  • A 4,000mAh battery (the largest yet on a Note)
  • Repositioned fingerprint scanner underneath the camera
  • One model with 512 GB of storage and 8 GB RAM
  • A second model with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB RAM
  • Dual 12 MP primary camera with AI features
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

Release Date: August 24, 2018

Price: US$ 1,000 for 128 GB; $1,250 for 512 GB direct from Samsung