Ming-Chi Kuo is back again. The famously accurate analyst has returned with a new report exposing Samsung’s biggest changes for its 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 and it shows the company has big plans…
Attained by Business Insider, Kuo reveals the Galaxy S10 will take two unprecedented steps in the history of Galaxy smartphones: it will overtake the Galaxy Note series as the largest mass market phone the company has ever made, and it will be the first device from Samsung with an in-display fingerprint reader.
Looking at the size claims first, Kuo states Samsung mimic Apple’s new iPhone range exactly by launching three models with display sizes of 5.8-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.4-inches. Unlike Apple, it is the 5.8-inch model which is expected to be the entry-level design.
Of course, many expect Apple’s biggest new iPhone (details) will be 6.5-inches, not 6.4-inches, but consistently reliable Korean site The Bell states this will actually be 6.46-inches while the largest Galaxy S10 (the ‘Galaxy S10 Plus’) will be 6.44-inches. Therefore making the real world difference between the two almost imperceptible.
As for the Galaxy S10’s in-display fingerprint, or ‘FOD’ (fingerprint on display), Kuo says Samsung will use an ultrasonic technology on the larger two models with the cheaper Galaxy S10 will reposition the fingerprint reader on the side. Something we have heard before. The FOD will be made by GIS and O-film, based on a Qualcomm design.
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Kuo claims Samsung will “aggressively” market the two premia Galaxy S10 models around their in-display fingerprint readers. This makes sense, given Apple’s claims it will not bring this technology to the iPhone and instead rely on Face ID – something Samsung also looks ready to match thanks to an all-new 3D mapping sensor in the Galaxy S10’s facial recognition.
What’s more, Samsung looks to have its mojo back with the Galaxy S10 following disappointing sales of the Galaxy S9 with Kuo predicting sales of 40M units. And this should be just the start of an ambitious 2019 for Samsung because the Galaxy S10 is merely the side-show to an even more ambitious phone…