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The Samsung Galaxy S10 in Ireland – What we know

Every year, Samsung without fail releases at least three of its flagship smartphones in Ireland. We typically get two devices in the Samsung Galaxy line, with a third released with similar specifications but in a larger form factor, a.k.a the Samsung Galaxy Note. Like clockwork, we saw the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 this year, and that now has us looking to the future. Typically the hardware in the regular Galaxy S flagship line reflects what we’ll see in that year’s Note, so it begs the question – what will we see from the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10+ next year? It already looks like we could see three variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10. With the cat out of the bag on everything Apple, it’s about time we looked towards what Samsung is working on.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will come to Ireland

I mean, it’s a given. Samsung releases their new flagship smartphone globally when it comes out, and our island is absolutely no exception. It’s pretty clear that we’ll get it here, and through all of the major carriers as well. Those looking to upgrade from their existing smartphone will have to think long and hard though, as it’s likely to be expensive. Samsung has had a penchant for releasing some pretty expensive smartphones as of late, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costing upwards of €1000. Still, it’ll come here and you’ll be able to get your hands on it – if you can afford it.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Specifications

This is where things get a bit wishy-washy, but we can gain some valuable information from Korean publication The Investor, notable Chinese leaker Ice Universe and Korean publication ETNews. It’s obviously expected that we’ll see the latest and greatest chipset from Samsung powering the Samsung Galaxy S10, but there have been a few other interesting tidbits along the way. Not only could we be seeing the advent of one of the first 7nm chipsets on mobile, but we could be seeing one of the first mainstream devices to have an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 may have an in-display fingerprint sensor

Yes, we’ve been hearing it for years. In fact, going as far back as the Samsung Galaxy S8 reveals rumours that even back then that it was potentially being done, but only in recent months have we seen the usage of this technology in mainstream brands. The OnePlus 6T is a prime example, it has been confirmed to have one once it launches, presumably later this year. The technology is actually maturing, so it’s possible that Samsung may feel that the Galaxy S10 is the right device to bring it to first.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 should have a 7nm chipset

And going back to that 7nm chipset potential, there are a number of benefits that don’t just involve freeing up more space. In fact, that’s not usually what it’s about at all. A smaller chipset allows for more transistors in a smaller space, while also allowing for efficiency improvements and reduced thermals. In short, it usually results in better battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will likely launch in three models

We mentioned this in brief above, but it would appear that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will likely launch in three models, not two like we’ve come to expect. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via BusinessInsider, we’ll be seeing Samsung’s latest flagship launched in 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch display sizes. According to the same report, two of the three devices will have an in-display fingerprint sensor while the third will see it relegated to the side of the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will likely support UFS 3.0

This comes courtesy of Ice Universe, who has been a generally reputable source of information in the past. In a tweet, Ice Universe stated that Samsung is working on mass-producing LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage and that they look forward to Samsung’s upcoming flagship. It’s heavily implied, if not outright stated, that Samsung is gearing up for their inclusion in the Samsung Galaxy S10. UFS 2.1 was already blazing fast, with UFS 3.0 looking to be twice as fast. Fast storage is just as important as your phone’s processor, as ultimately what will bottleneck your phone’s performance is how fast it can pull files from storage, such as your applications.

Availability of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in Ireland

Given that Samsung is Ireland’s second biggest smartphone manufacturer in terms of market share, it will come as no surprise that their latest flagship will be available through all of the usual channels. From local carriers such as Vodafone and Three to Amazon, it should not be difficult at all to get your hands on the latest and greatest Samsung smartphone when it arrives.

But when will it arrive? Given the release cycle of previous Samsung smartphones, it’s likely that we’ll see it arrive sometime early in 2019. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any more upcoming leaks, but for now Samsung is set to really knock Apple down a peg or two going into the start of next year.

An Irish technology fanatic with a BSc in Computer Science. Lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at adam.conway@irishtech.ie.
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