Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S10!
April 18, 2019 — The Galaxy S10’s week one sales were 16% higher compared to the S9
The Galaxy S10 offers a lot of big improvements over the S9, and thanks to new data from Counterpoint Research, it looks like Samsung’s upgrades for the S10 series really paid off.
According to Counterpoint:
The new S10 series sold 16% more in the first week of its sales compared to last year’s sales of the Galaxy S9 series. This is a comparison of sales in the US between March 8th to 14th in 2019 with March 16th to 22nd in 2018.
Of the three phones Samsung released (the S10, S10+, and S10e), the S10+ accounts for “50% of volumes of the series.” Surprisingly, Counterpoint says that the Galaxy S10e is the weakest-selling of the three.
Despite the S10e being the worst selling of the trio, it’s actually the reason Samsung saw an increase in sales compared to last year.
However, it is the additional S10e volumes that helped Samsung get the gains compared to the S9 series sales. Our data reveals that the combined sales of the S10 Plus and the S10 are similar to that of the S9 Plus and the S9.
April 16, 2019 — Sprint rolls out April security update for Galaxy S10 with LTE fixes
Sprint has rolled out the latest security patch to the Galaxy S10 series, which includes fixes for LTE reception issues. Galaxy S10 users on Sprint have been complaining about poor reception, and while the carrier rolled out a fix last month, it didn’t remedy the problem. The latest update should provide a better solution for those still affected by weak cellular reception.
The update comes in at 184MB, and is now available for those on Sprint’s Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+.
April 12, 2019 — Galaxy S10 update makes the in-screen fingerprint sensor much faster
An update is currently rolling out for improvements to the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10. The release notes do not go into much specifics about the update, other than it is for the biometrics and fingerprints in particular. It could possibly be in response to the user who was able to bypass the fingerprint sensor with a 3D print, or maybe it is just to improve performance.
Initial response has been positive with several users reporting that it does indeed increase the speed of the sensor. However, we’ve not been able to test it for ourselves yet.
If you’re away from Wi-Fi and looking to update then don’t worry as the update is a rather small one weighting in at only 6.9MB. If you’ve not received the update already, then be patient, as it often takes time to roll out, specifically for unlocked users.
April 8, 2019 — Galaxy S10 5G render confirms May 16 launch on Verizon
Earlier this month, reliable tipster Evan Blass shared that the Galaxy S10 5G would be released on Verizon on May 16. A Bloomberg report a day later further reinforced this idea, and now thanks to a leaked render of the S10 5G, the May 16 date is all but confirmed.
The render comes to us via Android Headlines, and as you can see, the date on the lock screen reads, “Thu, May 16.”
As a reminder, the Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, four rear cameras, and is expected to cost well over $1,000.
April 5, 2019 — Galaxy S10 5G pre-orders might begin on April 18
Just yesterday, Evan Blass reported that the Galaxy S10 5G will finally hit the U.S. on May 16. According to another report from Bloomberg, pre-orders are scheduled to begin this month.
Verizon Communications Inc. will begin taking orders on April 18 for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G — the first fifth-generation phone to go on sale in the U.S.
The expected launch date of May 16 still remains, meaning Samsung will give customers nearly a full month to get pre-orders in before the S10 5G actually ships.
April 4, 2019 — Galaxy S10 5G slated for a U.S. launch on May 16
According to a cryptic tweet from the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S10 5G will make its debut in the U.S. on May 16. The phone will launch initially on Verizon — which just started rolling out its 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis — and will also make its way to AT&T later in the year.
We’ll have to wait until the U.S. launch to find out how much the Galaxy S10 5G will cost, but the phone is going on sale from tomorrow in Samsung’s home market for the equivalent of $1,125. That should provide a decent baseline to gauge how much the device will end up costing Stateside.
April 1, 2019 — Samsung confirms April 5 launch for the Galaxy S10 5G
About a week ago, a report surfaced claiming that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5 in Korea. Now, Samsung is confirming that news.
In a press release issued on April 1 that is surprisingly not an April Fool’s joke, Samsung said “the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Korea starting April 5, 2019.” Customers in the U.S. will have to wait until June to get their hands on the S10 5G through Verizon, and this will then be followed by a launch in Europe.
We don’t have U.S. pricing yet, but Samsung has said that the Galaxy S10 5G starts out at 1.39 million KRW for the 256GB model and goes up to 1.56 million KRW if you get 512GB. In USD, that works out to around $1,125 and $1,375, respectively.
March 27, 2019 — The Galaxy S10+ was used to film an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
The cameras on the Galaxy S10 are tremendously powerful, and apparently, NBC likes them so much that it used only an S10+ to film an entire episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Samsung shared a behind-the-scenes video about how the S10+ was used during the filming, and as you can see, NBC still used gimbles and professional lighting. Even so, it is pretty impressive that we’ve gotten to a ponit where a national television show can be recorded entirely on a smartphone.
March 22, 2019 — Galaxy S10 5G expected to launch on April 5
While the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e have been available for purchase for two weeks, there’s still one version of the phone that we’re eagerly awaiting — the Galaxy S10 5G. Thankfully, it looks like our waiting may soon be over.
According to a report from The Korea Herald, Samsung will begin sales of the S10 5G in Korea starting on April 5. It’ll be sold at “Samsung outlets and its online mall as well as at shops of mobile carriers in Korea.”
Rather than having pre-orders for the phone, Samsung will instead offer promotions between April 5 and April 16 — allowing customers to get a free pair of Galaxy Buds, a wireless charger, or 50% off a future screen replacement with their purchase.
Following the launch in Korea, it’s said that the Galaxy S10 5G will make its way to Verizon in the United States on April 11.
March 8, 2019 — Galaxy S10 officially released, now comes with 6 months of Spotify Premium
After being available for pre-order since February 21, the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are now all out of the pre-order stage and available for immediate purchase.
As we expected, this means that the previous pre-order bonus of getting a $130 gift certificate with your order is gone. In its place, Samsung is now offering 6 months of Spotify Premium for free.
While this is a nice promo, it’s worth noting that only new Spotify Premium customers can take advantage of it. If you’re currently subscribed to Premium or have done so in the past, you won’t be eligible.
March 6, 2019 — iFixit gives the Galaxy S10 a repairability score of 3 out of 10
We all know that the Galaxy S10 is one gorgeous device, but as it turns out, that beauty comes at a cost.
iFixit recently published its full teardown of the Galaxy S10 and S10e and gave both phones a low repairability score of just 3 out of 10.
While iFixit did praise the S10 and S10e for requiring just one Philips screwdriver for removing all of the screws, it knocked both phones for having difficult battery and screen replacements.
Check out the full teardown
March 4, 2019 — Galaxy S10 receives DisplayMate’s highest-ever grade
It’s no secret that the Galaxy S10’s display is one of the best around, but if you had any lingering doubts, DisplayMate’s recent analysis of it should put them to rest.
In DisplayMate’s review, the company said:
Even with our new tougher grading standards and new tests, the Galaxy S10 receives 100% All Green Very Good to Excellent Ratings in All Categories, earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade.
Furthermore, DisplayMate also went on to say that the Galaxy S10’s screen is “the most color accurate display” it’s ever tested.
Read DisplayMate’s full review
March 1, 2019 — Netflix adds HDR support for the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e
Before the phones even officially hit store shelves, Netflix has already confirmed HDR support for the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.
In other words, if you’re watching Netflix on one of Samsung’s new phones and the show is available in HDR, you’ll see it with brighter, more contrasty colors for an overall better experience.
We had no reason to believe the phones wouldn’t get HDR for Netflix, but it’s nice to get the confirmation nonetheless.
February 28, 2019 — The Galaxy S10 and S10+ ship with a pre-installed screen protector
One of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ is the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that’s hidden underneath their displays. We already knew that the ultrasonic tech would cause issues with third-party screen protectors, and in response to this, Samsung’s confirmed that both phones ship with a Samsung-made one pre-installed out of the box.
Per a post on the Samsung Members site:
Samsung’s upcoming new flagship Galaxy S10 will be shipped with factory pre-installed screen protector manufactured by Samsung. This is applicable for all global subsidiaries and for all variants of Galaxy S10. This decision was made to increase overall customer experiences with the improved screen durability and full functionality of the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor on Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+.
The screen protectors come with a 90-day warranty, and if it ends up getting scratched, worn, or you simply want a back-up in case something happens, you’ll be able to buy additional ones for $29.99 CAD (around $20 USD).
February 27, 2019 — Samsung now offering $130 gift certificate with Galaxy S10 pre-orders
Since pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 opened on February 21, Samsung’s been offering a promotion that allows you to grab a free pair of Galaxy Buds with your purchase. As of February 27, things have changed a bit.
Citing “high interest” in Galaxy S10 pre-orders, Samsung’s actually run out of Galaxy Buds supply and is now offering a $130 gift certificate when you buy the phone. The $130 credit can be used towards “select products” on Samsung.com and via the Shop Samsung app, and for some people, this may be an even more appealing deal. You can buy Galaxy Buds when they get back in stock, or put that $130 towards whatever else you want. Not too shabby.
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February 21, 2019 — Galaxy S10 pre-orders are now live!
Eager to buy the Galaxy S10 for yourself? Good news — pre-orders are now live at Samsung and go through March 7. If you buy the phone before then, you’ll also be able to snag a pair of Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds completely free (a $130 value).
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are all selling the phone, too.
On top of Samsung’s website and through carriers, you’ll also be able to purchase the Galaxy S10 from:
Regular sales open up on March 8, and as expected, you’ll be able to buy the S10 pretty much anywhere and everywhere.
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