Phones aren't usually the main event at CES. All of the new mobile hype is generally reserved for Mobile World Congress in late February.
Apparently Samsung wanted to break that tradition by announcing the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the company's first foldable phone.
Listen up, Samsung fans: we've got a bumper leak about the upcoming Galaxy S10 for you. Some details of the new phone have already slipped out, but a source at a major tech retailer has now approached us with the S10 launch date, release date, storage sizes, screen sizes, variants, some features and even the UK price points. Excited? We are. Here's the news.
In December 2018, Gizmodo UK received leaked information that the Galaxy S10 would launch at a separate Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 - five days before MWC kicks off in Barcelona.
Surprise, they were correct! Samsung confirmed this, as well as the location in a tweet earlier today.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) January 10, 2019
The festivities will apparently begin at 11AM PT (6am AEDT) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
This certainly lines up with yesterday's news regarding the device being confirmed for the first half of 2019.
Rumours about Samsung's highly anticipated foldable phone dominated the mobile space in the second half of 2018. It may have finally been revealed back in November, but the world was barely given glimpse of the device. Not much else has been said since, until today at CES when it was revealed that its coming in the first half of 2019.
Holding its own non-MWC launch is a huge power move. I guess the company doesn't want to share the spotlight when it comes to the tenth anniversary of the S series.
It's also indicative of just how much importance Samsung is placing on these devices.
The confirmation of the February 20 launch date also makes it all the more likely that the Galaxy S10 spec leaks for Gizmodo UK's article are accurate.
Other details from the report include three screen sizes - 6.1-inch display, a 6.4-inch 'Plus' display as well as 'Lite' 5.8-inch flat display.
There will also apparently be 128GB, 12GB and 1TB storage options, depending on which model you opt for.
As for pricing, the flat 'Lite' device will allegedly retail for £669 ($1,107), with the 128GB and 512GB versions of the mid-range S10 coming in at £799 ($1,398) and £999 ($1,748), respectively.
But the big one is the S10 Plus, which will apparently have the 128GB for £899 ($1,573), the 512GB for £1099 ($1,923) and the 1TB for £1399 ($2,448).
And don't forget - those UK price conversions are direct and don't include GST.
We'll let you know if any other details are confirmed, the meantime you can read more of the "confirmed" leaks here. Bring on February 20.
Rumours and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S10 have been swirling around since before the Note 9 launched. From the amount of cameras to dredded side notches, there has been a whole lot of speculation, especially when it comes to the design. Well, now we seem to have some actual facts. Earlier today a whole heap of info about the S10 was revealed - including the specs, release date, sizes and UK pricing. Here are all the details.
The author travelled to CES 2019 as a guest of Samsung and Dell