Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 family, details on the punched-out S10 screen, a new name for the S10 Lite, the Nokia 8.1’s first review, OnePlus’ American plans, and the smartphone/PDA that won CES.
Android Circuit: Samsung Confirms Galaxy S10 Launch Date, OnePlus 5G
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
Samsung Confirms New Galaxy Launch Date
Samsung has announced the date for a major Galaxy event. Widely expected to be the reveal of the Galaxy S10 family, the next ’Samsung Unpacked’ is on 20 February and will take place in London and San Francisco. Paul Douglas reports on the UK event:
The invite reads: “Samsung Electronics will unveil new devices that promise to usher in new Galaxy experiences based on 10 years of innovations. The exciting reveal will take place at a Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED event in London at 7pm GMT.”
…While the invite makes it pretty clear that the Galaxy S10 (or range of S10 phones) is set to break cover, there’s no clue as to whether Samsung’s folding phone, dubbed the Galaxy X or Galaxy Fold, will be shown at the same event. However, a report in the Wall Street Journal cites “people familiar with the matter” as saying that the folding phone will also be launched on 20 February.
Galaxy S10 Screens Gets Punched Out
As with most modern smartphone launches, many of the details have been leaked in advance and the geekerati know what to expect. That’s certainly the case with the Galaxy S10 family, and this week saw one of the final elements fall into place – how Samsung will mount the forward facing cameras and sensors in relation to the screen. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:
Samsung published the new Galaxy S10 design by accident in an official blog post discussing its new ‘One UI’ Android skin. The images substantiated multiple leaks (including my own exclusive) with the range moving to a polarising punch hole display.
Samsung was quick to spot its error and replace the images, but not before they were posted to Reddit. Given the frequency with which Samsung has ‘accidentally’ leaked upcoming phones on its website in the past, and the fact the Reddit user in question was a new account publishing its first and only post, I’d be amazed if this was not also planned.
Galaxy S10 Lite Gets A New Name
Thanks to details obtained by peripheral retailer Mobile Fun, it looks like Samsung’sentry-levell Galaxy S10 finally has a name. While the geekerati has generally went with S10 Lite over the last few months, it looks like the actual device will be the S10 E. I reported on the name change in the S10 family earlier this week:
Alongside a 5G variant in partnership with the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint – which is expected later in the year – Samsung is widely believed to have a three core models in the range. The larger-screened Galaxy S10 Plus, the jack of all trades Galaxy S10, and the entry level Galaxy S10 Lite. There’s also a suspicion of a fifth folding model with could be called the Galaxy S10 Ultra or Galaxy X).
Now it appears that the lightweight ‘Lite’ designation is going to be retired, and those looking for the budget-friendly model will need to look for the Galaxy S10 E.
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