Samsung’s Next Galaxy S Flagship to Have Six Cameras, Reverse Wireless Charging, 5G

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 17 Comments

After somewhat of a disappointing launch of the Galaxy S9 that only included iterative updates, Samsung is planning a big comeback next year. The company is already expected to launch a foldable phone next year, and details of the next Galaxy flagship, the Galaxy S10, have now been revealed by The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ reports that Samsung is working on four different versions of the Galaxy S10. The company will have three “regular” versions of the device — codenamed Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. These new devices will include between three and five cameras in total, but they will feature a new experience called reverse wireless charging. The feature would allow users to use their Galaxy device to charge other devices wirelessly.

The company’s other Galaxy S10, codenamed Beyond X, will include other features. And that includes a huge 6.7-inch screen, and a total of six cameras — four on the back, 2 on the front. The device will also feature 5G support, and Samsung is going for a Spring 2019 release in the United States and South Korea.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 line looks one hell of an update for the company’s Galaxy S line. The updates will hopefully help the company revive its sales numbers, especially after the disappointing Galaxy S9 launch.

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17 responses to “Samsung’s Next Galaxy S Flagship to Have Six Cameras, Reverse Wireless Charging, 5G”

  1. HellcatM

    Reverse wireless charging? Hmmmm, I guess they'll make wireless charging earbuds, and wireless speakers. But it drains battery from your phone unless it has to be charging as well to do this? I guess we'll see.

  2. paradyne

    "but they will feature a new experience called reverse wireless charging"?

    Well, new to Samsung owners perhaps, but my Huawei Mate 20 Pro already does this. I hope Samsung won't do an 'Apple' and claim to be the first and have invented the idea!

    More cameras are great though, with lenses for more situations or that can be computationally combined. For me the camera is the main factor in choice of device by far.

  3. truerock2

    Three to 5 lenses?

    I've always hated wide-angle lenses. They take horrible photos. My wide-angle-lenses for my "35mm" cameras inevitably sit in a bag rarely used. Telephoto lenses aren't so bad. They also distort pictures into unrealistic representations - but, they don't seem to create ugly pictures - so much.

    So, I inevitably use a "normal" lens for over 80 percent of my "35mm" pictures - and of course smart cameras only had wide-angle lenses that take bad photos.

    I was so happy when smart phones started coming out with multiple lenses. My hope of an iPhone with a very fast normal lens my be fulfilled someday.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to truerock2:

      On the other hand, I've always loved wide-angle lenses. They allow you to separate foreground and background in ways that longer lenses can't. On my full-frame DSLR I'm using an 11mm lens and love it.

      That said, different uses need different lenses.

      For pictures of people you need a lens that captures people from the same distance and perspective as you would see them in normal life. And that ends up being a short telephoto.

      And for general, photography a normal focal length is a great choice.

      And for wildlife, a fast, very long telephoto is needed.

      It's never one size fits all.

  4. joeaxberg

    Dang, I was really hoping for 7 cameras.

  5. Daekar

    Aside from the large screen, all of these features are firmly in the "wait and see" category for me. Samsung will be my default choice for my next phone just because of Samsung Pay, but whether any of what they discuss here is actually a value-add... well, time will tell.

    It is amazing to me that a phone as fantastic as the S9 had a disappointing launch. The market truly doesn't reward companies in a manner commensurate to their quality...

  6. jbinaz

    So being a WSJ article, it's behind a paywall, but I found it here:

    Assuming it really is the same article, it says:

    "...though no final decisions have been made, according to these people. Samsung is in discussions with Verizon about a potential exclusive distribution arrangement, though the terms and length of that arrangement aren't yet final, some of these people said."

    I really hope it doesn't become a Verizon exclusive, or if so, not for long. Stupid exclusives like that won't make me switch carriers, although maybe I'm the anecdotal exception, and other people will switch for an exclusive. I guess people must switch for exclusives or they wouldn't have them? I'd think it would deflate sales if people don't.

    • bassoprofundo

      In reply to jbinaz:

      OMG... I would think that of all the Android manufacturers, Samsung has had the most success here in the US because they're on all 4 major carriers. I get why some of the smaller ones have had to go exclusive to one or another because they lack Samsung's "might", but ugh... Aren't we past this sort of thing by now?

    • karlinhigh

      In reply to jbinaz:

      People switched carriers to get Apple's iPhone on USA-exclusive AT&T, didn't they? Or maybe that's some sort of an exception that proves a rule.

  7. Jeffery Commaroto

    Maybe I am an outlier here on reverse wireless charging but my phone is the one device I ALWAYS want charged and wouldn't ever want to take battery life from.

    It would make sense to siphon from a tablet or a laptop to different devices but the phone is kind of mission critical because it has telephony and can act as a hot spot for everything else.

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