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GALAXY UNPACKED

We know a ton about Samsung’s new phones before they’re even out

By Mike Murphy

Samsung is expected to unveil its latest Galaxy flagship smartphone at an event in San Francisco Feb. 20. But if you’ve been paying attention, you might’ve already seen much of what’s to come already.

Here’s a quick rundown on all the leaks and rumors so far:

Three phones. There will be three new models, the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e. The plus-sized model is expected to have a larger screen (as Samsung has produced in prior years), and the new S10e, a slightly more affordable model, rounds out the company’s new line in much the same way that Apple has done with the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr, with similar prices for each (likely ranging from $700 to $1,200). (That might not be the best strategy to copy, though.)

Many cameras. The two more expensive models are expected to have three rear-facing cameras, while the S10e will have two. The S10+ will also reportedly feature (link in German) two front-facing cameras for more in-depth selfie shots.

Giant devices. The Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ phones are expected to have 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch displays, respectively, which means you might need to break out the PopSockets to hold any of these comfortably.

Notch free. Samsung, unlike just about every other smartphone manufacturer, has yet to copy Apple by leaving a notch of space around the cameras and speakers on the front of the phone. To maximize screen space this year, however, Samsung seems to have instead opted for tiny cutouts for its cameras, and far narrower bezels on the top and bottom of the phone.

Touching. The new phones are reportedly removing the fingerprint scanners that have been on the back of the last few models of Galaxy devices, and instead incorporating them into the display. Other companies, such as OnePlus and Vivo, have rolled out this technology in their phones with varying success. It’s unclear if the new phones will also include the laser iris scanning that older Galaxy phones offered.

Charging everything. Wireless charging has been standard on Samsung phones for years now, but apparently the new Galaxies will be able to wirelessly charge other devices. The company is reportedly releasing a new set of wireless earbuds called Galaxy Buds, which can charge by sitting on the back of the new Galaxy phone through a new feature called “PowerShare,” according to The Verge.

One more (bendy) thing. Samsung is also likely going to use its event to share more information on the foldable smartphone it first teased in November. Not too much is known about the device, which will most likely run a new version of Android modified for folding displays, but some have suggested that it’ll cost around $1,500 and may be named the Galaxy F.

Samsung wasn’t immediately available to comment, but Quartz will be in attendance at Samsung’s event at 10am US Pacific time in San Francisco. Stay tuned.