We haven’t even made it to the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which is scheduled for later this year and there have already been a number of rumors for the company’s next Galaxy S series. Rumors have suggested the upcoming flagship from Samsung will have an in-display fingerprint scanner (which, to be fair, has been speculated about since the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7), three cameras on the back, and a sound-emitting OLED display to replace the earpiece speaker. Here’s another rumor to add to that list: The Samsung Galaxy S10 will come in three variants with the biggest one having the previously rumored triple rear cameras. Also, the latest Samsung flagship may be equipped with UFS 3.0 storage chips and LPDDR5 RAM.
There has been talk about the Galaxy S10 having three cameras for a few weeks now but now the notable Chinese publication ETNews (via @UniverseIce) corroborated this rumor and added further details about the Samsung Galaxy S10 variants and some of their features. If true, it looks as if Samsung will be selling three different variants of their 2019 flagship smartphone. The regular device is said to have a 5.8″ display and come equipped with 1 rear camera. Then we have the middle version which will have a 5.8″ display as well but this one will come with 2 rear cameras. Finally, the third model of the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a big 6.2″ display with 3 rear cameras. In summary:
5.8″ Samsung Galaxy S10 with 1 Rear Camera
5.8″ Samsung Galaxy S10 with 2 Rear Cameras
6.2″ Samsung Galaxy S10 with 3 Rear Cameras
Having a smartphone with three rear cameras isn’t something that everyone will be taking advantage of to its full extent. On the other hand, the storage performance is something that’ll affect everyone’s experiences. According to @UniverseIce, a notable leaker of Samsung products, the Galaxy S10 will have UFS 3.0 flash storage and LPDDR5 RAM. The addition of UFS 3.0 is a benefit that everyone will see as it will impact application and game launch times, document/image/video creation, and much more. Samsung has also been preparing for mass production of LPDDR5 mobile RAM, so we expect to see performance improvements throughout the OS as well. The timeline has things laid out where Samsung could very well implement them into their first 2019 flagship smartphone.
Just what is UFS? It stands for the Universal Flash Storage standard that debuted in 2011 with version 1.0 and it aims to bring higher data transfer speed and increased reliability to flash memory storage. Over time we have seen this specification updated from version 1.0, to 1.1, to 2.0, then 2.1 and now to version 3.0. UFS 2.0 and 2.1 had a maximum bandwidth limit of 600 MB/s per lane so its two lanes allowed it to hit a theoretical max of 1,200 MB/s. Version 3.0 of the UFS specification was announced and published back in January of this year and promises faster transfer limits, lower power usage, and a number of new features which are mainly suited for the automotive industry. With UFS 3.0 the specification shows that these storage chips will be able to hit a theoretical maximum of 1,450 MB/s per lane and with it also supporting 2 lanes this means it can go as high as 2,900 MB/s.
Android’s storage benchmark scores have fallen behind the competition so this update to flash storage should help to narrow the gap. Ice Universe says that Samsung will begin mass producing both UFS 3.0 chips as well as LPDDR5 RAM chips in the second half of this year which implies that the Galaxy S10 will benefit from these new technologies.