Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

Samsung thinks you'll love folding phones so much it's planning two more

Samsung thinks you'll love folding phones so much it's planning two more

Today, however, the analyst is breaking with tradition by providing his sales predictions for another lineup of premium smartphones - the Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy S10+ is nearly identical to the GS10 on a hardware level, so they're bundled together. The hardware savants responsible for tearing down both phones liked the fact that all of the screws were standard Philips screws, but anxious that display replacement will be a tricky job. The team also anxious about the long-term implications for the battery caused by the heat of wireless charging.

According to Bloomberg's sources, the clamshell phone will be released in late 2019 or early 2020, followed by the Mate X-style device.

All this is necessary for the most common fix: a battery replacement. That isn't because it packs a big battery but it doesn't use a battery. The lithium-ion cell is right under the rear glass panel, but it's glued down.

If you're a new mobile device or accessory and you're bought by the team over at JerryRigEverything, you know you're in for a very short and very rough life. Lifting the motherboard out reveals a troubling development.

Unfortunately, that seems to be where the good ends. iFixit also discovered that Samsung has soldered the USB-C charging port to the motherboard this time around. While this makes replacing it possible, iFixit found it rather hard to remove. The outfolding phone will not feature an external display, meaning the design will be thinner than the clamshell design, as well as the Galaxy Fold. "And if you drop it, the display is more susceptible to damage". The S10 has famously moved the fingerprint sensor from the back to beneath the screen while the S10e has added a conventional capacitive fingerprint sensor to the larger power button.

As a cool launch promo you can get a JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth speaker (worth PHP3,990 on its own) bundled with the phone for free.

In conclusion, iFixit gives the Galaxy S10 a measly 3 out of 10 for repairability. Its 0.4 Just Noticeable Color Difference (JNCD) rating in the DCI-P3 color range is a marked improvement over the Galaxy S9's 0.7 JNCD score.

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