Historically, Samsung has always demonstrated an eagerness to innovate – at least where the phones are concerned. And it makes it even more strange that Galaxy S9 released last year ended up being so annoyingly decent.
Credit: Shaun Lucas / Tom's Guide It was not that the S9 was a bad phone – far from it. But after the full-screen revolution, the South Korean technology giant started the Galaxy S8 in 2017, S9 seemed like a half-hearted attempt at a follow-up. Samsung seemed to rest on the laurels, which did paid when the bread-and-butter flagship struggled to match the retail success
Fortunately, all we know about the Galaxy S10 indicates that Samsung's next flagship will be at least different from the smartphone that preceded it. Samsung has apparently developed new technology to wrap the screen around the front-facing camera, adding a whole lot of lenses to the front and back to turn on the phones' photography and it strokes the fingerprint sensor on the screen, so many Chinese phone builders found out how they were six months ago.
It's time for Samsung. If history is a reliable guide, we get our first look at S10 – in all its two, or three or possibly even four forms – before the end of February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And when we do, we hope to see:
A new design
When it comes to design, Samsung falls behind and runs out of the way. One day we will undoubtedly look back on the Galaxy S8 as one of the legendary designs that changed the path of the industry, just as the iPhone 4 did earlier in the decade. But life is moving fast in technology, and in smartphones, especially. And Samsung must keep the pedal pressed on the floor.