Samsung has been killing it with system updates lately, often beating even Google to the punch when it comes to security patches. This isn't different this month around, as the manufacturer is already distributing the August security update. First we saw a few Galaxy S10 units in Germany start picking it up, followed now by S20 and Note 10 models.
The Galaxy S10e was Samsung's bite-sized flagship phone last year, designed to compete with the iPhone XR. It had most of the features of the larger S10 and S10+, but in a much more compact form factor. Now you can get the phone for just $499.00 from Amazon, a $201 reduction from the usual price.
Last year, Samsung tried something a little different with its flagship lineup. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ were business as usual, but for the first time ever, Samsung developed a super-compact lower tier. The Galaxy S10e retained most of the S10's features, but in a smaller form factor and at a lower price. Just like Apple's budget phone at the time, the iPhone XR, the S10e was priced at a mere $750.
Much like Tron: Legacy, the S10e was something I absolutely loved, but wasn't deemed successful enough to receive a sequel. It's still a worthwhile phone in 2020, partially because there is almost no competition in the "small flagship" market, but there are some factors to consider.
Samsung has been testing Android 10 on its Galaxy S10 series extensively, with one beta update chasing the other over the last few weeks. The company is apparently finally satisfied with the software, as it has just started rolling out the stable release with version 2.0 of One UI in tow. It looks like it's only coming to some people in Germany, but it can't take too long until it arrives at more customers.
Snapchat never loved Android, although the company behind the social network promised to fix its slow and buggy app a long time ago. It even started rolling out a completely rewritten and supposedly better version this year, but many users still complain about the subpar quality compared to the experience on iOS. Now, we've come across a hilarious new bug in the app. People using phones with display cutouts on the top right, like the Samsung Galaxy S10+, can't properly end video calls since the "end call" button sits right behind the lost part of the screen.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 are set to open up on February 21, with sales not starting until March 8. For those wanting to get some hands-on time with the new devices but don't want to wait until March, Samsung is holding an event at its 837 store in NYC during the Unpacked livestream.
Members of the public will be able to demo the Galaxy S10 at Samsung 837 as soon as the device is officially announced, but you'll need to RSVP to ensure you get a spot.
The design of the Galaxy S10e is no secret thanks to press renders showing a very similar looking device to the S10 and S10+. It is expected to be a more affordable option to its siblings while offering a similar experience with an edge-to-edge display, despite marginally larger bezels.
A new image has surfaced that offers an up close and personal look at the display cutout that will be used to house the front-facing camera. Like the hole-punch or not, this is the approach Samsung has settled on for its 2019 answer to the notch. That is until it puts the camera in the S Pen or uses the under-panel sensor it previously demoed to eliminate any front-facing camera.
All three upcoming devices in the Galaxy S lineup have stopped by the FCC as we approach the February 20 Unpacked event. Before a device is released in the United States, Samsung needs to obtain certification through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and typically the reports are made public before the launch of the device. At this point, the certification is a mere formality as we've seen pretty much all there is to discover about the S10 series, including some up close and personal leaks. Nevertheless, some rumored features can be confirmed.