+ Tuesday July 16th, 2019

With all the rumours that precede a smartphone launch, sometimes it seems like everyone’s speculating and no one has any firm details. Samsung generates an awful lot of rumour and speculation ahead of a launch, but it’s not too often that we see a real device.

If this image is taken at face value, then, we’ve seen our first real-world look at Samsung’s Galaxy S10+, thanks to someone (perhaps carelessly) using the unreleased device on what appears to be public transport in South Korea.

As with any pre-release photo, the mandatory chapstick has been applied to the lens before someone took a photo of this phone. To my mind, though, it’s clear that this is an early version of one of the Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range. It fits the rumour – with the cutout front-facing camera in the top right – and nothing much else on the front.

The image was shared to /r/Android on Reddit not long ago, and to my somewhat trained eye, I’m calling it a legit sighting. We’ve seen pre-release devices appear in public in the past – Google’s Pixel phones have done this in recent times, and Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro did too if I recall correctly.

Regardless, we won’t have to look at blurry photos for much longer. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range is to be launched in about 5 weeks in San Francisco, and with a bit of luck, we may be there to cover it live. If not, we’ll catch it at MWC and share the details with you then.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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