Samsung’s Unpacked 2019 event is just two weeks away. Part of the rite of passage for a new mobile phone is to stop by the USA’s Federal Communications Commission. This week, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range has done precisely that.
At this stage, passing through the FCC is merely a formality, but we have learned a bit about the new phones.
According to the FCC listings, there will be three models announced, as follows:
- SM-G970U – Samsung Galaxy S10e
- SM-G973U – Samsung Galaxy S10
- SM-G975U – Samsung Galaxy S10+
What else have we learned?
Well, the FCC has recently certified Samsung Galaxy Buds and the only other real development is that the Galaxy S10 range will support WiFi 6, otherwise known as 802.11ax. This standard makes the existing WiFi spectrum more efficient, resulting in faster speeds, better battery life, etc.
Unsurprising inclusions are Bluetooth LE, NFC and MST (Magnetic Stripe Transmission). Samsung Pay makes use of MST to support older non-tap payment terminals.
Probably the biggest news (although not all that surprising) is that there’s no 5G certification for any of these models. This suggests Samsung will release a 5G model later (or, at the very least, separately). We had heard that 5G might come alongside the foldable Galaxy phone, which doesn’t appear to be joining us at Unpacked.
Last, but not least, is a “wireless power transfer” capability. It appears Samsung has adopted wireless reverse charging, similar to the feature found in Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro.
As is often the case, Samsung seems likely to be including the best of the best technology in its upcoming Galaxy S10 range, and we can’t wait to take them for a spin in coming weeks.