+ Sunday February 24th, 2019

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.

Source: FCC.
Via: Droid Life.

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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Tibb So
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Tibb So

Without 5G, you’d be mad to sign up now for a 24 month contract on a handset you have to pay for.

If you are lucky enough to change phones every six months or work pays for your phone, no bid deal.

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Why ? You don’t need 5g, 5g is great for data when you are sharing from something like a hotspot or for an NBN replacement but for a phone 4g is more than enough.

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Tibb So

Slower is never enough when faster is available for much the same price. Is your name Tony Abbott? because his dumbass “slower is OK” thinking is what got us stuck with a lame duck NBN that will require many billions to fix.

5G may seem unnecessary now but six months from now, everybody will want 5G and those stuck six months into a 24 month contract won’t have a 5G capable handset.

Phones are multi-use; multi-purpose devices which often used for data sharing. They are never just phones.

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