Samsung could have stolen CES 2019 by asserting the launch date of its upcoming Galaxy S10 (it is Feb. 20, by the best way), nevertheless it was world’s second-largest telephone maker, Huawei, that turned out one of the best telephone right here on the present. Which may not seem to be a lot of a menace when you think about that there have been few smartphones to talk of. But, the Huawei Honor View 20 has sufficient distinctive options on what will likely be a midprice machine to make Samsung look over its shoulder.

Samsung is at the moment the biggest telephone model on the planet by gross sales quantity, nevertheless it’s hardly sitting fairly. Telephones gross sales are slowing down, with even trillion-dollar Apple warning buyers that it hasn’t offered as many new iPhones as anticipated. Samsung will want its 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 to impress if it will hold its place on the prime. 

Huawei’s Honor View 20 is extra eye-catching than as we speak’s Samsung telephone.


Does Samsung actually have something to worry? Huawei, which ousted Apple to change into number-two, is in a decent spot. The corporate, which can also be one of many largest names in telecommunications tools, has been banned by governments over fears of spying for the Chinese language authorities, regardless of Huawei’s insistence that it adheres to native legal guidelines wherever it operates. Since final 12 months, huge provider and retailer offers dried up and two of the corporate’s staff have been arrested

Though Huawei’s enterprise is imperiled, the handsets themselves are on the rise. The Huawei telephones we have seen since final CES have outpaced Samsung’s flagship fashions with three rear cameras, just like the Huawei P20 Professional and Mate 20 Professional, an in-screen fingerprint reader and flashy finishes and colours, just like the gorgeous Honor View 20 seen this previous week at CES. 

(Summer time’s mid-price Galaxy A9 has three rear cameras, however Samsung has but to launch a premium telephone with the identical expertise. Then once more, Google’s top-scoring flagship Pixel three retains one rear lens.)

Huawei, too, edged Samsung its AI digicam agenda, and launched pictures software program that closes the hole with some iPhone options — like dramatic lighting for selfie pictures, and Huawei’s model of Apple’s “Animoji” that avoids the pitfalls of Samsung’s extraordinarily creepy AR Emoji.

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Samsung heads into 2019 with the benefit of rock-solid associate assist, however flagging momentum. After its third quarter resulted in October, Samsung stated in a press launch that it “achieved stable gross sales of flagship fashions” and that “whole smartphone shipments remained flat as a consequence of decreased gross sales of mid- to low-end merchandise.” Although Samsung expects gross sales to rise in 2019, that is hardly confidence-stirring stuff.

In the meantime, Huawei’s gross sales have grown regardless of an nearly whole US shut-out (the US is the world’s second-largest telephone market after China), and its units are innovating quicker. Days earlier than CES, Huawei introduced that it offered 200 million models throughout all its divisions, together with the mid-level Honor line.

It is into this combine that the Galaxy S10 will reply the final word query of whether or not or not Samsung can catch up by way of shelf enchantment. There’s additionally Apple to cope with. When CEO Tim Prepare dinner unveiled the iPhone X in 2017, it was a radically redesigned machine that launched cutting-edge expertise like Face ID, a 3D front-facing digicam that maps your face for safe unlocking, and gesture controls. 

Samsung is extensively anticipated to present its Galaxy S10 telephones the same face unlocking digicam, the primary “ultrasonic” in-screen fingerprint reader and a “brilliant evening” digicam mode for low-light pictures (just like what Huawei telephones and the Pixel three telephones have). The issue is that whereas Apple’s Face ID gave us one thing no different phonemaker had, variations of all these rumored S10 options have lengthy appeared on different Android telephones. 

Samsung should surpass all of them to make the S10 promote huge, or ship one thing shocking and new.

Foldable Galaxy X: The ace up Samsung’s sleeve

That one thing “new” Samsung’s betting on to hold it by way of 2019 will possible be different telephones altogether. Samsung has dedicated to a foldable telephone, rumored to be known as the Galaxy X or Galaxy F, by the primary half of the 12 months. The design is taken into account the longer term.

Foldable telephones are poised to shake up a telephone trade primarily based on flat, bricklike units. Whereas just one foldable telephone at the moment exists, the Royole FlexPai, which is at the moment on back-order, the brand new designs are already credited with ushering in new methods to make use of your most private machine. 

Telephones that open up into bigger display screen tablets will create extra space for folks to have interaction with apps, movies and video games. However, as with tablets, additionally they have the potential to make multitasking simpler, or break up a display screen to present you controls on one aspect and a viewing space on the opposite. 2017’s ZTE Axon M did not have a bendable display screen — it linked two separate shows with a hinge — it showcased alternative ways to make use of two shows back-to-back, together with a mirror mode that projected the identical factor on each screens.

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Whereas Samsung is predicted to introduce the primary foldable telephone from a serious smartphone contender, LG, Huawei and others have additionally stated they’re growing foldable prototypes. TCL, which makes BlackBerry and Alcatel telephones, TVs and panels to promote to different devicemakers, additionally stated it’d make a foldable machine in 2020

“2019 is about 5G and full show designs,” Wayne Lam, an analyst at IHS, advised CNET’s Roger Cheng. “I’d say the market will not get actually fascinating till 2020.”

With Google’s assist for foldable Android merchandise, you’ll be able to guess these designs will proliferate.

5G-ready telephones are much more vital 

If the foldable “Galaxy X” telephone is the social gathering animal of Samsung’s telephone enterprise in 2019, Samsung’s first 5G telephones are the buttoned-up blazer sorts that may get the job executed. 


Samsung confirmed off its prototype 5G telephone at CES 2019.

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Samsung has already pledged 4 US telephones in 2019 to reap the benefits of the primary networks to supply immense 5G speeds with nearly zero latency: one every for Verizon and Dash, and two for AT&T. The hope in having these units prepared even earlier than the networks get going is to make the transition from 4G to 5G networks faster and smoother than the shift from 3G to 4G.

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Because the first 5G units will price greater than their 4G counterparts, anticipate these handsets to look extra like as we speak’s Galaxy S9 than a wacky, telephone that folds down the middle. Samsung will not double up its threat — or enhance the value of an already costly foldable telephone — by placing them each collectively at first.

In reality, rumors level to a 5G variant of the Galaxy S10. The tech large did present a 5G prototype Samsung telephone at its CES sales space — behind glass — however would not inform us which provider it is destined for, or how its closing design may change.

Foldable telephones won’t pan out, or it might take years for the trade to hone the supplies, apps and general look that works greatest. However 5G telephones are a certain guess that may enable Samsung to stay on the forefront as networks slowly change LTE with 5G. This transition will take time, and the primary 5G telephones are anticipated to be pricey

Within the meantime, the 4G Galaxy S10 will likely be ready, and so will its fiercest rivals.

Samsung declined to touch upon this story.

Galaxy S10 launch date confirmed: Feb. 20 at Samsung’s Unpacked occasion in San Francisco

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