The leaked image doing the rounds which are the latest one today are of Galaxy S10. Ice universe the leaked master hedged the bet by using the Galaxy S10 codename of ‘Beyond’, but not explicitly saying this was the S10. And yes this will surely a question when Samsung’s flagship smartphone is launched early in 2019 very much doubt that the S10 you pick up will be a close match to this image.
I would definitely not be surprised about this image that is a snapshot of the Galaxy S10 design process. Many iterations of design will be undertaken as a part of the design process of any smartphone, this was just for today’s tools for 3D printing and rapid fabrication, it is possible to create physical models of a new design in a matter of hours. There are a lot of manufacturers including Samsung is going to work through the various tweaks and options to a handset long before the final product is locked in.
If the major thing is about the changes then some of these changes will be incredibly close to the previous model, some will be changed by tenths of a millimeter to see how they feel in the hand, some will see components in different ovations (such as camera lens or power button location), and some will be more radical interpretations of the design language.
Samsungs design trends if you follow through then you will get to the point of a smartphone that is almost all display on the front fascia, with the fingerprint and forward facing sensors mounted directly under the display, with minimal bezels top and bottom reflecting the South Korean signature, and the curved edges providing the visual identification factor.
Everybody has accepted that the big brand Samsung is working on an under-screen fingerprint sensor and the S10 is expected to have this technology. To replace the earpiece, removing one forward facing element at the top of the screen, there is also the potential for the S10 to use these conducting technology. The facing sensor such as the selfie camera and flash could be achieved using microLED and micro-optics, but that requires more R&D time to be achievable for a widely adopted consumer smartphone.
The R&D team in South Korea would find it useful to have a physical representation of what is beyond the upcoming flagship, which will directly bring us back to Ice Universe’s design beyond.