Unlike some previous reports about the Galaxy S10 lineup, the new set of renders suggest Samsung won't be positioning the front-facing camera setup of the upcoming handsets centrally. To take advantage of this, however, devices must be able to support 5G connectivity. But it certainly looks consumer-ready: a big, but not thick black slab, about the size and shape of a Galaxy Note 9, with dual cameras on the back and, yes, a real headphone jack.
This is Verizon's second mobile 5G device announcement. The device will use the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
Outside America, the 5G story seems muddier (which is not surprising, as 4G was slow on global adoption as well), which probably makes the Snapdragon 855 a bit less exciting.
The processor will also feature a built-in Neural Processing Unit (NPU) which is something we expect to see on most flagship mobile processors these days. Then there are some interesting new details on the architecture that may provide info on how this chip would fair out against Apple's A12 Bionic and Samsung's Exynos 9820 SoCs.
The four 1.8 GHz low-key cores will be dealing with mundane tasks, while the three 2.4 GHz ones are for the heavy lifting, and one of those can go as high up as 2.8 GHz - for bragging rights, we suppose.
While its predecessor was mass-produced by Samsung past year, things will change for the Snapdragon 855. Without 5G, the 855 is just another process shrink (rumors peg this as Qualcomm's first 7nm chipset), which is no small achievement (PUN!), but not much of a compelling marketing story. The Snapdragon 855 also features the world's first Computer Vision Image Signal Processor (CV-ISP) to deliver new photo and video capture features.
Samsung has been understandably protective of this phone, as it's been streaming 4K video over Verizon's 5G network and outputting the results onto a big, lovely television.