Samsung just officially confirmed some major smartphone news

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Lo and behold: there's a big notch cut out of the screen's top-right corner.

Samsung's upcoming phone, in partnership with Verizon, is particularly interesting because that means it will beat Apple to the finish line. All Galaxy S10 models are said to feature the Infinity-O display.

As for other features, the renders show that the Galaxy S10 Plus will have a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. "We will continue to work together to ensure end users have access to the technologies needed to experience transformative 5G experiences". The earpiece itself sits in a separate cutout at the very top of the device, the newly emerged images reveal. The phone also still had a Bixby button, although I wasn't able to check to see if it actually launched Bixby.

Samsung cautioned us that the phone we saw isn't final hardware.

As far as photography hardware is concerned, A8s is expected to come with a feature-rich 24MP front-camera.

The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform also gains a new Hexagon 690 processor with twice as many vector cores as the previous Hexagon 685 processor found in the Snapdragon 845, as well as a redesigned Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that helps the new Snapdragon 855 chip achieve 3x machine learning performance over the Snapdragon 855.

After Huawei confirmed the launch date of its new Nova 4 smartphone (December 17), Samsung has now confirmed that it will be launching a new smartphone - Galaxy A8s in China on December 10.

Registrations were open last week for the Galaxy Note9 One UI beta, based off of Android 9 Pie.

That announcement dovetails with Verizon's promise that it will switch on a commercial mobile 5G network sometime in the first half of next year.

According to analyst estimates, the earliest we can expect to see an Apple handset with support for the superfast network speed is 2020. The Galaxy S10 family is expected to be unveiled at the next iteration of Mobile World Congress which is kicking off in Barcelona, Spain, in late February. The camera alignment is a bit reminiscent of the dual cameras on the Galaxy Note 9, but Samsung made the camera module longer to accommodate three lenses instead of just two.

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