Samsung is about to unveil its new flagship handset: the Galaxy S10. Usually, that's a signal for Samsung fans to open their wallets, prime their credit cards and check eBay for how much they can get from their old handset. But 2019 is different.
The expected arrival of a new folding phone, codenamed the Galaxy X, gives Samsung's fans reason to keep their powder dry. So, which handset should you buy - the Galaxy S10 or foldable Samsung Galaxy X?
The Case For The Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the evolution of a product line that has been incredibly popular and raised the bar when it comes to what we can expect from our smartphones.
As such, it's a path well-trodden and offers few surprises. Based on previous models, we know what to expect from the hardware and Samsung has already released One UI, the company's sparkly, new interface that augments Android 9 Pie.
If you're comfortable with a traditional smartphone experience and want the fastest hardware with a great display and most modern software interface then the Galaxy S10 is likely to be one of the best options on the market.
The Case For The 'Galaxy X'
Folding smartphones are in their infancy. There are few confirmed models in the pipeline with the Royole FlexPai the only available model that's currently on the market. Samsung is the only major phone manufactuer to show off a folding phone prototype, which we briefly saw at its developer conference last November.
Samsung's advertising for its Unpacked event has the tagline "The Future Unfolds" and the imagery has a seam through the centre.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 11, 2019
The Galaxy X changes the face of mobile computing. It will allow apps and games to experiment with new ways of doing things and give us the ability to see more information at any one time. Instead of having two apps squeezed in adjacent to each other, we'll be able to run two applications, each in full screen.
It's early days but the benefits of the Galaxy X are limited by our imagination of what it could do. As with any new technology, there's a possibility it will fail to attract the third-party developer support that will be crucial to its success.
Shut Up And Take My Money
If I was in the market for a new smartphone later this week, which handset would take my money; the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy X?
For me, it's all about the Galaxy X. Sure, it's a largely untested technology but its potential is just extraordinary.
When the first iPad was released, it completely changed the idea of what a tablet computer could look like. I think the Galaxy X can do the same. Provided consumers embrace the form factor, it will create a new class of apps and change the way we work with mobile devices.
For me, it's all about the Galaxy X. What about you?