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Galaxy S10 Release Date: Here's When You Can Probably Buy It
Editors' Note: Updated on Feb. 13 after Samsung announced a reservation program for the Galaxy S10 that clarifies the phone's release date.
We already know when we're going to get our first official look at the Galaxy S10. And thanks to a Samsung promotion, we have a pretty good idea of when the phone is going to arrive, too.
Credit: 91MobilesSamsung plans to take the wraps off the Galaxy S10 at its latest Unpacked event on Feb. 20 in San Franciso. But that's just when Samsung unveils its new phone and not the S10's actual release date. That looks to be March 8, a date Samsung has essentially confirmed with a program that lets you reserve your Galaxy S10 order. According to Samsung, people who reserve a phone and then confirm their order within 72 hours of the device going on sale will receive their new handsets by March 8.
Still, some complications remain. Samsung reportedly has multiple versions of the S10 in the works, including a feature-packed range-topping version and a 5G-ready model, and those phones could all have different release dates.
Right now, the most popular assumption is that the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E will arrive on March 8, roughly two weeks after Samsung's unpacked event. That date was first tipped in an ETNews report from January, with Samsung's new reservation program making that date even more likely.
Galaxy S10 Release Date Prediction
|Model||Launch Date||Pre-Orders||Release Date|
|Galaxy S10||Feb. 20, 2019*||Feb. 21, 2019**||March 8, 2019*|
|Galaxy S9 (2018)||Feb. 25, 2018||March 2, 2018||March 16, 2018|
|Galaxy S8 (2017)||March 29, 2017||March 30, 2017||April 21, 2017|
|Galaxy S7 (2016)||Feb. 21, 2016||Feb. 23, 2016||March 11, 2016|
|Galaxy S6 (2015)||March 1, 2015||March 27, 2015||April 10, 2015|
* Confirmed / ** Based on reports
But March 8 may not be the only date in March where a Galaxy S model winds up on store shelves. A 1TB version of the Galaxy S10+ could appear in some markets, with leaked images on Slashgear pointing to a March 15 release for that model.
There's also the matter of a 5G-ready version of Samsung's next smartphone. That ETNews report from January listed a March 29 release date for a version of the phone that will be able to connect to the next-generation 5G networks that are coming online this year. AT&T and Verizon have both announced plans to offer a 5G phone from Samsung — it's widely assumed that will a variant of the S10 — but all those carriers have committed to publicly is offering the phone during early 2019.
If you're planning on placing an order for one of Samsung's new phones, you won't have to wait too long, according to one rumor. Sammobile says that Samsung will start taking pre-orders for the S10 on Feb. 21, a day after the new models are unveiled.
Should all these dates pan out, it would be the fastest turnaround between a Galaxy S model's unveiling and the phone landing on retail shelves in recent years. For both last year's Galaxy S9 launch and 2016's Galaxy S7 rollout, Samsung took 19 days to release its new phones after their initial launch event.
The Galaxy S8 launched three weeks after Samsung's big reveal in 2017, while the Galaxy S6 took more than a month to arrive on retail shelves in 2015.