Another day, another leak — and this time it’s the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 in the flesh… er… components?
A tweet from Twitter user Ben Geskin shows what purports to be the new S10 with a hole-punch display and some interesting software we’ve not seen before: Samsung’s blockchain wallet. dubbed the ‘Samsung Blockchain KeyStore’ it appears to be a digital wallet for (you guessed it), your cryptocurrency.
Keep you crypto contained
New #GalaxyS10 live images leak with ‘Samsung Blockchain KeyStore’
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) January 23, 2019
According to the leaked images, the native cryptocurrency wallet app is a “secure and convenient place for your cryptocurrency,” and will likely offer users the ability to store currencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin. We’ll have to wait and see exactly which coins are supported, and how many alt coins (that is, coins other than the big wig, Bitcoin), make the cut.
If the wallet resembles the Samsung Pay platform, it should be very secure. Even if it doesn’t you can bet Samsung’s taking the lockdown process very seriously, because hell hath no fury like a crypto-fan pwned.
The infamous hole-punch design will likely replace the notch in many Android smartphones this year, just as we were getting used to one strange design. Of course, Samsung’s never had a notch on flagship devices, opting instead for ultra-slim bezels (a design decision we’ve always rather liked). The new approach to going edge-to-edge with the display without resorting to a notch is officially called the “Infinity-O” hole-punch display, and was first seen in Samsung’s A8 phones, which were only released in China, in case you’re wondering why you haven’t seen one.
Huawei introduced the same solution to notched screens with the Nova 4, and recently announced the Honor View 20 that also features a hole in the display. We wanted edge-to-edge displays… This is the price we’re going to have to pay. Until someone works out how to do an in-display camera that acts like an in-display fingerprints sensor.
The Galaxy S10 (and its two sibling, the S10 Plus and the S10 Lite), will be officially announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event on 20 February, but we’ll be very surprised if this is the last of the leaks leading up to the launch.