Samsung is gearing up to launch its Galaxy Note 10 lineup on August 7 in Brooklyn, New York. With just a few weeks left till the official unveil, we have put together all that you should expect.
- There will be a Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, both with a centre-aligned hole-punch camera
- The Note 10 may feature a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display whereas the Note 10 Plus may see a larger 6.8-inch Quad HD+ display.
- Radical changes are to be expected, including the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, physical buttons replaced with capacitive touch sensors and a stunning new colour
- EU variants are to be shipped with the latest Exynos 9825 chipset paired with 8GB RAM. The US variants to be powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor with up to 12GB RAM. The possibility of a 1TB storage variant and improved One UI software atop Android 9.0 Pie is on the cards
- A vertical rear triple-camera setup on both devices with a single front-facing hole-punch selfie shooter
- Official unveil planned on August 7 at the Samsung Unpacked event with devices hitting stores starting August 19
Design and build
Recent rumours have reported that Samsung is planning to launch two different versions of its Galaxy phablet: the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. This is a different approach to the one Note device per year we usually get. Usually, the Note lineup carries a design similar to its preceding Galaxy S devices and it may more or less be the same this year.
Samsung intends to follow the pattern and bring the punch-hole selfie camera to its Note 10. But unlike the Galaxy S10, the hole-punch camera is going to be centre-aligned at the top of the screen. The dual hole-punch camera on the Plus model from earlier seems to be ditched in favour of a single front camera on both the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
We may also get bigger displays this time around. The Note 10 Plus is expected to sport a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ display – the largest since the Note series’ inception. On the other hand, the Note 10 may offer a smaller 6.3-inch Full HD+ display, 0.1 inches down from the 6.4-inch display on the Note 9. The device could also have one of the thinnest chin bezels we’ve ever seen, according to OnLeaks.
The build quality, though, will remain similar to the S10 devices with the same glass-and-metal sandwich designs. The Galaxy Note 10 will also likely have an improved in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner borrowed from the Galaxy S10 lineup.
Most radical changes
Apart from this, the phone is reportedly going to skip the 3.5mm headphone jack. As much as we hate to say it, there are solid leaks that give us no choice but to believe.
There may also be no physical buttons. What this means is that all the exterior buttons we normally see (Bixby, power and volume) may be replaced by capacitive touch sensors like those seen on the HTC U12+. According to reports, these changes improve the overall resistance of the phone from dust and liquid. This could be a result of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently charging Samsung of being misleading with its IP ratings on the S10.
Hence Samsung may be looking to provide consumers with an IP68 certification that is more consistent with the laws. A larger 4,500mAh battery may also be on the cards in the absence of the headphone jack, which frees up space.
As far as charging goes, it’s confirmed that the Note 10 lineup will ship with 25W charging heads. And only the Note 10 Plus is going to support up to 45W charging. Samsung also seems to be working on aesthetics this time around, reportedly bringing a new gradient-hued colour, according to recent leaks.
The monochrome black finish will also be available alongside this eye-catching shade.
Processing power and software
Fresh leaks on the internet are claiming to confirm that the new Galaxy Note 10 variants of the EU and US will differ in specs. According to the leaks, the EU variant will run on Exynos while the US version will make use of Snapdragon. The EU variant is said to rock the latest homegrown Exynos 9825 octa-core chipset whereas the US variant will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Not just that, the RAM on each variant is also said to be different. While the EU units come with 8GB RAM, the US units are said to sport a huge 12GB RAM. With even the benchmark scores of the devices leaking, it’s all but confirmed at this point.
We will have to wait and see how these benchmark score disparities affect daily usage of an average consumer. Nonetheless, the Note lineup is always known to offer beefy specs and this year’s Note 10 will not be an exception.
Speaking of the software for Note 10, it’s most likely going to be Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI skin. There are talks regarding the phone launching with Android Q but we highly doubt the possibility of that happening. We are also excited to see what software tricks Samsung has this year to enhance its S-Pen functionality. As each year comes by, Note devices bring novel ways to improve productivity and this year could be the same.
From the leaked CAD renders so far, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will rock a vertically stacked triple-camera setup as opposed to a horizontal design found on the S10 series. Thanks to a recent leak from Ishan Agarwal, it’s clear that the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will have the same number of cameras at the back.
The main difference between the two will be the size and the two additional sensors near the camera on the Note 10 Plus. We don’t yet know what those sensors are for but rumors predict those sensors to be a ToF unit. Additionally, there is no word on whether Samsung will upgrade or retain the 12MP primary and 16MP ultra-wide camera sensors from its current Galaxy S10 series.
Release and pricing
Samsung has already teased its invitation to the Unpacked event on August 7, where it’s looking to unveil its Note 10 lineup. Speculation has it that Samsung plans to launch additional devices such as the Galaxy Watch 2 and Tab S5 alongside.
Sources also believe that the phone will be available in stores roughly from August 19. With the recent price hikes happening so frequently on every new iteration of a flagship, it’s safe to assume that the Note 10 will be priced upwards of $1,000 (Dh3,673.25), while the Note 10 Plus expected to cost even more.