So far, 2019 has been a big year for Samsung smartphones, with multiple Galaxy S10 phones arriving on the scene and a mid-tier Galaxy A50 about to join them. (The less said about the Galaxy Fold, the better.) But the year is far from over. Samsung is readying a big launch this summer for the Galaxy Note 10. And, based on the rumors, you can expect more than one model.
Read on through our rumor roundup and be sure to check back often to find out what Samsung could ultimately deliver when it’s time to showcase the Galaxy Note 10.
Galaxy Note 10 price and availability
According to most reports, the Galaxy Note 10 will be unveiled sometime in August and make its way to store shelves in September. That certainly fits Samsung’s recent release pattern for the Galaxy Note 8 and 9, which both appeared in August allowing the company to get the jump on the September debut of Apple’s new iPhones.
Galaxy Note 9Considering that the Galaxy S10 Plus — arguably the best comparison to the Galaxy Note 10 — costs $999, and the Galaxy Note 9 also cost $999 at launch, there’s a good chance the device will be on a similarly pricey side. This said, a recent rumor has suggested that the price will actually be bumped up by $100 or $200, with the basic price now being more than $1,000.
Two Versions: Extra large and large
A report from Korea’s The Bell says that Samsung is working on two versions of the Galaxy Note 10. One of the phone would have a large 6.7-inch display, while another model would have a smaller 6.4-inch screen. However, the report indicates that the smaller Note 10 may be slated for release in Europe only. (ETNews, in its report on Samsung’s plans, places the screen sizes at 6.3 and 6.8 inches.)
However, a SamMobile report followed that and pointed to two model numbers Samsung have been assigned to the Galaxy Note 10. Those model numbers, SM-N970 and SM-N975, haven’t been confirmed by Samsung. However, they follow the syntax Samsung has used in the past. And if accurate, the model numbers all but point to two models.
Interestingly, SamMobile also tipped two other models — SM-N971 and SM-N976. Those won’t actually be distinct models, according to the report. Instead, they’ll be 5G versions of the 970 and 975.
So, for now, it appears Samsung will be planning one large and one extra large model and then 5G variants for each, for a total of four versions. A subsequent report from leaker Ice Universe suggests that Samsung will call the larger of the two models the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. In a follow-up tweet, Ice Universe claimed the Note 10 Pro would sport a 4,500 mAh battery, which is the same size as the power pack in the Galaxy S10 5G.
The standard Note 10 however is claimed to have a significantly smaller power source. Galaxy Club, a Dutch website, has published claims that the lower tier version of the Note 10 will only have 3,400mAh to play with. It’s a disappointingly small capacity, and a step back from the Note 9, but we can hope that Samsung’s got some other tricks up its sleeve to make sure that the overall battery life hasn’t got worse as well.
Galaxy Note 9In terms of color choices, a source who spoke to MySmartPrice claims that there will be black, white, silver, red, and pink to choose from, with the Note 10 Pro getting a few exclusive colors of its own too. Twitter user and smartphone leaker Ice Universe has suggested that there will be a “gradient, blue and silver gradient”, which could indicate one of these special Pro-version-only colors, or be referring to the silver color from the other leak, which invites the question of what other gradients might be on offer.
Credit: PhoneArenaThe battery might charge quite quickly too. Ice Universe had predicted 25-watt fast charging for the Note 10, but has now dismissed that idea. After initially stating that their new belief was that the charger was going to be more powerful than 25W, they are now suggesting the Note 10’s charger might be capable of 45W charging. This is based on a recent picture Ice Universe posted of Leonardo da Vinci and the text ‘101101’. If you’re scratching your head as to how this relates to charging speed, then keep in mind that the internal code name for the Note 10 at Samsung is ‘Da Vinci’, and that in binary, 101101 translates to 45 in base 10 (our normal counting system).
A new kind of Infinity Display
Samsung’s Infinity-O display technology, which allows for a cutout for the front facing camera within an OLED screen, debuted in earnest with the Galaxy S10. For that reason, it’s not surprising that rumors have suggested the company will utilize that same design in the Galaxy Note 10. However, what we’ve heard so far suggests the implementation could be a bit different.
Credit: Onleaks/91mobilesFor one, that hole punch might be shifted over to the center. (That’s where the front camera will be on the new Galaxy A50, though that cheaper model is using Samsung’s Infinity-U display which has a teardrop-shaped cutout.) To be honest, it’s difficult to track down exactly where this rumor began — PhoneArena suggested it in a mockup, and T3 reported it alongside a new story that mentioned the Note 10 will feature a 19:9 display, based on a leaked benchmark from html5test discovered by Dutch blog Mobielkopen. It’s also been repeated by Twitter user OnLeaks, and 91 Mobiles (with whom OnLeaks helped create the above render) but he doesn’t cite a specific source.
For those keeping track, the aspect ratio of the Note 9’s panel was 18.5:9, so it appears Samsung’s next-gen phablet could carry a screen that’s a bit taller than the current iteration. As for that center-mounted selfie camera — like all rumors, take it with a grain of salt.
If you compare the latest OnLeaks renders of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro (below), you can see the differences between the two handsets, which are in summary the size, the materials (the Pro is expected to be available with a ceramic back, like the high end S10s) and the fourth camera on the Pro.
Ice Universe passed judgement on these renders in a tweet, saying that the renders were ‘a bit exaggerated’, particularly the Pro’s chin, which they claim is only slightly smaller than that of the S10+. So take these renders with an additional pinch of salt compared to usual, as the real thing might be a little chunkier than the renderers are showing!
Credit: Onleaks/PricebabaButtons or no buttons?
Samsung could have ditched the buttons in its Galaxy Note 10 and gone with a buttonless design, but it seems now that this isn’t going to be the case.
The buttonless claim came from ETNews, one of the more reliable sources out of Samsung’s home base in South Korea. The site’s sources said that Samsung was mulling the possibility of ditching the volume, power and Bixby keys, replacing them with gestures.
However, Ice Universe, frequent leaker of Samsung information via their Twitter account, has said that this buttonless direction was only investigated initially by Samsung. After testing, they continue, Samsung found that having no buttons was too unreliable, and that the release version of the Note 10 will still have buttons. This is what the most recent unofficial renders now reflect, as you can see here.
Credit: Onleaks/PricebabaMORE: Galaxy Note 10 Could Have This Huge Design Change
Interestingly, Samsung has patented technology that places sensors on the sides of the device to activate certain features. It’s also possible that the way you touch or squeeze the Galaxy Note 10’s sides could prompt an action.
Plenty of cameras
Samsung could try to top its Galaxy S10 models with a Galaxy Note 10 that offers not three, but four cameras on the rear. That would match the number that Huawei has on its flagship P30 Pro phone, and that the Galaxy S10 5G has too.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G sports four rear cameras.
It’s now believed that only the Note 10 Pro will get all four cameras, while the Note 10 will have three. According to SamMobile, the quad-camera setup would pave the way for Samsung to offer a standard camera, a telephoto lens, like the 5x optical zoom lens Samsung is just putting into production, and an ultrawide snapper like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s unclear what the fourth camera would offer, but it could be similar to the rear-facing depth sensor Samsung has bundled with the Galaxy S10 5G.
However, the primary sensor might not be as powerful as we initially hoped. Samsung’s new 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor will not appear in the Galaxy Note 10, according to a tweet from well-known leaker Ice Universe, and a source speaking to Forbes.
Ice Universe more recently commented that the primary camera will not be getting an upgraded sensor at all. This means that the hardware the camera uses will be the same as the Galaxy S10, and as all of Samsung’s flagship devices since the Galaxy S7, with next year’s S11 moving to a better version. It’s still a solid piece of camera tech, but it will be annoying for people looking to upgrade to the Note 10 after skipping a few generations that they’re missing out on a significant photography improvement by a single model.
This could prove to be something of a setback for the handset’s camera, as other companies like Huawei and OnePlus have been employing sensors with astronomically high megapixel counts in recent years.
The layout of the cameras was initially a point of contention, but rumors seem to have now settled on two sections arranged on the top left corner of the Ice Universe tweeted an image of what was claimed to be the Note 10’s rear sensor block, plus an illustration to show how these indicate that the cameras will be split: the main, zoom and wide lenses on one side and the flash, ToF camera and flood illuminator on the other.
There might 4G and 5G Galaxy Note 10 versions in the works, if a recent XDA Developers leak is any indication.
The site recently discovered some code baked into Samsung’s kernel that points to a “davinci5G.” At first blush, that might not mean much, but Da Vinci is believed to be the code-name for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10. And the 5G mention is obviously a reference to a 5G version.
Samsung is expected to deliver the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 you can find in the Galaxy S10 lineup in the Galaxy Note 10. But there also looks to be an Exynos 9825 version too.Galaxy Note 9
We have seen what look to be benchmarks for the Note 10 5G versions, which show that there is also the Samsung-made Exynos chip available alongside the Snapdragon, depending on who you buy the phone from. The test results show the Snapdragon processor is more powerful though, beating even the 855-equipped Galaxy S10+. The Exynos processor is still plenty powerful enough according to the Geekbench 4 tests, but users seeking true phablet power will want to look for the Note 10 containing the Qualcomm processor.
These results do not apply to the normal Note 10s, which will be released first, but we would hope for at least similar performance.
In-display fingerprint sensor
Again, this one hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung, but all signs point to the company bringing the same in-display fingerprint sensor it offered in the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy Note 10. The feature is one of the biggest upgrades in the Galaxy S10, and since the Galaxy Note 10 will aim for the same high-end market segment, it makes sense to look for it in Samsung’s next flagship.
The S Pen gets a refresh
Galaxy Note 9
Some people believe that Samsung’s use of the “Da Vinci” code-name points to some big upgrades for the S Pen and its performance with drawing and art. There’s not much else to go on in a Softpedia report on the Da Vinci name and the S Pen, but the Galaxy Note does deliver S Pen upgrades each year — with the Note 9, Samsung added Bluetooth connectivity — so clearly something big could be in the works for artists.
So long, headphone jack?
Galaxy Note 9
This one might not go over so well, but the Galaxy Note 10 could be the first Samsung smartphone not to ship with a headphone jack, according to a report from ETNews that’s been amplified in subsequent Note 10 renders. The move could mean that future Samsung devices could similarly ship without a headphone jack. Bring on the adapters!
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