The Samsung Galaxy S10 range and Samsung Galaxy Fold may have only just been revealed, but Samsung is always looking forward to its next big release. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is likely to be that release, and despite still being months away, rumors have already started circulating about how the next iteration of Samsung’s iconic phablet will break the mold.
Whether you’re a dedicated Note fan or simply looking for an idea for your next phone, the Galaxy Note 10 is shaping up to be quite a device. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 10.
Design and display
It’s still early days, so not much is known about the Galaxy Note 10’s design. However, some fun rumors have started breaking cover.
It seems a foregone conclusion that the Note 10 will follow in the S10 range’s footsteps and add a hole-punch selfie camera to the front of the display, and that’s what we’re seeing from the latest leaks. But unlike the S10 range, the Note 10 looks to be setting a symmetrical design by placing the camera in the top center of the display.
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) May 21, 2019
Our first real look at the device comes from noted leakster Steve Hemmerstoffer, who offered a look at the Note 10, complete with a centered selfie camera, and a vertically stacked triple-lens camera setup around the back. Steve is taking a somewhat disparaging view of the design though, commenting “this ain’t it, Chief”. This isn’t the first we’d heard of this centered selfie camera though, as Samsung leaker Ice Universe also tweeted some time ago that Da Vinci (the Note 10’s assumed code name) would be symmetrical.
An older rumor deserves to be taken with a large pinch of salt, as it posits that Samsung will remove the physical buttons on the Galaxy Note 10. According to Korean website ET News, Samsung is looking to potentially remove the physical power, volume, and Bixby keys in favor of using pressure-sensitive capacitive buttons. There are a couple of ways this could go, but it’s unlikely the phone will be similar to the digital buttons on the HTC U12 Plus, as they were absolutely terrible. Instead, it might be more similar to the HTC U11‘s and Pixel 2‘s squeezable sides. While we wouldn’t be against them removing the Bixby button entirely, it’s more likely this is part of Samsung’s initial run of ideas. We would definitely wait to hear more about this before we expect it to turn up.
Reports have surfaced regarding the phone’s screen size. According to a report from iGeekphone.com, the standard Galaxy Note 10 will feature a massive 6.66-inch display. That’s pretty huge — it would make the phone’s display far larger than the current Galaxy Note 9, which has a 6.4-inch panel, and bigger than even the iPhone XS Max, which offers a 6.5-inch display. The report also notes that the phone is currently code-named “DaVinci.”
There’s a good reason the display will be so big. The device will likely offer an edge-to-edge design, meaning that the screen-to-body ratio is much higher than previous Galaxy phones, and that will allow the phone to offer a bigger display while retaining a similar-sized body.
Of course, the most interesting thing about the phone will most likely be the design. Samsung has been working on ways to put cameras, fingerprint sensors, and speakers under the display, allowing the company to cover the entire front of a phone with the display while still offering features you would expect from a flagship phone.
Not too much is known about the specs of the phone, but according to Ice Universe, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro edition will offer a 4,500mAh battery, like the 5G Galaxy S10. The device will also charge at 25 watts, which is much faster than the Galaxy S10, which hits 18 watts.
Few other leaks about the phone have surfaced, but we can speculate given previous Galaxy Note phones. The Galaxy Note phone usually features Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor, and we expect that to be true of this phone too. The Galaxy Note 9 offers options for 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and we expect the Galaxy Note 10 to offer a similar amount. Storage may be similar too.
Two Galaxy Note 10 models?
According to recent rumors, Samsung might do something it’s never done before for the Note series: Release two different-sized Galaxy Note 10 models. According to Korean site The Bell, Samsung is considering launching a standard Galaxy Note 10, and a smaller Note 10 that will get a limited launch. The site notes that the smaller device will only be available in some select European markets, but it still highlights that Samsung could expand the Note lineup further in the future.
Will it have 5G connectivity?
Be prepared to ask this question of every phone released this year — but there’s a very real possibility the Note 10 might release with 5G connectivity built in, much like the Galaxy S10 5G model.
We’re still a while away from launch, so there’s no solid information yet. However, rumors about 5G are persisting. The latest news concerns the kernel source code for the Exynos chipset released by Samsung alongside the Galaxy S10 range. The code makes mention of a “davinci5g” — and since the current assumed code name of the Note 10 is “Da Vinci,” this seems to point to a 5G model of the Note 10, or even that the standard Note 10 will support 5G connectivity.
Previous to this, a leak from Sammobile gives the Note 10’s model number as “SM-N975F.” While this may not seem strange, it’s more usual for the Note range’s model to end with a “0,” not a “5.” Could this errant 5 indicate 5G connectivity? It’s certainly worth keeping in mind.
As the Note 10 is still months away, we’re still only getting the first glimpses of what Samsung’s next supersized phablet could offer, but the first rumors have started to reveal a device that could be truly revolutionary.
The recently released Galaxy S10 and S10 came with three rear-facing lenses, while the huge Galaxy S10 5G packed four onto the back. The Galaxy Note 10 may be set to follow in the footsteps of the 5G S10 though, as whispers say it will pack four lenses on the back of the phone. Unfortunately, there are few details outside of the number at this stage, so it’s unclear whether this will be a quad-lens setup like the Galaxy A9, or whether it will be a Time-of-Flight sensor like the fourth lens on the S10 5G.
While phone manufacturers around the world are testing the idea of replacing the divisive notch with the hole-punch display, Samsung may use one of the Note range’s unique elements to bypass the question altogether. According to a patent discovered by Android Police, Samsung may try to embed a selfie camera inside the Note 10’s S Pen stylus, erasing the need for a front-facing camera, and allowing for a true all-screen experience.
The long shape of the S Pen would also make it possible to squeeze an optical zoom into the camera. Optical zooms need physical space to operate, and smartphone bodies are generally too thin to accommodate them, though some manufacturers have tried to bypass this. Being able to squeeze an optical zoom into the S Pen would be a real win for Samsung but we imagine it won’t be a simple goal to accomplish.
Release date and price
When it comes to a release date, the Galaxy series is usually released toward the end of the summer, so expect to see the Galaxy Note 10 around August or September of 2019. Manufacturers have recently been bumping up the price of their flagship phones, and it’s likely the Galaxy Note 10 will cost at least $1,000.
We’ll update this article as we hear more about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
Updated on May 21, 2019: Leaks show the Note 10’s centered selfie camera setup.
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