Galaxy Note 10 5G Teardown Reveals Why Samsung Got Rid of The Headphone Jack

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G is by far one of the most anticipated premium Android smartphones in the current year. The powerful mobile phone, which is aimed at boosting productivity, has been thoroughly reviewed by several reliable agencies. In addition to the famous scratch and bend test, the Galaxy Note 10 was recently subjected to a teardown and several interesting inner components have revealed themselves. The teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G was conducted by professional agency iFixit, and while they are still exploring the finer aspects of the device, the recently uploaded video indicates the design choices Samsung made while making one of the most expensive smartphones released in 2019.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the South Korean tech giant took a rather controversial decision of ditching the humble but ubiquitous 3.5 mm headphone jack. The simple 3.5 mm jack has been present on several budget, mid-tier, and even premium Android smartphones, but companies have now been increasingly eliminating the same for reasons that have yet not been adequately justified. Samsung’s decision to abandon the headphone jack appears to be a case of compromise. Simply put, instead of adding a higher capacity battery or such other useful or additional hardware feature in the cleared space, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 appears to have a more powerful or beefy haptic motor in place of the missing Galaxy Note 10 headphone jack.

iFixit Reveals Several Interesting Inner Components, Hardware And Features Of The New Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G Variant:

The Samsung Galaxy Note Series has always packed most powerful and relevant hardware imaginable, and the Note 10 doesn’t disappoint, except for the absence of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While there are several options readily available that allow users to ignore the missing jack, the USB Type-C port now has to perform dual duty and that means added stress to the versatile port that powers the Note 10’s fairly large 4,300 mAh, 16.56 Wh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is not an Android smartphone that’s shrouded in mystery anymore. All the specifications and features are common knowledge right from the 6.8″ AMOLED Infinity-O display with 3040 × 1440 resolution to the Snapdragon 855 SoC, 12 GB RAM, 256 GB onboard storage, ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, etc. However, the iFixit teardown of the latest premium Android smartphone from Samsung reveals some additional details.

The Galaxy Note 10 has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, which means everything is tightly stuck using some strong adhesives. While externally the rear quad cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 may appear to be placed vertically, internally they resemble the loveable Disney Pixar character Wall-E. The rather amusing internal layout holds the camera array which consists of 16 MP ultra-wide lens, 12 MP wide-angle lens with dual aperture, 12 MP telephoto lens, and 2MP DepthVision time-of-flight infrared illuminator and sensor. The front-facing selfie camera has a resolution of 10 MP, which is surprisingly lower than many mid-tier Android smartphones but is said to have amazing clarity and sharpness.

Samsung appears to have been inspired by Apple’s latest iPhone designs and has opted to divide the motherboard into two and stack them on top of each other. This saves a lot of space for the large rectangular battery. More importantly, this being the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G variant, the teardown revealed the first-ever implementation of the 5G modem inside a high-end, premium Android smartphone. Samsung has deployed multiple mmWave antenna modules inside the Note 10. While one is found on the main motherboard closer to the camera modules, there are two more which are tucked at the bottom of the device. Needless to add, this triple antenna setup should significantly improve the ability of the Galaxy Note 10 to reliably hold on to a 5G network and ensure good signal strength.

The most significant find during the teardown Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G was Samsung’s new haptic motor. The new, larger, and the supposedly more powerful haptic motor appears to have been deployed right where the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the Note 10 should have been placed. Although the size is noticeably larger, most of the reviewers, who have been using the Galaxy Note 10, claim they haven’t felt any noticeable improvement over the previous version.

Better and stronger vibration for haptic feedback has become a strong focus area for several Android smartphone manufacturers. These reportedly improve the gaming experience and overall serve well to alert users who regularly keep their devices on Silent mode. Hence it is certainly a good thing to see Samsung attempting to improve the same. However, sacrificing the humble 3.5 mm headphone jack to place a slightly larger haptic motor may not be an ideal design choice.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.