From the look of the things, the South Korean giant Samsung is on the spree of releasing new phones at a rapid pace. So far this year Samsung launched a number of premium flagships including Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, and Galaxy Fold. Apart from these premium phones, the company is now gearing to announce another premium flagships in the second half of this year.
Like always being the Samsung’s premium phone the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 is in leaks and rumors from past few months. Thanks to a continuous streak of leaks and rumors we have a pretty good idea regarding what to expect from upcoming Galaxy Note 10 in terms of design, display, hardware, cameras and other key aspects. Those who are willing to grab a new phablet phone should hold and wait for the Galaxy Note 10.
Being the Note lineup phone the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 will have Stylus support, gigantic battery, powerful hardware, and cameras. With the Note series, Samsung always tries to bring innovative features which are later introduced in Galaxy S-series. The first Samsung’s phone with edge display was introduced as Galaxy Note Edge, later on, the company launched dual curved S-lineup phones.
Samsung fans who are looking for a premium flagship phone to enhance the productivity are eagerly waiting for the Galaxy Note 10. Today we will enlist all the details we know so far regarding the Galaxy Note 10. Without any further ado, let’s kick off with the expected release.
Release and Price
From the last couple of years, Samsung unveils the Note lineup phones in August with a release in later August or early September in most of the regions. It seems like the Galaxy Note 10 will be no exception, it will likely to go official in early August with a release in last week of August or in the first week of September this year.
The Galaxy Note 10 base model is expected to start around $1000. For more storage and RAM, you will have to pay at least $100. A new Pro model is also expected with a price tag around $1,100 for the base model. The base model of both Note 10 and Note 10 Pro expected with 128GB storage. As the pricing details are not from the official sources that’s why we will recommend to take it with a pinch of salt.
5G Connectivity and Variants
Undoubtedly the 5G connectivity is the next big thing in the smartphones market this year. That’s why everyone is keen to know which smartphones will have 5G connectivity support. Like the Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung likely to release Note 10 5G variant at hefty pricing.
The Galaxy S10 Exynos chipset kernel source reveals “davinci5g” codename of an upcoming Samsung phone. The Galaxy Note 10 is internally codenamed as “Da Vinci” that’s why the chances of a 5G model of Note 10 or the Pro variant with native 5G support are high.
So far we had seen only one variant of Galaxy Note series. However this year almost all rumors indicate Samsung will introduce two variants of Note 10 series. Usually, Samsung uses the Plus moniker for the larger variant however for Note 10, we are hearing the Pro moniker. According to the recent report from The Bell, Samsung may retain the Note 10 moniker for the larger model whereas the smaller model could have a different name.
Ditching 3.5mm headphone jack
The iPhone 7 was Apple’s first phone without the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple was the first company to have the courage of ditching the headphone jack, later on, many Android OEMs followed the trend of ditching the headphone jack. Last year Google also ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack instead opted the Type-C port.
Samsung yet to release any flagship phone without a headphone jack, now we are hearing the Galaxy Note 10 will be the first phone from the company without a traditional audio headphone jack. At the moment it is still in the dark why would Samsung ditch the headphone jack. The extra space could be utilized for the larger battery cell.
Last year in December Huawei launched Nova 4 with a punch-hole display. It was the first phone in the market with punch-hole design. Samsung also launched Galaxy A8s in December with a punch-hole display. Later on, the company adopted similar design language for the Galaxy S10 series with even slimmer punch-hole. According to @Pricebaba, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro won’t have headphone Jack Or Bixby Button.
The Galaxy S0 series selfie camera punch-hole was at the top right corner. Huawei’s subsidiary Honor launched View 20 with a punch-hole camera at the top left corner. If the latest leaks are accurate the Galaxy Note 10 will be the first smartphone in the market with a punch-hole camera at the top center of the display. The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with dual punch-hole for the dual selfie cameras but that won’t be the case with the Note 10.
The Galaxy Note 10 has room for only single selfie snapper. We have to admit the center-aligned punch-hole looks unique. Now it’s up to Samsung fans whether prefer the center-aligned punch-hole or dewdrop notch like the P30 Pro.
With each new iteration of Note series, Samsung increases the display size. Last year the Galaxy Note 9 was featuring a 6.4-inches display and its predecessor was packed with slightly smaller 6.3-inches display. This year Samsung launched Galaxy S10 Plus with 6.4-inches display, that’s why the Note 10 will have an even larger display. The well-known leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) shared exclusive 5K renders of Galaxy Note 10 which showcases the design from all angles.
The Galaxy S10 5G brings ever larger 6.7-inches display on board. The latest report from ETNews revealed the larger or Pro model of Galaxy Note 10 will have 6.75-inches dual curved AMOLED panel whereas the smaller edition will have 6.28-inches display. For years Samsung stuck to Quad HD+ screen resolution for premium flagships, same will be the case for the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 phones.
Samsung introduced dual rear cameras with the Galaxy Note 8 series. This year Samsung took a huge jump by introducing a number of sensors on the S10 lineup. The entry-level Galaxy S10e has dual rear cameras, the standard Galaxy S10 comes with triple rear cameras, the S10+ gets even better with dual selfie snappers. Last but not least the S10 5G has quad rear cameras setup.
The standard Galaxy Note 10 is expected to retain the triple cameras setup we had seen on the S10+. The Note 10 Pro will adopt the quad cameras setup of the S10 5G. The camera sensors will be aligned vertically instead of horizontally.
At the moment it is still in the dark whether Samsung will bring any change in the camera’s resolution or not. Most likely Samsung will stick to the 12MP primary sensor with variable aperture. The Ultra-wide angle sensor will also remain 16MP.
Lack of dedicated Bixby button
A couple of years ago Samsung introduced Galaxy S8 series with a dedicated Bixby button. This feature was never amongst the most likely aspect of Samsung phones due to a number of reasons. The Bixby AI Assistant is yet not mature enough to replace the Google Assistant. The dedicated Bixby button can’t be reassigned to any other app. As per the latest info, Samsung is planning to ditch the Bixby button for the Note 10 Pro variant whereas the standard model will retain the Bixby button. Still, we will recommend to take this info it with a grain of salt.
Being the flagship series the Galaxy Note 10 will have premium hardware straight out of the box. The Galaxy Note lineup phones are marketed to enhance productivity. The US and Chinese variant will have the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC straight out of the box whereas the global model will have the Exynos 9820 chipset. The top of the line model could have 12GB RAM and 512GB storage.
The Galaxy S10 lineup brought improvement in the battery section. The Galaxy Note 10 Pro model is expected to have a slightly larger 4,500mAh battery cell. The main upgrade will be regarding the fast charging capabilities. The Note 10 Pro is rumored to support 25W fast charger. As OS both the Note 10 models will have Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. However, it will be amongst the first to receive the Android Q update soon after the release.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy Note 10 rumors roundup in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.