Samsung has been at it since the beginning of 2019 with the release of multiple devices such as the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e. They added a couple of mid-tier devices such as the Galaxy A50, but it looks like Samsung isn’t done yet. The tech giant is gearing up to launch the next iteration of its famous Note series. The Galaxy Note 9 was released in August 2018, which makes sense to expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in August 2019.
Samsung places emphasis on productivity when it comes to the Note series. A mobile phone with a large screen and a stylus – dubbed S-pen, housed inside the chassis with a couple of features such as triggering the camera shutter, taking notes, signing documents, annotating screenshots, creating GIFs and much more. The Korean tech giant has decided to introduce two new variants of the Note series – The Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus. Here are all we know so far about both devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Release date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will be unveiled in an “Unpacked” event on Wednesday August 7 in the Barclays center, Brooklyn, NY and is expected to hit stores by August 23. Samsung has also began taking reservations for the Note 10 in advance of its release. In addition, those who reserve their unit will get an early choice of configuration they want and save up to $600 with an eligible trade-in. Also, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency, Samsung will begin taking pre-orders for its new phones on August 9, two days after the launch event.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will set you back between $1,100 – $1200 (£865 – £945). The price leak which originates from Russia does not specify which model will be priced within $1100 – $1200. This implies that the entry level for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be $100 than the Galaxy Note 9 of last year. Also, both phones will ship in 4G and 5G variants, bringing it to a total of four smartphones being launched this August. The 5G variants are most likely going to cost more, and if Samsung decides to follow the pattern of the S series, it may contain a few more features. Information given to case retailers also show that both 4G and 5G phones will fit into the same cases.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Design
We finally got a leak of what the Note 10 might look like and suffice to say that we already had an idea of what it might look like after 8 iteration and current trends. A big smartphone, multiple rear cameras, curved screen and an S-Pen stylus in the chassis. This year Samsung has decided to make the bezels on the Note even slimmer, especially the chin. This also allowed them to achieve a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio.
As seen on the leaked images from Techtalk TV, Samsung also introduced the Infinity-O display design to the Note 10, which similar to the one on the Galaxy S10. However, based on the leaked images, the punch-hole camera will be placed at a central position rather than squeezed into a corner. There is still uncertainty among tipsters if the Note 10 Plus will have dual cameras. According to rumors, the Note 10 and Note Plus will have 6.3-inch and 6.7-inch AMOLED displays respectively.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Camera
We’ve seen from leaked renders that the Note 10 will have a triple camera set up similar to that of the S10 Plus while the Note 10 Plus will have a quadruple camera system like the Galaxy S10 5G. The source of the renders say that the extra lens is a Time of Flight (ToF) depth-sensing camera, while Samsung keeps the same 12MP main lens it uses on the S10 series (with an aperture as low as f/1.5), a 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide one.
Also the Note 10 will have three apertures of f/1.5, f/1.8 and f/2.4 instead of one, enabling the phone to take versatile shots in different lightning conditions and field of view.
There’s also been rumors that the Note 10 Plus camera might go up to a five-lens camera. However, that doesn’t seem to match with leaked renders of the device. Onleaks also suggested that the 12MP main sensor on the Note 10 is the same one Samsung has been using since the Galaxy S7, which has so far seems to be true based on renders.
Multiple sources previously stated that the camera placement on both the front and rear will be different on the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. It is also rumored to have a centered selfie camera and a vertical rear camera set up like that of the Huawei P30 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Battery life
According to rumors from reputable sources, the Galaxy Note 10 (or at least the Note 10 Plus) will feature a 4,500mAh battery which is a significant bump from the 4,00mAh on the Note 9. It is also suggested it has fast charging that will exceed 25W as opposed to the S10’s 15W. According to Ice Universe, it might go as high as 45W.
There’s also some dispute about the battery, with another source saying that both variants will have a 4,170mAh battery. So we’ll just have to wait and see. Regardless of which is true, Samsung is just trying to catch up to its competition when it comes to battery.
Specs and features
According to Onleaks, the Note 10 earned the code name “Da Vinci” inside Samsung. Also, the name could be drawn from the fact that it comes with a new design and bumped spec sheet as Da Vinci was known for his creativity.
When it comes to the chipset, the Note 10 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset (like the Galaxy S10), but it will run on the Exynos 9825 in the US (which we haven’t seen before). However, we’ve also heard that there could be an upgrade to the Snapdragon 855 Plus in the US. This would mean that the Exynos 9820 will be used by most regions, however, there’s some disagreement there.
Samsung has mentioned we’ll be getting 256GB and 512GB for the Note 10 Plus. However, rumors also mention 128GB for the standard Note 10. Also, the Note 10 Plus comes with a memory card slot while the Note 10 doesn’t.
Another feature we might be seeing is the Sound-on-Display (SoD) we’ve seen on the Huawei P30 Pro and G8 ThinQ. With SoD, the screen vibrates to create sound instead of a front-facing speaker.
The Note 10 has also been rumored to have some form of gesture control, while the phone would get a ‘Zoom Audio’ style feature to only save one source of audio while recording video.