Samsung’s not so great at keeping its upcoming phone launches under wraps, and although we now know pretty much everything there is to know about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 – including the fact this is likely to be the phone with which Samsung finally takes the plunge and dumps the 3.5mm headphone jack –
Samsung’s not so great at keeping its upcoming phone launches under wraps, and although we now know pretty much everything there is to know about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 – including the fact this is likely to be the phone with which Samsung finally takes the plunge and dumps the 3.5mm headphone jack – we’re still excited. Why? Because Note 10 is going to be one of the best phones money can buy.
The Unpacked launch event will take place at 9pm BST on 7 August 2019, and we now know this event will be exclusively reserved for the new flagship since Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S6 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 will launch ahead of Unpacked. We’ll be providing a live stream at the top of this article, and bringing you the latest news and our first impressions on the night. Expect Note 10 to go on sale on 23 August, priced from £899.
The images shown within this article are official Samsung shots, leaked via WinFuture. Above is the standard Note 10; further down the page you can also see Note 10 Plus.
We’ve also heard from Mobile Fun, which has in its possession the dummy handsets sent out to case makers in order to design their accessories ahead of the launch (pictured below). The dummies confirm that Note 10 is indeed losing the headphone jack, but Mobile Fun also notes a smaller overall chassis, with Note 10 measuring 6.3in and Note 10 Plus 6.8in. The front camera is now in a central position, while the rear camera is positioned vertically on the left side, it claims.
The screen bezels are slimmer than ever and the dedicated Bixby button and heart-rate sensor are nowhere to be seen. The two models look very similar aside from the slightly different rear camera setup, and each will run Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s own OneUI.
According to Phone Arena, various sightings of the upcoming phones at Samsung’s Romanian and Slovakian support sites not only confirm the ‘Plus’ model but reveal three colours – Aura Glow (silver), Aura Black and Aura White – and 256GB and 512GB storage capacities. We’ve also seen a Rose model that will likely arrive later.
New features in Galaxy Note 10
Previous Galaxy Note launches have focused on just a single model, but for the first time we’ll be seeing a Plus model and at least one 5G variant, in line with the Galaxy S series. This has already been confirmed by a Samsung marketing promo (via Slashleaks):
Key differences between standard and Plus models seem focused on size, battery capacity and the number of cameras.
Whereas the standard model is tipped to measure 151×71.8×7.9mm and weigh 167g, the Plus is thought to come in at 162.3x77x8mm and 198g.
As previously, both feature a glass front and rear with metal frame, and are IP68 certified.
Upgraded processor, memory and storage
A surprise new feature in Note 10 is tipped to be the Snapdragon 855 Plus, according to @evleaks, despite its very recent announcement. He says we’ll see this chip in both versions of the phone, with a base configuration of 8GB of RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage.
In fact, the Plus variant might get as much as 12GB of memory, as well as 512GB and 1TB storage options, plus microSD support for expansion. We’re not sure which of these features will also filter down to the standard Note 10, though it’s looking likely that at least microSD support will be reserved for the Plus.
This is interesting because the GPU has been greater tuned for performance, and according to Qualcomm gives graphics a 15% boost. The Kryo 485 CPU has also seen a minor overclock (around 4%).
However, we should remember that in the UK and many European markets we will instead see Samsung’s own 2.7GHz Exynos 9825, which is its first 7nm chip. This version of the Note 10 has been spotted in the Geekbench database recording a 10,223-point multi-core score.
Naturally all Note 10 models will feature USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. We’re also expecting to see Wi-Fi 6 and AKG-tuned stereo speakers, but as we noted earlier the headphone jack appears to be a thing of the past. Rather than simply throwing an adaptor in the box, Samsung is thought to be bundling some wired in-ear headphones with noise-cancelling.
Enhanced S Pen – with air gestures
Also spanning the range is the S Pen for which the Note family is known, now enhanced with air gestures, but not the integrated camera that had been rumoured. You won’t need to actually touch the screen with the stylus in order to use it.
The new S Pen is said to have 4096 pressure levels and IP68 waterproofing.
Higher-capacity batteries that charge faster
We’ll also see 45W fast charging and 15W reverse wireless charging, though the smaller Note 10 will naturally have a lower capacity battery – 3,600mAh against 4,300mAh – and the charger supplied in the box for each model is likely to be rated at just 25W.
Specific to the standard Note 10 is a 6.3in (2280×1080, 401ppi) Dynamic AMOLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate, while the Plus model (pictured below) takes a 6.8in (3040×1440, 498ppi) version. Both have a tall 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+ support and Always-on displays.
For the first time in the Galaxy Note series we will also see an in-display fingerprint sensor – the ultrasonic model seen in Galaxy S10.
The 6.8in panel of the Plus model is quite a jump from the 6.3in display on Galaxy Note 9, but this comes as no surprise given that the S10 Plus is now up to 6.7in.
We’ll see a single-lens 10Mp selfie camera on both models, housed in a small punch-hole cutout centred at the top of the Infinity-O panel. Each will also feature Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
The standard model will also feature a 12Mp, f/1.5 (wide) + 16Mp, f/2.2 (ultra-wide) + 12Mp, f/2.1 (telephoto) triple-lens camera, though we can expect four cameras on the Plus, with an additional time-of-flight sensor that can capture depth data.
Optical image stabilisation is included, and you can expect the Note 10 to comfortably handle 4K video at 60fps.
When is the Galaxy Note 10 release date?
Note 10 will arrive during an Unpacked press conference at 9pm BST on 7 August 2019. You’ll be able to tune into the live stream on this page.
Following the announcement the standard and Plus versions are expected to go on sale on 23 August, though the 5G version may come later.
In the US Samsung is already allowing people to reserve the Note 10, promising that pre-orders will begin following the launch. You’ll get a $50 credit toward accessories in return, and will also be able to trade in your current phone for up to $600 off the price when it goes on sale. (Applies to Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone X/XR/XS and Pixel 3/3 XL only.)
How much will the Galaxy Note 10 cost?
According to WinFuture, we should be looking at a starting price of around 999 euros (£890) for the standard Note 10, and 1,150 euros (£1,025) for the Plus. The 5G variant is an unknown in this respect.
Both models are expected to be available in silver and black at launch, with colour options arriving later.
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