June 19, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is coming soon. Sooner than you think, in fact, with an announcement date supposedly set for the middle of August.
The upcoming Note 10 looks set to be one of Samsung’s most exciting phones to date, with a radical redesign from the Note 9, and top-drawer specs.
We don’t know everything about the Note 10 yet, though, so here’s everything we know so far.
Release Date and Price
The Note 10 is set to be unveiled at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event in New York on August 7.
It'll be streamed online, and we'll be covering it in full, giving you the skinny on the new stylus-equipped phone, and our reaction to it.
We don't know exactly how expensive the Note 10 will be, but we know it'll be very expensive. Last year's Note 9 hit the shelves costing $1,000, so expect a similar — if not more expensive — price tag for the Note 10.
Design, Screen, and Size
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10, if the rumors are to be believed, is set for a radical redesign.
It’ll feature a centrally-mounted punch hole front camera (which begs the question, why not just go with a small notch?) and a tiny bottom bezel.
As for speakers, apparently the Note 10 will make use of sound-on-display tech which turns the phone into one big speakerbox, turning small vibrations into audible sounds.
What’s more, there are set to be two variants of the Note 10: the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro. The Note 10 will pack a 6.4-inch display (the same size as the Note 9), while the Note 10 Pro will feature a whopping 6.7-inch display.
Compare the size of Note10 and Note Pro pic.twitter.com/XWsEEDVjY1
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 18, 2019
There are suggestions that the 6.4-inch phone might be reserved for the European market — hard luck if you live in the US.
The curved screen found on the Note 9 and S10 models (minus the S10e) will also be present on the Note 10 — if leaked screen protectors are to be believed anyway.
The curved edges also seem to be much sharper than on previous phones. We’re not sure why Samsung might have changed the radius of its curved edges, but it’ll be interesting to get a feel for them when the phone finally releases.
Leaks are also suggesting that the Note 10 will be available in a range of garish new colors, including a new red, yellow, and green.
Let’s take a look at the key specs — there’s a lot to go through here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Cameras
According to rumors, the Note 10 Pro will get five cameras in total, with four rear-facing lenses and that single punch hole front camera we mentioned earlier. The lowly Note 10, meanwhile, will have to make do with just three rear cameras.
Again, according to rumors and leaks, these cameras would consist of a standard wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, an ultrawide lens, and maybe a depth-sensing unit. These look set to be stacked in one vertical line along the left-hand side of the Note 10’s rear case — wonder where we’ve seen that set up before?
And now comes your first complete look at the #Samsung #GalaxyNote10Pro (NTBC)! 360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions, this time on behalf of my Friends over @Pricebaba -> https://t.co/xk5Kc36u57 pic.twitter.com/LoxykfqjBJ
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) June 7, 2019
Sadly, there are also suggestions that the Note 10’s array of lenses won’t actually be any different to ones we’ve seen on previous Samsung phones — so Samsung will need to pull some Google-like tricks to up the quality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G
We’re also expecting there to be 5G-ready versions of both the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro, making four variants in total.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery Size
According to leaker Ice Universe on Twitter, the Note 10 Pro will feature a 4,500 mAh battery — the same size as the one found in the S10 5G.
However, the standard Note 10 will have to make do with a 3,400 mAh battery. How a battery of that size will work with a large OLED screen and powerful processor remains to be seen, but Samsung will have to be smart to make sure it has the battery life we expect from modern flagships.
However, Ice Universe also notes that the Note 10 should feature 45W fast charging, which should help alleviate some battery life issues.
The Note 10 looks set to have some exciting new features, including an in-display fingerprint sensor — similar to that found on the latest S10 models.
Rumors also suggest that it might do away with the headphone jack. If true, it represents quite a climb down for Samsung, which has thrown serious shade at companies such as Apple for removing the 3.5mm jack.
And, of course, like every other Note-series phone, the Note 10 will feature the S-Pen stylus. The Note 9’s S-Pen had a bunch of new features though- notably the ability to control the camera. The Note 10 will likely build on the Note 9’s stylus with improved Bluetooth connectivity allowing for a greater range of functions.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 — Should You Buy It?
Based on the rumors, the Note 10 looks set to be a technical tour de force from Samsung. Its new punch hole camera and tiny bezels look set to make it one of the most immersive phone displays on sale.
What’s more, the new Note 10 Pro with its huge battery, powerful processor, and garish new colors might make it a strong candidate for a dedicated gaming phone.
However, with no solid pricing details, we’d hold fire on the Note 10 at the moment. Sure, it might be a good phone, but its price tag might be enough to put us off.
Either way, we’ll be covering the all the twists and turns in the Note 10 saga, so keep your eye on Tech.co for all the latest. In the meantime, check out more of the latest tech news:
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