Samsung Galaxy Note 10: News, specs, release date, leaks, and more

Galaxy Note 9

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 on the 9th of August 2018, a year after the launch of the Note 8. Similarly, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is expected in August of 2019 and even though still a long way to go, stories about this device are already doing rounds on the web.

On this page, we bring you all the latest news, rumors, leaks, possible specs, features, pricing, and availability info, and all there is to know about the Galaxy Note 10, reportedly codenamed Da Vinci – all in brief. To make things easier, we’ll have the post in several sections namely: Design, Display, Performance, Camera, Battery, Software, S Pen, and Price and Availability, and more. Each section will be updated regularly when we get new info.

Design

According to a report published by Slashgear, the Galaxy Note 10 will share the same design language as the Galaxy S10 5G. This means we are looking at nearly the same body size, although the Note 10 might be wider in order to accommodate the S Pen.

There are also some reports pointing to an interesting design with no button. Apparently, Samsung is exploring the use of gestures or sensors in place of the Power, Volume and Bixby buttons. This is an interesting one and it might end up something similar to HTC Edge Sense that found its way to the Google Pixels.

Apparently, ETNews says this buttonless design will first appear on a Galaxy A 2019 phone before the Note 10 picks it up later in the year. One unpopular rumor being floated around is that the Note 10 will ditch the much-loved 3.5mm audio jack, something that will obviously not go down well with long-time fans of the Note series.

Display

One of Samsung’s selling points with respect to Galaxy Note handsets is the quality of Super AMOLED display. With the Galaxy Note 9 housing one of the best there is coupled with all the good stories doing rounds regarding the top-notch Samsung-made Google Pixel 3 XL OLED panel, all seems great in the Galaxy Note 10 camp as far as the display quality is concerned.

As for the size, it has been rumored that Samsung is planning on going bigger with a 6.66-inch panel with an aspect ratio of either 19:9 or 19.5:9, something that has further been reiterated by another related report by Slashgear. Apparently, the device will share the same screen resolution as the Galaxy S10 5G (1440×3040) and a screen-to-body ratio of over 89%.

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Over the years, the Note series used to house the biggest screen on Samsung Galaxy flagship phones, but it seems this record is facing a threat from the S10 5G variant. That said, we’ve also seen previous reports pointing to an even bigger 6.75-inch screen, which makes sense from the Note series perspective.

Performance and storage

Like every other year, the Galaxy Note 10 will ship with the top flagship processor of 2019, presumably the Snapdragon 855 in the U.S. and Exynos 9820 in other markets, but we don’t know much about the memory options. With the Note 9 having jumped to a base memory combo of 6/128GB alongside a superior combo of 8/512GB for the first time, we won’t be surprised if the Note 10 arrives in the same memory options. Of course, room to expand the storage will still be present.

Given that the Galaxy S10+ goes all the way up to 12GB RAM and 1TB storage, we are likely to see the same memory combinations for the Note 10.

Camera

The Note 9’s dual-lens setup is great, but recent history tells us that Samsung no longer uses the Galaxy Note series to introduce new features. Instead, the Galaxy A family has taken over, something that suggests the Galaxy Note 10 could debut with three or even four camera lenses on the back, just like the Galaxy A7 2018 or Galaxy A9 2018.

In fact, it has been rumored that the Galaxy Note 8 will share the same camera array as the Galaxy S10 5G. We are looking at a quad-lens camera on the back that includes a 3D ToF sensor.

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While the premium Note 10 will reportedly come with a quad-lens camera, the smaller Galaxy Note 10e will ditch the 3D ToF sensor and stick to three lenses, much like the Galaxy S10 and S10+.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery unit, the biggest in any Samsung phone. Given that the Snapdragon 855 is expected to be even better at power consumption, it’s likely the Note 10 will keep the same unit and still deliver better battery life. However, with Huawei having launched the Mate 20 Pro with a 4200mAh battery, the pressure is all on Samsung to deliver something better.

Also, the similarities being drawn between the Galaxy Note 10 and S10 5G also suggest the former will have the same battery unit as the latter – a 4500mAh unit. Similar to the S10 5G, the Note 10 is also expected to support reverse wireless charging and faster wireless charging than the standard S10.

Software

Here’s to hoping the Galaxy Note 10 comes preinstalled with Android Q and not Pie, but of course, expect the new Samsung One UI customizations on top of AOSP.

S Pen

Having seen the biggest improvements in the 2018 iteration, it has been reported that the next-gen Galaxy Note 10 will focus more on ways of improving the experience of the S Pen. How exactly this will go down is still unknown, but we should know more with time.

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5G modem

As you may have noticed, there are lots of similarities being drawn between the Note 10 and S10 5G. Well, apparently, the former will either have a 5G variant like the S10 family or become the first Samsung device to use a 5G modem as the default.

A certain device with model number SM-N975F has popped up online, suggesting that the Korean company is contemplating on giving the Note 10 a separate 5G model. This is because the standard Note 10 is expected to come with model number SM-N970.

Verizon Wireless has already confirmed the Galaxy Note 10 will support 5G, but what remains unknown is the number of variants to expect.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10e?

Samsung gave the S10 series a smaller, entry-level variant dubbed Galaxy S10e. Apparently, there could be a Galaxy Note 10e in the works too. This would make it three Note 10 variants, that is, if the company decides on having separate 4G and 5G models. Reports say the Note 10e will come with a slightly smaller screen compared to its counterparts – a 6.4-inch screen. This is the same size as the Note 9 and S10+ and considerably bigger than the S10e.

If all goes according to the rumors, well have a compact Note 10, a standard Note 10 and a Pro variant. What’s even more interesting is the report that the Note 10 could get up to four variants in total, just like the S10 series.

Price and availability

  • Starting price could be above $1000
  • Launch date set for August 8th

The Galaxy Note 9 launched at $1000 for the base model. When the Note 10 hits the shelves, expect nothing less. In fact, be ready for another possible price hike, you know, because it happens every year. As for when this device will be available, tradition tells us that it’s August 2019, with rumors pointing to Thursday 8th as the launch date and August 23rd as the official release date.

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