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

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

A previous report published by Slashgear suggested that the Galaxy Note 10 will share the same design language as the Galaxy S10 5G, but it seems the Korean company has other ideas, at least if the latest CAD renders by 91mobiles and Pricebaba (all in collaboration with OnLeaks) are anything to go by.

The side-by-side image below has the Galaxy Note 10 Pro on the left and the standard Galaxy Note 10 on the right. As you can see, the two have the same design language featuring a curved edge-to-edge display screen with a hole punch in the middle of the top part of the screen for housing the selfie camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10 CAD renders

Apparently, the phone will indeed ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and the Bixby button, but the volume and power keys keep their place, although this time they will be on the left side, leaving the opposite end clean.

Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G that features a horizontal camera, the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will get a vertical tri-lens setup located in the top left corner of the back panel. The Pro will add a ToF sensor on the side to justify the “Pro” moniker.

There had been some other reports pointing to an interesting design with no physical buttons. Apparently, Samsung is exploring the use of gestures or sensors in place of physical buttons, but it has since been claimed the Note 10 won’t be the one to debut this new design. Instead, a Galaxy A series phone will before the design goes on to be used on flagship phones.

Display

One of Samsung’s selling points with respect to Galaxy Note handsets is the quality of 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.

However, it might not be good news for those keen on the design of the panel. Apparently, Samsung will stick to an Infinity O display screen used on the Galaxy S10, but this time the camera hole moves to the middle. Initially, reports claimed this design would be limited to the compact model, but the latest CAD renders for the Pro variant point to a similar design pattern featuring a hole punch in the middle for both models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro and Note 10 CAD renders

As for the size, it has been rumored that Samsung is planning on going bigger with either a 6.75-inch panel or a 6.8-inch panel with an aspect ratio of either 19:9 or 19.5:9 on the Note 10 Pro, something that has further been reiterated several times. The device will share the same screen resolution as the Galaxy S10 5G (1440×3040) and a screen-to-body ratio of over 89%, but it’s said to be a little shorter measuring 162.3mm – which is still a hair shorter of the OnePlus 7 Pro and its 6.67-inch panel.

As for the compact model, it’s said to come with either a 6.3-inch panel or a 6.4-inch panel similar to the Note 9 with a QHD+ resolution.

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. Reports point to base storage of 128GB for the 6.4-inch Note 10 and 256GB for the 6.8-inch model. 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 Note 10 Pro.

Also, both the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will switch to UFS 3.0 storage instead of UFS 2.1 used in the S10 series. This will make the storage 2x faster than its immediate predecessor. Apparently, Samsung is also planning to use a more compact RAM module in order to accommodate a bigger battery inside the Note 10 devices.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro vs Galaxy Note 10 CAD renders

It had been rumored that the Galaxy Note 10 get a horizontal quad-lens camera on the back that includes a 3D ToF sensor ala Galaxy S10 5G. But according to the latest developments, both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will go for a vertical setup on the back located in the top left corner, much like the latest iPhones.

While the premium Note 10 Pro will reportedly come with a quad-lens camera, the smaller Galaxy Note 10 will ditch the 3D ToF sensor and stick to three lenses, as seen in the image above. Presumably, the three lenses will have a standard lens with variable aperture, a telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide angle lens.

Having a vertical camera array on the back of a Samsung device isn’t new as we’ve seen it on the troubled Galaxy Fold and a bunch of Galaxy S devices, but it is the position of the front camera that will be the major talking point.

One would think that since the top-tier Galaxy S10+ got dual-lens selfie camera, the top-tier Note 10 Pro should also get one. Well, not according to these renders. Apparently, both the standard and Pro variants will have a single-lens selfie camera, meaning the only significant differences from the outside will be the physical size and rear camera.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery unit, the biggest in any Samsung Galaxy Note phone, but the Galaxy S10 5G has the biggest in any Samsung phone with its massive 4500mAh unit. This, in fact, is what we expect to see inside the Galaxy Note 10 Pro, where Samsung is said to be considering using a more compact RAM and ditching the 3.5mm audio jack just so as to create more internal room for housing a bigger battery.

Given that the standard Note 10 will get a smaller screen, it’s likely to keep the same battery unit as its predecessor and still deliver better battery life thanks to the battery-saving Snapdragon 855 processor. Interestingly, it has been claimed that the Galaxy Note 10 will get a 4200mAh battery, both the 6.4-inch and 6.8-inch models, which is kinda surprising given that bigger models usually get bigger batteries as well.

Similar to the S10 series, the Galaxy Note 10 family is also expected to support reverse wireless charging and faster wireless charging than the standard S10, probably the same 25W fast charging on the S10 5G.

Another report still points to a 4500mAh battery unit, but it claims the Note 10 could end up with 50W fast charging tech akin to Oppo Super VOOC and twice as fast as the Galaxy S10 5G. Yet another report points to 45W fast charging tech, all but adding even more confusion to the whole thing. Still, what all of these suggest is the Note 10 will get superior fast charging tech than any of its counterparts.

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.

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. Since then, we’ve bumped into multiple model numbers said to be the multiple Note 10 variants, that is, SM-N970, SM-N971, SM-N975, and SM-N976.

Apparently, the latter pair is for two variants of the same device but not differentiated by 5G connectivity, instead, one will be a 6.4-inch device and another a 6.8-inch phablet. Of course, Verizon Wireless has already confirmed the Galaxy Note 10 will support 5G, but what remains unknown is the number of variants to expect.

Samsung also announced a partnership with 5G game streaming service Hatch and the two now have an app called Hatch for Samsung, which is available for the Galaxy S10 5G in the U.S. We expect this partnership to continue with the Note 10 when it arrives later this year.

So far, Galaxy S10 5G owners can play games like Angry Birds, Hitman GO, and Monument Valley online, but Hatch has a database of more than 100 mobile games to be enjoyed by premium users of the service.

Price and availability

  • Starting price could be above $1000
  • Launch date set for August 7th

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 reports pointing to Wednesday 7th as the launch date and two or so weeks later the official shipping begins.

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