Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Rumor Roundup
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Image. CREDIT: Ishan Agarwal
It’s more or less been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will officially be announced on August 7th, 2019, with pre-orders starting August 9th and shipping of the phones themselves starting on the 23rd. With nary a month until the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is officially unveiled, innumerable renderings, leaks, and rumors have already circulated around the Internet several times over. To help you sort through the likely and the unlikely, the leaks and the hoaxes, we’ve compiled a comprehensive introduction to Samsung’s new models – the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
- Galaxy Note 10 Release Date and Price
- Galaxy Note 10 Design and Features
- Galaxy Note 10 VS Samsung Galaxy S10
- Galaxy Note 10 Accessories
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Release Date & Price
As rumored, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will officially be launched on August 7th of this year, at Samsung’s second UNPACKED launch event, which once again will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On August 23rd, two weeks after being unveiled in New York, it will finally hit the shelves, first in South Korea and afterwards in other markets.
It’s been roughly a year since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the company’s last entry in its Note line of S Pen-based phablets. The Note 9 was a smash success, both commercially and critically, with a number of “Phone of the Year” awards to its name. It’s no wonder, then, that Samsung has been looking to follow up on that success sooner rather than later, and that its fans have been clamoring for more details. Even if it weren’t introducing potentially a ton of improvements, there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 would be the most popular phone of 2019.
One of the more common criticisms of the Note 9 was its price, costing US$999 at launch for the base 128GB model (before the $999 price point became normalized). Reports on the launch price of the upcoming Note 10 have varied, with some claiming that Samsung will maintain the US$999 price point for the starter model, with the Note 10+ going for $1199. When compared to the price hike between the S9 and S10, from $719 to $899 respectively, maintaining the Note 9 price point despite all the Galaxy Note 10’s technological upgrades would be quite the achievement. Others have claimed, however, that the Note 10 will start at 999 euros (~$1,125) instead, with the Note 10+ starting at €1149 (~$1300).
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 10||Samsung Galaxy Note 10+||Samsung Galaxy S10|
|Launch Date||August 7, 2019||August 7, 2018||February 20, 2019|
|Price||$999 – $1125 (256G)||$1199 – $1300 (256GB)||$899 (128GB)|
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Design and Features
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Image. CREDIT: EVAN BLASS
1. Display and Body
An accidental leak from the FCC, including an actual image of the device, more or less confirmed a number of Galaxy Note 10 features that were previously just rumors, many related to the physical design of the device. For one, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will feature a virtually all-screen design, aside from a tiny hole-punch for the front-facing camera and a microscopic bezel on the top and bottom. The model provided to the FCC also features a gargantuan 6.7” (from corner-to-corner) curved-edge screen, though a smaller 6.4” model is also rumored to be in the works (though potentially only in Europe). Considering that the Note 9 had a Super AMOLED screen with quad-HD resolution, it seems likely that the Galaxy Note 10 will feature the same, if not better. If the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 screen has the same resolution as the S10 Plus, as has been rumored, then it’ll have a resolution of 1440 x 3040, with an aspect ratio of 19:9 (compared to the Note 9’s 18.5:9).
Rumors regarding color options for the Note 10 have been all over the place, with MySmartPrice claiming that it would be available in black, white, silver, red, and pink. Leaker Ishan Agarwal, meanwhile shared two renders that showed the Note 10 in black as well as a silver/blue/purple gradient.
Something else that can be gleaned from the above image is the color of the S Pen, a striking royal blue.
In addition to the hole-punch front camera, the FCC render also shows that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have a 3-lens camera array on the back, arranged vertically rather than horizontally as on past Galaxy models. From the render, it does not seem like the Note 10 will have a ToF (time-of-flight) depth sensor, as featured in the S10 5G, though it remains possible (and rumored) that it will be a feature of the Note 10+. Going by the S10 (and industry standards), the three cameras will be a standard lens, a wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens. The optical zoom of the telephoto lens, an ongoing arms race between the top-tier Android brands, is unconfirmed, though if Samsung is looking to keep pace with Huawei it will be at least 5X.
Another noteworthy rumor regarding the Galaxy Note 10 was that it would feature a completely buttonless design. Based on the FCC leak from XDA Developers, the Note 10 isn’t quite buttonless, with seemingly no buttons on the right side but one large button on the left. Most fans are hoping that this left-side button will be a power button, rather than the much-maligned dedicated Bixby button. In addition, the Note 10 will almost certainly lack a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It’s possible that many of the functions once assigned to buttons will be reassigned to the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, a much-advertised feature of the S10 5G that seems poised to make a reappearance with the Note 10.
Among the most exciting rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is that the Note 10+ will support 45W charging, which would allow for blindingly-fast charging. However, the tipster Ice Universe has claimed that while the Note 10+ will support 45W charging, it’ll only come with a 25W charger, meaning you will have to purchase a 45W charger separately. The Galaxy Note 10+ will also reportedly support an industry-leading 20W wireless charging, though once again you will have to purchase the charger separately.
On the battery side, it is now believed that the battery capacity of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will not be as high as the previously-rumored 4500mAh. Still, 4170mAh is not bad, being 170mAh higher than the 4000mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The baseline Galaxy Note 10 may be a different story, however, with Dutch site Galaxy Club claiming that it will only feature a 3400mAh battery, a significant downgrade from the Note 9.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 VS Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Image. CREDIT: WinFuture @rquandt
It’s been about 5 months since the release of the Galaxy S10 series. If you’re looking to buy a new phone and are unsure whether to wait for the Note 10 or buy an S10+ now, we’ve assembled a rough comparison between the two below. The specs for the Note 10, being unconfirmed, are generally the most generous (but still from relatively trustworthy sources) figures that we’ve found for it, so take them with a grain of salt.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 10||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus|
|Actual Release Date||August 23, 2019||March 8, 2019|
|Price||$999 (256GB)||$999 (128GB)|
|Display||Dynamic AMOLED||Dynamic AMOLED|
|Screen Size||6.7 inches||6.4 inches|
|Network||4G, 3G, 2G (5G variant rumored)||4G, 3G, 2G (5G variant available)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2.7 GHz, dual-core, Mongoose M4 + 2.3 GHz, dual-core, Cortex A75 + 1.9 GHz, quad-core, Cortex A55)||Octa-core (2.73 GHz, dual-core, Mongoose M4 + 2.31 GHz, dual-core, Cortex A75 + 1.95 GHz, quad-core, Cortex A55)|
|Camera||16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP (Primary)|
|16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP (Primary)|
10 MP + 8 MP(Front)
|Image Resolution||1440 x 3040||1440 x 3040|
|Audio Jack||USB Type-C||3.5mm|
Galaxy Note 10 Accessories
With the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 being one of its primary selling points, it would be silly to not protect it. Both ESR’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Accessories are available now, so you’ll nary have to go a day with an unprotected screen. These two screen protectors both offer excellent drop protection and touch sensitivity at an equally excellent price, making them the perfect companion for your Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Which one you should buy is dependent on your personal needs. If you’re signed up for our Note 10 newsletter, you’ll even get a 10% OFF on all Galaxy Note 10 accessories when they become available for purchase.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Tempered-Glass Screen Protector
The ESR Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Tempered-Glass Screen Protector can withstand up to 5 kg of force, helping protect the screen from damage if you drop it or something falls on it. Being tempered glass, it’s three times stronger than most ordinary glass. Plus, with a hardness rating of 9H it resists most scratches, keeping your screen looking pristine.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Liquid Skin Full-Coverage Screen Protector
This Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Liquid Skin Full-Coverage Screen Protector, being made with flexible TPU, has the ability to self-repair minor scratches. It’s extremely thin, allowing it to almost perfectly preserve touch sensitivity and precision. Another benefit of a TPU film is that it’s well-suited to curved-edge phones like the Note 10, allowing it to provide edge-to-edge protection.
Like any phone with a glass back panel, the Galaxy Note 10 will almost certainly be quite fragile. It’s already a huge phone though, so you’ll probably want a thinner case. Fortunately, ESR will be offering a collection of premium Samsung Galaxy Note 10 cases from day one.
Galaxy Note 10 Metal Kickstand Case
The best thing about this Galaxy Note 10 metal kickstand case is that it supports both vertical and horizontal stand mode, giving you an incredible viewing experience from multiple angles.
Galaxy Note 10 Mimic Tempered-Glass Case
One of ESR’s best-selling cases, the Note 10 Mimic Tempered-Glass Case has a 9H-hard tempered-glass back that’s strong enough to withstand both scratches and impacts. At the same time, it also preserves the look and smooth glass feeling of a phone like the Samsung Note 10.
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