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Samsung has already unveiled the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy A80, and bendy Galaxy Fold so far this year, but there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series.
With the Galaxy Note range, Samsung places a much greater emphasis on productivity. The Galaxy Note includes a stylus, dubbed S-Pen, inside the chassis that enables a number of new features – like remotely triggering the shutter using the stylus, annotating screenshots, signing PDFs, and creating GIFs to name just a few.
This year, Samsung looks set to shake things up by introducing two brand-new stylus-touting handsets. Given the recent Galaxy S10 brand name, it looks like the Note series will also move to two-digit numbers – despite earlier rumours otherwise.
Looking back at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched in August 2018, it's a stunning phone – gorgeous design, loads of useful productivity features (and that S-Pen stylus), a huge screen... so how can Samsung improve on it?
Well, read on and find out everything we know about the Note 10 so far...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Release Date, Price
We haven't managed to sneak into any Samsung boardroom meetings lately (more's the pity), so we can only speculate for now. However, it seems a safe bet that the Galaxy Note 10 series will arrive in August 2019 – exactly one year after Samsung first unveiled its Galaxy Note 9.
That's exactly five months after the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. That allows the Galaxy S10 series enough time to make an impact before the next Samsung flagship arrives.
As for the Galaxy Note 10 price, you might want to get saving.
According to a source familiar with the plans, Galaxy Note 10 will set you back between $1,100 - $1,200, that's £865 - £945 when converted. If the information is accurate, that means the entry-level Note 10 will be $100 more expensive than the Note 9, which starts from $999 SIM-free in the United States and £799 in the UK.
The Galaxy Note 10 price leak, which originates from Russia, doesn't specify which model will be priced between $1,100 - $1,200. Samsung is widely tipped to introduce two Galaxy Note 10 models this year – a more affordable Note 10, similar to the Galaxy S10e launched in March, and an all-singing, all-dancing Note 10 Pro.
Both of these models will ship in 4G and 5G flavours, bringing the total number of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 variants to four. AT&T already jumped the gun by announcing that it will be bringing 5G support to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, so we know that the tech is going to be embedded in the phone – that's one Galaxy Note 10 rumour we can confirm already. Indeed, code found inside the Galaxy S10 also points to a 5G-capable Note 10 being in the works too.
Since the leaked pricing is more expensive than the Note 9, it seems likely this refers to the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. After all, pricing the entry-level Note 10 higher than last year's fully-fledged flagship would be a very strange move... it'd also mean the Note 10 Pro would need to carry a price tag that'd make even the Galaxy S10 5G wince.
The 5G-enabled Galaxy Note 10 Pro is likely to cost even more, especially if Samsung follows the pattern it established with the Galaxy S series and adds a slew of new features to the handset as well as 5G connectivity. For example, the Galaxy S10 5G has a bigger screen and exclusive camera features, including a Time of Flight sensor, not seen anywhere else in the line-up.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Design
After 8 handsets, we've now got a pretty good idea what to expect from the Galaxy Note series: big handsets, minimal bezels, multiple rear cameras, curved screens, and an S-Pen stylus hidden in the chassis.
Samsung brought the Infinity-O display design that debuted with the Galaxy A8s to the Galaxy S10 range earlier this year. In this all-screen design, the titular O is a round cut-out that houses the front-facing camera in the screen – removing the need to have a thick bezel to house the selfie camera, speaker and sensors. The Infinity-O allowed Samsung to achieve an impressive 93.1% screen-to-body ratio.
As such, it's not surprising that all the rumours point to the design winging its way to the Galaxy Note 10. However, the design will seemingly be tweaked to bring the O-shaped cut-out to a central position at the top of the display, rather than squeezed into a corner, like the Galaxy A8s, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus.
There is some disagreement among tipsters around whether the Note 10 Pro will have a single front-facing camera, or whether it will have two. The most expensive Galaxy S10 models – the S10 Plus and S10 5G – have multiple selfie cameras to enable Live Focus images, which have an adjustable artificial bokeh-style blur behind the subject of the photograph.
Samsung-centric blog SamMobile claims to have obtained the model numbers for the forthcoming Galaxy Note series. According to the leak, the Galaxy Note series will be compromised of two models – SM-N970 and SM-N975.
As previously rumoured, these handsets will have a 6.3-inch and 6.7-inch AMOLED display, respectively. The smaller variant, that's SM-N97, will boast a rear-mounted triple camera system similar to what we've already seen on the back of the Galaxy S10 Plusand Galaxy Fold. Meanwhile, SM-N975 will have a quadruple set-up like the Galaxy A80 and upcoming Galaxy S10 5G.
The latter adds an advanced hQVGA 3D-depth sensing camera to the triple-camera system on the standard Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus models.
However, it's unclear whether the Galaxy Note 10 will have the same four-camera set-up as the 5G-enabled S10, which will offer improved bokeh-style blur to Live Focus photographs as well as bringing the effect to video footage in real-time for the first time, or a new camera system.
It's possible the camera on the Note 10 instead features some seriously impressive zoom functionality, too, now that Samsung has bought Israeli company Corephotonics, which is an expert in the field.
What will all this technology look like then?
Well, prolific tipster @OnLeaks has shared a series of high-resolution images, revealing the design of the Note 10 and the Note 10 Pro. The leakster has an infallible track record when it comes to unannounced products since these leaks are almost always based on CAD models, which are used during the manufacturing process to map out the dimensions and provide third-party accessory designers with the design ahead of the release date.
As well as a number of glossy renders, the tipster, in collaboration with technology website pricebaba, has published a video that shows a 360-degree view of the handset. You can view the footage on YouTube, or embedded in the player below:
Interestingly, though, following the release of this Note 10 video, Samsung leakster-in-chief Ice Universe took to Twitter to note that, at least according to his sources, the concept while stunning was "a bit exaggerated".
Our take-away here at T3 is that the official Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will likely look very similar to the phone you are seeing here, as both Ice universe and OnLeaks have strong track records in accurately calling or depicting future Samsung smartphones.
Meanwhile, the entry-level Note 10 looks set to ditch the gently-rounded corners seen on the Galaxy Note 9 in favour of much cleaner lines. In fact, there are so many sharp angles on the Note 10, it looks like the handset could stand on its own when placed upright on a flat surface. This is much closer to the design of the rival Huawei P30 Pro, which has a flat edge on the top and bottom of the chassis.
According to the high-resolution renders, the Note 10 display will measure 6.3-inches and will sport a QHD+ resolution. Like the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the Note 10 will have an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded beneath the glass display.
Flipping the handset over, it appears the Note 10 has a triple camera set-up in a vertical alignment, positioned in the top left-hand corner of the rear panel. That's a dramatic change from the Note 9, where the camera is positioned horizontally.
A SIM card slot and an IR blaster can be found at the top of the Note 10, with a USB-C port at the bottom. Unfortunately, there's no 3.5mm headphone port in this design.
According to these renders, Samsung will drop its dedicated Bixby button – with the power button found on the left side of the chassis, positioned just below the volume.
Earlier rumours of Samsung dropping all physical buttons from the Note 10 in favour of capacitive touch areas on the side of the chassis haven't come true. Samsung is believed to have ditched the design because it didn't meet its rigorous standards.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Specs, Features
The codename "da Vinci" is being used for the Galaxy Note 10 range inside Samsung, according to recent leaks, which makes us think some kind of reinvention could be on the cards. It might point to a total redesign (da Vinci was famous for his designs), or it might be suggesting that the phone will be better for creatives – the S-Pen got extra Bluetooth-based features this year, so is Samsung going to give it another significant upgrade in 2019?
Inside, we're likely to get a serious bump in specs – with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Samsung-built Exynos 9820 likely to be aboard the Note 10 for super-fast processing, video editing, and improves battery life. However, it's possible that a new Exynos chipset will be available in time to power the Galaxy Note 10. The Exynos 9825, rumoured to launch later this year could give the handset even more of a boost in performance and battery life, as well as 5G network capabilities.
Samsung only recently added a third camera onto the back of its latest entry into the flagship Galaxy S range. If this new Note 10 report is accurate, it seems like the Seoul-based company is moving fast when it comes to throwing extra lens around.
We have heard one disappointing rumour though: that the Galaxy Note 10 will be ditching the headphone jack. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus may well be the last phones from Samsung to feature a 3.5mm audio port, which is a shame (get those USB-C dongles at the ready).
It's still a few months before we're likely to see the Galaxy Note 10, so plans could always change. However, this latest rumour sounds much less confusing than earlier reports from the supply chain that pointed towards four drastically different models.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: camera system
Back in early May, Samsung announced that is had produced a new 64MP ISOCELL Image Sensor, which naturally got commentators speculating as to if the hot new camera tech would make it into the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
Unfortunately, shortly after the sensor announcement the Note 10 rumour was quashed with reliable Samsung insider Ice Universe stating definitively that the Note 10 would not feature the 64MP camera sensor.
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The wizzy 64MP tech is now slated to debut in 2020's Samsung Galaxy S11 phone instead. As to what sort of camera system the Note 10 will pack, there is little concrete information. The pop-up, rotating camera that debuted on the Galaxy A80 has been earmarked for a potential upgrade and inclusion in the upcoming Note flagship, while Samsung's 48MP sensor now looks increasingly likely to feature.
In terms of actual array, the Note 10 is rumoured to come with a rear-mounted quad-lens camera setup, which would be an additional lens to the system installed on the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: What We Want To See
We're still a couple of months away from an actual Galaxy Note 10 launch, and we'd expect plenty more in the way of leaks and tips to appear before the big day. In the meantime, there's no harm in us listing what we hope the new phone brings.
Features we'd like to see, and which Samsung may decide to add, include a bigger battery, maybe as high as 6,000mAh. Remember these big Note screens need a lot of power to keep them running brightly, and even taking the lower power draw of next year's chipsets into consideration, some extra milliamp hours wouldn't go amiss.
In fact, it sounds like the removal of the headphone jack might allow Samsung to stuff a bigger battery into the Note 10. Let's hope there is some consolation for losing the trusty 3.5mm audio port.
And what about a super-strong, self-healing screen? We know that Note phones have always been pioneers in terms of their display tech (remember the Note series first introduced the curved screen edges), so the Galaxy Note 10 might well follow that tradition.
Samsung already has a patent for the technology, so again it's just a question of whether it'll be ready for 2019. At this stage it seems unlikely, but it is a safe bet that the Galaxy Note 10 will be the most advanced handset Samsung has ever put out.
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