Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Release date, price, specs and the latest leaks
We are just a few days away from the official reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, set to debut in New York. We’re actually expecting two phones, the Note 10 and the beefier Note 10 Plus, following more directly in the footsteps of the Galaxy S10 series from earlier this year.
Samsung is poised to produce a more potent incarnation of its famed phablet line in this new ‘Plus’ model, which will expand on the feature-set of the standard Note 10. It’s expected to bring a bigger display and more powerful internals to the table while retaining defining elements of the base Note, like its centrally positioned hole-punch camera.
Unsurprisingly, such expectations come, in part, from the abundant stream of leaks that have appeared online in the months leading up to launch. Here’s everything we think we now know about the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, including pricing, release window and specifications.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – At-a-glance
Against standard protocol, Samsung is expected to reveal at least two variants of Galaxy Note 10 this year — and possibly even three. The standard Note 10 is expected to have a 6.3-inch screen, while its ‘Plus’-branded sibling will up the ante, boasting a 6.75-inch panel. The third potential model would go by the name of the Galaxy Note 10e if it adopts the naming convention used by the more compact Galaxy S10e released earlier in the year.
Models in the series are anticipated to have an enhanced three-camera setup on the back, enhanced fast wired and wireless charging options, plus new S Pen functionality. We also expect there to be a 5G variant (following the example of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G)
When’s the Samsung Galaxy Note out?
The Galaxy Note 10 launch event is scheduled to take place on August 7 in New York City, with Samsung showcasing both phones simultaneously. We had originally expected the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Tab S6 to make their respective debuts at the same event too, but Samsung has already pulled the curtain back on the S6 and the Watch Active 2 is rumoured to be launching on August 5.
Both ancillary Galaxy devices will no doubt make an appearance at the New York launch so that the press can actually get their hands on the products before going on sale.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Note cost?
If you’ve bought a Note device in the past, you know that they’re typically Samsung’s most expensive smartphone each year (at least they were before the Galaxy Fold’s faltering launch). Despite flagging sales in the flagship market, the Note 10 series is unlikely to be more affordable than its predecessor and, in fact, quite the opposite.
The Note 9 kicked things off at £899/$999, with the Note 10 expected to start at around the same, while the Note 10 Plus will probably ape the likes of Apple’s iPhone XS Max, starting at around £1099/$1099.
Some reports have claimed that there could be as many as five Note 10 variants. Price could vary drastically between models, with the top-spec 5G models being highly likely to break the £1000 barrier, whereas the rumoured Note 10e might offer high specs at a more affordable price point (perhaps nearer £700).
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Design and display
In mid-July, both WinFuture and Ishan Agarwal posted legitimate-looking alleged press renders of two Note 10 models: the standard Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and a larger version called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The images look like the genuine article, showing off the next-generation phablet from the front, back and side.
The above render shows the Note 10 Plus in a shimmering blue and purple scheme which brings to mind the Huawei P30 Pro. This is of course merely one of several colour options, and images of a black model have also emerged. Silver, red and pink colour schemes have also been rumoured, but are yet to be spotted in the wild.
Both models have a vertically-aligned triple rear camera on the back and a tiny single lens cutout in the top-centre of the display. There’s no rear fingerprint scanner, which leads us to believe it will be embedded in the screen just as with the Galaxy S10. But with one button fewer than that device, it looks like the Bixby smart assistant button might have been ditched (finally!).
The stylus looks striking in the royal blue colour option, but that’s not all that has changed. Evan Blass reports that the stylus will feature “air gestures” to control the smartphone without directly touching it — an interesting innovation that takes advantage of the stylus’ untapped potential.
Just recently a Galaxy Note 10 was spotted out in the wild for the first time, at a sports stadium in South Korea. From what we can see in the image, it confirms all of our suppositions so far. The size of the screen, when shown in the hand, demonstrates just how large and immersive it really is.
Audiophiles are bound to be glum to notice there’s no evidence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, with this model appearing to be the first in the series to go without. Our fears were confirmed with the leak of an official Samsung 3.5mm to USB-C dongle that is slated to be present in the box.
According to reports, the Note 10’s screen will have the same 19:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S10 Plus and a 3040 x 1440 resolution. This is based on an HTML-5 test on a model with the serial number SM-N976V, speculated to be the larger Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
It’s believed that the standard-sized Note 10 models will pack a 6.3-inch display, while the Pro versions will measure in at 6.75-inches. Presumably, the design will stay much the same across the range. And yes, the report confirms that this will be an OLED panel, as if that was ever in any doubt.
According to the latest leaks, the standard Note 10 will have a Full HD+ resolution, while the Note 10 Plus will go up to Quad HD; both devices will have an impressive water resistance rating of IP69.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Geekbench score and performance
The European version of the Galaxy Note has always run on the same custom Exynos processor as the Samsung Galaxy S that came before it − in this case, the Exynos 9820. However, for this model it has been heavily speculated that a brand-new Exynos 9825 chip will be created, boasting even greater performance.
There’s no news on what benefits this revamped chip will bring, but it’s bound to be a little faster. One decent guess is that the Note 10’s Exynos 9825 will be built to the 7nm process that’s being used in the Apple A12, the Kirin 980, and the Snapdragon 855. In contrast, the Galaxy S10’s Exynos 9820 was built using a larger 8nm process. The difference sounds slight but the new hardware should make for a more efficient chip that can be cranked up higher.
Recently, Geekbench 4 scores have been posted online, confirming both the existence of the new Exynos 9825 chip and proving that it’s performance is indeed something special. Spotted by IceUniverse, the Single-Core score is 4495 while the Multi-Core score is 10223. See the table below to check out how that compares to direct rivals from the current generation of flagships:
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10||iPhone XS||Huawei P30 Pro||OnePlus 7 Pro|
|Geekbench Single Core Score||
|Geekbench Multi-Core Score||
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Battery
We’ve heard a lot about battery life too but we haven’t yet got a particularly clear picture of the situation.
Well-known tipster Ice Universe has claimed that the Plus version of the Note 10 will pack a 4500mAh capacity battery and Dutch publication GalaxyClub spotted a submission to the South Korean testing institute that suggests the standard Note 10 will have a 4170mAh battery.
That’s smaller than the one within the Galaxy S10 5G (4500mAh). However, it’ll still be larger than the 4100mAh battery within the Galaxy S10 Plus, and the 4000mAh battery in the Note 9.
These suppositions have been contradicted by another infamous leaker, Evan Blass, who claims that the standard version will have a 3600mAh battery and the Plus will have a 4300mAh capacity. There’s a considerable divergence between the two estimates for the base model, and frankly it would be deeply underwhelming were Blass’ claim vindicated.
GalaxyClub also further report that the Note 10e could have a fairly small 3400mAh battery. While Samsung fans might be disappointed at this news, it’s not all that surprising since the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a battery capacity of just 3100mAh.
At least one variant of the Note 10 will apparently offer staggering 50W fast charging, matching that of Oppo’s SuperVOOC technology and trumping OnePlus’ 30W Warp Charge, as well as Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge technologies in the process.
A photo of Samsung’s new EP-TA845 45W fast-charger spotted by GalaxyClub (above) is also expected to make its way to at least one of the Note 10 series.
As for wireless charging, GSMArena reports that the Note’s official wireless charging cradle is named EP-N5200 and is rumoured to pack 20W of power across two coils.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Camera
The Note 10 will undoubtedly borrow heavily from its flagship brother, the Samsung Galaxy S10. Various sources have led us to expect a triple sensor main camera module, this time aligned vertically rather than horizontally across the back of the device.
Reports suggest that this will include a 12-megapixel snapper with a three-stage variable f/1.5 to f/1.8 to f/2.4 aperture primary sensor, a 16-megapixel super wide-angle lens with an f/1.9 aperture and a 123-degree field of view, plus a 13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto sensor for lossless zoom.
A recent industrial expansion has indicated that Samsung’s next flagship phone will boast a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for improved 3D imaging capabilities. Kolen, a lens manufacturer, is significantly expanding its activities in Vietnam to meet growing demand from Samsung, and South Korean source ETNews claims that this move was made especially for ToF sensors, which allow for better 3D camera imaging.
ToF sensors measure distance by timing the return of a pulse of infrared energy to each pixel of the sensor. This gives very accurate readings of the depth of an image, enabling you to create three-dimensional images or track facial movements closely.
ToF sensors are already present in the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (both on the rear and the front-facing setup), so it would make perfect sense for the feature to be retained for the next Samsung flagship. It will be fascinating to see whether the sensor’s inclusion will allow full 3D face recognition, just as the latest iPhones do.
Samsung also recently developed a periscope-style zoom camera but we don’t think production has come in time for the Note 10.
Again, recent reports of multiple Galaxy Note 10 models would appear to have a bearing on the camera spec. It’s claimed that the smaller model will also have that triple camera system but that the bigger phone could pack a quad camera.
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