Four versions of the Note 10 are expected to land this August, two with 5G and one with a brand-new name: Note 10 Pro. The largest of the four, tipped to feature a 6.75in Quad-HD+ display and quad-lens rear camera with 5x optical zoom, it will tower over the 6.28in-screen, triple-lens camera standard Note 10.
Information from Mobielkopen suggests that larger screen will take the form of an Infinity-O panel, just like we saw in the S10 series, after the HTML5test benchmark gave away its new 19:9 aspect ratio and 1440x3040-pixel resolution.
Despite lots of rumours flying around the web, there are not yet any leaked images of Note 10 in the flesh. A recent concept video from Concept Creator is shown above, illustrating many of the rumoured upcoming features such as the quad-lens rear camera and S10-esque design - but not the selfie camera built into the S Pen, as demonstrated in an earlier concept from DBS Designing.
ETNews reports that Note 10 will offer a completely buttonless experience, though the pads that replace the existing hardware buttons will likely be found in the same places. It seems a bit pie in the sky and potentially a bit futuristic for the 2019 update to the Note family, but Note 10 will not be the first smartphone to achieve this, with the still-in-development Meizu Zero working toward a completely buttonless design. We recently reviewed the Red Magic Mars that also uses capacitive pads, here to enhance gameplay.
There's also talk of the Note 10 being the first smartphone to feature a 100Mp camera, though it's likely all talk. Qualcomm's chipsets have been capable of supporting 192Mp cameras since 2018 with the Snapdragon 845, but the highest we've seen so far is 'just' 48Mp. In late 2019 Qualcomm says we'll see phone cameras hitting 64- and even 100Mp, according to MySmartPrice.
So why should Samsung be first to launch such a device? In truth, there is no reason to assume it will be Samsung, and it could as easily be Huawei or Honor, which have recently been experimenting with high-megapixel lenses. But that's to forget that in 2018 Samsung developed its own image sensors capable of shooting 48Mp and 32Mp stills, and it makes sense that in 2019 it will want to build on this accomplishment.
More likely in our minds is that Galaxy Note 10 will follow the S10 5G with a quad-lens rear camera assembly, though it may not be the same specification. Indeed, Sammobile has already confirmed Note 10 will get a quad-lens camera. We bet it will get the second selfie camera at the front, too, with S10 Plus now specifying a 10Mp + 8Mp duo.
Samsung is also confirmed to have produced a camera with 5x optical zoom, which could well get a look-in in Note 10. Remarkably, it's actually smaller than the 6mm 2x zoom camera used in existing Samsung phones, measuring just 5mm thick.
The picture below is a concept image of what Note 10 might look like, produced by PhoneArena and based on rumours. In common with the new Galaxy S10, the site has depicted it in new colour options Canary Yellow and Prism Green. It also shows the S10 Plus' elongated punch-hole cutout for twin selfie cameras, and at the rear the quad-lens camera of the Galaxy S10 5G. But remember that this image is not the real deal, it is merely an artist's impression based on rumours and therefore in itself does not back up any of those rumours.
The illustration of that punch-hole camera might not be exactly accurate, reports Tech Radar. Samsung intends to gradually reduce the size of the cutout so it's practically invisible, and eventually ditch it all together in favour of an under-display camera, while the sound is emitted via the display itself. The full-body display could still be a couple of years away, however, notes Samsung R&D VP, Yang Byung-duk.
Currently codenamed Da Vinci, Galaxy Note 10 will also get the faster Exynos 9820/Snapdragon 855 processor, most likely with a 5G version available, and up to 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM. It will also run the same enhanced software setup as Galaxy S10, with the new and simplified One UI interface applied over Android 9 Pie.
The S-series design has seen some interesting updates, with more screen estate than ever thanks to slimmer bezels, a taller 19:9 aspect ratio, and larger Infinity-O panels that use Dynamic AMOLED tech. With the Galaxy S10 Plus now up to 6.4in we can see the Note 10 moving up to mirror the 5G version at 6.7in, and we expect with even slimmer bezels for a truly edge-to-edge experience with an 8% greater surface area. Indeed, the largest Note 10 is thought to feature a 6.75in panel, though early rumours point to 'just' a 6.28in screen for the standard model. Also new in Galaxy S10 is an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
Traditionally a larger-screened version of the Galaxy S series with a higher-capacity battery, S Pen stylus and various improvements to the likes of the camera, a new Galaxy Note rarely fails to impress (unless it explodes, of course).
Less welcome is news that the Note 10 could be the first flagship phone from Samsung to come without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. And more shocking is the idea it might not even be branded 'Note' at all, but we think that one is pretty out there.
One of the more out there rumours for the Note 10 is that Samsung will ditch the new Infinity-O panel and move the selfie camera to the S-Pen stylus. There is a patent that backs up the theory, and early concept designers have jumped at the suggestion.
When is the Galaxy Note 10 release date?
Samsung typically unveils its new Note-series flagship in August, a few weeks ahead of IFA. Expect a familiar pattern in 2019 with the Note 10 launching in early August.
How much will the Galaxy Note 10 cost?
We've not heard any rumours to suggest pricing will change for 2019, but the Galaxy S10 did see a price hike which may be mirrored here. You should also expect to pay more for the Note 10 5G version.
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