With the upcoming Galaxy Fold delayed until September (three months from its original launch date), those looking for a big-screen phone may be eyeing the premium Note 10 instead. Not only is it a pretty straightforward phone with no known screen issues, it’s also expected to be unveiled soon. Samsung confirmed that it’s launching the Note 10 on Aug. 7, and the event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The phone itself will serve as the successor to the Note 9.
Samsung has a couple of premium phones under its belt (for example, it plans to charge US$2,000 if and when the Fold is eventually released), but Galaxy Note phones stand out as part of Samsung’s ultraluxe line.
The first Galaxy Note launched in 2011 and the handsets are usually outfitted with an expansive screen, an embedded smart stylus called an S Pen and top-of-the-line hardware. In short, the Note represents Samsung’s best-of-the-best.
For that reason, it’s no surprise there has been plenty of anticipation and curiosity surrounding the phone. Could it have 5G connectivity like the Galaxy S10 5G, or will it feature a swivel selfie camera like the Galaxy A80? Perhaps the Note 10 will be one of the two foldable phones Samsung said it would release after the Galaxy Fold (though we highly doubt it).
We’ll know more once the event kicks off, and we will be updating you more on the news. Until then, though, we’ve rounded up the most intriguing, probable and compelling rumors we’ve heard about the Note 10 so far.
Previous Galaxy Note launches have focused on just a single model, but for the first time we’ll be seeing a Plus model and at least one 5G variant, in line with the Galaxy S series. This has already been confirmed by a Samsung marketing promo
Key differences between standard and Plus models seem focused on size, battery capacity and the number of cameras.
Whereas the standard model is tipped to measure 151×71.8×7.9mm and weigh 167g, the Plus is thought to come in at 162.3x77x8mm and 198g.
As previously, both feature a glass front and rear with metal frame and are IP68 certified.
A surprise new feature in Note 10 is tipped to be the Snapdragon 855 Plus, according to @evleaks, despite its very recent announcement. He says we’ll see this chip in both versions of the phone, with a base configuration of 8GB of RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage.
In fact, the Plus variant might get as much as 12GB of memory, as well as 512GB and 1TB storage options, plus microSD support for expansion. We’re not sure which of these features will also filter down to the standard Note 10, though it’s looking likely that at least microSD support will be reserved for the Plus.
This is interesting because the GPU has been greater tuned for performance, and according to Qualcomm gives graphics a 15% boost. The Kryo 485 CPU has also seen a minor overclock (around 4%).
However, we should remember that in the UK and many European markets we will instead see Samsung’s own 2.7GHz Exynos 9825, which is its first 7nm chip. This version of the Note 10 has been spotted in the Geekbench database recording a 10,223-point multi-core score.
Naturally all Note 10 models will feature USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. We’re also expecting to see Wi-Fi 6 and AKG-tuned stereo speakers, but as we noted earlier the headphone jack appears to be a thing of the past. Rather than simply throwing an adaptor in the box, Samsung is thought to be bundling some wired in-ear headphones with noise-canceling.