Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Release date, price, specs and the latest leaks
Samsung has had a tumultuous year, launching the successful and capable Galaxy S10 family; which offer flagship capabilities and a consistently solid camera experience across a range of screen sizes, alongside more experimental devices like the troubled Galaxy Fold. Next on the agenda, however, is the Galaxy Note 10.
Samsung’s Note series has defined the ‘phablet’ product category and is one of the only mainstream devices to support a stylus. Beyond this, each Galaxy Note always arrives on the scene as an undeniable powerhouse – toting the latest silicon, plus heaps of RAM and storage, as well as an enhanced camera experience based on the respective Galaxy S devices from earlier in the year.
Want to know more? Read on to uncover everything there is to know about the forthcoming Galaxy Note 10 series, including launch date, price, features and everything in between.
Galaxy Note 10 at a glance
Samsung is on track to produce at least two variants of Galaxy Note 10 this year. The base Note 10 is expected to rock a 6.3-inch screen, while its ‘Plus’-branded sibling will take things a little larger, boasting a 6.75-inch panel. The third, lesser-known model is expected to go by the name of the Galaxy Note 10e – apeing the naming convention used by the more compact Galaxy S10e that’s already out in the market.
It’s unclear which new features will be reserved for which model in the Note 10 lineup, but there’s talk of 5G connectivity, which make sense considering the company’s existing play with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, an enhanced three-camera setup on the back, enhanced fast wired and wireless charging options, plus new S Pen functionality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date − so when’s it out?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will launch on August 7 at a Galaxy Unpacked event in New York.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 made it to store shelves just 15 days after its August 9 unveiling − let’s hope this year’s model enjoys a similarly snappy turnaround.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price – how much will it cost?
At the moment we don’t know, but we can read the tea leaves and make some predictions.
At launch, the Note 9 had a starting price of £899. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 before it retailed for £869, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 started at £749. It’s a sadly familiar story of rising smartphone prices at the top end.
Simply put, don’t expect the standard Note 10 to cost any less than its predecessor.
Some reports have claimed that there could be as many as five Note 10 variants, which seems like overkill. The differences between them would affect pricing considerably, and the top-spec 5G models will likely creep into the £1000s. The rumoured Note 10e, however, may well be more affordable than previous Galaxy Note releases.
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 model called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
The images look like the real deal, and they showcase the next-generation phablet from the front, back and side.
The image above shows the Note 10 Plus in an awfully familiar colour scheme, and it doesn’t remind us of a previous Samsung phone. The pearlescent blue and purple colouring is actually reminiscent of the Huawei P30 Pro.
Of course, this will only be one of several colour options, and images of a black model have also emerged. Silver, red and pink colour schemes have also been rumoured.
There are plenty of other things we can glean from the renders, beyond that striking royal blue S Pen. On both models, there’s a triple rear camera setup in the top left corner, and a tiny single lens cutout in the centre of the display.
Conspicuous by its absence is a fingerprint sensor, meaning it’s likely hiding underneath the display. That would make the Note 10 the first in the range to include the ultrasonic technology, after it debuted in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.
There’s also a missing button on the side of the phone, which means one of three things. Samsung has found a way to ditch the power button, taken the hint and dropped the Bixby button, or found a way to combine the two.
One of the key debates surrounding the Note 10’s design is whether or not it will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack beloved by audiophiles. While these leaks don’t bring us any closer to knowing whether or not the device will keep it, things aren’t looking positive. Multiple reports have now suggested that it has been ditched.
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 Pro.
And yes, the report confirms that this will be an OLED panel, as if that was ever in any doubt.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Geekbench score and performance
The European version of the Galaxy Note always runs on the same custom Exynos processor as the Samsung Galaxy S that came before it − in this case, the Exynos 9820.
Except, what’s this? A rumour that the Galaxy Note 10 will have its own distinct CPU? That’s what a well-known leaker recently posted to Weibo, as reported by Gizmo China. The leak claims the Note 10 will feature the as-yet-unannounced Exynos 9825.
There’s no news on what benefits this second half-step-forward 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.
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, in turn, be cranked up higher.
Geekbench 4 scores that were recently spotted online also giving us some indication of the power available to both one Snapdragon 855 and one Exynos-powered version of the Note 10. Both models score comparatively well alongside the existing Galaxy S10 family but we suspect there’s more tinkering and tuning still to be done to ensure there’s no doubting these phones’ true powerhouse nature.
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 Pro 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.
GalaxyClub also reports 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. 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 is also expected to make its way to 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
In the camera department, the Note 10’s setup will inevitably borrow a fair amount from the Samsung Galaxy S10. Numerous leaks and rumours have pointed at a triple-camera affair, with three sensors stacked on top of one another.
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.
Though an 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. 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, like the latest iPhones do.
Samsung also recently developed a periscope-style zoom camera but we don’t think it will debut on 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.