Samsung Galaxy Note 10: News, rumours and all the latest leaks
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 family of flagships phones left us mightily impressed when they made their way onto the scene earlier this year. Their success has also helped fuel the fire of interest surrounding the company’s next big release, the Galaxy Note 10.
The Korean company’s famed phablet is set to break convention and take the form of at least two distinctly different models, however, you can still expect flagship specs, a competitive camera, a sizeable price tag and that all-important S-Pen stylus as always.
Read on to find out everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, including price, release date and more.
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The Note 10 at a glance
Based on collective reports so far, it’s suspected that Samsung is working multiple variants of the Note 10 – one with a 6.66-inch display, expected to be the standard Note 10, a more potent, high-performing model, which we’re currently calling the Note 10 Pro, and a smaller, more affordable member, dubbed the Note 10e.
Those familiar with the Galaxy S10 series will be able to draw comparisons with what Samsung might be up to here – trying to push the qualities that make a Note device a Note, in front of a wider array of potential buyers and with a wider range of price tags.
One of these variants is also expected to pack 5G and other slated features include a primary triple camera array, super-fast charging and new functionality to add to the Note series’ existing S Pen stylus experience.
Samsung Note 10 release date – When is the Note 10 out?
Here’s when the previous Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones were announced:
- Samsung Galaxy Note − September 2011
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 − August 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 − September 2013
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 − September 2014
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 − August 2015
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 − August 2016
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 − August 2017
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 − August 2018
As you can see, Samsung has been pretty consistent with its Galaxy Note release announcements. Five of the eight models were unveiled in August, while the other three crept into September.
The notion of this assumed August launch window has also been compounded by Korean news outlet ET News, which, in a story published on June 10, cited an August 10 launch date, with a potential market release of August 25.
ET News’ estimations are partly based on last year’s Note launch. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 and brought the phablet to market fifteen days later – here’s hoping that a similarly tight rollout is true this year.
Samsung Note 10 price – How much will the Note 10 cost?
When it launched in August, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 had a starting price of £899. The Galaxy Note 8 before it retailed for £869, while the Note 7 started at £749. It’s a sadly familiar story of rising smartphone prices, which we’ve seen across the market regardless of brand or tier.
Simply put, don’t expect the standard Note 10 to cost any less than its predecessor.
ET News also reports that there could be as many as four Galaxy Note 10 models on the way this year. Two of those would be standard 4G LTE phones, with one of those being a ‘budget’ model (think the Note line’s equivalent of the Galaxy S10e). The two others will apparently pack 5G support.
This split will obviously affect pricing considerably, and the high-end 5G model could well creep into the £1000s. The cheaper Note 10e, however, may well be cheaper than previous Galaxy Note releases.
Samsung Note 10 – Performance
We know the drill by now. 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 by MySmartPrice also give 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.
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 (via Forbes).
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.
Samsung Note 10 – Design and display
Rumours from South Korea (via ET News) initially posited that the Galaxy Note 10 could be Samsung’s first completely buttonless phone. Apparently, the volume and power keys were, at one stage, on track to follow the home button out of the door.
In their place, some form of force-sensing technology, presumably akin to Apple’s 3D Touch or Google and HTC’s squeezable sides, was expected to be employed.
More recently, Ice Universe again appeared to put down such an idea, explaining that it was on the table during the Note 10’s development but was scrapped in favour of more traditional physical buttons after the buttonless approach produced reliability concerns.
Switching to the front of the device, and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has adopted a hole-punch cutout design, enabling the screen to push those bezels into a state of near-nothingness. According to IceUniverse and OnLeaks, the Galaxy Note 10 will also feature a hole-punch camera cut-out but unlike the S10 series, it will be centrally positioned.
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 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro.
Back in October, South Korean financial publication The Bell reported that industry sources had said the new screen will be a massive 6.66-inch unit, which would be a notable increase over the Galaxy Note 9’s 6.4-inch Super AMOLED and the Note 8’s 6.3-inch unit. And yes, the report confirms that this will be an OLED panel as if that was in any doubt.
It’s believed that the two LTE models will pack 6.28-inch and 6.75-inch displays. Presumably, the design will stay much the same across the range.
Onto colours and MySmartPrice has claimed that the Note 10 will be available in five colours: Black, White, Silver, Red, and Pink. The last two colours would be welcome, characterful additions to the range.
Samsung 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 seem to suggest that this will mean a triple-camera affair, with the three sensors arranged alongside one another.
Reports suggest that this will include a 12-megapixel variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 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.
Samsung 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.