With such a home run hit of a phone in the Galaxy S10+, Samsung has their work cut out for them with their next major release, the Galaxy Note 10. The Note 9 was considered by many as a nearly perfect phone, but ultimately didn't sell as well as expected. All of this adds up to Samsung having to create a phone for the ages.
While we wait for confirmed details, we do know quite a bit about the Galaxy Note 10. Specifically, we know the least it will have. The Galaxy Note series has always been an all-around upgrade to the Galaxy S model released months prior, and while this gap is shrinking, the Note has never had inferior specs. So the bare minimum is as good of a phone as the Galaxy S10+, but with the S Pen. But to continue their strong sales, Samsung will need more. Early rumors indicate they're up to the task.
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When Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 10 in Q3 2019, it will actually release multiple phones. This year's release is rumored to include four phones — among them, a new plus variant with upgraded specs.
With the significant redesign of the Galaxy S10, we expect a new look for the Galaxy Note 10, including the adoption of an Infinity-O "hole punch" display. Samsung should also recapture the title of the largest screen on a mainstream smartphone with a rumored 6.7-inch display on the Note 10+.
Usually, Samsung releases the Galaxy Note series in August, about five or six months after the announcement of the Galaxy S series. This way, they can reignite sales as the Galaxy S series dwindles. The official announcement date will be August 7. It will be held in New York City once again. Preorders should available the next day, with the official release a few weeks later on the 23rd.
- Release date: August 23, 2019
- Preorder date: August 8, 2019
- Announced: August 7, 2019
Unlike the Galaxy S10, there will be a 256 GB variant of the new Note. This will be an entry model for both the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+. There are also plans for a 512 GB model and 1 TB model, just like the S10+. We don't know if this will use UFS 3.0, but it's a good bet. We know the technology is ready, as it was included in the Galaxy Fold.
Besides the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+, there is a good chance we'll also see a 5G variant of one of these phones, just like with Galaxy S10. Based on that lineup, Samsung could release a 5G model of the Note 10+, but with maxed out specs, so storage would only be available at 1 TB.
- Storage available: 256 GB (Galaxy Note 10 and 10+), 512 GB (Galaxy Note 10 and 10+), or 1 TB (Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G)
- Expandable storage: yes, up to 2 TB via microSD card
According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 10 will start at $999.99, the same price as the Galaxy S10+. With initial storage doubled to 256 GB, Samsung is improving their offering at this price point. The Galaxy Note 10+ will likely start at $1,149.99 to differentiate itself from the non-Plus model.
- Price: starting at $999.99 (Galaxy Note 10) and $1,149.99 (Galaxy Note 10+)
For several years, Samsung has kept the same design language for its phones, using glass on both the front and back cover and an aluminum frame. No rumors have indicated this will change, therefore, we expect the same overall body style for the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+.
For all but a small percentage of Samsung users, rejoice. The Bixby button is finally removed, so you no longer have to worry about accidentally triggering the voice assistant when using the phone.
So far, we know of two colors: black and silver. The silver is actually a multicolor back cover that starts out silver and blends into a blue-green when viewed at angles.
- Frame:glass, aluminum
- Finish: black, white, red (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), crystal gradient (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
So far, we don't know any potential dimensions of the phone. More than likely, the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ will keep the IP68 rating. As with all flagship Samsung devices, they will have official support for all four major US wireless carriers along with an unlocked version.
- Height: 6.4 inches
- Width: 3.06 inches
- Depth: Unknown
- Weight: 5.92 oz (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 6.98 oz (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Dust/water resistance: IP68
- Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
- Infrared blaster: yes
We expect the Galaxy Note 10's operating temperature to be the same as every other phone at 32°F to 95°F.
- Operating temp: 32º to 95º F
- Nonoperating temp: Unknown
- Relative humidity: Unknown
- Operating altitude: Unknown
As with previous versions, we expect Samsung to launch with the second newest version of Android, 9 Pie. At the time of its announcement, Google will have released the official version of Android 10. Expect Samsung to update the Note 10 to this version around January 2020.
- Version: Android 9.0 Pie
With the release of Android Pie, Samsung ungraded its skin from Samsung Experience to One UI. One UI comes with a new design which is closer to stock Android than years past. Rumors have it that Samsung is planning to update the software to include a better night mode and some other features which should be present on the version that comes out the box for the Galaxy Note 10.
- Version: One UI
Rumors have it that the Galaxy Note 10 will have a 6.4-inch display. This will likely be the Infinity-O display with an oblong punch hole for dual front-facing cameras like the Galaxy S10+. The display should be curved as with most of Samsung's flagship and should be the new HDR-compliant Dynamic AMOLED panel.
The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, will have a 6.7-inch display. We don't know about any other upgrades this "Plus" variant's display may have.
- Screen size: 6.4 inches (Galaxy Note 10), 6.8 inches (Galaxy Note 10+)
- Screen resolution: 1080p (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 1440p (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Total pixels: Unknown
- Pixel density: Unknown
- Screen type: Dynamic AMOLED
- Notch: no
- Punch Hole: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: 19:9
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:Unknown
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 855+, an overclocked version of the SoC with a small boost to CPU performance and a substantial boost to the GPU. However, all rumors indicate Samsung will not be using this SoC in the Galaxy Note 10 or 10+. As far as the clock speed for each core, we are unsure at the moment, but we can guess that it will run near each core's maximum allowance.
As far as memory, we expect Samsung to use this as a way to differentiate between the standard and plus models of the Galaxy Note 10. Samsung will offer the Note 10 with 8 GB of RAM and the Note 10+ with 12 GB of RAM.
- Memory: 8 GB (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 12 GB (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x Gold), 2.41 GHz (3x Gold), 1.78 GHz (4x Silver)
- CPU cores: 8 Cores (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 640
So far, we only know the battery size of the Galaxy Note 10+. According to Ice universe (a very reliable leaker who specialize in Samsung products), the battery will be 4,500 mAh. We don't know what the standard version's capacity will be, but we expect at least 4,000 mAh, the same capacity as last year model.
There is a chance the Note 10+ will have charger up to 45 W. For context, the Galaxy S10 uses a 15 W charger, so you can imagine how much faster charging will be with an adapter more than three times as powerful. However, rumors indicate both phones will include a 25 W charger in the box. For those using the Galaxy Note 10+, you will need to buy the faster charger for $60 separately.
Wireless charging is also rumored to get a boost. Both phones will support wireless charging, although it appears the regular Galaxy Note 10 will only support 15W charging. The Galaxy Note 10+ is rumored to support a 20 W charger. That is as much power as some wired fast charging solutions and would start to make wireless charging a viable option to quickly power up your phone. Reverse wireless charging should be making a return as well.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 3,500 mAh (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 4,300 mAh (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Wired charging: yes, 25 W charger (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 45 W (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Wireless charging: yes, 15 W (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+), 20 W (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+)
- Reverse wireless charging: yes, PowerShare
According to OnLeaks, the Galaxy Note 10 will have a centered selfie camera, as opposed to being off to the side as it is in the Galaxy S10 series. It will use the Infinity-O display with a hole punch to store the camera. It will likely be the same 10 MP main camera found in the Galaxy S10 series. It's also getting night mode for low light selfies.
- Resolution: 10 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Zoom: no
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: no
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
The rear cameras used in the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ are the same cameras found in the Galaxy S10 and S10+. Rumors indicate the rear cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ will be vertical instead of horizontal. However, unlike the Galaxy S10 (and the rest of the series), it will be positioned to the side, lining up next to the left edge.
The Galaxy Note 10 will have triple rear cameras. The main camera will be 12 MP with a standard lens. It will be accompanied by a 12 MP sensor with a telephoto lens and 16 MP sensor with a wide-angle lens.
One rumored change is a new three-stage variable aperture. Unlike previous Samsung flagships, instead of a variable aperture that alternates between f/1.5 and f/2.4, the Note 10 and 10+ will have a third option available to the same lens, f/1.8. This will likely be the standard 12 MP camera.
As usual, Samsung will be improving the image processing, giving the Galaxy Note 10 even better image and video quality than its predecessor. Samsung is also adding a few new features such as audio zoom.
There will be a ToF (time of flight) sensor in the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+, which is something Samsung plans to heavily push on their phones. Starting with these phones, expect to see this sensor on every flagship Samsung device (and even some midrange) in the near future.
- Resolution: 12 MP(standard), 12 MP (telephoto), 16 MP (ultra-wide).
- Sensor size: Unknown
- Pixel size: 1.4µm (standard), unknown (telephoto), unknown (ultra wide)
- Aperture: three-stage variable aperture (f/1.5, f/1.8, and f/2.4) (standard), unknown (telephoto), unknown (ultra wide)
- Zoom: yes, 2x optical and 10x digital
- Flash: yes, LED
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS and EIS (telephoto and standard), EIS (ultra wide)
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: Unknown
- Object detection: yes, Face, Baby, Person, Dog, Cat, Food, People, Beaches, Sky, Mountain, Sunset, Sunrise, City, Snow, Waterfall, Watersides, Scenery, Stage, Vehicles, Drinks, Flowers, Trees, Greenery, Animal, Shoes, Backlit, Indoor, Text, Clothes, Night view
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
While nothing specific has leaked, we can make some guesses based on the performance of the Galaxy S10, which uses the same SoC. We expect the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ to shoot up to 4K at 60 fps. Due to the SoC, the slow-motion should be the same as the Galaxy S10 series, with the highest frame rate being 960 fps for a duration of 0.4s.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K
- Max frame rate: 60 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p and 4K
- Slow motion: 720p at 120 fps, 240 fps, 480 fps (0.8s), 960 fps (0.4s), 1080p at 120 fps, 240 fps
- Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
- Photos: yes, unknown
- Zoom: yes, see above
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, see above
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: yes
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264, H.265
Will the Galaxy S10 series be the last Samsung flagships to have the 3.5 mm headphone jack? It appears so after rumors indicate Samsung will abandon the port in the Galaxy Note 10 series in favor of better water and dust resistance and additional space (for an even larger battery). While many of us would rather have the convenience of the audio jack, it comes as no surprise, as the only other OEM to still include the port in their flagships is LG.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, earpiece and bottom-firing speaker
- Mics: Unknown
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ should have the same video and audio playback support as the Galaxy S10 series.
- Audio:MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
- Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
We expect the usual array of sensors found in the Galaxy S10 to make their way to the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+. There is a chance the IR blaster makes a return, but take this with a grain of salt.
- Accelerometer: yes
- Ambient light: yes
- Barometer: yes
- Color temperature: yes
- Compass: yes
- Gyroscope: yes
- Hall: yes
- Infrared: no
- Laser: no
- Pedometer: no
- Proximity: yes
We are crossing our fingers that Samsung finally includes dual-band GPS support, making it one of the first phones to add this feature that officially releases in the US.
- GPS: yes
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes
- BeiDou: yes
- Galileo: yes
- QZSS: no
According to ETNews, Samsung might ditch physical buttons. Instead, the Galaxy Note 10 could use a system similar to the HTC U12+ where the sides can be pressed in a way that provides the same functionality as a button without actually being a button. As mentioned earlier, though, this is now thought to be unlikely.
The S Pen based on Bluetooth technology should also make a return with a few quality of life upgrades such as longer battery life and better precision. It is also getting some new features such as more Air Commands. Air Commands allow users to control the phone remotely using the S-Pen. The S-Pen will also emit relevant sounds when performing tasks. For example, it will emit the sound of a highlighter moving across paper when it highlights text.
DeX might be getting an update called "DeX Live." Early speculation believes this might be a wireless version of DeX, which currently requires a USB-C to HDMI cable to connect to a monitor for desktop mode. This would be a welcome addition and give Samsung users early access to a similar feature being introduced in Android 10.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/ac/ax
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C
- Other: S Pen (Bluetooth powered)
We don't know the bands for the various models. What we do know is that there should be both an LTE model and 5G model of both Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ for a total of four phones. We don't know much about the 5G variant including if they will get upgrades parts similar to the 5G model of the Galaxy S10
LTE Version - Supported Bands
5G Version - Supported Bands
The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ should come with an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. It should have upgraded software managing the system when compared to the Galaxy S10, resulting in better out-of-the-box performance. Iris scanning and secure face recognition will likely not be available (although you can use the insecure method of facial recognition via the front-facing camera).
- Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
We currently don't know what will be included in the box.