Note 10e or Note 10+? Samsung may launch smaller Galaxy Note 10 in some markets

Note 10e or Note 10+? Samsung may launch smaller Galaxy Note 10 in some markets
Say what you will about Samsung's stylus-equipped phones, but the Note line has always been at the forefront of mobile hardware, be it for the simple fact that it ships in the second half of the year when better components are available.

This time around, however, Samsung is seemingly preparing to go all-in on the Note 10, introducing changes in design, and coming up with not one, but two Note 10 models for the first time in modern S-Pen history. That last tip comes from Korean media's supply chain sources although Samsung has declined to comment on this particular rumor, as can be expected.

In short, the success of the smallish Galaxy S10e may have prompted Samsung to reconsider its plans to offer a Note 10 with only the most gigantic AMOLED display it currently makes for phones. That would be the 6.7" Quad HD panel of the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G whose release date was just confirmed by Samsung to be April 5th.

Galaxy Note 10e or Note 10+?

A lot of users, it turns out, are in the market for smaller phones. This is what Samsung's marketing team research and the runaway success of the S10e in various markets like Europe, have demonstrated.

The way that Samsung is planning to address that demand, is by adding a second Note 10 model to the 6.7-incher it has been planning to release, tip "members of the component industry." The size of the display on the smaller Note remains a mystery, though, and attempts to ask Samsung on this detail have clashed with the "no comment" treatment. The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4" screen, which, coincidentally, happens to be the size of the Galaxy S10+ display as well. This is why, if we had to guess the second Note 10 size, it would be around the S10+'s panel, trimmed bezels and all.

While the difference between a 6.4" Note 10 and a 6.7" Note 10+ (or whatever the flagship Note gets called), may not seem huge, the S10+ size is already pushing the acceptable limits, so a 6.7-incher may not be everyone's cup of tea. Just looking at the 6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches (162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94 mm) dimensions of the S10 5G could show you that there isn't much more room for growth before we hit the uncomfortable point, bezel-less design or not.

The Note 10 is also rumored to pioneer a new button-less design for Samsung, meaning that the side keys would all be replaced by other means to power/unlock, change volume, or launch the Bixby virtual assistant. Now, it's hard to fathom that Samsung would swap every button with some other solution, especially the power key. That would be too drastic of a move for an established line like the Note. If we had to imagine what the button-less report means, it would be something in the vein of the combined finger scanner/ power key on the Galaxy S10e, or a button that is more or less flush with the frame.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date and markets

This is the third time that a report is confirming that the Note 10 will be arriving in August, not that we had any doubts about it. The IFA expo starts September 6, as usual, and last year the Note 9 was announced two weeks before that, so there is every chance the Note 10 and 10+ will see the light of the day the last week of the summer. 

If the mini Note follows in the S10 line footsteps, it could potentially be cheaper than the larger sibling. In Europe, however, which will be the main target market for the smaller Note 10, according to the report, the prices are often about 20-30% higher than the US in dollar terms anyway, so don't expect a Note 10 priced in the "affordable" ballpark, shorter display diagonal or not.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

We need a 7in note 10.

11. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

We need a smaller note with no compromise as compared to the bigger siblings, including battery

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Thank you, if the bezels are as small as the S10/plus,the overall size of the phone would slightly bigger with a larger screen. Plus it need to be different from the S10 plus/5g.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"but two Note 10 models for the first time in the S-Pen history" note 4 and note edge in 2014?

8. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 381; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

And the note 3 and note 3 neo before that

18. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

"...for the first time is the S-Pen history" since the last time

20. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Actually there's enough room for 3, note 10. Whether that's necessary I don't know, but it would increase the range of Note buyers. Especially with the 3,they might as well just do it.

3. pogba

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Sounds great. I just hope it's not an April fools joke.

4. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While I don't mind it that companies keep making our smartphones bigger, it does suck that they're eliminating the compact flagships while doing so. Apart from battery size, I hate it that you'll be losing a lot by going with the smaller variant of the flagship, like why not charge us an extra dollars but keep all the extra goodies that the biggest variant of your flagship has?

6. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

extra 50 dollars*

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

just dont do the buttonless crap

9. Guseinguliev

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I liked the s10e more, but I didn’t buy it because of the small battery. I do not often change the smartphone because it is important to me the autonomy of the smartphone.

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"Say what you will about Samsung's stylus-equipped phones..." Based on Cosmins' classless article title last week this statement should be directed at yourselves, PA.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Considering that this is NOT the first time that Samsung would release 2 versions if its Note line, I think that the author needs to take a device history lesson. Samsung released the Note 4 & the Note Edge at the same time, hence the reason most Samsung flagships have edge displays now.

15. BuffaloSouce unregistered

The S6 Edge is what really put the stupid curved display on the map because it was more accessible than the Note.

13. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hm, this would be interesting.

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I would be really interested in no-notch version.

16. cozze02

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

For God sakes, get rid of the curved edges, the gimmick has run it's course

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO , Ok first time ever, LMAO Daniel, did you not do your homework before writing this. Note 4 , note 4 edge.

23. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Some didn't do his research before publishing. I remember at one put some was 4 versions of the Note. The Note Neo, Note 3,Note 4 and Note edge, yes all 4 versions of the note and that was years ago. Then some loony wants to talk about Samsung copying the concept of variation of products eg IPhone XR, Huawei P/Mate. Anyways lol

25. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

What do you expect from an iPhone person?

22. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Flat screen version?

24. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

but won't release one with flat screen! I'm tired of the curved screen that adds nothing but unwanted touches

26. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The one thing I'm worried about is the fingerprint scanner, cause if it's not consistent I ain't gonna bother, cause I ain't up for putting any passwords or patterns this time round! If it works well I'm in! 4k 7in screen please Sammy, without curve would be nice but not a deal breaker.

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