Samsung just solved the Note 10's top hole mystery

Samsung just solved the Note 10's top hole mystery
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a speaker or an infrared port? Those were the questions we were asking ourselves ever since we saw the mysterious elliptic thingy at the top frame of the Note 10 and 10+.

Samsung's reps who we asked, weren't really knowledgeable on the matter, and when we inspected it closely at the prebrief events, we found out that it can't be an IR blaster like it looked like on leaked renders, as much as we wished so. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ manuals are out today, however, and they answered that pressing question for us once and for all.

It turns out that the Note 10 and 10+ have two "speakers" of sorts at the top. One is formed by tiny two dots above the Premium Hole at the top bezel, where an earpiece usually sits, and the other is said mysterious opening at the top of the phone

The first one is marked as "speaker" in the Samsung manual schematics, and is centered at the front, while the elliptical opening next to the SIM slot is also marked as such, but is depicted as off-center, so it's clear that Samsung considers them as two separate sound-emitters. 

It's certainly not employed during video playback, as we plugged both the bottom speaker and the top opening and the sound kept coming. When, how and why is this opening emitting sounds, remains to be seen upon first disassembly.

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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. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Great!! Confirmed a week ago that it was a speaker but better late than never.

2. cgraham8

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

It's a third microphone for the zoom in mic feature. Not sure why that says speaker but it isn't. It allows the phone to focus it's audio recording on the subject you zoom in on during video recording.

3. oldskool50 unregistered

Dude. There are 2 holes. One is the mic, and one is the speaker. You really gonna sit their and say Samsung who made the device is wrong? YOU'RE WRONG. The hole in the center is for the speaker. The Mic is off to the right.

7. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I think the speaker grill got so small they needed extra venting for louder sounds and wanted more symmetrical surround sound for Atmos, and this was the solution.

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