Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 could be cheaper than first expected

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 could be cheaper than first expected
With just five days to go until the Galaxy Note 10’s announcement, it’s fair to say that there isn’t much left to reveal. Leaked press renders have showcased the designs, multiple reports have detailed each phone’s spec sheet, and Samsung’s new dongle recently confirmed the lack of a headphone jack. But as it turns out, the flagship devices could actually be slightly cheaper than initially expected.

Much cheaper than iPhones, starting price on par with Huawei's P30 Pro


According to tipster Ishan Agarwal, the regular Galaxy Note 10 with 256GB of internal storage will retail at €949 in Europe. The larger Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, will set consumers back €1099, although a separate model with a whopping 512GB of storage will also be available for €1199.

The prices listed above should be valid for a handful of European markets including Germany. However, the pricing of Samsung’s next flagships will ultimately vary across the continent due to different tax rates. For example, consumers in Spain and France typically have to pay an extra €10 while those in Finland often have to fork out €50 more, therefore increasing the Galaxy Note 10’s starting price to €999. These higher prices coincide with what was previously reported for Europe.

In regards to how all of this compares to other devices, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10+ both started at €999 in Europe at launch while the standard Galaxy S10 has an official starting price of €899. As for devices from rival brands, Huawei’s top-of-the-range P30 Pro retails at €949 across Europe while Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max cost a whopping €1159 and €1259 in most European countries.

US pricing will likely be cheaper than expected too


It’d be very easy to directly convert the European prices to US Dollars and assume that’s how much Samsung will be charging. Fortunately, that’s not quite how things work.

Due to the different tax rates in the United States, smartphones are often much cheaper. When it comes to Samsung, it typically selects the base European price and sticks a Dollar sign on the end. As such, it can be determined that the Galaxy Note 10 will retail at $949 while the larger Galaxy Note 10+ should cost $1099. If, on the other hand, you’re interested in purchasing the 512GB version of the bigger model, then $1199 should be the exact amount of money you’ll need.

Most leaks so far suggest European countries won’t be receiving the 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage version of the Galaxy Note 10+. Nevertheless, Samsung is reportedly developing one and it’ll probably make its way to the United States, although pricing information is yet to emerge. In regards to extra Galaxy Note 10 configurations, a model with 512GB of storage is apparently in development and could cost $1049 if sold in the US.

UPDATE: Roland Quandt has confirmed the 256GB models of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will retail at $949 and $1099 respectively. 

What does the Galaxy Note 10 series offer?


Aside from the few details mentioned above, consumers can expect the Galaxy Note 10 series to ship with Android 9 Pie and One UI straight out of the box. Devices destined for Verizon customers should arrive powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 while those sold through T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint will reportedly opt for Samsung’s new Exynos 9825.

Both devices look set to include large (6.3-inches on the Galaxy Note 10 and 6.7-inches on the Galaxy Note 10+) Infinity-O AMOLED panels up front that are paired with extremely thin bezels and a small cut-out for the camera. Also to be expected on the Galaxy Note 10 series is a totally redesigned rear that’s characterized by a new vertical camera setup positioned in the top-left corner. The latter is home to three cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 and a fourth Time-of-Flight sensor on the Plus model.

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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
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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46 Comments

2. alanrock

Posts: 304; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

outside of US market phone is easily skippable ...

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4132; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is a Pixel 3a/iPhone XR style entry level phone for the note. It should be cheaper.

5. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nah... these phones have a collection of things that make them lesser devices such as; smaller, lesser resolution, are not built to the same material specifications, lack cameras, s-pen, the technologically superior display, superior design (subjective), lesser processor, on-screen fingerprint sensor....not equal and it's not even close.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4132; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is the first flagship Samsung phone in years that has 1080 resolution. It's a lesser phone.

9. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Lesser then note 10+ but greater than the Pixel 3a and iPhone Xr. They are in now way remotely close to being equal, but I do agree the 10+ is lesser as the iPhone Xs is a lesser device than the XS max and the S10 is lesser than the S10+

13. User123456789

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Isn't 10e 1080p too?

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4132; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Could be, not sure as I'm not in the market for cheaper phones but makes my point that this regular notenis in the same vain as the s10e

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered

1080x2280 to be exact

18. LiveFaith

Posts: 458; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

And if you never read the spec sheet, you would never know it. Outside of slapping it in a VR. I have the Note8 with 1440pixels and I've only tried it a few times at that resolution. It literally makes no difference in the visibility of the phone. I use 1080 all the time b/c it improves battery life and probably speeds graphics(although I don't notice it). If your in a fanboy d**k measuring contest, then 1440 matters. If you care about how your device costs, uses battery, handles graphics, and displays, then 1080 on a 6.3" display is fabulous.

29. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 32; Member since: May 03, 2018

I can agree about most but if this was a save the consumer money type of deal then the phone would come in cheaper than just 50$ less than the note 9 did.

34. mdorno

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

So true. I ran Oneplus devices for a few years and was fine with a 1080 display. I run my S10+ at 1080 and don't miss a thing. Technically it's better than the older Oneplus 1080 screens due to the better colors and brightness.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1873; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

A $1000 for a cell phone? LOL. What a rip-off.

7. oldskool50

Posts: 1386; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I guess since some cars cost $20k, then the ones that cost $1.5M are a ripoff? I agree $1000 is certainly alot for a phone. Question. How would you price a phone that cost $400+ to make?

8. rkoforever90

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Xiaomi Mi9T pro comes with pretty much the same specs or at least 90% same and costs under 400$

12. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Xiomi does not do R&D, they just simply stole others hard work and put the features stolen into their phones. They can do that but Samsung, apple etc can't. They have to innovate.

19. LiveFaith

Posts: 458; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I can't find the S-pen on it anywhere. I use the S-pen daily in a variety of situations. It's the #1 reason, I stay locked into the Note series. I wish 2 or 3 other companies would compete here. Lots of other phones can be seen as value plays vs Sammy & Apple. But, the Note is unique.

53. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2150; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

High end phones cost between $300-$400 to manufacturer. It’s no longer the days of phones cost under $200 and sell them for $650 on a 2-yr contract. I don’t agree with today’s pricing structure, but that has been the price increase ripple effect. Manufacturers want their money back.

10. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Don't do that, don't give me hope

11. OneLove123

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I heard it “could” be more expensive than last year.

14. User123456789

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Nobody will ever steal this from iphones. But only androids are called overpriced when review comes out.

15. splus

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

So what, 949 EUR is now "cheap" for a 1080p phone? Samsung obviously didn't learn anything from their previous poor quarter - people aren't buying expensive phones! And why would they when you can buy 90% as good phone for half a price?

20. LiveFaith

Posts: 458; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Samsung's Note series will outsell ever one of the phones that your thinking of. They have earned it and established robust marketing channels to do so. The Note series literally has no real competitor in the phablet w pen space. Now, will this particular device turn out to be a windfall for Samsung? That remains to be seen. But 1080p is NOT a deal breaker. If I get one, it will definitely be the small Note. I already use my Note8 at 1080p and have for 2 years. Why? Better battery life, snappier graphics, and the exact same user experience as 1440p. Only a small % of buyer will even notice 1080p, and an even smaller group will care. The snap-in VR people will be the only real group who cares, and they have the + anyway.

50. Dbosss

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Ha ha... what a dumbass! When u r able to buy 950euro note cant u spemd another 100euros to get top version of note 10?

21. joeyhalls

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

I have the same problem here as I've always had. Why do they have to nerf the smaller variant so much? Some of us don't need a near 7" screen for our phone. Why does the 6.3" have to have so many less abilities? And before everyone chimes in with space is needed... Take a look at the Huawei 30 Pro and the fact it fits all the cameras and the note 9 which has literally all the same specs just not as up to date. You take away micro sd card, headphone jack, QHD screen while all the processor/component sizes are shrinking and leave us with a less capable 6.3" note. I don't need all the features but why skimp on so many??

30. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 32; Member since: May 03, 2018

This exactly. The note 9 started out at 1000$ with more features than this which many have been removed and still had the 1440 display. To cut out a headphone jack, smaller battery, smaller display with less resolution, and lose the iris scanner and only be 50$ cheaper makes no sense.

23. riteshrkm

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Those who defend here that 1080p doesn't make difference. Yes exactly it doesn't make any diff between having a 1080p n 1440p normally. But point here is why to compromise? If I have to buy a 1k$ phone I need to have all the feature of a !k phone. I don't want to defend a company even though it doesn't make any difference as per the screen.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It could be $200, I'm still not paying that for a display with a hole in it and no headphone jack.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here comes 2019's best phone.

37. joey18

Posts: 667; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

count on me

38. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

if that price rumor would be true, not bad, now I'm getting entice to get one, not only because of the price perspective but also from freebies they offer to those who will avail pre-order offer.

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