Huge Galaxy Note 10/Pro leak points towards major design changes

Huge Galaxy Note 10/Pro leak points towards major design changes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept render

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro are arguably two of the most anticipated smartphones this year. According to tipster Ice Universe, they will be “the optimization and perfection” of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 9, and to back these claims up he has now shared a number of interesting details

New front camera position, no horizontal layout on the back

The current-gen Galaxy Note 9, as many of you probably already know, features an 18.5:9 display paired with relatively thick bezels. But as verified recently, the Galaxy Note 10 series will be making the switch over to a taller 19:9 panel, thus allowing for thinner bezels and a higher screen-to-body ratio.

As a direct consequence of this change, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro are expected to adopt small camera cutouts on their respective displays, like the Galaxy S10 series that was released earlier this year. According to Ice Universe, though, Samsung will “change the front camera position.” 

Specifics about the new layout weren’t provided, but a “symmetrical” design on the Galaxy Note 10 that’d presumably involve a centered punch hole rather than one positioned in the corner has previously been teased. On a related note, the tipster has also revealed in the past that the Galaxy Note 10’s camera cutouts will be smaller than those on the Galaxy S10 series.

Accompanying the updated front panel design will reportedly be a modified rear that focuses on a new “camera position.” When asked by a follower if this meant the presence of a vertical layout, Ice Universe responded with a tick symbol, thus suggesting Samsung has plans to ditch the horizontal camera setup used on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung previously used a centered vertical camera layout on the Galaxy S9 series in a bid to differentiate it from the Galaxy Note 8. Earlier this year, though, the company ditched the setup due to the battery constraints that it created. And with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro rumored to include 4,300mAh and 4,500mAh batteries respectively, a centered setup seems extremely unlikely, therefore leaving the South Korean giant with just one option.

Like the Galaxy Fold and many of the company’s mid-range smartphones, there’s a strong possibility the Galaxy Note 10 series will adopt a vertical camera setup positioned in the top-left corner. This would successfully differentiate the flagships from the Galaxy S10 range and avoid any potential battery constraints, ultimately allowing the big batteries mentioned above to be included.

UPDATE: Leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has now come forward to corroborate the redesigned front and rear camera layouts mentioned above.

The Galaxy Note 10 could borrow the Galaxy S10's camera hardware

While on the topic of cameras, multiple rumors have been floating around lately regarding potential upgrades Samsung may introduce. But according to Ice Universe, the Galaxy Note 10 will borrow the Galaxy S10’s camera hardware entirely.

If the claim is accurate, it means the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will utilize a 12-megapixel variable aperture camera on the rear paired with optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus. In addition to this, a second 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and a 2x optical zoom lens is to be expected too.

Accompanying these will be a 16-megapixel camera coupled with a super-wide-angle lens. Lastly, a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor for improved bokeh will be included too, although this may be exclusive to the larger Galaxy Note 10 Pro.

Regarding the front-facing setup, both Galaxy Note 10 devices and their respective 5G variants will borrow the 10-megapixel selfie snapper found on the Galaxy S10. Also, as another potential Galaxy Note 10 Pro exclusive, a dedicated 8-megapixel depth sensor may be thrown into the mix in order to create better portrait images. 

A new storage standard just like the OnePlus 7 Pro

Aside from the cameras and overall design, few Galaxy Note 10 details were shared today by Ice Universe. However, when asked about the storage, he pointed towards the presence of the UFS 3.0 standard used inside the OnePlus 7 Pro rather than the UFS 2.1 alternative used in the Galaxy S10 series.

In terms of how this will affect everyday performance, it means Samsung’s next flagships should open apps faster and load games quicker. Moreover, the phones should take less time to boot up, handle larger image and video files with ease, and access files faster.

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 256GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. legar123

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

The Note 10 with the killer record price tag will be the top selling phone in 2019!

7. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Note series does not sell 1/3 of S series. Top selling phones are always low ends. No way the basic Note arrives below $950

19. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 411; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Good to see even more differentiation between the S plus and note lines

23. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah exactly that’s why Samsung still has $300 ASP for many years.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Note 10 do you hear me? If you have a notch you are dead to me. You were the Chosen One! You were supposed to destroy the stupid Notch, not join them. You were supposed to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.

3. rkoforever90

Posts: 488; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

It will not have notch but will have cut out like s10. If you don't want notch or cut out can buy mi miix3 or some of those new Huawei devices with no cut out

5. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Every cut-out in the display is a notch, the only difference is its size and position. Huawei even calls it a notch in Nova 4, which has a punch hole.

11. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Cut-outs are not notches lol please throw away whichever dictionary you read this from. I guess hot dogs are hamburgers to you

21. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's the same thing - an interruption in the display

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Cutout is a notch, don't be ridiculous and try to hide it with different name. Mix 3, Huawei? Oh wait, it does not have a Wacom pen ... therefore irelevant.

4. LiveFaith

Posts: 519; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

No notch Force boy. It'll have a punch hole. So all your dreams can be a reality now.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1360; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Difference between hole and water drop notch is the fact one is not connected to the frame. Nothing more.

6. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015


14. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

25. AlienKiss

Posts: 323; Member since: May 21, 2019

You can go for Sony Xperia 1 which will soon be out. I'm using the S8+ and wanted to upgrade to S10+, but that silly hole in the display makes me say no. So I think I'll get Xperia 1 instead. Sony is just excellent when it comes to updates, software optimization and battery life.

9. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

How much faster are these phones going to get? Interesting times to be alive

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Currently have a Pixel 3 and even though the camera is great, it's still lacing overall. Was going to wait for the 4 but lacks are pointing in a disappointing direction so considering a Note for the first time ever. I just hope there's going to be a 10e with flat screen because I hate curved screens or else I just might go back to Apple with the XS and get a Tab S5e on the side

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1297; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I see no problems with my note 9 curved screen.

18. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I had the S7 Edge and S9+. I have no use for the edge features and screen protectors suck because of it to. Edge to edge flat screen looks so much better to

22. LiveFaith

Posts: 519; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I have the Note9. Curved screens look nice. But, I can find no real advantage. Maybe the "Edge" apps works a bit more intuitive, IDK. But, it makes for easier breaking glass, difficulty in screen protectors which are an absolute must, and certain functions accessed or written out on the far edges can disfunction a bit in rare situations. Cosmetic is not worth it in my book. Just make it flat and it will be better honestly.

12. Orion78

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Punch hole ugh!!

15. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Thank god! I so hated the horizontal camera setup! If they had made vertical, ither center or side, would have gone for S10/10+.

16. notfair

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I sure hope it's not taller than the Note 9 because the 9 is already HUGE!!!!!!!!!!

20. Blazers

Posts: 782; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Get the regular Note 10 if you're concerned about the size. Hard core Note fans will of course go for the Pro model with the 6.7in screen.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not digging those renders at all. Samsung, please do not mess up the best phone on earth. I will gladly keep my current best phone on earth (Note 9), if you do.

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