Samsung Galaxy Note 10 case renders "confirm" new placements for the cameras in back and front

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 case renders
This past week, we showed you renders of both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. The biggest news to come from these images has to do with the placement of the cameras on both models.  The punch-hole front-facing selfie camera is found in the center of the display on both units, and the rear cameras are vertically mounted on the upper left corner of the phones. Last year's Galaxy Note 9 model featured a horizontally mounted rear camera setup. This layout is "confirmed" by a Galaxy Note 10 case render found and shared by Slashleaks. The cutouts on the back of the case match the placement of the rear cameras while the render includes an image of the phone sporting the center placed punch-hole.

We expect the Galaxy Note 10 to feature a 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display with the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform under the hood in the U.S., and the Exynos 9820 SoC found mostly elsewhere. The phone is expected to carry a triple-camera setup including a 12MP primary camera with variable aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide camera (with a 123-degree field of view) and a 16MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. There will be an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, but no 3.5mm earphone jack or Bixby button. A 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 9 Pie will be pre-installed along with Sammy's One UI interface. Pricing of this model is rumored to start at $1,100-$1,200 in the states.

If there are any changes coming to the S Pen, Samsung has kept mum about them


The Galaxy Note 10 Pro will carry a larger 6.7-inch curved AMOLED display and will add a Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth sensor to the three cameras on the back. It also will be equipped with a 4500mAh battery and a 25W fast charger. The ToF sensor will appear underneath the LED flash in a second column to the right of the three camera sensors.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro are expected to be unveiled in August with the week of August 10th highlighted in a recent rumor. Interestingly, unlike last year when it was stuffed with new features, we haven't heard much about the S Pen for the 2019 Galaxy Note 10. Last year Samsung added Bluetooth LE connectivity to the stylus allowing it to be used a shutter for the Galaxy Note 9 camera, advance slides for a presentation, and control streamed media. Earlier this year, we showed you illustrations from a patent application Samsung filed for an S Pen with a built-in camera. However, we also pointed out a number of reasons why this would not be practical.


Samsung originally planned to use virtual buttons on the Galaxy Note 10, doing away with physical power and volume controls. However, tipster Ice Universe has said that Samsung's objectives for the phone are "Stability and maturity." Virtual sliders wouldn't fit in with these goals, but we shouldn't rule out something this radical for the Galaxy Note 11

The Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro will each have a 4G and 5G variant. This would be Samsung's second 5G model following the Galaxy S10 5G. The latter is currently available from Verizon and there is speculation that T-Mobile will soon be taking preorders for the phone. Considering that the Galaxy S10 5G also sports a 6.7-inch display, the S Pen could be the difference between the manufacturer's two top-of-the-line 5G handsets for 2019.

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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

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12 Comments

1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 702; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm not really feeling the whole regular and Pro route they're taking with the Note this year. If you're coming from a Note 8 or an S9 series phone, then the regular Note 10 would represent an upgrade, but if you're coming from a Note 9, it's a downgrade in some aspects. Slightly smaller screen, significantly smaller battery. Obviously, it's still an upgrade overall, but I don't like the compromise. It's very similar to the OnePlus situation in the sense that those of us coming from last year's phone will have to get the Pro version in order to feel like we're truly upgrading and of course, the Pro version will cost significantly more than last year which was already quite a bit more than the year before. I probably shouldn't be, but I'm annoyed by this. I might just sit out this year.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 702; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

To add to this, my Note 9 is still every bit as much of a beast as it was when I bought it almost a year ago. Everything I do is almost instantaneous and the battery lasts all day under moderate to heavy use. Waiting a year until 5G gains some real footing is starting to make a whole lot of sense considering the ridiculous prices these phones are creeping up to.

3. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@AngelicusMaximus: I agree. Also, I personally don't like this vertical camera bar business.

4. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 702; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's personal preference I guess. I couldn't care less about the camera arrangement as long as they work well.

8. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Your comment makes no sense. Smaller screen is not a downgrade. You need a bigger screen every year to feel you upgraded your device? Smaller battery is also a result of a smaller device. So... Giving a choice: smaller Note or bigger one with minor differences like tof camera which adds only better bokeh effects is a problem for you? I think it's a fantastic decision for Samsung to create 2 versions of Note because as much much as I like big phones 162/77 mm is just too big for me.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 702; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

My comment makes perfect sense. A smaller screen may not be a downgrade to you, but it is to me. It doesn't necessarily need to be bigger, but I don't want a smaller phone. It's called an opinion and the fact that it isn't the same as yours doesn't make it incorrect. Also, good job not bringing up any of my other points.

5. LawnBoy

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

@Angel I agree. My Note 9 is still a beast. Considering its battery lasts all day for my uses, the cams are the same as the S10 and Note 10, there is no reason to upgrade. Plus, I am a regular user of the iris scanner and headphone jack. So the N10 is now inferior in security, loses the headphone jack for what, a displaced camera?

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 702; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Yeah, I forgot to mention losing the headphone jack as a downgrade point. I use mine often enough. I haven't used the iris scanner since the Note 8, but I'm sure many people like yourself do. And these are both things that anyone buying even the Pro would have to deal with. I'm also not a huge fan of a hole in the screen and the fact that it's centered now doesn't help. I still think the Note is the best series out there, but I can't help but be disappointed with this one based on the rumors thus far.

6. OneLove123

Posts: 1099; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That case is nice.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The punch centered to the right of the display was tolerable after getting used to. But I don’t like this centered sensor placement. At this point, they’re just better off going with a retractable camera solution.

11. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Looks like Samsung is making the phone a Huawei. I guess it to fool Huawei buyers into thinking its actually a P40 SE ,with a pen. YUCK. Stop it already,samsung is making the phone look so generic ,just like every other phone and expects a prime of 1500? bs

12. Guseinguliev

Posts: 115; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

The image does not show heart rate sensors, I think the sensors were superfluous.

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