The Galaxy Note 10 doesn't have a headphone jack, here's why

The Galaxy Note 10 doesn't have a headphone jack, here's why
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are officially Samsung's first mainstream flagships to not include headphone jacks. The move is bound to cause a fair amount of controversy, especially considering Samsung's criticisms of Apple in the past for doing the same thing, but the company has at least tried to justify its decision.

Speaking to The Verge, a Samsung representative said the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has created extra room for a slightly larger battery. Specifically, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ now include cells that are around 100mAh larger, which equates to an increase of between 2 to 3 percent. For reference, OnePlus managed to increase the capacity of its battery by 400mAh when it removed the headphone jack on last year's OnePlus 6T.

Allegedly, the change has also helped improve the haptic feedback on both phones. Why? Because there's now one less hole in the phone, something that should help create a tighter internal structure.

Although your old headphones aren't compatible with the Galaxy Note 10 duo, the smartphones should ship with a new USB-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle inside the box. And if for whatever reason you lose the dongle, Samsung will likely be selling it separately via its website. If you're not too fussed about the quality of your headphones, the company's latest flagships also ship with a decent pair of USB-C ones inside the box, therefore removing the need for silly dongles.

FEATURED VIDEO

35 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1367; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

"Hit the road Jack and don't come back no more no more..." so sorry to see it leave and I am not convince with the explanations but I must say that the Galaxy buds I purchased for my Note 8 are fantastic. So if Sammy gives out some Galaxy buds free as the did with the S10 they may makeup for Jack hitting the road.

2. stulla

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

But their M20 has such a massive battery and headphone jack...IPHsung is whack

13. Lita9

Posts: 57; Member since: May 07, 2017

check the thickness and weight of m20

21. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

The M20 have a stylus inside? Do you think Samsung deliberately shrink the size of the battery?

3. Georgio

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No 3.5 headphone ; a hole in the screen and it looks like a Huawei p30 or something HA

4. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'd take the hole over a notch any day of the week.

8. Georgio

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why would they have a notch? Cos these android phones dont have an advanced 3d face id from the iphone ; it was just a fashion statement.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Ah, didn't realize i was replying to someone who groups all android together. my apologies. but to answer the question, a selfie camera would be an option as to why they would have a notch.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

a front facing speaker would be another option.

19. Georgio

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

But u can get a sefie camera and a speaker without having a notch ; with a nice elegant top bezel. I don't group all android together ; but that was the truth...

23. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why take either? They're both unnecessary, stupid compromises.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Huawei P30 copy the shape of Note 8 and Note9. Remember the inventor of controversial curved display? Answer: Samsung. Maybe you think about the company who push the AMOLED display tech on phones that all actual flagships use it. Answer: Samsung.

25. Georgio

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The back of the note 10 looks just like huawei p30 pro ; they got even one of the p30 pro colors.

5. liteon163

Posts: 78; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Or Samsung could sell the stupid S Pen separately and use some of that space for even more battery and a headphone jack. But I guess more Note users would rather have a place to stuff their S Pen instead of listening via a 3.5 mm jack.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly. Thanks for answering your own question.

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

If they removed the S Pen slot the name Note would be redundant and sales would drop.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've got plenty of battery, a headphone jack AND internal storage for my S-Pen on my Note 9. And, bonus, no stupid hole in the display.

31. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Stop reading about Note phone if you don't like the S-pen!

6. ParkerCollie

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2019

They should have put the headphone jack into the end of the S Pen. When you remove the S Pen with your headphones connected, it can wirelessly connect your headphones.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

underrated idea

36. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

This is the only way I could justify buying a supposed power user's phone without a built in 3.5mm port. Great idea! Till they work it out I'll stick with my Note 9.

7. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Apple - 720p screen for $750 Samsung - 1080p screen for $950 Well i guess we will soon have our own Apple of Android world

10. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

P30 Pro with 1080p was sold at around €949~999, the same as Note 10

15. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 626; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Shush Gamas dont say that let the trolls hate ;)

12. Lita9

Posts: 57; Member since: May 07, 2017

except one plus 6T didn't have s pen.. idiot iPhone arena

14. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Because Apple removed it way ahead of time and now they're catching up.

16. Whitedot

Posts: 874; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

There is no meed to remove it. Phone cam be 1-2mm thicker which is positive compromise. Time and again OEM will find excuse to get rid of a jack so can sell you BT headset. Not a rocket science but obvious move. PA bring old good notification back which was stupid idea to do in the first place.

26. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

30. mackan84

Posts: 644; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Looks like PA had more readers back then

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless