This Galaxy Note 10 leak points towards insanely thin bezels
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro CAD-based render
With less than two months to go until the Galaxy Note 10’s rumored announcement date, a protective film for Samsung’s upcoming flagship that corroborates the presence of extremely thin bezels has shown up online.
Insanely thin bezels and a slightly bigger chin
As previous leaks indicated, Samsung appears to be aiming for a more noticeable curved edge on the Galaxy Note 10’s display that’ll be paired with the thinnest possible side bezels. These extend to the top of the front panel creating a rather uniform look. However, contrary to recent reports, it seems as though the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro won’t sport symmetrical upper and lower bezels.
If the protective film is accurate, the chin on the upcoming flagships will actually be slightly bigger than the surrounding bezels. This corroborates recent claims by Ice Universe that the chin depicted in the recent CAD-based renders was “exaggerated.” Nevertheless, the implementation is far from thick.
As Steve Hemmerstoffer recently revealed, the chin on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro measures in at 4.1mm. That’s just 0.2mm thicker than Apple’s chin on the iPhone XS and an impressive 0.8mm thinner than the chin found on the Galaxy S10. Ultimately, this means that thanks to the remaining bezels, the Galaxy Note 10 should have one of the highest screen-to-body ratios around.
Although not shown due to a lack of data at this stage, the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 lineup is expected to adopt a small punch hole above the display. Rather than placing it in the top-right corner, though, Samsung has moved the cutout to the center of the panel. The expectation is that the hole will be slightly smaller than the one present on the Galaxy S10 but this information is yet to be corroborated by a credible leak.
Big design changes are planned for the rear too
In addition to the rather drastic changes Samsung has planned for the front of its next-gen flagships, various modifications are planned for the rear. Specifically, the South Korean company is said to be ditching the horizontal camera setup found on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 9 in favor of a new vertical layout positioned in the top-left corner.
It’s unclear at this point why exactly Samsung has chosen to redesign its camera layout on the Galaxy Note 10, but it’s probably a combination of two factors. First, and perhaps more importantly, the new look helps separate the Galaxy Note 10 series from the Galaxy S10 line. Although Samsung had chosen to use a vertical layout on the Galaxy S9 series, it ultimately ditched the design due to battery constraints this year, thus creating a device that looked pretty similar to last year’s Galaxy Note 9 from the back.
Another factor that probably played a role is Samsung’s desire to include larger batteries inside its Galaxy Note smartphones. The company did push itself last year with the Galaxy Note 9’s capacity, but moving the rear sensors over to the corner should allow for a much taller cell to be included, therefore increasing its capacity in the process.
While on the topic of batteries, it’s worth pointing out that another controversial decision has seemingly been made in order to maximize capacity. Almost three years after Apple first removed the headphone jack, it looks as though Samsung will finally be ditching the port on the Galaxy Note 10. The move should free up a considerable amount of space inside the phone but it’ll disappoint some of the company’s most loyal fans.