Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumor review: release date, price, specs, and features of the future beast

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumor review: release date, price, specs, and features of the future beast
Samsung’s flagship phone reveal for the first half of 2019 is behind us and, oh boy, was it a wild ride. We got to see not two, not three, but four new devices join the Galaxy S family — those being the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G — and a new contender in the (bendable) form of the Galaxy Fold.

But that’s not all Samsung has in store for us, oh no. We have a new Note to look forward to — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which should come in less than half a year if the manufacturer follows its refresh cycle accurately.

So, what’s there to be excited about? Let’s go through everything we know about the Galaxy Note 10 so far!

Table of contents:


Four variants of the Galaxy Note 10?


With the Galaxy S10 line, Samsung went a bit overkill. Not only do we have a Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, but also a small Galaxy S10e and a supersized Galaxy S10 5G coming down the line. That's a lot of versions of the same(ish) phone! So, what about the Galaxy Note 10?


Well, rumors insist again and again we will see two differently-sized Galaxy Note 10 phones — a regular Note 10 and a bigger Note 10+. And then, there will be a separate 5G model — some say only the Note 10+ will have a 5G version, others say both variants will have their 5G spinoffs. In other words, we will have three to four different versions of the Galaxy Note 10.

But worry not, your choice might be a bit limited anyway. Leaked posters suggest that the Note 10+ 5G will be a Verizon-exclusive device. Our guess is that this may be a timed exclusivity — maybe for a month to three — but that's just guesswork right now.


Design: not just a Galaxy S10 copy-paste job



The latest rumors say that Samsung doesn't want the Note 10 to just look like a Galaxy S10++. Instead, we might see a reworked design with much starker angles and reworked camera positions. According to the latest rumors, we will still get a camera punch-hole cutout on the screen. However, it will not be tucked away in the top right of the display. It will be right at the top center, mimicking a waterdrop-style notch without the actual waterdrop — just a tiny hole up there.

As for the back, we might see a different camera module altogether. Instead of having one horizontal strip of lenses towards the middle of the device, rumors claim that we will see a vertical alignment towars the left edge of the phone. Samsung usually prefers a more central camera placement, it has done so for years. So, this is a fresh look for a Note device.

Now for the bad news — the Note 10 might just be Samsung’s first mainstream flagship (we don't consider the $1,980 Fold to be mainstream) phone with no headphone jackLeaked schematics from Verizon's 5G tests further affirmed this, so it seems to be the dreadful reality.

You'll also notice that the Bixby button is missing from some of the leaked "official" renders or pictures. This is because Samsung has reportedly decided to put the Bixby activation action in the phone's power button — much like how the iPhone X's Siri is called upon with the sleep/wake button. That's a good call, really. No reason to have a bunch of hardware keys that confuse our fingers.

All the colors of the rainbow



Colors have turned into a big deal as people seek out phones that allow them to accessorise and express their individualities and preferences. According to a recent major leak, the Note 10 and Note 10+ will come with a grand total of 3 colors to pick from. 

Screen changes


With the possibility of four different Note models, there's also the chance we will get a few different screen sizes. The rumor mill is not concrete on what kind of diagonals we should expect, but word on the street is that the more affordable edition will have a 6.3-inch display, while the Pro would go up to 6.8 inches. For comparison's sake — the Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen right now.

Also, to thin out the Note 10's "forehead" as much as possible, Samsung has allegedly decided to go with Sound on Display technology. This is the tech where the phone vibrates the screen to create sound, instead of using the conventional earpiece. LG has already done that with the G8 and Huawei has it on the P30 Pro. You mostly can't tell there's no earpiece when you are using the device, but the P30 Pro does tend to be on the quiet side during phonecalls.


We don't expect the change in size would make the Pro much bigger than the current Note 9. It will probably be very similar in size, as Samsung has adopted a new design language with super-thin chins and foreheads on the phones, moving the selfie cameras in a display cutout. But that 6.28-inch "Galaxy Note 10e" will probably be a noticeably more compact version of the phone — just slightly bigger than the Galaxy S10. If that turns out to be true, fans that have been begging for a more compact Note would surely be happy! Unfortunately, some rumors say that the "small note" would only be available in some markets. Let's hope that one's wrong!

More curves


The curved "edge" displays have been a divisive topic in the fandom for some years — especially since Samsung killed the "flat screen" variants of its flagships and only went with the curved models. The one saving grace of the Note series was that Sammy recognized that using an S Pen on a display with aggressive arches towards its ends isn't optimal, so ever since the Note 7, the curves on Note phones have had a much tighter angle than on the Galaxy S line. Effectively, there was more flat area to use and a less pronounced arch at the edges of the screen.

This might change with the Galaxy Note 10, as whispers suggest Samsung will be looking to go back to a more pronounced slope for more of a "wow" effect. This could, however, only affect one of the Note 10 models, who knows? In any case, the fandom might be about to suffer another "pro-curve vs against curve" split.

Look, ma! No buttons!


A certain obscure rumor claims that the Galaxy Note 10 might be the first Samsung phone with no hardware buttons. We've see HTC attempt this with the U12, and we've recently seen Meizu try it with its "holeless" concept of a phone. Thus far... it hasn't resulted in a successful experience.


The main issue with a no-buttons phone is the fact that you still need to have physical nubs that the user can feel with their finger, and you need to have stellar haptic feedback to "tell" the fingers when a press has actually been registered. If you don't have that tech... why bother? Just go with a good, clicky, sturdy button.

We are very doubtful that Samsung could be planning a button-less Galaxy Note 10. It's not impossible but... take this rumor with a bag of salt.

Cameras



For the most part, we expect the regular Note 10 would come with the same triple camera module that the Galaxy S10 introduced — a 12 MP wide angle, 12 MP telephoto, and 16 MP ultra-wide angle set of cameras. We would also hope to see that at least the Note 10 Pro would have the ToF Camera that is also going to be installed on the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G. Time of Flight sensors are used to accurately determine object locations and sizes much more accurately than what current tech does. This will be helpful in the areas of Augmented Reality applications and also — hopefully — even more accurate Portrait Mode effects.

There have been reports that Samsung is working on a 5x optical zoom module, which should be able to battle the crazy zoom capabilities of the newest Huawei and OnePlus phones. However, we may or may not see that tech in the Note 10, as leaksters say Samsung is saving its newest camera developments for a special phone or for next year's Galaxy S11.

There was a rumor that the Note 10 would have a 64 MP main camera, which stemmed from the fact that the company announced an ISOCELL sensor with this resolution earlier. However, that's not very likely, as these sensors have 0.8 μm pixels, which are extremely small compared to the 1.4 μm ones in its "flagship" sensors. It's not all about the megapixel count — having these big pixels makes for more light collection and much better and faster performance when lighting isn't ideal. Serial leakster IceUniverse has also refuted the rumor that Sammy would use the 64 MP sensor in the Note 10.

Hardware — return of the king?


Back in the old days, the Galaxy Note line always had something more than just a larger screen and an S Pen. It packed a hardware edge that you just simply couldn’t get on the S line of the same year. In recent years, the Notes have mostly been a “bigger Galaxy S”. But, in 2019, this may again change.

Rumor has it that the international variant of the Galaxy Note 10 will sport a new generation of Exynos 9825 processors — built on a 7 nm process, faster than their Galaxy S counterparts and technologically ready for the 5G era. The US models will come with the updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is brand-new and has currently only been seen on the super-charged Asus ROG Phone 2. In other words — it's a pretty over-the-top processor. The Note 10's starting storage will be 256 GB and there will allegedly be 512 GB models to opt for. As for storage expansion — the Note 10+ will have a microSD card slot, but the regular Note 10 will not. Still, 256 GB of storage is a lot of room!



It’s also rumored that the Note 10+ will come with super-fast 12 GB RAM chips, which is more than overkill. The base version will probably have 8 GB of RAM, which is plenty enough for modern flagship phones.

New battery technologies — speedy charging


According to the latest specs rumors, we'll have some big batteries to keep the lights on. The base Galaxy Note 10 will have a 3,500 mAh cell and the pro-grade Note 10+ will sport a 4,300 mAh juicebox.


Topping these cells should be pretty quick. Leaks say the base Note 10 will support 25 W fast charging and the Note 10+ may even be able to take a 45 W wallplug. Now, according to rumors, however, the 45 W charger will not come in the Note 10+'s box... you'll get the "regular" 25 W by default. For the super-juicer, you'll have to buy it extra for $50.

Galaxy Note 10 price and release date


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hit the store shelves on the 24th of August in 2018, priced at $999 for the base model. We’ve no reason to believe the Note 10 would be delayed — Samsung has enjoyed having a full month to market the Note phones and gain momentum before Apple announces its iPhones as it does every September.

As for the price, we do think we might see a slight increase. Currently, the Galaxy S10e sits at $750, the Galaxy S10 holds the $900 point, and the Galaxy S10+ took up the $1,000 slot. Rumors say the regular Galaxy Note 10 will start at $999 and the bigger Note 10+ would be $1,149 and that sounds about right. Yeah, that's a hell of a price-tag, but at least we expect Samsung to come out with some good trade-in deals as well.

Mind you, this is mostly just an educated guess, but it’s all backed up by recent trends in the smartphone industry. We’d still love to be wrong here.

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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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50 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

if they get that graphene battery in there! boi I will drop my note 9 like a hot biscuit

3. LawnBoy

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Spoiler: Corephotonics

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

This S10+ is a beast so the Note 10 is going to be a absolute monster with the spen!

11. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Very true Can't wait for the KING

41. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Monster, but it ain't ruling over anything

49. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

So are you saying this based on a chinese test called antutu that doesnt exactly give real-life performance or the test that gives you overall real-life performance named SpeedTestG? Cuz you know, you cant lie through a man that has created his own performance measuring test. You shall watch it its on youtube

16. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Monster? No

34. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Monster? Absolutely.

40. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Monster? No. Godly yes! This phone will make all apple and chinaman engineers jealous of Samsung and just watch them copycats steal ideas from Samsung one after another.

13. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Hmm... no headphone jack... not really feeling this.

14. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Too soon to tell. If s10 has it, so should Note

18. Guseinguliev

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I really like the note series, but after note 5 I did not see the normal note. note 9 is good but for $ 1000 it does not pull. I hope with note 10 everything will change and there will be a fair apparatus.

29. CantEvenWin

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

The Note is hands down worth $1000. If you don't think so, go with the heavily discounted Note 8. Cost is completely fair though.

42. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Still have the 8 myself. Honestly, I have no qualms or really even and itch to upgrade. If Samsung brings smaller(shorter) form, something to wow, I may consider. But, dang this is still and honestly killer device.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 9 is the best large smartphone you can buy right now.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It'd better have some killer advantages over the S10 of its going to have that stupid hole in the display.

23. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

You can call it monster or beast no problem, but king? Haha no phone is going to bow before it so it might as well be a puppet king

37. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I have a single question for you. What phone on the market surpasses the Note in every single way? It is the king because it created the category that everyone is mocking, very poorly. As good as the Galaxy S is, the Note is still better, and not just because of the pen.

25. stulla

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

No headphone jack & I'm not interested....wired headsets great for me...stop following Apple...that's why the S6 & Note 5 were flops...leave the stuff that sets you apart from the competition and ut better have an FM radio....why do i need data to listen a radio station

28. pimpin83z

Posts: 469; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

So my comment was hidden because.....?

30. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

could be another grenade? and did they pay fee to huawei for 5g technology?

31. strawberry

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

only fanboys think their phones are best

38. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Though I agree, you don't have to be a fanboy to know you actually have the best phone. Because there is no phone better than the S and Note. There are phones that are better at certain things over these 2. But there is not a single phone on the market that best the dynamic duo on every single metric. NOT ONE!

55. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

If you mean the best then why it sucks at selling. 56% drop of samsung profit for now.

48. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

That's only human nature, but what gets me is they claim their subjective opinion as fact

32. DarthJarJar

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

If green is available in the US I’m sold. Otherwise, it’s another s10 with a pen. Who cares.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So the color makes it different from the S10? That's an odd point of view.

33. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

This will be a Garbage phone, it will cause fire again. Sammy fans are drama queens.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Only if it's in your back pocket, because the burn in your rump could ignite anything.

35. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The S10 has a headphone jack. The Note 10 will surely also have a headphone jack. Afterall, you all claim the Note is nothign more than a S with the pen. Right? So since the S10 has a headphone jack on all 3 models, why would the Note be any different? Maybe they will have a Note that doesn't have a jack. But I doubt that would be true of all models of it. Stop trying to think Samsung is anytign liek Apple. Yes at some point the jack is gonna go. But so far Samsung has proven that Apple at least is full of BS. Apple claimed they removed the jack to make room for bigger batters. Yet the iPhone Plus models are all roughly as big as the S9+ and S10+ models. Yet look how much bigger the battery is when you consider there are more components inside Galaxy phones. If Samsung does drop the jack, unlike Apple; since Samsung also owns a audio brand, the biggest on the planet I might add; they will include Galaxy Buds in the box and included in the price. Unlike Apple who owns Beats and yet made headphones both wired and wireless that are worse than Beats. What does the Galaxy Fold have to do with the Note? and yes Samsung is correct. The Fold is a "more' premium phone than the Note. It supersedes the device, like the Note does over the S. if Samsung wanted the Fold to use a pen, they could have use the older type displays like old Windows Phone use to have. Those Resistive displays. Something Samsung already owns and wouldn't have to spend much to produce and they could have made it a extension of the Note series. The Galaxy Note Fold would have been perfect. But the Fold and Note are distinctly 2 devices. Why is it mention here? Were you that desperate to remind us about how the Fold has issues? Because we know it does and so what. Isn't this what testing is for? Samsung sees that needed to deal with potential problems. They are dealing it with it. Unlike some other OEM's we know. But those reviews peel off something they shouldn't have and destroyed the device and tried to blame Samsung for their own ignorance. The Fold will be back. let it go bruh. Too bad your favorite didn't come up with it first. You're ,more critical of the Fold falws, than you were at the fact when the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro 2 being bent like a frikkin piece of paper. I don't see you repeating that flaw at all. On 2 devices Apple has been making for SEVERAL YEARS Now. But you are more critical of flaws of a device that has never been done?! Why are Apple fans classically hypocritical?!

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