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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumor review: specs, features, price, and release date 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!

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?

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

Well, early rumors insist that we will — at the very least — see a Galaxy Note 10 5G edition launched alongside the regular 4G one. And that makes sense — 5G modem tech is still not close to being embedded within the current smartphone processors, so if a manufacturer wants to make a 5G phone, they need to make room inside for extra components that support the new connectivity. For those of us that are in no hurry to buy devices that still don't have networks to connect to, the 4G edition is the better choice, as it's usually cheaper, more compact, and / or has a bigger battery.

But there's more. Some leaksters say there will be a "Note 10 Pro" and a more budget Note 10, like a the Galaxy S10e was to the Galaxy S10 line. So, in total, we could be looking at four different Galaxy Note phones — Galaxy Note 10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 10 5G.

Is that a bit too much? Possibly. We are quite curious to see if these rumors turn out to be true and what Samsung plans to do in order to differentiate such a lineup.

Design — will it fold?


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

With the long-awaited foldable phones now being a reality, many might wonder if Samsung would take the Fold’s technology and somehow implement it in the Galaxy Note 10. Thus far, we have no reason to believe this would happen.

For one, the fold hinges are still not perfect — not on the Galaxy Fold and not on its rival, the Huawei Mate X. They are expensive, tough to make, and they leave a noticeable crease on the screen when it’s fully unfurled. Not to mention, the Galaxy Fold turned out to be... not really ready for the production line.

Secondly, Samsung itself has gone on record saying that the Note 10 will not be “the most premium” of its 2019 phones. So, it’ll probably be much more in line with what the Note 9 was, while the Galaxy Fold stays in a category of its own.

That said, we don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to look vastly different to the Galaxy Note 9. Slimmer bezels and lighter weight seem to be on the menu, with not much difference in design and style. Of course, an in-display fingerprint scanner is now a must, since Sammy already introduced it with the Galaxy S10 line.

We do see the appeal in having a foldable phone with an S Pen, but it doesn't seem to be possible at this point in time. After all, the Note line is powered by a Wacom digitizer for that extremely accurate stylus experience and we are not sure if such a digitizer can be made in a foldable form that withstands thousands of flexes.

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


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 jack. This has been a long time coming and it was a pleasant surprise that the Galaxy S10 family did not implement this… lack of a feature. But it might just happen with the next Note.

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 6.28-inch display, while the Pro would go up to 6.75 inches. For comparison's sake — the Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen right now.

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

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.

HTC's fully haptic buttons

HTC's fully haptic buttons


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


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

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 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.

Selife cams — look me in the eye!


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

Early rumors said Samsung is toying with the idea of putting the selfie camera cutout in the top-center of the Note 10's screen, as opposed to the top right. Seeing it in renders, it looks a bit off-putting, but we also don't believe this would be the final design Sammy goes for. It's much more probable that we will see the cutout in the same top-right spot we have on the Galaxy S10 line.

It's also possible that all Note 10 units would have a dual cutout up there, like the Galaxy S10 Plus has. The two cameras on front are used for depth detection for more accurate selfie portrait shots. So, if the cheaper Note 10 model opts out of that design choice and only has one selfie camera up there — don't worry, it'll still have wide-angle mode and be as useful as its dual-sensor counterpart.

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. On that note, it’s speculated that there will be a Galaxy Note 10 version that's 5G compatible out of the box. Should we expect 4G and 5G variants of the stylus-equipped phablet? Possible. We would hope that Samsung will put an end to the confusion and just sell one phone that's 5G-ready, but since the technology is still not ready for the mainstream (and phones that support it are costly to produce), we may see a spinoff 5G model yet again.

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


It’s also rumored that the Note 10 will come with super-fast 12 GB RAM chips, which is more than overkill. Recent flagships have 8 GB of RAM and that’s a whole ton, 12 GB is just insane. Yet, we don’t put it beyond Samsung to do just that.

New battery technologies — something to be excited about?


Reportedly, Samsung has been working on a new graphene battery to replace the current standard of Li-Ion. This is huge for a few different reasons.

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


For one, graphene cells are supposedly capable of holding 45% more energy than their Li-Ion counterparts. Secondly, they would charge up to 5 times faster than current tech. And third, they don’t have the dangerous explosive property, which stained Samsung’s reputation a couple of years ago.

According to muffled rumors, Sammy is ready to implement graphene batteries in smartphones and the Note 10 could be the first to sport them. This is huge and truly something to be excited about — long-lasting batteries that charge in a jiffy, are safe, and environmentally friendly — what more can a poweruser ask for?

Even if this turns out not to be true, another set of rumors say that the Note 10 would sport a 4,500 mAh battery. That's 13% bigger than the 4,000 mAh cell in the Note 9 and the good news doesn't end there. According to the latest rumors, the Note 10 would support 25 W fast charging, well above the current 15 W. Some leaksters even say it might go well above the 25 W mark and even support much faster wireless charging as well. Samsung has some pretty big competition in the likes of Oppo (OnePlus) and Xiaomi chasing the 50 W and 100 W thresholds, so it could be a good idea to upgrade on that front. Should all of this be true, the Note 10 will not only last long, but charge in extremely short periods of time!

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. If these prices are anything to go by, it stands to reason that the Note 10, with all its new tech and S Pen proprietary stylus will be slightly more expensive, at $1,100. We are holding out hope that the "small note" that is being rumored might be somewhere around $900, but we really have nothing to go on right now.

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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41 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1289; 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: 93; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Spoiler: Corephotonics

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; 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: 6956; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Very true Can't wait for the KING

41. chenski

Posts: 737; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Monster, but it ain't ruling over anything

16. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1170; Member since: May 01, 2017

Monster? No

34. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Monster? Absolutely.

40. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 213; 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: 171; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

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

14. Tipus

Posts: 783; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

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

18. Guseinguliev

Posts: 73; 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: 10; 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: 345; 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.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17085; 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: 737; 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: 447; 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: 72; 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: 220; 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: 61; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

only fanboys think their phones are best

38. oldskool50

Posts: 447; 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!

32. DarthJarJar

Posts: 39; 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.

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.

35. oldskool50

Posts: 447; 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?!

36. Georgio

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

What? Can you repeat that again?

39. japkoslav

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Aaaaaaand none of it will be true when they release Note 10.

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