Galaxy Note 10/+ leak reveals all: detailed spec sheet, features, release date, more
UPDATE: A detailed spec sheet has now emerged online for the Galaxy Note 10+ alongside a list of features and a release date. The updated story continues below:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series has leaked extensively since the beginning of June and today, with just over two weeks to go until the official announcement takes place, every last detail has appeared online representing the mother of all leaks.
Samsung has important camera upgrades planned
As mentioned countless times before, the standard Galaxy Note 10 model will feature a total of four cameras and the larger version will gain a fifth. One of these is positioned on the front of the flagships while the remaining ones are aligned vertically on the rear. The former constitutes a 10-megapixel sensor that supports dual-pixel autofocus technology, an f/2.2 aperture, HDR10+, and 4K video recording at 30fps. The latter, on the other hand, consists of a more complex setup.
Acting as the primary rear camera will be a 12-megapixel sensor that’s fundamentally the same as the Galaxy S10’s offering. But to keep up with the competition, Samsung has reportedly fitted it with a new three-stage variable aperture sensor which switches between f/1.5, f/1.8, and f/2.4 when lighting conditions require it. Paired with this looks set to be a super-wide-angle shooter complete with a 16-megapixel resolution and f/2.2 aperture. Also present is a 12-megapixel sensor coupled with a new telephoto lens that supports 2x optical zoom and an f/2.1 aperture, something that should allow for noticeably better images – the Galaxy S10’s zoom camera offers an f/2.4 aperture and therefore can’t capture as much light.
Regarding the extra camera on the Galaxy Note 10+, today's report points towards the presence of a Time-of-Flight sensor much like the one found on Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G which collects additional depth data for portrait photography and AR content. All rear cameras will reportedly support HDR10+, AI scene optimizations, an action cam mode, and optical image stabilization. Other details include support for 4K video recording at 60fps, ultra-slow-motion video recording, and various other modes such as ‘Instagram,’ ‘Food,’ ‘Hyperlapse,’ and the usual Pro, Panorama, and Night modes.
All-new front panel design and a more useful S Pen
Accompanying the Galaxy Note 10’s upgraded cameras should also be an updated display. The smaller variant will reportedly boast a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display that’ll be marketed as a “Dynamic AMOLED” panel and offer a Full-HD+ (2280 x 1080p) resolution plus a pixel density of 401ppi. The larger version, on the other hand, boasts a 6.8-inch panel which offers a higher Quad-HD+ (3040 x 1440p) resolution that translates into a pixel density of 498ppi.
The screens themselves reportedly support HDR10+ content and are covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6. Beneath all of this sits an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor much like the one found on the Galaxy S10. The devices will also support Samsung's Always-On display feature.
As you’d expect from any Galaxy Note smartphone, the Note 10 includes the trademark S Pen. The updated stylus supports 4096 different pressure levels and boasts a 0.7mm tip thickness in addition to a latency of under 70 milliseconds. Other features should include Bluetooth, IP68 water and dust resistance, and “Air Action” gestures that’ll allow users to navigate the UI via the S Pen without actually touching the display.
Better processor, lots of storage, faster charging
Moving over to the internal side of things, the US variants will come equipped with either the Snapdragon 855 or the gaming-focused Snapdragon 855 Plus. Separately, the European versions should be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9825.
This new chip is built on the 7-nanometer manufacturing process rather than the 8-nanometer alternative used by the Galaxy S10’s Exynos 9820. It should introduce some noticeable efficiency and performance improvements which will be achieved by employing two of Samsung’s high-end cores clocked at 2.7GHz, two others clocked at 2.4GHz for demanding day-to-day tasks, and four additional ARM-designed cores clocked at 1.4GHz for the slightly simpler tasks. The exact architecture and GPU Samsung plans to use is still unknown, however.
In Europe, this new processor should land coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage on the Galaxy Note 10. This configuration may differ by region and Samsung could also choose to offer more premium models. Regardless of the variant chosen, though, UFS 3.0 memory which results in a speedier experience and can currently be found inside the OnePlus 7 Pro is to be expected. As for the Galaxy Note 10+, 12GB of RAM seems to come as standard alongside 256GB of storage, although a more expensive version with 512GB is reportedly in the works.
Like Samsung's recent flagships, the larger variant will continue to offer microSD storage expansion. The standard Galaxy Note 10, however, won't receive the same treatment and will skip support. Instead, the smartphone will feature dual-SIM compatibility as standard in addition to Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and 4G LTE networks. Completing the internal setups look set to be 3,600mAh and 4,300mAh batteries respectively. The regular model will support 25W fast charging and 12W wireless charging while the plus-sized offering should increase these to 45W and 20W. Both Galaxy Note 10 models are expected to ship with Android 9 Pie and the latest version of One UI straight out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series announcement, release date, pricing
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will go official on August 7th alongside the larger Galaxy Note 10+. Pre-orders for the next-gen flagships are expected to kick off immediately after the event and will precede a release on August 23rd, according to WinFuture.
In Europe, the smartphones are expected to retail at €999 and €1149 respectively. Official US pricing hasn’t yet been revealed but it’ll likely be $999 and $1149. Regarding colors, the smartphones will be available in black and the silver gradient. A red Galaxy Note 10 model is apparently in the works too, although this one will be limited to a handful of markets.