Samsung needs to do better than the Galaxy Note 10 if it wants to keep Huawei at bay

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Samsung needs to do better than the Galaxy Note 10 if it wants to keep Huawei at bay
According to all the major market research firms, Samsung's share in the stagnating smartphone industry dipped during the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Unfortunately for the global market leader, this decline started a while ago and the early success of the impressive Galaxy S10 lineup couldn't reverse an upsetting trend.

But the latest preliminary Kantar report suggests Samsung's numbers may have bounced back between April and June, and that's all thanks to... Donald Trump. Bet you never expected to read something like that just a few months ago. It's undeniably true, though, that Huawei's incredible growth was stopped in its tracks by a shocking ban, followed by a confusing series of events, statements, and negotiations that are still unfolding, striking fear into the hearts of everyday mobile tech consumers that simply want a phone with full access to the Play Store, other Google apps and services, and of course, Facebook.

Huawei remains a force to be reckoned with


While it seems the Chinese tech giant didn't have a backup plan after all, never intending to replace Android with its in-house Hongmeng platform, the very fact the company has confessed to this little bluff following so many bombastic statements suggests the political tensions are indeed subsiding. All signs are pointing in the right direction for Huawei in terms of being allowed to do business with Google and key parts suppliers again, so there's almost a zero chance now the Mate 30 family will be delayed or released with any sort of Android alternative on the software side of things.


The foldable Mate X is also chugging along, looking at a commercial launch directly up against the Galaxy Fold in September, which is yet another sign Huawei has left the worst behind it. By the way, said "worst" saw the company's global smartphone market share go up in Q2 2019 year-on-year, while its sales numbers in Europe's big five countries slipped by only 1.9 percent compared to Q1. 

That's almost nothing, and although the odds of surpassing Samsung this year have gone from moderate to nonexistent, we're expecting quite an intense fight for supremacy in 2020. Granted, we don't know a lot about the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, but we know the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro started a lot of trends. Huawei and sub-brand Honor have been making great strides in the mid-range segment as well, and despite some decent overall efforts from Samsung to reimagine the Galaxy A family, that's still not particularly competitive in terms of value for money.

The Galaxy Note 10 ain't it, chief


Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of the features rumored nearly guaranteed to help the Note 10 and Note 10+ stand out from last year's Galaxy Note 9. For instance, 256 gigs of internal storage space (in an entry-level configuration) sounds like a digital hoarder's wet dream. It's also great that both variants will come with Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC after all, and even though LG's implementation of the groundbreaking Sound on Display technology wasn't perfect, I trust Samsung can find a better balance between solid audio quality and a sleek "all-screen design." By the way, I also have no gripe with the centered hole punch, as slide-out selfie cameras seem like an unnecessary risk for a phone set to be mass manufactured in tens of millions of units.


But other things that set the Note 10 lineup apart from the lone Note 9 model are hard to defend or outright insulting. I don't know if Samsung truly regrets killing the headphone jack... yet, but chances are the sales figures will ultimately bring out that sentiment in the company's top executives. And yes, I realize Huawei's P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro also come without the beloved 3.5mm audio port, which is precisely why Samsung should have retained it to gain the slightest advantage over its arch-rival. 

Meanwhile, ditching the microSD card slot for no apparent reason was bad enough, but supporting external storage expansion on the larger and pricier Note 10 Plus only is, with the risk of repeating myself, insulting. Basically, Samsung is suggesting this staple feature for low-end devices has become a premium characteristic all of a sudden, which won't fly with a lot of people.


Perhaps more importantly, the Galaxy Note 10 lacks the wow factor that made the Huawei Mate 20 Pro shine so bright last year, as well as any meaningful innovation or truly outstanding new feature. For crying out loud, the three cameras on the back of the small variant were recently described by a reliable leaker as identical to the ones on the Galaxy S10+. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if the S10 lineup couldn't help Samsung significantly widen the gap to Huawei during the latter's worst PR crisis in its history, something tells us an extra S Pen, faster charging, and a relocated screen hole won't be enough to fend off a reborn challenger to the crown.

On the bright side, that means we can already start looking forward to the Galaxy S11, which is rumored to bring significant camera upgrades to the table. Add the headphone jack and microSD support back, Samsung, and you might stand a chance to retain the crown Trump handed you on a silver platter this year.

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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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49 Comments

1. Vancetastic

Posts: 1291; Member since: May 17, 2017

Uh, wow.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I don't know how Huawei has been doing it for the past 2 years tbh.. they seem to know how to kill it every damn time. I can't even begin to imagine what the Mate 30 pro will be like, even despite the setbacks.. In a time where it's getting harder and harder to stand out and innovate. Absolute beats!!!

7. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Samsung is letting Huawei win and they are very stupid for that. Mate 30 pro will debut with upgraded p30 pro camera features and upgraded videos, 90HZ, ToF, etc. Note 10 wont have the 5x zoom even tho samsung already acquired the company neither will it have 90HZ. All these features and more are reserved for S11. Mind you, the 90HZ will also be used in p40 while the mate40 will have 120. Will Samsung use 90HZ on s11 alone and upgrade to 120HZ for the note 11 to compete with others? Or will they use 90Hz on note 11 while others will be rocking 120HZ? They are making slow and stupid decisions at the wrong time.

12. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Samsung is trying to be like Apple and that is why they are getting beat.

13. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

The reality setting already. An over ambitious company is right behind you but you are trying to be like another sleeping company

49. Solarius

Posts: 10; Member since: May 24, 2019

Samsung is number 1 if you dont know Samsung sells the largest number of smartphones in the world and do not copy Apple he does not have notch , small battery life

14. Methlab

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

And just imagine Huawei selling the Mate 30 Pro with improved cameras, bigger battery and new features for less than a 1000 USD, Sammy will just be dead!

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1291; Member since: May 17, 2017

Comment 13: Heidenburg. Comment 14: Methlab. Hilarious!

50. Solarius

Posts: 10; Member since: May 24, 2019

No because Huawei cant no sell in USA in your place I would worry more for Apple

29. Vancetastic

Posts: 1291; Member since: May 17, 2017

They are selling phones with features people want for decent prices. Samsung seems to have lost that plot in their battle with Apple, I guess.

2. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Add the headphone jack and microSD support back, Samsung" I thought PA said that headphone jack and sd card are archaic things of the past :)))

4. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 135; Member since: May 29, 2019

Samsung isn't the one that shot themselves in the foot like Huawei, so. Sure the headphone jack situation stinks, but, I don't spend this much on a smartphone anyways.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung has a dirty back room deal with Trump, that’s why Huawei was banned and is being given such a difficult time. Artificial manipulation of the android phone market to try and keep Samsung on top.

6. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

LOL :)))

8. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Why you complaining for?? Huawei lost sales and the 2 companies that benefitted the most were Samsung and APPLE. Considering you their number 1 fanboy you should be happy if that scenario even happened, but you seem as crazy as the Huawei/Chinese fanboys ;)

10. Mike88

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You talk like some activists who are bagging rights for a certain group. You are always in mission mood and thinks everyone else is too. This is something very wrong with Android FANBOYS because no one else consider themselves as fanboys. Others are users. He didn't comment it as a fanboy. It was just a sensible non mission comment. Just because someone uses apple products doesn't mean he can't point out what's going with others

27. Vancetastic

Posts: 1291; Member since: May 17, 2017

You are the most ironic person ever!

38. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's amazing. Literally nothing you said was true.

35. QuantumRazer

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Fanboys from ALL brands are crazy if you ask me. I mean, they are called fanboys because they are blind to what they don't want to hear. I don't know why you are obsessed with fanboys from Huawei though, you look like you're fighting with an enemy that nobody else but only you can see.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look at you, putting out the silly conspiracy theories just like Trump.

9. alanrock

Posts: 310; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

in time in which S11 finally gets upgraded cameras , P40 Pro will probably levitate around us in no hands mode ....

19. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

They stole those patents!

11. Knownhost

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

The headphone jack and microsd are important to me. I like the design of the new phone, but I refuse to pay an exorbitant price for a device that does less than its predecesor. I'll keep using the excellent Note 9 until Samsung comes to its senses.

40. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Me, too. And, get rid of the stupid hole in the screen. Nothing but unnecessary compromises.

15. Vyshak75

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

As far as the micro SD go, I think the base configuration of 256GB will be more than enough for most of the people. Headphone jack... I don't know...

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's not about the amount of storage. A lot of people are more comfortable having some things on the card instead of being forced to keeping it internal or the cloud

34. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Idk when others removed SD card, headphone jack, Sam friends are laughing at them. When Sammy is doing that, those losers seem to defend Samsung vigorously.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Where do you see that. I've called it the Nope 10, because I'm not getting it. No microsd, no headphone jack (and a stupid hole in the display) no sale. I'll keep using my Note 9,which will remain the best large phone on the planet.

46. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

People who don't use SDCARDs in general, such as yourself, don't understand their purpose. 1st - as with any storage, the more you out on it, the slower they become. 2nd - I have a very large media library. I don't want to copy that to my internal stirage. The benefit is I can move my media between my phone and PC whenever I need too and if something happens where I need to factory reset my phone, all my person stuff is backed up directly to my card. Same as I do with Windows. All my personal folders on on a second drive inside my laptop. If ever I need to wipe Windows, it's on it's own drive and my personal data is NEVER lose. Cloud storage is completely and utterly stupid and I would never directly pay for it. What happens if you not where you get wifi? What happens when you need very large files and your only connection is mobile data. I domt have an unlimited data plan and even when I did, I'm not downloading anything that is more than a few hundred MB's. Yes I would say 256GB is more than enough for most, but that isn't the point. The point is I want my stuff to be in a safe place, separate from the phone.

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

PA is on a spree (grabs popcorn)

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