Latest round of Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ leaks fills in all the blanks

Latest round of Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ leaks fills in all the blanks
After a steady stream of smaller and bigger leaks uncovering the Galaxy Note 10 puzzle piece by piece in the last few months, a neat new collection of key specs was revealed just yesterday in one of the most substantial reports based on inside information yet. But a number of things remained under wraps, while others appeared to contradict previous rumors, leaving us waiting for official confirmation. 

Naturally, we still have a couple of weeks to go until Samsung will come out and offer that, but in the meantime, Evan Blass, Steve Hemmerstoffer, and Jon Prosser have the next best thing to give us. Two of the most prolific mobile tech leakers and one of the most popular YouTubers covering smartphones on the Front Page Tech channel have essentially the same information to share on the Note 10 and Note 10+ specifications, obviously vouching for its accuracy with their near-flawless reputations.

Galaxy Note 10 specs and features

According to all three rock-solid sources, the smaller of Samsung's two upcoming stylus-wielding flagships will sport a 6.3-inch "Infinity-O" AMOLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, while packing Qualcomm's brand-new Snapdragon 855 Plus processor in the US, replaced by an in-house Exynos 9825 in Europe. That's great news for mobile gamers who might have been left disappointed by recent speculation that the "regular" Note 10 could stick with a "regular" Snapdragon 855 SoC.

Of course, the Galaxy Note 10 is unlikely to be marketed specifically as a gaming-focused handset, which explains why it's not getting a 120Hz display upgrade. On the bright side, the 6.3-incher is expected to come with plenty of horsepower, including 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage (in an entry-level configuration), and a 3,600mAh battery with theoretical support for blazing fast 45W charging. By theoretical, we mean the charger sold with this phone as standard will apparently cap off at 25W speeds.

You'll need to separately buy a souped-up power brick to take full advantage of the 45-watt upgrade, but while we're on the subject of accessories, Samsung is at least planning to bundle the Note 10 with a headphone jack dongle. That means the device will not come with a traditional 3.5mm audio port... or a microSD card slot, for that matter. The triple camera arrangement on the back is tipped to combine a 12MP wide-angle lens with a 12MP telephoto (aka "zoom") sensor and a 16MP ultrawide shooter, which sounds a lot like the imaging equipment of the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10.

Obviously, the main differentiator between the two high-end smartphone families will remain the S Pen, which should gain air gestures (or Air Actions) for an extra touch of magic.

Galaxy Note 10+ strengths and unique selling points

Like the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Note 10+ is not just expected to enhance the screen size of its 6.3-inch brother. Of course, a jump to a 6.8-inch panel (with the same centered hole punch) is significant, but it's also far from the only thing that will separate the Note 10 Plus from the Note 10. The larger phone will come with a much heftier 4,300mAh battery, microSD support, and a fourth rear-facing camera as well.

Unsurprisingly, the additional imaging sensor will be in charge of depth scanning and various 3D tricks expected to take augmented reality experiences to a whole new level... someday. Unfortunately, Samsung has no plans to double the battery capacity enhancement of the Note 10+ with an improvement in terms of charging capabilities offered out the box. Finally, the inclusion of a microSD card slot on the larger Note 10 variant only is a total head-scratcher. 

Sure, 256 gigs of local digital hoarding room (to start with) sounds like a lot, but when did external storage expansion become a premium feature worth integrating exclusively into super-expensive devices like the Galaxy Note 10 Plus?

Related phones

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
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh



3. stulla

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Taking away features and keeping hefty prices....the appple from south korea

5. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

What features are being taken away? Senseless comments without an educated statement backing them up are just senseless comments.

8. prosamuraiman

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

Headphone jack and micro SD card slot for the regular Note 10 variant. Did you even read the article?

10. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Regular Note 10 variant is not really a note. Rather consider it as a Mini variant of Note series. So with increased space usage inside and less availability, it had to go. But good thing is that "Regular" variant has it.

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The capability to use a headset with the phone is still accessible via wireless headphones/earbuds ergo, the feature is not removed. Until they say the SD card slot is removed when the phones is announced, I'm taking it as it'll be available on the Note 10. Did you even think before you replied?

16. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Pimpin.... He was replying to the article. The article says they are removing the SD card slot. Everything in the article is speculation. You say, but you can use Bluetooth for the headset. Yes. But the 3.5mm Jack is a feature and is being removed. Some people don't want to have to worry about charging a bluetooth headset or having a dongle. So it's a feature that was on the phone, that is speculated to be removed. The SD slot being removed is a big deal. If this were to happen. Buyer's as a hole need to stand up and say. NO. we are not going to not your phones with out an SD card slot. Or you will see them disappear from all Samsung phones.

20. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

True, but not on the bigger Note (SD card slot, anyway). I get what you're saying as Samsung removing the SD card slot on the Note 5 is why I didn't get it. The problem is, a lot of manufacturers are going from the give them what they want approach to let's give them 2 options to choose from & they get what they get. It's not fair to us consumers, but at least some manufacturers are providing better alternatives than others.

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Sorry but I don't care for wireless headphones, annoying to repeatedly charge. Using the USB C port would be fine except I need that to charge or connect other devices. I use my 3.5mm jack daily, any phone without one inconveniences me.

4. Alcyone

Posts: 533; Member since: May 10, 2018

Its not a premium feature. Cost effective move to keep build cost down, and maintain a good profit. Business 101.

6. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"...Samsung is at least planning to bundle the Note 10 with a headphone jack dongle. That means the device will not come with a traditional 3.5mm audio port... or a microSD card slot..." So because they're getting rid of the headphone jack & adding a dongle that means they're getting rid of the SD card slot?

7. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I am underwhelmed to say the least

9. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Don't really care about memory card slot at all! It's pretty much useless with 256GB UFS storage in base configuration. 99.999% of people out there won't need more than that any soon. For those who need even more, 512GB version and Note 10+ are there. What sucks is though 3.5 mm jack going away. But seeing how everyone from Apple to Sony, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo etc have got rid of it, it was about time Samsung did it too, as much as i hate it.

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I haven't felt the need to keep an sd card in my phone for storage ever since getting 64Gb internal and unlimited data for streaming but I still utilize it. It's great being able to pull the card out of my camera and throw it into my phone to edit photos in lightroom when I'm away from home. I don't need it, but I would still like to have it.

23. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Even i have happily lived with 64gb variant without card slot happily till one year ago due to streaming services catching on. But as you pointed out your usage scenario, it would be better for you to have it, but as i said, people with need of a card slot with such huge internal storage are far and few in between.

14. MsPooks

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I'm a huge Note fan (4,5,8,9), but I'm having a REALLY hard time getting excited by the 10. Upgrades should be "no-brainers," and while the 10 will certainly be an excellent device, I really see nothing to recommend it over the 9. Buy a 9 for less than $700, slap a 180° Moment lens on it, and you've got pretty much a Note 10. I think I might pass, in favor of the Fold, which at least is a new form factor.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Note 10 is not for traditional Note users, it's an XR type model designed with cost savings to get new users to experience the Note line up. Regular note users will get the plus which is the same size and feature depth add previous notes.

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2378; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Meh, beautiful looking device, but it’s just a stopgap for the S11 for me. I’ll wait. I think the S11 will probably come with a brighter screen and higher refresh rate, based on trends. Also the next generation of SoC and camera modules.

19. legar123

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Such an underwhelming phone. 1080p resolution, no 90Hz screen, 3500mah battery, no headphone jack, no SD slot. But hefty price tag. Oneplus here I come!

22. Toyoman24

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

wait, so you have to drop more money to get a SDcard slot ? OH samsung your killing me, Think I will stay with my Note8

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