Latest Galaxy Note 10 rumors bring the headphone jack back on the table (aaand it's gone)

Latest Galaxy Note 10 rumors bring the headphone jack back on the table (aaand it's gone)
UPDATE: Unfortunately, it appears we've been duped by early pre-release units of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro that came with "fake" headphone jacks... for some reason. While it's still not 100 percent etched in stone that Samsung will indeed kill the audio connector, it's definitely not looking promising... yet again. The original story follows, with the rest of the rumored information likely to pan out, at least for the time being.

Galaxy Note 10 speculation has been all over the place in the last few months, but after a fairly lengthy period of confusion and sensationalism, things are starting to settle down, with the latest rumors pointing to a fresh design and plenty of exciting upgrades but nothing too out of the box. In fact, the two most divisive changes expected to happen just a little while back may not go down after all, at least not until next spring's Galaxy S11 lineup.

We're talking about those pressure-sensitive, invisible alternatives to the side-mounted physical buttons we never really expected to go anywhere, as well as the controversial headphone jack-killing move. Although there's no new evidence to support these claims, we're inclined to take Max Weinbach's word for it. The XDA writer and fast-rising Twitter leaker has more info than that on both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro, courtesy of an unnamed source who purportedly "got to play" with the two devices in their advanced pre-release form.

"Almost perfect" renders, but there's still hope for good old jack


Even though several credible reports and a number of extremely plausible renders have strongly hinted at Samsung's intentions to exterminate the traditional 3.5mm audio connector, we now believe the headphone jack is not going anywhere. That's mostly because, well, we want to believe, but it's also interesting to point out the gossip tide appears to be turning.

 

In addition to Weinbach, Olixar cases pictured by Mobile Fun recently seem to suggest the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will leave a little space on the bottom for users to physically plug in their old headphones. It's subtle and you may not notice it at first, but a few of the renders definitely have a small cutout in just the right place for a jack.

Otherwise, we fully expect these bad boys to end up looking like Steve Hemmerstoffer depicted them a couple of weeks ago. We're talking insanely thin screen bezels, a centered front-facing camera housed by a "hole punch" drilled into that beautiful "Infinity-O" AMOLED display, and yes, "conventional" power and volume keys situated on the left side of both handsets.

Loads of cameras, Sound on Display technology, and a surprising omission


A lot of the purported intel provided by Weinbach's inside source today is not particularly shocking, reiterating and thus supporting the credibility of existing rumors floating around the web. That includes three vertically-aligned shooters on the back of the smaller Galaxy Note 10 variant (a la the iPhone XS, but don't call it a copycat), as well as a fourth imaging sensor separated from this module on the Pro model and located under the flash to the right of the triple lens stack.


We're also not very surprised to hear Samsung is gearing up to eliminate the top speaker grill, which most likely means the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will use their screens to produce sound through vibration. The groundbreaking Sound on Display (SoD) technology has already been adopted by the LG G8 ThinQ, but our hope is Samsung will be able to execute it better and not cut any corners in terms of audio quality.

What's certainly unexpected is that the non-Pro Galaxy Note 10 could come without a microSD card slot, which probably means the larger variant will support external storage expansion. That would be a pretty bizarre move on Samsung's part from at least a couple of standpoints. For one thing, the company has worked this advertising angle tirelessly in the past, promoting last year's Note 9, for instance, as "terabyte ready" with the obvious help of expandable memory. At the same time, it doesn't sound like a good idea to deprive the smaller, lower-end, and lower-cost model of features taken for granted by so many users. 

Interestingly, this particular rumor reminds us of something similar pulled by Huawei a couple of years ago. But even then, it was the higher-end Mate 10 Pro that ditched the microSD card slot, not the "regular" Mate 10.

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23 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've gotten so used to the Galaxy Buds I got free with the S10+ that I barley use the jack anymore... Will be no different when that Note 10 Pro is in hand...

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1814; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Get rid of this old port already. If your going to update everything and keep this outdated port well it’s the wink link. Kid anything include two USBc ports. Or a magnetic port like the old iMacs but for the sound.

21. shonasof

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Wired headphones still sound better than bluetooth. Plus there are many other applications for getting your phone to output audio to other non-bluetooth devices (there are more non-bluetooth devices out there than there are that support it). Plus there are other functions offered by the older jack, such as using the headphone cable for a radio antenna. There are reasons that headphone jacks have been a universal standard for decades and bluetooth doesn't replace all of them.

2. ManolitoMantoya

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 05, 2016

Sorry, I don't believe rumors! Before this rumors said that Note 10 will support 100 w fast charging, and then became lower and at last the same as S10, 25 w only

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That's why they're called rumors genius....they don't mean anything until the official announcement from Samsung themselves.

5. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Before this 'rumor' of now having a headphone jack was a rumor of it not having one.

3. Mrmark

Posts: 399; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Elon better make the telsa model that would be so cool

6. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

That's what you all get for believing leaks from these 'trusted sources'. Like I said, I'm not believing anything until the phone is announced.

7. oldskool50 unregistered

Until Samsung says they are removing the Jack, you saying they will from leaks don't matter. The S10 has one so the Note likely will too. Maybe they will drop it from the pro model and give wireless buds.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

No way Samsung would include the wireless buds in the box. It would most likely happen as another pre-order bonus like they did with the S10

9. Jrod99

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Doubt they drop it this year but wireless is so good. Wireless will keep improving as new tech is released. The future is bright. Better wear shades.

10. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It’s already dropped the headphone jack on the 5g model of the galaxy s10 and the galaxy fold didn’t have it either So it’s very likely then note won’t have it either, same for the sd card slot

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You obviously haven't seen the S10 5G or else you'd know it has a headphone jack

13. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Galaxy ear buds... Are horrible, terrible, worst thing ever. Gone through 2 pairs quality sucks. I have people complaining a about them no good

14. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

That’s why Galaxy buds are bundle as freebies to their galaxies and now they’re top 2 in wireless earphones. Samsung products are horrible in general.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Butthurt that Samsung give its customers freebies. What did you get free with your iPhone, if you even have one. Oh that right, NOTHING

15. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Well, if Samsung decides to eliminate the 3,5mm port, please include the connector in the box. Because we do not only plug earphone/headphone in it, but aux cable too. I cannot connect the phone to my gym class sound system without 3,5mm port.

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Paste these words in the Google search bar: bluetooth audio transmitter. Problem solved.

16. pimpin83z

Posts: 585; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"UPDATE: Unfortunately, it appears we've been duped by early pre-release units of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro that came with "fake" headphone jacks..." Really? By whom?

18. TadTrickle

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

They are slowly killing the note each and every year

19. zlatez

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2015

Hi, does anyone has a link from this wallpaper ?

20. axc06j

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Man the note 10 is having a bit working against it. Looks like I may be ordering the s10+ in August.

22. Seanetta unregistered

Phone Arena seriously what's wrong with the vertically aligned cameras?? Others like Huawei made it look attractive like on P30 Pro etc. I think the horizontal cameras on Samsung now looks more ugly & makes it look less like a camera on the back

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