Samsung may need to delay the Galaxy Note 10 for a surprising reason

Samsung may need to delay the Galaxy Note 10 for a surprising reason
After being officially scheduled for an early August announcement, Samsung's "next big thing" had its design fully revealed in several rounds of high-quality render leaks, with many other details and key specifications also pretty much confirmed in recent weeks, from storage configurations to physical dimensions, price points, and a possible commercial release date.

But while Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ production is most likely in full swing already, the rumored launch schedule of these absolute stylus-wielding beasts could still be impacted by various challenges and last-minute issues, some of which are completely out of Samsung's control. One such unforeseen difficulty is a rapidly escalating trade conflict between... no, not the US and China.

Separated by a large body of water and a dark and tumultuous history, South Korea and Japan are feuding, which threatens to have a negative effect on a number of top tech businesses headquartered in the area. Samsung in particular has cause for concern, relying "heavily" on Japanese companies for "hi-tech materials" like fluorinated polyimide, hydrogen fluoride, and resists, according to a new Korean media report.

Display and chip manufacturing is in trouble

While the background of this specific trade war erupting as we speak in two major global tech hubs is a little too intricate and delicate to discuss right now (more details on that here), the important thing to keep in mind is that Korean companies are currently effectively banned from doing their usual business with Japan-based components suppliers.

In other words, Samsung can no longer import the materials listed above, which are vital for producing smartphone screens, as well as various chips and circuit patterns. Of course, the situation is nowhere near as desperate as the events Huawei has been going through, merely forcing the world's number one mobile device vendor to cut the "target production" of the new Exynos processor expected to power the Galaxy Note 10 by 10 percent "this month", according to a local official.

The company expects to make up for the reduction as early as "next month", although the political climate in the East Asia region remains tense, which could lead to bigger long-term problems.

If you live in the US, you probably have nothing to worry about

As always, Samsung's newest flagship will be released with different processors for different regions. While North America should get Snapdragon 855 Plus variants of both the Note 10 and Note 10+ (with both 4G and 5G connectivity), a new in-house Exynos 9825 SoC is likely to be found inside models for South Korea, Europe, and other markets. If we understand the situation correctly, those might be the regions most affected by any production slowdowns.


It's obviously far too soon to predict exactly how serious these slowdowns could prove in the next few months, but a slight launch delay across the old continent is certainly not out of the question. Limited inventory available shortly after the commercial debut of the Galaxy Note 10 is even more likely, as Samsung may have manufactured enough units already to satisfy initial demand but preparation beyond that could be a problem.

Until further notice, we still anticipate a global release on or around August 23, and unless Japan's export ban covers more parts and materials than the Korean media leads us to believe, Samsung should be able to turn the Note 10 into a box-office hit without much effort, at least in the US. Let's just hope the trade war will not reach the length and intensity needed to hurt long-term AMOLED display production, which could end up causing supply issues even for Apple's next iPhone lineup. 

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



1. indlvarn

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

This is ridiculous that one phone has different chips in US and outside America.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1208; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is cheaper than paying royalties. Americans also get better cam hardware, because they come with Exmor while Exynos version uses Isocell.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Well that's how it is. Aside of bloated UI, one reason i stay away from Samsung is that i will have to be content with largely inferior Exynos variant in my country. Samsung should simply accept that for many years now they have completely lost the plot and Qualcomm has simply zoomed ahead. Samsung with a Qualcomm in my country will make me think seriously of purchasing one but till then not likely IMO

7. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

"Bloated UI"? haha your content comes from 2014 ???

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

What is this bloat you speak of? Other than Google services, that's required for the UI to run properly, everything else is optional, even Samsung apps

4. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Whatever the historical issues between Japan and South Korea, i don't see why are they continuing that bitterness even now!? I mean they have same friends, foes and threats in the region. Both are great US allies, both have serious territorial threats from China, yet have somehow decided to cripple each other, LMAO!

5. User123456789

Posts: 1208; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Same reason other nations still think we are in 1960 and try to divide the world

6. Allison28

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2013

South Korea and Japan are always at odds- this is nothing new.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

It needs to delay since its not compelling to buy a downgraded version of galaxy

9. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 629; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

So the same reason not to pretty much buy any Iphone ;)

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why even bring up Apple on something that has nothing to do with them? This is an issue for the Note because for the same price last year, you got all the bells and whistles where this year Samsung gets to jack up the price on things that were always standard

12. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 629; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Because he is a apple fanboy Simple really

13. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Downgraded version of a galaxy? You mean an iPhone?

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