Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is expected to come with radical new camera and sound technologies

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is expected to come with radical new camera and sound technologies
The Note 10 and Note 10 Pro are likely to come with lots of cameras and lots of exciting imaging features

After very subtly refining the design of the Galaxy S9+ to come up with the S Pen-wielding Note 9, it looks like Samsung might actually be cooking up a radically different Galaxy Note 10 (or three or four) from the S10 lineup. Perhaps "radical" is a bit of an overstatement, but there are already highly credible rumors calling for a number of important cosmetic and under-the-hood changes, ranging from new locations for both rear and front cameras to various improvements of said imaging hardware, and yes, even thinner bezels... somehow.

The latest puzzle pieces revealed by trustworthy leaker Ice Universe, aka @UniverseIce, on Twitter further paint the Note 10 a pioneering picture, concerning two potentially groundbreaking technologies no previous Galaxy devices have offered. Without further ado, let's dig into the "what" and the "why" of these equations.

Three-stage variable aperture - a logical next step for Samsung's camera hardware

When the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were unveiled last year, most shutterbugs focused their attention on the latter model's dual shooter rear setup. But in addition to hyping that fairly obvious upgrade, Samsung took a lot of time to advertise a less conspicuous camera enhancement. Namely, you might remember that both the S9 and S9 Plus came with something called Dual Aperture.

In a nutshell, that meant the two phones could automatically switch between F2.4 aperture for photos taken in bright environments and an F1.5 shooting mode when detecting poorer lighting conditions (for instance, at night). The same neat trick was implemented into the primary camera of the Galaxy Note 9, as well as the entire Galaxy S10 family, but according to "Samsung China engineers", the Note 10 aims to go to the next level by adopting three-stage variable aperture.

While it naturally remains to be seen how that will work in real life, we expect the upgrade to further improve imaging versatility, producing sharper snapshots in intermediate use cases and not just extreme low-light or super-bright scenarios. All in all, this is yet another reason to be excited about the photography prowess of Samsung's next big thing. Let's just hope both the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will integrate the super-advanced feature rather than the latter model exclusively getting it at a potentially much higher price point.

Sound on Display tech - inching closer to the bezelless dream

Like the Galaxy S10, the Note 10 is widely expected to drill a small hole into its "Infinity" screen to house the selfie camera rather than adopting a "conventional" notch. But apart from the centered position of the new front-facing shooter, one other thing might be different about the face of the Galaxy Note 10. A purportedly "realistic" screen cover obtained by Ice Universe strongly hints at a very narrow chin (on the same level as the latest iPhones, thus contradicting recent device depictions), as well as a clean forehead with no speaker grooves whatsoever.

That could only mean one thing, specifically that the Note 10 will come without a physical, traditional earpiece on Samsung's path to a truly "full screen" design. Taking a page from the LG G8's playbook, the phone might use its entire display as a speaker, vibrating to produce sound. While undoubtedly cool, the aptly named Sound on Display (SoD) technology is not necessarily good news for audiophiles. At least not yet.


Even with a bottom-firing Boombox speaker, the LG G8 ThinQ failed to wow us in terms of audio quality, as the screen vibrations were simply too quiet to help deliver crisp stereo sound. That obviously doesn't mean the Galaxy Note 10 will have the same problem, but typically, groundbreaking features like this come with initial trade-offs, so you may not want to get too excited just yet. Especially when also considering the near-certain absence of a headphone jack.

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. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Where did they copy the left placement and vertical position of their cameras?

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Where did Apple copy theirs from?

7. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I do remember what Samsung phone look likes 12 years ago. Good job copying apple’s design and staying in smartphone business.

10. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And without Samsung, Apple never would've made the first generation iPhone. The majority of technical aspects for it were all done by Samsung. Anyway it's best not to get into how much Apple has copied, borrowed or stolen since 2007 or even before 2007. I wouldn't want you to realize it's all built on corporate espionage or that Apple only exists because Microsoft needed them to keep their business in one piece.

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Let's get into how much Samsung has copied, borrowed or stolen; Note series-Dell Streak Curved OLED screens-Toppan FPD Galaxy S- iPhone 3GS Samsung Pay-LoopPay Milk Music-slacker radio Bixby-Viv labs Chips-Sematech & various merchant shops. S-pen-Wacom Heck go back a few years when Samsung shamelessly copied iPhone accessories. Without Apple and the iPhone, Samsung would have had no idea how to have created what would become a modern smartphone.

26. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMAO! Okay.....

44. oldskool50 unregistered

The Note was not copied directly from the Dell streak. You are so dumb. There were plenty of smartphones, that had a stylus long before the streak. Phone screens were already growing in size, if anyone with an open mind simply look at phone evolution in general. Blackberry, Compaq, HP, HTC, and Palm, all had phones that had a stylus. Size of a phone is natural progression. Just like it is for cars, displays and other things you can name. You can't copy size, no matter who did it first. The fact is bruh, when it comes to size; Jobs was against it. No one copies Apple all that much. Why copy someone who is always behind where it matters? I don't care who gets cool new stuff first. That's a problem fanboys have. being first i somehow some benefit. When facts have shown 1.x products typically are riddled with issues. Just like we saw with Apple. Every iPhone model change was riddled with issues, and it took subsequent models to urn them out. The original iPhone had many issues, including absent features cheaper phones had, May of those were ironed out with the 3/3GS. The iPhone 4 1.0, was riddled with issues, including a major design flaw, which was fixed in iPhone 4 2.0 or 4S. Same happened with the iPhone 6. It was riddled with issues, including yet again a design flaw, which was not fixed until iPhone 6 2.0 or 6S. The 7 and 8 didn't have the issues the 6 ha, because after the making the same phone 8 times, you are bound to get it right at some point. Apple didn't design Apple Pay. Apple Pay uses Tokenization based on a standard made by MasterCard, which all mobile pay platforms use. Apple Apple has bought an copied far and away more stuff than Samsjng has. Every product Apple has made is a copy, or a stolen, borrowed concept of another products...ALL OF THEM. They even stole the idea of their app store from Cydia. They stolen Wireless sync. Where did wireless chargign come from? Who made their FPS? Who makes all the parts in their phone? apple onkly deisgsn a chip, what part do they actually manufacture? NONE. Shut up dude. You are a completely clueless when it comes to tech. No more no less. You are a waste of tech community space. if tech was an ocean, you are nothign more than a feeder from the bottom of the depths.

45. oldskool50 unregistered

Oh let me bring you back to reality. Remember when you was blasting Samsung, claiming they were cheating on benchmarks. which they wasn't. The whole point of a benchmark is to push hardware to its theoretic limit. accoriding to the facts, yes samsung whitelisted benchmarks apps, and when used, the CPU would ramp up to their MAXIMUM clock speed. Cheating would be, they would overclock. But they didn't. They only ran at full speed. So you all called it cheating because its not a real world thing. But wait, what benchmark is real world? NONE OF THEM. That was you all being hypocritical. But wait, apple did worse. Samsung never denied what it was doing. But Apple openly told a bold faced lie and said they were not slowing down their phones, when in fact they had. Slowing them down why? Because the batteries they use are so cheap, that when the batteries have less than 40% power available, when the CPU needed more power to execute tasks, the batteries couldn't ptovide the needed voltage and the phone would just turn off unexpectedly. NO ANDROID PHONE HAS EVER DONE THIS EVEN ON A DEGRADED BATTERY. The worse that would or should happen is, your phone will die quicker, but it should should drain the battery to below 1% before it dies. Then Apple admitted when they were busted, and then they charged you for the flaw, instead of replacing every battery on their own dime, they simply reduced the price. But how many MILLIONS of people bought new phones, because apple new it was a problem and didn't make the customer aware that even at $100 for a repair cost, this was cheaper then buy a new phone. No one wants to copy Apple. All tech is owned by someone. Apple buys every siongle lart from someone, so everythign apple has is a copy, is stolen or is made by a company they own or partnered with. Samsung on the other hand, actually makes it own stuff, in addition to stuff its ought, license or copied, stolen, borrow or whatever. They all do it. except Samsung makes their own stuff, while apple does not. apple do not make a SoC. They use ARM's platform like everyone else and hired engineers that can customize the design. They all do this dude. Stop acting like Apple is excluded from these facts. You especially are such hypocritical until its not funny. Why not just enjoy tech regardless of who's name is on it. Its all here to benefit you. are you prejudice against everything in life that has choices?

37. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Without Samsung??? Who convicted Apple and receive a lot of money? It was NOKIA, not Samsung. Who was the best phonemaker in the past? Samsung or NOKIA? When NOKIA made smartphones, Apple was not even in that business and Samsung copied NOKIA during that time. Remember the Matrix? In the first part the phones was 7110 and 8110. In the second episode was some Samsung $hit.

49. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

You made 0 point worth this comment. That's like saying the BlackBerry Curve was all in tune movie Valentine's Day, not Apple. There are several reasons why a companies' product is or isn't advertised in a movie.

38. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

This is the most stupid comment ever,, what technical aspects are you talking about? Samsung had no role in iPhone's development

47. oldskool50 unregistered

That's false. They did. It was proven so in court when Samsung produced the schematics given to them by apple. How you think they gonna make the parts that fit the phone? Geez dud. When Samsung builds a display for a phone, how you think they make sure it fits? because they have a CA rendering of the device and they can go and cut one themselves and make sure parts fit correctly. Not just what they do on a computer screen. This is how we know Apple stole the single screen concept from samsung because Samsung already had a working device with such, even though it wasn't a phone. It was a music player. making it a phone, is simply a evolutionary stp. Just like apple made the iPod Touch before the iPhone. The iPhone is a Touch with cellular hardware. The iPhone was not made first. Also remember the iPad original, was also and still is nothing more than a 9/10/11/12' Ipod Touch. They all run the same exactly iPhone OS as it was renamed when iphoen came out and that hasn't changed. All Apple did was add some features to the iPad to make it distinct from its smaller screen siblings. Which is exactly what Android was doing. android 3.0 Was Google attempt to make devices like tablets with larger screen have some differences vs their smaller screen cellular capable siblings. Samsung may not had an actual role in the iPhone's design, but they knew About the design sooner than you claim they did.

16. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 620; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Have you seen the Iphone 11 renders? :D definetly not copying from Huawei right? I remember what Iphones used to look like last year. Good job copying Huawei's design and staying in smartphone business.

22. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I do remember what Huawei’s look like from design to UI, 100% iphone knockoffs.

34. iushnt

Posts: 3151; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Apple copied the whole smartphone concept in 2007 while others already had it in the pipeline.

46. oldskool50 unregistered

or already had smartphones to begin with.

3. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Have you seen the finished product or are you making uneducated assumptions?

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 17, 2017

“Uneducated” would be the operative word here.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Don't mind him, in his world Apple happened and the universe was created, then the Big Bang copied Apple and the universe was created. Then Apple created the sky, sun, moon, planets, water, animals, plants and people and then God copied Apple and did the same for free. That's the logic he employs, if Apple hasn't done it, it doesn't exist.

36. redbella

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2019

yeah i agree with you

39. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

The claim that Samsung "copied" the camera placement on the back of the Note 10 is an example of pure stupidity.

6. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

RIP stereo sound.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

RIP headphone jack. Oh wait! Where did they copy that?

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

They didn't copy that because unlike SOME COMPANIES that remove the headphone jack at Samsung includes wireless earbuds. So they're not copying anyone. I'ma need for you to think before you type.

23. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good try depending Sammy Buggies, there are many people with Headphones that uses that jack and that is what their concerns. Good for Samsung giving free wireless headphones, they’re are now behind apple’s airpod in shipments but surely they don’t make a $$$

28. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Lol. The Galaxy Buds were on back order for almost 2 months. Like I said, think before you type.

33. mackan84

Posts: 631; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Wasn’t buds only included in preorder? Can’t get that package here in Sweden anyways. Just sad that Samsung could forget something fundamental like making a phone call outside with them. Or I would’ve bought them instead of airpods.

43. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I'll test them when they come with my Note 10 & let you know.

41. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Incase you didn't know and, I see you didn't, Apple did not remove the headphone Jack first. Oh wait!!! Where did they copy that from.

48. oldskool50 unregistered

Apple wasn't the first OEM top remove the headphone jack. The iPhone was the first major prodct to remoe the jack based on sales. Just like the iPhone wasn't the first with FPS or high res screens. It was simply the product more focused on for having those things. BIG DIFFERENCE. Apple is always paying catch-up dude. No matter how much you cheer-lead, any technology Apple has, we can prove someone else had it first. EVERY LAST TECHNOLOGY

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