'Radical' Galaxy Note 10 design was scrapped, but don't hold your breath for a headphone jack

'Radical' Galaxy Note 10 design was scrapped, but don't hold your breath for a headphone jack
If history is any indication, we're still several months away from a Galaxy Note 10 announcement most likely to take place ahead of the IFA trade show sometime in August. Obviously, that's not stopping the rumor mill from churning story after story regarding possible changes and upgrades prepared by Samsung for its S Pen-wielding flagship lineup, most of which could be borrowed straight from the Galaxy S10 family.

But there might also be design revisions in the pipeline specifically cooked up for the Note 10 before transitioning over to the Galaxy S series next spring. Two big alterations timidly rumored for quite some time now gained a whole lot of steam just yesterday thanks to the folks at Android Police, which heard from a trusted inside source that Samsung is planning to kill not only the long-suffering headphone jack, but all the physical buttons of the Galaxy Note 9 as well.

As always, however, it's never wise to take these early rumors for granted, with different stages of a phone's development bringing about unforeseen problems and a constant state of uncertainty in regards to novel features.

The Galaxy Note 10 will be all about stability rather than experimentation


"Stability and maturity." Those are apparently the main objectives pursued by Samsung for the company's next big thing, at least according to well-known Twitter leaker Ice Universe, aka @UniverseIce. The unquestionably well-connected insider has a decent (albeit far from perfect) track record dealing with this type of gossip, contradicting Android Police's source as to the possible absence of standard physical buttons from the Note 10.


While such a "radical" design was purportedly considered in the early R&D stages, Samsung's "rigorous testing" ultimately deemed the avant-garde implementation including capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas replacing existing buttons unfeasible... for unknown reasons. It's not clear if the company abandoned this concept altogether or simply shelved it until trying again to make it happen for the Galaxy S11. But if we are to trust Ice Universe, the "final version" of the Galaxy Note 10 will almost certainly retain its predecessor's physical buttons.

We're probably talking the same old volume rocker, as well as a conventional power switch and, yes, that divisive key you can use to quickly launch Bixby... if you have nothing better to do.

The headphone jack is still most likely going away


Sorry, folks, that part of yesterday's report is pretty much "confirmed" by Ice Universe, although it's probably a little early to give up all hope. After all, "it is not optimistic" doesn't sound as radical as, say, "the jack is definitely dead." Unfortunately, Android Police managing editor David Ruddock has a tad too much inside information on this topic for the whole thing to prove a hoax in the end.


Ruddock's source claims Samsung is planning to include complimentary USB-C earbuds in the retail box of the Galaxy Note 10, which would obviously mean game over for our beloved 3.5mm audio connector. It remains to be seen if said headphones will retain the AKG branding and relatively impressive sound quality of the jack-supporting earbuds bundled with recent members of the Galaxy S and Note families. And if so, we're curious if Samsung will be able to silence critics of the jack-nixing movement. To that end, it would definitely help if the Note 10 also came with gratis wireless Galaxy Buds, at least for early adopters.

It's worth remembering that there are likely several Note 10 variants in the works, although we don't expect the presence or absence of a headphone jack to separate them. Instead, they're widely rumored to differ in terms of screen size, battery capacity, number of cameras, and cellular technology.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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32 Comments

32. rkoforever90

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

The s pen is the only thing holding me onto the note series, the Chinese have some pretty good offers now, I'm quite impressed by the redmi k20 pro.

31. carlito666

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

No headphone jack? No Note 10 for me. And please bring back the flat screen, I am tired of loosing valuable writing real estate with rounded corners. Why Samsung is using rounded corners anyway? Did any other manufacturer jumped on this stupid idea?

28. Gek214

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 19, 2019

Samsung can put the 3.5 mm jack in to the s-pen. Maybe it is a little bit thicker. So you can use the s-pen for the wireless function of the headphones

24. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

These "rumors" about the headphone jack going away have been a thing since the S8 and did they ever turn out to be true? No, if anything Samsung would be stupid to ditch the headphone jack as it's one of the main selling points of their phones.

23. TadTrickle

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Note line is dead

26. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's a bit of a stretch, don't you think?

22. tomons

Posts: 2; Member since: May 31, 2019

No 3.5mm jack? Then it's time to shift to iPhone. The headphone jack is the only piece of feature that made me a holdover for Samsung because of my wired audiophile headphones. If the headphone jack is gone then I'm going too!

25. LiveFaith

Posts: 526; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Your logic as posted is flawed. Your reason for being here is that a 3.5mm exists. But once the 3.5mm is gone, then you are going to switch to a device which also has no 3.5mm as a solution. Did I miss something?

21. Techzalot

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

They can keep the headphone jack if they want to. ASUS just proved they can put a 5000 Mah battery and a headphone jack together. Not to mentio a rotating dual camera. Samsung is just trying to limit our options because they want to peddle their horrible wrieless buds. The best wireless still can't compare to the best wired cans. The best wireless headphones are only as good as $150 dollar wired headphones. And charging it in between sucks. And after 2 years, you are forced to buy new wireless headphones coz the battery is nonreplacable.

16. pimpin83z

Posts: 647; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Still no leaked hardware images so these are all just rumors but if this is the case at least Samsung throws in wireless earbuds.

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Samsung wireless earbuds are 10$ trash. If I am buying 1000$ phone, I don't care for a freebie.

15. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

I own a Note 9 and can't be happier. I'l usually upgrade every two years but with this, i'm planning on holding it till Note 12.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung c'mon now. The note is known for having it all. I'm looking at it as 80% will buy, vs 100%.

11. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

USB-C headphones will only be an acceptable replacement when they start putting two usb-c ports on phones.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Can’t believe Sammy is copying Apple again.

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 647; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Can't believe you're copying other people's comments again.

14. Tim0lsson

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

Everyone is copying everyone nowadays anyway and I wouldn't really call removing something copying?

30. oldskool50 unregistered

Stupid people can only see one-sided copying. Apple's list of copying is much longer than Samsung's. Samsung is ahead, Apple is behind. Look for Apple to do more copying.

17. Fred3

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

You do know Apple was not the first to ditch the headphone jack right? Basically Apple copies android and isheeps think they're always the first to do it like always

7. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Not bothered, i dont use headphone jack.

5. adecvat

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Copied X back, now time time for jack.

19. pimpin83z

Posts: 647; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Corniest comment of 2019 so far.

3. berns

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

Headphone jack is nice option, but bluetooth headsets are taking over and no longer a big deal if they let it go, for me. Because convenience is preferably than quality, to say nothing of that sound of some wireless are now up to scratch or better, I would say than some cheap wired headsets.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Headphone jack implementation on Note9 is the best you can find on any smartphone - not LG with their quadDAC, not anyone else. That is one of the reasons why missing headphone jack stings even more. And no even cheap cable is better than cheap BT. Of course, you do not compare for example wireless QCY T2c or 1More TWS to a Sony or Beats wired headphones.

6. legar123

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Few months back Sammy fans are laughing at Apple, Huawei, Google and others for not including the headphone jack.

9. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Few month we been laughing for years LOL thats why we DONT want this. Hoping this is only a rumour and Samsung keep it. Samsung and LG are the last 2 OEMS who have normal headphone jacks.

18. Fred3

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Welp Samsung did mention last year that the S10 will be the last to have it out of the Note and S series. The only people that was laughing or is laughing or upset are the ones that didn't get the memo.

10. Be_Mine unregistered

Speak for yourself. Flagship Smartphone are already costly enough. And any decent Bluetooth headset will cost upward of 200 or more Dollars. And talking about 'Convenience'. How is Bluetooth Headset more convenient than a 3.5mm jack which is already present on the phone? With headphone jack available, just charged your phone and you're good to go. Without it, you'll need to charge the Phone itself, the Bluetooth headset too. And if your battery is down and you don't have a Bluetooth headset, you cannot use your lightning/usb headset while charging the phone battery. You have the cheek to mentioned about sound quality. No matter how good some of the Wireless/Bluetooth headset have become. They are still thumped by wired Headset by miles, you don't even have to be an Audiophile to know this.

2. legar123

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Who needs a headphone jack when you have vibranium powered speakers and a record shattering high price tag?

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I am starting not to hold the breath for the whole Note series. Every new "leak" I see is driving me to a decision "NOPE".

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