'Radical' Galaxy Note 10 design was scrapped, but don't hold your breath for a headphone jack
by Adrian Diaconescu / May 31, 2019, 2:52 AM
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.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
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.
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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".
posted on May 31, 2019, 3:35 AM 10
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But none of them are based on any known facts we are aware of. So you could be getting worked up for nothing.
posted on May 31, 2019, 12:29 PM 1
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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.
posted on May 31, 2019, 4:19 AM 0
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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.
posted on May 31, 2019, 4:26 AM 8
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Few months back Sammy fans are laughing at Apple, Huawei, Google and others for not including the headphone jack.
posted on May 31, 2019, 4:42 AM 8
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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.
posted on May 31, 2019, 8:05 AM 9
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Can’t believe Sammy is copying Apple again.
posted on May 31, 2019, 7:45 AM 1
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Everyone is copying everyone nowadays anyway and I wouldn't really call removing something copying?
posted on May 31, 2019, 9:42 AM 4
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Still no leaked hardware images so these are all just rumors but if this is the case at least Samsung throws in wireless earbuds.
posted on May 31, 2019, 10:16 AM 0
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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.
posted on May 31, 2019, 3:33 PM 6
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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!
posted on May 31, 2019, 4:36 PM 0
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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?
posted on May 31, 2019, 11:07 PM 2
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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.
posted on May 31, 2019, 10:24 PM 2
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