July 3, 2019
Samsung has officially confirmed that its next Unpacked event will take place on August 7, 2019 at 4pm ET (1:30am IST on August 8) at Brooklyn, New York. The invite sent out by Samsung shows a stylus just above a single camera lens. As tradition goes, the August event will see the launch of Samsung’s next Note flagship. In this case, it is expected to be the Galaxy Note 10 series.
We say series because Samsung is expected to announce not one but two Galaxy Note 10 devices, based on recent rumours. There will of course be a regular Galaxy Note 10, but there also seems to be a Galaxy Note 10 Pro being speculated. In fact, latest reports suggest the Pro model will be called Galaxy Note 10+, which would be akin to the Galaxy S10+ as far as ideology might go.
There are tons of rumours about the Galaxy Note 10 series already. The most popular of which is that the next Galaxy Note phone will get a new design which will see the punch hole cutout on the top center of the display, which is also suggested in Samsung’s latest invite as well. Here’s what we know about the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ so far.
What do we know about the Galaxy Note 10 series?
It is being reported that Samsung will launch two models of the Galaxy Note 10 much like it has with the Galaxy S line in the past. There will be a regular Galaxy Note 10 with a screen size of 6.28-inch and a Galaxy Note 10+, which is said to offer a larger 6.75-inch display. Both the screens are expected to QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED panels as one would expect from an ultra premium Samsung phone.
The two Galaxy Note 10 models are also expected to come in 5G variants as well, which suggests there will be four models of the Note 10 in total. Or Samsung could launch a single 5G variant for the Note 10+ as the company did for the Galaxy S10+.
There are two big changes to the design expected with the Galaxy Note 10. The first is the location of the punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. While the S10 series sees the hole on the top right corner of the screen, the Note 10 will have the cutout on the top center of the screen. The regular Note 10 will get a single selfie camera, while the Plus-sized model may offer dual selfie cameras.
The second change will be seen on the back with the camera setup. While recent Galaxy Note and Galaxy S flagships offer a horizontal camera setup around the center, the Galaxy Note 10 will offer a triple or quad camera system on the top left side of the rear panel.
There are multiple reports that Samsung may axe the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10. Recent case renders seem to suggest the same, which means this could be the first Note phone to ditch the headphone jack. Killing the jack may allow Samsung to offer a bigger battery for the Note 10, which is always welcomed. It may also let Samsung trim down the bezels even further.
The Galaxy Note 10 phones are also expected to drop the earpiece for a Sound on Display technology that will use vibrations under the screen to deliver sound to the ear.
The Galaxy Note 10 will of course come with a Bluetooth-based S Pen. There seems to be no rumoured upgrade to the design of the S Pen, but rumours do suggest that the stylus will be equipped with a small camera module, allowing users to take a photo without needing the device. However, this seems to pose security concerns as well, so this bit seems a little far-fetched.
As for the hardware, we expect the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ to run on the Exynos 9820 chipset paired with up to 12GB of RAM. Samsung is likely to offer storage variants that could go up to 1TB with the added expandable storage support.
We don’t have a lot of information about the cameras yet, but tipster Ice Universe claimed recently that the main camera will use a three-stage variable aperture that will switch between f1.5, f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. Samsung currently offers dual variable aperture feature on its flagship phones.
More details about the Galaxy Note 10 series should come to light in the days leading up to its launch on August 7. The Note 10 will be announced with a premium tag, and it is expected to reach India soon after its global announcement.