It is that time of the year again! Samsung has launched a slew of gadgets this week, including the Samsung Tab S6 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Not counting the Galaxy Fold, of course!) The South Korean giant has once again set the stage to launch one of the most awaited Android flagships of this year – the Galaxy Note 10. Even before the launch of Galaxy S10 series, speculations and rumors about the Note 10 began; it’s that powerful. One thing everyone is familiar with Samsung by now is the launch pattern. It launches two flagship series every year, the S series around February and the Note series, around August. The S series debuted before the Note but the latter set a standard of phone displays to 5.3 inches.
The phones were way too different and had a niche. People who preferred small phones opted for the S series while users who liked the have-it-all phone chose the Note series. The latter is considered a beefed-up version of the S series, especially in the display and battery department. 9 years later, the differentiating lines between these flagships have been blurred completely to a point where critics mock the Note series saying an S phone with a pen. CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt wrote an article on how monotonous the Note line has become.
Samsung will lift the veil off Note 10 today in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center, the same place where Note 9 was unveiled. Potential buyers can even register for the forthcoming smartphone on their website. The launch can be live-streamed across the globe on Samsung’s YouTube Channel (yet unknown) or their website at 1:30 a.m. IST on 8 August, or 4 p.m. EDT on 7 August.
What makes a phone a powerhouse performer is not just the looks or the price; specification on paper define what a smartphone can do. Note 10 won’t be a slouch for sure. Numerous leaks and rumors by well-known tipsters have made the Note 10 alive much before its actual launch. Although, these are rumors so the actual specifications might vary, by a mileage. Take all this information with a pinch of salt.
Samsung is rumored to launch 4 different Note 10 models, same as the S10 series. These models will mainly differ in the display, camera, and battery department. There’s going to be a regular Note 10, with a supposedly lower resolution display, display size, and battery. The beefed-up Note 10 Plus, much like the S10 Plus, will have a bigger display, battery and will have more storage/RAM options. Note 10 5G, a Verizon specific device, will also be available but like the S10 5G, might have a different launch. The fourth model is yet unknown or maybe won’t exist at all.
Note 9 will sport a bezeless display with an Infinity-O display (seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10e) thanks to the centered-front camera. More on that later. The regular Note 10 will sport a 6.3 inches display. Since the Note 4, all Samsung phones come with a QuadHD screen resolution. However, rumors suggest that the vanilla Note 10 might come with just full-HD+ display. Note 10 Plus and Note 10+ 5G, however, will have a 6.8 inches QuadHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. All these models will have a circular camera cutout placed centrally on the top of the display, dubbed as the ‘Cinematic Infinity-O’ display.
A new leak from Evan Blass has confirmed the specs sheet. Take a look below:
Evan Blass had tweeted that only Verizon Note 10 models will sport the regular Snapdragon 855, while the rest of the world will get the newly launched Exynos 9825 chipset. It is interesting as Samsung launches the S series and Note series in both Exynos and Snapdragon variants, depending on the region.
An unknown person was recently spotted using Note 10 openly in one of China’s subway:
All three phone won’t have a headphone jack, unfortunately. But the audio department will see a boost with Dolby Atmos 3D sound, along with the AKG tuned stereo speaker. Samsung will also launch its own dongle, which was also leaked. As for the battery, that will power all the functions of the phone, the regular Note 10 will have a 3800mAh battery, the Note 10+, and the Note10+ 5G will have A 4300mAh battery. Both the larger models will come with 45W Super Fast Charge while the regular one will support only 25W Super Fast Charge. All the models will support Wireless Charging 2.0.
Note 10, Note 10+ and Note10+5G will sport an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Many S10 users complained that the sensor is half-baked so we hope Samsung improves it on the Note 10 models. All these models will also come with a new and improved face scanning, dubbed as Face Recognition 2.0. In addition, they will all have an IP68 rating.
On the camera side of things, all the 3 models will sport 4 rear cameras: 12MP wide sensor, 12MP telephoto sensor, a 16MP Ultra-wide lens, and a 3D depth lens camera. As for the front camera, it will be a 10MP sensor. All the phones will include Live Focus Video and Slow-Mo videos, along with Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture technology.
The Note series is always considered the spec monster and Note 10 makes it more evident. The regular Note will have a base storage of 256GB coupled with 6GB RAM. There won’t be any other options. The same cannot be said for the larger models. Note 10 Plus and Note 10+ 5G will come in two storage options – 256/512GB options. Both devices will have a minimum 12GB RAM.
Note 10 series will come in some interesting colors: Silver, Pink, Black, and Aura White. While the silver will be a gradient version influenced by Huawei’s Aurora color, the other colors will be plain. The S-Pen will come in White, Black, and Blue. Tipster Evan Blass also leaked a Dark Blue color, which might be region-specific.
Note 10 might dig a huge hole in the consumer’s pockets. WinFuture states that the Galaxy Note 10 will start at $949 (approx ₹67,096) in Europe, while the higher-spec Galaxy Note 10+ will be available for $1099 (approx ₹77,701). Note 9 was launched for ₹67,900 in India. But taxes will make it a bit more pricey.
The phone will be a beast of a device and will compete with the upcoming Pixel 4 and Apple 11, Huawei P30 Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro. We will bring you more updates once the phone is official, so stay tuned.