Samsung's Galaxy Note like may not be a wild success like the Galaxy S-series, but each Note release has made waves of its own. With the Note series, Samsung can give productivity features and tools to consumers and enterprise users alike, while also debuting new features and capabilities.
As we get closer to the typical August timeframe for Samsung to reveal the next Note smartphone, we thought it'd be a good idea to take a look at what we currently know about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone.
What will it be called?
- We're going to guess it'll be the Galaxy Note 10
- There might be a Note 10 Plus, as well.
The only time Samsung skipped was Note 6 in favor of Note 7, and, well, we all know how that turned out. We expect Samsung to call the next Note device the Galaxy Note 10. Photos that reportedly show off the Note 10 reveal that there's a bigger Note 10 in the works, and it may be called Note 10 Plus.
When will Note 10 be available?
- Samsung confirmed CNET's earlier story: The Note 10 will be announced on Aug. 7.
- Official release should be a few weeks later
Samsung has sent out invites to an Unpacked event on Aug. 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It's the same venue Samsung used to announce Note 9, and we expect that Note 10 will make its debut on that date.
The official release usually follows an Unpacked event by a few weeks. So expect to have a Galaxy Note 10 in your hands before Labor Day.
What will Note 10 look like?
Typically, the Note line has the same overall design of the most recent Galaxy S device. With the Galaxy S10's release in March, we can guess that Note 10 will ditch the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone and use the same fingerprint sensor under the display as we saw with the S10. Presumably, Note 10 won't have a notch on the display. Instead, there will be some sort of cutout for the front-facing camera(s) and sensors.
A render of Note 10 published by Onleaks and Pricebaba, revealing a vertical three-camera array (as opposed to horizontal), with a fourth 3D Depth camera similar to what Samsung used on the Galaxy S10 5G. That render was recently backed up by purported official photos of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus from WinFuture. Here's what Note 10 should look like:
In addition to the renders above, a video was recently posted on YouTube that included three photos purportedly of the Galaxy Note 10. More specifically, Note 10 Plus. You can view the video on the TechTalkTV channel. The real-life photos match the renders we'd previously seen.
What will Note 10 feature?
- A larger display than Note 9
- Possibly a buttonless design
- No headphone jack
Unlike the Galaxy S10, Note 10 is rumored to going buttonless. According to ETNews, Note 10 will ditch the volume and power buttons. The report claims there will be some module, presumably on the side of the phone where buttons would typically be, that would identify when force is used. However, a source told Android Police that Note 10 would have volume and power buttons; however, the dedicated Bixby button will (finally) cease to exist. And so far, renders and leaks have all included buttons on the phone. Maybe next year?
A report from The Bell states that Samsung will release two different Note 10 models, one with a display measuring 6.4-inches and another with a screen measuring 6.6-inches. If that holds, it would be the first time that Samsung has released two different sized models of Note 10. There's potentially a market for users who want the added features of Note 10 -- bigger battery, S-Pen integration -- but don't want a phone that's just too big.
Samsung's made a habit if touting that its phones still include a headphone jack, but that claim may be coming to an end with Note 10. It was only a matter of time before Samsung decided to ditch the headphone jack, and it appears that time is growing near.
What about the S-Pen?
- A camera built into the S-Pen? It's possible.
With each Note release, Samsung adds features to the phone's included stylus. Sometimes the new features are software related, other times it involves updated hardware. For Note 10, it could be a significant hardware upgrade.
Earlier this year Samsung was granted a patent to use the S-Pen as a camera, providing Note 10 with true optical zoom capabilities. The patent was first reported by Patently Mobile back in February 2019, which means an S-Pen with a camera could make its debut with Note 10.
Indeed, all of this is pure rumors and speculation right now. As the rumored announcement date nears, we'll inevitably begin to see an uptick in leaks and ultimately event invites. As we learn more about Note 10, we'll be sure to bring you the latest.