Samsung’s flagship phone reveal for the first half of 2019 is behind us and, oh boy, was it a wild ride. We got to see not two, not three, but four new devices join the Galaxy S family — those being the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G — and a new contender in the (bendable) form of the Galaxy Fold. But that’s not all Samsung has in store for us, oh no. We have a new Note to look forward to — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which should come in less than half a year if the manufacturer follows its refresh cycle accurately. So, what’s there to be excited about? Let’s go through everything we know about the Galaxy Note 10 so far!
With the long-awaited foldable phones now being a reality, many might wonder if Samsung would take the Fold’s technology and somehow implement it in the Galaxy Note 10. Thus far, we have no reason to believe this would happen. For one, the fold hinges are still not perfect — not on the Galaxy Fold and not on its rival, the Huawei Mate X. They are expensive, tough to make, and they leave a noticeable crease on the screen when it’s fully unfurled. Secondly, Samsung itself has gone on record saying that the Note 10 will not be “the most premium” of its 2019 phones. So, it’ll probably be much more in line with what the Note 9 was, while the Galaxy Fold stays in a category of its own. That said, we don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to look vastly different to the Galaxy Note 9. Slimmer bezels and lighter weight seem to be on the menu, with not much difference in design and style. Of course, an in-display fingerprint scanner is now a must, since Sammy already introduced it with the Galaxy S10 line.
The Galaxy Note line has always had a screen larger than anything the Galaxy S series of the year has to offer. So, we should expect that its display will be larger than the 6.4-inch screen on the Galaxy S10+. It’s still up in the air whether it’ll match or exceed the size of the Galaxy S10 5G’s 6.7-inch display.
There are different rumors floating about, claiming size ranges between 6.66 inches and 6.75 inches. Since it’s a Note, we do believe that Samsung will lean towards the biggest diagonal possible, beating out even the S10 5G. So, a 6.75-inch size is most probable. As for the punch hole on the front — it’ll probably house two separate cameras, just like the one on the Galaxy S10+. Whether both will be usable, or one will only be there as a depth sensor, is still unknown. We lean towards the latter.
Hardware — return of the king?
Back in the old days, the Galaxy Note line always had something more than just a larger screen and an S Pen. It packed a hardware edge that you just simply couldn’t get on the S line of the same year. In recent years, the Notes have mostly been a “bigger Galaxy S”. But, in 2019, this may again change. Rumor has it that the international variant of the Galaxy Note 10 will sport a new generation of Exynos 9825 processors — built on a 7 nm process, faster than their Galaxy S counterparts, and technologically ready for the 5G era. On that note, it’s speculated that there will be a Galaxy Note 10 version that's 5G compatible out of the box. Should we expect 4G and 5G variants of the stylus-equipped phablet? Possible. We would hope that Samsung will put an end to the confusion and just sell one phone that's 5G-ready, but since the technology is still not ready for the mainstream (and phones that support it are costly to produce), we may see a spinoff 5G model yet again.
It’s also rumored that the Note 10 will come with super-fast 12 GB RAM chips, which is more than overkill. Recent flagships have 8 GB of RAM and that’s a whole ton, 12 GB is just insane. Yet, we don’t put it beyond Samsung to do just that.
Cameras — how many is too many?Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 10 will sport four rear cameras in total. What? Why?
The answer is ToF. Let’s back it up a little bit. The Note 10 will have a regular, a super-wide-angle, and a telephoto lens. Just like the triple modules on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. That fourth camera is a “Time of Flight” module — same as on the Galaxy S10 5G. You might have heard about ToF technology — it’s basically the future of depth-sensing and augmented reality. The camera uses an auxiliary light kit and sensors that can map a whole ton of different depth points — up to 300,000 on existing phones that sport the technology. Basically, it can map a room, place virtual objects accurately, measure distances, and so on. Its practical appliances are endless, and it should make for much more accurate bokeh in portrait shots, if implemented correctly. Other than that, we expect no major difference in image quality and camera performance between the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10+. And that’s not bad news — the S10+’ shots are stellar!
New battery technologies — something to be excited about?
Reportedly, Samsung has been working on a new graphene battery to replace the current standard of Li-Ion. This is huge for a few different reasons.
For one, graphene cells are supposedly capable of holding 45% more energy than their Li-Ion counterparts. Secondly, they would charge up to 5 times faster than current tech. And third, they don’t have the dangerous explosive property, which stained Samsung’s reputation a couple of years ago. According to muffled rumors, Sammy is ready to implement graphene batteries in smartphones and the Note 10 could be the first to sport them. This is huge and truly something to be excited about — long-lasting batteries that charge in a jiffy, are safe, and environmentally friendly — what more can a poweruser ask for?
Galaxy Note 10 price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hit the store shelves on the 24th of August in 2018, priced at $999 for the base model. We’ve no reason to believe the Note 10 would be delayed — Samsung has enjoyed having a full month to market the Note phones and gain momentum before Apple announces its iPhones as it does every September. As for the price, we do think we might see a slight increase. Currently, the Galaxy S10e sits at $750, the Galaxy S10 holds the $900 point, and the Galaxy S10+ took up the $1,000 slot. If these prices are anything to go by, it stands to reason that the Note 10, with all its new tech and S Pen proprietary stylus will be slightly more expensive, at $1,100 at the very least. Mind you, this is mostly just an educated guess, but it’s all backed up by recent trends in the smartphone industry. We’d still love to be wrong here.