The fact Samsung has two Galaxy Note 10 models in the works at the moment is certainly no secret. The larger model is understood to be the Galaxy Note 10 Pro which will inherit most of the Galaxy S10 5G’s technology, while the other should be a regular Galaxy Note 10 model. But if a new leak is anything to go by, the latter may not be the device everyone was expecting.
A noticeably smaller battery inside the Galaxy Note 10
According to information obtained by Galaxy Club, the standard Galaxy Note 10 will arrive equipped with a small 3,400mAh battery, representing a decrease of 600mAh over last year’s Galaxy Note 9. Previously, the presence of a 4,300mAh battery was reported, but this now appears to be exclusive to the 5G variant, a device that should be considerably thicker.
The news of a smaller battery inside the Galaxy Note 10 may be disappointing to many, but the move actually seems quite logical. As mentioned multiple times before, the Galaxy Note 10 should arrive equipped with a 6.28-inch display. The panel is still pretty large, but it means the flagship will be physically smaller than the Galaxy S10+ Samsung introduced earlier this year. Also, thanks to the minimal bezels, the model should be considerably more compact than last year’s Galaxy Note 9. In fact, it could be the smallest Galaxy Note device in generations.
The aforementioned offerings both include 4,000mAh batteries, but due to the Galaxy Note 10’s reported size, a battery this big is virtually impossible. Nevertheless, the smartphone is still expected to be a little bigger than the standard Galaxy S10 which includes a 3,400mAh battery, meaning that a capacity in the region of 3,700mAh could certainly be achieved. However, this isn’t the complete picture.
Although the Galaxy Note 10 could theoretically include a battery this big, that would involve removing Samsung’s S Pen from the mix, a standout feature on all Galaxy Note devices that will undoubtedly make its way into the next-gen flagships too. Hence why a 3,400mAh battery isn’t as crazy as it seems.
Smaller batteries are often seen as a negative thing, especially when they represent a decrease over the previous capacity. But in this particular case, the move could be good news for Galaxy Note fans on a tighter budget.
If previously leaked information is accurate, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will feature a large 6.75-inch display. Compared to the 6.4-inch panel found on last year’s Galaxy Note 9, the new diagonal represents a huge increase. But in actual fact, the smartphone will match the size of the Galaxy S10 5G pretty closely, a device which itself is almost the same size as the Galaxy Note 9 thanks to its smaller bezels.
In addition to this, the Pro variant is expected to include a huge 4,500mAh battery, the same size battery found inside the Galaxy S10 5G. Naturally, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will feature Samsung’s S Pen, meaning that a 4,500mAh battery would be impossible. But as recent leaks have shown us, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will adopt a repositioned rear camera module, something that creates more room for a battery.
In turn, all of this suggests that the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will be a direct successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 9 and will be priced accordingly. The standard Galaxy Note 10, on the other hand, will presumably cost less and act more like a Galaxy Note 10e, making it a more attractive purchase to those on a slightly tighter budget or people who aren’t fans of massive smartphones.
Aside from the smaller battery and display, the Galaxy Note 10 may also ditch the time-of-flight sensor that is expected to be present on the Galaxy Note 10 Pro in favor of a triple-camera setup much like the one found on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. It's unclear, however, if Samsung has plans to remove its curved display from the model.