According to new reports, Samsung is preparing to make a significant change to the Galaxy Note10 - a move that will likely define what we see in other devices from the Korean electronics giant moving forward. A number of familiar features are set to make way in the name of progress, including the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Android Police reports that sources have told them physical buttons will be a thing of the past, replaced by pressure sensitive areas around the device's edges. Actual buttons will be replaced with a slight bump or change in texture that you can feel.
From a design perspective, that makes some sense. The removal of a mechanical button removes a component that can fail and it makes the appearance of the device look more streamlined. Given that front-facing home buttons have been disappearing from devices over the last couple of years, this isn't a surprising move although I really hate that there's no physical power button. It means that a software glitch could stop you from powering down your device unless you remember some arcane sequence of actions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has only been out for a few months - and already leaked details about its replacement have emerged. Apparently, the Note 10 will boast a supersized 6.66-inch display, making it one of the biggest smartphones in existence. Here are the details.
The loss of the 3.5mm headphone port has been on the cards for a while and while that's likely to piss a lot of people off, there's been an inexorable move towards to death of the trusty old headphone jack. Although, interestingly, Apple retained it with the recent iPad mini update, saying many customers relied on it.
If the Galaxy Note10 dumps the headphone jack, it's a fair bet the Galaxy S10 was the last generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone to boast that port.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note10 is expected to be announced in August this year.