Samsung has barely let the dust settle on the Galaxy S10 5G but it's now preparing to release the next version of its phablet - the Galaxy Note 10. The latest leaks have revealed several new Note devices, including an enormous 5G version with a 6.8-inch display. Here's a breakdown of all the leaked models and specs.
Today, Samsung made history by releasing the Galaxy S10 5G in Australia - the first 5G-capable smartphone for Telstra's burgeoning network. We briefly got our hands on the device during its Sydney launch and can attest to its astonishing size and speed. Simply put, this thing is a fricking beast.
Samsung's strategy with the Galaxy Note10 follows a similar line to the Galaxy S10. There will be a lower-cost option with a smaller display with the most expensive version having the largest display and 5G connectivity.
Since the news was leaked by ETNews (translated from original Korean), several more details have emerged as well as updated specs.
- 4G/LTE large and small display, and 5G large and small display options
- A 6.4-inch display option
- High-end models with 6.8-inch display
- Native display resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels
- Processors will be the Exynos 9825 with 12GB of RAM options seen in the Galaxy S10
- Three cameras; 12MP primary, 12MP telephoto and 16MP ultra-wide angle
- 4170 mAh battery
- 25w fast charging
Interestingly, the 6.8-inch display is almost the same size as the Galaxy Tab A, the company's entry level tablet.
While the Galaxy S10 is a great smartphone, the overlap in features and specs makes a choice between the upcoming Note10 and the already-available S10 pretty interesting. If your current handset is nearing the end of its contract and you're hungry for an upgrade waiting until early August, when the Galaxy Note10 is expected to be announced, seems like a good idea.
By then, you'll get device that can use a stylus for note-taking that doubles up as a remote for shooting selfies, and some more display and camera options.
The Galaxy Note10 will get a massively upgraded camera
Following in the footsteps of Huawei and other others, the Galaxy Note10 will get a kick-arse camera that will boast a three-stage variable aperture. That means it will do a better job of handling intermediate lighting conditions. So, while low light performance won't be vastly improved, it should do better in conditions between brightly lit scenes and much darker ones.
Samsung China engineers said that the Note10 camera will use a three-stage variable aperture: F1.5/F1.8/F2.4
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That camera array will also be equipped with sensors that can measure the distance between the camera and objects your photographing. That means you'll be able to snap 3D images. I imagine that it will only be a matter of time between when you snap a photo and some intelligent software coverts the image into a schema that can be used by a 3D printer.
Screen to body will exceed 100%
The rumour mill also expects the Note10's display to exceed 100% of the device's body. How they heck you make a display that's bigger than the face? Your curve it around the edges. Because apparently we all want a display that spills over the sides so it's under your fingers while you hold the device.
Bye-bye SD card slot
One of the big advantages of Android devices over their iOS counterparts has been the ability to add external storage easily. Sadly, the Galaxy Note10 has killed that option. The micro-SD card slot we all love is getting the boot. So, there's no more option of buying the lower-cost and smaller storage option.
All is not lost though. Apparently, a Galaxy Note10 Pro edition will support micro-SD. So, adding storage is now a "pro" feature.
The headphone jack
Various renders and rumours have pointed to both the removal and retention of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Most of the smart money says the headphone jack is gone.
When will the Galaxy Note10 be released?
Samsung is planning an event in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center on 7 August 2019. Given the location and timing are a good match for the Galaxy Note9 launch last year, we can expect the Note 10 to make its debut that day.