Samsung has just launched the Galaxy Note 9, which is basically a slightly improved version of Galaxy S9 Plus with a stylus. The Note 9 is the last flagship of 2018 from Samsung’s stable. The Korean company is now fully focused on the next year’s Galaxy S10, the foldable Galaxy F, and the Galaxy Note 10. The Galaxy Note 10 release date is about a year away, while the other two models are expected to debut in the first half of 2019. Let’s take a look at the rumored Galaxy Note 10 release date, design, features, and specs.
Galaxy Note 10 release date
In the last few years, Samsung has unveiled new Galaxy Note phablets in August, and the company is expected to continue the tradition next year. There is a slight possibility that the foldable Galaxy F could force Samsung to change the launch schedules of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines, but it’s unlikely to happen in 2019.
Twitter tipster Ice Universe has revealed that the Galaxy F would debut at the CES in January 2019, and the S10 would be unveiled at the MWC. It means there is little reason for Samsung to change the Galaxy Note 10 release date timeline. Last year’s Galaxy Note 8 debuted on August 23 while the latest Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled on August 9th. The Galaxy Note 10 release date should also be in August. It could go on sale in late August or early September.
Design and display
The Galaxy Note 9 boasts a great design and the world’s best smartphone display. But Samsung has kept the same form factor and similar displays for a long time. We expect the Galaxy Note 10 to have a new design and a more innovative display. The rumor mill claims that next year’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will get a new design to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Samsung’s flagship S series. And it’s no secret that the Note series borrows design elements from the Galaxy S handsets that arrive a few months prior.
Not much is known about the display, but Twitter leaker Ice Universe has learned from supply chain sources that the Galaxy S10 would have a screen-to-body ratio of 94%. That’s significantly higher than Galaxy S9’s 83.6%. We expect the Note 10’s screen-to-body ratio to be at least as much as Galaxy S10, if not higher. Samsung doesn’t want to adapt the display notch, but it could slim the top and bottom bezels further to expand the display area.
Samsung recently patented a self-healing material that will allow the screen to heal itself after scratches. If the company incorporates this technology in the Note 10, it will eliminate the need for screen protectors.
An ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
This is not a rumor. It’s almost certain. DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile business, said last month during an event in China that Samsung would offer an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10. Koh added that the ultrasonic sensors are faster and more secure than the optical fingerprint sensors. Another Samsung executive, Guo Minghao, present at the event said the same ultrasonic fingerprint sensors would be used in the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy A series smartphones coming later in 2019.
The ultrasonic fingerprint scanners could allow the entire display to work as a fingerprint reader, and they work even when the screen is dirty. According to Korean media, Qualcomm will supply the ultrasonic sensors for Samsung’s 2019 flagships. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Samsung will produce about 60 million smartphones with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in 2019. Approximately 12-14 million of them will be the Galaxy Note 10 units.
Insanely fast 5G support
It’s no secret that the Korean and US wireless carriers would start rolling out 5G services in the first half of 2019. Smartphone vendors including Samsung want to be fully prepared to take full advantage of the 5G buzz. Business Korea has reported that the Galaxy S10 would be among the first devices to offer the 5G technology. If the Galaxy S10 gets the feature, there is no reason to believe that the Note 10 won’t.
Qualcomm has announced that it has started sampling its next-gen 7nm chips (likely to be called Snapdragon 855) to customers. The Snapdragon 855 would power the US variant of Samsung’s 2019 flagship smartphones. Qualcomm added that its 7nm chips would be paired with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. Given the long-time relationship between Samsung and Qualcomm, the Korean company would be among the first to get the 5G modems. With the Galaxy Note 9 release date a year away, the two companies have plenty of time to fix any issues related to the modems.
Note 10 to have five cameras
Many Samsung fans were disappointed that the Galaxy Note 9 launched without triple camera system on the back. Huawei’s P20 Pro sports triple cameras, and LG’s upcoming V40 ThinQ is also said to have three cameras on the back and two on the front. Fortunately, Samsung will catch up with its rivals in 2019. According to AllAboutSamsung, the Galaxy S10 Plus would have dual cameras on the front and three cameras on the back. And the Note 10 could borrow this feature as well from the Galaxy S10 Plus.
According to AllAboutSamsung, the front camera setup would consist of a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and a 12MP main sensor. On the back, there would be a 12MP lens with variable apertures, a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 13MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. We also expect the Note 10 camera to be loaded with AI capabilities and HDR video shooting.
Galaxy Note 10 expected price
If the latest Galaxy Note 9 prices are any indication, the Note 10 should cost upward of $1,000. Since the launch of the iPhone X, ultra-premium smartphones with a thousand dollars price tag have become the new norm. Samsung is unlikely to reduce the Note 10 prices compared to the Note 9, which costs $1,000 for the 6GB RAM model and $1,250 for the 8GB RAM variant.
It’s worth pointing out that the Galaxy Note 10 release date is about a year away and a lot could change in that timeframe.