Samsung created the phablet category with its Galaxy Note series. The Note devices need relatively larger batteries to power the giant screens through at least a day of normal usage. Fresh reports coming out of South Korea claim the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Pro is going to pack a monstrous 4,500mAh battery, the same size we recently saw in the 5G variant of Galaxy S10.
Will the Galaxy Note 10 Pro get 25W fast charging?
Last year’s Galaxy Note 9 had a 6.4-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery. This year, Samsung will reportedly launch four different variants of Note 10 – the standard Galaxy Note 10, a larger Galaxy Note 10 Pro, and 5G versions of each. The regular Galaxy Note 10 and its 5G version are said to have a 6.28-inch display. The Pro model and its 5G version would sport a 6.75-inch screen.
A leaked picture of the battery has surfaced online with 4,500mAh capacity and model number EB-BN975ABU. The battery has been certified by the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology. The “N975” in the middle of the battery’s model number suggests it’s intended for the 4G variant of Galaxy Note 10 Pro.
According to past reports, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will carry model numbers SM-N970 and SM-N975. The 5G variants of these devices would have model numbers SM-N971 and SM-N976. The giant 4,500mAh battery inside the Note 10 Pro shouldn’t come as a surprise because we have seen Samsung using the same battery size inside the Galaxy S10 5G and mid-range Galaxy A70.
Twitter tipster Ice Universe also revealed that the Galaxy Note 10 Pro 4G (N975) would pack a 4,500mAh battery. The tipster added that it would support 25W fast charging. The Galaxy S10 can fast charge at 15W while the Galaxy A70 supports 25W fast charging. However, Ice Universe said in a follow-up tweet that he wasn’t sure about the 25W charging.
The 25w high probability is the wrong message, I take it back, but I can't say more, I can only say that your expectations are worthwhile.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 28, 2019
What we know about the Note 10
As per the rumor mill, the regular Galaxy Note 10 and its 5G version would have a Galaxy S10-like triple camera system on the back. The Galaxy Note 10 Pro and its 5G variant are said to feature four rear cameras, similar to the Galaxy S10 5G. The fourth lens could be a 3D Time-of-Flight depth sensor.
Recently, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg confirmed that there would be a 5G variant of Galaxy Note 10 series. Vestberg told investors during the quarterly earnings call that the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 will both be available in 5G on the network, along with LG V50 ThinQ.
Not much else is known about the Galaxy Note 10 series yet. It is expected to use the same hole-punch Infinity-O display as the Galaxy S10 series. Last month, Korean site ETNews reported that Samsung could ditch physical buttons with the Note 10 series. Instead of buttons, it would rely on gestures and touch-based inputs for navigation and controls. HTC’s U12+ had used a similar approach, but it was not refined enough to get consumers interested.
Another report claims the S Pen could also get a major upgrade with the Note 10 series. With last year’s Galaxy Note 9, Samsung allowed the S Pen stylus to remotely trigger the camera shutter. The rumor mill claims the S Pen accompanying the Note 10 series would have a camera inside the pen. According to Patently Mobile, Samsung has filed a patent with the USPTO for an “electric pen device” which is mounted on “electronic devices such as smartphones.”
Samsung doesn’t have a consistent launch timeline for the Note series, but the company has launched the last few Note models in the August-September period. We expect the company to unveil the device in August.