Samsung has just released three different versions of its Galaxy S10 flagship, and will release the Galaxy S10 5G later this summer. While millions of people are picking up the Galaxy S10, the rumor mill has started speculating about the Galaxy Note 10, which would arrive in the second half of this year. We have already seen supply chain leaks related to the Note 10. Based on the limited amount of leaks and rumors we have seen so far, folks at PhoneArena have come up with a stunning Galaxy Note 10 concept to shed light on what the device could look like.
This Galaxy Note 10 concept has a quad-camera setup
It’s worth pointing out that the Galaxy Note 10 concept is PhoneArena’s own imagination of what Samsung’s next-gen phablet could look like rather than a representation of the phone’s final design. The front panel has a gorgeous OLED Infinity-O display. Just like Galaxy S10 Plus, it has two holes in the top-right corner of the display to accommodate dual front-facing cameras. We wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung adds a third front camera as well.
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The Galaxy Note line has traditionally borrowed design elements from the Galaxy S series, so the hole-punch display is entirely possible. Samsung used the hole-punch Infinity-O display on the S10 to accommodate the selfie cameras without opting for the iPhone X-like display notch. And people seem to be loving the hole-punch design. The hole-punch is here to stay until Samsung figures out a way to place the selfie cameras under the display.
On the back panel, you can see not two or three, but four horizontally aligned cameras. Samsung has already launched a phone with four cameras, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. The LED flash and the heart rate sensor is placed next to the cameras in this Galaxy Note 10 concept render.
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Considering the Galaxy S10 5G would hit the store shelves closer to the Galaxy Note 10 launch, Samsung could choose to use the same camera hardware in the Note 10. It could further improve the Note 10 cameras via software optimization. The Galaxy S10 5G features a 12MP standard lens with a normal field of view, a 12MP telephoto lens for optical zoom, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and a 3D Depth-sensing camera for gesture control, 3D scanning, and augmented reality.
The Galaxy Note 10 concept also visualizes an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor that was introduced with the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The ultrasonic sensor is not only fast and secure but also works when your hands are wet and dirty. It means there will be no rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which wasn’t convenient. The S Pen stylus appears to be similar to its predecessor, at least in terms of appearance.
What the rumor mill has revealed so far about the Note 10
Past reports have indicated that the Galaxy Note 10 would feature a giant 6.66-inch display compared to 6.4-inch on the last year’s Note 9. However, it won’t be too large to hold in your hand because of its bezel-less design. The device is being developed under the code-name ‘Da Vinci.”
Earlier this year, Samsung acquired Israeli startup Corephotonics, which is a “pioneer of the multi-aperture imaging technologies,” for $150-$160 million. The deal has sparked speculations that the Note 10 could feature Corephotonics’ lossless zoom technology, which was previously used in Oppo Find X. Corephotonics owns about 150 patents related to advanced camera technologies.
The Note 10 is expected to run the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 depending on the region. However, Chinese tipster Ice Universe claims the upcoming phablet would run an upgraded Exynos 9825 chipset. It would be interesting to see whether the Korean company would add a 5G modem in the standard Note 10 or launch a separate 5G version of the device. Either way, there would be a 5G Galaxy Note 10.
In terms of software, the Note 10 would run Samsung’s One UI skin on top of Android Pie, though it could receive the Android Q update towards the end of this year. The One UI interface offers a natural and intuitive experience. It uses the top half of the screen to display content and the bottom half for navigation. It keeps the navigation options within the reach of your thumb.
It’s too early to say how much the Note 10 would cost. Last year’s Galaxy Note 9 was priced at $1,000 for the 128GB version and $1250 for the 512GB storage variant. Considering the smartphone vendors have been increasing the prices of their flagship phones, the Galaxy Note 10 could have a starting price of above $1,000.