With the Galaxy S10 series behind us, Samsung fans have shifted their attention to the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 series. The Note line borrows a lot of design elements and specs from the Galaxy S series, and this year is unlikely to be any different. Folks at MobielKopen have spotted the Galaxy Note 10 Pro on HTML5 benchmark’s database. The benchmark listing sheds light on the Galaxy Note 10 Pro display technology.
Galaxy Note 10 Pro display to be similar to S10 Plus
Past leaks have revealed that Samsung would launch at least four variants of Galaxy Note 10. There will be a standard Note 10 with a 6.28-inch display and a Note 10 Pro with a bigger 6.75-inch display. The Korean company would launch a 5G variant of each.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro have been assigned model numbers SM-N970 and SM-N975. Their respective 5G versions will have model numbers SM-N971 and SM-N976. Verizon chief executive Hans Vestberg recently confirmed during an earnings call that there would be a 5G version of Galaxy Note 10, and it would be available on the Verizon network.
A Verizon-bound 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro with model number SM-N976V appeared on HTML5 database. As per the benchmark listing, it scored 478 out of 555 on the browser benchmark. The device was running Android 9 Pie, which shouldn’t be a big surprise.
The HTML5 listing says the Galaxy Note 10 Pro display resolution will be 412 x 869px. That’s not the actual resolution. Doing a bit of math, MobielKopen says the phone’s actual resolution would be 1,440 x 3,040 pixels, same as the Galaxy S10 Plus. Notably, the S10 Plus was also listed on HTML5 with a screen size of 412 x 869px.
Since the Note 10 Pro has the same screen size and resolution, its aspect ratio should also be the same as Galaxy S10 Plus, which is 19:9. By comparison, last year’s Galaxy Note 9 had an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The Note 10 Pro’s taller aspect ratio suggests Samsung has further reduced the top and bottom bezels by using the hole-punch display to accommodate the selfie cameras.
Based on the screen resolution, the pixel density of the standard Galaxy Note 10 should be 536ppi while that of the Pro variant should be 498ppi.
Will the Note 10 get a 64MP camera?
The Note 10 series is expected to sport a stellar camera. The latest Galaxy S10 5G has been rated the best smartphone camera in the world by DxOMark. According to the rumor mill, the Galaxy Note 10 and its 5G version would offer triple cameras on the back similar to Galaxy S10. The Note 10 Pro and its 5G model would sport four cameras similar to the Galaxy S10 5G. The fourth lens would be a 3D Time of Flight sensor.
Just a few days ago, Samsung launched a 64-megapixel and a 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright sensor. The new sensors are scheduled to enter mass production in the second half of this year. It sparked speculations that the 64MP sensor could be used in the Galaxy Note 10 series. The new 64MP sensor captures more light than any other sensor on smartphones to produce detailed and bright images in low-light conditions.
However, the often reliable Twitter tipster Ice Universe claims the Galaxy Note 10 won’t use the 64MP sensor. He added in a follow-up tweet that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Galaxy S10 doesn’t have a 48MP sensor, but its camera is better than any phone with 48MP lenses. It’s possible that Samsung would bring the 64MP lens to its mid-range phones before adding it to the premium models.
To be sure, Samsung Note10 will not use 64MP CMOS
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 9, 2019
This is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, 48MP is not used for S10, but the S10's camera performance is better than any 48MP mobile phone.?
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 10, 2019
Other rumored specs
The US version of the Note 10 series is expected to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. The international variant could pack the Exynos 9820 or a slightly upgraded Exynos 9825 chipset. A report claimed last month that the Galaxy Note 10 Pro would pack a 4,500mAh battery, which is the same battery size as the Galaxy S10 5G.
The Note 10 devices are expected to offer at least 25W of fast charging. Just like Galaxy S10, they would also support Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge compatible devices and accessories by putting them on the back of the phone. Samsung is also expected to upgrade the S Pen by adding a camera to the stylus.
Earlier this year, Korean publication ETNews reported that Samsung was planning to ditch physical buttons with the Galaxy Note 10. If the report turns out to be true, the Note 10 flagship will rely on gestures and touch-based inputs for navigation and controls. HTC had tried something similar with the U12+, but the consumer response was not positive.