Galaxy Note 10 release date, specs, price and rumors

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Camera
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Galaxy Note 10 Camera To Have ‘Industry’s Highest Resolution’

May 9, 2019  Update: Android vendors have been dramatically increasing the megapixel count on their smartphones to grab consumers’ attention. There is no shortage of premium and mid-range phones offering 48-megapixel cameras that take high-resolution pictures in bright light conditions and 12-megapixel pixel-binned shots in low-light. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 camera will, in all likelihood, go a step further to offer the “industry’s highest resolution.”

Galaxy Note 10 camera setup to have a 64MP lens

The upcoming Galaxy Note 10 could sport a 64-megapixel camera sensor to enhance the photography experience. Samsung announced via a blog post that it has launched a new 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. The GW1 sensor has the same 0.8μm pixel size as the current 48MP sensors, but it offers higher resolution than any smartphone camera in the market.

The 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor can capture more light than other sensors. It uses Samsung’s proprietary Tetracell pixel-binning technology to produce bright 16MP shots in low-light and 64MP detailed images in bright light.

It merges four pixels into one to produce 16MP images in low-light, similar to how 48MP lenses produce 12MP pictures. Samsung’s new sensor also descrambles the color filter for full resolution 64MP pictures in well-lit conditions. The new GW1 sensor also supports 480fps slow-motion video recording at Full HD resolution. It will also offer real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100 decibels.

The 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor will likely find its way into the Galaxy Note 10 camera. The new sensor is scheduled to enter mass production in the second half of the year. The Note 10 is expected to hit the store shelves in August or September, if Samsung follows its traditional release cycle.

Going beyond 48MP lenses

Samsung has also launched 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2 sensor along with the GW1. Just like the 64MP lens, it has 0.8μm pixel size and ISOCELL Plus technology that reduces light leakage. It also uses Tetracell technology that combines four pixels into one to deliver better photos in dark environments.

Smartphones with 48MP lenses have become pretty common in the last few months. Vendors like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei ship devices with 48MP sensors. Samsung’s own mid-range Galaxy A80 sports a 48MP lens on the back. The new 64MP camera could give Samsung an advantage over rivals in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

Rumored features and specs of Note 10

The Korean electronics giant is rumored to launch as many as four variants of Galaxy Note 10. There would be a standard Note 10 with a 6.28-inch display and a more expensive Galaxy Note 10 Pro with a 6.75-inch screen. Samsung is rumored to launch 5G variants of both.

The Note 10 and Note 10 Pro would carry model numbers SM-N970 and SM-N975. Their 5G versions are said to have model numbers SM-N971 and SM-N976. The company will continue to use the hole-punch Infinity-O display technology that debuted with the Galaxy S10 series. It expands the display area without opting for the notch.

According to a recent report, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro would pack a giant 4,500mAh battery, the same size we recently saw in the Galaxy S10 5G. Twitter tipster Ice Universe indicated that the Note 10 series could come with a 50W fast charger, which would dramatically reduce the charging time. Just like Galaxy S10, the Note devices would also support Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge compatible devices and accessories by putting them on the back of the phone.

The rumor mill claims the Galaxy Note 10 and its 5G version would sport a triple camera system on the back, similar to Galaxy S10. The Note 10 Pro and its 5G variant would sport four rear cameras similar to the Galaxy S10 5G, which is currently the world’s best smartphone camera. The fourth camera would be a 3D Time of Flight depth sensor.

Verizon chief executive Hans Vestberg recently confirmed that there would be a 5G version of the Note 10 series. He told Verizon investors during an earnings call that the 5G version of Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 both will be available on the network.

Korean site ETNews claims to have learned from inside sources that Samsung would ditch physical buttons with the Note 10 series. The upcoming phone will rely on touch-based inputs and gestures for controls and navigation. HTC had taken a similar approach with its U12+, but it was not refined enough to meet consumers’ expectations.

Samsung is also rumored to upgrade the S Pen stylus this year with the Note 10. The new S Pen could have a camera inside the pen, according to a Samsung patent filed with the USPTO.

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Galaxy Note 10 quad-lens camera rumor

May 8, 2019 UPDATE:  The rumor about the quad-lens camera on the Galaxy Note 10 comes from Sammobile. Citing unnamed sources, the tech blog reports that the successor to the Note 9 will have a rear-facing quad-lens camera. The blog also refers to the device as the Galaxy Note 10, but with a caveat. Samsung is reportedly thinking about rebranding its long-running Note lineup, so the device could be branded with whatever new name the Korean electronics giant comes up with.

Sammobile’s source also said that the device in question has the model number SM-N975F. This tidbit adds another question to the rumor. Other Note devices end in 0 rather than 5, so the tech blog suggests that this model number may actually be a 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10. A few months ago, it looked like AT&T may have accidentally leaked the existence of a Note 10 with 5G. The carrier mentioned a Samsung handset with 5G support slated for release in the second half of the year.

Apr 15, 2019 Update: We have all heard the rumors that Samsung is working on multiple sizes for its new Galaxy Note models. Now, it is beginning to make sense as a tweet from Ice Universe sheds a little light on the matter. The tweet from the popular Samsung tipster reads simply Galaxy “Note 10 Pro.”

Galaxy Note 10 Pro – Flagship Model

For the last several years Samsung has opted to use the S-series designation for its flagship phone models. The S5, S6, S7, and so on have all been Samsung’s primary sellers. However, it appears the company may be breaking from that tradition with this year’s release. The Galaxy Note 10 Pro will be larger than its other counterparts, and according to TechJuice, it will be the flagship model for the new phones.

Samsung vs Google

We recently reported that the codenames for Google’s new Pixel lineup have been leaked. The hype surrounding the 4th generation Pixel phones is incredible. There are not a lot of details in the public eye yet regarding Google’s newest phones, but there is definitely a lot of interest in them. These Pixel line will be Google’s main competition for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro and its counterparts.

While Samsung has outperformed Google in the mobile market in the past, it will be interesting to see how these two competitors square off in the ring this year. The Galaxy Note 10 Pro is rumored to have an excellent camera setup which will rival even Huawei’s P30 Pro. If this is true, then Google will definitely need to fit its Pixel 4 with an excellent optic array to keep up.

Apple vs Samsung

Apple and Samsung have long been the two top competitors in the mobile market. For a decade Apple held the top slot in sales over its adversary. However, in recent years that trend has begun to change. Apple’s constant push to develop the best product on the market has left the door wide open for Samsung to undercut prices and reach a target market below Apple’s price point. With the Galaxy Note 10 Pro falling in the same price category as Apple’s new iPhone lineup, Samsung will now be targeting Apple customers directly.

These two tech giants have a long time history of duking it out in the smartphone market. Samsung’s Galaxy line has been the top competitor for the iPhone for years. You will find critics and enthusiasts on both sides of the fence regarding these two companies. However, Samsung does have all the power of the open sourced Android community to back up its new Galaxy Note 10 Pro. The flexibility to choose apps from any developer makes the Android phone a very desirable product for many people. Apple on the other hand is a very proprietary device manufacturer.

Galaxy Note 10 Models

We have heard that there are two separate variants of the Note 10 in production. The SM-N970 will most likely be the base model phone, with a 6.28 inch display. However, the SM-N975 is rumored to have a 6.75 inch display and will most likely be marketed as the Galaxy Note 10 Pro model. Rumors are also circulating that there could be as many as 4 different variants of the new Note 10. Two of the variations would be 5G models, and one of them would be a more affordable “e” model. While this has not yet been confirmed by Samsung, it is interesting to think that the tech giant may be making a more affordable model. This would allow them to increase their sales reach to a market that wants to shop under the typical $1,000 price point of high end phones.

Who are the Top Competitors?

With Google releasing its Pixel 4 lineup later this year, Apple unveiling the iPhone 11, and Samsung bringing out their Galaxy Note 10 Pro it is going to be a busy fall launch season. All three of these companies have launched a continuous lineup of top rated phones, and each of them have a huge fan base.

However, companies like Huawei have also been creating a splash in the smartphone world. Their P30 Pro has been very well received and has been given top notch reviews by techies around the world. It would not be a huge surprise to see Huawei become a major competitor in the smartphone market as they continue to improve their products. For now though, it seems the biggest competition for the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will be the same competitors Samsung has faced in the market for the last 10 years.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Release Date
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Mar 26, 2019 Update: Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 10 earlier than usual this year. If the latest rumor is to be believed, the Galaxy Note 10 launch date could fall some time in August.

Galaxy Note 10 launch date expected in August or September

Samsung usually launches its newest Galaxy Note phones in September. However, the Korean firm broke the tradition last year and launched the Galaxy Note 9 on Aug. 9, followed by a release on Aug. 24. The Galaxy Note 8 was revealed on Sept. 15.

Now The Investor claims the Galaxy Note 10 launch date will be similar to that of Note 9, meaning in August rather than September. Further, the media outlet expects mass production to start in early August with a release date in late August or early September.

As usual, the Galaxy Note 10 launch date will vary based on the region. For instance, Samsung usually launches the phone first in the U.S., the U.K. and South Korea. An earlier-than-usual launch date for the Note 10 could also mean the Galaxy S10 phones will get a price cut soon.

Could Samsung’s first button-less phone

ETNews claims the Galaxy Note 10 will be Samsung’s first “keyless” or “buttonless” phone, which means it won’t have power, volume, or even the Bixby buttons. Thus, it would depend on touch or gestures. As of now it is not known what gestures or touch support Samsung would add to the Galaxy Note 10. However, the Korean company has filed patents explaining how squeezing the sides of a phone could perform certain functions. HTC’s U11 already has such a feature; squeezing the sides launches the camera app.

Further, the media outlet says Samsung is in discussions with the Chinese company New Degree Technology to use its force-touch solution. The high price of the technology is reportedly holding Samsung back from using it.

ETNews also states that the Korean firm will introduce the key-less design on the Galaxy A series phones as well, so it is possible that Samsung wants to test the feature — including its acceptability among general users — on a mid-range phone first before bringing it to one of its flagships. Samsung has done similar experiments with other features as well, such a dual-lens front-facing camera and punch-hole display.

There no further details on the button-less design. We expect more information in the coming months as we move closer to the Galaxy Note 10 launch date.

Expected specs of the Galaxy Note 10

As far as other expected specifications, The Investor reports that the handset will look like recently-leaked images. One image showed the Note 10 with a punch-hole camera cutout for the dual-lens camera setup. The cutout was on the top-right side on the front.

The rear-facing camera is expected to have four lenses. Samsung already released a triple-lens camera setup with the Galaxy S10 and S10+. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature a 12 MP telephoto lens, a 16 MP ultra-wide lens and a 12 MP wide-angle lens. In addition to these three lenses, the Note 10 is expected to have a time-of-flight sensor for depth mapping as the fourth lens. Such a lens will help with augmented reality functions.

Further, the Note 10 will likely be 5G-ready and feature an improved chipset. There is no information on what processor the phone will have, but it could be the Exynos 9825. Speculations suggest this processor is being built on Samsung’s 7-nanometer manufacturing process.

For comparison, the Galaxy S10 lineup is powered by the Exynos 9820, which is built on the 8-nanometer process. This means the Exynos 9825 should be more powerful and efficient than the Exynos 9820.

The Note 10 is also expected to come with a new and improved S Pen. Reports suggest the new S Pen will be fitted with a camera. Android Police unearthed a patent filing showing a selfie camera inside the stylus. Further, the patent showed a long S Pen, a perfect design to fit an optical zoom into the camera.

Since optical zoom requires significant space to operate, it is not suited for smartphone bodies. If Samsung is putting optical zoom inside the S Pen, then there would be no need for a front-facing camera. This would allow Samsung to offer a truly all-screen experience.

Galaxy Note 10 Launch Date
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Oct 18, 2018 – Update: Gone are the days when Samsung used to begin the development of its flagship phones just six months before unveiling them to the public. After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung now takes 10-12 months developing a new flagship to ensure that it doesn’t find itself into another Note 7-like debacle. According to Korean site The Bell, Samsung began developing the Note 10 last month, about a year before the expected Galaxy Note 10 release date.

Note 10 to get a monstrous display

The current Galaxy Note 9 sports a giant 6.44-inch display, which is marketed as 6.4-inch. In contrast, Apple’s new iPhone XS Max has a 6.46-inch screen advertised as a 6.5-inch screen. The Galaxy Note line is synonymous with giant screens. So, the Korean company has informed its display arm Samsung Display to make 6.66-inch Super AMOLED Infinity screens for the Galaxy Note 10. It means the Note 10 screen will be even larger than iPhone XS Max.

The current Note 9’s 6.44-inch screen size will be seen on the next year’s Galaxy S10, sources told The Bell. You may argue that the Galaxy Note 10 release date is still about a year away and things could change between now and then. Of course, many of them could but the screen size won’t, one insider told the publication. It’s rare for Samsung to change the display size after it has been decided, though other specs could change during the development phase.

It’s not yet known whether Samsung will increase the phone’s size to accommodate the larger display or further reduce the bezels. Considering Samsung’s focus on making the top and bottom bezels slimmer, it would keep the form factor similar to the Note 9 while minimizing the bezels to make room for the larger screen. The Note 10 is unlikely to adopt the display notch.

Galaxy Note 10 could ditch the headphone jack

Another Korean site ETNews reported recently that Samsung was planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11. Samsung is one of those companies that have so far resisted the temptation to kill the traditional audio jack. The removal of the headphone jack in 2019 won’t cause as much consumer uproar as it did when Apple removed the feature from iPhone 7 a couple of years ago. Most people have become used to dongles and wireless headphones now.

It’s not yet known why Samsung is removing the audio jack. Dropping the jack could free up some internal space that could be used to pack a bigger battery or accommodate new components. A flagship phone without the headphone jack could also help boost the sales of Samsung’s wireless headphones. The worldwide wireless headphone shipment is expected to skyrocket from 51.9 million units in 2017 to 73.9 million units in 2019, according to Strategy Analytics.

What does Galaxy Note 10 code-name tell us about the phablet?

According to Korean media, Samsung is developing Galaxy Note 10 under the code-name ‘Da Vinci.’ The code-names often shed light on Samsung’s flagship phones. For instance, the Galaxy Note 9 was internally known as ‘Crown,’ and it lived up to its code-name with a gorgeous display, powerful performance, incredible dual cameras, and a major S Pen upgrade.

Leonardo Da Vinci was most well-known for his art, indicating that the Note 10 could be aimed at creative professionals. It would mean upgrading the S Pen stylus with even more capabilities to make it useful for the creative folks. The S Pen received a major upgrade this year, and it doesn’t get such big changes every year. So, the next year’s S Pen is unlikely to be big on upgrades.

We know that Leonardo Da Vinci was also a man of many talents. If you take that as a reference, the Note 10 could be the most versatile smartphone to come out of Samsung’s stable. It could be suitable for business users, gamers, and creative professionals at the same time. Samsung has already added many gaming related features in this year’s Galaxy Note 9. The Note 10 could take things a step further in that direction. Given the phone is still a long time away, we can’t yet pinpoint the specific Galaxy Note 10 release date.