I have already made my case for skipping Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 range and the reasons beginning to pile up (1,2,3,4,5). Instead, it is the Galaxy Note 10 which looks like Samsung’s best smartphone of 2019 and now new information doubles down on this…
Citing “a source familiar with the subject” popular, long-running tech site SlashGear has received a full breakdown of the main Galaxy Note 10 features. And it looks like one head-turning handset.
SlashGear states the Galaxy Note 10 will come with a 6.6 to 6.66-inch panel and screen-to-body ratio in excess of 89%. The native resolution will be 1440 x 3040 pixels, matching the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus.
These details tie-on with previous sources and the Note 10’s high screen-to-body ratio (the Note 9 has 83%) is achieved by switching to the Galaxy S10’s new punch hole screen tech.
Also backing-up existing reports, SlashGear says the Galaxy Note 10 will deliver integrated 5G at launch rather than being restricted to a super-premium niche model as with the Galaxy S10. At this stage, however, it is thought this will be achieved with a dedicated 5G modem rather than an integrated chip Samsung is expected to debut closer to 2020.
As for the Galaxy Note 10 chipset, this will copy the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 geo-specific combo seen on the Galaxy S10. But, compared to the S10, the Galaxy Note 10 will feature next-generation storage and next-generation RAM.
Further upgrades can be found in the main cameras. SlashGear’s source endorses claims the Galaxy Note 10 will step up to four rear cameras(compared to three on the Galaxy S10) with 2x 12MP primary and zoom lenses supplemented by a 16MP wide-angle and exciting Time of Flight 3D module. The front will see a pair of selfie cameras matching the Galaxy S10 Plus array.
Qualcomm’s 5G modem is expected to be built into the Galaxy Note 10QUALCOMM
Release Date And Price
SlashGear’s source concludes by saying the Note 10 will have the earliest release date of any Note device so far, launching on August 8. This would beat the Note 9 by one day with the phone then hitting shop shelves on August 23.
SlashGear says “slight increases” will be made to the price, though that is relatively good news given the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus were a lot more expensive than the S9 and S9 Plus.
The Obvious Choice
While a lot could still change, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Galaxy Note 10 will fully realise the vision introduced by the Galaxy S10. So, with that range currently suffering from concerns over component choices (twice), security and hardware and software launch problems, I’ll say it once more for the cheap seats: