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The Android space can sometimes feel like a crowded mess when going to buy a new phone, but year after year, there are some devices that manage to stand out above everything else being offered. For a while now, Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has managed to do just that.
Samsung uses its Galaxy Note line to show off the best it has to offer, making it a consistently great choice for power users. Not only that, it’s still one of the only smartphone options if you want a built-in stylus experience.
In 2019, we’re expecting Samsung to continue this legacy with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. From the latest news, rumors, pictures, and more, here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10!
- There might be regular, Plus, and 5G models
- What will the phones look like?
- The specs should be impressive
- They’re launching in August
- Expect the Note 10 to be very expensive
- And lastly, don’t count out the Note 9 just yet
How many Note 10 models are we expecting?
Ever since the first Galaxy Note was released in 2011, there’s only been one version of the phone released at a given time. This year, however, Samsung might be looking to shake things up.
There’s been a lot of debate regarding Samsung’s release plans for the Note 10, with some initial reports claiming that we’d see as many as four different versions. However, as time’s gone on, the general consensus now is that there will be three Note 10s. On July 12, reliable tipster Evan Blass confirmed this by saying we’d be seeing three versions of the Note 10.
Of the three models, there will be the regular Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and a Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. Similar to the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10+ 5G has been confirmed to be available on Verizon. However, we aren’t sure if the Note 10+ 5G will be exclusive to Verizon indefinitely, or if it’ll eventually expand to other carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T.
This would be one of the biggest changes we’ve ever seen to the Galaxy Note’s release formula, but if a similar strategy worked for the Galaxy S10, it’d make sense for Samsung to bring that over to the Note 10, too.
What are the phones going to look like?
On Thursday, June 6, we got our first look at the Galaxy Note 10 thanks to CAD renders provided by 91Mobiles. @OnLeaks and PriceBaba provided further renders showing differences between the Note 10 and Note 10+.
There’s a lot to digest here, with one of the biggest changes being the Note 10’s display. The bezels surrounding its 6.3-inch screen have been shrunk down considerably, and as you can see, the Note 10 uses Samsung’s Infinity-O panel with a cutout for the front-facing camera smack dab in the middle. It’s an incredibly clean aesthetic, and with no fingerprint sensor found on the back or side of the phone, it’s likely embedded underneath the screen similar to the Galaxy S10 and S10+.
Speaking of the back of the phone, this is also where we see the Note 10’s three rear cameras. The specs of these cameras remain unclear, but we’re likely dealing with a primary, telephoto, and ultra-wide sensors. The Note 10+ is expected to have the same three cameras, plus a time-of-flight sensor as seen on the Galaxy S10 5G.
In regards to other design changes, the Note 10 is dropping two features from the Note 9: the Bixby button and 3.5mm headphone jack. The former of those two things might actually be praised by a lot of people, but the absence of the headphone jack is bound to cause some irritation among many Note fans.
The Note 10+ is rumored to ship with no physical buttons at all. Instead, it’ll have touch-sensitive areas on its frame to mimic these functions — not unlike what we saw with the HTC U12+.
On June 28, the above hands-on photos were shared by TechTalkTV, confirming the Note 10+’s physical design and its name (which was previously though to be the “Note 10 Pro.”)
What specs can we expect?
Final specifications for the Note 10 series obviously still haven’t been confirmed, but according to bits of information from various sources, here’s what we’re currently expecting for the Note 10 and Note 10+:
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie Samsung One UI||Android 9 Pie Samsung One UI|
|Display||6.3-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED HDR10+||6.8-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED HDR10+|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855/855+ or Exynos 9820||Snapdragon 855/855+ or Exynos 9820|
|Memory||Up to 12GB||12GB|
|Rear Cameras||Primary sensor Telephoto sensor Ultra-wide angle sensor||Primary sensor Telephoto sensor Ultra-wide angle sensorTime-of-flight sensor|
|Security||In-screen fingerprint sensor||In-screen fingerprint sensor|
|Battery||3,500 mAh 25W or 45W charging||4,300 mAh 45W charging|
|Dimensions||151 x 72 x 7.9 mm||162.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm|
One quick note on the battery side of things. On July 17, it was reported that the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will come with a 25W fast charger included in the box for free. That’s considerably faster than the Quick Charge 2.0 standard we’ve seen on past Samsung phones, and if you get the Note 10+, you’ll be able to buy an additional charger after the fact to get a max charging speed of 45W.
Furthermore, a July 22 leak suggests that the regular Note 10 may have less impressive specs than what we were anticipating. Specifically, it’s said to have a 3,500 mAh battery and a screen resolution of just Full HD+. For comparison’s sake, last year’s Note 9 had a Quad HD+ resolution.
Then, on July 23, reliable tipster Evan Blass outlined some specs we weren’t anticipating.
According to Blass, the regular Note 10 will support 45W charging and both the Note 10 and Note 10+ will feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor. That’s noteworthy due to the fact that a report from July 17 indicated that the new Notes would use the regular 855.
When will the Note 10 and Note 10+ be released?
Samsung announced that the Note 10 will be launched at a Galaxy Unpacked event on August 7 in New York. Following the timeline of previous launches, we can expect the Note 10 and 10+ to be available for pre-order shortly thereafter, and available in stores roughly the week of August 19.
How much will they cost?
Flagship smartphones have always been expensive, but in recent years, prices hikes seem to be happening more and more often. For context, here’s the MSRP of past Galaxy Note phones:
- Galaxy Note 7: $834
- Galaxy Note 8: $930
- Galaxy Note 9: $1000
For the Galaxy Note 10, we can imagine we’ll get a starting price of at least $1000 once again, with the Note 10+ being even more expensive.
Carrier financing will certainly help lessen the burden, but if you plan on buying the Note 10 or 10+ outright, you’ll want to start saving your money right now.
On July 12, tipster Roland Quandt revealed some initial pricing info, claiming that the Galaxy Note 10 will start at 999 EUR in Europe while the Note 10+ will retail for 1149 EUR.
What about the Galaxy Note 9?
The Note 10 will undoubtedly be a better smartphone than last year’s Galaxy Note 9, but that doesn’t mean you should count the Note 9 out quite yet.
If you don’t care about having the very latest and greatest, the Note 9’s a pretty great phone here in 2019. It’s still plenty fast, has pretty great dual rear cameras, one of the best AMOLED displays around, and it’s since been updated to Android 9/Samsung One UI.
The best part? Since its release, you can now buy it for considerably less money compared to its original MSRP of $1000.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
$728 at Amazon
A great purchase for thrifty shoppers.
Not concerned about owning the very latest phone as soon as it comes out? The Galaxy Note 9 is absolutely still worth a look. It’s every bit as fast, powerful, and stunning now as it was when it was first released, the only difference being it now costs a heck of a lot less.
Whether you pick up the Galaxy Note 9 now or plan on getting the Note 10 when it comes out, the following accessories will help to make your experience even better.
Add some space
Samsung EVO Select 128GB
$22 at Amazon
MicroSD cards are a great way to expand your phone’s storage without spending too much money, and one of our favorites is this 128GB card from Samsung. It adds a good amount of space and is easy on the wallet.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
$128 at Amazon
Whether you get the Note 9 or Note 10, the Galaxy Buds are a perfect companion. They’re truly wireless earbuds that offer good sound quality, a comfortable fit, and long battery life.
Samsung Fast Wireless Charger
From $40 at Amazon
Wireless chargers are always great to have, and it just so happens that Samsung makes one of the best you can buy. The company’s Fast Wireless Charger delivers fast charge speeds, an LED indicator light, and a built-in cooling fan.