News: Everything We Know About the Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Pro

Everything We Know About the Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Pro

With such a home run hit of a phone in the Galaxy S10+, Samsung has their work cut out for them with their next major release, the Galaxy Note 10. The Note 9 was considered by many as a nearly perfect phone, but ultimately didn't sell as well as expected. All of this adds up to Samsung having to create a phone for the ages.

While we wait for confirmed details, we do know quite a bit about the Galaxy Note 10. Specifically, we know the least it will have. The Galaxy Note series has always been an all around upgrade to the Galaxy S model released months prior, and while this gap is shrinking, the Note has never had inferior specs. So the bare minimum is as good of a phone as the Galaxy S10+, but with the S Pen. But to continue their strong sales, Samsung will need more. Early rumors indicate they're up to the task.

Jump to a section: Standout Features | Dates | Storage | Price | Body | Basics | Software | Skin | Display | Performance | Battery | Front Camera | Rear Camera | Audio | Media Formats | Sensors | Connectivity | Security | Box Includes | Accessories

Standout Features

When Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 10 in Q3 2019, it will actually release multiple phones. This year's release is rumored to include four phones — among them, a new Pro variant with upgraded specs.

With the significant redesign of the Galaxy S10, we expect a new look for the Galaxy Note 10, including the adoption of an Infinity-O "hole punch" display. Samsung should also recapture the title of the largest screen on a mainstream smartphone with a rumored 6.7-inch display on the Note 10 Pro.

Important Dates

Usually, Samsung releases the Galaxy Note series in August, about five or six months after the announcement of the Galaxy S series. This way, they can reignite sales as the Galaxy S series dwindles. Preorders should available within a few weeks, with the official release a week or so afterward.

  • Release date: August 2019
  • Preorder date: August 2019
  • Announced: August 2019

Storage Capacity

Based on the Galaxy S10 series, we can make some assumptions about the storage capacity of the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro. First, the minimum internal storage should be 128 GB. Not only is this the same amount as the S10, but it would it help them keep the entry-level price low.

Just like the S10, we don't expect a 256 GB variant. Instead, Samsung will likely once again skip to 512 GB on the second storage tier. There should also be a 1 TB variant as well, similar to the Galaxy S10+.

Because there will be two main models, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro (along with two 5G models), we expect that only the Pro model (and its 5G variant) will have access to 1 TB of storage. The standard Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 5G will be limited to a maximum storage of 512 GB. We expect all variants to support expandable storage via microSD cards. With 1 TB microSD cards finally hitting the market, the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will have up to 2 TB of storage.

  • Storage available: 128 GB (Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro), 512 GB (Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro), or 1 TB (Galaxy Note 10 Pro)
  • Expandable storage: yes, up to 2 TB via microSD card

Price for Everything

Based on the pricing of its predecessor (and the Galaxy S10), we expect the Galaxy Note 10 will be at least $1,099. At this price, it separates itself from the Galaxy S10+ which offers similar specs, while staying lower than the new Apple iPhones released a month later.

  • Price: starting at $1,099

Body

For several years, Samsung has kept the same design language for its phones, using glass on both the front and back cover and an aluminum frame. No rumors have indicated this will change, therefore, we expect the same overall body style for the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro.

  • Frame:glass, aluminum
  • Finish: Unknown

Basics

So far, we don't know any potential dimensions of the phone. More than likely, the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro will keep the IP68 rating. As with all flagship Samsung devices, they will have official support for all four major US wireless carriers along with an unlocked version.

  • Height: Unknown
  • Width: Unknown
  • Depth: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Dust/water resistance: IP68
  • Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
  • Infrared blaster: no

We expect the Galaxy Note 10's operating temperature to be the same as every other phone at 32°F to 95°F.

  • Operating temp: 32º to 95º F
  • Nonoperating temp: Unknown
  • Relative humidity: Unknown
  • Operating altitude: Unknown

Software

As with previous versions, we expect Samsung to launch with the second newest version of Android, 9 Pie. At the time of its announcement, Google will have released the official version of Android 10. Expect Samsung to update the Note 10 to this version around January 2020.

  • Version: Android 9.0 Pie

Skin

With the release of Android Pie, Samsung ungraded its skin from Samsung Experience to One UI. One UI comes with a new design which is closer to stock Android than years past. Rumors have it that Samsung is planning to update the software to include a better night mode and some other features which should be present on the version that comes out the box for the Galaxy Note 10.

  • Version: One UI

Display

Rumors have it that the Galaxy Note 10 will have a 6.4-inch display. This will likely be the Infinity-O display with an oblong punch hole for dual front-facing cameras like the Galaxy S10+. The display should be curved as with most of Samsung's flagship and should be the new HDR-compliant Dynamic AMOLED panel.

The Galaxy 10 Pro, on the other hand, will have a 6.7-inch display. We don't know about any other upgrades this "Pro" variant's display may have.

  • Screen size: 6.4 inches (Galaxy Note 10), 6.7 inches (Galaxy Note 10 Pro)
  • Screen resolution: Unknown
  • Total pixels: Unknown
  • Pixel density: Unknown
  • Screen type: Dynamic AMOLED
  • Notch: no
  • Punch Hole: yes
  • Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
  • Aspect ratio: 19:9
  • Minimum brightness: Unknown
  • Maximum brightness:Unknown
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing)
  • Color temp: Unknown
  • Color gamut: Unknown

Performance

The Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. As far as the clock speed for each core, we are unsure at the moment, but we can guess that it will run near each core's maximum allowance.

As far as memory, we expect Samsung to use this as a way to differentiate between the standard and Pro models of the Galaxy Note 10. We believe the Note 10 will start at 6 GB and have a maximum of 8 GB of memory. This would allow the Galaxy Note 10 Pro to start at 8 GB and offer a 12 GB version.

  • Memory: 6 GB (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 8 GB (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro), 12 GB (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Chip size: 7 nanometer
  • CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x Gold), 2.41 GHz (3x Gold), 1.78 GHz (4x Silver)
  • CPU cores: 8 Cores (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 640

Battery

So far, we only know the battery size of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. According to Ice universe (a very reliable leaker who specialize in Samsung products), the battery will be 4,500 mAh. We don't know what the non-Pro version capacity will be, but we expect at least 4,000 mAh, the same capacity as last year model.

Both phones will support fast wireless charging. We fully expect support for reverse wireless charging as well. According to leaks, the fast charging technology is also getting an upgrade. There is a chance the Note 10 Pro will have charger up to 50 W. For context, the Galaxy S10 uses a 15 W charger, so you can imagine how much faster charging will be with an adapter more than three times as powerful

  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Capacity: 4,000 mAh (Samsung Galaxy Note 10), 4,500 mAh (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro)
  • Wired charging: yes, new 50 W charger (Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro)
  • Wireless charging: yes, 15W
  • Reverse wireless charging: yes, PowerShare

Front Camera

According to OnLeaks, the Galaxy Note 10 will have a centered selfie camera, as opposed to being off to the side as it is in the Galaxy S10 series. It will use the Infinity-O display with a hole punch to store the camera.

  • Resolution: Unknown
  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Zoom: Unknown
  • Flash: Unknown
  • Image stabilization: Unknown
  • RAW support: Unknown
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: Unknown

Rear Camera

Rumors indicate the rear cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro will be vertical instead of horizontal. Leaks also suggest it will remain in the center as many of the previous versions have done, offering a look similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The idea is Samsung is making this device symmetrical, helping to improve its aesthetics. We can assume it will be at least a triple camera array with an ultrawide, telephoto, and wide angle lens. There is a chance it includes the 3D depth sensor found in the Galaxy S10 5G, but no rumors have indicated this.

Samsung has also developed a periscope-based camera which offers 5x optical zoom to combat a similar camera created by Huawei. It is supposedly ready to go into mass production, but it's unlikely it will appear in the Galaxy Note 10, instead being reserved for camera oriented phones later in the year (such as the successor to the A9 which had four cameras last year).

  • Resolution: Unknown
  • Sensor size: Unknown
  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Zoom: Unknown
  • Flash: Unknown
  • Image stabilization: Unknown
  • RAW support: Unknown
  • Lens cover: Unknown
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: Unknown

While nothing specific has leaked, we can make some guesses based on the performance of the Galaxy S10, which uses the same SoC. We expect the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro to shoot up to 4K at 60 fps. Due to the SoC, the slow motion should be the same as the Galaxy S10 series, with the highest frame rate being 960 fps for a duration of 0.4s.

  • Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K
  • Max frame rate: 60 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p and 4K
  • Slow motion: 720p at 120 fps, 240 fps, 480 fps (0.8s), 960 fps (0.4s), 1080p at 120 fps, 240 fps
  • Time-lapse: yes, 1080p
  • Photos: Unknown
  • Zoom: Unknown
  • Flash access: yes
  • Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Autofocus: yes
  • Audio: stereo
  • Formats: H.264, H.265

Audio

Will this be the end of the headphone jack? We don't know. Rumors had initially indicated the Galaxy S10 series would remove the beloved port, but they proved to be wrong. All we can do for now is cross our fingers.

  • 3.5 mm headphone jack: Unknown
  • Stereo speakers: yes, earpiece and bottom-firing speaker
  • Mics: Unknown
  • Max speaker volume: Unknown

Media Formats

The Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro should have the same video and audio playback support as the Galaxy S10 series.

  • Audio:MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
  • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Sensors

We expect the usual array of sensors found in the Galaxy S10 to make their way to the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro.

  • Accelerometer: yes
  • Ambient light: yes
  • Barometer: yes
  • Color temperature: yes
  • Compass: yes
  • Gravity:no
  • Gyroscope: yes
  • Hall: yes
  • Infrared: no
  • Laser: no
  • Pedometer: no
  • Proximity: yes

We are crossing our fingers that Samsung finally includes dual-band GPS support, making it one of the first phones to add this feature that officially releases in the US.

  • GPS: yes
  • aGPS: yes
  • Glonass: yes
  • BeiDou: yes
  • Galileo: yes
  • QZSS: no

Connectivity

According to ETNews, Samsung might ditch physical buttons. Instead, the Galaxy Note 10 will use a system similar to the HTC U12+ where the sides can be pressed in a way that provides the same functionality as a button without actually being a button.

The S Pen based on Bluetooth technology should also make a return with a few quality of life upgrades such as longer battery life and better precision.

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • NFC: yes
  • Cellular: nano-SIM
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Other: S Pen (Bluetooth powered)

We don't know the bands for the various models. What we do know is that there should be both an LTE model and 5G model of both Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro for a total of four phones. We don't know much about the 5G variant including if they will get upgrades parts similar to the 5G model of the Galaxy S10

LTE Version - Supported Bands

  • Unknown

5G Version - Supported Bands

  • Unknown

Security

The Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro should come with an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. It should have upgraded software managing the system when compared to the Galaxy S10, resulting in better out-of-the-box performance. Iris scanning and secure face recognition will likely not be available (although you can use the insecure method of facial recognition via the front-facing camera).

  • Fingerprint scanner: yes, in-display
  • Face scanner: no
  • Iris scanner: no
  • Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe

Box Includes

We currently don't know what will be included in the box.

  • Unknown
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