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.
According to a report from ET News, Samsung is planning on releasing as many as four different models of the Note 10. This includes a Note 10 with a 6.28-inch screen, a Note 10+ with a 6.75-inch screen, and a 5G variation of each.
This would be one of the biggest changes we’ve ever seen to the Galaxy Note’s release formula, but if it worked well for the Galaxy S10 which also got four models, it’d make sense for Samsung to bring that over to the Note 10, too.
A May 30 report claimed something a bit different, saying that Samsung will only launch two different versions of the phone. This point was further reiterated on June 6, with 91Mobiles claiming that Samsung will launch the regular Note 10 and a Note 10+.
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+.
Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro renders
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+:
Category Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy Note 10+
Operating System Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
Processor Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
Memory Up to 12GB Up to 12GB
Rear Cameras Primary sensor
Ultra-wide angle sensor Primary sensor
Ultra-wide angle sensor
Security In-screen fingerprint sensor In-screen fingerprint sensor
45W charging 45W charging
Ports USB-C USB-C
Dimensions 151 x 72 x 7.9 mm 162.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm
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.
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.