Less than 24 hours after official press renders of the Galaxy Note 10+ appeared online, live photos of the flagship which corroborate everything previously seen have now been published by the FCC (via XDA Developers).
Noticeably larger display but barely any difference in size
Looking at the front of Samsung’s next-gen flagship, today’s photos don’t really showcase anything new. That’s partially because the unit pictured has its display turned off, therefore, making certain design elements hard to see, but primarily because previous leaks have essentially revealed all that there is to know about the Galaxy Note 10’s design.
According to reports, Samsung is fitting the bigger Galaxy Note 10+ with a huge 6.75-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display. Today’s FCC filing doesn’t confirm the resolution of this panel but it does corroborate the presence of extremely thin bezels. Curiously, though, the dimensions of the display don’t exactly match up.
As shown by one of the photos, the FCC’s measurements point towards a large display with a diagonal of 170.1mm. This is the equivalent of 6.7-inches and essentially means the screen on the Galaxy Note 10+ is 0.05-inches smaller than first expected. Naturally, it’s possible the FCC’s measurements are off by around 1mm but considering the regulatory agency’s strictness, this seems extremely unlikely. As such, the Galaxy Note 10+ will probably carry the same size display as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Lots of cameras on the back
If we take a look at the other images of the flagship, perhaps the most noticeable design element is the redesigned camera setup on the back. For the past couple of generations, Samsung has selected a horizontal layout for its Galaxy Note flagships but this year the company is replacing it with a new vertical setup in the top-left corner.
Towards the right side of these sits a separate column of components. Here, Samsung has seemingly implemented an LED flash and an extra Time-of-Flight sensor that should improve portrait photography and also help with AR content.
The headphone jack definitely isn’t there
Like most other flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 10+ features an aluminum frame. The left side of this houses the company’s usual volume rocker but, rather than pairing it with a dedicated Bixby button, Samsung has now ditched the unpopular feature entirely and replaced it with the power key, therefore freeing up the right of the device in the process.
Speaking of ditching things, another feature being removed on the Galaxy Note 10+ is the noticeably more popular 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung has stayed loyal to the port over the years despite other industry leaders shying away from it, but it now seems as though the South Korean giant can no longer justify its presence.
Completing the external setup of the Galaxy Note 10+ is a USB-C port along the bottom and a speaker next to it. Samsung’s trademark S Pen is also present, although the upgrades that are planned for this year aren’t yet clear.