A couple of weeks ago, we passed along the speculation that Samsung would unveil the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7th at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center (yes, the same arena that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving now both call home). Today, Samsung confirmed this with a post on its website that read, “On August 7, 2019, Samsung Electronics will unveil new devices designed to take the Galaxy ecosystem’s connectivity to the next level.” Technically, this will be another Samsung Unpacked event. We should see the manufacturer introduce the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+. There will be a 4G LTE and 5G variant of each phone bringing the total number of units to be introduced to four. This will be the first time that Samsung is selling more than one version of the Galaxy Note at the same time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970 for the 4G LTE model, SM-N971 for the 5G version) is expected to feature a 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display. In the states, you’ll find the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform driving the device while just about everywhere else it will be the Exynos 9825 under the hood. The triple camera setup on back will include a 12MP camera with variable aperture, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 16MP Ultra-wide camera. The Galaxy Note 10 will have an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner and a 3400mAh battery. Pricing will reportedly start in the $1,100-$1,200 range.
One variant of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G will sport 12GB of RAM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (SM-N975 for 4G LTE model, SM-N976 for the 5G variant) will have a larger 6.7-inch curved AMOLED display. Besides having the same three camera sensors used on the standard version of the Galaxy Note 10 on the back, the Galaxy Note 10+ will feature a Time of Flight (ToS) sensor. This is used to measure depth more accurately to produce an improved bokeh effect on portraits. The battery on this model will be a larger 4500mAh and a 25W fast charger will come with the unit out of the box.
The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G has twice appeared in benchmark tests. One model (SM-N976V) was the Verizon version of the phone and included 12GB of memory and the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. The international version (SM-N976B) of the phone came with 8GB of memory and the Exynos 9825 under the hood.
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10
All four models should support the PowerShare reverse wireless charging feature that will allow the Galaxy Note 10 to be flipped face down and used as a wireless charging pad. The Galaxy Buds carrying case and a compatible phone can be powered up in this fashion. There is one major caveat: the battery life of the host phone will be reduced as power is drained from that handset to the one receiving the charge. And of course, all four models will come with an S Pen. Last year Samsung made some big changes to its pen stylus, adding Bluetooth LE connectivity. Assuming that no other changes have been made, the S Pen will remotely open the camera app on the Galaxy Note 10 from up to 30 feet away and snap the shutter or reverse the camera. It also can be used to control streaming music or video on the phone.
The Galaxy Note 10 will feature Samsung’s Infinity-O display. That means that there is a punch-hole camera in front for selfies that allows the handset to have a high screen-to-body-ratio. Unlike other models from Sammy that use this design, on the Galaxy Note 10, the punch-hole will be in the top center of the screen instead of being found on the left or right side of the display. This has been seen in what are alleged to be live photos of the device. And the other major design change is also camera-related; the rear cameras will be mounted vertically along the left edge of the phone’s back panel. Last year’s model had the rear cameras placed horizontally along the upper portion of the phone’s rear panel.