Release date, pricing, features, and more

Release date, pricing, features, and more

The Galaxy Note10 is fast approaching, and we’ve got a roundup and breakdown of various rumors about important, core aspects of the phone’s upcoming launch and features. Check out our Q&A style guide below to learn all the latest about Samsung’s new Note in an easy-to-read, digestible format.

Launch date

Q: When will the Note10 launch?

A: August 7th

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note9 on August 9th in 2018, and it is rumored by CNET that the next Note will launch on August 7th this year. Given CNET is a large, reliable publication with a good track record on rumors, you can probably make August 7th the date you mark in your calendar. While phone launches can always be postponed, they’re generally planned very well in advance and require significant venue, service, and travel arrangements to be coordinated, meaning once a date is picked, it’s not trivial to change it. As it’s just two days before the same time the Note9 launched last year, history is also on the side of this rumor. This seems pretty certain.

Design and appearance

Q: What will the Note10 look like?

A: These renders and photos basically tell us.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s new phones have been posted relentlessly in 3D-rendered form by talented rendering artists with access to leaked CAD data. The best look at the Note10+ (previously rumored to be called the Note10 Pro) is this video below, but check out this post for pictures.

You can find similar renders of the smaller, standard Note10 presented in a similar fashion right here. No official press shots of the phones have yet leaked, and will likely give us the clearest, closest look at Samsung’s design language.

IceUniverse suggests the 4G Note10+ could have a 4500mAh battery and faster 25W charging, while Galaxy Club (not what I’d call a reputable source) even suggests the utterly improbably scenario that the smaller phone will have a 3400mAh battery.

Here’s what we can tell you: it’s very, very, very likely that Samsung is deliberately obfuscating the size of the battery in devices used for testing by carriers and technical assurance partners so that leakers are conflicting with one another. This is standard prototype data obfuscation, and you see it very commonly in unreleased phones during testing. Until we see specifications leaked from marketing or technical materials, these numbers are basically placeholders as far as I’m concerned, apart maybe from IceUniverse, who I am more inclined to trust.


Q: What’s changing with the S Pen? Will it have that crazy built-in camera?

A: We don’t know about new features, but no, it probably doesn’t have a camera inside.

PatentlyMobile published a story earlier this year that set blogs on fire across the web claiming that Samsung could put a camera inside the Galaxy Note’s S Pen. Speaking to our sources to date, everything indicates that the Galaxy Note10’s S Pen will be largely indistinguishable from the S Pen of the Note9, which was the first major overhaul of the pen’s design in some years. A hidden camera, therefore, seems incredibly unlikely. Such a feature sounds extremely finicky, expensive, and probably very unreliable. The S Pen doesn’t even have a proper battery – just a supercapacitor with extremely limited life outside the phone. A camera utilizing such a tiny power source seems nigh impossible.

What else?

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