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Galaxy Note 10 release – Samsung’s new phablet could be disappointing for three reasons


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release

Galaxy Note 10 has been tipped to arrive in two sizes (Image: WinFuture • Samsung • Getty)

Galaxy Note 10 is anticipated to break from Samsung tradition by releasing in two models that vary in form factor and features.

The first has been rumoured to tout a 6.28-inch display while the larger variant is expected to be called the Note 10+ and come equipped with a gargantuan 6.75-inch panel.

In addition to touting a bigger screen and presumably battery, the Note 10+ has been claimed to tout four cameras on its rear as opposed to the three present on the standard model.

The flagship duo have been tipped to both flaunt a primary, telephoto and an ultra wide-angle snapper but the Note 10+ has been said to come with an additional time-of-flight (TOF) sensor.

This could allow the larger product to take portrait photos with more accurate bokeh effects.

Both models of the Note 10 are expected to come with a new design – alleged images of the hardware that leaked before its grand unveiling have shown Samsung’s forthcoming phablet with an all-screen aesthetic on its front.

In particular, Note 10 has been showcased in multiple renders with an almost bezel-less display but with a circular cutout within it.

Unlike the S10 series though, the Note 10 is anticipated to place its hole punch at the top of its display in the middle as opposed to positioning it off to the side.

In addition to this, the Note 10 series is expected to come with new S Pen features, a hefty battery and may even support 5G in certain models.

But while the Note 10 gives Android fans many reasons to get excited, here are three reasons why it could be disappointing.

Note 10 could be the first Samsung flagship without a headphone jack

Rumours declaring the Note 10 would be the first Samsung flagship to come without a signature headphone jack started as early as October.

While further leaks appeared to corroborate such claims, it seems the absence of the age-old port has been confirmed by the US’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As reported by The Verge, SlashLeaks and XDA Developers, the FCC appeared to accidentally post images of the Note 10.

Neither the top nor bottom of the device appeared to showcase the 3.5 millimetre socket, suggesting Android fans wanting to use their wired headphones without the need for an adaptor will be out of luck if they pick up a Note 10.

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Note 10 could be the first Samsung flagship without a headphone jack (Image: Twitter @evleaks)

US customers could miss out on the best performance

Samsung traditionally varies the chipset inside its devices depending on the region it is sold in – the Galaxy S10 for instance arrived in the UK and other European territories with the firm’s own Exynos 9820 processor while in other areas, such as the US, the flagship was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 silicon.

The Galaxy Note 10 has been tipped to be powered by a new chipset from Samsung called the Exynos 9825 in some areas – the new processor should allow the device to deliver even quicker performance than S10 units running the old Exynos unit.

Samsung is not the only manufacturer to have announced a mid-year refresh to its processors though – Qualcomm recently unveiled an updated version of its Snapdragon 855 chipset dubbed the Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The semiconductor firm declared the 855 Plus should be more capable than its predecessor in a number of areas such as gaming, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

However, WinFuture has claimed the Note 10 will not come with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, instead sticking with its Snapdragon 855 chipset.

While the 855 is certainly a commendable performer, its presence in Samsung’s new device will surely come as a disappointment to many Android fans craving the best specifications possible.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release

Note 10 is expected to come with an all-screen design (Image: WinFuture)

Fast charging could cost extra

Samsung’s Note 10 has been said to support 25W fast charging by Ice Universe – the leaker recently posted an image on Twitter seemingly confirming the hardware will come with a charger capable of delivering such speeds.

However, it seems Samsung’s newest flagship could be capable of supporting faster charging, but it may require customers to pay extra for it.

Galaxy Club recently noticed retailer listings for a new Samsung charger that delivers 45W speeds.

While the outlet noted there was no mention of the brick being tied to the Note 10 series, it speculated this is because it may not be packed in with the device.

Instead, the publication noted it could cost €50 (£45) for the more powerful charger.

If the recent post from Ice Universe is accurate, it is possible the Note 10 could come with a 25W charger in the box but those that want faster speeds may have to pay an additional charge.

WinFuture has claimed the Galaxy Note 10 will be priced from €999 (£900) while the Note 10+ will start at €1,149 (£1,036).



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