We already know some of the news, with Samsung announcing some of its smaller summer products — like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Galaxy Tab S6 — ahead of the big Unpacked event, presumably leaving more time for the good stuff.
And while Samsung isn’t officially announcing the Note 10 until Wednesday, the usual flood of leaks means we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect when the company takes the stage at the Barclays Center at 4PM ET that day. Here’s everything we know so far:
GALAXY NOTE 10 (AND FRIENDS)
The star of the show is expected to be the Galaxy Note 10, the latest in Samsung’s line of big-screened, stylus-equipped devices. If the Galaxy S line is the company’s mainstream device, the Note is for true Samsung aficionados, often offering cutting edge features and bizarre experiments before any of its other hardware.
Two (or four) Notes: Samsung is rumored to have two models of Note 10 this year: a smaller 6.3-inch Note 10, and a souped-up Note 10 Plus with a massive 6.8-inch display. For comparison, the S10 has a 6.1-inch screen, and the S10 Plus offers a 6.4-inch panel, meaning that standard Note 10 will be smaller than both the larger S10 Plus and last year’s Note 9, which also had a 6.4-inch screen. Both Notes will feature Samsung’s Infinity-O displays, too, with razor-thin top bezels achieved by putting a single hole-punch camera directly in the middle of the top of the display.
The difference between the two Note 10s isn’t just screen size, though. While both Notes will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, the bigger Note 10 Plus will have improved hardware in a few key respects. According to reliable leaks from WinFuture, the Note 10 is said to have a 3,500 mAh battery, 12W wireless charging, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage — with no microSD card slot to expand it. The Note 10 Plus, however, will reportedly have a massive 4,300 mAh battery, 20W wireless charging, up to 45W charging speeds for USB-C charging, 12GB of RAM, and the same 256 GB storage, but with a microSD slot added.
The Note 10 Plus is also said to have an additional ToF (time-of-flight) sensor on the back, which could enable better portrait mode depth effects and augmented reality, although we’ll have to wait to see what Samsung intends to use it for to know for sure.
Upgraded S Pen
It wouldn’t be a Note without an S Pen, and the Note 10’s stylus is apparently getting a few new tricks up its sleeve. This year, the big addition is said to be some kind of motion gestures, that will let you control the phone through the S Pen by moving it around, but without actually directly touching the display. It’s not totally clear how the new S Pen will achieve this (or how useful it’ll be), but expect Samsung to have a demo or two showcasing the feature.
Both models of Note 10 are expected to get an updated triple-camera system, with three lenses on the back: a 12-megapixel main lens that can adjust from f/1.5 to f/2.4, a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide lens, and a 12-megapixel f/2.1 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. And as mentioned before, the Note 10 Plus is expected to have an extra time-of-flight camera, for a total of four rear lenses.
Both phones will have just a single 10 megapixel front-facing camera (unlike the Galaxy S10 Plus, which had two for its hole-punch camera).
Of course, why stop at two Notes? Samsung is an early adopter for 5G, with the S10 5G model already out and a planned 5G version of the delayed Galaxy Fold. According to the rumors, Samsung might have 5G models of both Note 10 sizes, for a total of four Note 10 variants (which, if true, probably won’t confuse anyone at all.)
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