Samsung Galaxy Note 10: leaked features, plus specs and release date
Korean tech giant leaks charging features ahead of Wednesday reveal
Samsung will officially unveil its new Galaxy Note 10 in a matter of days, though the company may have beaten itself to the punch after details leak on its own website.
According to tech news site XDA Developers, the Korean smartphone maker revealed on its events page that the unannounced mobile will come with a new feature called “Superfast Charge”.
Samsung didn’t reveal any details about the feature, though the news site believes that users may be able to can charge their phone faster courtesy of a new power adapter - rumoured to be available in either 25W or 45W form.
The tech firm’s website also referenced “Intelligent Battery”, “Wireless PowerShare” and a “next-generation” version of the firm’s S-Pen stylus, notes TechRadar. This all-but-confirms that the Note 10 can charge other handsets wirelessly and automatically prolong its battery life.
Fans will have to wait until Wednesday for the Galaxy Note 10’s official unveiling. In the meantime, here’s a run down of the latest rumours and - unconfirmed - reports about the new phone:
When will it come out?
Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy note 10 will be unveiled on Wednesday 7 August at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York - the same venue used for the Note 9’s reveal, TechRadar reports.
Invites to the event feature Samsung’s S-Pen “circling” around a new camera sensor, along with the tagline: “take the Galaxy’s connected ecosystem to the next level”, the tech site adds.
How much will it cost?
Last year’s Galaxy Note 9 cost £899 at launch, so the new model is likely to be priced in that region.
What will the Note 10 look like?
Early rumours suggested that the new handset would look almost identical to the Galaxy S10, albeit with a larger display.
As such, the phablet would feature the S10’s edge-to-edge OLED display and asymmetric “punch hole” lens - where the screen wraps around the selfie camera lens - tucked in the top right-hand side of the front panel.
However, Forbes reports that “popular Samsung insider” Ice Universe has suggested the phablet will feature a “perfectly symmetrical” screen design, with the punch hole camera either positioned centrally at the top of the front panel, or removed entirely in the vein of the firm’s new Infinity Display.
It remains unclear where the phonemaker would place the selfie camera if it were to remove the punch hole lens. Some rival firms, including Chinese tech giant Oppo, use a pop-up lens that emerges from the top of the device when the camera app is launched.
Is a Note 10 Pro model in the works?
It looks like it. Several outlets are reporting that a Galaxy Note 10 Pro, offering a bigger battery and a larger display, will launch alongside the standard Note 10.
The Galaxy Note 10 Pro is expected to boast a 6.8in display, up from the base model’s 6.3in panel, as well as “beefier specs” including more ram and larger storage capacities, says tech news site Tom’s Guide.
Tech Times reports that the Note 10 Pro will share the same 4,500mAh battery pack as the S10 5G, which means users “won’t have to worry about running into battery life problems during the day”.
Will the new models support 5G?
Hans Vestberg, chief executive of US telecoms giant Verizon, confirmed in a call with investors earlier this year that the “Note and the Galaxy [S10] coming this year will both have 5G”, The Verge reports.
This means the phablet will be capable of connecting to the new mobile signal, which offers users broadband-rivalling download speeds while out and about.
But the Note 10 wouldn’t be the first Samsung phone capable of connecting to a 5G network.
The Galaxy S10 5G, the range-topping model in the S10 line-up, can connect to the ultra-fast signal and is available to order through EE for £69 per month with an upfront cost of £150.