Another year, another launch for Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy Note smartphone. The Note 9 officially landed on 9 August, but new smartphones are so common these days that it shouldn’t be long before we spot a wild Note 10 on the horizon – we reckon about another year should do it.
What would we like to see from the Note 10? Its predecessor was an impressive phone, but sadly seemed to reaffirm the notion that smartphone design has plateaued over the last couple of years. Camera improvements and processor upgrades are all well and good, but it feels like it’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between eye-wateringly expensive new handsets, and their own predecessors.
For this reason, the mission is clear-cut: somehow the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 needs to get us excited about smartphones again.
How do we suggest Samsung go about this? Well, for a start, they could follow the lead of Vivo in developing improved fingerprint scanner technology. A new look wouldn’t go amiss, given that the Note 8 and Note 9 are barely distinguishable. It would also be great to see Samsung follow the lead of Google and include some high quality headphones in the cost of the phone, making that inevitable four-figure sum feel that bit less daunting.
Read down for more details on these, and more features we’d like to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Before that, you’ll find our estimations on what the price and release date of the handset are likely to be.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date: When will it be launched?
As previously mentioned, Samsung has a particular penchant for August releases. The Note 8 and Note 9 were announced on 23 August 2017 and 9 August 2018 respectively, so it would be very surprising if we didn’t see an August 2019 release for the Note 10.
We would forgive Samsung if the announcement came a bit later than this. After all, smartphone release dates are so close together these days that companies hardly have the time to develop new technology between them. However, we expect that Samsung will be eager not to lose ground on their competitors, and will go full steam ahead to make an August release date a possibility.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price: What will it cost?
The Galaxy Note 9 starts at an eye-watering £899, and that’s for the most basic version. More RAM and improved storage will take you into four-figure territory, with the more powerful model costing £1,099.
Unfortunately this level of pricing has been par for the course ever since Apple first broke the four-figure barrier with the iPhone X in October 2017. As smartphone prices have risen consistently over the last few years we would expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to cost in the region of £1000.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: What we’d like to see
Improved fingerprint technology
Probably the most glaring way in which the Note 9 falls behind its rivals is in its fingerprint technology. The small and fiddly scanner is currently located on the back of the handset, allowing for the ultra-slim bezel at the bottom on the other side. Moving the sensor to the front of the handset might compromise its sleek design, but would result in increased user-friendliness, and means you would no longer accidentally smudge your camera when reaching for it.
Alternatively, Samsung could nip this issue in the bud if they were to follow Vivo’s example. The latter’s X21 model premiered in May 2018 with a pioneering under-screen fingerprint sensor. Such technology would enable Samsung’s next Galaxy Note to be more practical than its predecessor, without the need to compromise its sleek design.
If this leak from Patently Apple is to be believed, then Apple could be about to change the fingerprint sensor game completely. The patent shows that the company is looking to use a roster of cameras under the next iPhone’s display, to recreate the 3D structure of the user’s fingerprint. What’s more, the new Touch ID system would reportedly work almost anywhere on the screen. Could we see this on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? 12 months is a long time in the world of technology, after all.
(Above: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
A design overhaul
The Galaxy Note 9 is a good-looking phone. Our only gripe with the design was that the handset was barely distinguishable from its predecessor, the Note 8.
For this reason, we’d like to see a design overhaul on the Note 10. Perhaps it can go down the bezel-less route of the iPhone X and Huawei P20 Pro, if the Korean firm is able to integrate the aforementioned fingerprint technology.
A recent leak from mobile-review.com appears to indicate that the upcoming Google Pixel 3 will come with extra-fancy Pixel Buds, worth around £125, included in the price.
This would be a welcome addition to the Galaxy Note 10, especially if it is to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack found at the bottom of the Note 9 handset. This might go some way to making you feel better about that inevitable four-figure price tag, too.
(Above: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
Longer battery life
The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 4000mAh battery, which is a significant improvement in the battery life of the Note series, but is competitive rather than outstanding when compared to the Note 9’s rivals.
We’d like to see the next edition take this a step further, and make the handset stand out from the crowd, rather than be nestled in the middle of it. Perhaps Samsung could follow Lenovo’s example with their P2 model, and opt for 5000mAh or more. This way you’d be able to enjoy the new Note’s dazzling screen without worrying about compromising battery life.
Bixby was originally introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and has been included on each of the Korean giant’s subsequent smartphones. It is Samsung’s attempt at an alternative to Google Assistant but, quite frankly, it’s just not as good.
This is not ideal, but ultimately somewhat inconsequential. Our biggest issue is the dedicated Bixby button, located on the back of the phone. This is infuriatingly easy to accidentally press, interrupting everything that you were doing in the process. Bixby can be turned off, but Samsung steadfastly refuse to allow the button in question to be remapped for another use.
Our message to Samsung? Improve Bixby, or let us use the button for something else!
Alongside these new features, we hope to see more predictable improvements to the Note 9’s camera, and the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. If you’re keen to stay in the loop, make sure you keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates.