Samsung Galaxy Note devices have not proved as popular as the cheaper Galaxy S smartphones. The Note 10 may be about to change that.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 3, 2019

A new Note 10 smartphone will be launched at a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event next month.

Samsung said the Unpacked event will be live-streamed from the the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York, on August 7 at 4pm ET. It is the same venue that Note 9 was launched last year.

The invitation from the South Korean technology giant included a video that indicated that a stylus, the S Pen, will be part of the new Note 10. The stylus pointed to what appeared to be a small camera lens.

Patently Mobile reported in February that Samsung had lodged a patent for a camera to be part of the S Pen.

There is also a rumour, first published by Sam Mobile, that the new Note 10 will have four cameras on the back of the smartphone.

Another tale that has fuelled anticipation for the Note 10 series is that it will support up to 45W fast charging, which would make it the fastest Samsung smartphone recharge to date. Universe Ice tweeted that the Galaxy S10 series supported up to 25W fast charging. If the Galaxy Note 10 does launch with 45W support, it will be a just less than double the speed of the Galaxy S10 series.

Samsung’s Note series of devices haven’t sold nearly as well as the cheaper Galaxy S smartphones.

Introduced in 2011, the first Samsung Galaxy Note started the trend toward bigger displays on phones. It’s a trend that has become the norm across the mobile industry. The size of the first Note’s screen was 5.3 inches, which is almost small compared to today’s giants, such as the Note 9’s 6.4-inch display and the iPhone XS Max’s 6.5-inch screen.

Another major talking point is whether Samsung’s flagship phone will have 5G capacity. Current first-generation 5G phones do not support the long-range ‘nationwide’ forms of 5G that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all intend to start deploying later this year or next year, PC Mag reported.

This requires the Qualcomm X55 modem, which Qualcomm has alternately said will be in phones “later this year” or “late this year”. Both AT&T and T-Mobile have promised phones this year with support for features only found on the X55.