Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note renders show in-screen fingerprint scanner and no headphone jack
Seriously, stop taking away our headphone jacks.
These are supposedly based off of actual CAD files for the phone, and confirm some of the prior leaks. Oh, and one of the best reasons to have a Galaxy Note over a Galaxy S-range just disappeared.
Where’s my damn headphone jack, Samsung?
The Galaxy Note range was one of the last hold-outs for keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack. If the CAD files that these renders were based on are accurate, it seems that the Note has joined the rest of the marketplace in removing the physical headphone jack. Expect one more dongle in your packaging and one more tear in my eye.
There are a bunch of other Note 10 rumors that were either confirmed or squashed by these renders, so let’s do a quick rundown:
- Physical side buttons: There were some rumors going around that the Note 10 would have touch-sensitive buttons on the sides, without any physical ones. It appears Samsung sent that idea back to the drawing board for now, as the Note 10 appears to have (most) of the physical buttons of the Note 9. There is one button missing, however – the divisive Bixby button (Hurray!)
- Infinity-O screen: The hole-punch has struck again, with Samsung seemingly putting the selfie camera cut-out in the middle of the OLED screen, instead of in the corner like on the Galaxy S10 range
- No visible fingerprint sensor: Samsung is probably putting the same ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint sensor that is used in the Galaxy S10 into the Note 10
- Two versions are likely: There will be a smaller Galaxy Note 10 and a bigger version. Both sizes are rumored to have a 4G and 5G model.
- The forward-facing cameras have been relocated: Instead of being in the middle of the back, the camera cluster is now in the top left-hand corner. The smaller Note 10 will get three cameras (probably the same three on the S10), while the larger model should get four, with a Time-of-Flight sensor joining them.
- Specifications: Okay, this one is pure speculation but the Galaxy Note 10 is expected to ship with either then Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 SoC, up to 12GB of RAM, and Android 9 Pie running out of the box
I have to say, it doesn’t really feel like a Note to me. I mean the S-pen is there, but everything else (including the multiple models) makes it feel like a different device.
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