Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 — the company’s latest answer to the iPhone XS Max — just leaked out ahead of its official unveiling in August.
New photos reveal the flagship version of the phablet in the wild for the first time. It sports a giant, edge-to-edge display, as expected. But it’s not just a larger version of the Galaxy S10.
Samsung already promised that its new Note 10 lineup won’t be affected by the ongoing Galaxy Fold delay. So, we’re still expecting to see it in August, and the first evidence of an imminent debut has now surfaced.
Photos of a Note 10+ — the high-end version of the Note 10 — published online give us a glimpse of the new design. While not the best images, unfortunately, they do give us an early taste of what Samsung has up its sleeve.
Note 10+ ditches depth sensor for smaller cutout
The Note 10+ looks to have an edge-to-edge, hole-punch display. That means that, like the Galaxy S10, it has a cutout for its front-facing camera — not a notch. The cutout is centered this time, and it’s smaller than that on the S10+.
That’s because Samsung appears to have done away with a front-facing depth sensor. The upcoming design also places the tiny, front-facing speaker between the display and the device’s frame so it doesn’t encroach on the screen.
Images of the back of the device show rear-facing cameras arranged vertically, like those on the iPhone XS Max, rather than horizontally, like those on the S10 and S10+.
What about the design?
Sadly, the images aren’t too sharp and are badly lit, so we can’t tell what the Note 10+ will actually look like. But we expect its exterior to be similar to that of other Samsung flagships, with curved glass panels front and back.
The images also don’t make it any clearer whether the Note 10 lineup will come with a headphone jack or microSD card slot. Recent rumors suggest Samsung will do away with those this year.
Ready to battle iPhone XS Max
The Note series consists of Samsung’s largest flagships, and typically competes with the iPhone XS Max. Its lack of a notch may convince some Apple fans to make the switch. However, Android vendors still find it difficult to match Face ID.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the Note 10 offers a compelling alternative to the XS Max when it debuts.
Source: TechTalk TV