The Galaxy Note 10 will be Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to remove the headphone jack. And we know this because xda-developers spotted that none other than the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just gave the game away by accidentally publishing photos of the phone as part of its certification process. And it’s not the only bad news.
Compounding this, the FCC’s photos also show the Galaxy Note 10 will continue to fit a small, downward firing external speaker, while it’s not immediately clear from them whether the microSD slot is still present. Reports have claimed it will be limited to the new Galaxy Note 10+, which has an eye-watering price tag.
Even if the microSD slot does survive, however, it’s astonishing that Samsung is looking to feature strip from the Galaxy Note 10 given these are features present on the Galaxy S10 line-up and it is the Note which is famed for its do-all business credentials.
Positives? The FCC photos confirm the Galaxy Note 10 measures 162.5 x 77.6 mm, which isn’t a lot larger than the Note 9 (161.9 x 76.4mm) despite its bigger display, while you can also see the Note 10’s upgraded triple camera system which includes a time-of-flight (ToF) camera that was previously reserved for the limited edition Galaxy S10 5G. Thanks to Verizon, we also know a 5G Galaxy Note 10 is coming soon.
And yet all of this leaves me conflicted. In better light, we know the Note 10 looks great and, thanks to its S Pen, the range remains one of the most interesting smartphones available today, but seeing it lose differentiators is painful. Especially when even the S Pen is coming under pressure.
It was this time last year that fears for the future of the Galaxy Note range grew. I will always fight for such a unique device but, right now, Samsung is doing its best to chip away at the features which make this phone unique and that concerns me greatly.
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