Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release
There’s just a few days left until Samsung finally unveils its all-new and full refreshed Galaxy Note 10 smartphone.
The Korean technology firm will be holding one of its famous Unpacked events in New York on Wednesday, August 7, and there could be plenty to talk about.
Rumours are rife that a number of announcements will take place during this keynote including news on the Note 10, updated wearables and smart speakers.
Express.co.uk will bring you all the latest updates from this global event live, but ahead of this showcase here’s the five things we think Samsung needs to fix to help its next smartphone beat all of the competition.
THAT REAR FINGERPRINT SCANNER
Samsung has had a rear fingerprint scanner on its Note series for a number of years and it’s definitely not one of our favourite features.
Searching for this sensor has never been ideal and often leads to you placing your finger right on the camera lens instead.
Many manufacturers have been trying to combat this design flaw with Apple introducing its Face ID feature and other Android phones now including a scanner under the screen.
Samsung has already tried this new display technology on its latest S10 with users of that phone simply placing their thumb or finger on the screen to unlock the device.
Most of the leaked Note 10 images appear to show a device without a rear scanner and that means Samsung may have finally fixed one of the biggest irritations with this current Note 9 flagship.
The Samsung Note 10 event is taking place later this week
REDUCE THOSE BEZELS
The Note series has always offered big phones but there are now ways include a massive screen without it filling up so much of your pocket.
Android devices are getting ever thinner bezels which means you can cram a much bigger viewing area into a phone that isn’t physically bigger.
Samsung has already launched its S10 which now includes a hole-punched front-facing camera to help reduce the top bezel and the Note could follow.
Most leaked images appear to show a phone with minimal black bars at the top and bottom of the device.
Like the S10, it seems Samsung might be planning to punch the front-facing selfie camera through the screen.
The only difference appears to be the fact that this camera will be placed in a central position rather than to the side.
If this design becomes a reality it could give users a larger display without it being too big to handle.
The Note 9 is about to be superseded
BETTER BATTERY LIFE
Every smartphone fan wants their device to last a little bit longer and the Note 10 could offer a big battery boost.
With Huawei squeezing bigger power packs inside their phones Samsung simply has to keep up.
The Note 9 currently packs a 4,000mAh battery inside its glass and metal body but that could be increased on the next generation phone.
Some reports have even suggested that the Note 10 will get a 4,500mAh battery which would certainly offer a big boost to users.
Another bonus of owning the Note 10 is the possible inclusion of PowerShare tech.
This reverse wireless charging is already included in the Galaxy S10 and we fully expect the Note 10 to follow.
PowerShare turns the phone into a portable charger with it able to refill other devices wirelessly.
How the Samsung Note 10 could look
MORE CAMERAS PLEASE
From the latest leaked images that have appeared online, it seems almost certain that the Note 10 will get a triple rear camera system.
There’s no official word on exactly what lenses will be included but it would make sense for Samsung to follow the Galaxy S10 with an improved zoom and wide-angle option.
The current Note 9 has a dual-camera so the next Note could certainly boost the photography credentials of this latest flagship.
One other snippet of info that’s been spotted is that the lenses look likely to sit in a vertical pattern rather than the horizontal position on the Note 9.
Why Samsung has decided to change things will hopefully become clear during the keynote on Wednesday.
SPEED THINGS UP AND LEAVE THE HEADPHONE PORT ALONE
When it comes to performance Apple still leads the way.
The iPhone continues to win speed and benchmarks tests but will that change with the Note 10?
It’s unclear which processors will be tucked inside this phone but it’s likely that Samsung will launch a Snapdragon device and one powered by its own Exynos chip.
The Note has always been pitched as a phone for those wanting to work on the move and more power will surely be welcomed but its loyal fanbase.
Although improved speed is good news there could be something that won’t make Samsung fans feel quite so happy.
It’s almost certain that the headphone port is heading for the history books with those owning a new Note having to switch to USB-C or wireless cans.