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5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be in the works; mysterious "luge" spotted

It's possible the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could arrive 5G ready. (Source: Phone Arena)
It's possible the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could arrive 5G ready. (Source: Phone Arena)
XDA Developers has discovered a clue in the kernel source code for the Exynos versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up that could point to the development of a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10. The code also offered up a new device codename “luge.” It has been speculated that this could be one of Samsung’s next foldable smartphones.

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Whilst poring over the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones that sport an Exynos 9820 SoC, XDA Developers came across a couple of interesting details that will help spark a few rumors. First up is the discovery of the line “CONFIG_CAMERA_DAVINCI5G is not set”. The supposed codename for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was leaked months ago as “Da Vinci”. It could be reasonable to presume the “5G” part is self-explanatory, thus believable that the South Korean manufacturer is working on a 5G version of the next-generation Note phablet.

Of course, it has to be remembered this is all based on the information that “Da Vinci” is the actual codename for the Galaxy Note 10 and not a different Samsung device. The aforementioned configuration line was found in the code for the regional variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10 that comes with an Exynos 9820 chip, which is the same SoC that the Note 10 is expected to feature. For reference, the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 that is expected later this year has the codename “beyondx”.

A continued search of the code threw up another interesting detail: The codename “luge”. XDA Developers has suggested “luge” could refer to one of the two new foldable smartphones Samsung is reported to be working on. It looks like there will be two Samsung mysteries, one about “luge” and one based on the Galaxy Note 10, unraveling over the next few months.

Code sighting of "Da Vinci 5G". (Source: XDA Developers)
Code sighting of "Da Vinci 5G". (Source: XDA Developers)
Device with codename "luge". (Source: XDA Developers)
Device with codename "luge". (Source: XDA Developers)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03-13 (Update: 2019-03-13)