Renowned tipster contradicts latest Galaxy Note 10 buttons rumour
So, the rumours may not be true after all. Yesterday, you may have seen reports that the Galaxy Note 10 would feature capacitive power and volume buttons instead of physical ones. All point to Android Police as a source, which claims a insider "familiar with the company's plans" passed along the information. This prompted several headlines proclaiming things like "Samsung will do the unthinkable" and that the "new Galaxy Note 10 design leak will anger everyone".
However, the ever faithful Ice universe has weighed in to inform his followers that the matter is more nuanced than it seems. Corroborating Android Police's industry source, the tipster remarked that an early Note 10 prototype did not have any physical buttons and that it was "very radical". This design did not "pass Samsung's rigorous testing" though, so it has been dropped in favour of a design with physical buttons.
So, it seems that previous reports may have been based on old information, with Samsung reverting more tried and tested functionality instead. They were not so optimistic about the Note 10 having a headphone jack though, which will disappoint some Galaxy Note fans.
This could be the early signs that OEMs are moving towards the idea of using capacitive power and volume buttons. Rumours have also surfaced about Google toying with removing physical buttons from the Pixel 4, but it too has seemingly backtracked on this change too.