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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 gets fancy codename, foreshadows innovative designs

A concept of the upcoming Note 10 featuring a bezel-less curved display. (Source: Wang Haiyin@Behance)
A concept of the upcoming Note 10 featuring a bezel-less curved display. (Source: Wang [email protected])
As Samsung pushed hard to introduce the first foldable phone this year, the S10 and Note 10 flagships did not receive significant upgrades, leaving the real innovations for 2019. The Note 10 will be among the first 5G smartphones from Samsung and it could come with a new bezel-less display that integrates an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.
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While the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 turned out to be decent devices, it is clear Samsung did not put much effort into its flagship smartphones this year. Apparently, the Korean company has been focusing more on the launch of the first foldable device, the Galaxy X, which should be revealed in November. Rumor has it that some technologies that would be featured in the Galaxy X could be included in next year’s S10 and Note 10. Moreover, a new tweet from notorious leaker Ice Universe seems to confirm this, at least for the Note 10 phablet.

Ice Universe recently revealed that the codename for the Note 10 device is “Da Vinci,” suggesting the arrival of some innovative technologies in the 2019 phablet. Everyone was expecting a new design this year, but, unfortunately, Samsung decided to make minimal upgrades to the S9 and Note 9 models. The S10 is supposed to be the first device to integrate the in-display fingerprint scanner (unless it gets featured in the Galaxy X first), and the Note 10 is most likely going to get this feature, possibly even a better ultrasonic version.

The in-display fingerprint scanner should also bring a totally new OLED display, so there is a chance for a completely bezel-les screen. Of course, all 2019 flagship models would integrate 5G connectivity and improved SoCs, not to mention better imaging components like the rumored rear triple-camera setup. Fans have been asking for improved wireless charging, as well, so Samsung is bound to release more powerful wireless chargers next year.

Were this year’s flagship models lacking in innovation? It may appear so, but Samsung had its reasons. We will see if this detour was warranted with the November launch of the Galaxy X.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-09-12 (Update: 2018-09-12)