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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have a compact variant

An up-to-date render for the Galaxy Note 10. (Source: DBSDesigning)
An up-to-date render for the Galaxy Note 10. (Source: DBSDesigning)
Samsung produced a smaller-screen version of its S-line flagships this year. Now, a Korean news outlet claims that its sources have said the OEM will do the same with the Note series. However, this version may be exclusive to the European market.

The Galaxy Note 10 may be the hottest Samsung mobile device since the S10 line was released at the start of the year. Despite some rumors that indicated this traditional mid- to late-year launch may be disrupted by a name change for the S Pen-toting phone, many correspondents have maintained their anticipation and enthusiasm for its 2019 update.

A Korean news agency, The Bell, now believes that Samsung is planning another form of departure from the norm in the Galaxy Note 10. It is usually released as a device with some storage SKUs, but only one footprint. However, the OEM has shown its increased flexibility in this regard with the S10e, a 'budget' or 'compact' form of the flagship with a reduced screen-size and RAM capacity compared to the 2 more usual variants, the S10 and S10+.

The Bell alleges that the Galaxy Note 10 will also get the same treatment. This could confer the advantage of greater pocketability and easier usability on some customers. On the other hand, a 'Note 10e' may also come with some critical compromises. These could include less memory; the loss of some 'full' Note features (particularly if they are new for 2019), and an S Pen that is diminished (or, if The Bell's suggestion is accurate, absent altogether).

It must be noted that most Galaxy Note fans go for this series specifically because of the increased screen real estate - and, obviously, the additional productivity or UX aspect of the S Pen itself. Nevertheless, The Bell asserts that the new, smaller Note 10 is coming. However, should it actually make it to Samsung's next major launch, it may also only be sold in the European market.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04- 2 (Update: 2019-04- 2)