Today we’re going to take a peek at the cameras included on the near-most-expensive Samsung phone ever released. We had a chat earlier this week about why the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro won’t necessarily be THE most expensive Samsung phone ever released. Today we’re speaking about some of the details that might make this phone more appealing than the most expensive Samsung phone – another device that’s not yet been sent to consumers.
Earlier this week we cut apart the pricing structure for the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy Fold. It’s been tipped that the Galaxy Fold will retain the champion belt for most-expensive-ever for a Samsung smartphone – at least until the end of this year. The next most expensive phone will be the larger of the two Galaxy Note 10 units coming in August.
The larger device goes by the name Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro, and it’s been leaked as having a 6.75-inch display with a potential 90Hz image refresh rate. Given the relative low cost of this sort of display, it’d sort of be shocking to find Samsung NOT using a 90Hz display by August of this year.
This device is tipped to roll with the slimmest bezels on any Samsung phone yet released. It’ll also have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC or Exynos 9820 depending on region. The battery inside will be approximately 4500mAh with 45W fast charging with USB-C.
There’ll of course be an S Pen embedded in the body of this smartphone, but not a whole lot’s been leaked about any changes that’ve been made to this tool since the Galaxy Note 9. Maybe nothing has changed at all?
NOTE: If it weren’t already obvious, all details I’m speaking about here come from leaks, tips, and pre-announcement data. Nothing here’s been confirmed by Samsung, and it all could be subject to change. We’re close to release, but we’re not there yet!
On the back is where we get the biggest bit of excitement, save the several confirmed front-facing features we looked at yesterday. On the back we’ve got a set of cameras that’ll bring about new functionality for the Galaxy Note 10 Pro, starting with a ToF camera sensor.
In the center on the right of this camera array is the ToF (time of flight) 3D depth sensor. This is similar to what you’ll find on some front-facing arrays over the last year, allowing facial scanning for face-unlock. This back-facing ToF sensor will unlock Samsung’s “Make & Play 3D” system of augmented reality and in-phone 3D features.
This phone will be able to capture spatial, depth, and distance with sensors on its backside camera array. Other devices with this sensor include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy A80.
At the top on the right is an LED flash module, and on the bottom is a flood illuminator. On the left are the primary, wide, and telephoto lenses. The placement of these individual modules was leaked by a Weibo leakster by the name of Martian-X (original post link source since removed). This information was later given a resounding “looks right to me” by a secondary source with knowledge on the subject who wished to remain anonymous.
If the camera lenses remain the same as the leak we reported earlier this year, the three modules on the left (and the ToF on the right) are as the list below suggests.
• 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
• TOF camera (Time of Flight, 3D sensor)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have cameras very similar to (and quite possibly identical in some hardware) to that of the Galaxy S10 5G. That device is rather expensive in and of itself – so a slightly costlier Galaxy Note 10 Pro would not be a shock. With the high-end array of cameras and sensors at the back, a larger-than-ever Infinity-O AMOLED display up front, and the robust set of features we’ve come to expect from the Galaxy Note in general, the Pro will certainly make a strong attempt at justifying its large cost.
We’re expecting the Samsung event for this device and the standard Note 10 to come on August 7th, 2019. That’ll then suggest a preorder date that same week, then a release date for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro of late August, 2019.