GALAXY Note 9 is expected to be updated by Samsung later this year and reports surrounding the device have suggested it could make hugely controversial changes.
Galaxy Note 9 debuted in August last year and it is expected its successor, the presumably-titled Galaxy Note 10, will arrive at around the same time in 2019.
It has been speculated the Galaxy Note 9 will take design cues from Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series.
This means it is possible the device could reduce its bezels, have an improved camera system and place its fingerprint sensor underneath its display.
It is expected the Galaxy Note 10 will have similar internals to the Galaxy S10 that is powered by either Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 processor or Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 depending on the region it is sold in.
SamMobile has already reported the Galaxy Note 10 will sport four cameras on its rear, similar to what is already present on the 5G model of the S10.
Unfortunately, the outlet’s sources did not discuss what the purpose of each lens could be.
The S10 5G comes with the same standard, telephoto and wide-angle cameras as the standard S10 and S10+.
However, the handset features an added time-of-flight (TOF) module on its rear that could be used to improve portrait mode shots and augmented reality (AR).
While adding cameras to improve the photography of the Note series would surely be appreciated by Samsung fans, the newest version of the flagship phablet has also been rumoured to make two controversial changes.
First and foremost, a report emerged back in October from Korean publication ETNews that stated Samsung is considering the removal of the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10.
If true, this would make the new phablet the first Samsung flagship to come without the port.
All four models of the Galaxy S10 have a 3.5millimetre socket for audio.
If true, such a change would surely be controversial for Android fans that enjoy listening to music with wired headphones.
Although an adapter or a pair of USB-C headphones could be used to get around the headphone jack’s removal, this means it is not possible for users to listen to music and charge the device at the same time, unless they are doing the latter wirelessly.
A more recent report from ETNews has suggested the Note 10 may also come without any physical buttons whatsoever.
Instead, it was noted the handset could take advantage of gestures and touch sensors to perform functions such as locking and altering media volume.
The Korean outlet added the Note 10 may not be the first device to come without traditional buttons.
It was noted Samsung’s A series of smartphones will receive the design change first.
The lack of traditional buttons will certainly come as a concern to some Android fans that have become accustomed to traditional keys.
While rumours have suggested some huge changes are in store for the Galaxy Note 10, it is worth noting nothing about the device has been officially confirmed by Samsung.