Do you remember the buttonless abomination that was the HTC U12+? Samsung must have taken a long hard look at that concept and decided that its something needed to be considered. The latest rumour in town, claimed to originate at “a source familiar with the company’s plans”, says the Galaxy Note10 will lack the actual physical buttons.
Those will be replaced by capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas, which will probably be highlighted by raised bumps or special textures along the edge. We hope Samsung manages to pull this off more than HTC could, in terms of usability and haptic feedback.
Before you ask: yes, both versions of the Note10 will get the same treatment. Oh, and yes, this rumor also confirms there will be two sizes of the stylus-toting flagship. So it looks like you need to get ready to embrace the Note line’s buttonless future.
And speaking of removals, the headphone jack will be killed too. Samsung reportedly saw fit to make the Note10 its first flagship smartphone to not have the 3.5 mm connector, for whatever reason. You can bet the spin will have something to do with fitting a bigger battery instead, but we all know it’s just the trend du jour and soon there won’t be any handset on the market with a headphone jack.
The lack of buttons, on the other hand, might have some actual upsides – no keys means no cutouts in the aluminum frame, and those cutouts tend to be the weakest points in the chassis of any modern phone. So without them it might be possible to have a thinner frame design without compromising on structural integrity.
The Note10 is expected to be presented in August, if Samsung sticks to its usual timeline. The phablet will have a rearranged rear camera setup and a punch-hole display with a single selfie cam in the middle (as seen in the render above, created by Ben Geskin). The device should get very fast charging, a 19:9 screen, and perhaps a 6.66-inch display for the bigger model, which also gets a 4,500 mAh battery, whereas its smaller sibling will have to make do with 3,400.