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Samsung confirms Galaxy Note10 launch for 7th August

by Mark Tyson on 2 July 2019, 13:11

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Last month HEXUS reported on the leaked plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 launch. That report has proved to be correct, as the official invitations for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event on 7th August have been sent out, and there's a blog post on the official Samsung News site about the upcoming event too.

Currently Samsung is still playing its cards close to its chest with regard to the Note10, if that is what it will be called. The official news blog post is minimal in content and the embedded video, as reproduced above, isn't very informative. In the video above you see someone draw a circle using an S Pen and then that circle morphs into what looks like a smartphone camera lens. That's it. Though with any Note launch the emphasis is on what the extra functionality the S Pen can deliver, the video hints at some innovation or refinement with regard to taking photos with this smart device.

In our previous report we looked over the latest Note10 rumours and leaked photos. Some think there will be a standard Note10 and a Note10+ device, with screen diagonals of 6.3-inch and 6.75-inch respectively. Leaked images suggest a rolled-side-edges Infinity-O display with a single centralised selfie-cam cut-out will be used in both instances. Improvements and refinements will abound, but there is some concern about whether Samsung will do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack and whether it will be a 'buttonless' device.

Some of the newest Galaxy Note10 'live' images from TechTalkTV.

Samsung Galaxy Fold issues embarrassing, says company CEO

In a recent meeting with The Independent and several other media organisations in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung has explained how the Galaxy Fold technical problems occurred, and revealed the current status of Galaxy Fold.

Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh was very candid in admitting that the launch "was embarrassing," and he admitted personal responsibility by adding "I pushed it through before it was ready."

Koh says that Samsung is well on the way to making good on its mistakes and noted that "We defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about, but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing". Only a handful of review units got into the wild, so this time Samsung managed to avoid a costly and even more embarrassing recall program. Also one must remember that at least this mistake didn't present any physical danger to end users.

When can we expect to see the Galaxy Fold ship? Koh still won't name a date. "In due course," he told the media outlets gathered in Seoul. "Give us a bit more time."

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Not too keen on the centre front camera location. It's right in central focal view when looking at the screen. I prefer the current S10 camera on the side instead.

Also, don't fancy putting any greasy marks on the lens each time I pull the menu down from the top.
I don't want a hole in my screen. It's that simple. That being said, if you can manage this through software and isolate this area of the screen (i.e. turn it black during film / photo / presentation playback and during normal use have it black with notifications either side) I'd be happy enough.

The size with the curved screen might be an issue as holding the thing securely is bad enough with smaller edge devices. I do make regular use of the edge panel, etc but the actual curved screen just isn't much of selling point for me.

I have to say Samsung has once again gone up in my estimation as a result of their screw ups. The Note 7 debacle resulted in a massive hit financially for the company but they did loads of research into the root cause and then published it for all to use as well as making their own batteries safer. They also took corporate responsibility even though they could have farmed this out to their battery suppliers. This time they've gone “awwwww…. poo” and recalled the devices very publicly, put an embarrassing hold on the product and then, most importantly, instead of blaming the reviewers for removing parts they shouldn't (I'd argue that the screen shouldn't come apart to start with…) the CEO took responsibility for rushing the product and admitted they made a mistake. That gets my respect especially as companies like Apple have so many recurrent issues and fail to even resolve many of them on the quiet, never mind taking public responsibility for them (the latest “feature” in a MacBook pro I've heard about is to put a connector in an area common for liquid ingress which has a 50V power rail next to a data connection which goes straight to the CPU with no protection… that has been known to be an issue for 3 or 4 years now and instead of ingress just shorting it but it failing safe and just needing the connector cleaning out, it fails by frying the processor).
It's been said that the new S-Pen will feature its own camera. That might be what the teaser video alludes to.
No 3.5mm headphone socket. I'm out