O Samsung Galaxy Note 10 it will only show up in Brazil on September 2, but the first units are already starting to be delivered around the world. As usual, the iFixit disassembled the launch of Samsung, in its 5G version, to show what’s inside: standardized screws, a lot of glue on the battery and a new vibration motor in place of the old 3.5 mm headphone jack.
This is the first cell phone in the Note line without P2 (or P3) input: Samsung explains that it removed the component to increase the battery capacity by 100 mAh, an increase of 2% to 3%, depending on the model. In addition, the additional space would have allowed the company to improve the tactile feedback engine.
In the corner where P2 used to be, iFixit really found a new vibration engine: it is square (instead of circular) and bigger than that of past generations. The change indicates that Samsung was more careful with haptic technology, which was criticized for being too noisy: “You can hear the vibration engine, which ends with the purpose of putting the phone in vibration mode”, says the SamMobile.
Apple made a similar change to the iPhone 7, which won a vibration engine called the Taptic Engine and also retired the 3.5mm headphone jack. At the time, Samsung created advertisements making fun of Apple’s decision. The advertising pieces were removed from YouTube by Samsung itself in early 2019, months before the official announcement of the Galaxy Note 10.
The dismantling of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does not show great news. IFixit celebrates the fact that many components are modular and independently replaceable; despite this, the end of the P2 input can mean greater wear on the USB-C port. There is a large amount of glue on the glass back cover and especially on the battery, which makes changing it “more difficult than ever”.
Inside, we see a huge 16.56 Wh battery and a typical capacity of 4,300 mAh that weighs 59.1 grams (four more than Note 9), a 256 GB eUFS 3.0 flash memory from Samsung, an LPDDR4X RAM of 12 GB from Samsung, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor (Brazil will receive the version with Exynos) and a green rectangle that can be Qualcomm QTM052, a 5G mmWave antenna module.
On the positive side, the Galaxy Note 10+ has screws of the same size, so you only need a screwdriver. However, because of the excess glue and the way the cell phone is assembled, simple repairs, such as changing the screen, require a complete dismantling. Therefore, the device earned a 3/10 score on the repairability index – that is, it is more difficult to repair than the Galaxy Note 9, with a 4/10 rating.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will be announced in Brazil on September 2. The 5G version will initially not be sold here. Samsung has not yet released local prices. In the United States, smartphones start at $ 949 (Note 10) and $ 1,099 (Note 10+).