O Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ have just been announced by Samsung: they won an S Pen with gesture support, fast charging up to 45 watts and the new Exynos 9825 processor. However, both phones lost their 3.5mm headphone jack: the company says that this allowed to increase the capacity of the battery. The smaller model also comes without support for micro SD.
Samsung explains to the Tecnoblog which removed the P2 port to add 100 mAh to the battery capacity, an increase of 2% to 3% depending on the model. The Galaxy Note 10 has 3,500 mAh, against 4,300 mAh for the Note 10+.
The company also told the The Verge that this helped to improve the tactile feedback motor, because there is no longer an empty cavity for the 3.5 mm connector. Of course, the S Pen compartment is still there.
It is worth remembering that Samsung has already launched other phones without a phone jack, including the Galaxy A60, Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A8s. This connector is missing on the Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab S6 tablets.
This started with Apple and has become a trend among several manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus, Motorola and Sony. According to the GSM Arena, 135 mobile phones and tablets have been launched without a phone jack since 2017.
Samsung includes an AKG headset with USB-C connector in the Note 10 and Note 10+ box. However, cell phones do not come with a 3.5mm adapter for USB-C; you will have to purchase the accessory separately. Apple has done the same with iPhones since last year, whether on the iPhone 7 or the iPhone XS Max.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 does not support microSD
There is also the absence of a microSD card slot on the Galaxy Note 10; this is only available on Note 10+. We believe that this is a form of differentiation to convince customers to purchase the larger model and spend a little more. The Note 10 starts at $ 949 in the US, against $ 1,099 for the Note 10+.
The Bixby button has been removed from Note 10 and Note 10+, but I think few people will miss it. On previous devices, such as Note 9, it is possible to remap this key to open another application.