Today, August 7, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch date, and we’re at the damp Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to report live from the big phone event using this constantly updated liveblog.
Hold the phone, because we expect more than just a single New Galaxy Note phone today. For the first time ever, we’re poised to get a Note 10 Plus, with a hand-stretching size that’s rumored to be as big at 6.8 inches. This one doesn’t fold, though.
On top of that, we’ll give you updated impressions on the Watch Active 2 and the Tab S6 that we tested last week, and report on any signs of the rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S laptop that’s been leaked prior to today.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch event kicks off at 4pm EDT (1pm PDT, 9pm BST, 7am AEDT on August 8), and you’ll be able to follow all the announcements as they happen below, in our Galaxy Note 10 launch live blog.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch live blog
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3:04pm – As well as a number of distinguished media colleagues, we’re also sharing the queue with some rather excited Samsung fans.
Lining up for the #samsunggalaxynote10 at Barclays, getting second-hand hype from these fans + press pic.twitter.com/s1Wya6QlSQAugust 7, 2019
3:00pm – You know we said we expected rain? Well guess what, it’s raining! And the umbrellas are out in force as we queue up to get into the event.
1:00pm: We’re making our way to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch rather early, although we expect it to rain in Brooklyn. That means we anticipate standing outside of the Barclays Center with an umbrella and hating life for a bit until the doors open at 3pm. The show starts at 4pm. It’ll be worth it.
In addition to rain, we’re hoping that Samsung has something brilliant and new to show us. The latest batch of non-Note 10 Samsung rumors surround the potential launch of the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which is supposed to be a 2-in-1 Windows laptop and a follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Book 2.
So in total, there may be five Samsung Galaxy devices this month: The Galaxy Tab S6, the Galaxy Watch, two Galaxy Note 10 phones, and a Galaxy Book S. Please send help. There’s going to be a lot of hardware for us to test before the iPhone launch.
11:30am – Just when you thought the mobile market may be starting to settle down, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch turns up, kicking off the next round of big phone announcements.
At the start of September we could see the likes of the Sony Xperia 2 and LG G8X at IFA 2019, followed by the iPhone 11 a week later, and then the Google Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T and Huawei Mate 30 Pro in the following weeks/months.
In short, it’s going to get real busy, real soon… again. And, as always, TechRadar will be with you every step of the way to bring you all the latest as it happens.
10:30am – As we near the 4pm start time, let’s take a moment to round-up the key Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumors.
- Two handsets: Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
- Central punch-hole selfie camera in screen
- New S Pen stylus housed in the body of the phones
- There may not be a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Note 10 screen could be between 6.3 and 6.4 inches
- While Note 10 Plus screen tipped for between 6.6 and 6.8 inches
- Triple or quad-camera setups on the rear
6:30am – So does this mean we’ll only get to see and learn about the Galaxy Note 10, and potentially the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, today? Well, maybe not.
A few weeks ago Samsung confirmed that it was ready to put its foldable phone on sale in September, saying that it had addressed and fixed the issues which plagued the device ahead of its planned launch earlier this year, which it then had to cancel.
Today’s launch event could be a good opportunity for Samsung to re-introduce the world to its foldable smartphone and explain in detail the progress it has made in an attempt to win-back consumers who may have been put off by the issues.
5:30am – Earlier rumors surrounding today’s Galaxy Unpacked event hinted that we may see more than just phones announced on stage, but instead Samsung decided to launch a couple of new products ahead of the August 7 event.
First, we got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 tablet, which is Samsung’s new productivity focused 10.1-inch tablet aimed to compete with Apple’s iPad Pro range.
Then, on August 5, Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch Active 2. This new smartwatch adds a digital bezel, ECG and a LTE option for those who want connectivity without relying on their smartphone’s signal.
4:30am – And the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaks continue to flow, mere hours before the launch event, although this is a good one. Samsung has announced a new high-end chipset – the Exynos 9825 – just in time for it to be potentially included in its new Galaxy Note smartphone.
Previous Note 10 rumors suggested that the handset may well pack a new chipset, giving it a power advantage over the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus which launched earlier this year, so making the jump from the Exynos 9825 to the Note 10 is reasonable.
In the US, however, we’re expecting the phone to carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset – we had seen one report claim the 855 Plus would be in this version, but that was retracted.
4:00am – In the Big Apple, everyone (well, most people) are still asleep, but that doesn’t mean we’re sitting back… oh no. There’s potentially a lot to look forward to today, and Samsung has made some recent announcements you may have missed.
Worry not though, as we’ll take you through everything you can expect to see today, as well as what’s already been announced, as we build towards the Galaxy Note 10 launch this evening.