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Galaxy Note 10 coming in August without any physical keys?

The Galaxy Note 10 is getting some attention in the Korean media today, and one report in particular is rather interesting. According to ETNews, the Note 10 may be Samsung’s first phone with a “keyless” or “buttonless” design. The company’s next flagship may not have the power, volume, or even the Bixby key and will instead use touch or gesture-based alternatives.

It’s unclear exactly what kind of gestures or physical key alternatives Samsung will go with. The company had filed patents that described how squeezing the edges of a display could be used for performing various actions, and phones like the HTC U11 let you squeeze the sides of the device for doing things like launching the camera app. Replacing traditional physical keys with such gestures would be a drastic change for the average consumer, so one certainly hopes Samsung will think things through before making that change, that too on a mainstream flagship.

ETNews mentions that the keyless tech will also be made available on Samsung’s Galaxy A series phones, so we’re guessing the company plans to test it on mid-range devices before bringing it to a flagship, similar to many other features (like a hole in the screen for the front camera or dual front-facing cameras). Again, details are scarce on exactly how the keyless design would work, and this early on in the Galaxy Note 10 rumor cycle, there’s no telling if all of these reports will turn out to be 100 percent accurate.

What could be accurate is The Investor’s report that suggests the Galaxy Note 10 would launch in August this year, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The report says the phone could go on sale in late August or early September and reiterates some previous rumors, including our own exclusive about the Galaxy Note 10 featuring four cameras on the back.

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locarno
locarno

“What could be accurate is The Investor’s report that suggests the Galaxy Note 10 would launch in August this year”

This was known for a long time. Samsung launches new Note always in August.

ImABigBoy
ImABigBoy

The Note series haven’t been the flagship for Samsung for years. Why do Sammobile think it will change this year? I’m willing to bet money on a Note 10 that looks like the S10 but with less rounded corners. There’s no way that they are making the Note series a true flagship series like it used to be.

DaVinciDevice
DaVinciDevice

Keyless or Buttonless…That means no earphone jack.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I don’t really understand why Samsung is focusing on sth like this now when it still has other things to focus on and polish like the front facing camera and palm rejection issue. The only button people have been complaining about recently is the Bixby button and now that it can be remapped not so much.

martindale
martindale

What, because tactile location and feedback is a bad thing? Give me strength! Why do designers chase such idiotic whimsies? ‘Braille’ works for sighted people too.

Tigurr
Tigurr

That would sure make entering recovery challenging!

Caterking74
Caterking74

Think it’s too much of a form change. Think its more likely to appear on an S phone and then follow up with the Note. Not something I’d be excited about getting. The camera in the S pen though, that would interest me.

stondec
stondec

I don’t see how no physical buttons would be a better solution but I hope I’m wrong.

martindale
martindale

You are not wrong. How is it an improvement to effectively disable one of your senses (touch) when using an interface? Next up, the blacked out ‘super-stealth’ screen.

Biransahin
Biransahin

That’s a bit wild isn’t it? Lol. I don’t believe it.