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Did the ceramic Galaxy Note 10 5G just pop up for the first time?

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Last updated: June 4th, 2019 at 10:00 UTC+02:00

Would a ceramic Galaxy Note 10 5G be so far-fetched? Samsung already offers this finish for the Galaxy S10+ so it would make sense to do the same for its next flagship. The 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10 has been spotted on Geekbench and the numbers hint at the possibility of a ceramic variant.

The ceramic Galaxy S10+ offers more than just the durable material. Customers also get 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. There are two separate listings for the SM-N976 on Geekbench with 8GB and 12GB RAM.

Samsung could offer a ceramic Galaxy Note 10 5G

We have exclusively revealed the Galaxy Note 10 model numbers already. The SM-N970 and SM-N975 will be the two main models of the upcoming flagship. Each will get its own 5G variant with model numbers SM-N971 and SM-N976. The SM-N970/971 will be the cheaper model with a 6.28-inch display and like a 3,400mAh battery. It will be something like the Galaxy S10e for the new Galaxy Note series. So it wouldn’t make sense to offer a pricey ceramic finish for this particular device.

The SM-N975/976 will be the full-fledged Galaxy Note 10 complete with a 6.75-inch display, 4,500mAh battery and a quad rear camera system. This will be the device that Samsung can offer a ceramic finish for. It’s obviously not a done deal as yet but the circumstantial evidence overwhelmingly supports this outcome.

The Verizon-bound SM-N976V has surfaced on Geekbench with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. It posted single-core and multi-core scores of 3529 and 10840. This particular variant has 12GB of RAM. The SM-N976B, likely meant for Telstra in Australia, has also been spotted on Geekbench. It has the Exynos 9825 processor (rumored 7nm version of Exynos 9820) with scores of 3557 and 9654. There’s 8GB of RAM onboard. One explanation for the difference in RAM could be that Verizon might also offer a ceramic Galaxy Note 10 5G with 12GB of RAM. The non-ceramic version will have 8GB RAM like the other variants.

We were pleasantly surprised by the durability of the ceramic Galaxy S10+ so it would be nice to have that finish available for the next flagship as well. One thing’s for sure, though, it’s going to cost a pretty penny.


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