Olixar cases suggest Galaxy Note 10 could have a headphone jack
Retailer Mobile Fun has published photos of official Olixar Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro accessories, and these accessories support many of the design elements that leaks have revealed in the last couple of weeks. The floodgates have opened fully it seems, with Galaxy Note 10 information coming out of the woodwork quite frequently, and we can only expect more such leaks in the coming days.
Like the screen protectors that were seen in images earlier this week, the Olixar screen protectors lack a cutout for the earpiece grill, providing further proof that Samsung will be using Sound on Display technology to put the earpiece under the display. This is something the company has already done on the Galaxy A80 and the recently launched Galaxy M40, and we can hope the implementation will be better as we found the Galaxy M40 produces very hollow sound in calls.
Mobile Fun has also released images of various Olixar cases for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro. The cases show a vertically laid out triple-camera setup at the back on both devices, just like leaked Note 10 and Note 10 Pro renders had revealed. The Note 10 Pro gets two extra sensors below the LED flash, one of which should be a ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensor. It’s unclear what the other one is, but it could be a heart rate sensor. The Note 10 doesn’t seem to have one, and that would be unsurprising since the Galaxy S10e doesn’t have one, either. The front has a single camera for selfies on both models.
Is that a headphone jack?
Sadly, there’s no picture of the top and bottom of these cases, so we can’t be sure if there’s a cutout for a headphone jack in there. There does seem to be a headphone jack cutout in some of the cases, but we’d suggest being a bit skeptical until more solid evidence comes out. Samsung has removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack on plenty of devices in the last two years, and at this point most of the rumors and leaks are leaning towards the possibility that the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro won’t have one.
If it helps, it looks like the Bixby key really is going away – the Olixar cases have only volume and power keys. Not everyone will be happy about it, of course, as Samsung now allows the Bixby key to be assigned to other apps. Bixby itself will most likely be present on the Note 10 in all its glory, and the power button should allow users to fire up Bixby Voice with a long press.
What do you think about the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro after seeing pictures of cases and screen protectors of the device? Are you ready for the Huawei and iPhone-like vertical camera setup and the wireless future Samsung’s next flagship might force on consumers?