Samsung’s Next Galaxy Note Won’t Have Any Physical Buttons, or a Headphone Jack

Samsung could be making some major changes to the Galaxy Note design with the next iteration. Android Police is reporting that the company is working on significant design changes to the Galaxy Note 10 that could surprise many.

Firstly, Samsung is getting rid of the headphone jack from the Note 10. And even though the company has been including the headphone jack on its phones unlike every other phone maker, it’s not really a surprise to see Samsung taking away the 3.5mm connector.

But more interestingly, Samsung could be getting rid of physical keys from the next Note device. The company is apparently going to replace things like the power button, volume keys, and the Bixby button with new capacitive buttons or pressure-sensitive areas that act similar to the buttons.

It will also be interesting to see whether these changes come to the Galaxy S11.

Removing physical buttons from Note 10 would allow Samsung to create a thinner design without losing the rigidity of the hardware as there will be fewer cutouts due to the lack of the buttons. But the design change could still be really significant and affect the device’s usability. At this point, it’s very early to be able to tell whether the new changes will make much of a difference, so we will have to wait till there’s more info on both the changes coming with the Note 10.

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  • msarson

    30 May, 2019 - 7:01 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Firstly, Samsung is getting **read** of the headphone :)</span></p>

    • skane2600

      30 May, 2019 - 9:12 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431835">In reply to msarson:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's because they discovered the headphone wasn't helping the readability of the device.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2019 - 7:12 pm

    <p>I don't like the idea of the power button not being a physical button. Sounds like a way to really brick the device.</p>

    • coeus89

      Premium Member
      30 May, 2019 - 8:02 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431839">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed. Power and volume should always be physical.</p>

      • RonH

        Premium Member
        30 May, 2019 - 10:24 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#431843">In reply to coeus89:</a></em></blockquote><p>I agree. I also need the headset jack to listen in my car. I'll stick with my Note 9 until it dies, or maybe Microsoft makes their own Android phone. </p>

        • fishnet37222

          Premium Member
          31 May, 2019 - 12:02 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#431899">In reply to RonH:</a></em></blockquote><p>You will be able to get an adapter to allow a headphone cable to plug into the USB-C port.</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      31 May, 2019 - 2:57 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#431839"><em>In reply to lvthunder:</em></a> I can't imagine anyone having to hard power down a phone with a physical button, or remove the battery to reboot a device, in this day and age. ;(</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • dkrat

    30 May, 2019 - 7:36 pm

    <p>I have a hard time believing the thinness will outweigh the annoyance of loosing the tactile buttons for volume and power, especially on a device as large as the note.</p>

  • Stooks

    30 May, 2019 - 9:08 pm

    <p>Mistake. </p>

  • Awhispersecho

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2019 - 9:17 pm

    <p>Looks like I'm getting a Note 9 or moving to something else entirely. I'm looking at you Nokia, release the version of the 9 Pureview you originally envisioned later this year and my money is yours. Assuming you keep it sans notches and holes. </p><p><br></p><p>It really sucks at this point. I find notches and holes abhorrent, I want a headphone jack, and I like physical keys for volume and power. I can adjust the volume of audio while my phone is in my pocket or similar situations because I currently have physical keys. </p><p><br></p><p>At this point, there isn't going to be one phone available that doesn't force me to make multiple concessions to what I want in a phone. I literally don't like any of the current trends. I'll be paying 500 to 1000 bucks for a phone that has zero features I want. Kind of sad. </p>

  • SAPaleAle

    30 May, 2019 - 9:53 pm

    <p>Wish phone manufacturers would get over this thinness race that appears to be going on. They are thin enough now 1 or 2 mm is not going to make me chose one handset over another. I add a case to my phones so I can get thickness back that way I can actually hold it and not have to try and hold an expensive bar of soap. Lack of items like 3.5mm headphone jacks and physical buttons(would capacitive "button" work with a case?) are things that will make me remove a phone from a list of potential new handsets.</p>

    • Rycott

      Premium Member
      30 May, 2019 - 11:41 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431893">In reply to SAPaleAle:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed. Devices are almost too thin now… add in glass backs and they are almost impossible to hold without a case.</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      31 May, 2019 - 2:59 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431893">In reply to SAPaleAle:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote>(would capacitive "button" work with a case?)</blockquote><blockquote>^^^^^ This ^^^^^</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • davidamodt

    31 May, 2019 - 12:59 am

    <p>that's what i love about my note 9, the headphone jack. what's the point of a good pair of headphones/earbuds if you can't use them. argh</p>

  • alkalidigital

    31 May, 2019 - 5:59 am

    <p>thanks for the information.</p>

  • Daekar

    31 May, 2019 - 6:17 am

    <p>Give me more ubiquitous wireless charging points out in the world, and you can stop putting in the USB-C port as well. I can't tell you the last time I plugged my phone into anything when I wasn't traveling.</p>

  • dcdevito

    31 May, 2019 - 7:27 am

    <p>I don’t see this happening. The Note is the “tried and true” Galaxy brand. All the new stuff always gets to the S line first. </p>

  • anthonye1778

    Premium Member
    31 May, 2019 - 11:55 am

    <p>This will be incredibly curious if accurate. I wonder what Samsung has up their sleeve or whether this is simply an attempt to leapfrog apple in the "courage" department.</p>

  • Michael Sorrentino

    31 May, 2019 - 2:48 pm

    <p>Poor move, at the very least they should initially offer two versions with one physical buttons and one without, see which one sells better, discontinue the version that sells poorly, my money would be on the one without the headphone jack and the physical volume and camera buttons.</p>

  • Brazbit

    31 May, 2019 - 7:25 pm

    <p>When Microsoft switched back to a physical power button on the Xbox One it was a glorious day, because even though it was a console, inside furniture and out of the main lanes of traffic that damn capacitive button was constantly getting brushed against at the most inconvenient times. I can't imagine what a pain-in-the-ass this is going to be on a handheld device. You already have to hold Galaxy devices like an egg to prevent touching the curved part of the screen and navigating away from what you were doing, now the one tactile safe place you could grip the phone (tight enough to not drop it but not so tight that you activate a button) is going to call up Bixby if your fingers, or face, come within half an inch of the invisible buttons.</p><p><br></p><p>Apple may have invented holding it wrong… Samsung is trying to eliminate the ability to hold it at all. No bezels so you can't grab firmly, then curved glass so you can't hold the front half of the side of the phone, and now capacitive buttons so you can't safely touch the side at all. Just balance the phone on three fingers strategically placed on the back of the phone and try not to talk too animatedly. No, wait we need to make the display viewable and interactive on both sides so just… um… levitate it or something.</p>

  • solomonrex

    01 June, 2019 - 5:09 pm

    <p>Everyone forgets that Apple's home button doesn't move. It's been a touchpad with haptic support for like 4 years now, and now of course it's completely gone.</p>

  • smruti135

    02 June, 2019 - 12:41 am

    <p>Read <a href="; target="_blank">this</a></p>

  • thesmartestonearth

    07 June, 2019 - 5:07 am

    <p>Yes, then the demand for truly wireless earphones will increase</p>

  • thesmartestonearth

    07 June, 2019 - 5:08 am

    <p> demand of truly wireless earphone will increase</p>

  • thesmartestonearth

    07 June, 2019 - 5:08 am

    <p> demand of truly wireless earphone will increase…</p>


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