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

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 25 Comments

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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25 responses to “Samsung’s Next Galaxy Note Won’t Have Any Physical Buttons, or a Headphone Jack”

  1. msarson

    Firstly, Samsung is getting **read** of the headphone :)

  2. davidamodt

    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

  3. thesmartestonearth

    demand of truly wireless earphone will increase

  4. thesmartestonearth

    Yes, then the demand for truly wireless earphones will increase

  5. solomonrex

    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.

  6. Brazbit

    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.

    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.

  7. Michael Sorrentino

    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.

  8. anthonye1778

    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.

  9. dcdevito

    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.

  10. Daekar

    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.

  11. alkalidigital

    thanks for the information.

  12. SAPaleAle

    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.

  13. Awhispersecho

    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.

    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.

    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.

  14. dkrat

    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.

  15. lvthunder

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

  16. thesmartestonearth

    demand of truly wireless earphone will increase...

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