After eight iterations of the Galaxy Note, Samsung will be finally be ditching the 3.5m headphone jack with the upcoming Galaxy Note 10. The removal of the audio connector was pretty much confirmed by an image posted by the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
According to The Verge, images of the devices were briefly shared online as a mistake, and were soon removed at the behest of Samsung under the pretence of confidentiality. Unfortunately for Samsung, this is the internet; no sooner were the images posted, other online tech sites picked up on it and began reposting them. In quick succession.
One of the leaked images shows the device and its dimensions illustrated by the multi-coloured arrows. While the other two images show both the front and back of the alleged Galaxy Note 10. It’s from these two images that you can see the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung was one of the last brands that fought the uphill struggle to keep a 3.5mm output on all its premium Galaxy series devices. Other brands such as Apple, Google, and Sony have since abandoned the audio feature, in favour of the wireless convenience of more advanced wireless audio technology like Qualcomm’s aptX.
Besides the removal of the 3.5mm jack, the images also give us the first official glimpse of another feature of the Galaxy Note 10: its main triple-camera system and what appears to be another camera sensor position at the bottom of it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be making its official debut in New York on 8 August 2019 during its Unpacked event. We’ll be on the ground covering its launch, so look forward to our coverage of the device and its accompanying variants then.