In a new press release, Samsung has announced the mass production of new LPDDR5 smartphone memory which is 30% faster and 30% more efficient than anything on the market. It even goes on sale a month before the Galaxy Note 10 launches. The problem? It won’t be inside the Note 10.
The ever-reliable WinFuture reveals Samsung’s new RAM is incompatible Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and 855+ chipsets (the Note 10 is expected to use the former) and is instead designed for the 865 which is headed for the Galaxy S11. A smartphone already being teased as “a new beginning” for Samsung.
And this is the problem with the Note 10’s timing. It launches in August, just three months before Qualcomm unveils its next-generation chipsets so it spends much of its life a step behind the Galaxy S range which launches in February/March. It’s the same problem which will hit Google’s Pixel 4.
In its favour, Samsung will equip the Galaxy Note 10 with dramatically faster charging (but only as an optional extra) and a crowd-pleasing new design. The problem is Samsung is also looking to give the Note 10 some unenviable firsts: the first Galaxy flagship without a headphone jack (which the FCC sadly confirmed) and there are also reports it will lose expandable storage.
Of course, what keeps Note fans coming back is the range’s iconic S Pen, but stripping away other differentiators seems a poor decision on Samsung’s part – especially considering the eye-watering price hike and introduction of a Plus model. Hardcore fans will stick around but, at this point, I would suggest else waits for the new beginning to start.
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