This stylus-toting Samsung flagship might be breaking away from its predecessors in more than one way. Samsung is finally ditching the headphone jack and rumors are, it will also ditch the traditional earpiece and use a sound on display technology.
Based on speculations on the Note 10’s protective film leaks, Samsung might be experimenting with the aforementioned technology. Since the protective films don’t show any cuttings for an earpiece and there is one small punch hole for a selfie camera, people believe Samsung has opted for a better version of sound on the technology used in the Galaxy M40.
Unfortunately, the technology used in M40 did not receive positive feedback, customers claimed the sound felt hollow and the maximum call volume was not high enough.
The sound on display technology for Note 10 was tipped by an infamous serial Samsung leakster Ice Universe.
Note 10's "chin" is very narrow, the same level as the iPhone, no speaker grooves on the forehead, which means that the flagship Sound on Display(SoD) technology will replace the traditional speaker. The forehead will be narrower. pic.twitter.com/6aRGQIG0ee
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2019
How Will it Work?
The technology works by the transmission of piezoelectric vibrations from the display to the user’s ear. The same technology was used in M40 but wasn’t a success.
Hence, Samsung might shift to the ‘Crystal sound OLED’ first showcased in LG G8. The piezoelectric vibrations are paired with the traditional bottom firing speaker for better audio output.
We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out in August when the Note 10 is released.
Triple Variable Aperture
The same leaker has also revealed new info about the Note 10’s camera system. It’s going to have 3-stage variable aperture including f/1.5, 1.8 and 2.4. Here’s their tweet:
Samsung China engineers said that the Note10 camera will use a three-stage variable aperture: F1.5/F1.8/F2.4
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 20, 2019
If this is true, then this could mean that the Note 10 will be the first smartphone in the world to have 3 different apertures all included in a single camera lens. Smartphone camera tech is fast approaching DSRL/mirrorless camera tech which is a good thing.
Take all this in with a grain of salt, however, because we never know if these rumors are true.