[Update 2: Headphone dongle leaked] Another report points to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 not having a headphone jack or physical buttons

[Update 2: Headphone dongle leaked] Another report points to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 not having a headphone jack or physical buttons

Update 2 (8/1/19 @ 10:25 AM ET): The Galaxy Note 10 is expected to ditch the headphone jack. As a last nail in the coffin, the 3.5mm to USB-C dongle has leaked.

Update 1 (6/20/19 @ 11:30 AM ET): A new report claims Samsung has reversed course and will include physical buttons on the Galaxy Note 10.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is still several months away, but as with most Samsung phones, we’re already hearing plenty about it. We already know Verizon will carry the device and it will support 5G. There may even be multiple Note 10 models this year, just like the Galaxy S10. But two rumors stand out: no physical buttons and no headphone jack. A new report is doubling down on these claims.

The headphone jack removal rumor goes all the way back to October 2018. Admittedly, this is something that wouldn’t be terribly hard to get correct with a guess. However, the removal of physical buttons is a little more out of left field, and we first heard about it in March. A new report from Android Police is claiming that both of these removals are true.

The report claims that the Galaxy Note 10 will begin Samsung’s trip down the headphone jack removal road for flagship devices. They kept the jack on all three Galaxy S10 models. The volume keys, power button, and Bixby button will also be removed in favor of capacitive touch buttons like the HTC U12+. Those buttons are not very popular, so if true, we hope Samsung has a better implementation.

Android Police goes on to say that their sources have also confirmed the reports of multiple models. As mentioned, these rumors were already out there, but a new report adds more validity to the claims. The Galaxy line has been a place where Samsung can experiment with edgier features and the Galaxy Note 10 looks to be no different. What do you think of these rumors?

Source: Android Police

Update 1: Buttons still alive

Android Police has issued an update to their original report and they now say physical buttons are making a comeback. It will have traditional buttons for power and volume but no Bixby button. The update goes on to say that Samsung was seriously planning to remove the buttons, but decided to change course. Perhaps they will stick with the removal in a later device. The headphone jack, by the way, is still gone.

Update 2: Headphone dongle leaked

The Galaxy Note 10/10+ not having a headphone jack is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. However, as a last sign of confirmation, and good news for potential buyers who still want to use standard headphones, the dongle has leaked. According to SamMobile, this is the 3.5mm to USB-C adapter that will be included in the box with every Galaxy Note 10/10+. The device may also come with USB-C headphones in the box as well. Losing the headphone jack is disappointing, but at least Samsung is doing the right thing by including the adapter for free.

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