According to a report from South Korean magazine ETNews, Samsung may replace all external buttons with capacitive pads on its upcoming Galaxy Note 10. Instead of external physical buttons you have to use the capacitive areas to fiddle with the volume or power; presumably, these will be in the same location on the upper edges of the phone’s sides. If this report is true, we may also expect that Bixby button is replaced, as it alleges Samsung is going for a extreme sleek look.
Samsung is also planning to swap out buttons for capacitive pads on some of its mid-range Galaxy A series smartphones. Samsung isn’t the first smartphone manufacturer to pull this button less design. The Meizu Zero a smartphone revealed in early 2019, is designed without buttons. Indeed, other phones have been experimenting with capacitive pads. The Nubia Red Magic Mars, has already experiment with physical buttons and placed along the edges of one side, so they act as shoulder buttons when the phone is rotated horizontally.
Skipping the physical button could be an affordable option for manufacturers but an important question is: Is this a good idea? Based on the reviews of the phones with similar design, the answer is no. Poor button-less design can ruined an excellent device otherwise. If the report is true, Samsung is taking an unnecessary risk with a premium flagship smartphone with a high price tag. According to reports, the Galaxy Note 10 will come with 6.6-inch display with over 83% screen-to-body ratio. Note 10 will have 4 rear camera system.
Galaxy Note 10 is powered by Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA and Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA Gpu. There will be 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/512GB storage options. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot and 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. For power it will be using Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery which is good enough for whole day usage.