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Samsung Unpacked Event 7th of August 2019.

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17: Community Champion

So looking forward to this unpacked event.

 

Being a Note 9 owner I'm excited to see what the Note 10 brings to the table.

 

 

 

 

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@BandOfBrothers I think a lot of people will be looking forward to this! It's always exciting to see what the latest phones and devices will include 😆 Is there anything in particular you're hoping for? 

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17: Community Champion

Having a front placed fingerprint scanner will be nice but not essential.

 

Having perhaps 5G on the Note 10 Pro or whatever Samsung decide to call it would be solid future proofing.

 

Would I miss a headphone jack if Samsung decide to remove it.... for me No as i use bluetooth Headphones and truly wireless Samsung Galaxy Buds.

 

Has to be a Dual Hybrid model tho.

 

 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

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I like having the front finger print scanner on my S10 to be honest! Plus at the moment I'm glad they've decided not to remove the headphone jack as of yet, maybe I'm just old school! 

It'll be interesting to see what new stuff they come out with for the Note 10 - I'll be keeping an eye out! 

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17: Community Champion

Awaiting with bated breath.

 

 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

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@BandofBrothers

 

I have watched a couple of videos on YouTube from some of the very popular YouTubers such as Marques Brownlee and Unbox Therapy who have both got their hands on pre-retail Note 10's and the general consensus is get the Note 10 plus. It has a 1440p screen compared to the standard Note 10 which has 1080p, more RAM - up to 12gb and most importantly to you, only the Note 10 plus will support 5g.

 

Prices in America for the standard Note 10 is $900 and the Note 10 plus will be starting at $1100! As America's prices tend to be the same as what we pay but in pounds, I would start saving those pennies in your piggy bank!

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17: Community Champion

@ReedPR 

 

Thanks 

 

I watched the Samsung Unpacked Event this morning and it seems a good upgrade.

 

I'm.awaiting for the official specification sheets too.

 

Yes I watch those YouTube Tech reviewers along with Techzilla, Flossy Carter to name a few 

 

You mention 5G which I'm really wanting to add future proofing to my purchase.

 

However this for me is the only disappointing aspect of buying the 5G variant which I would like as it's a good piece of future proofing.

 

The 5G model seems to be locked to a particular network even when buying sim free from Samsung !!

 

 So.... What happens with the dual sim as I use two networks and like to swap around the networks i use too ?

 

From Samsungs Online Shop....

 

" 5G model only. Device locked to a participating network. 5G functionality requires compatible network connection. "

 

 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

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@BandofBrothers

 

I had to research it myself to see it in black & white in print before I even start to take on board Samsung are selling a sim free variant device whereby the main component of the phone just happens to be network locked? Just typing that out, this makes no sense whatsoever. You will pay a premium anyway for a sim free phone and then have to be forced to use a sim from a network you may not like anyway just to take the opportunity of using something you have been eagerly anticipating in using? This makes little business or commercial sense for Samsung at all. They need to encourage people that now is a very good time to upgrade to 5g and you can have it sim free where you choose your own network as you see fit not selling a device that is advertised as sim free unless you want to pay over the odds for a phone and never getting to use the most exciting part. Now or in the future.

 

I'm assuming the network it's locked to is three? http://www.three.co.uk/samsung/galaxy-note-10-plus-5g/plans?memory=256&colour=Aura%20Glow&plans=mont...

 

They are offering the 5g Note 10 Plus and seem to be getting quite obsessed in talking about 5g and Note 10 Plus in the same breath. No network provider will openly advertise a service that can be utilised by another network provider. That would be like Vodafone putting on their website they will sell the Note 10 Plus 5g phone and then direct their customers to Three so they can pay them every month for their 5g contracts. FYI information, the 5g variant Note 10 Plus is £1,099 with a three sim. Sorry I meant sim free not sim THREE! 😋😉

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17: Community Champion

I'm awaiting an official answer from Samsung.

 

I use dual sim phones in order to use two different network mobile operators sim cards which I wouldn't want to lose.

 

So if I'm reading this right even tho it's a dual sim variant it'll only accept two same network operator sim cards !

 

I hope I'm wrong.

 

Looking at the Samsung Galaxy s10 5G variant it's the same with this too. 

i.e. locked to participating networks.

 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

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7: Helper

I can understand your frustrations @BandofBrothers and share them.

My last phone was dual sim and at first I was skeptical of ever wanting to take advantage of two sims in the same phone. Until I realized I could have two phone numbers - one for social purposes friends etc and the other purely for work. Instead of having to carry around two phones with separate chargers, I could just have one phone. I did get quite accustomed to it after a while.

 

To be honest I am still struggling to understand the logic of this sim free 4G/network locked 5G phone. Everything about it is just wrong. I will have a look in a bit on some of the forums what people had to say about the S10 5G being network locked too. I bet the Chief Exec of Vodafone is pulling his hair out now heavily advertising the start of the 5G era, spending a small fortune getting Lewis Hamilton onboard, only to discover the two main phones you want to take advantage of this new exciting venture in 5G will actually not work at all as Samsung decide to go exclusive with someone else.

Yes I bet the Chief Exec is mighty angry now!

 

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If I choose to buy a phone from a Network I accept it to be locked to that network and then would need to reach required criteria to request it's unlock.

 

However if I buy a phone directly from Samsung I expect it to accept any networks  sim card as I'm paying retail cost.

 

Ok so if the network sim card I'm using does not offer 5G in my area or on my particular chosen tariff so it should just connect to 3G or 4G.

 

Then at least when things change 5G is a possibility @ReedPR 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

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This link may provide the reasons behind this decision Samsung have made - https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/galaxy-note-10-plus-5g-wont-work-on-at-t-a...

Be warned it is headache inducing. Suffice to say in America it is much worse than here. Verizon will be getting their hands on the 5g model before T-Mobile and the other networks and it is not entirely for financial gains.

Now this is where it gets complicated. Each of the American network providers will get a different variation of the 5g version phone. The reason behind this is that each 5g network phone has different modems in them to properly support the technology each network provider has spent billions of dollars investing in their 5G infrastructure. One network provider ls 5G phone will support a 2.4ghz low end signal which can be mass produced better but would mean nowhere near as fast download/upload speeds another network providers 5g phone can accommodate but is on a higher signal so not as easily mass produced.

 

In a nutshell, these 5g phones will eventually be sim free in name only as each network providers 5g technology will be that different to another network providers tech, it may mean sim free phones become a thing of the past.

 

Like I say - headache inducing.

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17: Community Champion

So here's an update after speaking with the Samsung Social Media Teams.

 

Apparently the Samsung Note 10+ 5G will accept any Networks sim card and connect to 3G , 4G or 5G.

 

 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

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@BandofBrothers

 

That is indeed a relief that people can purchase  the 5g phone and not feel forced to use a different network. What we need to hear now from Samsung and indeed if any network providers who may very well be monitoring this post as we speak to provide us with accurate information of what the future holds for this device with regards to 5g and whether we can expect to get network locked 5g specific phones to save people wasting their hard earned cash on a device now they can never fully utilise.

 

It would be very useful indeed if a network provider can offer any indication they will be supporting this device in the future wouldn't it @BandofBrothers 😉

 

On a sidenote, can the Note 10 plus be bought as 4G only sim free?

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Yes there's a Note 10 and Note 10+ that's 4G.

 

Then there's the Note 10+ 5G which I'm hoping to purchase. 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

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All we can do now is wait to see what network provider is having this device first and hope it doesn't have exclusive right to this phone throughout it's lifecycle.

 

I am a very passionate believer in freedom of speech and choice. To hear that the most anticipated device of the year will be network locked for it's 5g is very disappointing news.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that before August 23rd there is good news to hear from Samsung and our worries and concerns can be put to bed.

Please keep us posted @BandofBrothers if you have any further updates on this and I wish you good luck you get your new phone and it is everything you expected and more.

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I think the main networks will all offer it @ReedPR 

 

Vodafone have introduced 5G in certain cities.

 

My current understanding is that the Note 10 5G will accept any sim card if bought from Samsung and will attain connection upto 4G depending on what's available where a person resides etc and 5G will connect if supplied by the Network, a person has an eligible tariff and 5G sim card. 

 

This is the UK Samsung Newsroom link to the Spec Sheets for the Note 10 phones.

 

Very impressive on paper.

 

news.samsung.com/uk/introducing-galaxy-note10-designed-to-bring-passions-to-life-with-next-level-pow...

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

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Yes, @BandofBrothers the specs of this phone are ridiculously powerful. The screen is best I've ever seen on any phone and the charging ability up to 45W is just madness! I bet that charger will not come cheap when it's released later on.

 

I hope I have not interpreted part of the specs incorrectly -

 

'LTE Dual SIM: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM Dual SIM (Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)

5G Single SIM: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 1TB)

.* SIM card and MicroSD card sold separately.

* Hybrid SIM tray available only on Galaxy Note10+ LTE model'

 

Thats saying to me the hybrid tray is only available on the LTE version and the 5G model is only 1 sim and microSD slot rather than dual sim or hybrid?

 

 

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17: Community Champion

Edit.....

 

Yes the Samsung Note 10+ 5G is a single network and Sd card set up. 

 

My preference is to not use a Sd card as 512Gb or 256Gb is enough internal storage.

 

I use two different network sim cards instead.

 

Not looking promising for me is it  @ReedPR 

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.

 

Samsung Gear s3 Frontier Watch.

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I am sorry to be the deliverer of bad news to you @BandofBrothers

 

There must be more to 5g technology than meets the eye. Unless a 5g sim card will be a completely new size compared to what we have now, I do not understand the logic with this 1 sim 1 sd slot.

 

Look on the bright side though. Buy the hybrid tray LTE version and in a couple of years when. You are due for a new phone, 5g should hopefully be stable enough a network and phone manufactures will have more experience with the tech to offer us what we have now in 4g. Me personally there is no way would I pay £1.099 for a supposed sim free phone which if you use 5g on it, which is the whole point of buying a 5g phone, it's not sim free at all. That is false advertising.

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