Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have a 5G model

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 range of phones will be joined by the Galaxy S10 5G in summer 2019, and now it looks like the still-unannounced Galaxy Note 10 phone could also have a 5G model.

Samsung recently published the source code for the Galaxy S10 handsets, and XDA Developers has found that one line mentions a device codenamed ‘Da Vinci’. It’s previously been rumored that ‘Da Vinci’ is codename of the Galaxy Note 10, and the source code refers to ‘davinci5G’, suggesting that the phone mentioned is a 5G edition.

A mystery device, codenamed ‘luge’, is also mentioned, but we don’t know what it’s referring to yet. It’s not the Samsung Galaxy Fold or any of the S10 handsets, as they have different codenames, so it could be one of the Galaxy A range of phones or something else entirely. 

Five cameras?

One leak has suggested the Galaxy Note 10 will have four rear cameras (as many as the Galaxy S10 5G edition), and since the S10 5G has one more lens than the S10 Plus, we could see as many as five lenses on the back of the Note 10 5G.

Samsung may decide to cap the camera array at four, as five lenses is more than anyone needs (unless you ask Nokia), but don’t be surprised if the Note 10 5G turns out to be a photography powerhouse.

We might also see an upgraded S Pen on the handset, as the ‘Da Vinci’ codename suggests art and creativity, but that’s purely speculation on our part.

The Galaxy Note 9 was released in August 2018, and so we’re expecting to see the Note 10 phones launched around that time too – especially since Samsung are currently busy with the S10 launch and the upcoming Galaxy Fold. Check back for all the latest leaks, rumors and news on all Samsung’s phones. 

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist.