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Don’t expect a headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10

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The rumor mill is turning, and it ain’t good

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The unofficial start of summer means it’s time for rumors to begin swirling for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note device, which is typically announced around August. Still, the news might not be what you want to hear: the 10th anniversary Galaxy Note might be the one where Samsung finally kills the headphone jack for the phablet line.

According to Android Police, Samsung may be preparing to release two sizes for the Galaxy Note 10 — a regular and a smaller device (by the Note’s standard, anyway) — that won’t include the 3.5 mm headphone jack or one dedicated to Bixby. Initial reports say the devices are rumored to have capacitive or touch-sensitive areas that are textured, perhaps similar to how the power button / fingerprint sensor is implemented on the Galaxy S10E.

Though earlier rumors indicate that Samsung was looking to eliminate buttons on the Note 10, an update to AP’s initial report says that physical buttons might still come on the Note 10 for power and volume adjustments. New renders have also appeared, showing off a giant screen and a repositioned camera in the back.

Removing buttons is one thing — Samsung has been trying to make everything more in-screen or unibody anyway — but removing a headphone jack would be a controversial move for a company that has long touted this feature against its competitors. And if the Note plans to retain its stylus, it would still require a slot to store the S Pen, somewhat eliminating the argument for more volume to add a larger battery capacity.

It’s a bit early to take rumors all too seriously at this point, but we should hear more about the device as summer continues. As of June, an Unpacked event is currently anticipated on August 7th.

Update June 20th 2019 12:06 PM ET: This article has been updated with new information about the Note 10’s buttons.