Samsung’s most exciting smartphone of 2019 is not the Galaxy Note 10 and, while the latter is already monopolising headlines, we now have another reason why you should look elsewhere.
Delivering this bittersweet news is the prolific Samsung insider Ice Universe. In a series of new tweets, the tipster reveals that the Galaxy Note 10 will have the best screen of any smartphone. But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the display the want.
In a follow-up tweet, Ice clarifies to disappointed followers that the best screen does not mean the most innovative one. So while the Note 10 will excel in traditional metrics like brightness, sharpness and black levels – standards that are noble to beat, they are also standards which passed “good enough” to most users many years ago.
And where Ice says the Note 10 will miss out is the real eye-catching innovation of 2019: a high refresh rate panel like the 90Hz one seen in the OnePlus 7 Pro. High refresh rate panels bring far greater fluidity to the everyday animations you see on your phone, like scrolling, swiping and zooming. And since phone displays are mostly in motion, that’s an improvement which feels a lot more impressive in hand than another fractionally brighter screen.
This something Ice believes will hit Samsung hard:
“Samsung’s biggest advantage of ‘Display’ has been overtaken by the opponent… [a] 90Hz refresh rate screen solution was discussed within Samsung a few years ago, but it was not adopted… It is not that [Samsung] cannot be innovative, but that policymakers lack the courage to innovate and miss exciting opportunities again and again.”
And this is the problem with the Galaxy Note 10 (and its new Pro version) as a whole: they look great, but they miss out on major innovations. Moreover, where Samsung has taken risks, they are the wrong ones. Especially considering the inflated asking prices.
Which brings us back to that more ambitious Galaxy A90 mentioned in the intro. In 2019, that’s the Samsung smartphone to buy, although you might not get the chance.