We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to come packed with cutting-edge premium features like four rear cameras and a 5G variant, and it looks like there’s another feature the phone might come with too – Sound on Display (SoD) tech.
SoD means that instead of a front-facing speaker on the top of a handset, its whole screen vibrates like a diaphragm to create sound.
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The news of this potential feature comes from leaked photos of screen protectors for the Galaxy Note 10, which lack any upper notch or bezel. Reliable leaker @Universeice claims this is because the upcoming handsets will use SoD tech instead.
The rumor makes sense, because it allows Samsung to increase the screen-to-body ratio of the phone by eliminating this front-facing speaker, and judging by other leaks and the design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 this is the company’s goal. As with all leaks though, it’s not guaranteed, so don’t get your hopes (too far) up.
It’s worth bearing in mind that in previous phones, SoD was only used for phone calls and a few other specific tasks, but not music or other media – if the Galaxy Note 10 goes the same route, its only speaker for media will be the bottom-firing ones, meaning it could have worse audio quality that competitors.
We may find out more about the device on August 7, as that’s when Samsung is tipped to launch the phone, so stay tuned to TechRadar for all the latest leaks and news until then.