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The Note 10's frame is actually made out of aluminum, not stainless steel

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Glow
Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Glow (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung's early marketing material for the Note 10 mentioned a stainless steel frame for the phone.
  • Today, the company updated its marketing to say it's actually "polished metal."
  • In other words, the Note 10's frame is aluminum.

During its Unpacked event in New York this past Wednesday, Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Note 10 and did everything in its power to get us excited for the new flagship. There's a lot going on with the phone, and in the company's marketing material and hype video that played during the keynote, Samsung mentioned that the Note 10 was made out of stainless steel. However, this no longer appears to be the case.

As spotted by Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, Samsung refreshed its website and marketing video for the Note 10 to now say that the phone's made out "polished metal."

Um...what?

We reached out to Samsung with that very question, and the company confirmed to AC that the Note 10 is, in fact, made out of aluminum.

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What caused the change in material? Samsung didn't provide a reason for the mix-up, but the mention of stainless steel on the company's website and in a video that was obviously seen by lots of people before being published indicates that the original intent was for stainless steel to be present on the phone.

As David Ruddock suggested, it's likely that Samsung switched back to aluminum to save money or ran into manufacturing issues. In any case, the retail version of the phone will feature aluminum.

Most people likely won't care either way, but it is interesting that Samsung decided to switch back to aluminum after making such a big deal about stainless steel being present on the phone. It would have been cool to have the more premium material present on a phone that starts at $950, but such is life.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

20 Comments
  • Injun says "Samsung talk with forked tongue"🤨🧐😠
  • They most likely used aluminium because it's lighter* than steel. *Cheaper.
  • Well at least it's not cast iron
  • At least in that case if they have the same issues as the note 7 you could slap a ribeye on the back and make a nice dinner.
  • wouldn't aluminum bend easily?
  • I was thinking the same thing. If the frame is properly reinforced in the middle it should be ok but eventually basic physics will prevail. A piece of metal that becomes progressively thinner and thinner every year can only stay structurally sound to a given point where it is no longer structurally sound. I’m sure JerryRig will put it to the test.
  • That's it. I'm canceling my order. Actually stainless steel is the last flipping thing I want in a phone. It's added weight which is not something I want in a pocketable device and hopefully at least one OEM in the near future will ditch the glass back in thier top tier phones.
  • Yes, but how "bendy" it is depends on the alloy. Some aluminum alloys are very hard.
  • This isn't necessarily a bad thing. 304 stainless; for example, is nearly 3 times heavier than the common alloys of aluminium and conducts heat much less effectively. i.e. your phone would get hot and die much easier with stainless. If you can look past the obvious of "it scratches easier" and "I only want things that sound exotic in my phone", you'll see that coupling a new high wattage, inductive charging device with a new stainless steel frame which possesses a fraction of the thermal conductivity yields another Note 7-like recipe. I'm pretty sure Samsung has their reasons. Cost difference is negligible when you have to plan for machine-ability and all those problematic physical properties the the customer doesn't have to learn about to get their next shiny widget. Stainless is harder but aluminium stir-welds easily so you have to slow down the process i.e. it melts at lower temps to the tooling.
  • Yes, the thermal conductance of aluminum is great. As long as the alloy is 7xxx series or similar in strength, and not the more malleable versions, they should be OK.
    I never had issues with scratching, and my former U11 was dropped a dozen times with no damage.
  • With most of the phone being glass, the frame material doesn't make a lot of difference, so the fact it is the same as before is a non issue really. My opinion yours may vary
  • Meanwhile, Samsung pulls commercials on it's Youtube channel making fun of Apple not have a headphones jack on their phones because now they don't either. Louis Rossman's opinion on the matter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4dNo6ASqbM
  • I get that this site survives on ads. That's all fine and dandy. But I'm now getting full-screen ads for smutty dating apps? I don't need that plastered over my screen when I'm reading about phones. The ads should be family friendly.
  • 10000000000000+ agreed. The ads are becoming ridiculous now.
  • And those ads are also below the articles too. Definitely needs a look into by AC.
  • AC says ads behaving badly is your fault cuz you won't install their software to "report" bad ads.... you can't use this site without AdBlock. You would think they'd (AC) would rather get some money from decent non-intrusive ads vs. us blocking them all and they get nothing.
  • I'm using private browsing with ad blocking off. No ads, but AC really should do something about the type of ads being displayed.
  • Who cares about a stainless steel frame. It only makes the device heavier and more expensive. I have the XS max and before that the X. Its not a big deal.
  • Lol HMD makes a big deal out of Nokia phones having a frame cut from a single chunk of aluminum like it's a fabulous feature. It probably is the best choice. My Moto G7 is a glass sandwich with an aluminum frame and I haven't noticed any issues.
  • Much ado about nothing.