Samsung has unveiled the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. This is the first time the company has given us two options to choose from that could put most phones to shame. The Note 10+ builds upon Note series’ bigger profile with a 6.8-inch display, whilst the Note 10 is as small as the Galaxy S10, i.e. 6.3-inch in sizes.
Both phones come with a Dynamic AMOLED display but with different resolution. The Galaxy Note 10+ has a 1440p+ display whereas the Note 10 has a 1080p+ display. Again, both phones share features like HDR10+ and Dynamic Tone Mapping for life-like image quality nonetheless. This just shows that Samsung has been putting a huge emphasis on its display as well as the design for its Note series.
And add to the fact that you get a new S Pen to draw on these beautiful screens; making these both phones a true productivity tool. Adding upon Galaxy Note 9‘s Bluetooth feature, this year’s S Pen gets the additional support of accelerometer and gyroscope. This help in motion tracking, allowing you to steer the UI at a distance, and Samsung is opening up its SDK for developers to work on their own creative ways to use the S Pen.
Let’s talk about the camera for a moment, more specifically three cameras at the back. The duo has same triple camera sensors at the back: the first being the normal 12MP sensor with dual aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4), Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), the second is a telephoto camera with 12MP sensor and OIS, while the last one is a 16MP ultra-wide snapper.
But the bigger one — the Galaxy Note 10+ — has a 3D ToF sensor whose purpose is to produce a 3D models of real-life objects through a 3D scanner app.
The 10MP selfie snapper sits at the top of a punch hole placed at the middle of the screen which is different from the Galaxy S10 devices.
There’s also a whole lot of video features like improvements in motion detection, AR doodle features, new Bokeh effects which let you blur backgrounds even on videos, Zoom in On Sounds which lets you zoom in while shooting a video and adjust the sound to your need. The Galaxy Note 10 also gets a whole suite of video editing features which lets you edit your videos on the go.
One thing that gets a major upgrade is Samsung DeX, a desktop-like feature powered by a Samsung phone when connected to a display. The new feature, though is an app for both macOS and Windows. Meaning, now you could connect your Note 10 to any computer and view your all apps in it. Also, you can drag and drop files from your phone or into it. This is quite a unique idea given that the whole purpose of DeX was to create a seamless experience.
Coming to the internals, the one thing you are most interested about, both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ rocks either Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 chipset, depending on the region. Surprisingly enough, the Exynos 9825 makes its debut today as the chipset was not seen in the S10 series which is an exception as Samsung has been using the same set of chipsets for previous S-series and Note series devices.
Both phones have 256GB onboard storage as default. The Note 10 gets an 8GB of RAM to start with while the Note 10+ has 12GB of RAM running the show. Strangely, the Plus variant is the only one to get a microSD card slot which supports SD card up to 1TB. Similarly, both phones also have vapor cooling chamber to cool down the phone while gaming — and Samsung also adds its own AI to learn your gaming habit so it can offer you optimum performance.
With all these features Samsung claims the Note 10 to be the most powerful mobile productivity tool but sadly enough they couldn’t make a room for a 3.55mm headphone jack. Samsung says it was removed in order to compensate for a large battery. It was one of the few good things that people cherished but it looks like good things do not last forever.
However, the good thing is that the Plus model has a larger 4,300mAh battery with 45W Super Fast Charging support. Samsung claims that a 30 minutes charge can last you through the whole day. The only thing is that the 45W brick is not available out of the box as you have to purchase it separately. But you still get the normal 25W one.
On the other hand, the smaller variant gets a 3,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support. Both phones support fast wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will be available from August 23 with pre-order starting today. Both phones have a range of colors to choose from: Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura White. Depending on the markets, there will be other color options as well, including the Aura Pink for the Galaxy Note 10 and Aura Blue for the Galaxy Note 10+.
As for the pricing, the Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949, the Note 10+ will go on sale for $1099 for the 12GB/256GB variant. Add $100 more and you can get the 12GB/512GB variant of the Plus model. For Nepal, judging by recent announcements, both phones could hit the market sooner than expected for an acceptable price, starting at NPR 98,000 for the small Galaxy Note 10.
For me, by looking at price and size, the non-Plus model of Note 10 is intriguing but it may not hold true for rest of you guys. Also, it defeats the whole purpose of using an S Pen on a large display to make full use of it.