Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus smartphones

amsung today announced the Galaxy Note 10 series, the successor to the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, at the Samsung Unpacked 2019 event in Brooklyn, New York.

Device Note 10 Note 10 Plus
Display 6.3″ Infinity-O AMOLED 6.8″ Infinity-O AMOLED
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage Up to 512GB Up to 512GB
Camera 16MP Ultrawide
12MP Wide-angle
12MP Telephoto
16MP Ultrawide
12MP Wide-angle
12MP Telephoto
ToF Sensor
Battery 3,500 mAh 4,300 mAh
Durability IP68 IP68
Price Starting at US$949 Starting at US$1,099

Whereas the Galaxy Note series has traditionally stood as a single device, Samsung is splitting it into two this time around. The Note 10 lineup is made up of the 6.3” Note 10 and the 6.8” Note 10 Plus, both of which will carry A bezeless display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6. The punch-hole front-facing camera has been centered to give a better perspective.

Aside from the new Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, the main image sensors remain unchanged from the Galaxy S10 Plus. Multiple Samsung representatives at the show floor said that most of the enhancements are in software, and not hardware. Features like real-time video editing and 3D scanning are a few marquee features.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera breakdown

The Note 10 series also comes with focused microphones that can draw audio from a specific point in the scene when shooting video. Its microphone array is cleverly hidden in the camera bump.

For the North American market, both the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the same one used for the Galaxy S10 Plus. International versions have the just-announced Samsung Exynos 9825 chipset.

The Galaxy Note 10 will start with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus features the same storage capacity but bumps the RAM to 12GB. Although both phones offer 512GB storage configurations, only the Galaxy Note 10 Plus supports a microSD card.

A 5G variant of the Note 10 Plus is also available, but they won’t make their way into Canada due to the lack of 5G networks.

The S Pen stylus is the most important feature of the Note series. For the Note 10 series, the S Pen now includes 6-axis motion sensor for air gesture control. To activate, press and hold the pen’s side button and make a gesture. Users can switch camera modes, change the camera, and control the zoom by swiping in the air. Samsung has also released an SDK for app developers to create their own custom gestures.

Samsung Note 10 Plus now uses 45W Super Fast Charge to quickly fuel its massive battery. According to a Samsung representative at the event, it can charge an empty phone to 60 per cent in 30 minutes. Note that Super Fast Charge only applies to the Note 10 Plus; the Note 10 charges at a slower 25W pace.

DeX, Samsung’s smartphone desktop simulation feature, now also works on Windows 10 PCs and Macs. When enabled, the user can answer calls and texts straight from the computer. Samsung emphasized its partnership with Microsoft and has invited Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, to speak on stage.

Note 10 Plus color options

The Note 10 starts at US$949 while the Note 10 Plus starts at US$1,099. Preorder will open tomorrow from both the Samsung Store and the Microsoft Store. They will officially ship on August 23.

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