Samsung Galaxy Note 10 available August 23rd
Double dose of Galaxy Note
The Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, was the venue for Samsung’s latest Unpacked event in which the Galaxy Note 10 made its official bow before an expectant audience.This time however, there’s been a shift in gear, with two Notes being announced - the regular Note 10 sporting a 6.3-inch screen and the Note 10+ with a larger 6.8-inch display. Both Note 10s feature the Infinity O display with a small punch hole for the front facing 10MP camera. The overall depth of the phones is less than 8mm and the almost non existent bezels allow the 6.8-inch screen of the Note 10+ to fit into a body only 0.4mm bigger than the 6.4-inch Note 9. It’s lighter too at 196g, while the regular Note 10 weighs just 168g.
The Dynamic AMOLED display gives off less blue light to aid eye comfort over long periods of use without sacrificing colour and at the bottom end of the screen is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that uses software based on machine learning to discern between real and fake fingerprints.
The range of colours is varied but the standout finish is the Aura Glow which refracts light to give a shimmering ‘glow’ of iridescent colours not dissimilar to the Honor range of phones.
Both models are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset (or Exonys equivalent in Europe), and the Note 10+ gets a RAM boost to 12GB over the standard 8GB in the Note 10 regular. Internal storage is 256GB with a 512GB option for the Note 10+.
The rear cameras are the same for both models, with 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP standard and 12MP telephoto lenses. However, the Note 10+ also features a ToF DepthVision camera which enables AR effects to be created on the fly and also facilitates 3D scanning. Here, objects can be printed using a 3D printer or bought to life by mapping them onto a subject in motion.
Other shared specs include the expected Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C port, IP68 water resistance and Android Pie (9.0).
Of course, one of the most obvious features of the Note series is the included S Pen which brings to life Samsung’s Note software. In addition to the Bluetooth connectivity added last year, the pen now has a 6-axis motion sensor which means that it can be used as a wand so that gestures can control the smartphone. Additionally, handwritten notes can be converted easily to text and exported as a doc or pdf file - useful for sharing if folks find your spidery handwriting a challenge to read. The S Pen can accurately convert multiple languages in Samsung Notes based on a database of millions of handwriting samples.
With content creators very much in mind, Samsung has provided an ‘end to end’ video experience, so that once shot, the footage can be edited on the fully featured editing suite along with sound editing options too including a feature that ‘zooms in on sounds’ when the video zooms in. Tools ported over from the pro grade camera software allow depth of field bokeh effects to be implemented on video too.
Image stabilisation comes courtesy of Super Steady, whereby machine learning examined over a million frames of footage from different scenes to enable the Note 10 to predict camera movements based on motion and speed to smooth out shaky camera movements.
The Note 10’s gaming performance is optimised via the intelligent game booster software which analyses a player’s gaming patterns, and cooling is improved by a vapour chamber when the action hots up.
Activities such as gaming and video editing will eat into any smartphone’s battery life so the Note 10 features wireless fast charging 2.0 and super fast wired charging up to 45 watts. A 30 minute boost should be enough to get you through the best part of a day.
Integration and ‘flow’ were near the top of the agenda as Samsung announced a deepening of their ongoing partnership with Microsoft which included a demonstration of the latest version of DeX showcasing seamless interoperability between Galaxy and PC via a ‘link to Windows’ option. DeX also now works with laptops and MacBooks as well.
Ready to take advantage of the newest 5G networks, the 5G versions of the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ feature Samsung Knox security, which is built-in at the chipset level and is designed to ensure safe and secure communications with the myriad of devices potentially connecting to them.
These developments did come with some unfortunate news - the 3.5mm headphone jack that was championed so vigorously in the face of Apple’s decision to drop it from the iPhone 7 has disappeared as expected, along with the microSD card slot that would normally be the cheaper option for expanding the base storage rather than shelling out for the next model up.
Other hardware showcased included the previously announced Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the new Galaxy Book S laptop with its 13-inch touch screen, LTE connectivity and 23 hour battery life.
The Galaxy Tab S6 is available from August 23rd starting at $649 for the Wi-Fi only version and $729 for the LTE version.
The Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949 for the LTE version and $1,049 for the 5G version while the Note 10+ starts at $1,099 for the LTE version and $1,299 for the 5G version.
Availability will commence from August 23rd and preorders will begin on Aug 8th. And to cement the Samsung/Microsoft partnership, the Note 10 and 10+ can be ordered from the Microsoft online store.
There’s no confirmation on UK prices but current trends would likely result in similar amounts in Sterling.
Source: Samsung Unpacked Event
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