Today Samsung has presented this year's generation of the almost iconic Galaxy Note series. This year we have a lot of changes - above all there are two different models - Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Samsung Galaxy Note10+. Similar, but different... We invite you to the launch meeting!
This year, the Korean group decided to propose two variants of "Note". So we have Samsung Galaxy Note10 with a 6.3-inch screen and Samsung Galaxy Note10+ with the largest display in the Note series so far - 6.8 inches. Importantly, despite the large diagonal screens, both models are handy, thanks to the use of narrow frames and proper profiling of the sides. In principle, Note10+ is intended for loyal Note series customers, "transitioning" to the newer model generation, while the smaller Note10 is to encourage new customers who have resigned from Notes due to too large dimensions.
|The launch of the new Galaxy Note10
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The Cinematic Infinity display, with a small, slightly over 4-millimeter hole for the front camera, located centrally to disturb the device's symmetry as much as possible and not disturb the use of the interface debuts in new Note10. Due to narrowing of the bezels and elimination of a notch, both models have achieved the highest in the history of Galaxy smartphones so far screen size ratios relative to the housing - amounting to 93.7 and 94.2% respectively. The housings of both smartphones are based on metal frames, covering them on both sides with Gorilla Glass 6.
The housings are of course waterproof (IP68) and come in several colours to choose from. For the smaller Note10 we have the choice of Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura Pink, while in Note 10+, instead of pink, we can have Aura White. Note displays are made in Dynamic AMOLED technology, allowing a brightness of 1,200 nits and a contrast of 2,000,000: 1. The displays (6.3 and 6.8") have a resolution - respectively - FHD+ (2280x1080 px, 401 ppi) and WQHD+ (3040x1440 px, 498 ppi) and HDR10+ certificate, cover 100% DCI-P3 colour palette, and translating into more "felt" values, have a 36% wider colour palette and 14% better brightness than Galaxy Note9.
This year's "Notes" do not lack ultrasonic fingerprint readers hidden under the screen. Their location was chosen so that the use of readers was more convenient than before. The separate calixe of the Bixby assistant has disappeared. Now it has been connected to the switch and the user will be able to configure the operation of the button - according to their preferences. All the keys are on the left side. It’s time for sad news - none of the models has a minijack.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note 10+ use processors Exynos 9825, but in some countries (USA, Asia) both models will be offered with Snapdragon 855. The processors are cooled by a new air chamber - extremely slim. Samsung Galaxy Note10 will be offered in a version with 8 GB of RAM and internal memory of 256 GB, while Samsung Galaxy Note10+ will appear in two variants - with internal memory of 256 or 512 GB and (in both cases) with 12 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the place for a microSD card (up to 1 TB) can be found only in the larger model, i.e. in Note10+. Both models will be offered in LTE and 5G versions - but the availability of the latter will depend on the market. The 5G module will be prepared to support all global bands. Note10 models have dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC modules and GPS navigation, Glonass, Galileo and Beidou.
Productivity is the overarching goal of the Galaxy Note series, so new solutions in this field have been set. The stylus has been changed, giving it a simpler, uniform appearance. It now has a fairly large, own battery (for 10 hours of operation) and new features. In the Samsung Notes application, handwritten text can be immediately converted to typewriter, and then saved as files – either in TXT or DOC or PDF. Intelligent handwriting recognition and processing algorithms "learn" the user's handwriting and work better over time - though the system doesn't leave much to be desired at first. Of course, recognition works in many languages. The stylus is also equipped with a gyroscope and accelerator, thanks to which it can support gestures performed in the air - Air Action.
Moving the stylus even at a certain distance from the phone, we can, e.g. switch camera modes or control music. Gestures can be personalized, and in addition, Samsung will provide a third-party SDK software package that will be able to implement stylus gestures in their own applications. The One UI interface also has the ability to record what is happening on the screen. So you can easily make driving directions, go through a stage in the game or use some features or applications. We can apply our own footnotes or drawings to the recorded image, and our face, recorded with the front camera, may appear in the part of the image we choose. We can record the screen with the phone sound only, with our commentary, or without sound.
Samsung has also simplified the DeX solution, allowing you to easily connect your computer to your phone using a USB cable. Once connected, you can directly sync files, as well as use the mouse and the keyboard to navigate the smartphone interface. DeX now works with both Windows and Mac systems, and the work started on the computer can then be finished on the phone and vice versa. Thanks to cooperation with Microsoft, Note10 works directly with the Your Phone application, which allows you to handle notifications, messages or photos on your phone directly from the computer screen. Players have not been forgotten either - the Game Booster mode is provided, which increases the phone's performance in games, while limiting the functionality of functions that can disturb the comfort of the game.
The players got also a dedicated PlayGalaxy Link solution. After connecting it to a Samsung account, players - thanks to the P2P internet connection - will be able to play games on the phone from a computer - even if they never had a mobile version. Of course, it will also be possible to continue the game started on the computer on the phone - or vice versa. PlayGalaxy Link uses Adaptive FPS technology, which allows you to keep the game flowing and no delays, regardless of the quality of the link. The advantage of this solution is the fact that the whole center of the game is a computer, and the phone becomes something like a remote screen and control - so it should not overload the processor and the battery of the phone. The downside is that you have to leave the computer turned on...
Galaxy Note10 is also entertainment and excellent cameras, typical of Samsung's flagship smartphones. Technically - photographic modules were taken from the Galaxy S10 series, so we have a main 12 Mpx camera with a 77-degree lens and a variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4, as well as a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 123-degree aperture of f/2.2 . The third camera, in turn, has 12 megapixels and a telephoto lens with f/2.1 aperture, giving a 2x lossless zoom. The main camera and tele are equipped with optical OIS image stabilization.
An additional VGA sensor in Galaxy Note10+ allows you to record the depth of the image, which is not only involved in blurring the background or assisting photography in weaker light, but also allows you to map objects in three dimensions and transfer them to augmented reality, with overlapping and the possibility of three-dimensional animation. The work of the rear cameras is complemented by a single, 10-megapixel front camera, with a 80-degree lens and f/2.2 aperture. In Galaxy Note10, cameras gain new features - this time the most happens in the field of filming. There is a possibility of blurring the background during filming - it happens "on the fly", we have an instant preview of the effects and additionally - different types of blur to choose from, as in static photography.
There is also a microphone zoom in Note10 - the sound "zooms in" along with the image during zooming, so you can, for example, focus on what the person filmed in the group is saying. Another new feature is the improved stabilization of Super Steady, and we also have a built-in application for editing movies directly on the phone. You can trim clips, combine them into a longer movie, adding transitions and soundtracks, some even with a license for commercial use. In addition, Samsung offers the option of downloading the Adobe Rush application. In static photography, there is a night mode in the front camera, as well as - mentioned earlier - the option of remote control using a stylus. It can not only release the shutter, but also zoom or switch cameras between the front and rear.
There are also changes in the field of power supply - Super Fast Charging 45 W is a novelty here, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 (12 W in Note10 and 15 W in Note10+) will also be available, as well as the ability to share energy wirelessly with other Qi devices , or PowerShare. Unfortunately, there is also worse news - a fast 45W power supply will need to be ordered separately, the set will be a bit slower. The battery capacity is 3500 and 4300 mAh. The dimensions of the phones are 71.8x151x7.9 mm for Note10 and 77.2x162.3x7.9 mm for Note 10+, while the weight is 168 and 196 g, respectively. Interestingly, the same stylus was used in both models, with dimensions 5.8x4.35x105.08 mm and weight 3.04 g.
Both Galaxy Notes will be available for pre-order from August 7, and regular sales will start from August 23. The prices are:
- Samsung Galaxy Note10 8+256 GB - €949 (£872)
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 12+256 GB - €1099 (£1,010)
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 12+512 GB - €1199 (£1,102)