The oft-leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are official.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3 inch, 2280 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display with an “Infinity-O” design, which means there’s a hole in the screen for a camera.
The Galaxy Note 10+ is a 6.8 inch model with a 3040 x 1440 pixel display, an extra rear camera (for 3D depth-sensing camera), a bigger battery, and a few other bonus features.
Both come with the signature accessory for a Samsung Galaxy Note — an S-Pen that supports pressure-sensitive writing and drawing. But Samsung’s newest S-Pen also added a 6-axis sensor and support for “Air actions” that allow you to use the pen to interact with your phone without touching it (no radar required, unlike Google’s upcoming Pixel 4).
Samsung says the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will be available August 23rd and the phones go up for pre-order starting today.
Here are the prices/configurations that will be available at launch:
- Galaxy Note 10 w/8GB RAM/256GB storage for $949
- Galaxy Note 10+ w/12GB RAM/256GB storage for $1099
- Galaxy Note 10+ w/12GB RAM/512GB storage for $1299
A Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is also coming soon to Verizon for $1049 and up.
The US versions of the phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processors, but Samsung is expected to offer models with its own Exynos 9825 processors in some other markets.
All versions of the phone feature a 10MP, 80-degree front-facing camera with support for auto-focus. But while the 6.3 inch Galaxy Note 10 has a triple-camera system on the back, the 6.8 inch Galaxy Note 10+ adds an extra camera. So here’s what you get:
- 12MP F1.5/F.24 wide-angle (77-degrees) camera with optical image stabilization and autofocus
- 16MP F.2.2 ultra-wide camera (123-degrees)
- 12MP F.21 telephoto lens with optical image stabilization (45-degrees)
- VGA DepthVision camera (Note 10+ only)
That DepthVision camera can scan real-world objects and create 3D models that you can send to a 3D printer or map onto live or recorded videos, making your 3D model move in real-time by matching movements of a real person, for example.
Samsung says the phone also supports bokeh effects in video, allowing you to blur the background while keeping the foreground in focus. That’s something many phones have supported for still photos for years, but it’s a new feature for smartphone video capture.
Other features include an in-display fingerprint sensor, 802.11ax WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and support for wireless charging (and Wireless PowerShare, which lets you charge a Galaxy Watch or other devices using the phone as a wireless power bank).
The smaller Galaxy Note features a 3,500 mAh battery, while the Note 10+ has a larger 4,300 mAh battery. Both phones feature USB Type-C ports and stereo speakers, but no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Interestingly only the Note 10+ has a microSD card reader, a feature that’s missing on the smaller version. And only the Note 10+ supports 45W fast charging, although both phones support USB power delivery.
To recap, here are some of the features that the Note 10+ has that its smaller sibling lacks:
- Bigger, higher-resolution display
- Bigger battery
- Depth-sensing camera
- MicroSD card reader
- 45W fast charging support
- Starts at 12GB RAM
While I’d normally be tempted to say those features are worth the extra $150, it’s important to point out that Samsung is charging $949 for the cheaper model. It’d be nice to at least have a microSD card reader for that price.
A hole in the screen…. for a phone who’s main selling point is a big screen to watch videos, draw and write notes with it…. whoever the tech “journalist” was who ever complained about bezels, I blame you.
Every smartphone i’ve ever owned has been a samsung one, I had a S1, S4, S5 and now a Note 8 which I really like aside from the curved screen, I draw almost everyday on it, but by sacrificing functionality to chase trends and imitate apple, i’ve lost interest.
A notch is distracting enough but to put an actual hole in the screen only to boast about the size of the screen is a joke, a hole like this actually reduces the workspace as I imagine most apps will have to shrink below it and ignore the space since you can’t draw on it. Can you imagine a laptop or a tv with this nonsense?
Also no headphone jack, no micro sd except for the huge model? really? This thing is HUGE for a phone and by the look of it, isn’t exactly thin either, and to anyone who says “I always use bluetooth earphones” good for you, most people still want the option, me and many others don’t, carrying a dongle around is not something anyone wants to do.
It’s a shame because stuff 3d scanning is something that could be a very useful tool for my field of work, but for its terrible aesthetics and loss of functions, I’m gonna look somewhere else.
I’ve owned every version of the Note, this might be the first one I don’t buy.
I’m not buying a phone without MicroSD, but I’m also not buying a phone that large just to get MicroSD.
Agreed. The Note 10 is like a worse version of the S10+ and the S10-5G…. except its more expensive than the two! People will not take the spec-downgrade and price-hike just for the S-Pen, at least not without some deception/persuasion from Marketing.
Whereas, it makes sense for the Note 10+ as an option for power-users. However, this still isn’t justifiable over the regular S10+ for losing the Headphone Jack and Price Hike. It’s also very large, perhaps too large for most men, but fine for two-handed women with purses.
If I had a Samsung Note 8 or Note 9, I would not upgrade. Or instead of paying $1,100+ for the worse Note 10+, I would’ve opt for the better S10+ for around $600.
What’s the downgrade of the smaller Note10 you can’t take? I’m personally not in the market for this year’s flagships ever (next year I can get the same for half the price and by that time hackers have figured out which model can be hacked for long term LineageOS support) but for me the Note 10 seems to be the sensible choice.
Which of its downgrade is the dealbreaker to you? As you said it’s not that big for men’s pockets, so that’s good. That is “only” has 8GB RAM? It has the same CPU as the bigger brother. Or is the fact that the screen is only 1080p, not 1440p? Which again, for me is also the perfect trade off, as if I understand correctly if you have one of these flagship Samsungs with the 1440p display the first battery saver setting you activate is that you put the screen in virtual 1080p mode anyway.
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