Galaxy Note 10 launch: everything you need to know about Samsung's latest flagship duo
Dubbed as the "most powerful Notes yet", the Galaxy Note series that were introduced today at Samsung's latest Galaxy Unpacked hardware event in New York City promises elegance and performance that will allow its users to seamlessly navigate between work and life. But is it the right smartphone upgrade for you? Read on to find out.
1. Sleek, slim and distraction-free
For the first time ever, the Galaxy Note 10 comes in two different sizes. The 6.3-inch Note 10 is 0.1 inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 9, whereas the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10+ is a full 0.4 inches bigger than last year's Note—making it home to the largest display that the series has ever seen. Despite being bigger in size, the Note 10+ is also exceptionally light and thin, weighing in at 196 grams and measuring just 7.9mm thick.
But as you already know, being slim comes with a price. Instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack, the new Note 10 smartphones will include support for both USB-C and wireless audio, and feature a pair of USB-C earphones in-box. Guess it's time to whip out your Galaxy Buds!
2. Impressive edge-to-edge design
The full-screen bezel-less dynamic AMOLED display might be the biggest change to this new Note series. Samsung has equipped the Note 10 with the same Infinity-O display that the S10 series had, resulting in an increased 93.2% screen-to-body ratio. The only difference would be that the selfie camera is now placed in the middle. Besides that, with a HDR10+ certification and Dynamic Tone Mapping, photos and videos will appear brighter than previous Note devices.
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3. Faster performance
Both phones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chip and runs on Android 9.0 Pie. In terms of battery life, the Note 10 has a 3,500 mAh battery and the Note 10+ has a 4,300 mAh battery. With the included 25-watt fast charger, Samsung says the phones can be juiced up from 0-100% in over an hour and with a 45-watt charger (sold separately), the phones can get enough power to last you through a whole day with only a 30-minute charge. Other features include the Wireless PowerShare that allows users to wirelessly recharge their Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds or another Qi-enabled device.
Good news for gamers, Samsung also optimised its latest flagships with the AI-based NPU (Neural Processing Unit)-powered Game Booster. The devices also feature a next-generation seven-nanometer AP chipset that boosts CPU and GPU performance by up to 33% and 42%, respectively (compared to the Galaxy Note9), and helps ensure that games and videos are snappy and smooth.
4. Upgraded S Pen
First introduced alongside the initial Galaxy Note in 2011 and more recently to the Galaxy Tab range, the S Pen has evolved over the years to become the ultimate tool for Samsung users. Some even say that the S Pen is the reason they purchase the smartphone in the first place.
The latest S Pen features a sleek unibody design and 10 hours of usage on a single charge thanks to its 350uAh lithium-titanate battery. Measuring just 0.35mm thick, the stylus will now also support intuitive gesture recognition with S Pen Air actions with a new built-in 6-axis sensor (which consists of three velocity sensors and three gyro sensors). This function allows users take pictures, zoom in and out and switch camera perspective with a simple gesture, as well as change content and volume in multimedia apps with ease.
5. State-of-the-art camera
Standout features include Zoom-In Mic and AR Doodle. The former is an all-new, AI-powered feature that takes zooming in to a whole new level by amplifying the sound of audio sources in the camera's frame. With Zoom-In Mic, when users zoom in on the subject of their video, they'll also be able to zoom in on their subject's voice (amplifying its sound), and minimise background noise. The latter function allows users to use the S Pen to create AR drawings, effects and animations.
Available on the Note 10+ only is the DepthVision Camera. A cool new dimension to capturing content with its built-in 3D Scanner, this clever innovation enables the camera to capture its subject as a 3D rendering that can be later added to photos and videos. An example given by Samsung would be how before traveling, an action-figure collector could use the function to create 3D scans of their figures that they could insert into videos during their trip to make their experience that much more memorable.
Other notable features worth mentioning are the Screen Recorder and Live focus video function.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) are priced at RM3,699 and RM4,199 respectively. For those looking for a bigger capacity, the Galaxy Note10+ (512GB) retails at RM4,799. For more information on how you can pre-order, visit Samsung's website here.