Samsung unveiled its latest addition to the Galaxy Note series, and for the first time, it comes in two different sizes; namely, the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+.
For starters, the Galaxy Note series has been known to grow in size throughout the years. The first Note released pegged at 5.3 inches and the most recent at 6.4 inches of screen space.
The large screen on a smartphone has penetrated consumers who look for the balance between getting to do everything you need from a smartphone and getting work done.
Galaxy Note users have been known to use their phones in realistic work environments such as writing via a stylus or watching movies in uncompromised screens.
However, a big phone is not everyone’s cup of tea. So—without straying away from the Galaxy Note brand—instead of raising the screen space, Samsung decided to turn a few steps back and re-introduce a smaller Galaxy Note 10 with 6.3 inches, while the Galaxy Note 10+ goes all the way up to 6.8 inches.
There will also be a Note 10 5G available that will be exclusive to Verizon for “a limited time.” Samsung is yet to share more about the details over the smartphone.
Meanwhile, both Note 10 and Note 10+ feature a Dynamic AMOLED panel that’s HDR10+ certified, meaning you can expect rich, vibrant colors, and wide dynamic range. It’s an edge-to-edge design with an on-screen fingerprint scanner but still has a small bezel where the front camera sits.
Furthermore, Samsung succumbed to the trend of removing the headphone jack, but it also removed the Bixby button, which some users would appreciate.
In the Galaxy Note 10, it offers a 3,500 mAh battery and 8GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the bigger Note 10+ comes with a more powerful 4,300 mAh battery with 12 GB of RAM.
Notably, Samsung also decided to remove the microSD card slot on the smaller Note 10, which forces users to get stuck with 256GB of memory (as compared to the 10+’s 512GB), plus additional storage with its MicroSD card slot.
On the other hand, there are other new features introduced in Note 10 and 10+ that mainly improve productivity and creativity.
One of the most exciting features Samsung added is the handwriting to text feature, where users can directly convert handwritten scribbles to readable text on a Microsoft Word file, for example.
It uses the neural processing unit (NPU) on the device’s Snapdragon 855 chipset to translate and convert handwritten texts on the Notes App in a prompt manner. The system will also recognize things like dashes or bullets and format accordingly.
Other than that, there are other added features to the Note’s cameras. Mainly, there’s a Live Focus feature that allows users to zoom in and out while recording a video, all the while adding effects such as bokeh.
Samsung also added a feature called Zoom In Mic, which uses the Note 10’s multiple microphones.
In a sense, it works similar to clicking on a particular object on the screen, while you’re making a video to focus on it, but instead of just the purpose, the phone will also focus on the sound coming from that object.
Super Steady is another camera feature where the Note stabilizes footage that is being taken and will also be available in Hyperlapse mode for steady time-lapse videos.
But the Galaxy Note 10 does not stop there — it’s also trying to bridge the gap between a smartphone and a PC or desktop.
Users can take advantage of DeX, which is an Android-based desktop multitasking setup that allows the phone to function as a second monitor to your laptop. You can do this by directly attaching a USB-C connector between two devices.
It can act as a native device, where you can access your phone’s files like a hard drive or use it as a separate screen where you can drag image to it or type on it.
Furthermore, Samsung is also reaching out to gamers by promising that the Note can also be used for PC games through Play Galaxy Link.
Although further details need to be shared regarding the gaming capability of the Note, Samsung says that Note users could stream any game wirelessly. Samsung hasn’t shared whether this would be purely over WiFi or if it’ll also work over LTE and/or 5G.
However, in anticipation, the Note 10 packs the world’s slimmest vapor-chamber cooling system, as well as an AI-based Game Booster that optimizes settings like frame rates and resolutions based on the game you’re playing.
Last but certainly not least, there are also some improvements to the Stylus, the S Pen.
Up until the Galaxy Note 9 last year, the latest update to the S Pen was Samsung adding a Bluetooth feature, where it can function as a remote for the phone. Users were able to use it as a camera clicker or for managing presentations.
This year, however, with the Note 10 and 10+, Samsung is building on the S Pen’s improvements by adding an accelerometer and gyroscope to the stylus. This means the Note 10 can detect gestures like flicking or swinging in addition to button presses.
With the Note 10, holding down the S Pen’s button and flicking upward would allow you to swap cameras. You can also swish from side to side while pressing down the button to change to a new shooting mode, or draw an arc to zoom in. And, as before, you can click once to snap a picture.
These Air Actions will also be compatible with an array of apps like PowerPoint, Calendar, and some media players
Both the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ will be available for preorder on August 8, 2019. The devices will be in stores on August 23, 2019. Prices start at $950 for the smaller Note and $1,100 for the bigger Note.