So after a ton of leaks and rumours, Samsung unveiled Galaxy Note 10 Series. For the first time there is more than one variant of the device; Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G. This is similar to Galaxy S10 series except the S10E, as there’s no Note 10E. There are some significant changes in this year’s series than the predecessor. So without spending anymore time, let’s dig into what this Galaxy Note 10 series brings to us.
The design and built of all three Note 10 devices are pretty much similar. It’s an all body glass design with aluminium frame. This time they moved the punch hole camera at the centre top of the display. Unlike Galaxy S10+ & it’s 5G variant, Galaxy Note 10+ and it’s 5G variant don’t have dual camera setup on the front, so it will not look much weird. The edges are more in square shape than Galaxy S10. Moving to the back, the glass has a gradient finish. There are triple camera setup on all three smartphones, and Note 10+ and Note 10+ 5G has ToF camera for depth sensing.
Regarding ports, this is the first Samsung flagship that ditches 3.5mm headphone jack. Though there is stereo speakers present on the device. The Galaxy Note 10 series has vapour chamber for efficient cooling while gaming. Both Note 10 comes in Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Blue, Aura Pink, and Aura Glow colour options with different gradient colours.
Specifications of Galaxy Note 10:
This Galaxy Note 10 sports a 6.3 inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2280×1080) resolution and 401 ppi. This resolution is sort of downgrade from previous Note 9. Anyways, it has 19:9 aspect ratio and is HDR+ supported as well. For protection there Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both front and back. It has 8GB of RAM with 256/512GB of internal storage. Though there’s no MicroSD card slot with Galaxy Note 10, but I think for most the base variant is more than enough.
This phone has Exynos 9825 octa core processor clocked at 2.73Ghz that’s built on 7nm process. There’s also a variant with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 octa core processor clocked at 2.8Ghz that’s also built on 7nm process. For graphics first one has Mali-G75 MP12 GPU and later has Adreno 640 GPU. The Qualcomm variant will be available in USA and China, whereas Exynos variant will be available in all other markets.
Regarding Camera, there is triple camera setup on the back. The primary one is a 12MP sensor with variable aperture (f1.5 and f2.4), 1.4μm pixel size, Dual Pixel Autofocus, and OIS. The secondary is 12MP Telephoto sensor with 2x Zoom, f2.1 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, Autofocus, and OIS. Finally the third is 16MP Ultra wide sensor with f2.2 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, and no OIS. On the front there’s single 10MP sensor with f2.2 aperture, 1.22μm pixel size, and Dual Pixel Autofocus. The front camera can record videos up to 2k at 30fps.
It can record videos up to 4K at 60fps, and 960fps slo-mo at 720p. Now this time Samsung is giving an advanced camera app for shooting professional videos. This app offer features like Live Bokeh Effect, improved Super Steady Mode, and a built-in video editor to trim or add transitions in the video. This can be useful to make small beautiful videos. And for advance editing, Adobe Premiere Rush can be downloaded free on Note 10 devices as well.
This device runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the Box with OneUI on top. It packs in a 3500mAh battery, which is again smaller than it’s predecessor. But it has upgraded 25W fast charging support with 20W fast wireless charging. There’s under-display fingerprint sensor as well. It has Intelligent Game support for maximum power to be shifted to game. For connectivity, it has 4G, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, aptX HD, and Type-C port. It weighs at 168 grams and is 7.9mm thin.
Specifications of Galaxy Note 10+ & Note 10+ 5G
This bigger variant comes with few upgrades from regular Note 10. It sports a bigger 6.8 inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ (3040×1080) resolution and 498 ppi. This is also HDR+ supported and has 19:9 aspect ratio. The camera is the same as Galaxy Note 10, but this variant gets ToF depth sensor as well. With ToF sensor, there is an AR feature which creates 3D models of real-life objects (with the dimension of 80x80x80cm).
It has 12GB RAM and 256/512GB of internal storage. But this one also has MicroSD expansion up to 1TB. And it will be hybrid SIM setup in dual SIM models. There’s big 4300mAh battery with massive 45W fast charging, it’s fastest Samsung device charging right now. But the 45W charger has to be bought separately, as the in-box charger will only be of 25W. It weighs at 196 grams and is 7.9mm thin.
Galaxy Note 10+ 5G has all the specifications same as Note 10+. The only difference is support for the 5G network. It has additional 5G modem in both Qualcomm and Exynos variant. The modems are different on both variants, and it’s made by respective chipset manufacturers.
Now here comes the USP of Galaxy Note series since ever, the S-Pen. But this year the S-Pen is improved a lot in terms of functionality and productivity. Accelerometer and Gyroscope have been added to this pen for more features like screen off memo, doodling on video while recording it, and a lot more. You can see the full list of S-Pen features in the image below.
Pricing & Availability:
- Galaxy Note 10 (8+256GB): $949 , €959
- Galaxy Note 10+ (12+256GB): $1,099 , €1,099
- Galaxy Note 10+ (12+512GB): $1,199, €1,199
- Pre-orders are started today in select markets.
- It will be available from 23rd August globally.
Well, that’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series. Personally speaking, the Full HD+ display and a smaller battery than predecessor is a bit let down. It looks more like Note 10 Lite. The Galaxy Note 10+ is the best value amongst all three, except you live in Europe and you have 5G coverage in your area. And also the removal of 3.5mm headphone jack by Samsung is also disappointing, because till S10 series the jack makes a difference between Samsung and other flagships.
Now what are your thoughts on this Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series? Let us know in the comment section below. Also stay tuned with us for more information.