Samsung Galaxy Note 10, 10+ and Note 10+ 5G now official with a few impressive new tricks
Samsung’s second flagship smartphone launch for 2019 has officially come and gone with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ now official. For the first time, the Galaxy Note will come in two sizes and it will also ship without a headphone jack for the first time as well. In total there are three variants, as expected, with the Galaxy Note 10+ also coming in a 5G variant although, unlike the Galaxy S10+, there will be no 1 TB storage option with the range maxing out at 512 GB. All models, however, support microSD cards up to 1 TB.
The US and China models will ship with a Snapdragon 855 onboard with 8GB of RAM for the 6.3-inch Note 10 and 12 GB for the 6.8-inch Note 10+ and Note 10+ 5G. RAM configurations also remain the same for the Exynos 9825-based devices that will ship for all other global markets – this time around, the benchmarks are showing that the latter chipset is in fact the better performer with Samsung moving to a 7nm EUV process for this SoC over the 8nm process it used for the preceding Exynos 9820 found in the Galaxy S10 global series.
Of the models, Samsung is only claiming ‘all-day’ battery life for the Galaxy Note 10+ LTE model which has a 4,300 mAh battery – this is the same as the 5G model, which will obviously use more juice to power it. The smaller Note 10 model gets a 3,500 mAh battery. The new Note 10 models also sport a new version of Samsung DeX that allows you to plug the device into a MacBook or PC laptop to enjoy its desktop-like experience which will be particularly useful for Android gaming. The S-Pen also picks up new gesture actions as well as native support for handwriting to text conversion for the first time.
All models come with a single 10MP front-facing camera, which is fair enough as it is a productivity focused device. However, only the Note 10+/5G models get the ToF ‘Depth Vision’ sensor on the rear. Otherwise, all come with a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto camera. One of the new capabilities offered by the Note 10+ range thanks to its 3D ToF sensor is a bokeh effect for videos, which looks quite impressive in the demos. The sensor also offers new AR capabilities in still photography contexts as well.
The Galaxy Note 10 starts at US$949 for the 256 GB model – the only storage configuration it is offered in. The Galaxy Note 10+ starts from US$1099 for the 256 GB model and rises to US$1,199 for the 512 GB model. The S10+ 5G model comes in a 512 GB variant for US$1,299. Pre-order bonuses vary by region with models shipping from August 21.