It is that time of the year again, the time of the year where the most anticipated Android device is revealed to the world. That said device is none other than the Samsung Galaxy Note series. This year, it is the number 10, not the tenth generation that the number suggest; the ninth generation. Again, we have to remind you, they launched the Samsung Galaxy Note series when the Samsung Galaxy S2 was still reigning. They skipped 6 because they could not count (we are joking), and we end up with the 10 for the ninth generation Samsung Galaxy Note series.
The Samsung Galaxy Note line has come a long way though. We thought the best one yet was the 9, the eight generation Samsung Galaxy Note. We loved it so much it scored 8.6/10, one of the highest scoring smartphones to ever graced our site. It was a device that was worth the hype and upgrading to, even when you already had the Note8; there was so much minor improvements that the Note9 was a large improvement over the Note8 at the time.
This year, we anticipated big things from the Note10, more than minor upgrades. Since the Samsung Galaxy S10 has come in with a completely new design philosophy, we expect the Samsung Galaxy Note10 to go with the same general direction, with an S Pen in mind of course. We did that round up here too.
s we predicted, they come in two variants – the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+. Of course, the Note10 series does come with the same design cues with the Samsung Galaxy S10 family. It features a Dynamic AMOLED display with a punch-hole camera in the middle of the top of the display, Infinity-O they call it. As the name suggest, one is plus-sized and the other is normal. The Note10+ packs a 6.8-inch display dwarfing the 6.3-inch display of the Note10. Of course, as with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, the display is an HDR10+ certified too.
The resolutions are different too, as predicted. The Samsung Galaxy Note10 gets a Full HD+ display, which feels like a downgrade. The larger Note10+ gets a QHD+ display that we are so used to on the Samsung Galaxy Note series though. Still, FHD+ is more than enough sometimes.
The punch hole houses a 10-Megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. That also means that it is more powerful than the Note9 that came before. Out the back of the regular Samsung Galaxy Note10 are three lenses that form Samsung’s main cameras. You get a 16-Megapixel ultra wide-angle lens and 12-Megapixel telephoto lens that are supporting a 12-Megapixel main camera. While that is very much like the Samsung Galaxy S10, the layout is a little different – it runs down the middle of the device. The larger Note10+ gets an extra “DephtVision” lens, which is also a 3D camera.
We all know about the AI and depth effect on Samsung’s photo camera. This year’s Note10 also adds AI and depth effect on camera too. So now you can adjust depth effect a la photo app. The AI works with the device’s built-in gyroscope and motion prediction to keep the its footage clean and smooth. It even allows you to keep your audio consistent with your zoom. That means your audio becomes louder as you zoom into your subject. Samsung’s brilliant AR technology makes an appearance here too, you can record videos with something called an AR doodle, very social media, very 3D paint. You can even edit the videos you took on the Note10, it is more powerful than before.
The Android 9.0 Pie with One UI device packs either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ or a Samsung Exynos 9825 System on a Chip (SoC). That also means that this will be one of the most powerful smartphone in the world. Either SoC is paired to either an 8GB RAM (Note10) and 256Gb of on board storage or 12GB RAM (Note10+) with up to 512GB if memory.
The Note10+’s battery is bigger than ever too, biggest one on a Samsung Galaxy Note device. It packs a 4,300mAh battery while the smaller Note10 packs a 3,500mAh battery. Thanks to the efficient SoC, the Note10 should last even longer than before. If that is not enough for your day, there is a super fast charging capability, 45W capable. You do not get that charger out-of-the-box though, you have to buy them separately. Yes, it still comes with PowerShare.
Of course there is the staple Samsung Galaxy Note10 accessory, the S Pen. Last year’s Note9’s S Pen would last about 30 minutes. This year’s SPen will last whole lot more than that. Handwriting recognition is even more powerful than before too. You can start writing with the S Pen on S Notes and it will be converted to text immediately.
You get more out of it on the camera app too. It now recognizes S Pen motion and you now can do gesture control without being anywhere near the device. It only needs to see the S pen. YouTube gets some gesture benefit too, so now you have a TV remote.
Working on the go has always been the Galaxy Note’s forte. Of course, productivity is best on a PC type device. The Samsung DeX does that, very well I might have to add. The issue is that the DeX has to be connected to a blank monitor. You cannot use DeX on a laptop device or a PC. On the Note10 and Note10+, you can.
They have even partnered with Microsoft to mirror the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ on your PC. You do not need any third party app for this, you only need your PC and a Note10. OneDrive access is plenty easier now with a new integration within the Note10. Even Outlook is made even better with S Pen.
What is Missing
Good news! The Bixby button is no more! For some reason, Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ does not come with a Bixby button. Still you can summon Bixby on the Note10 series by calling “hi Bixby” to it.
It is not all good news though. There is something to mourn here. There is no mention of a 3.5mm jack on the Samsung Galaxy Note10. That is because there is none, you cannot find on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 series will also be the most colourful in the Galaxy Note’s history. You get to choose between Aura Glow, Aura Pink, and Aura Black (Note10) or Aura Glow, Aura White, and Aura Black for the Note10+ first when it launches on the 23rd of August. There will be more colours to choose from later on, they have already touted them. Price is confirmed to be MYR 3,699 (Note10) and MYR4,199 (Note10+) for Malaysia, which is also the starting price of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 of last year. Pre-order starts today (8th August, 2019) to 18th August, 2019. Pre-orders for the Note10 will also get you a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds, a wireless battery pack, and Samsung Protection Plus. For the Note10+ you get 512GB onboard storage, Samsung’s Protection Plus, and a wireless battery pack for free.