Samsung today unveiled its flagship Note smartphone for 2019: the Galaxy Note 10. This time around, Samsung has launched not one but two variants of the Galaxy Note 10: a regular Note 10 alongside the Galaxy Note 10+. The Note 10 series will take on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 series due to launch in September.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are based on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series from earlier this year with some improvements and new features thrown in.
Galaxy Note 10
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with HDR10+ support. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
Inside the Galaxy Note 10 is an Exynos 9825/Snapdragon 855 chip. Other specs include 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, in-display fingerprint scanner, Wi-Fi 6, stereo speakers, and USB-C connectivity. The regular Note 10 lacks a microSD card slot and also gives the headphone jack a miss. Samsung does make up for it by bundling USB-C earphones and a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
The triple-camera setup at the rear of the Note 10 includes a primary 12MP triple-aperture shutter (f/1.5, f/1.8, f/2.4) with OIS, a 12MP telephoto lens with OIS and f/2.1 aperture, and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter. Compared to the S10 series, the telephoto lens now uses a wider f/2.1 aperture which should help it capture more light.
The centered punch-hole at the front houses a 10MP f/2.2 shooter with Dual Pixel focus.
The phone is powered by a 3500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging. The wireless charging speed tops out at 15W.
The Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949 in the United States.
Galaxy Note 10+
True to its Plus moniker, the Note 10+ comes with a bigger 6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED display which is also protected by Gorilla Glass 6. It shares largely the same internals as the Galaxy Note 10 but comes with 12GB of RAM. While it features a microSD card slot, there’s no headphone jack here as well.
The camera setup at the rear is also the same as the regular Note 10, though there is an additional ToF sensor on the Note 10+. The selfie camera also remains the same at 10MP which can record 4K videos.
There’s a bigger 4300mAh battery powering the Note 10+. It also supports 45W fast charging along with 20W wireless charging.
The Galaxy Note 10 series will be capable of recording videos with a bokeh effect.
The Galaxy Note 10+ starts at $1,099 in the United States
The new S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10 series comes with Air Actions which will allow users to control the device by simply moving the stylus in front of the display. It now also offers real-time handwriting-to-text conversion and more. Like the stylus on the Note 9, the S Pen on the Note 10 can be used as a remote shutter button in the camera app. Additionally, it can now also be used to switch between the different camera sensors on the Note 10 series.
All the new features are powered by a 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer that is built inside the S-Pen. It can now also last for hours on a single charge.
The Galaxy Note 10 series will hit the market from August 23, with pre-orders starting later today.
Do you plan on picking up the Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+? Or will you wait for the iPhone 11 to launch before making your decision?