Samsung has unveiled its new range of Galaxy Note 10. For the first time in years, the South Korean company has launched more than one handset for its flagship Galaxy Note line-up. While the deciding factor for most consumers is the screen size, it's far from the only feature difference between these two smartphones … but more so later.
While the Galaxy Note 10+ packs the kind of thumb-straining screen you & # 39; Expecting the range to be popularized by phablets, the Galaxy Note 10 is opting for a more conservative 6.3-inch display. It may seem strange to describe a 6.3-inch screen as a precaution – after all, it's bigger than both the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10 – but the incredible work done by the Samsung R&D department to reduce the bezels around the display mean that it really does make it [19459004Ifeellike like a managed handset.
Leading up to the launch of Galaxy Unpacked, T3 had the opportunity to get our hands on the Galaxy Note 9 alternative. The following is our first impression of the handset. Check back for an in-depth review complete with a star rating in the near future.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Price, Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is available in three colors – Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Pink. The Aura Glow is a dazzling blend of other colors. It is incredibly that reflects and appears in a different shade each time it lights up. that. Very reflective of really let the colors shine, which is a shame as the comparable Prism White color in the Galaxy S10 series that debuted earlier this year was stunning and proving that Samsung can stand toe-to-toe with Huawei when it comes to this look.
Pre-orders will be available online on August 7, as the first smartphones will start appearing on the high street shelves from August 23, 2019. The Galaxy Note 10 starts from £ 899 for on the 4G model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage, while the Galaxy Note 10+ costs £ 999 for the 256GB variant, and maxes-out at £ 1,199 for the 5G-enabled handset with 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.
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Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Display, Design
Holding the Galaxy Note 10 in the palm of your hand, it just felt right . Sure, streaming the latest Netflix series everyone is talking about is no doubt more enjoyable than the 6.8-inch panel found on the Note 10+, but is it really worth everything of the hassle of paying pocketing a display the size that every day comes along? After playing around with the Galaxy Note 10 for a while, we were not convinced.
Samsung has done an amazing job releasing bezels around the AMOLED display in Note 10. The flagship phone is enjoying a 93.2% screen-to-body ratio, up from 83.9% in Note 9 – this is the difference between a device that feels unpleasant and cumbersome, and manageable. As with the Galaxy S10 series, the One UI also deserves a lot of credit here.
Android Pie-based software is designed to make smartphone screens widely available – especially one-handed. To do this, One UI transforms all the elements of the user interface that you'll need to interact with – buttons, toggles, menu items – to the lower-third of the touchscreen where they're easy to reach, even for those with with smaller hands.
Think of it as the Reachability feature that Apple introduced a few years back, temporarily dropping the entire screen in the lower half of the display, but applied throughout throughout user interface. Even swiping on the notification shade lowers quick toggles of action far from showing that you don't have to perform thumb-gymnastics to hit the right icon.
The comics with big titles at the top of the display look a bit strange – Samsung has certainly found something slightly more useful to do with all the extra space at the top of the screen instead of just WordArt & # 39; ing every menu title like a super lethal Year 7 zhuzhing up their homework? But it's a small price to pay for a generous 6.3-inch display that remains comfortable to use on-the-go.
Using The Galaxy Note 10, Samsung tweeted its design, Infinity-O, with the O -shaped cut-outs (hence the name) used to hide the front camera. While the Galaxy S10 series keeps a hole-punch in the top right corner of the screen and the Galaxy A8s squirrelled it in the top left, the Galaxy Note 10 is wearing an embedded camera loudly and proudly dead. center.
At least no dual-camera like the one featured on the Galaxy S10 Plus, which takes up a minimum amount of space and feels like an outbreak of dead pixels has started in the corner of your screen. For our money, the new design is a a little better.
The new blade punch camera doesn't get in the way of the little system icons found in the top left and right corners of the per Android smartphone. And if the notch on the iPhone X has taught us anything, it's that very can easily get used to an intrusion in the middle of the screen.
That said, the cycloptic Note 10 cannot be justly described as beautiful – a word that certainly could have been used for earlier iterations in the Galaxy Note series.
Unlocking the Galaxy Note 10 will be handled by an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner – just like the Galaxy S10 series. Samsung moved the sensor slightly to the height of the frame this time, so it dropped to a more natural position when holding the phone. Unfortunately, we didn't fully assess the accuracy or speed of the finger scanner, but we were amazed at how well the technology worked – even when the screen was smooth with rain – on the S10.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Camera
Selfies on the Galaxy Note 10 are held by a 10MP camera with f / 2.2. In our short time using the handset, photos from the front-facing camera look great – with many details surviving more than a few edits before being posted on social media. Like the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy Note 10 supports Live Focus photos from the front camera, so you can add an artificial bokeh-style blur to the back of your face.
Samsung has also thrown in some wackier looks for those who want to stand out from the endless sea of bokeh-filled bokies, with a new "glitch" effect that gives the background a look of a bad VHS maintained – with tracking and tedious colors. It's not something you'll probably use all that often, but it's a fun new addition nonetheless.
Being completely software-based, it's possible that these new effects will be released on the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G, boasting a number of similar effects for deep feature features, including a look. of Zoom and Swirl.
Unlike the Google Pixel 3, there are no ultra-wide selfies to be found here. So, if you're traveling with a large group of friends, you'll need to resort to a timer, the remote shutter function with the S Pen, or a selfie stick.
However, it's behind Note 10 where you'll find the most significant changes, especially for those upgrading from Note 9 or older. The Note 10 boasts a triple-camera system that combines a 12MP wide-angle camera with the same variable aperture technology seen in the Galaxy S10 range – allowing the camera to move quickly between f / 1.4 and f / 2.4 to capture photos in challenging low conditions, a 16MP ultra-wide with a 123 ° field, and finally, a 12MP telephoto camera which holds 2x optical zoom and Live Focus shots.  If that list sounds familiar, it's because of the same mix of ultra-wide, telephoto and dual-aperture found on the Galaxy S10 Plus – so you'll find exactly the both photo options, including Artificial Focus's customizable bokeh blur suits.
Like the selfie camera, you also get the same Live Focus options from the rear facing set-up, including Glitch and Circles, which adds a circular bokeh-style back to the subject. Like the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10 has the ability to add these Live effects to the video in real-time . Unlike before, the new flagship handset handled the impact with software, though the results were seriously impressive in our short time on Note 10.
Samsung said the Note 10 was designed to add artificial bokeh behind people and objects, so you won't be limited to faces just like the software-led solution seen in the iPhone XR Portrait Mode, for example.
We have to spend a lot of time on the Note 10 and triple-camera it to get a good handle on what capable, but the first signs are very, very promising. The pictures are packed with details – though not quite as sharp as what you get with a Pixel 3. As you would expect from Samsung, the images are warmer and vibrant than the handset wagons from at Google and Apple.
Unfortunately, the Note 10 is missing the new patented DepthVision camera you see behind the Note 10+. It includes two separate sensors and is different from the Time Of Flight sensor found on the Galaxy S10 5G. Samsung said the new proprietary system should offer a better bokeh style blur behind the subject in photos and videos.
It should also offer more accurate results when measuring distances, or placing computer-generated objects in the real world using Augmented Reality (AR) apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: S Pen
The Galaxy Note would not be the Galaxy Note without the S Pen. The trademark stylus is getting a modest update to the latest handset. The biggest new feature is Air Gestures, which uses the new six-axis sensor built into the S Pen to let you control features on the phone by putting it around, such as a Nintendo Wii Controller.
For example, handles. lowering the button built into the S Pen's handle and flickering upwards – like a wog trainer at Hogwarts – switches between the front and rear facing cameras. Combined with the S Pen's ability to remotely trigger the shutter button introduced last year, the rear facing camera of the Galaxy Note 10 is completely out of hand.
During our brief time on the Galaxy Note 10, Air Gestures felt pretty gimmicky. The technology itself works well and it's amazing how many smarts Samsung is now able to squeeze into the svelte stylus … but when's the last time you want to move on Between the rear camera and the selfie camera with a flicking motion a few meters from your handset? Yes, it's us.
More interestingly, Samsung is opening Air Gestures to third-party developers, so it's likely to see some an intriguing new application over the Play Store in the coming months. Should the team behind Harry Potter: Wizards Unite incorporate stylus motifs to make for some truly immersive action, it is easy to make the Galaxy Note 10 mobile-specific version sensation, for example.
While the S Pen together with Note 9 includes the ability to remotely control keynote presentations, 30-minute battery life means you need to do some serious trimming of your TED talk to benefit from to the new feature. That was fixed at this time. The upgraded S Pen you'll find bundled with the Galaxy Note 10 has a stunning 10 hours of battery life and can recharge from the flat in just 6 minutes.
Finally, Samsung has added a new stylus feature called AR Doodles. As the name suggests, it lets you scrawl on any of the faces displayed on the viewfinder with drawn crowns, glasses, faces, and maybe, comically-engorged genitals, using the S Pen . Samsung will keep the drawing adhered to the face as it moves. The AR Doodle can be used for both photos and videos.
This is a fun little feature and a great demo for the handset, but it does sit idly by. productivity and business focus of the Galaxy Note series.
That said, even the most obsessed spreadsheet needs to be closed again, and if you draw a pair of mirrors the face of a colleague. and watching it cling to them as they move through the room helps you maintain a good work-life balance, then more power to you. the flagship Galaxy Note, no processing deficiency growl under the bonnet of Note 10. The next-generation phone is powered by 8GB of RAM, with 256GB of built-in storage. There's also a 3,500mAh battery that Samsung says is more than enough to keep the handset powered all day and well into the night, largely thanks to the power efficiencies of the new seven-nanometer Exynos 9825 chipset.
Unfortunately, only the larger Note 10+ has microSD for extensive storage, so those who don't expect to increase the storage of an additional 1TB will have to make up for the more expensive 6.8 model. -Pulgada. Given that this was supposed to be a work powerhouse, it was a bit disappointed. Of course, 256GB of built-in storage isn't anything to sniff, but the lack of expandable storage means the handset isn't as future proof as some of the previous Galaxy Note notes.
Everywhere, Note 10 includes AKG-tuned sound, powerful enough to enjoy a YouTube video without headphones, Wireless PowerShare – allowing you to charge Galaxy Buds or any other Qi-compatible gadget by placing it on the back of the handset, IP68 water and dust resistance, and support for Wi-Fi 6, which means you will be certified by the future as your home router and work are upgraded to coming year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 includes a 25W fast wired charger in the box and now supports up to 15W fast wireless with a proper Qi wireless pad, so there are plenty of options when it comes to fast top- up the handset. Unfortunately, only the pricier Note 10+ benefits from the all-new super-speed of 45W wired charging, which Samsung claims can charge your smartphone with enough battery for a full day of 30 just minutes plugged into the wall.
It's a bit disappointing to see the Galaxy Note 10 being missed out on so many features that come with the cheaper cousin. Would it be best if the only deciding factor between the two handsets in the Galaxy Note 10 range was what screen size would you like? How important is the size of the handset to you? Alas, plumping for the 6.8-inch Note 10+ also means you can benefit from an all-new DepthVision camera system for improved AR, expandable storage, a larger battery with faster charging, more RAM and more built-in storage.
Something on both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ alike is a missing 3.5mm headphone port. Yes, it's true – after years of teasing Apple and other rivals for the downfall of the audio port, Samsung rejected the once-ubiquitous connector. The company said it had removed the port because it needed space inside the handset to squeeze more battery life into the new svelte frame. OnePlus has used a similar reason in the past.
We thoroughly examine battery life in our full, in-depth analysis to see if that argument holds any water … but in the meantime, missing ports are common these days you'll probably be phased. In the box, Samsung discards a pair of USB-C AK-wire headphones, but no dongle. Of course, it can be purchased separately from the Samsung Store, but the additional purchase is likely to frustrate people with wired 3.5mm headphones that they regret ditching for a new phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review: Our Early Judge
The Galaxy Note series has always been known for its nothing compromised power, trademark stylus, and mammoth screen size. But choosing the Note 10 for the first time, the new compact design just feels right.
Samsung is known for pushing the envelope with some great designs out-there – the widespread ridicule of the & # 39; phablet & # 39; size of the first Galaxy Note, the cynicism around the first Edge version with a curved glass display, just to name a few. But easily the most innovative aspect of the Galaxy Note 10 was the restraint of .
The smaller footprint – thanks largely to the design of Infinity-O and A UI operating system – is infinitely more refined than the gargantuan Note 10+. And as a result, pick-up and fun are much more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, opting for the superior, smaller size means missing out on some of the key features you'll find in the pricier Galaxy Note 10+, including increased battery life, expandable storage, new DepthVision camera system, more RAM, faster wired billing options, and support for 5G networks. Note 10+. But collectively, it felt that Note 10 owners were short on a compromised experience compared to Note 10 + owners.
During our brief stay with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, we were very impressed.
This is a gorgeous smartphone with stunning edge-to-edge display, some interesting new camera tricks, and some serious firepower. However, it's a shame those who opt for the Note 10 instead of the Galaxy Note 10+ will miss out on more than just a little extra real estate. Especially since the Galaxy Note 10 is a better overall package.
Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 10: News, Updates
Since we published our review of the Galaxy Note 10, some new details about the Samsung handset have emerged. We keep posting about all the latest updates here, just in case they change how you feel about the handset …
August 13, 2019: Now it's confirmed of Samsung whose Galaxy Note 10+ is the only ship with a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box – not the USB-C to USB A that shipped it to the Galaxy Note 9. What does this mean? ? Well, if you don't have a laptop or desktop computer with a handy USB-C port – you'll be working hard to connect your shiny new Samsung-branded phone. It also means that you won't be able to connect the cable charge to any old USB-A wall plug that you probably sat around from other past purchases. This is not a dealbreaker, but it might mean you want to add a separate cable or adapter to your check-out basket.