The tech media has been clamoring over every leak of the Samsung Galaxy Note10. It’s the normal cycle of things as leak posts get plenty of traffic, especially if you get the post out fast. While we do leak posts from time to time, we don’t obsess over them and often just wait until the official announcement. And the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 has just happened and here are the facts.
Samsung took the wrap off its annual Unpacked event in New York City. Unfortunately, we were not there as we have been in the past. But we did take the event in online and we’ve taken the best bits of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 announcement and put them here.
An interesting note (pun intended) is that the base Galaxy Note has actually shrunk from a 6.4″ screen to a 6.3″ screen. The Note10+ has a much larger 6.8″ display. This small change is said to make the Samsung Galaxy Note10 much easier to hold and handle. You still get an amazing screen-to-body ratio which also makes the body smaller and easier to hold.
The single biggest difference between the Note10 and the Galaxy S10+ is that camera cutout. The Samsung Galaxy Note10 has a single pinhole cutout instead of that double cutout in the front of the display. While it is still a cutout, it is at least not so obtrusive.
The other big bit of news here is certainly going to be debated for a long time. The removal of the headphone jack. That’s right, after a long run of taking jabs at Apple, Samsung has removed the headphone jack. Batteries are also ample, just like you’d expect from the Note series. The Note10 has a 3,500mAh battery while the Note10+ has a 4,300mAh version. Removing the headphone jack does help to cram a bigger battery into the chassis.
The other big factor is the Bluetooth tipping point. The company says a majority of flagship owners are now listening to music through a wireless connection (anecdotally around 70+%). Obviously, that figure drops when dealing with less expensive handsets — people buying mid- and low-tier devices are still less inclined to shell out for Bluetooth headphones.TechCrunch
Samsung is including a pair of USB-C AKG headphones inside the box when you purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note10.
Some good news for Bixby haters though, the Bixby button is gone, but not gone. The button is no longer there but Bixby is still hanging on. You can invoke Bixby with a long press of the power button. You can also remap the function of the long-press should you wish.
Of course, this isn’t a Note without the S Pen and the S Pen is doing even more things. Samsung went through a bevy of new features of the S Pen and went over some of the things we already know. The S Pen is still as great as ever, for those who love it, and Samsung is opening the SDK to developers so they can incorporate some of those new features into their apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 also comes with a triple camera setup on the rear. There is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel standard wide-angle and 12-megapixel telephoto. The larger Samsung Galaxy Note10+ has a time of flight sensor (TOF) that should add more depth. The TOF sensor also has a 3D scanner feature so you can scan objects and turn them into moveable renders.
Samsung also has a bunch of AR features including AR Doodle which should make those who like to draw on their photos very happy. Here are some quick highlights of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.
- Handwriting to Text and Air Actions: Users can jot down notes with the S Pen and then instantly convert their handwriting to digital text and export it to a variety of formats like Microsoft Word. S Pen Air Actions allow users to control certain aspects of the device using gestures.
- Link to Windows: Users can connect to their Windows 10 PC with one click to view notifications, send and receive messages, and review recent photos.
- Samsung DeX for PC: With extended DeX capabilities, it’s easier to work between your phone and a PC or Mac. Users just need a USB connection to drag and drop files between devices and use their favorite mobile apps with a mouse and a keyboard.
- Pro-Grade Camera for Creators: Live Focus Video, Zoom-In Mic and Video Editor mean users can capture pro-grade video and edit like a pro without carrying any extra gear.
- AR Doodle and 3D Scanner: Using the latest AR and 3D capabilities, users can personalize photos with dynamic drawings, effects, and animations that track to the image. The 3D Scanner creates movable 3D renderings using the Note10’s DepthVision.
Here are the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+:
For processing, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 with 8GB of RAM and 12GB of RAM for the 10+. Both the Note10 and 10+ will have 256GB of storage and the 10+ will have a 512GB option.
Pre-orders start tomorrow, August 8th, 2019 for both. The new Notes will be in stores on the 23rd for purchase. The Samsung Galaxy Note10 starts at US$950 and the 10+ starts at US$1,100.
In Canada, the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ will be available for purchase in stores and online beginning August 23, 2019. Pricing starts at CA$1,259.99 (regular price) for Galaxy Note10 (256 GB); $1,459.99 (regular price) for the Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB); and $1,599.99 (regular price) for the Galaxy Note10+ (512 GB).