Today, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Note 10, available in three different models at different price points. I recently published my review of the Galaxy S10+ (which you can find here, if interested), and I’ve been looking forward to seeing how Samsung would up the ante with the new Note. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the new devices’ specs.
Following this year’s Galaxy S10 smartphone, this release marks a continuation of the company’s strategy of turning a single popular device into multiple models that fit different users’ needs. People’s preferences in the mobile market are more defined than they once were when it comes to features and pricing. Many decide that they don’t particularly care for the most expensive and fully featured model and would much rather pay for a cheaper version with slightly limited capabilities. We saw this in the Galaxy S10e, which was very well received.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes in three versions—the classic Note10 (with a 6.3” screen), the Note10+ (with a 6.8” screen), and a 5G version (also with a 6.8” display). The Note10 features a 2280x1080 (401 PPI) display, while the Note10+ and 5G versions have a 3040x1440 (498 PPI) resolution display. All versions of the Note10 feature Samsung’s AMOLED display with HDR10+, a feature that I believe many people overlooked on the Galaxy S10. This video capture capability results in unbelievably good-looking color saturation and dynamic range and is one of the only capabilities of its kind on the market. The Note10 ships with 8GB of RAM while the Note10+ comes with 12GB. Both models start at 256GB of storage. The Note10 features a 3,500 mAh battery while the Note10+ has a 4,300 mAh battery, which makes sense when you consider the difference in screen size. As many expected, Samsung finally got rid of the headphone jack. This is disappointing, but I personally have not used my headphone jack on the Galaxy S10 a single time since I got the Galaxy Buds.
As with all the previous models of the Note, the Note10 devices will ship with the S Pen, which now includes the ability to recognize handwritten notes and convert them into text. This capability has come quite a long way since the Palm days, and I expect that it will be helpful for people who have harder to read handwriting (such as myself). Samsung also opened up the Air Actions SDK to developers in the interest of developing more controls for the pen. I personally enjoyed the ability to take pictures and control media with the Note9’s S Pen, so I welcome more creative uses.
On the productivity front, the Galaxy Note10 now integrates Link to Windows directly into the Quick Panel, which allows users to connect to their Windows 10 PC with a single click. I find that many smartphone and PC manufacturers are starting to understand the importance of connecting the phone and the PC and I’m glad to see Samsung leaning harder into this capability. While I do like what Microsoft has done so far with smartphone connectivity, I still believe that Dell’s in-house solution is the most comprehensive and mature.
The Note10 ships with Samsung DeX, the company’s single-cable solution for connecting the smartphone to a display and keyboard. The device also ships with super-fast 45W charging, which is the fastest the company has offered to date (bringing Samsung’s charging ability up to speed with some of its competitors). The Note10 also features the wireless PowerShare capability, which allows the phone to charge other wireless charging devices (e.g. another Note10, S10, Galaxy Buds, or Galaxy Watch). The 7nm 64-bit OctaCore processor inside varies depending on carrier and region—either Samsung’s own Exynos chip or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. The connectivity is 4x4 MIMO with up to 7CA and LTE Cat. 20. The 5G version supports both mmWave and Sub 6 NSA 5G, depending on operator support.
The Galaxy Note10 also has a significant amount of new camera features compared to the Note9. The Note10 features three cameras—the wide-angle and telephoto lenses boast 12MP sensors, while the 123-degree wide-angle sports 15MP. The Note10+ and Note10 5G add a fourth depth camera for improved AR capabilities. The Note10’s camera also features live focus video, a zoom-in mic, and a super steady 1080P video capability for hand-held video capture. It also now has a much-needed native video editor. The S Pen is well-suited for video editing and trimming, and allows the user to quickly export right from the device using apps like Adobe Premiere Rush. The Note10 also features several new AR camera capabilities geared to enable further creativity. These include AR Doodle, which allows you to draw in 3D space.
All in all, it looks like another solid product offering from Samsung. I look forward to getting my hands on one to review.