Following the success of the Galaxy S10, Samsung has finally revealed the next device in its 2019 lineup of flagship devices: the Galaxy Note 10. Now that the veil has lifted, what has Samsung revealed about its 2019 iteration of the Note series?
Here are all the exciting details you need to know about the Galaxy Note 10.
Galaxy Note 10 Versions: Note 10 and Note 10+
While Samsung normally only releases one phone in the Note range each year, the company has switched this up for the Note 10. This time around, there are two versions of the Galaxy Note 10: the Note 10 and the Note 10+.
The Note 10+ is the larger of the two devices, with a 6.8-inch display compared to the Note 10’s 6.3-inch display.
The regular Note 10 is actually the most compact Note phone yet, according to Samsung. The phone is aimed at those who want the functionality of a stylus without the large form factor that the range usually entails. It also comes in both LTE and 5G versions.
Meanwhile, the Note 10+ is the biggest of Samsung’s phone displays yet—allowing you to make even better use of the phone’s productivity and stylus features.
1. Galaxy Note 10 Specifications
As is the case with previous Galaxy Note smartphones, the Note 10 comes with a larger display, bigger battery, and more RAM than its Samsung Galaxy companions.
However, there are also a few differences between the Note 10 and Note 10+. The Note 10+ comes with additional camera lenses, extra RAM. a higher display resolution, and a maximum of 512GB storage.
Below is a summary of the Galaxy Note 10’s specifications:
- Display: 6.3-inch 2280×1080 FHD+ display with dynamic AMOLED
- Battery: 3500mAh
- RAM: 8GB (LTE) | 12GB (5G)
- Storage: 256GB
- Main camera: Triple lens camera (16MP ultra-wide + 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto lens)
- Front-facing camera: 10MP selfie camera
Meanwhile, have a look at the Galaxy Note 10+’s main specifications below:
- Display: 6.8-inch 3040×1440 Quad HD+ with dynamic AMOLED
- Battery: 4300mAh
- RAM: 12GB
- Storage: 256GB/512GB
- Main camera: Quad camera (16MP ultra-wide + 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto + DepthVision lens)
- Front-facing camera: 10MP selfie camera
2. S-Pen Functionality
The S-Pen stylus and its features are the major differentiators between the Note range and other phones from Samsung. While there were rumors that the S-Pen would be removed from future Note smartphones, this is definitely not the case for the Note 10. In fact, the S-Pen is not only present, but also packed with many useful features.
Even better, this iterations packs in a few all-new tricks, such as the ability to create augmented reality doodles on videos with the Note 10+. You can look forward to the return of a few fan favorites too.
The major S-Pen features for the Note 10 include:
- Recording your screen easily
- Creating memos for your always-on display
- Translating entire highlighted sentences and converting foreign currencies
- Gesture-based commands for apps and camera
- Screen magnification
- Drawing on videos with Live Message
The Note 10 also features handwriting-to-text functionality, which converts your S-Pen writing to digital text. This lets you convert your scrawled notes to Word documents and other useful file formats you can then edit.
3. Samsung Note 10 Camera and Editing Features
Samsung has experimented with different camera setups across its devices in 2019. One of the standout features of the Galaxy S10 Plus is its inclusion of six total lenses, while the Galaxy A80 even features a popup camera.
For the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, Samsung has chosen a more conservative route. While the phones haven’t broken much new ground when it comes to their camera lenses, they do have some handy video editing functionality for creators.
The Note 10 has a triple-lens setup for the main camera, while the Note 10+ offers a quad camera. Both phones feature a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. The Note 10+’s extra lens is depth-sensing for enhanced AR and Live Focus functionality.
Both cameras have a 10MP front-facing camera for selfies.
However, the enhanced content creation tools are where the Note 10 and Note 10+’s camera potential truly lies.
Both phones include zoom-in mic functionality, amplifying sound sources with AI when recording videos. If you zoom in to see a subject better while recording, the camera will enhance the sound coming from the subject while reducing background noise.
Meanwhile, the S-Pen’s gesture controls allow you to use the stylus to zoom in and out, switch cameras, and add other customizable gestures.
The DepthVision Camera lens on the Note 10+ will also allow you to create 3D scans. Finally, the phones also include built-in video studio software to help you edit your content easily on your device.
4. Super-Fast Charging for Note 10
Samsung has upped its battery charging game when it comes to the Note 10. Both phones feature wired “Superfast” charging, plus wireless charging. They also support wireless power sharing, which allows you to charge compatible devices by placing them on the back of the phone.
With the Note 10+, Samsung supports Superfast charging up to 45W. The company goes so far as to claim that you can get a full day’s worth of charge in just 30 minutes.
5. Note 10 Brings More Color to Samsung Devices
Samsung seems to have taken a cue from other smartphone companies like Huawei, as it’s introducing more variety in the colors for the Note 10 range.
The range includes traditional Samsung colors such as Aura Glow, Aura White, and Aura Black. However, Samsung has also introduced the bolder Aura Pink, Aura Red, and Aura Blue color variants to the range.
6. Galaxy Note 10 Release Date and Price
While the Note 10 series was unveiled on August 7, you’ll have to wait until August 23 for the actual release of the phone. However, pre-orders for the phone open on August 8.
But the phones don’t come cheap. The Note 10’s price starts at $949, while the Note 10+ retails from $1,099 upwards. Apart from the upcoming Galaxy Fold, this makes the Note 10 Samsung’s most expensive flagship phone to date.
Is the Galaxy Note 10 For You?
Now that you know what the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are all about, you’ll have a better idea of whether the phone is for you. Whether you’re interested in this device or are looking at what else is on the market, you should make sure it has the right features for you.
Not sure what to look out for when choosing a phone? Check out our checklist of must-have smartphone features for some help.