The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Is Here And It Exceeds All Expectation For Smartphones

08 August 2019
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The announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have already garnered widespread acclaim, with the models promising to push the boundaries of what we expect from smartphones

When the first Samsung Galaxy Note models were introduced to users all those many moons ago, something of a revelation was made. The Note line not only carved the path for big screens on phones (and their acceptance by the public), but it also introduced a stylus-focused note jotter that became something of a novelty item.

It was big, a huge moment for Samsung and one which certainly put the tech company right up there with the likes of Apple. But then the fateful day of reckoning came where the Galaxy Note 7 was released into the world and explosions resulted – not the kind of emotional heartstrings pulled so tight as a result of sheer delight, but actual explosions of the cursed battery variety. The doom of the Galaxy Note 7 was put down to faulty batteries and rushed manufacturing, and when the phones were later recalled Samsung struggled to regain the trust of the public.

It’s fair to say then, that the journey to create the Samsung Note 10 has been a difficult one, as well as one that saw the company strive for greatness and brand loyalty. The phone not only needed to offer something other than mere screen size and specs, but features that would justify its price. Thankfully, after the announcement of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, it looks like they’ve done just that, offering a phone that not only boasts a smaller size, but a string of new software features that will change our expectations of what a smartphone can deliver.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.

Design features

The models are metal and glass, however it certainly boasts a design that few Android phones can rival. The bezel is as close to the top and bottom as possible, meaning that Samsung have been able to remove it from the sides and deliver an incredibly flattering curved screen. The edges however, are squared off instead of rounded, with the stylus sitting in its silo. More importantly, where most big phones tend to feel chunky and cumbersome to hold and navigate, Samsung have delivered the Note 10 Plus in such a way that it’s incredibly thin and easy to hold. Meanwhile, the slightly smaller Note 10 has similar features but is slightly wider than the Galaxy S10.

On the Galaxy S10, the hole-punch for the single selfie camera is smaller, while the fingerprint sensor is also hidden away under the screen. For the cameras, Samsung presents them in a lined-up fashion, through a vertical row off to the side which is somewhat similar to the iPhone. The S Pen Stylus also boasts a unibody design. The phones are available in three colours, all featuring an iridescent shimmer. There’s Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Pink.

Samsung have removed the headphone jack on the phones to allow for more battery. Consequently, they’re including USB-C headphones in the box which costs $US9.99.

Cameras

Samsung made a few changes to the cameras, with a single selfie camera on the front and three on the back: a wide, regular, and telephoto camera. They have also added to the Note 10 Plus a time-of-flight camera, which uses data to calculate how long it takes lasers to reach the object, therefore getting a real-time, 3D-depth data instead of a 2D map that’s calculated to three dimensions.

Video and Microphone features

In terms of video features, Samsung have included background-blurring Live Focus as an optional effect, video stabilisation has also been made stronger. The zoom microphone feature uses three microphones to isolate audio to the point that you’re directing the camera.

Features

The new models also boast features that include new AR doodles and a 3D scanner. This gives users the opportunity to draw objects in 3D space and have them persist there, or attach them to a person’s face. The 3D scanner allows people to create a file that you can then 3D print or use to put 3D characters into your photos.

Price

Prices for the Note 10 start at a rather pricey $1,402 AUD, delivering 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For those after the Note 10 Plus, prices stat at $1,624 for 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, but those who spend a further $147 will see an upgrade to 512GB of storage.

Availability

Both models are now available for pre-order, with Samsung announcing that they’ll ship on August 23. Samsung are also pushing to create a 5G Note 10 model, which is available for pre-order on August 23.


Via GQ Australia