Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+ Hands-On: Lighter, Nicer & No Headphone Jack

Karamchand Rameshwar - Aug 08, 2019, 1:23 pm IST


Samsung finally unveils the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. Let's check out the first hands-on review of the stunning duo.

The new Galaxy Note 10 series brings a lot of exciting new features and powerful performance, promising to become one of the best smartphones of the year.

Photo 1 1565229166719433149122

Finally, the latest generation Galaxy Note has been released at New York-based Samsung's Unpacked event 2019. Unlike the previous years, the new series from Samsung includes up to 4 different models - Note 10, Note 10+, Note 10 5G, and Note 10+ 5G. This means that users will have more options to choose to meet their different needs, quite similar to what the company is doing with the current Galaxy S series.

Galaxy Note 10 10

This year's Galaxy Note 10 and even the Note 10+ are very light. Perhaps Samsung understands that users who use a stylus to make notes on the phone will have to hold the phone for a long time. Therefore, the device needs to be light to bring the most comfortable feeling to users. Particularly, while the Galaxy Note 9 had a weight of 201g, the newly-launched Note 10 and Note 10+ only weigh 168g and 196g, respectively.

Galaxy Note 10 33

Galaxy Note 10

Another notable change is the absence of Bixby button. Instead, Samsung put the volume and power buttons on the left edge of the device. Removing the Bixby button also helps users avoid being mistakenly pressed during use.

Galaxy Note 10 1

And like the Bixby button, the South Korean phone maker also gets rid of a 3.5 mm audio jack on the Note 10 series, which means you have to use USB Type-C port or use a wireless headset. The company also removed the 3.5mm jack on its Galaxy A80. 

Galaxy Note 10 2
The display bezels of the Note 10 and Note 10+ are significantly thinner.

In addition, the Galaxy Note 10 also sees a significant change in its display compared to its predecessors. Unlike the hole-punch camera put in the top right of the display of the Galaxy S10, the new-gen Note series has centered hole-punch selfie camera, along with a truly bezel-less Infinity O display. The vanilla Note 10 sports a 6.3-inch FullHD+ display while the Note 10+ comes with a 6.8-inch display with QuadHD+ resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Note 10 Plus 8 2

Both Note 10 and Note 10+ are certified to support the HDR10+ standard, promising to deliver a sharper and more colorful movie experience.

Galaxy Note 10 3

Like the Galaxy S10, the new Note duo also has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor placed under the screen.

Galaxy Note 10 4

In terms of camera, the Note 10 has a triple rear camera setup including a 16MP 123-degree ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 12 MP sensor with a variable aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4 and a 12MP telephoto sensor with OIS support. The Note 10+ is also equipped with three same rear sensors, but it also has an additional depth sensor for better bokeh effect. On the front, the duo is equipped with a 10MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.

Galaxy Note 10 5

There are quite a number of new features in photography and video recording in this new duo, including "Live Focus Video" that can add depth-of-field adjustments to videos which allow you to blur the background and draw focus to the main subjects, or "Zoom-In Mic" which can amplify audio as well as focus on sound happening in the frame while pushing out background noise. With Zoom-in Mic, Galaxy Note 10 will be absolutely useful for V-loggers to have clear voices when they are shooting in crowded places.

Galaxy Note 10 6

Combined with the new S-Pen stylus, the Galaxy Note 10 camera setup also has a series of new features such as drawing on videos, AR Doodle, remotely zooming in/out the camera by drawing a half-circle, moving the stylus back and forth to switch to shooting/video recording modes, moving the stylus up and down to change the front/rear camera. And users can do all of those things remotely and this actually becomes a smart assistant for V-logger or those who like traveling/check-in. Additionally, the Note 10 series also has another new "Super" feature for steady stabilization that is available when recording in Hyperlapse mode as well.

Galaxy Note 10 7

Galaxy Note 10 8

Galaxy Note 10 9

To ensure these above feature work well, Samsung put inside its S-Pen a 6-axis sensor consisting of gyroscope and accelerometer to identify hand gestures.

Giphy 15651586779471584033686

AR drawing feature on video looks quite impressive.

Ezgif 2 418e4cf49f19

The new S-Pen also provides greater support for users' work, which can help completely convert hand-written notes into computer fonts (Samsung said that it currently supports 62 languages) and easily export to Microsoft Word, PDF, and images formats. Moreover, as per the company, the S-Pen is also now compatible with Adobe Rush, a more advanced video editing suite which is available for Android devices at the beginning of this year.

Galaxy Note 10 11 Galaxy Note 10 12

In terms of configuration, the Galaxy Note 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset or an Exynos 9825 SoC, depending on different markets. Both chipsets were produced under the new 7nm process. In addition, Samsung also said the chipsets' CPU performance increased by 33% and GPU increased by 42% compared to the previous ones found on the Note 9. The Galaxy Note 10 comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, while the Note 10+ has 12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB internal storage. Powering the Galaxy Note 10 is a 3,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support and Note 10+ is a 4,300mAh battery with 45W fast charging support.

We were quite surprised that the Note 10+ has Call of Duty Mobile pre-installed, which is only available for trials in Canada and Australia. In a 5-min quick test, the phone brings smooth graphics without any lag, which promises to be a good mobile gaming device this year.

This year, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are available in 3 different color options including Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura White. However, at this event, there is also another special Red Pink color variant for the Galaxy Note 10.

Photo 1 1565229166719433149122

To remind, there is also the Note 10+ 5G variant in the series. As its name suggests, this is basically the same smartphone as the Note 10+, but it has the support for the 5G connectivity.

The pricing of the duo in India has also just been revealed. The Galaxy Note 10 is expected to be priced at Rs. 69,999 for the variant with 8GB of RAM / 256GB of storage. As for the Note 10+, it will cost Rs. 79,999 for the entry-level option with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, while the price of the top-end 12GB RAM / 512GB storage option remains under wraps.

Here some photos of the Galaxy Note 10:

Galaxy Note 10 13

Galaxy Note 10 14

Galaxy Note 10 15

Galaxy Note 10 16

Galaxy Note 10 17

Galaxy Note 10 18

Here are some photos of the Galaxy Note 10+:

Galaxy Note 10 19

Galaxy Note 10 20

Galaxy Note 10 21

Galaxy Note 10 22

Galaxy Note 10 23

Galaxy Note 10 24

Galaxy Note 10 25

Galaxy Note 10 26

Galaxy Note 10 27

Galaxy Note 10 28

Galaxy Note 10 29

Galaxy Note 10 30

Source: Genk

Next Story

Read More

Minecraft Is Now Home To 112 Million Monthly Active Users

Features- Sep 19, 2019, 8:00 am IST

Minecraft Is Now Home To 112 Million Monthly Active Users

The spectacular performance has established Minecraft’s dominant position over other similar game titles such as Fortnite or Roblox.

Keep Yourself Away From Prying Eyes Of Google Maps With New Incognito Mode

ICT News- Sep 20, 2019, 3:00 pm IST

Keep Yourself Away From Prying Eyes Of Google Maps With New Incognito Mode

Until now, we may have to wait for quite a while to experience Google Maps' Incognito Mode.

Scientists Came Up With A Feasible Plan For An Elevator Connecting The Moon And The Earth

Features- Sep 19, 2019, 1:30 pm IST

Scientists Came Up With A Feasible Plan For An Elevator Connecting The Moon And The Earth

In their paper in August, Zephyr Penoyre and Emily Sandson, two astrophysicists details a 322,000 kilometer-long elevator connecting the two planets

Google Fi’s New Unlimited Plan: Now Available In India

ICT News- Sep 19, 2019, 2:08 pm IST

Google Fi’s New Unlimited Plan: Now Available In India

In addition to the standard service, Google Fi has presented a new plan including unlimited data, texts, and calls for a fixed amount of money every month.

Google Allows Users To Search For Specific Moments In Videos

ICT News- Sep 18, 2019, 3:00 pm IST

Google Allows Users To Search For Specific Moments In Videos

It is no secret that over the last few years, Google has been looking for a way to upgrade its search function to make it work on more than just text result

iPhone 11 India Available For Pre-Orders From September 20, Flipkart Listing Reveals

Mobile- Sep 18, 2019, 1:00 pm IST

iPhone 11 India Available For Pre-Orders From September 20, Flipkart Listing Reveals

The new iPhone 11 smartphone series is set to be available for pre-order in India from 20th September onwards, according to a Flipkart listing.