The day has finally arrived; Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are now official. The South Korean smartphone maker has split its popular Note series to offer two instead of one flagship phablets for the power users.

In the first look, you can see that both Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus share the same design language but differ in display size but on closer look, you will realize that there are many subtle changes in the Plus variant under the hood, making it the star of the show.

Let’s break down all the features of the new smartphones and see what the new phones bring to the tech world.

Design & Display

Samsung has crafted its flagship Note 10 devices in a unique way this year providing us with we get more glass, neatly wrapped at the edges to provide more screen space and somewhat reduced aluminum frame.

The aluminum and glass sandwich- Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus- has inherited the Infinity-O display of this years’ Galaxy S10 lineup but with a slight adjustment; the punch hole for the selfie camera is now in the top-mid of the display.

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Display

As compared to the Galaxy S10, the cutout for the front camera is very small while the screen bezels are close to being non-existent, especially on the sides.

In terms of design, another major change that we have seen in the two phones is the shift of power button and volume rockers from right to the left side; the place initially reserved for the infamous Bixby button.

If you have developed the habit of calling up Bixby by simply pressing a button, all is not lost as the power button will double down as the magic button to Samsung’s AI assistant (and no, you cannot replace it with Google’s digital assistant).

Another major blow for the Galaxy Note users is the absence of a headphone jack, which according to Samsung was axed to make more room for the phone’s battery.

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Design

While both phones offer HDR10+ support, the standard Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch (slightly smaller than Note 9) Dynamic AMOLED display with 2280 x 1080 pixels of screen resolution while the plus variant features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display coupled with 1440 x 3040 pixels of screen resolution.

It is quite shocking to see the company use a lesser1080 pixels resolution in Note 10 which nonetheless is still a flagship phone. Even last year’s Galaxy Note 9 featured 1440 x 2960 pixels of screen resolution for its 6.4 inches of Super AMOLED display.

Hardware

Both Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus come with Exynos 9825 chipset (Qualcomm  Snapdragon 855 chipset for the US users) and the fastest-available UFS 3.0 storage.

The standard Galaxy Note 10 comes with an 8GB of RAM accompanied by 256GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded via microSD card while the Plus variant brings a 12GB RAM and offers the choice between 256GB and 512GB of expandable storage.

For powering heavy graphics, the international models will come with Mali-G76 GPU while the US variant will come with Adreno 640 GPU.

The two phones also differ when it comes to battery capacity; the Plus variant has a massive 4300mAh battery which comes with 45W wired and 15W wireless fast charging.  The standard Galaxy Note 10, on the other hand, offers a 3500mAh battery with 25W wired and 12W wireless fast charging feature.

Before you jump up and down over getting 45W fast charging support, remember that the company will only provide 25W charger inside the box and you’ll have to spend more money to 45W one.

Camera

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Camera
Image Source: Cnet

True to our expectations, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series did not present any radical changes in the camera department and thus for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, the company has offered

  • 16MP ultra-wide sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 123-degree field-of-view
  • 12MP wide-angle sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/1.5+ƒ/2.4 apertures, OIS, 77-degree field-of-view
  • 12MP telephoto sensor, ƒ/2.1 aperture, OIS, 45-degree field-of-view
  • Depth vision camera-VGA, ƒ/1.4 aperture, 72-degree field-of-view

The Note 10 users will get a triple camera setup including a combination of:

  • 16MP ultrawide sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 123-degree field-of-view
  • 12MP wide-angle sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/1.5+ƒ/2.4 apertures, OIS, 77-degree field-of-view
  • 12MP sensor telephoto sensor, ƒ/2.1 aperture, OIS, 45-degree field-of-view

Both devices offer a 10MP selfie shooter with Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, and 80-degree field-of-view to the users which is quite disappointing when you consider that Galaxy Note 9’s front camera came with an f/1.8 aperture.

S-Pen

What makes Galaxy Note series a bit special among other smartphones in the market is the presence of an S-Pen, the stylus which makes multitasking a breeze for the power users.

This year, Samsung’s new S-Pen has become the remote control of the smartphone and Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus users can perform multiple functions like scrolling through the phone’s gallery, shooting photos/videos, selecting or playing music or a video, etc. without even touching the phone.

The stylus has become a magic wand and all you need to do is to flick it around to get a portable media experience. It also has a new feature which the company’s calling”Air Doodle” allowing the user to doodle on a people in the camera frame.

The S-Pen is also a key component for video editing on Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus smartphones and provides a helping hand to splice, scrub, or rearrange timeline items, etc.

Colors

The two devices come in six unique colors namely, Aura Glow, Aura Blue, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Red, and Aura Pink. Keep in mind that the availability of a certain color will depend upon the market/country.

Availability and Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will be priced at $949 and $1,099 respectively and will be available for pre-orders in selected regions (including Pakistan) starting 8th August 2019. The device will officially launch in the market on 23rd August.

Sadly, we are still in the dark when it comes to the price of a 512GB storage model of Note 10 Plus and the 5G variants of the smartphone.

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