After months of speculation, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 lineup is official. The Korean tech giant has made a lot of changes this year, and these set the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus apart from their predecessor. Not only has Samsung overhauled the Note lineup's design and introduced a new display and rear camera setup, but the company has also divided the Note lineup by screen sizes. So if you're wondering what changes have made it to this year's phablets from South Korea, take a look below for more details.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 And Note 10 Feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855, 12GB RAM And 256GB Internal Storage
Starting off from what is their biggest feature, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are powered by Qualcomm's standard Snapdragon 855, and not the 855 Plus. The 855 Plus is binned variant of the Snapdragon 855, and for the uninitiated, all this means is that the 'Plus' variant of the SoC can reach higher clock speeds.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus has a peak clock speed of 2.96GHz, making for a 4.2% bump over the regular 855. You can find more details for the new chip here. Moving towards the RAM, the Note 10 lineup starts from 12GB, which should prove sufficient for the majority of the lineup's users. For their storage, the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will start from 256GB, as predicted by the rumor mill.
Samsung also expanded the S-Pen's functionality with the Note 10, a trend that it started with last year's phablet. You can use the S-Pen to make the phablets take photographs, control video playback on Youtube. Additionally, the S-Pen's SDK is open to developers, so they can bring its features to their apps.
The Note 10 lineup supports Super Fast charging of 45W and 'all-day' battery life, with the Note 10 having a 3500mAh battery, and the larger phablet with a 4300mAh battery. RAM is set at 8GB, for the Note 10 non-5G. For the 5G Note 10, RAM can go up to 12GB, and for the Note 10 Plus, users can only get 12GB of RAM. Storage starts at 256GB and ends at 512GB for all variants. Only the Plus variant of the phablet has a memory card slot that supports card of up to 1TB capacity.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 And Note 10 Plus Feature Brand New Displays Of 6.3" & 6.8" Diagonals
A big upgrade on the Note 10 lineup is their display. Samsung has launched two variants in the lineup, with screen sizes of 6.3" and 6.8". Underneath this dynamic AMOLED display is an ultrasonic sensor that's tweaked to differentiate between real and fake fingerprint attempts. Looks like Samsung has learned from hacks of the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are less than 8mm thick, and Samsung's introduced a lot of color options with them, including a special Aura Glow variant that we reported on earlier. For those of you who're wondering, no, the two phablets do not feature a 3.5mm earphone jack.
The Note 10's built-in gyro sensor automatically stabilizes video footage using data from pre-programmed movements into the phablet. With the devices, users will also be able to apply bokeh to video and zoom in on audio from a specific source during video recording. The new camera sensors on the back (ToF?) make full use of AI by letting users manipulate video during recording by 'doodling' through the S-Pen.
Only the Note 10 Plus has Samsung's DepthVision sensor, which when combined with the gadget's ultra-wide camera sensor allows the user to create a 3D map of an object, bring this object to like, make this object mimick a person's movements and 3D print this object.
For gaming users, the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have a vapor chamber for cooling and they support multiplayer support through Discord.
Both devices will be available from August 23rd, with three color options at launch. The Note 10 will start at $949, and the Note 10 Plus will start at $1100. For $1200, you'll get 512GB storage on the Note 10 Plus, and for $1300, you'll get 5G support too. You can pre-order starting tomorrow, and you can also pre-order from the Microsoft store.
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