Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 10 with upgraded design, S Pen, camera

It’s finally here. After all the countless leaks and rumours, Samsung is officially announcing the new Galaxy Note 10 line. And to be honest, we pretty much already knew everything about the new products, but they are now officially confirmed, with some marketing jargon to go along with them.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch display, while the Note 10+ comes with a 6.8-inch display. Both the devices feature a really small hole-punch notch at the front for the camera, with “nearly bezel-less” dynamic AMOLED displays that actually allow for a really beautiful design. On the back of the device, Samsung has gone for a two-tone gradient design that is, without a doubt, really gorgeous. The device comes in three different colors: Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black.

It also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The new Note 10 line also comes with a next-gen S Pen. This year, Samsung is making the S Pen do more than just a stylus — it’s adding air gestures so you will be able to take pictures remotely, change playlists on Spotify, or control your presentations without actually placing it on the device. Samsung is calling it a “magic wand” for your smartphone. It also allows for the usual S Pen stuff like the editing and inking, as well as handwriting-to-text conversion.

The cameras are getting major upgrades too — Samsung is calling a “pro-grade” camera. It now allows for real-time depth shots on videos, so you can get the bokeh effect on your videos. There are also a bunch of new “lenses” that allow for “beautiful portraits, stunning landscapes, and crisp super-closeups in any light”, according to the company. There’s even a new system for sound recording on the camera, allowing you to switch between three Audio Zoom microphones that adjust the sound recording as you zoom in on something during a video. It’s actually a pretty cool idea. Specs-wise, there’s a triple-camera setup on the back, with a 12MP main sensor (with three-stage variable aperture switching between f/1.5, f/1.8, and f/2.4), a 12MP telephoto sensor, and a 16MP ultrawide sensor.

Samsung is also upgrading the DeX experience on the Note 10 with new features: you can now drag and drop files between your PC and Mac via a compatible USB connection. The Note 10 also integrates with Windows 10 with a “Link to Windows” feature that comes with a quick icon on the Quick Panel that lets you open up Your Phone easily.

On the battery side, the Note 10 comes with a 3,500mAh battery while the Note 10+ comes with a 4,300mAh battery. Samsung says the devices are packed with new algorithms that optimizes power based on the way you use your phone. It also comes with a Superfast Charge system that allows you to get hours of charge from a few minutes of charge.

Under the hood, you will be getting up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on the Note 10, with no microSD card slot. And on the Note 10+, you are getting up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and with a microSD card slot to further expand the storage. Both the devices are powered by Samsung’s brand new octa-core Exynos 9825 processor, built using its own 7-nanometer EUV (extreme ultra-violet) silicon manufacturing, and comes with its Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, an integrated NPU, and allows for 5G, as well as 8K UHD video encoding/decoding.

And that means Samsung will be launching a 5G model of the device, too. Oh and, the headphone jack is gone. Samsung will be shipping a Type-C to headphone jack adapter with the device to allow you to continue using your old headphones.

Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949, while the Note 10+ starts at $1,099. Available August 23, pre-orders open tomorrow.

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  • IanYates82

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    07 August, 2019 - 5:30 pm

    <p>No headphone jack, despite all of that space :(</p>

    • ZeroPageX

      07 August, 2019 - 8:52 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#447933">In reply to IanYates82:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>How brave. I'm so glad all big phone manufacturers have finally realized that a universal audio port capable of CD quality audio is obsolete. What we really need is 3 competing standards for dongles, bulky and more expensive dongles for charging and listening, or earbuds that cost at least twice as much and that also need to be charged.</p>

  • Belralph

    07 August, 2019 - 8:33 pm

    <p>I'm a bit disappointed. I signed up for the preorder with "up to $600 trade in value". I understand that is up to $600 but I felt pretty confident that a $1000 Note 9 that is less than a year old would rate the full $600. Nope, filling out the pre-order today it says up to $450 and my Note 9 only qualifies for $300. </p><p>At $600 or probably $500 I was 100% ready to order. As a long time returning customer, $300 somehow seems insulting so I'm going to pass. </p>

  • mmcpher

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    08 August, 2019 - 12:26 am

    <p>I wish they would layoff with the Harry Potter stylus tricks and concentrate on handwriting-to-text conversion and integration. The S-Pen is great for on-screen selection, yet still unrealized as a text-entry device. In all the years I've had Notes, I've never used the S-Pen to take a selfie or swipe to a next tune. If Samsung reneges on its trade-in promises then I am right off anyway. It may be there is some real progress on the text input, but that it's not being emphasized in marketing. I am getting the same bait-and-switch on the trade-in. I already pre-ordered through online when the initial trade-in deal was touted, but now Samsung isn't recognizing my pre-order and making a new offer. And the shocking thing is that now the trade-in value has been greatly reduced! Imagine that! If they even try to get by with this, the only thing they will have done is turned a committed buyer to a hard-pass, to a much greater degree than had they not made any offers at all. </p>

  • George Rae

    08 August, 2019 - 12:46 am

    <p>Is the Verizon version still a SnapDragon chip? Yes it is all Us models, even more screwed up AT&amp;T, Tmobile, and Verizon will have different 5G band coverage. I'll wait another release cycle.</p>

  • Daekar

    08 August, 2019 - 9:07 am

    <p>The 3D-scanning thing has me really excited, not because I want to animate stuffed animals, but because I want to be able to scan items for export to STL files for 3D printing. If I can create a 3D model of an arbitrary item and export it to STL or another standard 3D printing format, I would buy this phone for that capability alone. It could have a huge effect on the number of high-quality open-source models available on websites like Thingiverse. I will have to watch this very closely. </p>

  • srfritsche

    08 August, 2019 - 4:11 pm

    <p>I'm thinking this announcement will really help sell through any remaining stock of Galaxy Note9 units.</p>

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