Samsung's Note series of smartphones have come to be the flagbearers of smartphone design and innovation. Building on the legacy that this series has left behind, Samsung has now announced the successors to the Note 9; the Galaxy Note 10 series. As the nomenclature suggests, the series consists of two different variants this time around; the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+.
The new Notes are the slimmest phones ever in this series and yet the most powerful ones Samsung has ever made. From upgrades to the camera to new intuitive features made possible by the enhanced S-Pen, there's a lot to know about these new phones.
While both phones grace gorgeous Infinity-O displays that melt with the sides, the Note 10+ has a bigger and sharper 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic OLED display. Galaxy Note 10, on the other hand, has a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dynamic OLED display. Both displays are HDR10+ certified and have an eye comfort certification from TUV Rheinland for based on their ability to drastically reduce the harmful effects of blue light. The display also houses an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that was also seen on the Galaxy S10 earlier this year.
Processor and Memory
The duo is powered by Samsung's latest 7nm SoC; the Exynos 9825, that is a slight upgrade over the 9820 found in the Galaxy S10 series. But, in terms of RAM, there's a stark difference between the two models. The regular Note 10 features a single variant that has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (no microSD card slot) while the more expensive Galaxy Note 10+ features two variants with 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of internal storage (expandable up to 1TB).
There's a slight difference in the cameras too. Both phones have a triple-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. But the Galaxy Note 10+ houses an additional ‘DepthVision' sensor that enables features like ‘Quick Measure' and ‘3D Scanner'. On the front, both phones get a centred 10-megapixel infinity hole camera that is improved to take better low-light shots than before.
The battery is another department where there's a difference in what both phones have to offer. While the Galaxy Note 10 features a 3,500mAh battery with 25W charging support, the Note 10+ features a larger 4,300mAh battery with support of up to 45W charging speeds. Unfortunately, both phones lack a 3.5mm headphone jack and only have a single USB Type-C port.
The most defining feature of the Note series; the S-Pen is now refined further to make it more functional than ever before. The Enhanced S-Pen now boasts of Air Actions which triggers certain functionalities within applications when you press the button and move around the stylus in air. It now has a standby time of 10 hours and is also IP68 certified like the phone it's housed in.
Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Note 10 series also has a bunch of other features like Samsung Pay, Wireless PowerShare, Dolby Atmos-enhanced stereo speakers and Knox Security amongst other features.
Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ Availability
The Galaxy Note 10 will be available in Aura Glow, Aura Red and Aura Black colours while the Note 10+ will be available in the colours of Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black. The phone can be pre-booked between August 8 to August 22 and the phones will be delivered August 23 onwards. With pre-bookings, you can also avail a couple of exciting offers. Holders of ICICI debit and credit cards can get a flat cashback of INR 6,000 while all buyers will also get an option to get the Galaxy Watch Active for a price of INR 9,999 (which currently retails at INR 19,990).