Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 10
. This is the latest and greatest of the largest smartphone OEMs in the world. Many numbers and specifications have been thrown at you to show how good the Galaxy Note 10 is, but we want to simplify all of this for you and include the things that are most important.
So, if you get lost in the hype which is the Samsung Unpacked 2019 event, we make a cheat sheet that shows what’s really new with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. In this way, whether you are a Samsung fanboy (or fangirl), a technology fan, or a Samsung hater, you can join in the conversation and decide if this is your next cellphone, or why you are even more excited to release another phone.
Don’t Miss: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Galaxy Note 10
1. There Are 4 Variants This Time:
Over the past three years, we have seen Android OEMs change their flagship strategy to include more options in the lineup. It started with HTC in 2017 when they released three flagships in the same year, and followed by LG in 2018 when they released a number of amazing V and G series phones.
2019 seems to be Samsung’s turn, because they have released four flagship phones in the first half of this year. For the second half of this year, we have four more, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.
Similar to the S10 series, mobile phones differ in screen size, battery size, and cellular modem support. However, unlike the S10 series, the changes are further away from the screen size. Compared to Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ has a higher screen resolution, faster processor, and more rear cameras. This gap is the reason for the low price of Galaxy Note 10 entries, making it one of the more affordable Galaxy Note phones to be released in some time.
2. There Are 3 Different Processors:
This year, Samsung uses three different SoCs on their devices. Depending on the model you get, your device can use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855+, or Samsung Exynos 9825.
All Galaxy Note 10+ models use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+. This is the fastest SoC out of the group, because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 overclocks by 4% on the CPU side and 15% on the GPU side. All Galaxy Note 10 variants except Verizon use Samsung Exynos 9825. Version of Galaxy Note 10 Verizon uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which is expected to outperform Exynos models.
So if you are looking for the best processor, it goes like this: 1.) Any Note 10+, 2.) Most Note 10 models, 3.) The Verizon Note 10.
Besides the performance difference, which processor is used is important for another reason: rooting. At this time, Samsung devices powered by Qualcomm cannot be rooted, because the bootloader is locked. However, Samsung-powered Exynos devices used worldwide have a bootloader that cannot be opened, which allows rooting and custom ROM to be possible. This might not carry over to the North American Exynos Note 10 model, but this is an interesting possibility.
3. Charging Will Be Much Faster:
While Samsung is superior in most areas compared to other smartphone makers, one of their weaknesses is charging. They have released mobile phones (including the Galaxy S10 series) with fast charging technology based on Quick Charge 2.0. We are talking about 15W chargers which take a long time to charge modern devices, especially because they increase the size of the battery in their cellphone.
This is no longer a problem. The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ come with a 25 W charger included in the package. If you want faster charging, with an extra $ 60, you can get a 45 W. charger.
But that’s not all. Wireless charging is also improved. You can now use a 20 W wireless charger, a 5 W increase from the Galaxy S10. We talked about power output similar to cable fast charging systems on several cellphones, including Samsung’s old technology.
Finally, reversing wireless charging (aka PowerShare), a feature introduced with the Galaxy S10 to charge other wireless devices using cellphone batteries, returns. This will power up to 15 W to charge this device.
4. Fewer Cameras on the Front, More on the Back:
Galaxy S10 + introduces a second sensor to the front camera, a ToF sensor. ToF, or Time-of-flight, is a camera that can measure the distance between the camera, subject, and background. With this information, it can determine the depth of field, improve portrait style photography.
Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ remove this sensor from the front and move it to the back. The rear cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ include standard wide lenses, telephoto lenses, ultrawide lenses, and ToF sensors. The front camera is a single lens, but adds symmetry to the screen because it is placed right in the middle.
5. No Headphone Jack:
You are right, Samsung has officially dropped the headphone jack of the Galaxy Note series. It seems that this is the end of the audio port for all the mainstay Samsung devices, reducing the list of premium devices that still have ports to two (ASUS and LG).
The reason is always the same – bigger batteries, room for additional components, etc. – but for many Samsung users, this will be a big kick in the gut. This is one of the main reasons why even though the Note 10 is newer, it might need to be upgraded to (or maintain) the Galaxy S10.
6. The improved S Pen:
The S Pen received the most significant improvement over the years when Samsung added Bluetooth support with Note 9. This means controlling the screen remotely is now possible, paving the way for things like taking photos and controlling music. With Note 10, this list is getting wider thanks to “Air Actions.” Samsung has opened the SDK developer so that support will be extended to more applications.
The S Pen is also more precise thanks to the pressure level of 4096 and has a latency of 70 ms. The S Pen will also make a sound when performing certain tasks.
7. Price Range from Eligible to EXPENSIVE:
Now there are three different main variants of Note 10, the pricing is on the entire map. The Galaxy Note 10 base-tier starts at $ 949, while the Note 10+ starts at $ 1,049. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G comes at a price of $ 1,299, but can reach $ 1,399 when it’s maximum.
Considering the basic model of Note 9 that was sold cool this time last year, the $ 949 price tag on Note 10 is a welcome change. But when you spend 1,400 dollars on a cellphone like 10+ 5G, your wallet will really feel that.