The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – an Analysis

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Just yesterday, one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year came out – the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. But there’s a twist.

It’s not one but in fact two phones – the Note 10 and Note 10+. Similar to what Samsung themselves have been doing with their Galaxy S lineup for some time now, there are now two distinct sizes of Galaxy Note to be found. While the standard Note 10 has a 6.3″ 1080p display(.1″ down and with a worse resolution than the Note 9, in fact), the Note 10+ has a gargantuan 6.8″ 1440p display. Both displays keep their 60Hz refresh rates from previous phones, and both, as can be seen in the picture above(they’re not even trying to hide it!), utilize Samsung’s Infinity-O technology that places the front-facing camera in a hole in the display. Interestingly, however, there is only one camera up front, while at the same time, the Galaxy S10+ has two – quite odd for what’s supposed to be a flagship phone.

As for specifications, they look very much the same as the S10 and S10+ released earlier this year, albeit with some differences between the standard Note 10 and the 10+. While the Note 10 has 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, the Note 10+ has a max of 512GB and 12GB, respectively, with the added benefit of MicroSD expandable storage. Both variants have the latest Snapdragon 855 processors. The 10 has a 3500 mAh battery, while the larger 10+ fits a 4300 mAh battery.

As with previous Note phones, the S Pen remains for the Note 10, although with some improvements. For example, the stylus now features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, allowing you to use gesture controls for certain apps(primarily the camera app as of now, although greater support will come in the future). In addition, the new Snapdragon 855 allows the Note 10 to convert your own writing into text and search for it among your other notes. The DeX desktop multitasking systems also sees some upgrades – whereas before you had to connect your phone to a standalone monitor and keyboard, the new system allows you to plug it right into your laptop or computer and more easily access your Samsung’s features, files, and photos from there. Furthermore, the camera and camera software see some upgrades, a notable example being the new live focus feature for video, which will add and adjust a bokeh effect based on what you record, blurring the background around the object or person you focus on. In addition, the new microphone array will shift the audio focus to be closer or farther from you based on how far you zoom in or out. Finally, the Note sees significant upgrades to its native video editor that now allows you to stitch clips into a single timeline and add background and audio effects to the video.

Oh, and sadly, after years of resistance to the tides of change… Samsung has finally succumbed to the trends of today and killed the headphone jack. RIP.

The Note 10 will go on sale for $949, and the Note 10+ for $1099. Orders began today at noon, and the phone will be in stores beginning on August 23rd. I personally really like the looks of this thing(aside from the lack of a high refresh rate display, dual front cameras, and headphone jack, of course), and I can’t wait to see how it’ll compete with the upcoming Pixel 4 and iPhone 11.

-Allen Parayil

Author at STEMTalksNC


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