Samsung held its semiannual Galaxy Unpacked event in Brooklyn today, where it announced a trio of Galaxy Note10 handsets. This is the first time that there's been more than one Galaxy Note smartphone.
The regular Galaxy Note10 has a 6.3-inch 1080x2280 display, while the larger Galaxy Note10+ has a 6.8-inch 1440x3040, both of which are Dynamic AMOLED. The pixel densities are 401ppi and 498ppi, respectively. As the firm introduced in the Galaxy S10 series, it's still using Infinity O, meaning that the display has a cut-out for the front-facing camera.
The third flavor of the Note10 is the Galaxy Note10+ 5G. Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, it's the same as the regular Note10+, but with a 5G modem.
As Samsung pointed out on stage, it has nearly no bezels, and the Dynamic AMOLED screen supports HDR10+. It also reduces blue light with Eye Comfort, and the company says that that won't affect color quality, a bold claim for anyone that's tried out features that cut down on blue light.
But of course, the Galaxy Note is all about the S Pen; otherwise, it would be a Galaxy S. You can now convert your handwritten notes to typewritten text, and then save it as a text file, a PDF, or even a Microsoft Word document. That means that you can easily share it for working on other platforms.
The S Pen now has a six-axis motion sensor, including an accelerometer and a gyro sensor. So now, it can support new Air actions, and developers can hook into it with a new SDK.
The Note10 has a Link to Windows feature in the Quick Panel, which lets you instantly connect to Microsoft's Your Phone app. That allows you to mirror your phone entirely, or you can send and receive texts or make and receive calls from your PC.
Samsung is also promising a pro-grade camera, bringing the pro features that it's previously developed to video. For example, you can now shoot portrait mode video, although if it's like the S10, that won't work in 4K or 60fps. But it also adds new video editing capabilities with the Video editor app. Another key camera improvement is that Night Mode now works with the front camera.
There's a new Screen Recorder feature, which does just what it sounds like. It's notable though, since there isn't a native way to record your screen on Android like there is on iOS.
The performance is there as well. The Galaxy Note10+ includes an incredible 12GB RAM, while the regular Note10 is 8GB. The chipset used is a 7nm octa-core SoC, and Samsung didn't specify which one in its press release, being that it uses different ones in different markets.
The Galaxy Note10+ supports 45W charging, and Samsung says that just a 30-minute charge will get you through the day. Unfortuntely, the 45W charger doesn't actually ship with the product.
Pre-orders for all three products will kick off tomorrow. The Note10 and Note10+ will be available from AT&T, Spectrum Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verison, Xfinity Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart, and Samsung.com beginning on August 23m starting at $949.99 for the Note10 and $1,099.99 for the Note10+.
The Galaxy Note10+ 5G will be exclusive to Verizon for a limited time, beginning on August 23, and will come to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile at a later date.