Samsung turned another expected unpacking event in New York City into a wild journey of magical phone features with the new Note10 series, eye candy augmented reality, and a deep partnership with industry giants.
It took me a while to see where this Note 10 launch was going and I must say, I like it. In the end, I didn't care how much better equipped the Note 10 was versus last year's Note 9. Samsung's message was, "what you do with a phone is more important than its stats."
"Every element of the Galaxy Note 10 series was designed to help users achieve more," says DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "Whether they're finishing a big project for work, capturing and editing a video, or playing their favourite mobile game, the Galaxy Note 10 series will help them do it faster and better."
Yes, there is snappy AI 855 Snapdragon processor that smartly uses just enough battery power to suit your game style and features the world's slimmest vapor chamber cooling system, which delivers optimal performance during gameplay. The sibling phones, the 6.3" Note 10 and 6.8" Note 10 + are more similar (referred to as the Galaxy Note 10 series) than not in external feel, same triage of cameras, processor and AMOLED HDR10+ Certified screen.
The Galaxy Note10 series' edge-to-edge Cinematic Infinity-O Display is nearly bezel-less, while the in-display cut out for the front camera is small and centered for a balanced design. For the extra money, the Note 10 + has a sharper QuadHD versus FHD+, 12 GB RAM compared to 8GB RAM in the Note. Both come with a whopping 250GB storage (with additional up to 2TB internal upgrade), 4,300 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries, respectively, and a 25W charger with an option to buy a time shattering 45W charger. They also feature Wireless PowerShare for charging Samsung buds, smartwatches, and other compatible devices.
The Note 10 series has Pattern, PIN, Password Biometric Lock Types: Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Face Recognition and Pen: 6-axis Sensor including Gyro Sensor and Acceleration Sensor.
Samsung's third-gen DeX got simpler and smarter. Now all you need to run a desktop look and feel of your Note 10 series on Window and Mac PCs is a simple cable between phone and computer. Now you have an onscreen window with all of your phone's apps that is accessible from your desktop or laptop computer. You can remotely control your phone and use the apps installed on it by using your computers keyboard and mouse. You can also drag and drop files from your desktop to your phone and vice versa.
But now, it's time for the fun stuff...
The impressive air gesturing features of the Note 10 series S Pen are akin to a magic wand. Compared to the Note 9, the S Pen's ability to trigger remote selfies, the Note 10 series S Pen, also on low power Bluetooth, is on steroids with full 6-axis gesturing to not only snap a picture remotely but change camera settings by twisting and prodding the new S Pen in the air. The phones come with built-in gesture control for YouTube, Spotify, and other media apps. Yes, an SDK for Samsung's Air Gesture is out!
The S Pen still hand writes but you can now zoom and edit more accurately, including changing colours on specific words. You also seamlessly save files to popular document formats including Word.
The Note 10 + also includes a DepthVision lens for some impressive 3D feats like easily scanning an object by walking around it and saving it to a 3D file. It also uses AI to "zoom in" on the recoded audio in movie shooting matching the zoomed image. It's as if your subjects have a lapel mic on them.
The Augmented Reality features in S Pen mode lets you create a video of a real person while drawing symbols around them, even a frame around their head. While the person moves and bobs about, the AR symbols follow him. Check out the video demo below.
Even though the Note10+ has a larger 6.8" to last year's 6.4" Note9, the new model feels smaller and lighter. Samsung got more screen by slicing off the bezel edges and making the phone a bit taller. There's a hole punched camera in the middle screen that leaves more usable screen area close to the edge.