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It is finally official. Samsung at an event today finally unveiled the much-anticipated flagship phablet – the Galaxy Note 10. And bowing to market pressure, the Korean Electronics released not one but two version of the device – the standard Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10 plus. This marks a turning point for the Note line up of Samsung phones. Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 plus are both now jack-less – something for which the firm has in the past berated Apple. Though there is an excusable;e reason while both devices are missing out of the headphone jack, and we are certain you will love it.
And similar to most other flagship devices that come in pair, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are both similar, though with some notable and obvious differences. First, let us dwell on the similarities.
Both devices are powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, and not the latest 855+ as rumored. They both booth Android Pie with Samsung’s One UI out of the box, while also sharing a 10 MP front-facing camera within the centered punch-hole display cutout. That cutout is also smaller than it was on the Galaxy S10. Though capacitive rear fingerprint scanner is said to be more secured, Samsung is ditching that for an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the display but hasn’t detailed what major improvements its fingerprint solution brings to the table.
On the flipside, both devices the camera on the devices are lined up in a vertical row off to the side as on the iPhone. There are three on the standard Note 10 and a total of four on the Note10+. They both share the same 12 MP primary lens with three aperture stops at f/1.5 and f/2.4, then a 16 MP wide-angle camera and 12 MP telephoto lens, while the Note10+ gets an additional ToF sensor. The sensor is used by the 3D Scanner app to create 3D models of real-life objects (it can scan objects as large as 80 x 80 x 80cm).
Under the hood, both devices share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and the Exynos 9285 for some regions. The Note 10, and 10+ get 256GB of storage space as basic, though it goes up to 512GB. The standard Galaxy Note 10 make do with just 8GB RAM, and 12GB for its 5G version, while the Note10+ has 12GB RAM across the board. Sadly, the standard Note and its 5G variant do not support memory expansion, though the Note+ supports expansion via microSD slot up to 1TB. It has a hybrid dual SIM, so you may have to sacrifice the second SIM slot for memory expansion.
Galaxy Note 10 Display
The display on both devices differs too. The smaller Samsung Galaxy Note10 flaunts a 6.3” Dynamic AMOLED display with 1080p+ resolution (401ppi). And on the plus-sized variant, the display stretches up to a 6.8” Dynamic AMOLED panel with 1440p+ resolution (498ppi). Both screens support HDR10+ and Dynamic Tone Mapping for great image quality regardless of content.
Both models are compatible and get the same-sized S Pen which now has improved functionalities. It gets a new gesture controls features that let navigate the Note 10’s interface with motion tracking. This is in addition to the Bluetooth feature and wireless charging introduced with last year’s S pen.
The Note10 Plus has a 4,300mAh battery while the smaller Note 10 uses a 3,500mAh battery. Both devices come with 25W fast charging as standard, though the plus-sized variant supports up to 45W fast charging, and of course, with wireless and reverse charging support.
The Note 10 is available in Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Blue, Aura Pink, and Aura Red, while the plus-sized variant gets all but the Red color variant. Pre-order begins tomorrow August 8th, and shipment tipped to begin from August 23rd. The smaller Note 10 starts at $949, while the bigger sibling starts at $1099.
Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+ 5G
There’s also a Galaxy Note 10 5G and Note 10+ 5G, but with little or no differences other than the 5G connectivity. The Note 10 5G would be heading to Korea first, while the Note 10+ 5G will be on Verizon Wireless in the US. Other carriers will launch the device later this year. The Note 10+ 5G starts at $1299.