Unlike previous years, Samsung is introducing two new Galaxy Note 10 smartphones this time around. A regular Note 10 and a slightly-bigger Note 10 Plus. By the looks of it, the Note 10 Plus aligns more with the company’s Note 9, launched last year, whereas, the Note 10 appears to be a new addition to the Note-lineup, that offers a (relatively) compact size and has a stylus.
- Although the two smartphones share a lot of similar specifications and only differ in a few aspects, there are a few interesting things that you must know before making a buying decision. Here are a few of them-
- When put next to each other, both smartphones share the same design language, with an all metal-and-glass body, that exuberates a good design-build and finish. The bezels appear non-existent and offer a much-larger screen-estate than most smartphones in the market.
- The smartphones have a hole-punch cut out to contain the selfie camera, which sits right in the center and has a smaller diameter than the previous hole-punch camera designs.
- An ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, located under the display, similar to the size of the one on S10, is used to authenticate users on the device and enhance its security.
- Both smartphones have an IP68 rating, allowing them to withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and up to 1.5m of water immersion.
- The two smartphones sport the same display technology – a Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection on top. But, differ in the display size, with the Note 10 coming in at 6.3-inch with an FHD+ (2280×1080 pixels) resolution, and the Note 10 Plus, with a bigger 6.8-inch Quad HD+ (3040 × 1440 pixels) resolution.
- In terms of performance, both Note 10 and Note 10 Plus come with a 7nm Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with Adreno 640 GPU (for the Global variant) and a 7nm Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9825 processor with Mali-G76 MP12 GPU (for the Indian variant), running under the hood.
- Although the smartphones share the same processor at their core, they differ in the amount of RAM and internal storage offered. With the Note 10, users get only one configuration: 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage (non-expandable). On the other hand, the Note 10 Plus offers 12GB of RAM and 256GB / 512GB of UFS 3.0 expandable (up to 1TB using microSD card) storage.
- For optics, both smartphones feature the same camera specifications, except for the addition of a DepthVision camera on the Note 10 Plus. On the rear, they sport a triple camera setup (12MP primary dual-pixel camera with f/1.5/f/2.4 variable aperture and OIS + 12MP telephoto lens with 45° FoV, f/2.4 aperture, and OIS + 16MP 123° ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture) with LED flash. Coming to the front, both have the same 10MP dual-pixel front-facing camera, with 80° wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.
- With high-performance internals and an OLED display, the smartphones require a larger capacity battery to last through a day of use. For which, Samsung is offering a 3500mAh with fast charging and Wireless PowerShare on Note 10 and a 4300mAh with up to 45W fast wired charging and Wireless PowerShare on Note 10 Plus.
- The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus comes with USB Type-C audio, and AKG-tuned Stereo speakers and earphones, for better sound quality. Sadly, for the first time ever on a Galaxy Note series, the headphone jack goes missing.
Both smartphones come with a redesigned S Pen with up to 10 hours of battery standby time and improved usability and scope of use.
Pricing and Availability
The Note 10 comes in only one configuration: 8GB RAM / 256GB storage, and starts at $949 in the US and Rs 69,999 in India. On the other hand, the bigger of the two, Note 10 Plus, starts at $1,099 for the 12GB / 256GB variant in the US (Rs 79,999 in India), and for $100 more a 512GB storage variant.
Both the smartphones go on pre-order today and will start shipping August 23. Besides the two variants, Samsung is also launching a third variant for Note 10, the Note 10 5G, which will be exclusively available for Verizon and go on pre-order on August 23. Stay tuned to TechPP for a complete review on these smartphones.