We understand – whenever a new device with such radical changes and a slew of new features comes doubt and misunderstanding. We have some ourselves here too, but we have the chance to go hands-on with the brand new Galaxy Note10 series of smartphones. And hence, we’re here to clear some doubt.
There are way too many features to be talked and highlighted during the UNPACKED livestream and I don’t blame them since the spotlight is shared between the Galaxy Tab S6 and also the new Galaxy Watch Active2.
Firstly, the Galaxy Note10 series now comes with a brand new S Pen. This S Pen now works like… a magic wand. Its new 6-axis gyroscope acts as a motion sensor now, and it is able to integrate the “wand-waving” as gestures. We posted this video on our social media and everyone is referencing Harry Potter. 😂
Here’s a quick demonstration.
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Then comes the next big difference – the screen. Not the panel behind it, but the cutout for the selfie camera. With it now comes to the new Infinity-O notch, and I’ll call it version 2. This is tinier than the one found on the Galaxy S10 and S10e, and it is positioned at the center.
It is not quite like a waterdrop notch, and definitely not a huge notch like its rivals. One thing I do wish is that the notch to be parked on a corner instead.
Then comes the quadruple rear-facing cameras. Other than the usual main/telephoto/ultrawide angle cameras, the Galaxy Note10+ comes with a 4th camera that they’re calling the DepthVision. Yes, we have confirmed that only the Galaxy Note10+ will be having this DepthVision camera.
In short, it is a 3D TOF camera built into the phone itself and Samsung has a couple of features to take advantage of this. One of it is the “live focus video” to give you bokeh in real-time, and another one is 3D scanning.
To scan an object and map it in 3D space digitally has been a challenge – but the Galaxy Note10+ is allowing you to do just that with just your smartphone.
The new Galaxy Note10 series is also the first in Samsung’s lineup to be using the new Exynos 9825 chipset that was officiated not long ago. This new chipset is made using the 7nm EUV process which – in essence – allows more transistors and to be packed within the same chip size. From here, we can also expect lower power consumption compared to the similarly-specced Exynos 9820 in the Galaxy S10 series.
Another big upgrade here is that you can use Samsung DeX with any PC or laptop. Just plug in your USB-C cable from your phone to your PC, and it works like a virtual desktop within your PC. This is extremely handy since I don’t need an external display to a dongle to make it work!
Then the biggest notable differences here between the Note10 series and its predecessors is the lack of an audio jack. I still don’t think the world is ready for USB-C audio or wireless audio just yet – especially for gaming. We did an experiment to show you just how terrible audio delay really is when it comes to Bluetooth connectivity.
But then again, you can always get a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack dongle – though you’ll be living the dongle life.
By the way, Samsung is no longer including a dedicated Bixby button. The power button is now replacing the position of the Bixby button, and there are zero buttons on the right side of the phone. Good decision there.
Once again, the pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ starts on 8th August 2019 at 5pm. Click here for the full details.
|Galaxy Note10||8GB RAM + 256GB storage||RM3,699||
||Complimentary gifts worth RM1,058 inclusive of:
|Galaxy Note10+||12GB RAM + 256GB storage||RM4,199||
||Complimentary gifts worth RM1,159 inclusive of:
|12GB RAM + 512GB storage||RM4,799|