Tech Guide got hold of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ and took a hands-on look at the new powerful devices which are aimed at power users who have productivity, creativity and performance in mind.
The devices have a slick look and feel thanks to the curved edges front and back which gives them a comfortable fit in your hand.
Now available in two sizes, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will appeal to new users as well as diehard fans of the product.
The smaller 6.3-inch device is a nice introduction to the product for the customer who doesn’t want to be overwhelmed by a larger screen while still enjoying the trademark S Pen and its many features.
Power users who prefer a large and powerful device, are likely to gravitate towards the 6.8-inch Note 10+.
We also prefer the larger Note 10+ – but we’ve always had a preference for devices with larger screens.
The Note 10+ has about the same size as its predecessor the Note 9 but has a larger screen – 6.4 inches on the Note 9 and 6.8 inches on the Note 10+
In contrast the Galaxy Note 10 is noticeably smaller than the Note 9 yet almost has the same screen size – 6.3-inches on the Note 10 to 6.4-inches on the Note 9.
So what you’re getting with the Note 10 is a larger screen without it being a huge phone thanks to the edge to edge Infinity Display.
And having the hole punch for the front camera instead of a larger forehead has increased the screen to body ratio to an impressive 94 per cent.
You can use either of the new Samsung phones with one hand without problem.
The screen is simply brilliant and, with HDR 10+ compatibility, your content will look better than ever.
The Note 10 screen has a resolution of 2280 x 1080 with a 401ppi (pixels per inch) while the Note 10+ display as a resolution of 3040 x 1440 with 498ppi.
The S Pen is one of our favourite features of the Note phones and this time it has even more features and capabilities.
Because it is connected with Bluetooth, the S Pen can also be used like a mid-air mouse.
You can easily switch between the front and back cameras with a simple gesture and even take the photo by pressing the button on the S Pen.
Other gestures include a twisting motion to zoom in or out with the camera.
You can also scroll through your images by moving the S Pen left or right.
Users can also use the S Pen to control the media playback and it will also work to control Netflix or while listening to music on Spotify.
Samsung has released the SDK (Software Developer Kit) for the S Pen to developers so they can create their own functionality with it for their apps.
We gave the handwriting to text conversion try and saw that it worked right away.
Even with our rather average writing, the Note 10 translated at all perfectly well.
This is handy if you want to turn hand written notes into text that is editable and able to be exported into popular formats including Word.
The camera is also quite impressive whether you’re shooting portraits or ultrawide shots or capturing video.
The Live Focus feature works well to blur the background when taking images or shooting video.
You can easily add effects and even turn the blurred background into black-and-white while you stay in colour in the foreground.
In selfie mode, the camera also has a number of tricks up its sleeve including AR Doodle.
We gave this a try and drew a glowing crown on our head along with glasses and moustache.
But even when we moved our head around on the screen these additions to our face followed us and stayed precisely in place when we tilted our head up and down or side to side.
It’s also really easy for users to record this effect and share it with friends and social media.
You can also edit powerful videos on the Note 10 and it’s more than just a matter of stitching clips together.
You can write and draw on the screen and include that with your clips as well as adding transitions and altering the speed of the footage.
And using the S Pen made this even easier.
On the performance side, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is as powerful as you would imagine.
A great test of its capabilities is mobile gaming. We took at a driving game on the device and it looked as smooth and clear and responsive as if we were playing it on our computer or on a dedicated gaming console.
On the connectivity side, you’re going to get 4G LTE with the Note 10 and 4G and the option of 5G with the Note 10+.
The new Note devices also have 802.11ax onboard, otherwise known as Wi-Fi 6, so you can enjoy speeds up to four times faster if you have a Wi-Fi 6 router in your home or office.
The Note and Note 10+ have also inherited features introduced on the Galaxy S10 like the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader and the Wireless PowerShare so you can charge other devices while they are resting on the rear panel.
But there is one feature Samsung has removed from the new Note smartphones – the headphone jack.
Users will not be able to plug in earphones or headphones to the device but instead will have connect wirelessly with Bluetooth.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will be available in two colours – Aura Glow and Aura Black.
We particularly liked Aura Glow which showed a rainbow of colours depending on how the light hit the rear panel.
We predict this will be the more popular of the two colours.
Pricing and memory variants for the Galaxy Note 10 range in Australia will be:
– Galaxy Note 10 (256GB) $1,499
– Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) $1,699
– Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (512GB) – $1,999
Preorders will commence on August 8 and go on sale on August 23.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to New York as a guest of Samsung