Samsung Drops Two Galaxy Note10 Devices at Unpacked Event
For the first time ever, Samsung unveiled two different versions of the Galaxy Note phone during an Unpacked event. On Tuesday, the company showed off its Galaxy Note10 and the Note10+. Both models keep with the traditional Note experience, meaning basically that both will ship with the S Pen. And beyond that, the differences are likely exactly what you’d expect in phones of the same line that come in different screen sizes—i.e. the iPhone X and X Max.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is your “run of the mill” Note phone with its 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Infinity-O display. On the back you’ll find a triple-camera layout that includes a 16MPultra wide lens, 12MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. And memory-wise, users are looking at 8GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage.
For the Galaxy Note10+, Samsung stretches the screen out half an inch and is calling this a Quad HD+ Infinity-O display. (Both Note10 models are HDR10+ certified.) The camera setup on the back of the device includes the same three as the regular Note10, plus a DepthVision Camera—a unique AR/3D tool that will be able to take a scan of an object and “instantly turn it into a movable 3D render,” according to Samsung. Users also get a little bit more RAM (12GB) and two options from a storage standpoint (256GB and 512GB). Additionally, the Note10+ will have a slightly larger battery (4,300mAh vs. 3,500mAh for the regular Note10).
Notably, after years of ribbing Apple for cutting the headphone jack from their iPhones, Samsung ceded to the trend with their Note10 devices. The company said the decision to cut the headphone port was the result of wanting to use larger battery capacity.
From a pricing standpoint, the Note10 still manages to stay slightly under the $1,000 price point, checking in at $949, while the two Note10+ configurations will run you $1,299 and $1,399 respectively. Preorders for the devices are live now, and shipments are expected to begin reaching consumers by August 23.
As for 5G on the Note10 line, it looks like just the Note10+ will be available with the option for 5G connectivity. In its statement, Samsung said that it will launch exclusively (for a limited time) through Verizon, with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile receiving the device at a later date. The Verizon version of the device will use the Qualcomm X50 modem and work on Verizon’s millimeter-wave 5G network, while the model for AT&T and T-Mobile will use the newer X55 modem and use those carriers’ low-band networks for broader coverage. And, according to PCMag’s coverage, it’s possible that a third 5G-ready version of the Note10+ will launch that uses Samsung’s own 5100 modem, which would be for Europe’s mid-band networks.
More From Samsung’s Unpacked Event
- Samsung and Microsoft announced plans to expand their partnership in order to deliver “unified experiences across mobile devices.” (Samsung Newsroom)
- The Galaxy Watch Active 2, launching in September, will be cheaper than the Apple Watch. (CNET)
- Samsung’s Galaxy Book S is a Qualcomm-powered laptop with 23 hours of battery life. (The Verge)