New Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review – Launching 7 August

Samsung is about to officially launch the Galaxy Note 10 – their latest flagship smartphone that is set to raise the bar once again of what the Korean conglomerate is capable of achieving. The smartphone is the next level up from the Galaxy Note 9, which was a great phone, except for the fact that it didn’t do enough to build upon the Note 8.

With the Galaxy Note 10, however, we’re expecting something a little juicier. After all, Samsung have a lot of customer expectations to satisfy if they want to keep peoples’ attention on their latest release. It’s not like the Note 10 is being launched in a vacuum – the new iPhone 11 and the Google Pixel 4 are right around the corner, as is the Huawei Mate 30 Pro – if Samsung wants to ensure that they get a good slice of the market this year, then they better be bringing something impressive to the table.

With that being said, there’s already a lot of hype around the Note 10 and the rumors floating around suggest that it’s going to be packing a serious punch. A lot of cutting edge features are in the works, and the design is looking pretty on-point. Let’s take a closer look…

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

The Galaxy S10 has dominated the top position on the Android market so far this year, with various high-profile outlets ranking it as the best Android phone out there today. So, for the Note 10 to really make ripples, it’ll need to be offering something new to the table.

Of course, it’s going to be a top-of-the-range smartphone, but what will really make it stand out among the crowd? Considering the amount of stiff competition out there at the moment, what is the Note 10 offering that makes it a more desirable purchase than a new iPhone or Pixel?

Design

 

The first thing you’ll be struck by with the Note 10 is the design and shape. The phone keeps the instantly recognizable sharp edges and square look that appears to previous Note users. It also has a very large display – at least 6.3-inches, with some rumors pointing to 6.6-inches. This is ideal for a phone that comes with a stylus pen and makes it more convenient for an older demographic, as well as anyone who just prefers a bigger screen when binge-watching cat videos on YouTube!

The Note 10 has a single selfie camera that sits alone at the top of the front display. This does away with the notch, although the screen is still interrupted by the camera itself, of course. It follows the current trend of flagship smartphones to have as much screen as possible and do away with anything that interrupts it.

The rumors circulating indicate that Samsung might have actually slightly reduced the quality of the screen in order to allow more water resistance to the phone. This is likely to be met with mixed feelings, as many of us simply don’t feel the need to drop our phone in the pool, but it’s a clever feature to add and one that will give the phone some points in the eyes of more adventurous users. It will certainly have the same kind of curved super-AMOLED screen that we saw on the Note 9.

What’s more, the rear features a triple-lens camera in a horizontal line, and a simple and elegant back design. Rumor has it that the phone will be available in a variety of colors, including black, white, silver, possibly red, and even pink.

No headphone jack

On top of this, the leaked images so far seem to suggest that there isn’t a headphone jack. This would also be keeping in line with what most companies are now doing with their latest flagship smartphones, as the removal of the headphone jack supposedly allows for around 100mAh extra battery.

Considering wireless headphones are now quickly becoming the norm, it’s no surprise that phone manufacturers are doing away with what they now largely view as redundant technology to include on a premium smartphone. In short, if you’re looking to splurge on a Note 10, then expect some additional costs when it comes to listening to music.

Camera

What is a smartphone nowadays without a multi-lens camera on the rear? It seems that this has also become a new norm in the smartphone world, with even low-budget phones throwing an extra cam on the rear. It’s an inexpensive way to give the phone’s camera a real overhaul and users have now come to expect this by default. The one major exception was the Google Pixel 3, which only had one camera but used AI technology to take what are still widely considered to be the best photos on any smartphone currently on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will carry on the trend of having multiple cameras on the rear, and it’s likely that the Note 10 Plus will have a quad-lens camera, according to leaked reports. The lenses will likely be a 12MP main lens, supported by a 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP wide-angle lens. The extra lens on the Note 10 Plus would likely be a depth-sensing one.

The camera hardware is largely unchanged, it seems, from the Note 9. This could prove to work against Samsung because the new iPhone that’s set to be released in September is supposedly ‘all about the camera’.

Internal specs

As with the Galaxy S10, it’s most likely that the Note 10 will run off of a Snapdragon 855 chipset, although there have been rumors circulating that users in the US will get to play with an Exynos 9825 chipset – one that hasn’t previously been seen in any smartphone before. This could make for some groundbreaking news.

Rumors also suggest that the Note 10 will have 12GB of RAM. This puts them firmly in the upper-end of the market with regards to this benchmark and means that the phones will be almost unrivaled in terms of processing power.

With regard to internal storage, we’re expecting up to 1TB for the Note 10 Plus, and the Note 10 standard will likely start at 128GB – more than enough for most users who will generally store data in the cloud anyway.

The Note 10 Plus will also probably leave room for a micro-SD card, although, as we’ve come to now expect with flagship smartphones, the standard version likely won’t have this feature.

Sound on Display screen

This is a feature that has only just hit the market and it’s very likely that the Note 10 will have it. A sound on display screen means that there are no front facing speakers and instead the screen vibrates to create sound. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has already achieved this, so it’s very likely that most flagship smartphones from Samsung, Apple, and the other major contenders will also include this function.

Battery life

The Galaxy Note 10 is rumored to have a 4000mAh battery, or even a 4,500mAh battery in the Note 10 Plus. This would give the smartphone unrivalled battery life that is befitting of someone who lives life on the go and doesn’t have time to keep plugging the phone in for charging.

That’s another feature that we haven’t heard anything about yet – wireless charging. At this stage, it’s unclear whether the Note 10 will have wireless charging or not. The S10 had this feature, so we can probably assume safely that the Note 10 will also include it.

Galaxy Note 10 5G

Of course, as we enter the rollout of 5G, it would make no sense whatsoever for Samsung not to release a 5G version of the Note 10. The Galaxy S10 5G is one of the most popular phones to connect to the next-generation of mobile internet, and we’re fully expecting a 5G version of the Note 10 as well.

This would make the launch of the Note 10 a much bigger event and will allow it to keep up with the latest developments in the field.

The Da Vinci phone

Rumor has it that the Note 10 is codenamed ‘Project Da Vinci’ which, given that he was a famous painter, implies that Samsung are really going to push the pen tech with this one. Given that this is one of the top selling points of the Note series, this would be a really strong development if it’s executed properly. We’ll have to wait and see what the developers had in mind.

Galaxy Note 10 Price

While we don’t know the exact price yet, we can fully expect it to be no less than $1000. This is now the standard on modern flagship smartphones and there just doesn’t seem to be any rolling back from this price point. One leak says that the price of the 256GB model will be $1,125, which is quite steep.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be released on August 7. Get saving.


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