At the much-awaited ‘Unpacked’ event earlier today, Samsung officially unveiled two new smartphones that will become part of its flagship-grade Note series. For the first time ever, Samsung has come up with two new variants of a Galaxy Note device. The naming scheme is similar to what we have seen in the past with the Galaxy S series with the latest handsets being called the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The ‘Plus’ variant is the pricier and the more feature-packed of the two and has several extra features over the standard variant. Samsung’s rationale behind the smaller Note device is the realization that there was significant demand for a smaller-screened Galaxy Note device. There is also a special 5G ready version of the Note 10 Plus that would only be sold in select markets.
Let’s now delve deeper into the specifications of these two handsets.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus Specifications, features
As the case has been with all flagship-grade devices, the Galaxy Note 10 series would be sold with two processor variants in different markets. In the US and other global markets, the Note 10 series will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. India, however, will get the Exynos version. The Galaxy Note 10 comes with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Only the 5G version of the Note 10 – which will not be sold in India – gets 12GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. It is also pertinent to note that the Galaxy Note 10 does not get a microSD card slot. As for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, this variant will be sold in two versions in India – a base 12GB+256GB version and a pricier 12GB+512GB version. The Note 10 Plus also gets a microSD card slot that the smaller Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t get.
Both the Galaxy Note 10 series devices get Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED display. The panel on the Note 10 measures 6.3-inches across with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels while the panel on the Note 10 Plus measures 6.8-inches diagonally and has a resolution of 3040×144- pixels. Both the panels integrate an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and happen to be HDR10+ certified.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus Camera, other specifications
The camera setup on the Galaxy Note 10 series is identical. Both the devices get a 12MP primary camera with variable aperture (f/1.5 – f/2.4) with support for OIS. The second camera uses a 16MP camera with an f/2.2 ultrawide angle lens. The third camera uses a 12MP sensor with an f/2.1 lens and with support for OIS. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus gets an additional ToF camera for depth sensing. As for the front-facing camera, both the devices get a 10MP, f/2.2 setup for selfies and video calls.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus being the larger device gets a 4,300 mAh battery with support for45W fast charging. Samsung, however, does not ship a 45W charger in the box, and users will need to buy it separately. What you get in the box is a 25W fast charger. As for the Galaxy Note 10, this one gets a 3,500 mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus pricing and availability
Internationally, both the Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus are slated to go on sale starting August 23. The India launch is also expected to happen in the same timeline with prebooking starting today. As for the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at USD 949.99 for the 256GB version. The Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, wills et you back by USD 1099.99 for the base 256GB version going up to USD 1,199 for the 512GB version. The price of the 5G version is yet to be revealed.