When the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out in 2011, it started the trend of big screen phones or “phablets.” Impressively, Samsung was able to sustain this trend for 8 years and is now ready to launch its latest iteration, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with an enormous but beautiful 6.8-inch display with which Samsung wishes to give you an experience of a computer, a movie-tech camera, and gaming console, all at once.
You will have to wait to buy this mammoth piece of tech, as it will be available from August 23, though the good part is that pre-orders are now open. While you are waiting for its release, let’s take a look at Note 10 Plus’s key features.
Design and display – First impressions don’t disappoint
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus will probably be the largest phone you have ever used. The 6.8-inch screen is equipped with Infinity-O display showing off a 3040 x 1440 resolution (498 pixels per inch), while supporting HDR10+ content. In a nutshell, you can expect your favorite games and web series to look nothing short of stunning on this screen.
The phone has a premium feel to it because of the glass on the back and sleek metal frame. However, it does come across as delicate, so if you happen to be clumsy, we’d suggest you consider buying a case. You’ll find a USB-C connector and a slot for the stylus on the bottom; however, there is no headphone jack. Similarly, there is a volume rocker and power button on the right-hand edge.
Camera – Familiar yet better
When it comes to the camera, Samsung has stuck to the similar setup it has employed in its recent phones. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus camera system includes a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP f/2.1 telephoto lens at the back. Additionally, it is also furnished with DepthVision, something that’s missing from Note 10. The Note 10 Plus also comes with a 10MP selfie camera.
All rear and front cameras boast a new feature known as Live Focus Video that enables you to use bokeh effects on your videos as well as photos. You can also turn the background monochrome and keep the subject in color. There’s a cool augmented reality mode feature called AR Doodle with which you can draw on the top of your video clips. A zoom-in mic feature is also included that helps you get crisper audio from specific portions of a scene while recording a video.
Gesture controls – The notable feature of the S Pen stylus
The Bluetooth powered S Pen comes with a brand-new set of gesture controls. You can flick left, right, up, and down to switch to the rear camera; change slides on PowerPoint presentations launched from the phone; and shuffle through tracks on Spotify using gesture controls. Moreover, the circular arc gesture helps you zoom in or out while taking a picture. You can also convert a piece of handwriting into text and easily share it or export it to a Microsoft Word Document.
Performance – Turning speed into beauty
The Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with the 12GB RAM delivers an amazing phone performance where you can swiftly and fluidly switch between apps. Samsung claims that you’ll witness 33% improved CPU performance. Likewise, the GPU will run 42% better than its previous iterations.
A MicroSD slot, which was missing in the Note 10, is now available in the Note 10 Plus. Along with the 256GB, a 512GB iteration is also available for users who fancy ample of storage space.
Battery – Bigger and better
Samsung said that it got rid of the headphone jack to free up space for an elevated battery capacity. Making this decision seemed easy when they found that almost 70% of Galaxy S and Note owners weren’t using it as most of them moved to wireless variants.
Coming back to the battery, it is Samsung’s biggest one yet in a Galaxy model. The 4,300 mAh battery is expected to deliver a lot of juice. The phone comes with a 25-watt charger, though, Samsung will separately sell a 45-watt charger. Samsung says that it will take the phone just 30 minutes of charging to last an entire day.
With a starting price of roughly $1,099, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus looks like a great device if you are looking for a big-screen phone that’s perfect for streaming and gaming. Its promising battery life only makes it an ideal choice.
While the absence of a headphone jack seems a little disheartening for few, Samsung made a bold, and probably much needed, move by embracing wireless headphones — a feature that could be replicated in many of its rivals’ newer smartphones.