Samsung Galaxy Note 10: There's A New Beast In Town

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 range has finally landed. In a stark departure from previous releases, there are three distinct models to choose from including a 5G option compatible with Australian next-gen networks. Here are the specifications, pricing details and release date.

"Next-Level Power". That's the tagline behind Samsung's new Galaxy Note family and for once the hyperbole might be justified. Packed with fresh features for both productivity and creativity, it's arguably the best smartphone all-rounder on the market - especially for stylus fans.

"Whether they’re finishing a big project for work, capturing and editing a video, or playing their favorite mobile game, the Galaxy Note10 will help them do it faster and better,” Samsung's CEO DJ Koh said during the unveiling. “Every element of the Galaxy Note10 was designed to help users achieve more."

Bold words, but what makes the Note 10 so special, exactly? And does it offer anything S10 and Note 9 owners don't already have? Let's take a squiz beneath the hood.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications

As mentioned above, there are three models in Samsung's new 'phablet' range - the regular Note 10, the extra-large Note 10+ and the Note 10+ 5G (which is basically the same phone with 5G chucked in.) Here's a look at how the specs compare:

Note 10 Note 10+ Note 10+ 5G
Dimensions Height: 151mm, Width: 71.8 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 168g Height: 162.3mm, Width: 77.1 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 196g Height: 162.3mm, Width: 77.1 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 196g
CPU Exynos 9825 (Octa Core) Exynos 9825 (Octa Core) Exynos 9825 (Octa Core)
Memory 256 GB (no MicroSD slot), 8 GB RAM 256 GB (Expandable storage), 12 GB RAM 512 GB (Expandable storage), 12 GB RAM
Display 6.3 inches Infinity-O Display, 2280 x 1080 pixels (401ppi), Full HD, Dynamic AMOLED 6.8 inches Infinity-O Display, 3040 x 1440 pixels (498ppi), Wide Quad High Definition, Dynamic AMOLED 6.8 inches Infinity-O Display, 3040 x 1440 pixels (498ppi), Wide Quad High Definition, Dynamic AMOLED
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie)
Cameras Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide) / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2) Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide), VGA 3D Depth Camera / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2) Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide), VGA 3D Depth Camera / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2)
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+ Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+ Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor
Battery 3500 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging 4300 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging 4300 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging
Price From $1499 From $1699 From $1999

As you can see from the above specifications, the chief difference between the phones is size. The Note 10 measures 6.3 inches (which is actually slightly smaller than last year's Note 9) while the Note 10+/Note 10 5G boast 6.8-inch displays. This is Samsung's largest smartphone screen yet, besting the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G by approximately 2.5mm. According to Samsung, it's still "easy to hold and use" although we suspect one-handed texting could be a bit of a problem.

Image: Samsung

All three models sport edge-to-edge 'Infinity' AMOLED displays that are only slightly marred by the presence of a cut-out camera hole. This is basically the new version of the notch. (We think it's less obtrusive but opinions differ.) In addition to being bigger, the Note 10's display allegedly produces brighter images compared to its predecessor courtesy of new tone-mapping software.

Samsung DeX for PC is also back, natch. The models will be available in a choice of three colours: silver (AKA 'Aura Glow'), white ('Aura White') and black ('Aura Black'). However, if you're keen on the white you'll need to import an overseas model - Australia is only getting the Aura Glow and Aura Black versions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 cameras

Speaking of images, the Note 10 camera is pretty similar to the S10+. On the rear you get a trio of lenses: a 12-megapixel wide-angle, a 12MP telephoto and a 16-megapixel Ultra Wide. Up front is a single 10-megapixel snapper (Wide, F2.2). The Note 10+ also comes with a 3D Depth Camera; just like the S10+ 5G.

According to Samsung, the Note 10's trio of cameras are capable of capturing "pro-grade video" with the new depth-of-field filter, Zoom-In Mic and Super steady stabilizer negating the need for additional A/V gear. Samsung is talking a big game here - it will be interesting to see what professional videographers think once they get their hands on one.

Image: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 stylus

The Note used to have two main claims to fame - its astonishing size and the included stylus. These days, pretty much every flagship smartphone is rocking similar dimensions, which leaves the S-Pen as the chief selling point. Once again, Samsung has made its stylus Bluetooth-enabled which means it can be used to control the phone from afar with a variety of gestures. Some noteworthy additions to the S-Pen include improved in-phone video editing, an image personalisation tool dubbed AR Doodle and a Handwriting-to-Text converter. That last one sounds especially handy - it allows the user to convert their handwritten notes into a Microsoft Word file and other text formats.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date

The Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ will be to buy in Australia from August 23. Click here to pre-order now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pricing

As you'd expect, the Galaxy Note 10 range doesn't come cheap - far from it. With that said, the RRP isn't quite as exorbitant as we were expecting. Here are the prices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10: From $1499
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: From $1699
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G: From $1999

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pre-Order offer

It has because customary for Samsung to bundle a free accessory with its flagship phones during the pre-order period and the Note 10 continues the tradition.

Customers in Australia who pre-order will receive a free pair of AKG Wireless Headphones valued at $499. To get the freebie, simply purchase the phone from a participating retailer between 9am AEST August 8 and 11:59pm AEST August 22.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 telco plans

Here are the available Note 10 plans from each major telco.

Telstra

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (512GB) plans

Optus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (256GB) plans

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (256GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB)


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