After a couple of quiet months for phone launches, now we are in the second half of the year, it is time for things to ramp up again, with Samsung, as usual, kicking the show off with the Samsung Galaxy Note10 launch.
It is almost pointless revealing the specs at this point, thanks to all the leaks, but here goes.
This year we get two Note10 devices, perhaps due to ever-increasing phones sizes and the S10+ edging in on the Note territory. The Note10 goes back to its phablet roots with a 6.8-inch Note10+ as well as the 6.3-inch Note10.
As the rumours indicated, the new Note10 line will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in North America, China, and Japan, whereas the rest of the world gets the brand new Samsung Exynos 9825.
On one hand, for the Snapdragon 855 is disappointing, as it is already in the S10 series, so some people may feel hard done by for not getting an SoC upgrade. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was arguably a lot better than the Exynos 9820, so this release could bring performance parity with the two variations.
The Note10+ is just a bigger screen version of the Note10, it gets quite a few upgrades. The 6.8-inch runs at 3040 x 1440 compared to the 2280 x 1080 of the smaller model. Both phones feature curved edges.
RAM and Storage
The standard model ditches the microSD card has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The Note10+ has a MicroSD slot and has either 256/512GB of storage, it then also bumps up the RAM to 12GB.
Big phone, means big battery, the Note10+ has 4300mAh (16.55Wh) typical with 45W Charging whereas the smaller one has 3500mAh (13.45Wh) typical and a very slow compared to competitors 25W Charging
Both phones use the same setup as on the Galaxy S10 and S10+, which includes a 12MP main sensor, 12MP telephoto, and a 16MP wide-angle lens. One difference here is that the telephoto lens now has an f/2.1 aperture which is an upgrade to the f/2.4 lens of the S10.
The Note10+ also gets a Time-of-Flight sensor.
On the front, both phones have a punch hole in the centre of the screen fo a 10MP Dual-Pixel f/2.2 lens.
There will be a 5G variation, but you will have to stump up for the Note10+ for that.
Samsung continues to be the only company integrating Wi-Fi 6 on their phones with the full spec including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MU-MIMO.
Samsung has sadly fallen victim to the no 3.5mm trend, and neither model will have one.
The Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black starting from August 23rd. The Note10 comes in a 4G variant with 256GB of storage at £899. The Note10+ starts at £999 in a 256GB model. The Note10+ 5G variant starts at £1099 for the 256GB model and then £1199 for the 512GB option.
Pre-orders are already live on Amazon: