Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 and also, the more capable variant, the Galaxy Note 10+ at Samsung Unpacked event on Wednesday. Samsung’s goal is to maintain its current base of Note customers who seek to replace their older models with brand new Galaxy Note 10. The basic Note 10 model starts at $949 and the Note 10+ is somewhat more expensive, at $1,099. If you are still using Galaxy Note 8 or an older Note model, here are reasons what you should upgrade to Note 10 or Note 10+:
1. Better battery life and hardware specs
The Note 10 has 3500 mAh battery and the Note 10+ has 4300mAh battery. It’s a good improvement over the Note 8 with 3300mAh battery. The Note 10 includes Samsung One UI on top Android 9 Pie, Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 SoC, AMOLED Infinity-O screen, UFS 3.0 storage, 45W fast charger and 8GB RAM/256GB storage or 12GB RAM/256GB storage. The Note 10+ offers 12GB RAM/256GB storage or 12GB RAM/512GB storage.
2. Improved S Pen
S Pen has always been the major feature of a Note model. The S Pen of Note 10 offers all the capabilities of S Pen for Note 9. However, there’s now a function known as Air Actions. Users can move the S Pen in the air using special gestures to perform tasks like zooming or switching between camera modes. It’s possible to do other tasks, such as signing for a delivery or using a ticket. Future software updates will allow integration with Microsoft PowerPoint to control slides with Air Actions during a presentation.
3. Updated Notes
Notes is the primary app for writing something using the S Pen. There are new features offered by the new update, including export from Notes to various file formats, change colour after entering text, change handwriting to normal digital text and pinch to zoom.
4. Better integration with Windows 10
Samsung is working with Microsoft to make it easier to share content between Note 10 and devices or computers running Windows 10 OS. When the Link to Windows option is enabled, users can send messages, share notifications, share photo and screen mirror between Note 10 and Windows 10.
5. USB support for Samsung DeX
With Note 9, users can use Samsung DeX and HDMI cable to mirror the Note 9 to an external device. However, USB cable is still a more common and cheaper solution. The Note 10 allows users to connect directly with its existing USB port. After connected, users can drag and drop files between Note 10 and a Mac or a Windows PC. Samsung DeX supports MacOS, Windows 7 and Windows 10.
6. Improved camera
The Note 10 has a triple-lens camera and the Note 10+ adds the VGA Depth Vision camera. The previous Note 9 doesn’t have 16Mp ultra-wide lens, currently included in the triple-lens arrangement of Note 10 and Note 10+. There are other new features as well. With Super Steady, videos are less shaky and Live Focus Video allows users to adjust focus manually during video recording. Zoom-in Mic helps to minimize background noise and amplify the primary audio input. It’s also possible to use S Pen to edit videos on the smartphone. The built-in AR (augmented reality) feature can produce movable 3D rendering using dynamic drawings, animations, and effects.
7. Lighter and thinner design
At 7.9mm thick, the Note 10 and Note 10+ are the slimmest of all Note models. At 170 grams, the Note 10 is also lighter than the Note 9 at 195 grams. However, due to its large 6.8-inch display and bigger overall design, the Note 10+ is slightly heavier at 198 grams.