The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have finally been unveiled. As you would have expected, this super-sized smartphone delivers a big punch when it comes to specs. The Note line of phones have always been known for its wide array of features, and this year, Samsung didn’t disappoint on that front.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price
One thing many of us are not surprised about is the price. By now, I’d like to think that we’ve all come to terms with $1,000 flagship phones, ever since the iPhone X. If you want all the bells and whistles in a sleek glass body, you’ll have to fork over that kind of cash at the high-end of the spectrum.
Here in Canada, expect to pay a starting price of $1,259.99 for the Note 10 with 8GB of RAM/256GB, and $1,459.99 with 12GB of RAM/256GB for the higher specced Note 10+.
In the USA, the Note 10 starts at $949 and the Note 10+ will set you back $1,099.
Expect to pay a little more once you add storage to the equation.
In my opinion, if you are looking to buy a flagship phone in 2019, the Note 10+ with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage isn’t a bad deal.
You most likely won’t use all 12GB of RAM, but that base 256GB of storage is that sweet spot. I don’t ever find that I need more room than that, since I make use of the cloud.
If you are going to drop $1,000+ on a smartphone, I feel like Samsung is giving you, your monies worth on the higher-tier model.
Honestly, I expected higher pricing over last year’s Note 9. I’m kind of impressed that Samsung was able to keep the pricing relatively sensible as weird as it sounds.
Now, the 5G variant on both the Note 10 and Note 10+ will be released later on select carriers.
Note 10 & 10+ Specs
- 6.3-inch display
- Weight: 168 g
- S Pen
- 2280X1080 resolution
- 401 PPI
- HDR10+ certified
- Snapdragon 855
- 16 megapixel, f/2.2 wide-angle camera
- 12 megapixel, f/1.5 + f/2.4 dual aperture with OIS.
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
- 3,500mAh battery
- No microSD slot
- 25-watt fast charging
- wireless charging
- wireless power-sharing
- 6.8-inch display
- 12GB RAM
- 4,300mAh battery
- microSD slot
- 3040X1440 resolution
- 256GB or 512GB UFS 3.0 storage
- support for 45-watt fast charging
Galaxy Note Series Release Date
At their unpacked event today, Samsung announced an August 23 release date in the US, UK, and Australia. Canadians can also expect to get their hands on the phone on the 23rd of this month. Pre-orders are starting now.
I’ve always admired the Galaxy Note line of phones. I’ve purchased almost all of the Note series except for the 3rd and 7th editions.
I’ll probably end up with larger variant at some point.
I’ve never really been big on the S Pen, to be honest. This year’s device can do some pretty sweet tricks though. Controlling the front and rear cameras with gestures, along with better input accuracy, does set the Note apart from the competition with the S Pen.
What I’ve mostly gravitated towards in the Note series, are the larger capacity battery and bigger screen real estate.
Samsung makes the best smartphone screens, and this year won’t be any different.
That Infinity-O display isn’t ideal for my uses, but it’s far better than the notch on my iPhone XS Max, and I prefer it.
The screen to body ratio is nice, and the thin bezels look amazing.
Samsung does make some of the best looking phones, and there is no exception here.
I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the curved edges, I’d instead the edges remain flat. But that’s just my personal preference. I find content more accessible and more pleasing when it isn’t bleeding over the sides.
I did like the stability feature when recording a video. It seems as if Samsung is putting more focus and improving the quality of its video-taking modes, with a more intuitive user interface.
All-in-All, I think the Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+ are solid devices.
Can’t say I care about the cheaper version. I feel as if you are going to spend this kind of money on a flagship, why not go all out on the higher-tier model.
The OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $699 USD/$899 CAD and doesn’t include a hole-punch display. It also has a higher resolution screen versus the Note 10 at 3120X1440 and contains a 90Hz refresh rate.
Straight up, I’d skip the Note 10 and go for the 10+ at that price-point.
So far, I’m impressed with what Samsung has unveiled today, and think its a worthy upgrade from the previous generation.