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Galaxy Note 10 (+) in Hands-On: Samsung's Stylus smartphone comes in a double pack

Galaxy Note 10(+) im Hands-On: Samsungs Stylus-Smartphone kommt im Doppelpack

tl; dr: The Galaxy Note 10 comes in two sizes for the first time: 6.3 inches and 6.8 inches. The full equipment is only available for the big model. Nevertheless, both smartphones are again high-end devices. The S Pen can now be used more extensively as a remote control. The starting price is 949 euros, planned market launch is the 23rd of August.

After the Galaxy S10 series (test) Samsung also sets the Galaxy Note in several sizes. The Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch display and is smaller than the housing of an old Galaxy Note 2. Top model is the Galaxy Note 10+, which in the areas of display, camera, battery and memory expansion better than the equipment normal Galaxy Note 10 offers. This suggests a little that Samsung wants to create an incentive to buy the larger model, which starts at 1099 euros, while the normal Galaxy Note 10 is 949 euros and thus costs 50 euros less than last year's base model of the Galaxy Note 9.

Technical specifications at a glance

Square design for the Galaxy Note 10

Aside from questions about pricing and the potential intension of selling expensive models from Samsung, the manufacturer once again re-launches the Galaxy Note 10 as a high-end smartphone, which at first glance gives the impression of a somewhat improved Galaxy S10 + Stylus leaves. In fact, Samsung has made several changes to the Galaxy S10 series for this year's Galaxy Note generation.

This starts with the design, which is clearly attributable to the current Galaxy family, but with even thinner edges and a straight-line conclusion at the top and bottom, but quite their own way. Both new smartphones are completely symmetrical, with the exception of the buttons, so that the curved front and rear glass of the same length strikes the side frame, which now only has volume and on / off buttons on the left side. The right side remains empty, the power button has thus wandered into the Bixby button, but the voice assistant plays only a minor role. Primarily, the button is now an on and off switch, as well as a double press to activate the camera.

The colors are Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White and Aura Pink, but there will not be every variation in every color. Aura White is reserved for the Galaxy Note 10+, Aura Pink will only be available on the Galaxy Note 10. The other two colors are planned for both variants.

Memory expansion only at the big grade 10

In the head of the smartphone sits the drawer of the SIM and the Galaxy Note 10+ and the memory card. Because here Samsung takes the first distinction between the two variants. Only the large Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a microSD slot, but both smartphones support dual SIM, although this is always possible with the small Galaxy Note 10 and the larger one is only possible without a memory card (hybrid slot). At the foot of one of the two speakers sits the USB Type-C socket, a headphone jack is no longer there, instead are the smartphones now equipped by AKG headphones with USB Type C at.

The new S Pen comes with gesture control

Users will also find the USP of the Galaxy Note 10 series at the bottom: the S Pen. Like the Galaxy Note 9 (test), Samsung's stylus is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth and can not only be used directly above the display as a stylus. but also from up to 10 meters away can be used as a remote control. For the Galaxy Note 10 comes a gesture control – called S Pen Air Actions – added, whose movements with the S Pen a little reminiscent of the handling of a small wand. With stylus gestures in the air, the user can remotely switch between the lenses of the camera, change the photo mode or control the zoom. While Samsung is focused on the functions of the camera in the gesture control, an open API should ensure that other app developers can also access the gyroscope in the stylus.


The Bluetooth stylus works with new gesture control
The Bluetooth stylus works with new gesture control

The S Pen can be extended at the bottom right
The S Pen can be extended at the bottom right

Grade 10 in Aura Glow with blue S Pen
Grade 10 in Aura Glow with blue S Pen

Galaxy S10 camera with better telephoto and ToF sensor

Speaking of camera: In this point, Samsung is heavily based on the Galaxy S10 series and takes over the triple-lens layout of wide-angle with 12 megapixels, Ultra Wide Angle with 16 megapixels and Tele again with 12 megapixels. With the telephoto lens, however, Samsung has improved the aperture from f / 2.4 to f / 2.1, so that more light is captured at the same ISO value and the same exposure time. This measure is likely to make the telephoto lens a bit more robust, especially when used at night. Only the Galaxy Note 10+ carries on the back of the time-of-flight camera, which was introduced with the Galaxy S10 5G. The ToF camera with VGA resolution captures depth information more accurately than is possible via the parallax of the lenses. In addition, objects of the real world can be measured. The front camera is now centrally located in the display and supports ultra HD video recording.


Triple camera of the S10 with ToF sensor at 10+ on the right
Triple camera of the S10 with ToF sensor at 10+ on the right

The now vertical camera module stands out slightly
The now vertical camera module stands out slightly

New front camera in the middle
New front camera in the middle

Videos with live focus and directional microphone

New for the camera is a video mode with Live Focus, so Samsung calls the bokeh effect of the camera, which is now not only for photos, but also videos usable. This means that users can activate a depth-of-field when recording videos, which can also be adjusted in several levels with regard to the intensity and the background effect. Live Focus videos are in the Camera app a separate mode separate from the normal video mode, which works again in up to Ultra HD with 60 FPS and HDR10 +. Also new for video recording is a zoom microphone on the back, which can be used in 2 × and 4 × to focus the audio recording on the zoomed area.

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