The new $949 Note 10 is one of the most compact big-screen phones with an amazing Infinity-O screen that covers its 6.3-inch design as well as a slew of neat S Pen features. There’s also the massive 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus, which delivers even more real estate (and a big battery) for a very pricey $1,099. Both phones have killer cameras, and some truly stunning AR capabilities.
Samsung’s summer Unpacked event, traditionally the company’s annual unveiling of its big-screen Galaxy Note line of phones, brought us the Galaxy Note 10. There’s not just one Note 10, but two: the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10, starting at $949 or £899, and the 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus, which starts at $1,099 or £999.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus changes don’t stop there. There are are four rear cameras in the larger Note 10 Plus, and no microSD card slot in the smaller Note 10. Not only that, Samsung has removed the headphone jack from both Note 10 phones. Samsung claims the decision was to free up space in the phone for more battery capacity, and said that around 70% of Galaxy S and Note owners weren’t using it anyway, as people shift toward wireless earbuds.
The S pen has been enhanced, enabling it to connect to other devices via Bluetooth so it doesn’t have to be limited for use with a Note device. It can now convert handwritten notes into a Word document, with support for multiple languages. The S Pen now has a gyroscope and an accelerometer, too, which you can use to remotely control a device from afar.
The collaboration, according to Samsung CEO DJ Koh and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, marks a new partnership between the two to enhance productivity and interaction across “all devices.” There’s more to come, so we’ll see what that means over the next 12 months.