Commenting on the launch of Samsung’s Note 10 and Note 10+, Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, comments: “These newest additions to Samsung’s high-performance Galaxy Note series are bound to excite fans of the original phablet. In a first for the series, consumers get the choice between a smaller, more affordable standard Note 10, and the expansive – and more expensive – Note 10+.
“There are four versions of the Note 10 in total, with a 5G-ready version of the Note 10 and the Note 10+, but it’s hard to see who would want to buy such a high performance phone without superfast connectivity.
“The Note 10 benefits from wireless charging, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, but most importantly, loses the microSD card slot so beloved of Android users. Samsung appears to be using expandable memory as one of the carrots to attract users towards the Note 10+, but reaction could be strong from consumers who have long valued this useful function.
“The seamless and thinnest design yet, at just 7.9mm, does however mean that Note 10 devices also sound the death knell for headphone jack, as Samsung finally follows in Apple’s footsteps and ditches the socket. The move suggests that this could also be the end for the practical port in future Samsung phones.
“Much-needed ‘wow’ factor is provided by updates to the Note 10’s beloved stylus, the S PEN. We’re excited to see users gain the ability to control their phone without even touching the display – by using motion detection technology.
“The camera set-up is boosted in the Note 10+ by the addition of a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor that gives portrait photos the depth-of-field effect. More impressively, the background-blur effect can also be applied to video, giving your footage that cinematographic feel.
“A super-steady mode also eliminates shakiness from videos shot while moving, which, combined with the Note 10’s editing software, gives you the ability to make professional quality videos.
“Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has always been priced to reflect its position at the top of the market as a bleeding edge device that does it all. The more affordable ‘stripped-down’ Note 10 could attract fans who have previously been put off by the high price tag of the phones in the series, while the pricier Note 10+ is poised to attract top-end consumers who demand top-flight performance.
“With that in mind, it is positive that Samsung has set a realistic price for the Galaxy Note 10 that reflects the apathy gripping the handset market. Samsung’s recent earnings report revealed customer demand for more affordable phones, while its top-of-the-line models saw weaker sales. But smartphone fans are less likely to spend close to £1,000 on the versions of this ‘state-of-the-art’ handset that aren’t 5G ready.”