Samsung has opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, with a launch date expected sometime in a week or so. From what we can see so far though, the Note 10 series is basically the Galaxy S10-esque revision of the S Pen-packing line, but with a center-mounted front-facing camera.
Overall, that's pretty good to us. Not only is it a nice evolution from this year's S10, but it's also a pretty massive overhaul of the Note line from last year's great Galaxy Note 9. And the differences are more than skin deep, as you'll discover below.
Here's a look at what's different – and based on our hands-on experience so far, what's better – about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 compared to last year's phone.
ONE SIZE DOESN'T HAVE TO FIT ALL
For the first time, Samsung has more than one size of the Galaxy Note. The standard Note 10's screen comes in at 6.3in, which is a smidge smaller than the Note 9's 6.4in display, but then there's a Galaxy Note 10+ that opts for an enormous 6.8in display.
Granted, the standard Note 10 sees a couple of spec downgrades from the Note 9. It has a 1080p display instead of Quad HD, and also a smaller battery. On the other hand, the Note 10+ packs in even more functionality and features than the Note 9.
And the upside of the lower-specced Note 10 is the price differential between the models, giving you the option to save a little scratch if you please. You still get the S Pen stylus with either model, of course, and it packs some added features this time around too.
Get Ready For (Air) Action
The S Pen from the Note 9 was pretty impressive enough, with the ability to press a button to do actions like taking a picture or switch videos etc. Now you can do more with the added Air Actions, that allows you to control certain aspects of the device using gestures with the S Pen. For example, zooming in requires you to press the button once and turn clock wise.
So now not only can you take a picture from a distance, you can also zoom in and out, select the mode you want for your camera and more without having to touch the Note 10 or 10+. You can even set up Air Actions for other apps and even games!
PS: We're loving the different coloured pens compared to the standard yellow in Note 9.
Samsung is taking a cue from the Huawei playbook with the Galaxy Note 10, offering it up with dreamy backing colour options. It puts the simply-backed Note 9 to shame, assuming you like a flashy phone. (If you don't, please disregard this entire point)
Both phones are available in Aura Glow and Aura Black colour options, while the Note 10+ comes in Aura White and the standard Note 10 has Aura Pink as its third.
Convert your writing to text
The whole point of getting the Note series is the ability to actually use it as a writing tool, among other things. Now, not only can you just write on the Note 10, you can convert that writing instantly into text with the press of a button.
Of course, it all depends on how well it picks up on your writing in English. But I find the ability to edit what I've written a lot easier than having to rewrite from scratch. Hooray for more productivity!
IT'S A SHARPER SHOOTER
The Note 9 had one of 2018's best camera setups, but the Note 10 is even better. The standard Note 10 keeps the triple-camera setup from the Galaxy S10, while the Note 10+ adds a time-of-flight sensor for a quad-camera array. They're still incredibly versatile.
The Note 10 and Note 10+ gives you an excellent 12-megapixel main sensor with the same kind of variable aperture tricks as before, but then you also get a 12MP telephoto zoom lens and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens that essentially zooms out. It's super handy. All told, you have more options to snap photos and better overall quality too.