During Samsung’s latest Unpacked event which took place in New York on Wednesday, the company announced not just one, but two new versions of the Galaxy Note 10 flagship; the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, which is inclusive of a new S Pen with Bluetooth connectivity and a gyroscope.
As well as unveiling it’s long-rumoured Galaxy Note 10 and refreshed S Pen, Samsung also unveiled a Galaxy-branded laptop, a new smartwatch, and unanticipated partnership with Microsoft.
Missed what was announced? We have rounded up everything unveiled at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked event below.
Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
It goes without saying that we were all expecting the company to announce the latest Note flagship, but what did take everyone by surprise, was the unveiling of the larger Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Both phones share many similar features, with the size being the only main difference between the two devices. The regular Samsung Galaxy Note 10, is the smaller device with a 6.3-inch screen, while the Note 10 Plus has a larger 6.8-inch screen.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus both come with the same Dynamic AMOLED displays, in-screen fingerprint sensors, increased batteries, Snapdragon 855 processors and a triple-camera arrangement on the rear. The cameras are inclusive of a variable aperture 12-megapixel lens, an ultra-wide-angle 16-megapixel lens, and a telephoto 12-megapixel lens. One component that is lacking on the regular Note 10, however, is the extra DepthVision camera found on the Note 10 Plus. This camera can be used as a 3D camera to scan various objects which can then be manipulated to create interactive avatars or printed as a 3D file.
It’s also clear that Samsung is taking gaming on the Note lineup very seriously. The phones now have integrated Discord support, use the Game Booster app to optimise the best possible performance, and can stream games straight from your PC to your phone via the new PlayGalaxy Link feature.
According to The Verge, Samsung has dropped the headphone jack as the company has used the extra space for more battery. Designed to primarily work with wireless Bluetooth headphones, a pair of wired AKG earbuds that plug into the Note 10’s USB-C port will be included in the box, but the dongle will have to be bought separately. Both variants also support wireless charging and use standard USB PD for high-speed charging.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t ship with a card slot and only has internal memory. However, the Note 10 Plus does support a microSD card up to a staggering 1TB in capacity.
Technically speaking, there is also a third Galaxy Note 10; the Note 10 5G. The 5G edition is essentially the Note 10 Plus but with the ability to support 5G once it is accessible in your area.
Both phones will be on sale from August 23rd in the UK and are currently available for preorder. The Note 10 will cost £899, while the 256GB model starts from £999. The Note 10 Plus will start at £1,099. Check them out on Samsung’s website.
The new S Pen
Another interesting announcement made during Samsung’s event was the upgraded S Pen. The S Pen has been redesigned to now have Bluetooth, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer so it can connect to other devices, perform tasks such as controlling apps with air gestures or remotely control a device from a distance. It can also convert notes into a range of documents and programs, inclusive of PDF format and Word Documents.
Samsung DeX for Mac and Windows
Samsung has unveiled a refreshed take on DeX – that allows your phone to have desktop-like functionality by connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The software now works with laptops by connecting it through a USB cable and supports both Mac and Windows.
Galaxy Book S
Perhaps the most exciting thing announced at Samsung’s Galaxy event was the Galaxy Book S. The new Galaxy-branded laptop has a bezel-less 13-inch touchscreen display, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chips, and has a battery that Samsung has claimed can last for 23 hours.
The ultra-thin, sleek laptop recharges via USB-C so you can use the same charger from your Note 10, comes with LTE connectivity, and runs Windows 10.
Coming in two colours; grey and pink, the Galaxy Book S will be available in September and will be priced at $999 in the US, although prices for the UK have not been released as of yet.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Edition
Earlier on in the week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and during the keynote on Wednesday, they announced a special Under Armour Edition.
Priced at $30 more than the regular model, the watch, made in partnership with Under Armour, will support a Bluetooth connection to your phone and comes with pre-loaded software giving users direct access to Under Armour’s fitness ecosystem but unfortunately lacks LTE. The watch has built-in support for users to log runs by using the MapMyRun app and has standalone phone and audio capabilities.
There has been no news on UK pricing or availability of the special edition watch just yet.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, joined Samsung on stage to announce the companies partnership. The two brands have come together to close the gap between Android mobile apps and Windows PCs.
“a new chapter of our long term commitment to improve productivity and eliminate the gap between mobile devices and the PC.”
Samsung confirmed that they are bundling Microsoft’s Your Phone app on its Galaxy Note 10, while also developing OneDrive sync support into its Gallery Android app.
Sustainable Development Goals
To further deepen Samsung’s commitment to improving their sustainability, the company have added an app to Samsung phones which allows users to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. The ‘Samsung Global Goals’ app is an education and donation-based mobile application designed to teach users and raise money for the global causes the organisation supports.
Samsung also confirmed that they will sell branded accessories with profits going to support the Sustainable Global Goals. “In addition, Samsung is launching special edition accessories, donating a portion of revenue from sales of each accessory directly to UNDP in support of the Global Goals. The Galaxy Note10 cover with Global Goals-themed design and a wireless charger will be introduced at the device launch.” Find out more about the Samsung Global Goals application.