Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus hands-on: the small one is a big deal

Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus hands-on: the small one is a big deal


– The Samsung Galaxy Note
is back, times two actually. What you are looking
at here is the Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus. The Note line has always
been about being the biggest and most powerful, and both of
these phones are powerhouses, but you can get other big,
powerful Android phones now. So, what is Samsung doing this time around to make this thing feel
like, well, a Note? I’ve only had a little bit of
time with it for a hands on, but I think you can break it
all down into five things. First, well, the most obvious thing that makes a Note a Note is the stylus, the S Pen, and Samsung has
two really big updates here. You can still take
notes on the lock screen right when you pull the S Pen out, but now Samsung Notes
can read those notes. So it can search for them, it does OCR, you can even copy it and paste
plain text in another app, or you can export a Word
document of your text if that’s what you wanna do. They’ve also added an
accelerometer and a gyroscope to the stylus, and so you can
use it as a remote control, kind of like a wand. So in the camera, you
can go left and right, change between modes and up and down, and even do a little swirly motion. It’s kinda wild. They do have an SDK, so
other apps could use it, so maybe in a PowerPoint
or something someday, but that’s not available yet. We’ll have to wait to
see if more developers are gonna support it in the future. The second reason you might be interested in the Note 10 is DeX. Now, I know what you’re thinking, nobody uses DeX, Dieter, come on. But hang on, DeX, if you’re not familiar, is you plug a USB-C cable in and then you plug it into a monitor and then you get a, like,
Windows version of your phone. You’ve got windows you can resize and you can, you know, drag
stuff around and so on. With the Note 10, what’s new
is they actually have apps for the Mac or Windows where
it runs DeX right there, so you can use the
computer you already have and have a little window for controlling stuff on your phone. It’s also really convenient if you want to drag and drop stuff, so you can actually just drag
and drop a file or an image or something from your PC to
your phone and vice versa. It’s a totally new thing for DeX and I’m actually really excited to try it. The other thing is,
Windows 10 has this feature where it can show your notifications and some other stuff from your phone but you have to install an
app, but with the Note 10, Samsung built support for that right in. Number three, and this is the reason people usually buy the Note, it just has every spec you could ask for. So, both of these phones use
a Snapdragon 855 processor and there’s the thinnest ever
vapor chamber for cooling it so it can run at higher
clock speeds for longer. Now, on the Note 10, you’ve
got eight gigs of RAM and 250 gigs of storage, which is a pretty darn good default. On the Note 10 Plus
though, you have an option to get 12 gigs of RAM
and 512 gigs of storage and it has a slot for a microSD card for further storage expansion. Now, this big phone has
a 4,300 milliamp battery, the little one’s 3,500. Don’t know exactly how
long that’s gonna last in terms of, like, all day, but it’s gonna be all day,
I’m sure it’ll be fine. Also, they both use
standard USB PD for charging and on the Note 10, if you want, you can get up to like a 45 watt charger. This thing’ll top off in under
an hour or about an hour. It’s gonna be really fast. Number four, it’s just
a really nice phone. I mean, it’s really good build quality, it’s got this classic 90 degree
corner that all Notes have. There’s basically no bezel. You really have to serach for it to see it ’cause the screen rounds
around the corners. It has a smaller cutout
for the selfie camera than even the Galaxy S10. It’s just, it’s super nice. If I had to complain
though, I would complain that there’s no headphone jack. Samsung says they took it out
to make room for the battery and sure, I guess that’s
fine but, you know, I’m sad. The other thing that Samsung has changed is they moved all the buttons. They’re now on the left-hand side and there’s just three, two for the volume
rocker and one for power which also can double as a Bixby button. Now, the S10 comes in four colors. They’re all called Auro
’cause I don’t know. This is the Aura Halo. There’s also black and white which is gonna be available everywhere and then there’s a Samsung.com and Best Buy exclusive of Aura Blue. Number five, and it seems
weird to put this last but the cameras are really good. It’s basically the same camera
set up as the Galaxy S10. It’s been tweaked a little bit but Samsung has added some video features. So, there’s a cute thing
where you can do bokeh and Live Focus a video, that’s fine, but the thing I’m really interested to try is the microphone focus. So you can actually zoom
in and it does beam forming on three microphones to only pull sound from the thing that you’re zoomed in on. Really excited to try that. There’s also a time-of-flight camera but they’re not really using that for any camera effects just yet. So those are the five things. Do they add up to it being a Note? I don’t know. We’ll review it and we’ll see. The little one is gonna come out for $949, the Note Plus is gonna be $1099, and a maxed out Note
Plus is gonna be $1199 and they’re gonna be
available on August 23rd. I will say I think I’m more intrigued by the smaller Note 10. It’s about the same size
as, say, a Galaxy S10. While the Note 10 Plus is
like the true successor to last years Note 9,
it’s about the same size. But it’s been a super long time since we’ve had a really
pocketable phone that had a stylus. Maybe what the Note needs
isn’t to be bigger and badder and more powerful, but actually smaller. Hey everybody, thanks
so much for watching. Are you interested in
either of these Notes? If so, let me know which one
down in the comments below and we’re gonna have more coverage from Samsung’s Live Unpacked event which is happening right now and of course reviews when
these things come out, are available, when they’re here. You wanna use that, or? – Yup.
– Yeah, okay, great.

100 thoughts on “Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus hands-on: the small one is a big deal

  1. You didn't even mention the 1080p screen on the smaller Note. I think this is unacceptable for a phone that costs $950.

  2. not going to buy this, will continue using my Samsung note 9, till they add a headphone jack in samsung note 11

  3. removing the headphonejack, and making the phone thinner for better battery performance is a contradiction on what used to be a great company….

  4. The window for controlling your phone via your desktop screen came out for the note 3 or 5.
    Nothing's really new but I like it

  5. Nice screen and good hardware specs, but as a soldier of fortune i really need a official confirmation from you guys: Does it still support the Note 7 feature of being able to act as a handgranade if i run out of ammo?

  6. Well this is my next phone. I love DEX, why doesn't anyone use it. I purchased a HP X3 LapDock originally meant for the HP X3 Windows Mobile Phone. Though it works with the Note 9, plug'n play, out of the box. It's actually quite incredible, I personally use DEX with Citrix and VMware Horizon clients, that allows me to stream Windows 10, OSX, Linux and Steam OS to it. Basically, it's my laptop now, as I have a server at home and work, with Citrix and VMware, I can use my Note 9 as a laptop from anywhere in Switzerland with the help of a LTE connection of over 300Mbs. It's so fast in fact that I can stream, Steam games at 1080P at 60 FPS, Max settings without a issue. In fact it's what I bring to Lan parties, along with my trusty 24" Dell Touch Display.

  7. Absolutely nothing that makes this phone to stand out. Samsung did run out of ideas for innovations 2 years ago.

  8. I've just ordered mine from EE (i'm in the UK) and i'm totally with you regarding the headfone jack…it's the saddest thing to not have it anymore

  9. Held both at Best Buy without the sensor thing. The smaller one felt so perfect in the hand and it's all screen. I'm buying the + for the bigger battery and sd slot. But the smaller one feels perfect

  10. i have small hands so it's gonna be the 10 for me,I've had the iPhone xsmax and it was too big,I think the note 10 is a slight bit smaller.

  11. Hey if you go onto Samsungs site you can get up to $600 off with a trade in phone and they offer alot of cool free stuff,I'm getting the Note 10 for $370 with my trade in iPhone X

  12. Be smart and wait for note 11 or note 12 it will have better canera and sensor and also 5G and you dont need to upgrade for the next 4 years

  13. *Samsung* "We have room for a bigass pen and a smaller-than-last-years-model battery but no room for a 1.5cm port in the same size phone as last year 🤷‍♀️ also buy our shity Bluetooth earbuds" 😂😂😂

  14. I am mostly interested in the smaller note as it does not look unwieldy to use in everyday scenarios due to it's reasonable size.

  15. Innovation = zero. Samsung has moved on and simply feeding the masses the same ol thing. Huawei gonna take over soon

  16. Everyone: Complaining about the headphone jack less Note 10

    Me: Watching this with my iPhone 7 and having no complaints at all

  17. I agree… Smaller!!! I love my note a lot had them since the first one but it got so big that this past year I traded my note 9 for the S10E…

  18. @The Verge – I use Dex! I have a monitor in my office, just arrive in the morning, plug the phone in and I'm good to go. I can do all the work I need. It's not perfectly adapted, but it's does what I need, and means that I bought the Note and a monitor, instead of a phone and a laptop or desktop
    . Excellent.

  19. Anybody who have the note 9 then upgrade to note is simply don't have good financial management skills…
    As a note 9 owner I'm not surprised

  20. Only thing interesting here is dex on laptop. It needs not to lag.

    The live focus video could be nice. Didn't huawei also do that. And op7 and asus rog2 already has 90hz and 120hz oled. Asus has 6000mah though.

  21. Lmao 😂, 1080P, no HPJ, and no expandable storage at the low, low price of $949.00+tax. What a bargain!
    Aaand, the full size Note 10 is a step up in price for a bigger screen and Moaaar Gimmicks.

    Let me know when we get a camera that is actually newer than the S7, and good thing Sammy is quietly pulling all their commercials ragging on Apple for HPJ’s and notches.

    Also, final point, there’s room in the S10e for a headphone jack, Lmao. 😂

  22. I'm actually use Dex everyday. Dex and S Pen are the only reasons that still keep me stuck to the Galaxy Note line

  23. This is the problem right here, the pricing —> $949, $1099, $1199
    This is just rampant price gouging and not from manufacturing cost or inflation.

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