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.

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

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

  2. What really is the difference between the note 10 (smaller one) and s10 + besides the stylus? seems like with the current promotions going on with the s10+, it's a much better deal.

  3. Every time he waves the phones around and I see all of those colors, it makes me sooooo ready for my Aura Glow 10 Plus to arrive.

  4. That laptop dex is amazing I have really old computer and I don't have a monitor I hope emui desktop will copy it

  5. At last Samsung is doing what a lot of Android phone manufacturers have been doing for a while and that is having the power and volume buttons on the same side side of the phone.

  6. I've always preferred bigger screen. That's why I love Samsung because they make good phones and screen size!

  7. The DEX feature is not much of a use. I really liked that you can control the camera with the S-Pen. But, I am surprised the Camera is mostly the same as S10. The phone looks stunning though !

  8. They are honestly running out of things to add to phones. I have my note 9 and I mean the under display fingerprint scanner, wide angle camera, faster charging is cool to me but not worth it for an upgrade in my opinion. The only thing that will change my mind is if they add holograms.

  9. The Note 8 is my very favorite thing I have ever owned andddd I use the dex station every single day as my normal computer FYI. It works fantastically ! I am very excited about my Note 10 plus I ordered !

  10. I love your reviews. Truly I would love smaller phones too with stylus. I have a Note 8, so having a pocketable phone will be good.

  11. Smaller cut out for selfie cam bit also smaller f2.2 instead od f1.9 on S10. Why don't you say that mr Reviewer? No heart rate sensor…

  12. Nice review. Pre-ordered the 10+ this weekend. Got the 5G version as well. Certainly the same situation as when 4G came out – only a few areas had it, but I still invested in the technology to use it once it came to Tampa Bay. Owned a Note prior and loved it. Size, speed and camera features were a draw. Never used the stylus much in my old Note, but that may change. It is fun to use for navigating email and apps when you have the time and patience to pop it out. All day battery is impressive. Verizon making upgrade deals too, with trade in offers and a $100+ credit promotion at the Samsung store. Too early to consider the folding devices. Maybe next round. Also not waiting for the Pixel 4, to only find out that they are not going to offer 5G support – lagging as they did with the 4G support.

  13. what the note 10 symbolizing is the end of the original galaxy note philosophy… what they are doing now with this phone is removing as many hardware features as they can where people will still buy the phone and counteract that with software features that dont cost anything in materials. what they are doing is seeing what they can get away with and i dont like thta at all. they are trying to be like apple right now just giving as little as possible while still getting a lot of sales and im blaming apple for being so successful and making some much money ripping people off with with removing features and charging more for it and samsung has started taking nots and now they are trying to try that again. they already did this in 2015 and it ended with the phone (the note 5 and the s6 line) being a total flop in sales and im hoping this happens again so samsung will change back again for the s11 and add those features back

  14. So for 950 dollars, I get a phone with a 1080p screen, no headphone jack and no microsd expansion. Sigh. Et Tu Samsung?

  15. I don't know which color should I order. Aura Glow gets a lot of fingerprint magnet. Also Aura Black? Aura Glow and Aura Black which color is much better in person and real life.

  16. I want the smaller one, going to wait for it to drop in price. Make it for $500 and I am running to the store.

  17. Nailed it in last 10 seconds!!! Yeeeeeeesssss! We finally have a Note that is pocketable and no longer unwieldy in hand. Thank you Samsung. Tempted to upgrade my Note8 which is still a killer phone.

  18. If the note had headphone jack it would be actually great way to play-pause, skip a music player app. Oh well, I'm not buying note know without it.

  19. It’s funny they took out the Jack but still gave us wired headphones which are great but shouldn’t they give us wireless. That’s probably why they did the promotion with free wireless earbuds

  20. I did the Jump program from T-Mobile to update so I only pay 60 bucks in taxes to get the regular N10 so far so good besides I had to upgrade because my old phone was giving my issues & i agreed with you about the 950 prize tag but believe me when the prize drops dramatically it's going to sell like hot cakes just like the s10e the note 10 is truly underrated .

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