The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is official, actually, the right statement is, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are official.
While this is a first for Samsung to pull with the Note lineup, it’s really not that surprising, considering how much information regarding the devices had leaked.
Top of the line features on the Note 10 series includes a better-looking punch-hole display, that has the camera centred on the phone as opposed to the side profile we had on the S10 series. However, we do lose out on dual cameras on the front but we are certain not many people will complain about that.
There are also significant improvements with the S-Pen stylus, which now Samsung says can be used as a magic wand to control the phone. Apart from a new design on the S-Pen, Samsung has included a gyroscope on the stylus, which gives users the ability to wave it around to control different elements on the smartphone’s UI with the biggest functionality being with the camera – since users can wave the S-Pen around to switch between cameras, rotate it to zoom in or out and still retains the old features such as pressing the button for remote capture.
Still, on the camera features, the Note 10 duo have been fronted as devices for creators owing to the numerous camera tricks that Samsung has thrown in. From the live focus on videos to the zoom-in mic (which zooms in your audio when you zoom in to a certain part of your video) and to the dedicated video editing tools that are packed within the software and the numerous AR tricks to brighten up videos, all these are features that Samsung says will be useful to creators.
It’s not just about the cameras, we’ve seen a few changes as well. The bixby button has been dropped and in its place, Samsung has implemented a power button that also doubles as the bixby button when long pressed (this can be changed within the settings). All buttons are now on the left of the device, which means it’ll take some getting used to.
Samsung DeX has also been revamped and can now be used without a dock, even on your laptop. Chances are that you will not use it but at least they made it easier to use this time around and the deep integration with Windows which allows notifications and phone controls between any Windows 10 PC and the Note 10 series will be highly welcome by those who value such features.
Pre-Order and Availability
Now, when it comes to the Kenyan market, the Note 10 series will be available for pre-order between August 15th and August 30th, when it will officially launch in the country. Those who pre-order will get a premium case, valued at Kes.8,000 bundled with their phone.
As for pricing, the Note 10 starts at Kes.103,999, while the larger Note 10+ will cost more, starting at Kes.119,999. For those whose bank accounts cannot support such huge spending, Samsung has partnered with Lipa Later and Barclays bank to offer loans for the devices, even during the pre-order period.
Pre-orders can be placed at any Samsung experience store across the country.