Samsung Electronics, the South Korean consumer electronics company, put rumors to bed Wednesday, unveiling the latest iterations of the Galaxy Note high-end smartphone.
During its Galaxy Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York, which was also a livestream on the Internet, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, packing a lot of new technology inside the mobile devices. It marks the first time Samsung has launched multiple models of its flagship Galaxy Note phone.
Take the Galaxy Note 10 for starters. The mobile phone comes with a 6.3-inch display, a 3500mAh battery, 12-watt wireless charging, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The devices start at $949 and are available for preorder as of Thursday. The phones will hit stores on 23 August. The Galaxy Note 10 is 0.1 inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 9 and weighs in at 196 grams, measuring 7.9mm thick.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy 10+ comes with a large 6.8-inch display, a 4,300mAh battery, 20-watt wireless charging, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Galaxy 10+ starts at $1,099. The screen is 0.4 inches bigger than last year's Note+.
Samsung also announced the Galaxy 10+ 5G, which will first be avaibale on Verizon's network in the U.S. before it opens up to other carriers, starts at $1,300. The 5G iteration of the Galaxy 10+ is a Plus model with an extra cellular chip to support 5G. Samsung boasts speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than a 4G smartphone. The screens on both phones have already gotten credit for being colorful, sharp and bright. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ is entirely screen except for a small camera cutout on the front of the device.
Selfies made easier with Galaxy 10
Both smartphones have a hole punch selfie camera and an upgraded S Pen that features a new unibody that is lighter and more rounded that past S pens.
It comes with a vapor chamber cooling system that Samsung says is the slimmest in the world and helps the Galaxy Note 10 stay cool when undergoing heavy usage. It also can support gesture controls that let users swipe screens from far away. Samsung got rid of the headphone jack in both devices and added four rear cameras to the Note 10+. The three phones come in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black.
Samsung unveiled its long-awaited foldable phone at its last event
In February, during Samsung's Unpacked event the company unveiled the long-awaited foldable smartphone and table called the Galaxy Fold. The device faced some hiccups with some of the review units sent to tech reporters suffering from broken screens after only a few days in use. In response to tech reviewers that highlighted the broken screens, Samsung said at the time it would inspect the units in person to determine the cause of the problem. Samsung said a few weeks ago it will relaunch the Galaxy Fold in September after fixing the screen problems.