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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus hands-on

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus was just made official. If you’re interested on getting this device, you might want to wait for our full review. But to give you an idea on what to expect from these devices, here we’ll be sharing our initial thoughts with them.

Bear in mind that the unit that we were able to check out were engineering samples. This means that the initial camera samples and overall performance might be better once the final Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus retail units come out.

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Let’s start with something really apparent — the design. Both models really capture the essence of Galaxy devices. Their all-glass design, metal frame, and sleek curves really make it feel that you’re indeed holding a Samsung device.

Both models are really comfortable to hold. However, since it has a gigantic 6.8-inch display, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a bit bulkier than the former. But, thanks to its ergonomic design, it still feels relatively nice to hold.

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Also, it’s one of the first smartphones to have the front-camera cutout in the middle instead of the sides. Besides giving a unique look, and making the screen almost bezel-less, it allows you to have a centered angle when taking selfies.

Samsung makes some of the finest display panels on the market. Which is why it’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have great screens.

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The only problem is, the resolution on the Galaxy Note 10 in only at FHD+, you have to pay a premium for the Plus model to get a QHD+ display. Some might not notice the difference, but having FHD+ screen at this price is just unacceptable.

Both devices run on the latest Exynos 9825 processor. The Galaxy Note 10 comes with 8GB/258GB of RAM and storage, while the Note 10 Plus has a 12GB of memory and an option between a 256GB/512GB of storage.

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We really can’t tell how well it performs until we ran our extensive test with it for our full review. But so far, both devices did feel really fast and responsive. Swiping through the Samsung One UI feels really snappy while taking pictures and doing other basic tasks are seamless.

Speaking of which, both Galaxy Note 10 devices come with a 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. If you purchase the Plus model, you’re getting an extra 3D depth sensor.

As stated earlier, the units that we were able to test are still engineering samples, so the photo quality from the final product might be better. Still, the images that we were able to take look fine, nonetheless. Despite being taken indoors with a limited light source.

Samsung is also bringing a lot of emphasis on the improved S Pen. The Galaxy Note’s popular accessory now has gesture controls. You can press the button and swipe to the left, right, up, or down to order commands — just like having a magic wand.

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It works well with the camera app. Swiping up switches to the front camera, swipe down to go back. Swipe left to right to switch from different camera modes. This new update will be available to developers, so they can incorporate it with their apps.

Samsung also improved the screen recorder. While recording the screen, you can show your face in picture-in-picture style using the front camera. This could be really useful if you’re a game streamer.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus prices in the Philippines

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s price starts at Php53,990, competing with similarly-priced devices like the Huawei P30 Pro and OPPO Reno 10X Zoom. We shall learn how this device stacks up in the competition once our full review comes out, so stay tuned for that.

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