Few smartphones are quite as legendary and influential as the Galaxy Note line. Over the years since the original Note N7000, back in 2011, Note handsets have pushed many envelopes. Putting productivity and prosumer needs first is what helped the Galaxy Notes define the "phablet" category and bring new life to the stylus accessory. Naturally, a loyal fan-base followed, one that Samsung is particularly proud of and tends to flaunt at every new Note launch.
Eight or so years later the Galaxy Note family has an incredible weight on its shoulders and more than a few uphill battles to fight at the same time. So they've approached these challenges by delivering two distinct Note10 this year - the Galaxy Note10 and its Note10+ sibling.
Having two concurrent Note models is not a first. Take the Note Edge as an example, but mostly the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which came out alongside its flagship Note 3 sibling. Even so, having two Note models hasn't been a thing for a very long time and could be perceived as a change in mentality. Either that or a sign that the Note is finally conforming to the ongoing trend of stretching out smartphone lineups in an attempt of saturating the market.
Marketing aside, we can't really complain about having more options. Also, the regular Note10 is not that different from its bigger sibling. A few inches smaller and carrying a few mAh of juice less, one ToF camera fewer and some slight downgrades to charging are not enough to be detrimental to the overall Note experience. What you get with the Note10 is essentially a Galaxy S10-sized, or thereabout, device complete with all the Note features. A formula which will appeal to many.
That being said, there is no doubt that the Note10+ is the true heir to the proud Note line. A new Dynamic AMOLED panel, now taller and with more pixels than ever manages to outdo even the Note9 in terms of sheer productivity real estate. A new ToF camera, more battery and a new and improved S Pen only sweeten the deal further.
If nothing else, the Note10 duo is definitely bold and offers plenty of exciting new features. Sure, it has lost some of the features the Note series had before, but this only comes to show that the Galaxy Note has undergone some major changes to its formula. Ones that are likely to shape its future. Join us on the following pages as we offer our initial impressions from the Note10 and Note10+.