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Samsung Galaxy Note10+: Bring Productivity to Your Palm (Tech Review)

Remember: No smartphone comes near the power and beauty this device offers in the top-end premium segment

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

By Nishant Arora

The premium smartphone segment in India is estimated to be between Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 crore. In this segment, the industry is growing at 9-10 per cent (year-on-year) and Samsung, which is growing over 20 per cent in this premium space, has another reason to cheer: Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.

The South Korean giant received over 2 times the pre-booking orders for ‘made in India’ Note10 smartphones, compared to last year’s Note9 pre-booking period, which shows the loyalty factor Note owners have towards this workhorse.

The 6.3-inch FHD+ Galaxy Note10 (8GB RAM+256GB memory and no microSD) is priced at Rs 69,999 while the bigger 6.8-inch Galaxy Note10+ (12GB RAM+256GB memory) with Cinematic Infinity Display will start from Rs 79,999.

The top-end variant of Note 10+ with 12GB RAM with 512GB internal storage (expandable up to 1TB) costs Rs 89,999.

We reviewed full HD+ Galaxy Note10+ (12GB RAM + 256GB memory). Let’s see how it performs.

Before we talk about the slimmest design and top-end specs, make one thing clear: This device is not for the ordinary and can easily become your laptop on the go – for both your productive and creative workflows.

In simpler words: Productivity in your palm.

It offers Android 9 (Pie) operating system, 98 per cent colour and brightness uniformity (edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display reduces blue light without affecting colour quality for comfortable viewing), handwriting to text feature, super-fast charging, 7nm intelligent processor to preload frequently used apps faster, improved Samsung DeX for PC, ‘Link to Windows’ for all your productivity needs, and lots more.

In just a few taps, you can format and share meeting minutes in editable documents with an enhanced S Pen.

For those who wear a thinking cap, S Pen and pro-grade camera will take your creativity to a new level.

The re-designed, uni-body S Pen gave content creators power to instantly convert handwriting into digital text in Samsung Notes, and export it to different formats including Microsoft Word in different languages like Hindi, even Hinglish.

You can now customize personal notes by shrinking, enlarging or changing the colour of the text.

The Galaxy Note10+ builds on the Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled S Pen capabilities sensor by adding Air actions or gesture control.

The new six-axis motion allowed us to control certain aspects of the device using gestures with the S Pen by detecting the direction and acceleration of our movements.

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Samsung Electronics President and CEO Dong Jin Koh speaks during the launch event of the Galaxy Note 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 7, 2019. VOA

The Galaxy Note10+ extends Samsung DeX’s capabilities, making it easier for users to work between their phone and a PC or Mac.

All you need is a simple USB-C cable. With a simple, compatible USB connection, you can drag and drop files between devices, and use favourite mobile apps with a mouse and a keyboard, while keeping data secure through Samsung “Knox”.

Another great productive feature is when Galaxy Note10+ integrates “Link to Windows” directly into the “Quick Panel”. You can mirror your entire phone screen on-to your PC.

In Galaxy Note10+, the real quad camera set-up houses a 16MP ultra-wide sensor, a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens and a VGA DepthVision camera.

It also houses a 10MP selfie camera in the middle, giving the device a symmetrical shape unlike the Galaxy S10 series.

The photos clicked were good (though not exceptional) in nearly all light conditions.

One thing that old-timers will miss is the quintessential 3.5-mm headphone jack in Note10+ (also missing in the smaller sibling Note10).

Galaxy Note10+ is available in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black colours.

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The 4,300mAh battery with superfast charging technology (up to 45W wired charging capability) is a great improvement. With just 30-45 minutes of charge, Galaxy Note10+ lasted nearly a day.

With wireless ‘PowerShare’ feature, you can wirelessly recharge Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds or another Qi-enabled device the Galaxy Note10+.

For smooth gaming, the device features the world’s slimmest vapour chamber cooling system, which delivered optimal performance during gaming.

Conclusion: If you’re on Note9, it is a natural choice and if you have the budget to invest on a smartphone-cum-laptop, Note10+ is definitely worth trying.

Remember: No smartphone comes near the power and beauty this device offers in the top-end premium segment.

If you are in the Note family, nothing should stop you from an upgrade and take another step towards the lag-free and seamless experience. (IANS)

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Realme, Samsung Have Lowest Return Rates Among All Smartphone Brands in India

When it comes to reliability, Realme users rank their smartphones high (90 per cent), followed by Samsung (88 per cent) and Vivo (87 per cent)

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Realme and South Korean major Samsung have the lowest return rates among all smartphone brands in India, a survey by CyberMedia Research (CMR) said on Thursday.

The “CMR MICI” survey that included 4,000 smartphone owners across top eight Indian cities, focused on smartphone purchase process, key smartphone specs of priority, as well as issues with post-sales service, including repairs or replacements.

“The return rates in smartphone brands provide a measure of consumer satisfaction with their current brand and, in turn, implies that the brands have been able to excel in meeting consumer expectations. Our survey findings report the lowest return rate for brands, such as Realme and Samsung, in comparison to the prevailing industry average,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, said in a statement.

The lowest return rates are determined by the first visit to the brand’s service centre within the first six months of purchase, for either repair or replacement, by both online as well as offline buyers.

Around three per cent of the total smartphone users visited a service centre for the first time within the first six months of their smartphone purchase, during the in-warranty period.

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Armed with a quad camera-system smartphone in every price segment along with an investment worth Rs 300 crore for its surface-mount technology (SMT) lines, Chinese handset maker Realme aims. Pixabay

When it comes to looks, design and feel, users of Vivo are most satisfied (99 per cent), followed by OPPO and Realme users (98 per cent each), and at third place, Xiaomi with 97 per cent satisfaction.

Across smartphone brands, users are excited about the design aesthetics, camera performance and build quality that phones sport across price bands.

Users indicated more satisfaction with intangible factors that they associate with their smartphones, including reliability and performance.

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“In order to win consumer mindset, smartphone brands need to invest in getting not just product design and product quality right, but they must ensure overall brand experience, and service quality right,” Ram added.

When it comes to reliability, Realme users rank their smartphones high (90 per cent), followed by Samsung (88 per cent) and Vivo (87 per cent). (IANS)