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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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5G Samsung Smartphones Capture 5% of Global Premium Market

Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020

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The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market. Pixabay

5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share, a new report by Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint Research “Market Pulse” service, the global premium market sell-through, however, declined 7 per cent YoY.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the top-selling model which captured over one-third of the total sales of all 5G devices.

“All major OEMs in the premium segment now have 5G-capable devices, except Apple. Still, Apple alone captured over half of the premium market in Q3 2019. Apple grew 1 per cent YoY increasing its market share from 48 per cent a year back to 52 per cent during the quarter. iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in the premium segment,” Varun Mishra, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

Huawei remained in the top three OEMs in the premium segment driven by the popularity of its P30 series, especially in China, despite the US ban.

China contributed to over 80 per cent of Huawei’s sell-through in the premium segment as compared to 73 per cent in the year ago quarter.

“The trend is likely to continue. It will be difficult for the newly launched Mate 30 series to create any progress outside China because it lacks Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS is an important enabler for Huawei to continue its success outside China,” Mishra noted.

OnePlus recaptured its position among the top five OEMs in the segment and also led the India premium segment, which reached a record high shipment level during Q3.

South Korean smartphone maker LG also captured a spot in the top five, driven by the V50 ThinQ 5G. The firm grew 20 per cent YoY in the premium segment. This is in contrast with its overall smartphone shipments, which declined over 30 per cent YoY during Q3.

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5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share. Wikimedia Commons

The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market.

Apple will launch its 5G devices in 2020 driving upgrades among Apple users and potentially pulling in some previous Android users.

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“Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020. Major Chinese OEMs will launch 5G-capable devices in the sub-$ 400 price band. China will drive the 5G segment followed by other key markets like the US and Korea,” Mishra added. (IANS)