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About Samsung Galaxy Note 10 — Review, Specs & more

Damn, that's not cheap: With the new Galaxy Note 10 and its bigger brother the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, again Samsung tests the £1000-plus price point with customers. We look at how the Note generation prices have evolved over time, compare to the Galaxy S series, and try to predict the best time to buy the Note 10. We're going to take a look at our price development charts by price comparison providers and on posts in bargain blogs.

So it is worth buying, or should you opt for the Galaxy S10 instead? Let's find out...

Prices are more stable than Galaxy "S" series

First, it should be noted that the Note series from Samsung usually has a more stable price than other Galaxy devices. In the Galaxy S7, for example, there was already a 2-for-1 campaign on the basis of the EIA price in the year of publication (after about 6 months).

The Galaxy S7 started at £399, more than half the price of the current S10 at launch - and the Note 10 continues this trend. How expensive can these things get?

We take Black Friday prices as the point of reference for the Galaxy series, because in most cases they mark the best price in the course of the year... The devices are then already half price at the yearly mark on the market and have already lost some of their shimmer. Indeed, 10 to 20 percent loss of value in some cases. Regularly available offers for Christmas sometimes last until Easter, estimated at both S7 and S8 estimated about £ 100 above the calculated Black Friday price of £350.

On to that display...

Despite all the kerfuffle over the high price, it's amazing what development the Note family has seen since its inception: The first model launced all the way back in 2011 was with its screen size of 5.3 inches felt like a real giant. From today's point of view, this seems absurd: The Note 10 Plus reaches a screen diagonal of 6.8 inches. Samsung already showed a similar dimension with the mid-range Galaxy A80, but such a display as in the Note 10 Plus did not exist in the smartphone world. In these gigantic proportions, the edges of the screen are even narrower, the display even more impressive, and TechRadar certainly agreed with us.

In addition, only the Plus model of the Note 10 offers the high QHD screen resolution of 3040x1440 pixels. Even if the laboratory test is still pending: Contrast and brightness are beyond any doubt.

With its large display, strictly speaking, only the Galaxy Note Plus continues the tradition of XXL screens. But the defining element of the Note series is the S-Pen. It has learned a lot in the Note 10 series. Back with the predecessor, the Note 9 (compare deals here), the connection was via Bluetooth, but this time you can remotely control with the S-Pen quite a few apps by three simple gestures.

A swathe of new features

In the photo gallery, for example, while holding down the S-Pen button, you flick to the left to the next picture by swiping in the air. With the camera, you swipe up to the selfie camera or zoom via a circular motion. The first time you try it, it makes you feel like Harry Potter, but after that, it all feels very natural. By pressing a button you can also trigger the camera.

Of course, this remote control is only useful if you do not have the device in your hand. For example, when leaning against a distant stone wall for a group selfie and triggering with a pen. Or when you show off the holiday photos on the TV from the sofa or PowerPoint in the working day on the screen. The connection to TVs and monitors can be made wirelessly (Miracast, Google Cast) or via USB-C-HDMI adapter. Samsung DeX is still very practical: It has an interface adapted to the large screen, similar to Windows, but with Android apps.

Brand new for Samsung is a wonderful feature: a third microphone has been installed on the back of the case, so that during video-rotation takes place parallel to zooming on distant objects and an audio zoom. Similar to a directional microphone, any sort of disruptive or undesirable noise is hidden by the software, which processes the signals from the three microphones.

In the Foned first test review, background noise was actually less disruptive to hear in audio zoom recordings, but also the overall sound was slightly changed. If you do not want the function, you can switch it off (zoom microphone in the advanced camera settings).

Galaxy Note10 price in UK

The Galaxy Note 10 comes by default with 256GB and will cost £949 at launch in the UK.

For comparison, the Galaxy Note 8  with 128GB of memory cost £999 to start, but it is now much cheaper - check out our Note8 review here.

Three colour versions of the new generation Note10 are on offer: Aura bBack, a glowing rainbow version (Aura Glow) and - coming soon, anyway - pink.

Too bad that a  variant with a ceramic back, which inspired our testers with the Galaxy S10 Plus, is not yet out at launch.

Prders can now be made for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and should arrive shortly in the UK.

How much does the Galaxy Note 10 cost in the UK?

At launch the Note 10 is £869 at launch, and the larger Note 10 Plus is £999 at launch. Of course, prices have since fallen.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 a good phone?

Although it's not really a phone but a tablet (or phablet), the Foned Verdict is that yes: it's one of the best handsets you can buy today in the UK. Read our full review above.

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Questions about Samsung Galaxy Note 10

How much does the Galaxy Note 10 cost in the UK?

At launch the Note 10 is £869 at launch, and the larger Note 10 Plus is £999 at launch. Of course, prices have since fallen.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 a good phone?

Although it's not really a phone but a tablet (or phablet), the Foned.co.uk verdict is that yes: it's one of the best handsets you can buy today in the UK. Read our full review above.

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