By Edward Lim
When it was first introduced in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note received brickbats for its 5.3-inch screen size with critics wondering if this was a wrong move for the Korean smartphone maker. History has proven that Samsung had made the right bet as others followed suit with larger screen sizes as well.Fast forward to 2019 and the Note is not only alive but thriving (save for the infamous Note 7 with its overheating issue) with the launch of its 10th edition in New York yesterday.
Samsung is still banking on the fact that users want the stylus, which sets the Note series apart from practically everyone else.
The screen size has also grown with the Note 10 sporting a 6.3-inch display and the Note 10+ bigger at 6.8-inch. But credit must be given for the impressive 7.9mm thickness despite packing loads of feature, such as 5G, more power and memory, a larger battery, and an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
Despite analysts predicting a slowdown in smartphone sales this year, Samsung is bullish and expects the Note 10 to outshine its immediate predecessor.
In Singapore, the Note 10 is retailing at S$1,398 (8GB RAM, 256GB storage) while the larger Note 10+ will cost S$1,598 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage) and S$1,898 (12GB RAM, 512GB storage). Pre-orders are available at local telcos and Samsung Experience stores.