Monday, 12 August 2019 13:56

Must-see keynote: Samsung's sophisticated suite of 2019 smart devices have arrived Featured

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From the two new Note 10 super-smartphone sizes, through to Samsung's Tab S6, Active Watch 2, Galaxy Book S and heavily promoted new Microsoft partnership, Samsung has presented its most integrated ecosystem of smart products yet.

If you're on the Android side of the force, and especially if you're a fan of Samsung's smart devices, nirvana has landed with a stunning suite of new devices that are Samsung's most sophisticated and advanced, with its Note10 models able to be seen here, the Android and DeX-powered Galaxy Tab S6 here, the Galaxy Watch Active here, and the Windows-powered Samsung Galaxy Book S here

Although Huawei has made great inroads into the ultra-premium smartphone segment, has its own accompanying ecosystem of watch, wireless earphones, Windows notebook and Android tablet ranges too, Samsung has been honing its ultra-premium designs and technologies for years longer, and can boast its 2019 range of hardware and accompanying software has reached the highest level of maturity, style and class yet.

Coupled with what will surely be Samsung's most intense global advertising push for the holiday sales and Christmas shopping season yet through to the end of the year, and all that remains is for consumers to decide they want these Samsung devices and to then buy as many of them as possible to deliver Samsung the sales and profits it needs for ever greater success.

That will be the big question, as it is whenever any company launches updated and upgraded new products and services, and unless some as-yet unknown issue emerges, which past history at least suggests is a slight possibility, Samsung's pitch to Android and Windows users is the company's most solid yet.

Samsung also has a pre-sales offer, which is now open, as it usually does, until the 22nd of August, which is to include a set of its premium AKG wireless headphones with "adaptive noise cancelling" and an "ultra long lasting battery", valued at A$499 as part of the deal.

Prices for the Note 10 start at $1499, the Note 10+ starts at $1699, and the Note 10+ 5G starts at $1999, pricing details, colour options, storage sizes and more can all be seen here.

Garry McGregor, Vice-President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia said: "The Galaxy Note10 is the culmination of years of Samsung innovation, delivering the features and functionality driven Australians need to make the most of every moment, encased in an elegant and beautifully refined design.

"Ambitious Australians rely on their smartphone to reach their goals every day, and from its advanced S Pen to the integration of DeX functionality, the Galaxy Note10 is a powerhouse developed to maximise productivity at home, in the office, or on the go.

"More than ever before, Aussies express themselves through photos and videos, which is why the Galaxy Note10 features creativity-harnessing, pro-grade video and editing tools to help users tap into their self-expression in new and innovative ways.

Galaxy Note10 is the ultimate productivity and creativity tool, perfect for empowering Australia’s ambitious achievers to get more out of every day.”

Ok, before we learn more, here's Samsung's "Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Live stream - Instant Replay", which is definitely worth watching in full when you are able - the article continues below. 

The keynote also showcases the new Galaxy Tab S6, an Android powered tablet with a great DeX desktop computing-like experience, complete with apps able to run in windows, the new Galaxy Active Watch 2, with very cool software-controlled "bezel" that is part of the watch, no moving parts required, and a new Windows 10 Galaxy Book S which is running on a next-gen Qualcomm ARM processor, capable of up to 23 hours of battery life watching videos, although real-world battery life for everyday computing will vary (and be a lot fewer hours).

Ok, so the new Note 10 comes in two main sizes, which comprises of the 6.3-inch version in LTE and 5G models, and the Note 10+, featuring a 6.8-inch plus-sized screen, also in LTE and 5G models.

Both are equipped with the most advanced S Pen stylus yet, now newly augmented with a six-axis motion control feature that lets you use gestures to zoom in and out on the camera, go left and right through slides, change the volume and more without touching the screen. It builds upon the remote control features launched with the Note 9 that let you take photos, pause and play media files and more with the button on the stylus.

It's like a magic wand, and with developer access to the features open and Samsung expecting developers to take advantage of it, one wonders how long before a special Note10 version of a Harry Potter game will arrive, as well as other developers using the feature to create games, productivity apps and more, all able to take advantage of the capability.

Samsung supports the new motion controlled features in some of its apps, and apps like YouTube, so support has started and should only grow. To start with the addressable market will only be of the presumed tens of millions the Note10's will sell in, but that's still a very valuable segment of the Android market, and one that can afford and appreciates premium luxury smartphone devices and experiences.

It's presumably a given that future Note devices and Samsung tablets and Windows PCs will get this upgraded stylus, too, so what's created today will be usable on Samsung devices for generations to come, and if competitors ever decide to create something similar, they'll also be able to use the same apps with the same kind of functionality.

In any case, Samsung describes its new Notes as a "new line of premium smartphones that combines elegant design with powerful performance and productivity tools to help users make the most of every moment. Inspired by a generation that flows seamlessly between work and life, the Galaxy Note10 gives users the freedom to work the way they want and showcase their creative spirit, all on-the-go.

"For years, the Galaxy Note series has helped millions of loyal users around the world pursue their passions and achieve their goals, and with the Galaxy Note10, Samsung is helping users do more of what they love."

DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, who opened and closed the keynote presentation that can be seen above, said in the Note 10 press release: "From the very beginning, the Galaxy Note has stood for the best-of-the-best technologies and features. The Galaxy Note10 re-imagines this promise for the modern Note fan who uses their smartphone to take their productivity and creativity to the next level, and who effortlessly flows between ideas and endeavours at a moment’s notice.

“Every element of the Galaxy Note10 was designed to help users achieve more. Whether they’re finishing a big project for work, capturing and editing a video, or playing their favourite mobile game, the Galaxy Note10 will help them do it faster and better.”

So, what did Samsung have to say about the new range? Its media release info is below:

PURPOSEFUL DESIGN FOR A PREMIUM EXPERIENCE

"Galaxy Note users appreciate the power of sophisticated design—not just the look and feel of their device, but the experience it offers. Every element of the Galaxy Note10 is crafted to be sleek, slim and distraction-free, so users can devote their full attention to the ideas, projects, and content that matters most.

Two Sizes:

"For the first time ever, the Galaxy Note10 comes in two sizes, so consumers can find the Note that’s best for them. The Galaxy Note10 opens up the Note to users who want the power of the S Pen and ultimate productivity in a compact form factor, packing a 6.3-inch Cinematic Infinity Display into the most compact Note yet. The Galaxy Note10+ features the biggest Note display ever with a 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity Display on a device that’s still easy to hold and easy to use.

"The Galaxy Note10’s display is Samsung’s best yet. From its physical construction to its underlying technology, the display is designed to immerse users in their favourite TV, movies and games."

Edge-to-edge Design:

"The Galaxy Note10’s edge-to-edge Cinematic Infinity Display is nearly bezel-less, while the in-display cut out for the front camera is small and centred for a balanced design. Samsung’s most immersive display creates a seamless experience between thought and action, viewing and creating."

Best Quality Display:

"The Galaxy Note10 features the award-winning Dynamic AMOLED display. With HDR10+ certification and Dynamic Tone Mapping, photos and videos are brighter than previous Note devices, and feature a stunning, wide color range. UL verified the Galaxy Note10 display for its 98% colour and brightness uniformity. The Eye Comfort display reduces blue light without affecting color quality for comfortable viewing."

MULTI-FACETED PRODUCTIVITY TO MAXIMISE EVERY MOMENT

"Note users put a premium on productivity, and they see their phone as essential to helping them do and achieve more. For these users, the Galaxy Note10 features new technologies, enhanced capabilities and powerful integrations all in service of giving users the freedom to work in the way that makes them the most productive."

Handwriting to Text:

"The Galaxy Note10 brings a powerful new capability to the re-designed, uni-body S Pen. Now, users can jot down notes, instantly convert their handwriting to digital text in Samsung Notes, and export it to a variety of different formats, including Microsoft Word. Users can now customise notes by shrinking, enlarging, or changing the colour of the text. In just a few taps, meeting minutes can be formatted and shared; bursts of inspiration can quickly become editable documents."

Evolution of the S Pen:

"The Galaxy Note10 builds on the Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled S Pen capabilities introduced on the Galaxy Note9 by adding Air actions, allowing you to control certain aspects of the device using gestures with the S Pen. By opening up the Air actions SDK, developers can create customised controls that give users the ability to play games or use their favourite applications using gestures."

Samsung DeX for PC:

"The Galaxy Note10 extends Samsung DeX’s capabilities, making it easier for users to work between their phone and a PC or Mac. With a simple, compatible USB connection, users can drag and drop files between devices, and use their favourite mobile apps with a mouse and a keyboard, while keeping their data secure on their phone through Samsung Knox."

Link to Windows:

"The Galaxy Note10 integrates Link to Windows directly into the Quick Panel. With one click, users can connect to their Windows 10 PC. There, they can see notifications, send and receive messages, and review recent photos without pausing to look down at their phone."

PRO-GRADE CAMERA FOR CREATORS

"With the Galaxy Note10, content creators and everyday users alike can use state-of-the-art tools to capture stunning video and photos—allowing their channels, stories and posts to stand out and make an impact. Featuring a combination of advanced imaging technology and software, the Galaxy Note10 elevates mobile videography and photography to the next level.

Premium Video Technology:

"The Galaxy Note10 enables users to capture pro-grade video without having to carry around any extra gear. Live focus video adds depth-of-field adjustments so you can blur the background to focus on your subject. Zoom-In Mic amplifies the audio in frame and pushes background noise aside to help focus on the sounds that you want.

"And to remove the bumps and shakes that usually make an action shot blurry, new and improved Super steady stabilises footage, and is now available in Hyperlapse mode for steady time-lapse videos."

Quick and Easy Video Editing:

"Once they’ve recorded their video, Galaxy Note10 users can edit-on-the-go instantly right from their phone. Video editor can be used with the S Pen, so instead of having to tap to select or edit a clip, users can choose the precise moment they want to trim. For creators who need even more control over their footage, Adobe Rush on the Galaxy Note10 provides a sophisticated suite of editing tools, now even more accurate with the S Pen."

Screen Recorder:

"For gamers who want to add some personality to their streams, or vloggers who want to enhance their tutorials, the Galaxy Note10 introduces Screen recorder. Easily capture what’s on the screen, use picture-in-picture to add reactions, and use the S Pen to annotate as they record for a more entertaining, engaging video."

AR Doodle and 3D Scanner:

"The Galaxy Note10 integrates bleeding-edge AR and 3D capabilities into the camera. Along with an Ultra Wide camera, it opens up an entirely new medium for creators. With AR Doodle, use the S Pen to personalise photos with dynamic drawings, effects, and animations that track to the image. And with 3D Scanner, a groundbreaking first for the Note, the Galaxy Note10+’s DepthVision camera can take a scan of an object, and instantly turn it into a movable 3D rendering."

Night Mode:

"People take plenty of selfies in low light situations—at dinner, at concerts or just enjoying a sunset. Night Mode, now available on the front camera, lets users capture striking selfies no matter how dim or dark the conditions."

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE FOR POWER USERS

"Note fans use their phones to do just about everything—not just tackling everyday tasks, but taking on big projects: running their business, editing video for their social media channels, creating beautiful illustrations with the S Pen. To help them do it all, the Galaxy Note10 is engineered with top-tier hardware and next-level features."

Super Fast Charging:

"With just 30 minutes of charge, the Galaxy Note10+ lasts through the day with up to 45W wired charging capability. (Note, Samsung requires you to buy the 45w charger separately to take advantage of the 30 minute charge time)."

Wireless PowerShare:

"Wireless PowerShare comes to the Note. Users can wirelessly recharge their Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds, or another Qi-enabled device with the Galaxy Note10."

Gaming:

"As mobile games get more processing-heavy and graphics-rich, the best gaming experiences require top specs. The Galaxy Note10 features the world’s slimmest vapour chamber cooling system, which delivers optimal performance during gameplay while keeping the device slim and sleek. With the AI-based Game Booster, the Galaxy Note10 optimises performance and power consumption depending on the game. And with the PlayGalaxy Link P2P streaming service, users can pick up where users left off on any PC game and enable them to continue playing on the move with no need for local storage."

Hyper-fast Speeds:

"With LTE and 5G-ready options, Note10 users can take full advantage of their carriers’ fastest speeds. The Galaxy Note10+ 5G harnesses the full power of the next generation network for streaming high resolution video, downloading content hyper fast, and streaming graphics-heavy games in real time. By allowing us to do everything we love, hyper fast, the Note10+ 5G is changing the way we consume content and connect with friends and family."

A PORTAL TO THE GALAXY ECOSYSTEM

"The Galaxy Note10 sits at the heart of the Galaxy ecosystem, a suite of premium products and services that offer experiences to help make users’ lives more streamlined and connected. Wearables like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and tablets like the Galaxy Tab S6 keep users connected and help them accomplish more on-the-go.

"Building on these products are Samsung services which provide users with a connected and convenient Galaxy experience. Samsung Pay enables swift and secure payment options. Samsung Health helps users achieve their health and wellness goals with seamless tracking and monitoring. Samsung Knox safeguards data with defence-grade security solutions. Bixby, Samsung’s intelligence platform, provides integrated support to make your life easier, more organised and connected."

Galaxy Note10 Availability

The Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black starting from August 23rd. More information is available here.

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