A woman holds different coloured models of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, US. Reuters photo
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 in Aura Glow. Pix by Balqis Lim

KUALA LUMPUR: Samsung has launched its premium Galaxy Note10 series phones in Malaysia.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics president Yoonsoo Kim at the grand launch of the Galaxy Note10 series phone at St Regis Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

For the first time, the Galaxy Note10 comes in two sizes. The Note10+ features the biggest Note display ever with a 6.8-inch HDR10+ Dynamic AMOLED display, while the Note10 packs a smaller 6.3-inch screen size.

Its edge-to-edge Cinematic Infinity Display is nearly bezel-less, while the in-display cutout for the front camera is small and centered for a balanced design.

The signature S Pen is said to be better now. Besides being able to convert handwriting to digital text in Samsung Notes, users can export it to a variety of different formats, including Microsoft Word. Customisation is also possible with the phone, from shrinking, enlarging or changing the text colour.

Galaxy Note10 series phone launch at St Regis Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

Introduced on the previous Galaxy Note9, the Air Actions feature allows you to control certain aspects of the device using gestures with the S Pen. Samsung has added wireless tricks to the new S Pen, where users are able to just swish and flick to change camera modes and toggle through its features.

Besides that, Samsung is also opening up the Air Actions SDK to developers. So we might see developers creating customised controls to play games or use their favourite applications using gestures in the near future.

Photography wise, the Note10 and Note10+ are equipped with triple and quad-camera arrangements, respectively, with the larger model sporting additional ToF ‘DepthVision’ camera into the mix, alongside its 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto lenses.

There’s also many new features too – Live Focus Video, for example, lets you blur or change the colour of a video background, while Zoom-in Mic amplifies the audio in frame and pushes background noises aside.

People testing the new devices. Reuters photo

With AR Doodle, users can 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.

Under the hood of both devices is Samsung's newly-launched 7nm Exynos 9825 CPU. In the Note10+, this processor is coupled with 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB storage, while the Note10 comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Note10 packs a 3,500mAh battery, while the Note10+ has a heftier 4,300mAh battery.

Both phone and the S Pen also have IP68 certification (for water and dust resistance), and support Samsung DeX, allowing you to connect the phone to a monitor for a more desktop-like experience.

Close up of the Galaxy Note10 during the launch event of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, US. Reuters photo

While it is not marketed as a gaming phone, Galaxy Note10 series certainly has the hardware for it. The vapour chamber cooling system helps keep thermal in check and with the AI-based Game Booster, the Galaxy Note10 optimises performances and power consumption depending on the game.

Gamers can also pick up where they left off on any PC game via the PlayGalaxy Link P2P streaming service, which enables them to continue playing on the move with no need for local storage.

Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ (256GB) are priced at RM3,699 and RM4,199 respectively. For those looking for a bigger capacity, the Galaxy Note10+ (512GB) retails at RM4,799.

The Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ will be available for pre-orders in Malaysia starting 5pm today until Aug 18 (or while stocks last).

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Note10 during this period will also receive the Galaxy Buds, Wireless Battery Pack, and Protection Plus. For Note10+ pre-order, you’ll receive a memory upgrade from 256GB to 512GB, Protection Plus, and Wireless Battery Pack.