Bigger screen, gesture control and a 5G model: Electronics manufacturer Samsung introduced a new smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10, on Wednesday evening. "It's the most powerful mobile device in the world," said Samsung's US CEO Drew Blackard at the presentation in New York City. The device is the successor to the Galaxy Note 9.
The new Samsung smartphone comes in three variants: The Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch display, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus with a 6.8-inch display and the latter also in a 5G version. The cheapest version should cost 949 euros. The most expensive costs 1,199 euros.
A unique selling point of the Galaxy Note series is a digital pen, the so-called S-Pen. With it, users can make handwritten notes or paint on the screen. On the new devices, the pen is now also the controller: Users should be able to use their smartphone by gestures with the pen. This only works in the camera app, but developers should be able to develop their own gestures for their apps. In addition, you can charge the battery of the mobile even faster.
A laptop with mobile connection
In addition to the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung also introduced a laptop, the Galaxy Book S. The device comes with a 13.3-inch touch display, is just under twelve millimeters thick and weighs less than a kilogram. It has a processor with an integrated LTE modem, so it can be connected to the Internet via the mobile network.
Because the processor generates so little heat, there is no fan in the laptop. In addition, the power consumption is so low that a battery life of 24 hours can be achieved, it says Samsung.The laptop should cost 1,099 euros when it comes on the market in the fall. Where the laptop will be available everywhere, Samsung did not say.
In addition, the company announced a deeper cooperation with Microsoft. "We want to help make people on every device productive," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the presentation in New York. In the future, it should be possible to connect the Samsung smartphone with its own Windows laptop via the Internet to read on the laptop about SMS messages or to synchronize media.
The company did not talk about a product: foldable Smartphone Galaxy Fold. Originally the device was to be released on April 26 in the US and May 3 in Europe. Shortly before, however, Samsung stopped the launch. The folding mechanism had caused problems for many testers and testers, the devices broke down. Samsung has postponed the start date indefinitely.
In the past few days, Samsung introduced a new version of its smartwatch - the Galaxy Watch Active 2 - and a new premium tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6.
The premium smartphone sales decline
Samsung is economically under pressure, especially in the smartphone sector. It was not until the end of July that the company had announced that it had made 56 percent less profit in the second quarter compared to the previous year. Sales also dropped by four percent. The premium model Galaxy S10 had sold less well than expected, it said.
Samsung is not the only company that has recently sold fewer smartphones than before. The iPhone maker Apple announced a few days ago that the smartphone accounts for the first time in seven years, less than half of the total company sales. In January, for the first time in 16 years, Apple had to correct its own sales expectations downwards.
Thirteen years after the first touchscreen smartphone appeared on the iPhone, the market is now almost saturated - many customers keep their smartphones longer. In addition, smartphones now have so many features that manufacturers have trouble convincing customers with new features.