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Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10: Hit me with the colors fam!

Samsung didn’t adopt gradient colorways for its smartphones as early as its Chinese rivals did. However, the Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 is the perfect example of something done right. It toyed with minor gradients on a couple of Galaxy A handsets before adopting them for flagships.

The Prism Silver Galaxy S10+ is one such example. It’s a muted yet striking gradient. With Aura Glow, Samsung has gone all out with the gradient. It’s like the designers went to the color department at Samsung and just said “Hit me with the colors fam!.”

Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 has all the colors you’ll ever need

Parallels will obviously be drawn between the Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ and devices like the Huawei P30 Pro. Huawei has been doing the gradient thing for its flagships since the past few years. The Aurora P30 Pro was perhaps its most daring implementation of a gradient colorway. There was some marketing gobbledegook about how it was inspired by nature and that the palette of green and blue hues was meant to showcase the shift of Northern Lights across the night sky. This phenomenon is known as Aurora Borealis, so no surprises where it got the name for this color from.

Colors are a simple yet effective way of self-expression. You need not be a master of public speaking to register your protest against something – just turn up where everyone has gathered wearing black and people will know you support the cause. They’re an incredible window into someone’s personality. It is that individualistic preference of colors which has made gradient finishes so popular on smartphones. You may feel that a bright red phone clashes with your personality, but a gradient that changes the way it looks based on the way the light hits it is a much better alternative.


It allows you to move from the staples — the colors that never steer you wrong, your blacks and greys — to embrace colors that you may not pick in isolation. The iridescent Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 is the perfect realization of this ideal. It’s striking and unapologetically eye-catching. It is virtually impossible to capture all of the intricacies of its hues in photos; believe me, we’ve tried. It’s something that has to be experienced in person. Aura Glow is legitimately gorgeous with the inexhaustible changes from reds to blues to greens to a blend of colors that you can’t even comprehend.

You can’t put a pin on a single color with Aura Glow and we think that this has been an incredible achievement by Samsung. It’s the most epic colorway we have seen from the company so far, a true gradient, miles ahead of the blend of two colors that its rivals call a gradient. Early responses indicate that the Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 will be the choice of most customers. Our own poll indicated that the majority of SamMobile readers prefer Aura Glow much more than any other color.

Circling back to individualistic preference, I’ve only ever opted for black on all of my Samsung smartphones. Care to guess what I’ve picked for my Galaxy Note 10+?

  • Model: SM-N970F
  • Dimensions: 151.0 x71.8x7.9mm
  • Display: 6.3"(160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F2.2 Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°) & Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°) & Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°) & DepthVision Camera: VGA

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deardevil
deardevil

80% of the people will put a case,so no one will see that color most of the time, is like that every phone release.

chrisnunn77
chrisnunn77

People are saying that but when case shopping online.. most of them I’m seeing have clear backs.

chrisnunn77
chrisnunn77

Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 Plus! I will be sitting outside waiting for the delivery truck! 😆

JFreiman
JFreiman

Auraglow and white are done really well, but if you want the model with the larger storage capacity in the US your only choice is black – at leave that’s all ATT is offering.
Stupid.

locarno
locarno

Who is on the video ? Adnan?

“It is virtually impossible to capture all of the intricacies of its hues in photos; believe me, we’ve tried. ”

Enable hdr.

” Care to guess what I’ve picked for my Galaxy Note 10+?”

Aura Black ?

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Going with the aura glow with the new military grade ghostek red trim with ultra clear back..The colors come through it perfect. You cannot tell there is a back on it.. Simply awesome case design and of course the colors Samsung put into this beast of a phone!

dwin89
dwin89

Color of the phone doesn’t have any significant importance since you gonna put a case or skin anyway on your phone.

locarno
locarno

Many of us using crystal clear covers.

henklbr
henklbr

Are they? How do you know this?
I’m using covers to PROTECT my expensive device, military grade…

locarno
locarno

You choose color of phone then only to hide it with a acase ?

I saw some military grade crystal clear covers.

chrisnunn77
chrisnunn77

Most of the cases I’ve looked at online so far have clear backs.

dwin89
dwin89

This aura color is just a gimmick. Let them put back the 3.5mm jack in Note 10 and the microSD card option, maybe people will buy. The sales of Note 9 maybe is now picking up.

chrisnunn77
chrisnunn77

To me those are old school options. Plus they’re giving away some pretty amazing wireless ear buds. For me.. it took more time to move the SD card.. easier just to plug my phone into my laptop and transfer.. or.. wifi transfer? You’ll get used to it someday. 😜

locarno
locarno

what you mean in this sentence ‘For me.. it took more time to move the SD card’?

marcoj76
marcoj76

I do not use a case..nor a screenprotector.

IJAZ M
IJAZ M

We shouldn’t say the color scheme on the latest Note 10 Aura Glow and the Silver variant of S10+ as Gradient. Technically, Samsung employs prismatic color shifting technique to create iridescence on the back glass. While on Huawei devices gradation is as a result of purely paint job and nothing to do with the prismatic shift.

locarno
locarno

Explaing how they reached this effect. How many layers are there?

henklbr
henklbr

Ask Samsung in the Samsung Members app and enlighten us…

locarno
locarno

They will not answer. But I remember that with S10 they write article about design of S10. “[Interview] How the Galaxy S10’s Design Team Created a Galaxy for Everyone”

bayfisher
bayfisher

I think the hype is well over and glow isn’t widely available.
USA is still on earth.

locarno
locarno

It is widely available.