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Why the cheaper Galaxy Note 10 is a good idea

We all know there are going to be two different Galaxy Note 10 models that go on sale later this year. Samsung switched to making three versions of its Galaxy S flagships with the Galaxy S10, and when we first heard (thanks to our sources) about the company making two Galaxy Note 10s, it didn’t really come as a surprise.

But we’ve seen plenty of comments and opinions about how the Galaxy Note line is supposed to represent the very best of what Samsung has to offer and so it makes little sense to have a cheaper Galaxy Note 10 that doesn’t have the best specs. Frankly, I think that logic is flawed, especially here in 2019. Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons.

Pricing is a major factor…

Prices for flagship smartphones continue to rise each year, as smartphone makers try to cram more and more tech inside these devices in a bid to set them apart from the rest. The Galaxy Note line finally reached the $999 barrier last year with the Galaxy Note 9, and the Galaxy S10+ was launched for the same price for the base variant. The 1TB version of the S10+ costs a whopping $1,599 (although there are plenty of discounts available now), so if there would be just one Galaxy Note 10 that packs everything Samsung has to offer, you’d have to make a galactically large hole in your pocket to get your hands on the top variant of the latest and greatest Note flagship.

The base variant with 128/256GB storage would be a bit cheaper, of course, with rumors saying the Note 10+ could start at around $1150. That’s still a lot of money, and just having a single variant would put the Note 10 out of the reach of many prospective customers. Yes, one could simply get the Galaxy S10+ instead, which has excellent hardware and is sure to see further price drops once the Note 10 hits the shelves. But, let’s not forget that the Note line offers something the Galaxy S line probably never will: The S Pen stylus.

… And so is the S Pen

And that’s really the most important point, isn’t it? You only get the S Pen on a Galaxy Note. By making a cheaper Note 10 priced the same as last year’s Note, Samsung is giving consumers the opportunity to get access to the S Pen for less money than they’d have to spend for just one fully-featured Galaxy Note 10. You could say they can buy the Galaxy Note 9 for cheaper if they want a stylus, but the Note 9 doesn’t have the newer tech Samsung introduced this year. You know, like a screen with fewer bezels, the latest silicon under the hood, an ultra-wide camera, faster charging speeds, and newer software out of the box.

Sure, the headphone jack is going away, but is that really an important factor for every consumer out there? Wireless earbuds are getting better and better with time, and while they will probably never satisfy the audiophiles, their convenience and adequate sound quality will keep most folks quite happy. I just hope the rumors of the cheaper Note 10 also missing out on a microSD slot aren’t true. Two separate reports today have said that will be the case, although Samsung could somewhat compensate for that by putting 256GB of storage on the base Galaxy Note 10 variant.

What do you think? Do you think it’s a good thing Samsung is making two Galaxy Note 10 models, or would you prefer the Note lineup remain pure forever and only come in one model that doesn’t make any sacrifices?

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locarno
locarno

“Frankly, I think that logic is flawed, especially here in 2019. Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons.”

Then why you added this article on sammobile ?

“I don’t think Samsung should launch multiple Galaxy Note 10 variants”

Gunter2
Gunter2

A thousand euro for a phone with a hole in the screen, no micro SD expansion and no headphone jack is good value? Seriously? Lol. I’m hearing a rumour of just a full hd screen too. With this spec this phone is worth at most 850 euro and 700 euro if the lower resolution screen rumour is true. My work colleagues who use Note 8 and 9 are not upgrading to either of these phones, though the Note8 guys are getting Note9 phones. No headphone jack, a hole in the screen, no storage expansion on this smaller Note. This could… Read more »

locarno
locarno

Agree.

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

How disappointing. Other than the S-pen, this does not really look like a successor to the original Galaxy Note that I still keep and sometimes use. Sure the original Note was also expensive for back then, but it had some groundbreaking stuff that the S II can’t even come near in. This Note 10 just is a Galaxy S10+ and with more compromises than the S10+, all while being more expensive.

_alex_
_alex_

probably you Sammobile guys are damn rich to say 999 euro cheaper…. lucky you.
Best phone actually S9+…no hole camera, good price and very good specs.
Every year more money…Sammy bye bye 1000 euro for a phone is too much i miss S8 era when the price was high but still affordable!

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

Well considering I got a S7 mint condition for $155, that 999 euro phone is definitely a far cry from being cheap.
I agree with S9+ being a good phone to buy currently, there is also the regular S8 and S7 (Exynos only) if one wants even cheaper price and smaller body, though at the cost of battery life for the S8 and for S7 you need the Exynos variant and custom rom to get OneUI.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Awful idea. If the cheaper Note 10 isn’t less than $750, what’s the point?

aarozone
aarozone

Still way too expensive. People are better off buying an older Note8 or 9 if they really want the S-pen. I’d advise them to get the S9/10 after the Note10 is announced, because it’s definitely a downgrade compared with their previous gen phones and not worth the stupid prices they’d be sold for.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Cheaper lol.

More like “expensive” and “insanely expensive”.

Almost like trying to pass out the crippled S10e as affordable when it’s priced way higher than the fully-featured S7 back in the day.

Face it, mobile technology hit its peak long ago. The only thing still climbing are prices.

siaho
siaho

Exactly this one. For few generations the improvements are small (to be gentle). They even introduce some not really great solutions like holes, notches, removing core features like the 3.5mm jack, notification LEDs and so on. The main difference from a phone build 2016 vs 2019 is that they force you to update with only 2 years of support. Support that was acceptable 10 years ago when the mobile phone technology moved so fast that every year model was way ahead of yours in all directions and people defo got a strong point updating every year and surely every 2… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Cheaper?? Still very expensive

If it doesn’t have qhd, micro SD, headphone jack and the heart rate sensor then there isn’t much reason to buy one over the s10+ which will be a much higher value at a relatively lower price from April. Only thing you get will be the pen and I don’t think that can justify this new phone over the s10+ or even the note 9

siaho
siaho

It’s absurdly expensive for all the lower specs and sacrifices and it feels like it’s there only to “justify” more the insanely high note 10 pro price – that should had been the ONLY note phone this year and is hardly any upgrade over the snapdragon note 9 (as the exynos 9820 is a really bad SOC, know it – I got exynos note 9). I can list few improved things in the note 10 pro, true, but I can list a lot of sacrifices and removed features like the notifications LED, the small bezel instead of holes, the IRIS… Read more »

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

i guess time has come wait for 1 year and then buy the flagship u get discount alot PS high model

siaho
siaho

This is more valid for iphones (thus the higher resale price among other factors) as android major support is just 2 years, so when you buy it one year after release – you got only ONE year of real support and even then android phone makers focus heavily on the newer releases and does not optimise that good for older devices. Galaxy s7 edge from 2016 – 2 months was moved on “4 months update cycle” and was removed entirely, i.e. they will release updates without any schedule if they release any. iphone 5s from 2013 – on the latest… Read more »