Last week, after Samsung announced
the Galaxy Note 10
and Note 10+
, the company quickly started taking pre-orders for the two smartphones. Thus, you can already order your very own Note 10 (for $949) and Note 10+ (starting at $1,099), although they won't ship before August 23.
Thanks to impressive screen-to-body ratios of over 90%, the Galaxy Note 10
and Note 10+ have fresh, eye-catching designs that simply make older Note iterations look dated. In addition, the new phones obviously bring upgraded specs, including a superior processor (Snapdragon 855 in the US), more storage space (at least 256 GB on both models), and improved cameras.
Usually, when a new high-end smartphone is announced, older generation models begin to be discounted. However, at this very moment, Samsung is selling last year's Note 9 starting at $999, so there are no discounts here. But what's really strange is that, on Samsung's website
, the ageing Galaxy Note 8
(pictured above) is currently priced at $899.99, almost as high as it was on its launch day, back in September 2017.
It makes little sense for Samsung to assume that customers would pay $900 for the Galaxy Note 8, which is now 2 years old. Not just because two newer Galaxy Note generations are here, but also because you can get the Note 8 for considerably less
when you buy it from Amazon or other places.
The Galaxy Note 8 is still a very good smartphone, that's hardly up for debate. The device is just not worth $899.99 right now when you can order a Galaxy Note 10 for only $50 more. Granted, the Note 10 lacks two features that are available on the Note 8 - microSD card support and a 3.5mm audio jack - while its display has a lower pixel
resolution (1080 x 2280 versus 1440 x 2960). Nevertheless, the display of Note 10 is sharp enough
and the phone offers plenty of storage space, so these are not issues to seriously complain about. It's true that the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack may vex some Galaxy Note fans, but at least Samsung is offering free USB Type-C headphones with the Note 10.