Samsung Galaxy Note 10 amps up your photo powers with new stylus controls

Samsung takes the Galaxy Note's signature feature and gives it new ways to take unique photos.

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There's a lot you can do with your photos with the stylus. 

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At Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked event, as part of the new Galaxy Note 10 and Tab S6, the company revealed new features for its S Pen -- the Note's signature feature. Along with gesture controls, the embedded stylus can trigger your phone's camera with the press of a button. There's also an augmented reality feature that lets you use the pen to draw on top of photos and videos with three-dimensional AR doodles -- to amp up your social media posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories. 


Samsung demonstrated the fun you can have with AR Doodle. 

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To work with the S Pen camera feature, you set up the Note 10 on a tripod then hold down the S Pen's button to open your phone's camera. You can use the S Pen's new gesture function to scroll through modes, zoom in and out and then snap a photo by pushing the button on the stylus. All this is done without touching your phone. 


The new S Pen features make taking a selfie way easier. 

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The new Note 10 LTE is $949 and the 5G is $1,049 in the US. The Note 10 Plus starts at $1,099 and the 5G model starts at $1,299. Both the Note 10, 10 Plus and the Tab S6 go on sale Aug. 23. (See how to preorder a Note 10 here.) The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available Sept. 13, and Samsung's newest laptop, the Galaxy Book starts at $999. 

You can catch all of the announcements from the Note 10 event here.

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