Today on The Daily Charge, you knew it was coming, an obligation to the masses.
Today we're talking all about the Galaxy Note tech.
Good morning and welcome to Cnet's Daily Charge.
It's Thursday, August 8th.
I'm Johnny Salzman.
And I'm Jessica Dalkort.
And I'm Sherry Tipkan.
Let's take a look at today's stories.
Last night Samsung unveiled not one but two big new phones, the Galaxy Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus, range from $949 to $1399.
We've got fancy charismatic backings, gesture controls and they stylus, four rear cameras and an amped up partnership with Microsoft, Jessica, Shara, You were right there for these announcements, what's the single biggest takeaway?
For me I think the biggest thing is instead of just one bigger phone they actually came out with two models this year and one of them is smaller and cheaper than last year's Note 9 which is a big change.
Nobody is really going smaller anymore they are just going bigger and bigger.
I agree that is the most significant difference for Samsung.
What you're doing is you're taking what was the pinnacle of its line and you're breaking it into two parts, and they're actually, you could say that they're sort of devaluing the note.
For the longest time, it stood as the best of the best that Samsung can offer in the year, the best specs, the best everything.
And now there's this lighter version.
Presumably for people who have always wanted and over didn't wanna have the large screen or maybe didn't wanna pay that sky-high price.
So Samsung's creating options that are also creating different price points and it's just a really interesting shift in that strategy.
One thing you won't be seeing on the nodes, your beloved headphone jack.
Not only the headphone jack missing from the new nodes But the micro SD is gone for the smaller phone, too.
Jessica, why is Samsung taking away our things.
Yeah I mean that's really controversial for the longest time Samsung has been the hold out.
The major hold out when these headphone jacks are being removed.
Remember Apple's said that it took courage to do this.
There's a shift.
We're all courageous enough.
There's a shift in what we're using to listen to phone.
So Samsung has said that fewer people are using the headphone jack.
Instead you'll be using that USBC port, if you want a wired headphone or you might make the jump and go into the wireless bluetooth headsets and Samsung will be happy to sell you that as well.
They said that.
I think it was like.
In the 70 percentage of galaxy s and note users don't even use the headphone jack anyway most people are using bluetooth yeah
But this is annoying for people who have invested in wired headphones that they prefer for various reasons maybe they don't wanna charge it up maybe they want something that will just work with any device.
Maybe they spend a lot of money on something really good and they love it.
But if you wanna do that now, you'll have to use a dongle.
There is a pair of headphones that come in the box, but there's no dongle.
If you want a Samsung dongle You have to pay $10 for it.
But last night, I did go around and I tested four different dongles with the Note 10 Plus, and they all worked on the same videos.
So I don't think that you're gonna see a lot of problems there, you don't have to buy it exclusively from Samsung.
And lastly, 5G super fast networks are still out of reach for almost everybody but Samsung has two phones now ready for 5G, now with the Galaxy Note 10 plus 5G.
What do consumers need to know about this phone?
Yeah I mean basically it's a mess in terms of how 5G is going to work.
So what we saw with the Galaxy S10 5G was that it would only tap in so the super super fast milimiter wave networks.
So these are the ones that they doesn't travel very far if.
There's a tree in the way the signal will get blocked.
Exactly, but it's what we're seeing rolled out in cities like Chicago and New York.
And there is another kind of flavor of.
5G, that's gonna be rolled out more broadly and it can go further distances.
It doesn't have a lot of the problems, it's more stable but it's just not as fast.
So that's what At&t and T Mobile they're like broader networks are gonna be So like next year they say they're gonna be nationwide with 5G because when they can they turn this on.
You can basically a 5G anywhere.
They've just been waiting for a phone to work with it, the issue is there wasn't a modem that worked with it.
So the Bright Horizons gonna get this phone first, the note 10 plus 5G.
They're gonna use an older modem and it will still tap into the superfast network that they have.
AT&T and TMobile are using a version with the new modem and it can tap into the faster networks, but for some reason it's not going to.
So for AT&T and TMobile, if you buy this device you're gonna be able to have much broader coverage But you are not gonna get the super fast speeds.
And we don't really know why that is at this point because the modem can support it.
So who knows?
But basically it's a super-
Yeah, basically it's super confusing right now.
It sounds about as clear as 5G is.
Yeah, yeah, I mean next year probably with the Galaxy S11 you're gonna have a phone that can support all of the variations of 5G.
So if you really want 5G, if you want a phone that can last you for several years, just wait.
For the Daily Charge, I'm Joni Sellsman.
I'm Jessica Dulcourt.
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