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Samsung has unveiled two new entries in its Galaxy Note smartphone range, with the top model boasting the biggest screen and battery ever packed into one of its handsets.

The South Korean tech giant showed off the Note 10 and Note 10+ to a packed audience of journalists and enthusiasts in New York, with both devices confirmed to launch on 23 August.

Improvements to the cameras, performance and included S Pen stylus were all anticipated, and Samsung did not disappoint by detailing a whole host of new features set to make both phones a competing proposition to those in the market for an upgrade.

The plus-size model will sport an enormous 6.8″ AMOLED screen and 4,300mAh battery, which the company claims will see you through an entire day after just half-an-hour of charging.

It will also be able to wirelessly charge accessories like smart watches and headphones.

Even the smaller version has a screen bigger than most of its competitors, coming in at 6.3″ – larger than the iPhone XS and only a fraction off the iPhone XS Max at 6.5″.

Samsung has also upgraded each and every camera packed into the Note 10 and Note 10+, with both having a 16 megapixel wide-angle lens and 12 megapixels for both its main and telephoto lenses.

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They will also have a 10 megapixel front-facing camera for the ultimate selfie.

All of the cameras will all be able to be operated remotely via the S Pen, which will also be able to accurately read your handwriting and convert it into text, and has its own accelerometer and gyro-sensor so that you can interact with the phone using gestures.

Both the Note 10 and the Note 10+ come in three colours
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Both the Note 10 and the Note 10+ come in three colours

Both Note 10s – which will also have in-screen fingerprint sensors as part of a renewed commitment to user security – will also come in several different colours, pretentiously named “aura white, aura black and aura glow”.

On the security front, Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh said it was “more important than ever” that customers could trust that the networks, devices and services they use will keep their data safe.

Samsung said the Note 10 phones would be protected by a “defence-grade security platform”, and offer the fastest network speeds on any of its handsets to date thanks to 5G support.

The ultra-fast data speeds have begun rolling out in the UK through EE, starting with London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester.

But the 5G version of the Note 10+ will cost a pretty penny – it is up for pre-order on the Samsung website for £1,099.

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The 4G version of the Note 10 starts at £899 and the 4G Note 10+ at £999 – the same price as an iPhone XS.

Despite the hefty price tags and multitude of tech advancements packed into both phones – including a “vapour chamber” to keep them cool while playing graphically intense games – there is no room for a headphone jack.

The cameras and pen have been upgraded
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The cameras and pen have been upgraded

Samsung has finally followed Apple and Google in ditching the port from its top tier handsets, but they will both come with an adapter to allow you to plug in an old pair of wired buds.

Andy Hutt, director of product design company Morrama, told Sky News ahead of the event tonight that ditching the port made economic sense.

He said: “There is money to be made in wireless options, wired are expected for free, whereas wireless is another reason to increase the cost or an upsell.

“Design-wise, the fewer holes in a device the better when it comes to dirt, moisture and aesthetics.”

Although the Galaxy Unplugged showcase went on for well over an hour, Samsung did not make time to reveal a new release date for its delayed Galaxy Fold device.

The phone was meant to be out by now but was pushed back after reviewers found the expensive gadget was susceptible to breaking within days of use.

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But it did reveal a new laptop, the Galaxy Book S, which has been built in partnership with Microsoft.



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