👋 Thursday’s here and no doubt you're either wired or tired after watching the Samsung launch event for the Galaxy Note 10, and Note 10 Plus, and Note 10 5G variants. And if not, that's ok, we're here to help.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10 series devices last night, going all out with a stylish screen-in-a-tent stage production (rewatch the full thing here) to unveil the only major device sticking with a stylus, or S Pen.
The problem for Samsung isn’t that these are not good phones. The problem is they’re not exciting, they’re pricey, and the essence, soul, or character of what made the Note series interesting might have been either lost, temporarily misplaced, or changed forever.
Previously the Note was the recommended device to do everything. It was never cheap but it was a true flagship that cut no corners. That’s changed now.
First, the devices and specs:
Second, new features:
Finally, then, what do we make of this?
Other Samsung bits and pieces:
🥇 “We asked, you told us: There’s no doubt about the best Chromebook so far in 2019” - a big win for the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (Android Authority).
🆕 Google Pixel 4 will have a 90Hz display and 6GB of RAM (Android Authority).
🔜 A new leak details Motorola One Action pricing, plus images (Android Authority).
🥊 China plans to fight back if India blocks Huawei (Android Authority).
➡ Google Maps expands Live View AR walking directions beta. Try it today, if you own the right device (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple has released four ASMR videos to give you some relaxing tingles (CNBC). I didn’t like the rain while camping one, because I can’t help but worry about my camping gear getting completely drenched. Others have reported discomfort - you’ll have to try it out yourself.
🔒 Apple is locking iPhone batteries to discourage repair: A "Service" message stops you from checking your new battery's health (iFixit).
🧷 Feds told Tesla to stop saying misleading things about Model 3 safety: "Your company has issued a number of misleading statements" (Ars Technica). The good news for Elon Musk is that the Model 3 is very safe, but statistical malpractice is bad.
🐱 One Japanese man, eight years, 19,000 cat videos, and not a single video ever went viral (The Outline).
🐝 “Do bees ever sting plants?” (r/nostupidquestions)
Throwback to the first-ever Samsung Galaxy Note, the most influential Android phone:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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