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Samsung’s Galaxy Note gets bigger and pricier (and smaller and cheaper)

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Since 2011, Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones have had two signature features: a really big screen and the S Pen stylus. Beyond them, the line has always been about pulling out all the stops for users who see their phones as pocket-sized machines for creativity and productivity—and are willing to pay a price that’s at the high end even among premium phones. Over time, the Note has grown ever bigger, more powerful, and pricier.

This year, Samsung is trying something new. At an event in New York City—bespoiled, like so many such launches, by leaks—it’s announcing two new Galaxy Note models. The Galaxy Note10, whose name marks it as the successor to last year’s Galaxy Note9, actually has a slightly smaller screen: 6.3″ vs. the Note9’s 6.4″, with lower resolution. At $950, it’s also 50 bucks cheaper.

But Samsung hasn’t given up on the Note line’s traditional emphasis on upping its technological ante each year. It’s just created a new model—the Galaxy Note 10 —that feels like the real successor to the Note9. The Note 10 has the biggest-ever Galaxy Note display at 6.8″, a few extra features (including a fancier rear camera system, more RAM, and a memory-card slot), and a starting price of $1,100, $100 more than last year’s Note9. It will also be available in a 5G model, initially a Verizon exclusive.

The do-everything spirit of the Galaxy Note remains intact. It’s just that the new Note10 caters to people who might find the Note10 a tad too large for their hands, or too expensive for their budget. Both models will be available for preorder (in multiple “Aura” colors, with a prismatic effect) starting on August 8, and available in stores on August 23.

As you would expect, the two new Note models pick up on some of........

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