Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 family is now official, delivering a plethora of new or revised features, but the biggest news for more creative users is almost certainly going to center around the new "AR Doodle" and "3D Scanner" features.
As the names suggest, the new tools allow users to create their own augmented reality doodles or to take and interact with 3D scanned objects from the real world.
AR Doodle will be available on both flagship phablets and is likely going to be one of the top reasons for buying the new flagships. The feature is driven by a combination of the primary camera array's "Ultra Wide" (123-degree) 16-megapixel sensor with an F/2.2 aperture and the newly revamped S Pen stylus.
In effect, AR Doodle allows users to boot up the Video mode in the camera and, at the tap of an icon, create AR stickers simply by drawing on the screen. Drawings track with the user's movement and the subject's body. So if features are drawn around the subjects head or face, they'll 'stick' to the subject even if they start moving around.
Moreover, that means that drawings can be placed while the person holding the phone is moving, in order to create 3D AR stickers that can be moved around and viewed in real space. Effects and animations can be incorporated into AR Doodle too.
3D Scanner brings a new dimension to AR creation
Taking matters further still, users of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ have access to a downloadable camera feature called 3D Scanner. That gives users the ability to create 3D objects that can be used similarly to AR Doodles. In fact, those can be tracked to the body, matching the capabilities of AR Emoji on current Samsung devices in following the user's body motion.
To show off the features, Samsung scanned a stuffed character and then tracked it to a presenter's body. The presenter waved and the newly-generated 3D model waved too. When the camera was held up facing a video of somebody dancing, the 3D model danced.
3D Scanner will only be available with the larger Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ or Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. That's because it's enabled by the brand new DepthVision AI-backed VGA camera sensor, found only on the more expensive device.
The when, where, and other cameras
Samsung's newest Galaxy Note devices are presently set to go up for sale starting August 23, with pre-orders opening up starting tomorrow. Pricing for the smaller gadget, which will only be able to use AR Doodles, starts out at $949.99 and the larger flagship will start out at $1099.99.
In the US, each of the major carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity Mobile — will carry both models while select retailers will also be carrying the smaller model.
Aside from the new DepthVision camera found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Ultra Wide sensor found on both, the Galaxy Note 10 series features identical cameras for creative users to play around with. That includes a standard wide-angle (77-degree) 12-megapixel lens with optical image stabilization and a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 as well as a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.1 aperture and image stabilization.