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Samsung Galaxy Note10+: our favourite features

Devices

Posted on August 23, 2019

4 min read

You’ve probably heard about the incredible 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity Display and new super-fast processor, but what else is there to love about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+? We went hands on to find out.

Air Gestures

For a decade, Samsung’s Note line has come with an S-Pen sheathed inside the device. It offers incredible handwriting support, as well as a variety of other productivity hacks designed to make your digital life easier.

The Note10+ packs in yet another upgraded S-Pen that transforms your annotation companion into a digital magic wand. With Air Actions, the S-Pen can be used to control your apps with a flick of the wrist. It can skip tracks, control your volume and more inside supported apps.

We love it as it allows you to remotely control your phone in a new and interesting way!

Pro-grade camera(s)

Each smartphone camera is better than the last, and the Note10+ is no exception. Slipping the Note10+ into your pocket is like carrying five cameras with you at all times. The Galaxy Note10+ includes a full kit of lenses on its rear camera – zoom, wide, ultra-wide, and a 3D depth sensor, called DepthVision Camera, that maps the scene in front of you to accurately blur out the background naturally in your photos, so you can shoot like a pro without being a pro. The front-facing camera on the Note10+’s front camera is integrated into its Cinematic Infinity-O display, helping it stretch from corner to corner.

Thanks to the new DepthVision Camera, the bokeh capabilities offered by the Note10+ on both photos and videos allow for incredible in-camera effects that a few short years ago would have cost thousands of dollars and required a proper editing rig to produce. What a time to be alive!

Brilliant battery (and charging!)

The Note range always brings the goods with its power capabilities, and this year is one for the books. The Note10+ has a 4300mAh (typical) battery that keeps you writing, tapping and gaming all day long. (Battery capacity value of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e. minimum) battery capacity value is 4,170 mAh. Actual battery life varies by network environment, features and apps used, frequency of calls and messages, number of times charged, and many other factors. Please see user manual for instructions on how to care for the battery and achieve optimum battery life)

Like cameras, batteries in phones have also been improving year-on-year. Samsung with the Note10+ has gone one better this year, with the addition of seriously fast charging. With support for 45-watt Super-Fast Charging 2.0, 30 minutes of charge should be enough to power you through your day. (Fast charger required for fast charging. 25W charger provided with the device, but 45W charger sold separately)

Making it yours

If you want to get all this goodness for yourself, there’s good news. We’re putting the Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy Note10+ 5G on sale today in our stores and online.

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is available for a monthly device repayment of $70.79 over 24 months or $47.19 over 36 months plus the cost of your month-to-month mobile plan. (Minimum cost from $2898.96 on the $50/mth plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes)

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is available for a monthly device repayment of $82.79 over 24 months or $55.19 over 36 months plus the cost of your month-to-month mobile plan. (Minimum cost from $3,186.96 on the $50/mth plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes)

5G device, 4G price offer

From now until 23 September, Telstra customers will be able to take home the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G for the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ when they add to a mobile plan and stay connected for 24 or 36 months. (The discount applies for the term of the device repayment. If you cancel early, the discount does not apply to any amount outstanding)


Things you need to know

5G: Telstra currently offers 5G in selected areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll automatically switch to our 4GX/4G or 3G. To find out more about Telstra 5G, check here or ask in store. 

Month-to-Month: If you cancel your service, you will receive a pro rata refund for the remainder of your month. If you have any device, accessory or service add-ons attached to your plan, you will have to pay any remaining amount owing on your next bill.

Meet Samsung’s new Galaxy Note10 series

Devices

Posted on August 8, 2019

4 min read

Samsung’s newest and most powerful smartphone for 2019 has just been unveiled – the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and Note10+ 5G combine the latest technology and innovations into a sleek handset with a gorgeous design.

Announced to the world overnight at a glittering event in New York, the Galaxy Note10 brings together the best of Samsung’s design expertise and cutting-edge tech to create the most impressive smartphone we’ve seen all year, with a new super-fast processor and a long list of user-friendly features.

Built around a 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity-O display that covers nearly the entire front of the device, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is a sight to behold. Like every other Note from Samsung, too, the Galaxy Note10+ hides away an intelligent S Pen stylus in its body – and this year, the S Pen is smarter than ever. It’ll respond to your gestures with Air Actions; even when your phone is not in your hands, you can take selfies or videos or control your music or video playback.

The Galaxy Note10+ includes a full kit of lenses on its rear camera – zoom, wide, ultra-wide, and a 3D depth sensor that maps the scene in front of you to accurately blur out the background naturally in your photos, so you can shoot like a pro without being a pro. The Note10+’s front camera is integrated into its Cinematic Infinity-O display, helping it stretch from corner to corner.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are known for their exceptional battery life, and the new Note 10+ is no different. The new phone has a 4300mAh (typical) long-lasting battery*, which should make for all-day power for your tapping and snapping and swiping, but even more impressive is the Galaxy Note 10+’s 45W Super-Fast Charging 2.0 capability**. With a compatible fast charger, you’ll be back at full battery faster than ever.

And, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is available with 5G – which means downloading and streaming at fast speeds. We’ve enabled 5G in all major Australian cities, with at least 35 cities around the country on our roadmap for 5G in the next year, and we’re continuing to hit new milestones along the way. We’re proud to add the Galaxy Note10+ 5G to our range of leading 5G devices on Australia’s fastest network.

We’ll have the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G available in store and online from 23 August, for as little as $47.19 a month on our device repayment option when you stay connected to a month-to-month plan for 24 or 36 months. (Minimum cost from $2898.96 on the $50 plan when you stay connected for 24 months and may change if month-to-month plan price changes). If you pre-order the Galaxy Note10, you’ll also get a pair of AKG N700NC noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones as a gift with your purchase.

As a special offer for our customers, from 8 August to 23 September you will be able to take up the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G for the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ when you stay connected for 24 or 36 months.

For more pre-order and pricing information please visit our Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and Note10+5G product pages.

Things you need to know

Telstra currently offers 5G in select areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll enjoy Australia’s fastest average 4G speeds on our extensive 4GX coverage footprint and automatically switch to 3G in areas beyond. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.

*Battery value capacity of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e minimum) battery capacity value is 4200mAh. Actual battery life varies by network environment, features and apps used, frequency of calls and messages, number of times charged, and many other factors.

** Fast charger required for fast charging. 25W charger provided with the device, but 45W charger sold separately.

Accelerating 5G for Australia and the world

5G

Posted on July 23, 2019

3 min read

When we opened our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast in 2018, we knew that it would yield a series of exciting developments on the journey to 5G. Today in partnership with our friends at Ericsson, we have yet another exciting milestone on our road to developing Australia’s best 5G technology.

In partnership with Ericsson, we have successfully completed the nation’s first end-to-end 5G standalone call at the 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. The call was completed via the 3.6GHz spectrum using a forthcoming commercial chipset.

This call via standalone 5G is significant, as it shows our commitment to evolve our mobile technology, just as we did with previous generations.

As 5G technologies are being built around the world in a commercial setting, they can be deployed in two modes. Early commercial 5G developments can be deployed in a “Non-Standalone” mode or NSA. What this means is that these early 5G technologies use the existing 4G technologies to signal between the 5G device and the base station. The 5G devices enjoy the next-generation speeds in 5G coverage areas utilising the 4G/LTE infrastructure.

A “standalone” deployment or SA, uses 5G technology including new 5G signalling between the 5G device, the base station and new standalone network architecture in the core network. The 5G standalone call – as demonstrated at our 5G Innovation Centre last week – is the first step in moving towards a 5G core which will bring flexible network architecture and even lower latency. These enhancements will open up more use cases and opportunities in the future such as industrial automation and control and provide the enablement of new services and applications that we haven’t even thought of yet.

This is yet another achievement in our journey to deliver the country with the best 5G available as we are always testing, evaluating and implementing the latest emerging wireless ecosystem technologies. We’re proud to be leading the way in our deployment of this technology.

To date, we’ve already launched 5G sites in 10 cities areas around Australia, and this will increase to at least 35 cities over the next 12 months.  This includes CBD locations and selected regional centres that over 4 million people live, work or pass through every day.

Making this standalone 5G call through using our commercial 5G technology contributes to our ongoing end to end 5G ecosystem learnings. These learnings allow us to lead in the deployment of the most advanced 5G network architecture solutions.

We’re excited to continue our work to advance the global and local 5G eco-system with innovative partners like Ericsson to pave the way for 5G advancements, and the benefits it will bring all Australians.

5 surveys of 5G show EME levels well below safety limits

5G

Posted on July 8, 2019

5 min read

We’ve completed extensive testing of our 5G network infrastructure in real-world settings using commercially available 5G devices, and our data confirms two things. Firstly, our 5G technology produces electromagnetic energy (EME) levels at around 1000 times below the safety limits in many cases. Secondly, all our testing has found 5G EME levels to be similar to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

It is great for us to have real EME readings from 5G in a live network, in a variety of typical use cases and locations like cafes, residential streets, sports fields, schools and apartments. These are the places that 5G is going to be used in the real world, so it is important for us to be able to show people the real data on 5G and EME.

We conducted our testing on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane in collaboration with Ericsson, Narda and Total Radiation Solutions, to give a clear and definitive answer to many of the questions people are asking. As far as we are aware, to date Telstra is the only operator to undertake this level of real-world testing.  We believe that we have a responsibility to share this data freely and publicly and to explain what it means in the simplest terms.

We tested both the HTC 5G Hub mobile broadband hotspot and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone for this survey, and configured both devices to produce a high level of data traffic over 5G using download speed tests, 4K video streams, and the iPerf network transmission test tool.

Indoors – inside apartments and cafes

In the testing we completed inside apartments and cafes near our 5G Innovation Centre at Southport on the Gold Coast, we measured 5G EME levels consistently under 0.02 per cent of the ARPANSA standard limit – that is, more than 5000 times below the safety limit put in place by the Australian government body responsible for EME.

We undertook our testing in apartments where young families and our own network engineer partners live. It is important to us that we are able to demonstrate the levels of EME produced by our 5G technology and 5G devices add no risk when compared to existing technologies.

In fact, in our apartment testing, we had a room full of network engineers maxing out their devices simultaneously, while still delivering those EME results of more than 1000 times below safety limits. It is also important to note that existing safety standards for EME cover 5G, including children, are conservative and will also include the higher mmWave frequencies to be used in the future.

Outdoors – in the street, at school, at the sports ground

Outside in the street – as well as at a school and at a sports ground in the suburb of Musgrave in Queensland – our testing confirmed that 5G produces EME levels well below the safety limits. Our real-world testing using commercial devices and our live 5G network showed EME levels at around 1000 times below the safety limit in many cases.

With this data available to us after real-world testing, we are able to answer questions from customers and alike, and to confirm that all our 5G base stations comply with stringent EME safety standards. We also continue to publish the compliance certificates and EME reports for each base station on the Radiofrequency National Site Archive.

Positive feedback from the scientific community

We presented this data to the World Health Organisation in Geneva, to the International Electrotechnical Commission, and to the 2019 BioEM Conference at Montpellier, France in late June. The feedback from scientists, engineers and technical experts was positive – these are currently the definitive real-world tests for the EME levels produced by 5G in everyday use conditions, along with our comparison of 5G to the EME produced by existing 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi.

People have asked what 5G will be like when many more devices are connected. To answer this question, we tested mmWave on our trial network operating at maximum capacity and also modelled our tests results on the current network at maximum capacity. Next year we will undertake further testing on mmWave frequencies with more spectrum.

Essentially, the many efficiency improvements of 5G over 4G and 3G mean that when more devices are connected to a network, EME levels remain low on 5G – this is one of the main advantages of the new technology.

Testing shows 5G EME well below safety limits

We will undertake further testing on our future 5G network configuration and proposed mmWave spectrum, including on the ‘beam steering’ capability of 5G, which can improve coverage and data transfer speeds using existing antenna hardware and even more efficient transmission methods.

In all our testing, 5G EME levels were found to be well below the EME safety limit – in many cases, around 1000 times below the safety limits. Even when our indoor testing results are quadrupled to represent the maximum 5G transmitter power possible, EME levels would still only reach 0.1 per cent of the public exposure limit of the safety standard.

These survey results affirm our view that 5G adds no risk compared to existing technologies, and reinforces the official advice from the expert bodies like the Australian government agency ARPANSA, the World Health Organisation and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

For our full report on our 5G EME testing, you can read more here.

A next-generation network to handle the data demands of the future

Network

Posted on July 1, 2019

3 min read

With the future at our fingertips, technologies like a completed NBN, the emergence of 5G, machine-to-machine communications, AI and IoT will all individually and collectively require data – enormous amounts of data, which we have seen increase five-fold as we head towards 2020.

Our fixed broadband needs in our homes are ever-increasing due to the rising demands of video streaming and online gaming. 5G brings with it many clear advantages in bandwidth, capacity and reliability over 4G and 3G, but there are also many potential use cases that we don’t yet know about.

We see that our small, medium, enterprise and government business partners are also demanding higher bandwidth as they start to transform the experiences of their own customers.

On top of this, what we know unequivocally is that any new and growing technology will require data, plenty of it so people can seamlessly give purpose to our technology and applications.

It’s at this point when you can really start to understand a clear and obvious need for our Next Generation Optical Transport Network.

In 2016, as part of our Networks of the Future program, we accelerated our journey to build the Next Generation Optical Transmission Network – a landmark upgrade to our long-haul, regional and metropolitan data transport infrastructure.

This was no simple exercise, given not only the size and complexity of our network but also the challenges we face in Australia when it comes to the enormous distance between cities, and unique environmental factors in building next generation technology throughout some of the most remote and hottest regions of Australia. 

We have now successfully connected all of our inter-capital paths and our 121 NBN point of interconnect locations across our transmission network. We can now support up to 11 times the capacity of our legacy network.

The new infrastructure provides enormous improvements to the reliability of our networks; for example, we recently introduced a capability into our optical network which now automates the rebuild and migration of services to another path when we experience a network fault such as a fiber break.

With the meshed nature of the new optical network, we are able to quickly reconfigure the network to stand up new routing paths within hours to reduce the overall risk of faults – this is something that previously would have taken days. In the future, we will be able to reconfigure the network within minutes in the event of a service disruption, providing our customers unprecedented connectivity.

Our new optical transport network will also see the introduction of software-defined network orchestration, which will enable the fast turn-up of optic wave services for our enterprise customers through the digital stack. Where we have the infrastructure in place, customers will be able to activate new services within hours rather than days or weeks.

The Next Generation Optical Transport Network is a significant and fundamental upgrade to the hidden infrastructure that powers our business across Australia. Along with our other upgrades as a part of our Network Evolution 2020 program as part of our T22 strategy, this milestone speeds up the delivery of products for our customers, as well as making it easier and faster for our partners to connect to our network and develop their own offerings.

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