Following the announcement of the Galaxy S10 range in February, Samsung has just unveiled its second flagship smartphone series, the Galaxy Note 10. For the first time in half a decade, the South Korean manufacturer has launched more than one handset in the Note range,
The Galaxy Note 10 is a much more compact device that is easier to handle, especially with one hand. The Galaxy Note 10+, meanwhile, boasts the kind of pocket-sized screen we expect from the Galaxy Note range.
Combine that with a faster and more efficient processor, expandable storage, a whole new depth of field camera for advanced reality (AR) applications, and an improved S Pen stylus – it's clear it's seriously piece set.
Forward on Galaxy Unpacked, the T3 got the chance to tackle the Galaxy Note 10+. What follows are our initial impressions of the handset, as an in-depth review comes after spending some more time with the hardware.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Price, Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes in three colors – Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura Pink. Aura Glow is an indeterminate combination of a handful of colors, which is incredible reflective and appear in a different shade each time it catches the light.
In Samsung's official marketing imagery, it looks remarkably like the shiny finishes seen in the Huawei P30 series, but it's not as pleasant as it is in the flesh. This is too reflective really let the colors shine.
Pre-orders are available online today, August 7, with the first smartphones starting to hit store shelves on August 23, 2019. The Galaxy Note 10 starts at £ 899 for 4G models with 8GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage, while Galaxy The Note 10+ costs £ 999 for the 256GB variant and a maximum of £ 1199 for the handset with 5G assets with 512GB memory and 12GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Display Design
We were pretty engrossing about the Galaxy Note 10 and how exactly its new compact design feels right. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Note 10+, which is an uneven glass and metal panel. Holding the handset for the first time is reminiscent of the Galaxy S10 5G.
Of course, there are huge benefits to a larger screen – from watching movies and tapes in your morning travels, to showing friends vacation photos, reading ebooks on the fly, and immersing yourself in the latest blockbuster mobile game . There's even a Galaxy Note series More ▼ benefits of a mammoth display, making it a much larger canvas for handwriting, allows you to view and comment on more PDFs or web pages without constantly scrolling, and means that the smartphone functions as a larger trackpad when using DeX.
The Note 6.8+'s wide 6.8-inch AMOLED display will handle all that brilliance, but let's be honest with this smartphone every day will be kerfuffle. And use it with one hand while you rush to work, juggling your keys and a coffee cup? Forget it.
In this sense, Samsung has done a phenomenal job removing the frames around the Note 10+ AMOLED display. The flagship phone already enjoys a staggering 94.7% screen-to-body ratio, up from 83.9% on the Galaxy Note 9.
As such, it is almost the same size as the Galaxy S10 5G – 77.2mm x 162.3mm x 7.9mm on the Note 10+ compared to the 77.1mm x 162.6mm x 7.9mm on the Galaxy S10 5G, though the latter has a smaller 6.7- inch display.
It's impressive, but it doesn't change the fact that it still feels cumbersome and ugly in your pocket. Fortunately, Samsung has offered an alternative to the Note 10, so those who want to enjoy the new features available on the flagship handset are not forced to hang around a surf-like phone.
As with the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung's redesigned One UI operating system makes the Note 10+ much more manageable than it would be with a running Android OS. Android Pie based software is designed to make widescreen smartphone screens easier to use – especially with one hand.
To do this, a single UI transfers all the UI elements you will actually need to interact with – buttons, switches, menu items – to the bottom third of the touch screen, where they can be easily reached, even for those with smaller hands.
Think of it as Accessibility a feature introduced by Apple a few years ago that temporarily fills the entire screen in the lower half of the display, but is implemented in whole user interface. Even sliding on the notification shade triggers a quick action that switches far enough down the display that you won't need to do your finger exercise to press the right icon.
With the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, Samsung has moved the titular O-neck into Infinity-O design. While the Galaxy S10 series maintains the hole in the front camera and helps the company achieve this impressive screen-to-body ratio, the upper right corner of the screen and the Galaxy A8s rotate it into the upper left corner, the Galaxy Note 10 maintains its built-in camera dead point.
According to Samsung, the decision to move the hole was made because of customer reviews for the Galaxy S10, where the display camera forces Samsung to move system icons away from the right corner of the user interface.
The new design is definitely better than the look of the Galaxy S10. But it is still quite illegal. The new hole punching means that the system icons are still in the upper left and right corner of the display like any other Android smartphone, which is fine. But the Cycloptic appearance of the Note 10+ is not something that can ever be called "beautiful" – something that can most definitely be said of earlier Galaxy Note models.
However, if the bad cut of the iPhone X taught us anything, then so be it many easy to get used to penetrating the middle of the screen. Although it has not happened in our time with the Note 10+, it is likely that something will fade once you have the handset for a day or two.
The unlocking of the Galaxy Note 10+ is handled with a built-in ultrasound fingerprint scanner – just like the Galaxy S10 series. Samsung this time moved the sensor a little further up the frame, so it falls into a much more natural position when holding the phone. Unfortunately, we were unable to test the accuracy or speed of the fingerprint scanner in detail, but we were impressed by how well the technology worked – even when the screen was full of rain – on the S10.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Camera
Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, similarly proportioned Note 10+ are glued to the same single 10MP front camera with is /2.2 is evident from the smaller Note 10. It is interesting to see how Samsung is moving away from the dual-selfie system used for the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G.
Fortunately, this means that the holes in the display remain relatively small – unlike the pill-shaped pills seen in the larger variants of the Galaxy S10 range. In our short time using the headset, the front camera photos looked good – with many details that will survive more than a few edits before being posted to Facebook and Instagram.
Like the Note 10, the Note 10+ supports live focus shots from the front camera, so you can add artificial blurring in the bokeh behind your face.
Samsung has also made a few more holiday searches for those who want to stand out from the endless sea of bokeh-filled selfies, including a new Glitch effect that gives the appearance of a poorly maintained VHS – with tracking and shimmering colors. It's not something you'll probably use all that often, but it's still a fun new addition.
Being entirely software-based, it is possible that these new effects can be implemented in the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G, which already feature a number of similar effects for depth-setting, including Zoom and Swirl.
Unfortunately, unlike the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, ultra-wide angular selfies cannot be found here. So if you are vacationing with a large group of friends or family, you will need to either resort to a timer, a remote shutter feature included in the S Pen, or a selfie stick.
But it's on the back camera set to the Note 10+, where you'll find the most significant changes, especially for those upgrading from a Note 9 or older. Like the cheaper Note 10, you'll find a 12MP wide-angle camera with the same variable aperture technology seen in the Galaxy S10 range – which allows the camera to instinctively switch between is /1.4 and is /2.4 for low-light imaging, 16MP ultra wide with 123 ° field of view and finally, 12MP telephoto camera that processes 2x optical zoom and Live Focus shots.
If this list sounds familiar, it's because it's the same blend of ultra-wide, telephony and dual aperture found in the Galaxy S10 Plus – so you'll find exactly the same photo options, including the artificial adjustable bokeh blur of Live Focus photos.
Like the selfie camera, you'll also get the same Live Focus options from the back setup, including "Glitch" and "Circles", which adds a round fuzzy bokeh behind the theme. Like the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10+ is able to add these Live Focus effects to video in real time,
It's a really cool trick that no other smartphone has ever been able to match – at least for the time being.
When Note 10+ differs from the smaller Note 10 how it achieves this Live Focus effect. While the latter uses software to identify the subject of the image, the Note 10+ comes with an all-new patented DepthVision camera that includes two separate sensors. This is different from the single Time Of Flight sensor used to achieve a similar effect on the Galaxy S10 5G.
Samsung says the new property system should offer better blurring behind the site in photos and videos. It also needs to offer more accurate results when measuring distances or placing computer-generated objects in the real world using augmented reality (AR) applications.
For our short time with the Live Focus handset, photos and videos looked very impressive. However, there does not seem to be much difference between the Note 10 software solution and the DepthVision Note 10+ powered solution. Samsung told us that AR apps will probably show the difference more than Live Focus photos and videos to friends and family.
Of course, we will have to spend a lot more time with the Note 10+ to do well what it's capable of, but the early signs are very, very promising. The photos are full of details – though not as sharp as what you would take out of the Pixel 3. As you would expect from Samsung, the images are warmer and more vibrant than competing phones from Google and Apple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: S Pen Review
The Galaxy Note just wouldn't be a Galaxy Note without the S Pen. The trademark stylus receives a modest update with the latest handset. The biggest new feature is Air Gestures, which uses the new hex sensors built into the S Pen to allow you to control the phone's features by flapping it in the air, like a Nintendo Wii controller. For example, holding the button embedded in the S Pen's stem and clicking it up – like an intern at Hogwarts – switches between the front and rear cameras.
Coupled with the ability to use the S Pen to remotely activate the shutter button introduced last year, the Galaxy Note 10 +'s rear camera is completely hands-free.
In our brief time with the Galaxy Note 10+, Air Gestures has felt quite tricky. The technology itself works well and it is impressive how much smarter Samsung is compression in the svelte stylus … but when was the last time you wanted to switch between the rear camera and the selfie camera using a flashing gesture a few meters from your handset? Yes, neither do we.
What's more interesting is that Samsung is opening Air Gestures for third parties, so we may see some intriguing surfaces of new apps on the Play Store in the coming months. Do we need the team behind Harry Potter: Wizards get together integrating stylus gestures to make some truly immersive sticks actions could easily turn the Galaxy Note 10+ into the ultimate mobile feel, for example.
While the S Pen included in the Note 9 included the ability to remotely control keynote presentations, the 30-minute battery life meant you had to trim your TED talk seriously to take advantage of the new feature. This is fixed this time. The updated S Pen, which will come bundled with the Galaxy Note 10, has a stunning 10-hour battery life and can be recharged in as little as 6 minutes.
Finally, Samsung added a new stylus feature called AR Doodles. As the name implies, this allows you to scratch all faces shown in the viewfinder with hand-drawn crowns, glasses, facials and presumably comic-coated genitals using S Pen. Samsung will keep the drawing glued to its face as it moves. AR Doodle can be used for both photos and videos.
It's a fun little feature and a great demo for the phone, but still somewhat contradicts the performance and business focus of the Galaxy Note series. That said, even the most spreadsheets among us need to be turned off from time to time, and if you draw a pair of glasses on a colleague's face and watch them stick as they move around the room, it helps you keep up the good work – life balance, then more power to you.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Specs, Other Features
As you would expect from a flagship handset from Samsung, the Note 10+ has a great spec sheet that reads more like a laptop than a smartphone. Powering the device is a new seven-nanometer Exynos 9825 chipset that promises faster speeds and more power management than the impressive Exynos 9820 in the Galaxy S10 series.
This silicon is coupled with 12GB of RAM and a choice of 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. Unlike the Note 10, the Galaxy Note 10+ includes a microSD slot that can be used to add up to 1TB of additional storage, so it's unlikely to sometime there is no space on this phone.
It comes with a 4300 mAh battery, which Samsung says should last all day and well into the night, though we will have to spend a lot more time with the smartphone to evaluate these claims. When it right use our juice, the Galaxy Note 10+ supports 45W fast power, which Samsung claims can recharge the handset with enough power to last a full day in 30 minutes. This is seriously impressive and almost stands up to the brim with the Warp boot included with the OnePlus 7 Pro, which is almost unmatched by its launch earlier this year.
If you don't want to cough for a 45W cable charger, Samsung still has a 25W fast wired charger in the box, which should be enough for those who let their smartphone charge overnight. The Galaxy Note 10+ also supports 15W fast pads for wireless charging.
Elsewhere, the Note 10+ includes AKG-tuned audio that is loud enough to enjoy a YouTube video without a headset, Wireless PowerShare – which lets you load Galaxy Buds or any other Qi-compliant widget by placing it on the back of the handset, IP68 water and dust resistance and Wi-Fi 6 support, which means that you are resilient to the future as your home and work router upgrade over the coming years.
But the Galaxy Note 10+ also has lost a feature that was included in its predecessor. Yes, it's true – after years of mocking Apple and other competitors for dropping the audio port, Samsung once dropped the ubiquitous connector. The company says it has removed the port because it needs space inside the handset to bring more battery life into the new svelte frame. OnePlus has used a similar apology in the past.
We will be testing the battery life in detail in our full and in-depth review to see if this argument has any water … but in the meantime, the missing port is so common these days that you are unlikely to be staged. Samsung will pack a pair of AKG USB-C cable headsets into the box, but without the key. Of course, this can be purchased separately from the Samsung Store, but the additional purchase will probably bother people with 3.5mm cable headsets ready to scramble for a new phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Our Early Verdict
In a nutshell, the Galaxy Note 10+ is the no-compromise option in Samsung's new flagship Note series – it's behemoth with a huge 6.8-inch AMOLED display that packs 12GB of RAM and can hold up to 1.5TB of memory when paired with the correct microSD card. За разлика от по-малката Note 10, тя също така може да се похвали с новата система DepthVision, която е насочена да играе значителна роля в AR приложенията напред, да не говорим за множеството други опции за фотография, налични на слушалката – от ултра широки, до Live Focus снимки and видеоклипове и оптично увеличение.
Това е почти като Samsung разгледа списък с функции на заглавията, налични на конкурентните смартфони, които биха могли да изкушат клиентите с по-старите Note от ъпгрейд до новия модел – и след това систематично отметнаха всяка една от тези възможности.
Samsung дори предлага версия на Galaxy Note 10+ с 5G за всеки, който иска да се възползва от мрежата от следващо поколение днес или по-скоро би доказал своята нова покупка за утре.
Това каза, че безкомпромисният подход има своите недостатъци. Излишъците водят до смартфон, който е доста грозен и ви дава вид на някой, който пресъздава скица на Dom Jolly всеки път, когато отговаряте на повикване. Прекрасният 6,8-инчов екран, макар и блестящ за наваксване на някои Netflix, изключва някога да можете да използвате телефона удобно с една ръка в движение.
Точно както яденето на всеки шоколад в коледен калай на Quality Street означава, че няма да пропуснете нищо – но може да ви остави чувството, че невежеството би било по-добро за червата ви, свръхзащитеността на Galaxy Note 10+, която може да попречи на цялостно преживяване на моменти.
Не се заблуждавайте, това е a феноменално впечатляващ флагман, който няма да разочарова онези, които искат абсолютните най-добри пари от Samsung Galaxy Note … но за нас по-компактният Note 10 все още е по-добра покупка за огромната част от хората.
Преглед на Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: Новини, актуализации
Откакто публикувахме нашето ревю за Galaxy Note 10+, се появиха някои нови подробности за телефона на Samsung. Ще ви държим в течение за всички най-нови актуализации тук, в случай че променят начина, по който се чувствате по телефона …
13 август 2019 г .: Сега Samsung потвърди, че Galaxy Note 10+ ще only изпращате с USB-C до USB-C кабел в кутията – не с USB-C към USB A, който е доставен с Galaxy Note 9. Какво означава това? Е, ако нямате лаптоп или настолен компютър с USB-C порт удобен – ще се мъчите да свържете своя лъскав нов телефон с марка Samsung. Това също означава, че няма да можете да свържете зареждащия кабел към който и да е стар стенен USB-A щепсел, за който вероятно сте седяли от различни предишни покупки. Това не е разбойник, но това може да означава, че искате да добавите отделен кабел или адаптер в кошницата си при напускане.