Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ hands-on review

Introduction

Few smartphones are quite as legendary and influential as the Galaxy Note line. Over the years since the original Note N7000, back in 2011, Note handsets have pushed many envelopes. Putting productivity and prosumer needs first is what helped the Galaxy Notes define the “phablet” category and bring new life to the stylus accessory. Naturally, a loyal fan-base followed, one that Samsung is particularly proud of and tends to flaunt at every new Note launch.

Samsung Galaxy Note10

  • Body: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm, 168 grams, IP68 rating.
  • Screen: 6.3″ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED, 1080 x 2280px resolution; 19:9 aspect ratio; 401ppi; HDR10+ certified.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 (market dependent)
  • Memory: 256GB storage, no microSD slot with 8GB RAM (LTE) or 12GB (5G).
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung One UI.
  • Rear camera:Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length (77° FoV), dual pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.1 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length (45° FoV), PDAF, OIS. Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 12mm equiv. focal length (123° FoV), fixed focus.
  • Front camera: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), dual pixel PDAF.
  • Video recording: Rear: up to 4K 2160p@60fps, EIS up to 2160p@30fps; HDR10+ recording. Front: up to 4K 2160p@30fps with EIS.
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh Li-Ion (sealed), 25W wired fast charging. 12W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax(Wi-Fi 6); GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+.
  • Misc: Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor; stereo speakers (bottom-firing + earpiece).
  • S-Pen: BLE S-Pen 5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08 mm, 3.04 grams unibody, Lithium titanate battery (LTO) up to 10 hours of stand-by, 6-axis sensor, including Gyro and acceleration sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

  • Body: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm, 196 grams, IP68 rating.
  • Screen: 6.8″ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3040px resolution; 19:9 aspect ratio; 498ppi; HDR10+ certified.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 (market dependent)
  • Memory: 12GB RAM with 256GB/512GB storage, hybrid microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung One UI.
  • Rear camera:Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length (77° FoV), dual pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.1 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length (45° FoV), PDAF, OIS. Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 12mm equiv. focal length (123° FoV), fixed focus. DepthVision: ToF VGA, f/1.4, 72° FoV
  • Front camera: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), dual pixel PDAF.
  • Video recording: Rear: up to 4K 2160p@60fps, EIS up to 2160p@30fps; HDR10+ recording. Front: up to 4K 2160p@30fps with EIS.
  • Battery: 4,300 mAh Li-Ion (sealed), 45W wired (charger sold separately) Super fast charging. 15W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax(Wi-Fi 6); GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+.
  • Misc: Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor; stereo speakers (bottom-firing + earpiece).
  • S-Pen: BLE S-Pen 5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08 mm, 3.04 grams unibody, Lithium titanate battery (LTO) up to 10 hours of stand-by, 6-axis sensor, including Gyro and acceleration sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ vs Galaxy Note10

  • Bigger, heavier body: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm, 196 grams.
  • Bigger, higher resolution display: 6.8″, 1440 x 3040px resolution, 498ppi.
  • More RAM, bigger storage option and microSD card slot: 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, hybrid microSD slot.
  • Additional ToF camera: DepthVision: ToF VGA, f/1.4, 72° FoV
  • Bigger battery and faster charging: 4,300 mAh, 45W wired (charger sold separately) Super fast charging. 15W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0.

 

[Update: Not present] Adoptable storage may come to Samsung devices with Android Pie

When Android Marshmallow was launched back in 2015, it introduced a feature that dramatically improved the user experience for many, myself included: adoptable storage. When you first introduce a new microSD card on an Android Marshmallow (or higher) device with adoptable storage enabled, the system will ask if you want to use it as portable storage or format it as adoptable storage. If you choose the latter, Android will format and encrypt the card so that it can be used only on that device. The adopted storage will then serve as an extension of the phone’s internal storage, allowing you to install apps and storage app data inside that SD card. It sounds like a simple enough feature, but one company that has refused to support it on most of their Android phones is Samsung.

Despite that every Samsung flagship (sans the Galaxy S6 lineup and the Galaxy Note 5) has a microSD card slot, Samsung chose not to support adoptable storage on their devices. On these devices, microSD cards can only be used as portable storage. There are workarounds to have your microSD card formatted as adoptable storage on your Samsung device, but these are not officially supported methods and could potentially cause bugs. The feature may, apparently, be coming to Samsung phones after all. Screenshots of the One UI Android Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal that the feature may be arriving in the upcoming Android Pie update. Note that the Galaxy Note 9 is not included in the One UI beta program and will be getting the update with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in January, so the screenshots you’re seeing below are from a leaked beta build.

Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work properly yet, but this could change (or be caught quickly) before the upcoming official betas for One UI on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ roll out. Given that Samsung’s decision to avoid supporting using microSD cards as internal storage was arbitrary, this decision seems to be a complete 180, leaving us to wonder why they’re reverting their previous position in the first place. Our own Max Weinbach updated to the same firmware build on his Galaxy Note 9 and was unable to find the adoptable storage feature, so it’s possible that the feature is still hidden away.

Source: XDA Member spenceboy98  Via: SamMobile