The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is Samsung’s biggest, boldest Galaxy Note. It has a slimmer design, more screen than ever before, and an S Pen that has learned some new tricks. Almost all of its new features are in the name of refinement.
Samsung has managed to cram a 6.8-inch display into a design that’s both thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Note 9, which had a 6.4-inch display. This is partly because the Galaxy Note 10 has slimmer bezels, thanks to its Infinity-O display with a cutout for the front camera in the top centre portion of the screen.
Samsung also removed the headphone jack, which at this point feels more inevitable than controversial. It also allows the Galaxy Note 10 Plus to pack a bigger battery. The good news is that Samsung bundles AKG headphones in the box that use USB-C.
The Note 10 Plus looks and feels like a phablet, especially compared with the regular Note 10 and its 6.3-inch screen. This is definitely a two-handed device, but it’s a sleek one.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen panel. And it is a sight to behold, with the same rich colours and wide viewing angles. The screen has the same Quad HD+ resolution as before, but it’s certified for HDR10+, compared withHDR10 for Note 9.
The centre cutout or punch hole at the top centre of the Galaxy Note 10’s screen is not as offensive as the cutout on the Galaxy S10 Plus. That is because this has a single front camera, compared with two on the S10 Plus that is located on the right side.
The Galaxy Note 10 has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, similar to the Galaxy S10.
With its four camera sensors, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is definitely an upgrade over the Galaxy Note 9’s two cameras. The back of the Note 10 Plus houses a wide-angle camera and telephoto lens like its predecessor, but adds an ultrawide shooter to fit in more of the frame and a depth sensor to achieve more convincing bokeh effects when shooting portraits.
The Note 10 Plus offers Live Focus effects when shooting portraits, similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus.
Samsung backs this all up with an improved video-editing app that’s optimized for the S Pen.
Specifications and Performance
With its Snapdragon 855 processor, the Galaxy Note 10 should offer comparable performance to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, but the addition of UFS 3.0 storage should provide a speed boost.
The Note 10 Plus should have plenty of memory for multitasking, as it offers 12GB of RAM standard, compared with 8GB for the regular Note 10. There is 256GB of storage standard with the option of upgrading to a 512GB model. Unlike the Note 10, the Note 10 Plus includes a microSD card slot for expansion.
In everyday use, the Note 10 Plus is a swift performer. In fact, it loaded apps like Chrome, Twitter and Facebook slightly faster than the iPhone XS Max. This phablet also ably handled long play sessions in PUBG Mobile. It delivered console-like detail without any stuttering even at the highest setting, and the phone remained relatively cool.
The Galaxy Note 9’s battery was the biggest yet in a Galaxy phone at 4,000 mAh, but the Note 10 Plus ups the ante with a 4,300 mAh battery, which is even bigger than the 4,100 mAh pack in the Galaxy S10 Plus.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus does something unique, thanks to its depth sensor on the back. Objects can be scanned in 3D with relative ease. After the phone is done creating the 3D model, it can be embedded into videos and the object can become animated and even mimic dance moves that are on screen.
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