Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ – key specs

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Weight: 196g
Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm
Screen: 6.8-inch, QHD +
CPU: Samsung Exynos 9825
GPU: Mali-G76
R.A.M: 12GB
Storage: 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4,300mAh
Rear camera: 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + VGA
Front camera: 10MP

Welcome to T3's Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review. Over the past few weeks I have been testing the South Korean manufacturer's new technical leader and what follows is the fantastic sized new flagship.

Samsung has just released two notes at the same time, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10 and this 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10+.

As search for Samsung's stylus-toting phone series, there is now a serious choice to be made, and Android phone fans who have a soft spot for Samsung's stylus-toting phone series.

Hopefully, this full review, which breaks the phone down into a variety of key scoring categories, is going to somehow make that decision clearer for potential upgraders.

Last year I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for T3 and was very impressed with the overall package. It's a superb all-round device.

With that being the case, though, what's on the market for not just the grade 10, but a super-sized, super-costly, engorged grade 10+? It is not an easy question to answer and, simply put, I do not think it's an easy decision to make for many people.

Galaxy Note 10+ review, though, then I'd say that despite this phone being technically The best note on the market, as well as the best phone Samsung has ever made, I feel like it is better suited plumping for a regular grade 10, or even last year's grade 9, which is now the price of the model reviewed here.

To find out exactly why, as well as the note 10+ performed on test, read on.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: price, models and availability

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ ships in three colors – Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Pink. The Aura Glow is an inimitable blend of a handful of colors that is incredibly reflective and appears in a different shade each time it catches the light.

In the official marketing images from Samsung, it looks remarkably like the shimmering finishes seen on the Huawei P30 series, but it's not quite as pleasant as that in the flesh. It's too reflective to really let the colors shine in our opinion.

All variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 range are now on sale. The Galaxy Note 10 starts from £ 899 for the 4G model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage, while the Galaxy Note 10+ costs £ 999 for the 256GB variant, and maxes-out at £ 1,199 for the 5G-enabled Handset with 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: design and build quality

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The package you get when you pick up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Note the bundled AKG earphones.

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T3 were pretty effusive about the Galaxy Note 10 in our hands-on review, and how it fits new compact design just feels right. Unfortunately the same can not be said of the note 10+, which is rather unwieldy slab of glass and metal. Being completely honest, holding the handset for the first time is reminiscent of the engorged Galaxy S10 5G.

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The expansive 6.8-inch AMOLED HDR10 + display on the 10+ note will handle all that brilliantly, but after some extensive usage, carrying around this smartphone every single day definitely leads to storage and transportation compromises – pockets friendly it certainly not not.

It is also important to note that the power button, which is left-mounted on the note 10+ along with the volume buttons, now doubles as the Bixby button (more on that chap later).

There are huge benefits to a bigger screen

With the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, Samsung has relocated the titular O-shaped cut-out into the Infinity-O design. While the Galaxy S10 series kept the hole, which houses the front-facing camera and helps to achieve that impressive screen-to-body ratio, in the top right-hand corner of the screen and the Galaxy's A8s squirrelled into the top left , the Galaxy Note 10 keeps its embedded camera dead-center.

According to Samsung, the decision to move the hole-punch is made on the Galaxy S10, where the in-camera camera is forced to move.

The new design is definitely better than the Galaxy S10 look. But it's still pretty inelegant in my opinion. The new hole-punch means the system icons still in the left and right hand corners of the display, just like every other Android-powered smartphone, which is good. But the cyclops appearance of the Note 10+ is not something that could ever credibly be described as "beautiful" – something that most definitely could have been Galaxy Note models.

However, if the maligned notch on the iPhone X has taught us anything, it's that very easy to get used to intrusion in the middle of the screen.

Overall I think it's fair to say that the mark 10+'s design is attractive but not beautiful, and its massive form factor does a little something away from what is actually a very minimalist, streamlined design.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: screen and hardware

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As you'd expect from Samsung's technical leader, the Grade 10+ has a very formidable specs sheet that reads more like a laptop than a smartphone. Exynos 9825 chipset delivers faster speeds (see benchmarks boxout) and greater power management than the impressive Exynos 9820 inside the Galaxy S10 series.

That's state-of-the-art silicon with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of built-in storage. Unlike the Note 10, the Galaxy Note 10+ does include a microSD slot which can be used to add up to 1TB of additional storage, so you're unlikely to ever run out of space on this handset, with a maximum possible storage of 1.5TB beating many laptops, let alone other phones.

A maximum possible storage of 1.5TB beating many laptops, let alone other phones

Jaw-dropping features about 10+ and, if I am being honest, the main reason why anyone would plump for the handset over its smaller brother. The 6.8-inch, 1440 x 3040 at 498 ppi, AMOLED screen is a true staggering size, with the South Korean maker's super strong vibrancy, contrast and sharpness.

Indeed, thanks to the massive screen size, pin-hole camera and minimal bezeling, the flagship phone now enjoys a staggering 94.7% screen-to-body ratio, up from 83.9% on the Galaxy Note 9. This makes a massive difference in the display Of content and thus, naturally, use of the S Pen digital stylus, with a now phenomenal amount of real estate screen in which to make notes, illustrate and navigate online.

GeekBench 5 benchmark scores

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[CPU]

Single-core score: 712

Multi-Core Score: 1,808

[Compute]

OpenCL score: 4,087

Volcano Score: 2,594

Sony Xperia 1, with it's stunning 21: 9 Bravia-engineered panel, which was just let down slightly by that phone's underwhelming battery, the note 10+ definitely had a toughness to act on, while I would say the Sony phone is still the device I would prefer to watch 21: 9 movie content on, for everything else the grade 10+ is either the Xperia 1's equal or superior.

Performance is as you can from the nearby boxout, top level. That combination of Exynos 9825, Mali G76 GPU, and 12GB of RAM means that you'll want to deal with it comfortably.

As you would expect, this is a smooth and smooth user experience

And, as you'd expect, that's a smooth user experience in-app, in-game, and when navigating the phone's user interface. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is lagging behind.

And, while I could not test out the feature, I want to perform admirably in Samsung DeX, too.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Camera and AR emoji

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The Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a strong all-round camera system, with plenty of lenses and shooting modes.

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Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, the similarly-proportioned 10+ sticks with the same 10MP front-facing camera f /2.2 seen on the smaller Note 10. It's interesting to see Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 5G.

Thankfully, that means the hole-punch is relatively small – unlike the pill-shaped eyesores seen in the Galaxy S10 range. Over the period of time I've been testing the handset, photos from the Note 10 + 's front-facing camera looked good – with plenty of detail that will survive more than a few edits posted before on Facebook and Instagram.

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Color reproduction and crispness of image high level on the grade 10+.

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Like the Note 10, the Note 10+ also supports Live Focus photos from the front-facing camera, so you can add artificial bokeh-style blur behind your face.

Samsung also has thrown-in a few wackier looks 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 badly maintained VHS – with tracking and stuttering colors. It's not something you're likely to use that often, but it's a new addition to nonetheless.

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The S10 range – allowing the camera to instinctively switch between f /1.4 and f /2.4MP to capture images in challenging low light conditions, a 16MP ultra-wide with a 123 ° field of view, and finally, a 12MP telephoto camera that handles 2x optical zoom and live focus shots.

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This smart AI feature in the Touch 10 + 's camera system allows graphics and decals to be scanned and saved on the phone as separate, 2D image.

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It's because it's the same mixture of ultra-wide, telephoto and dual-aperture found on the Galaxy S10 Plus – so you'll find Exactly bokeh blur Live Focus photos.

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LiveFocus portrait in action.

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Like the selfie camera, you'll get the same Live Focus options from the rear-facing set-up, including "Glitch" and "Circles", which adds circular bokeh-style blur behind the subject. Like the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10+ is capable of adding live focus effects to video in real-time,

It's a really nifty trick that no other smartphone has managed to match – at least for the moment.

It's a really nifty trick that no other smartphone has managed to match

Where the Note 10+ differs from the smaller Note 10 is how it achieves this Live Focus effect. While the latter is used with all-new patented DepthVision camera, which 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.

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This DepthVision camera, simply put, allows for enhanced bokeh-style blur behind the subject in photos and videos. I feel it offers more accurate results when measuring distances, or placing computer-generated objects into the real world using augmented reality (AR) apps.

After spending some time testing Live Focus, I have to admit that photos and videos looked very impressive. However, there has not been much difference between the software-based solution on the Note 10 and the DepthVision-powered Note 10+.

And speaking in terms of video, as well as slow motion and a variety of other recording modes, you can shoot at 4K, 60fps on the Note 10+. Nice.

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Yep, AR Emoji is back, and you want quiet look nothing like yourself. At least you now have more clothes to choose from.

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Lastly, in terms of camera system, it would be amiss if I did not talk about AR Emoji. Last year, when I reviewed the Galaxy Note 9, I commented that "creating your AR Emoji with the camera system is super easy", praising how fast the process was. I did not like the generic avatar's were, but, how many styling options you were given.

This time round I feel Samsung has just moved on to an accurate portrayal of the subject for a more cartoony, Pixar-style approach. My avatar, even after some serious tweaking, still looked very little like me. The phone maker has been getting the paint of customization, though, and there are now more outfits and accessories to choose from.

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Um … people like this, so I am told.

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Stickers and animal avatars so return once more, so if that is your bag, then you can make shocked face as a sloth, or get daemonic if you significant other informs you that they are the last wagon wheel in the cupboard.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: battery and audio

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The Note 10 + 's audio system has been tuned by audio maestros AKG. Through a decent pair of can sounds good.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has a large 4.300mAh battery cell that is good for a day and half of moderate real world usage. This is not as strong as some other flagships, such as the Huawei P30 Pro, which is good for two days between charges, but for a phone with a big screen and internal spec, I feel is actually good. I never had any battery anxiety when using this device and, well, that's a mark of endorsement from me.

When the Note 10+ does Run our of juice, though, it supports speedy 45W wired charging which can refill the handset with enough power to last an entire day in just 30 minutes. That's pretty impressive and almost toe-to-toe with the Warp Charging included with the OnePlus 7 Pro, which has almost unmatched since its introduction earlier this year.

The large 4,300mAh battery is good for a day and half of moderate real world usage

If you're not willing to co-up for a 45W wired charger, Samsung still includes a 25W almost wired charger in the box, which should be sure to leave your smartphone charging overnight. The Galaxy Note 10+ also supports 15W almost wireless charging pads, too, which is why it did not include wireless charging (or reverse wireless charging functionality).

In terms of audio and other notable features, the Note 10+ includes sound tuned by AKG, which is a great way to enjoy a YouTube video without headphones, and Wireless PowerShare – which allows you to charge Galaxy Buds or any other Qi-compatible gadget by placing it on the back of the handset. I found the audio reproduction, both over wired and wireless headphones, to be good.

While we're on audio, I feel I have no need for an audio port, with Samsung following OnePlus in ditching it. Samsung includes a pair of decent USB-C wired AKG headphones in the box. Yes, no USB-C port to headphone jack dongle is included but [checks Amazon] they can be picked up right now for £ 3.19. And, simply put, if you can spend £ 1,000 on a phone then I think you can stretch the extra few quid.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Bixby, Security, S Pen and OS

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This year the S Pen allows you to perform Air Gestures.

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God I hate Bixby. There, I said it. At the start Samsung's own AI system was much akin to Bertie Wooster's in my mind – had a funny name, did not operate properly and got into mishaps, before he eventually let go with a "AI wants to be AI" slap on the wrist and a "C-must try harder" write up.

And here we are two years down the line from Bixby's launch alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8 smartphones and, despite numerous updates, it is now becoming near the level of reliability, usability and usefulness of either The Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. It is, for all the hype and gloss, at a better average voice assistant and, at worse, something you wish you could, literally, crowbar out of the phone.

Is it a deal breaker? No, obviously not. But I feel Bixby has been outstayed its now welcome. It needs to get better nearly. My suggestion to anyone who picks up one of these phones? Remap the double tap on the power button to open The Google Assistant app.

Samsung's own AI system was much akin to Bertie Wooster – had a funny name, did not operate properly and got into mishaps

In terms of fingerprint security, unlocking the Galaxy Note 10+ is handled with an in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner – just like the Galaxy S10 series. Samsung has moved the sensor a little higher up the frame this time around, so if it is in a much more natural position when holding the phone.

After I've used the extensive feature of the unlocking feature, as well as the face unlock function, I can confirm that both are among the fastest and most consistent I've used to date. If you simply pick up the Note 10+ and press it's power button, you have facial recognition on it again, almost instantaneously, the your face is invisibly scanned and the home screen reached.

These security features, along with a suite of more traditional methods such as pin unlock (which is mandatory for the other methods to use), means locking down your phone, or unlocking it, is never a frustrating experience. And coming off the Xperia 1's side-mounted fingerprint reader, which was inconsistent with the point of annoyance, that was a pleasurable transition for me.

Samsung is in a league of its own

Tucked inside the touch 10+ is, once more, its party piece. The S Pen digital stylus with Bluetooth remains a genuinely useful accessory that delivers best-in-class note taking, annotating, illustrating, remote image taking functionality. Features like Screen Off Memo and Remote Camera Shutter are just as handy as they are on last year's Galaxy Note 9+.

This year, though, aside from the pen-making light and smaller in a fetching new color scheme, the big new addition is Air Gestures, which uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to make the S Pen like a wall to achieve various results ,

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I can confirm that the Galaxy Note 10+ can play Scribblenauts. Yay!

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For example, flick the S Pen left or right and you can switch through menu screens while rotating its tip in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction when using the camera and zoom in or out. Equally, you can flick up and down the camera's lenses.

Air Gestures are not a new concept, but the simple extra functionality is added to the Note 10 + 's bow. And, well, there is not a rival device on the market that can compete with it, so in this regard Samsung is in a league of its own.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: verdict

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Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ too much phone?

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As a tech enthusiast, there's something in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ that just pushes all the right buttons. It absolutely smokes almost all flagship rivals in terms of internal hardware spec, punches hard across every feature area, and even provides unique functionality with its pinned digital stylus that can not match at all,

The Note 10+ also comes in a 5G variant, so you can even get the very latest, super rapid data connections now available in most major UK cities and set to spread across the next few years, future-proofing the device perfectly for its lifespan.

All of this naturally begs the question: why would not I buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ then?

Well, cost is definitely a consideration, as the device is a technical marvel when viewed objectively in isolation, there is no denying that a max-spec grade 10+ 5G, ringing in as it does for £ 1,199, is a truly eye- watering amount of money to spend that I am guessing is not approachable in the real world to many people.

Here at T3 we love top tech, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is certain that

Even the lowest spec Galaxy Note 10+ 4G phone starts at £ 999 (a grand!), So this entire range is definitely not worth anything to consider unless you have serious money to play with. Do not get me wrong, this is Samsung Mobile's technical leader and, as mentioned above, it's its "no-compromise" smartphone, so it makes sense that it's pricey, but not everyone can play ball park.

Other factors that should make you think twice before ringing up a grade 10+ are almost non-existent, but their unwieldy size, comprehensive and technically beaten in a few areas by rivals camera system, and general sense of excess (and that is the feeling of a guy who reviews a lot of very premium phones), is definitely something to muse upon before you hit the checkout. Remember, you can almost get the exact same package but in a smaller, cheaper form factor with the Galaxy Note 10.

At the end of the day, though, here at T3 we love top tech, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is certainly that – it's a stunningly accomplished smartphone that will effortlessly power any user's mobile experience for years to come.