Samsung Galaxy Note10 review: the same flagship, but smaller


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This year, for the first time, Samsung decided to release not one, but two flagship smartphones in the Note line. We already

managed to study the &#8220;very-most&#8221; flagshipSamsung Galaxy Note10+, and now it’s time for the younger Galaxy Note10. The differences between the models are not limited to the size of the display and case. Today we will look at them in more detail. Let's see what the Galaxy Note10 is capable of and how critical the differences are from the older model.

  1. What is it?
  2. What makes him interesting?
  3. What will be included?
  4. What does the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + look like?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What are the unlock methods?
  7. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  8. What about the interface, S Pen and DeX?
  9. How good are the cameras?
  10. In the dry residue

What is it?

Samsung Galaxy Note10 - flagshipsmartphone with a large curved and elongated Dynamic AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.3 inches, a powerful Samsung Exynos 9825 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a main camera with four modules, dust and water protection and an S Pen stylus.

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How is it interesting and how is it different from Galaxy Note10 +?


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The characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 are veryis close to its older brother, but besides the screen size there are other, more important differences. The smartphone uses a Dynamic AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.3 inches (versus 6.8 for Note10+) and FullHD+ resolution (2280x1080) instead of 3040x1440. The cutout for the front camera is similar, as is the 10-megapixel camera itself. An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is also in the screen. Inside there is the same top-end processor Samsung Exynos 9825, but the RAM is &#8220;only&#8221; 8 GB (in fact, more than enough), and the built-in one is 256 GB. More importantly, the Galaxy Note10 does not have a memory card slot, which is present in the older model. The rear camera consists of a 12 MP main module with a changeable f/1.5 – f/2.4 aperture and optical stabilization, a 12 MP telephoto, f/2.1, OIS, 2x zoom, and a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2, 123°. &#8220;Under the knife&#8221; a 3D ToF VGA camera was used to determine the distance to objects and their shape. The active S Pen stylus is no different from that in Note10+ and can also work as a remote control. The battery is smaller, 3500 mAh, supports fast charging 25 W via cable and wireless up to 12 W (the older model supports 45 and 15 W, respectively). Plus there is reverse wireless charging for accessories. Protection according to the IP68 standard is available, there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

What will be included?

Samsung Galaxy Note10 arrived to us without a box.The kit will be similar to &#8220;plus&#8221;: 25 W power supply, USB-C &#8211; USB-C cable, SIM card tray ejector, AKG USB Type-C headphones, tweezers with replaceable tips for the S Pen, USB adapter (C to A), screen protector and documentation.


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What does the Samsung Galaxy Note10 look like?


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Galaxy Note10 looks like a smaller copyGalaxy Note10+, which is quite logical. The screen covers the entire front panel with minimal frames, curved sides and a hole for the front camera, like the older model. But the dimensions and weight are noticeably different: 151x71.8x7.9 mm and 168 g versus 162.3x77.2x7.9 mm, 196 g for Note10+, respectively. Thanks to this, Note10 turned out to be more convenient; it is quite possible to use it with one hand for basic tasks.


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Metal frame and location of allfunctional elements similar to the older version. In particular, the buttons on the left side, which some users didn’t really like. Usually these buttons are on the right, but you get used to it quite quickly. The company decided to abandon the Bixby button in the line. Now, by default, the voice assistant is called by long pressing the power button, which is not very convenient. But in the settings you can correct this moment and by long pressing the more familiar menu for shutting down/rebooting the smartphone will appear.


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At the top there is an additional microphone, a tray for SIM / MicroSD and a speaker slot for stereo sound:


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In the younger model they decided to abandon the hybrid tray and the installation of memory cards is not provided. This is not fatal with 256 GB inside, but still a slot would not be out of place:


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On the right is empty:


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At the bottom there is an S Pen, a conversational microphone, an external speaker and a USB Type-C connector and an S Pen stylus. Alas, there is no 3.5 mm jack and third-party adapters, as we found out in the Galaxy Note10+ review, do not work:


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The S Pen has a built-in battery (which is charged when the stylus is in the smartphone), a built-in Bluetooth module and a single mechanical button:


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The back cover is glass, in the corner there is a triple main camera module. The younger Note is available in black, red and silver, as in our review. It shines interestingly in different colors.


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The smartphone looks cool and, of course, greatmade. The smaller dimensions compared to the Galaxy Note10+ have a very positive effect on ease of use. Although some not the most successful design features (the location of the buttons and the lack of a 3.5 mm jack) migrated to the younger model.

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How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has 6 installed.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with curved sides and an elongated 19:9 aspect ratio and a round cutout for the front camera. The resolution is 2280x1080 (FullHD+), pixel density is 401 ppi (versus 3040x1440 and 498 ppi for the larger model). Otherwise, everything is approximately the same as the older one: support for HDR10+, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut is announced. Visually the screen is very good. Despite the lower pixel density, the picture does not look &#8220;loose&#8221;, the fonts are clear. The settings are almost completely the same as the older model: black interface theme, scaling of interface elements, font adjustment, blue filter, ability to hide the camera cutout and Always On Display. On the spot. Only the ability to select display resolution has disappeared:


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Now everything is simpler, there are only two left:&#8220;rich&#8221; with manual color adjustment and &#8220;Natural&#8221;. In fact, the names fully reflect the essence of the modes. Natural is closer to sRGB in color gamut, Saturated - with an expanded, typical AMOLED color gamut, more vibrant colors and higher brightness:


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Indoors in &#8220;saturated&#8221; modethe maximum brightness was 372.727 cd/m2, slightly less than that of the older model. A slight excess of blue and a wide color gamut (like all AMOLEDs) are preserved:


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In &#8220;natural&#8221; mode, the screen is closer to the benchmark, the color gamut is close to sRGB, and the maximum brightness is 357.0811 cd/m2:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy Note10
372.727
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Samsung Galaxy Note10+
387.745
0

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
0

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

Samsung Galaxy Note9
340.32
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What are the unlock methods?


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In terms of biometrics, everything is exactly the same as inGalaxy Note10+: facial recognition and fingerprint scanner. The first option is not particularly reliable: the smartphone does not have any additional sensors, and in different lighting conditions different options are possible. The ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate. It is already very close to traditional scanners in these indicators. Getting used to its position occurs quickly: the scanning location is highlighted on the screen, but after a couple of days you already begin to unlock the smartphone “without looking.”


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

In terms of &#8220;filling&#8221; Samsung GalaxyNote10 almost completely repeats the plus: 7nm Samsung Exynos 9825 processor with a maximum clock frequency of 2.73 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU) machine learning module and ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics accelerator. There is slightly less RAM: 8 GB instead of 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory, the fastest at the moment UFS3.0, but not expandable. It seems to me that 256 GB is quite enough, although I do not exclude the possibility that there are users who will fill the memory to capacity with photos and 4K videos. There are no problems with performance, of course. In synthetic tests, the smartphone scores top results, although traditionally in terms of heavy graphics, Qualcomm’s top solutions are slightly ahead:


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Games do not slow down, you can safely twist the settings to the maximum where possible.


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Updated Game Launcher and gaming appWe already saw the Game Booster overlay in the Galaxy Note10+ review. In short: there are performance settings (including individual settings for each game), disabling notifications, time statistics in games, video recording of gameplay, screenshots, Mixer garter, Discord and so on:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

About the PlayGalaxy Link game streaming feature wementioned in the previous review. We won't repeat ourselves. Moreover, we have no plans to support it yet. Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Wi-Fi 6) 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE with aptX, ANT+, NFC, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C). Global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo are supported. The sound from the speakers is very, very good, just like in the Note10+. It was not possible to check the sound quality in the headphones: standard adapters from Type-C to 3.5 mm do not work, and the included headphones did not reach us. The battery capacity has decreased from 4300 mAh to 3500 mAh. Considering the lower resolution and diagonal of the display, it would be strange to expect any radical differences in battery life. No &#8220;unexpected people&#8221; did not happen: under a very serious load (with photos, benchmarks, games, etc.), the smartphone lasts for a day. More &#8220;gentle&#8221; The regime allows you to get a day and a half. Two can only be obtained with energy saving modes.


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The smartphone supports fast charging, inThe kit will include a 25 W charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable. Wireless charging - up to 12 watts, there is a function of reverse wireless charging. Given the lack of a kit, it was not possible to check the charging speed.

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What about the interface, S Pen and DeX?


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Samsung Galaxy Note10 runs on Android 9Pie with One UI shell version 1.5, an update to Android 10 with One UI 2.0 shell will soon be released. We got acquainted with the current shell in the Note10 + review, as well as with the capabilities of the S Pen stylus and the DeX desktop mode. This is all true for a smaller flagship, so there is no sense in disassembling such a detail again. Of the key features of the interface: different options for the workspace (desktops, desktops with the application menu, simplified mode), the black theme of the interface, the displacement of parts of the interface in different menus for easy access when used with one hand:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

Navigation options: buttons or gestures from the bottom of the screen:


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Advanced dual-mode application manager. Including the ability to open the application in a window, make it translucent or minimize to an icon:


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Edge panels with all sorts of useful things like quick launch of applications, compass, ruler, etc. are present:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

The S Pen stylus can recognize 4096 degreespressing force, detect tilt and is equipped with one physical button. There are both standard &#8220;stock&#8221; Apps and features include Samsung Notes, PENUP, screen highlighting with saves and annotations, live GIF messages, the ability to take quick notes directly on the lock screen, handwriting and translator. The S Pen is equipped with Bluetooth and a built-in battery. It is claimed that from a full charge it will work for up to 10 hours. The S Pen can be used as a remote control, just like last year. For example, use it for shooting, switching tracks or slides. And thanks to the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer, gestures in the air are now supported.


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&#8220;Desktop&#8221; DeX mode we alsoconsidered. In general terms, a smartphone is connected to a monitor or PC and we get a kind of &#8220;computer&#8221; kind, but based on Android. It is possible to connect and use keyboards and mice, and the smartphone screen itself can be used as a touchpad.


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Pre-installed software is also sufficient:


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How good are the cameras?


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The main camera is almost identical to the older oneSamsung Galaxy Note10+. There is only one difference: there is no fourth DepthVision camera for measuring distances for objects and creating 3D models. So, in other respects, the camera’s capabilities are identical and we studied it in detail in the last review. Main module: 12 megapixels, variable aperture f/1.5-2.4, viewing angle 77°, pixel size – 1.4 microns, optical stabilization. Telephoto: 12 MP with f/2.1 aperture, optical stabilization, 45° viewing angle, 1.0 micron pixel size. Ultra-wide-angle - 16 MP, 123°, f/2.2, without stabilizer, and autofocus. The camera can blur the background, take ultra-wide-angle photos and zoom by 2x without losing quality, record 4K 60 fps, 4K HDR10+ 30 fps and Super Slow Motion 960, and so on. The camera app is similar: switching modes with horizontal movements, a camera switch next to the shutter button and all the main settings on the main screen. There is a manual &#8220;Professional mode&#8221;, night mode, Super Slow motion, live focus (with background blur), video with live focus, hyperlapse and a virtual shooting assistant with auto-detecting scenes and identifying problems in the frame:


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There are no surprises in the quality of shooting. The camera copes well in most situations, at the level of an older model. So there’s nothing to worry about.


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Wide angle camera:


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Zoom:


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Blur background:


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In the dry residue

This year Samsung decided to expand the Note linereleasing a big &#8220;ultimate&#8221; the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ variant and the smaller, slightly simpler and more affordable Samsung Galaxy Note10 model. This move seems quite logical and &#8220;Jr&#8221; Samsung Galaxy Note10 is quite good. It received all the key advantages of the older model, while becoming more compact and convenient. Especially when used with one hand on the go. It boasts an excellent quality AMOLED display with almost no frames, top-end hardware, an S Pen stylus with interesting features (which is a kind of symbol of the line), a flagship camera and a fast, convenient One UI shell. The smartphone lost its DepthVision camera and small features associated with it, and lost a little weight. by battery and amount of memory. Which in fact has virtually no effect on autonomy and performance. The only serious limitation is the lack of a MicroSD slot, which the Plus has. Well, the already known controversial issues of the older model also migrated to the Galaxy Note10: high cost and lack of a 3.5 mm jack.

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7 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy Note10:

  • high-quality &#8220;frameless&#8221; AMOLED display;
  • very high productivity;
  • cool design and comfortable shape (as much as possible with such a diagonal);
  • pleasant materials and assembly, dust and moisture protection;
  • flagship main camera;
  • Stylus S Pen with interesting additional features;
  • functional and quick shell One UI.

3 reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy Note10:

  • high price;
  • no microSD slot
  • no headphone jack and incompatibility with standard adapters with Type-C to 3.5 mm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Number one

Samsung's new phablet has a 6.3-inch size&quot;infinite&quot; display, Exynos 9825 processor, triple camera (12+12+16 megapixels), 10-megapixel front camera and 3500 mAh battery with fast charging support. Of course, we didn’t forget about the proprietary stylus, with which you can control your smartphone

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Specifications

 
Samsung Galaxy Note10
Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Display
curved on the sides Dynamic AMOLED, 6.3 inches, 2280×1080 (aspect ratio 19:9), 401 ppi, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 6
curved on the sides Dynamic AMOLED,6.8 inches, 3040&#215;1440(aspect ratio 19: 9), 498 ppi, HDR10 +, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions: 151&#215;71.8&#215;7.9 mm, weight: 168 g
dimensions: 162.3&#215;77.2&#215;7.9 mm, weight: 196 g

CPU
64-bit 7nm Samsung Exynos 9825, 2xExynos M4, 2.73 GHz, 2xARM Cortex-A75 2.4 GHz, 4xARM Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU), ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics
64-bit 7nm Samsung Exynos 9825, 2xExynos M4, 2.73 GHz, 2xARM Cortex-A75 2.4 GHz, 4xARM Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz, Neural Processing Unit (NPU), ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics

RAM
8 GB
12 GB

Flash memory
256 GB
256/512 GB, MicroSD

Camera
12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26 mm EGF, 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.1, 52 mm EGF, 1/3.6&#8243;, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra-wide-angle 16 MP, f/2.2, flash, video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps; front camera: 10 MP f/2.2 with autofocus
12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26 mm EGF, 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.1, 52 mm EGF, 1/3.6&#8243;, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra-wide-angle 16 MP, f/2.2, flash, video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps,Depthvision; front camera: 10 MP f / 2.2 with autofocus

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, ANT+
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, ANT+

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
3500 mAh, non-removable, 25W fast charging, 12W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
4300 mAh, non-removable,45 W fast charge; 15 W wireless charge, reverse wireless charging

operating system
Android 9 Pie + One UI 1.5
Android 9 Pie + One UI 1.5

Sim card
2xNanoSIM
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
IP68 dust and water protection, ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner
IP68 dust and water protection, ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner

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