Samsung Galaxy Note10 review: the same flagship, but smaller


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

managed to learn the “most-most” flagship SamsungGalaxy Note10 +, and now it's time for the younger Galaxy Note10. The size of the display and the case, the differences between the models are not limited. Today we will understand them in more detail. Let's see what the Galaxy Note10 is capable of and how critical the differences from the older model are.

  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 - flagship smartphone withlarge 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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According to the characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 is veryclose to his older brother, but in addition to screen sizes, 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 a resolution of FullHD + (2280 × 1080) instead of 3040 × 1440. The cutout for the front camera is similar to the 10 megapixel camera itself. An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is also on the screen. Inside is the same top-end Samsung Exynos 9825 processor, but the RAM is “only” 8 GB (in fact, more than enough), and the built-in memory 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 f / 1.5 - f / 2.4 interchangeable aperture and optical stabilization, 12 MP telephoto, f / 2.1, OIS, 2x zoom and 16MP ultra wide angle, f / 2.2, 123 °. “Under the knife” went the 3D ToF VGA camera to determine the distance to objects and their shape. The active stylus of the S Pen is no different from that of the Note10 + and also knows how to work as a remote control. A smaller battery, at 3500 mAh, supports fast charging of 25 watts via cable and wireless up to 12 watts (the older model supports 45 and 15 watts, respectively). Plus there is reverse wireless charging for accessories. IP68 protection available; no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

What will be included?

Samsung Galaxy Note10 came to us without a box. The kit will be similar to the “plus”: 25 W PSU, USB-C to USB-C cable, clip for removing the SIM card tray, AKG USB Type-C headphones, tweezers with interchangeable tips for 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 small copyGalaxy Note10 +, which is quite logical. The screen in 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 significantly different: 151x71.8x7.9 mm and 168 g versus 162.3x77.2x7.9 mm, 196 g in Note10 +, respectively. Thanks to this, the Note10 turned out to be more convenient, it is quite realistic to use it with one hand for basic tasks.


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Metal frame and arrangement of allfunctional elements similar to the older version. In particular, the buttons on the left side, which some users did not like very much. Usually these buttons are on the right, but addiction is pretty fast. The company decided to abandon the Bixby button in the lineup. Now, by default, the voice assistant is called up by a long press on the power button, which is not very convenient. But in the settings you can correct this moment and by a long press a more familiar menu for turning off / restarting 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 the slot would not be out of place:


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Right empty:


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Bottom - S Pen, earpiece microphone, external speaker and USB Type-C connector and 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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S Pen has a built-in battery (which charges 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 is a triple module of the main camera. Junior Note is available in black, red and silver colors, as we have in the review. It sparkles interestingly in different colors.


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The smartphone looks cool and, of course, greatmade. The dimensions reduced compared to the Galaxy Note10 + have a very positive effect on usability. Although some of the not very 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 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with curved sides and an elongated 19: 9 aspect ratio and a round neckline for the front camera. Resolution is 2280x1080 (FullHD +), pixel density - 401 ppi (versus 3040 × 1440 and 498 ppi for the larger model). Otherwise, everything is about the same as the older one: it claims to support HDR10 +, 100% color gamut DCI-P3. Visually, the screen is quite good. Despite the lower pixel density, the picture does not look “loose”, the fonts are clear. Settings almost completely repeat the older model: a black interface theme, scaling interface elements, font adjustment, a blue filter, the ability to hide the camera cutout and Always On Display. On the spot. Only the ability to select the display resolution has disappeared:


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Now everything is simpler, there are only two left: “Saturated” with manual color adjustment and “Natural”. In fact, the names fully reflect the essence of the modes. Natural in terms of color gamut closer to sRGB, Saturated - with an expanded, typical for AMOLED color gamut, brighter colors and higher brightness:


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Indoors in “saturated” mode maximumbrightness was 372.727 cd / m2, slightly less than the older model. A small excess of blue and a wide color gamut (like all AMOLEDs) are preserved:


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In the “natural” mode, the screen is closer to the reference indicators, 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
Black field brightness,
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 +: face recognition and fingerprint scanner. The first option is not particularly reliable: the smartphone does not have any additional sensors, and different options are possible under different lighting conditions. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the screen is fast and accurate. It is already very close to traditional scanners in terms of these indicators. Getting used to its position is fast: 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?

As for the “stuffing” Samsung Galaxy Note10almost completely repeats the “plus”: Samsung Exynos 9825 7nm processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.73 GHz, the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) machine learning module and the ARM Mali-G76 MP12 graphics accelerator. RAM is slightly less: 8 GB instead of 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of built-in, the fastest at the moment UFS3.0, but without the possibility of expansion. It seems to me that 256 GB is quite enough, although I do not exclude the possibility of the existence of users who clog memory with photos and 4K video. There are no problems with performance, of course. In synthetic tests, the smartphone is gaining top results, although traditionally, in terms of heavy graphics, top solutions from Qualcomm win a little:


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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 ApplicationGame Booster overlay we have already seen in the review of Galaxy Note10 +. In short: there is a performance tuning (including individual, for each game), disabling notifications, time statistics in games, video recording of the game process, screenshots, garter Mixer, Discord and so on:












About the streaming function of PlayGalaxy Link games, wementioned in a previous review. We will not repeat. Moreover, we do not plan 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). Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo. The sound in the speakers is very, good, as in Note10 +. The sound quality in the headphones could not be verified: standard adapters from Type-C to 3.5 mm do not work, and the complete headphones did not reach us. Battery capacity decreased from 4300 mAh to 3500 mAh. Given the lower resolution and diagonal of the display, it would be strange to expect any radical differences in battery life. No “unexpected” happened: with a very serious load (with photos, benchmarks, games, etc.), the smartphone lasts a day. More “gentle” mode allows you to get one and a half days. Two can be obtained only 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:













Stylus S Pen recognizes 4096 degreespressing forces, determine the slope and is equipped with one physical button. There are both standard stock applications and features, including Samsung Notes, PENUP, part of the screen saving and annotation, live GIFs, the ability to take quick notes directly on the locked screen, handwriting and translator. S Pen is equipped with Bluetooth and a built-in battery. It is alleged that from a full charge it will work up to 10 hours. S Pen can be used as a remote control, as well as last year. For example, use 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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We also considered the “desktop” DeX mode. In general terms, the smartphone is connected to a monitor or PC and we get a kind of desktop “computer” type, 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 olderSamsung Galaxy Note10 +. There is only one difference: there is no fourth DepthVision camera to measure distances for objects and create 3D models. So the rest of the camera’s capabilities are identical and we examined 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, viewing angle 45 °, pixel size 1.0 μm. Ultra-wide - 16 MP, 123 °, f / 2.2, without stabilizer, and autofocus. The camera can blur the background, take ultra-wide-angle photos and zoom at 2x without losing quality, write 4K 60k / s, 4K HDR10 + 30 f / s and Super Slow Motion 960 and so on. The camera application is similar: switching modes with horizontal movements, the camera switch next to the shutter button and all the basic settings on the main screen. There is a manual “Professional mode”, night mode, Super Slow motion, live focus (with blurring the background), video with live focus, hyperlapse and a virtual shooting assistant with auto-detection of scenes and detection of 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

Samsung decided to expand Note line this yearhaving released a large “ultimatum” version of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + and a smaller model, a little simpler and more affordable Samsung Galaxy Note10. This move seems quite logical and the “younger” Samsung Galaxy Note10 is very good. He received all the key advantages from the older model, while becoming more compact and convenient. Especially when used with one hand on the go. It boasts excellent quality AMOLED-display with almost no frames, top-end “iron”, an S Pen stylus with interesting chips (which is a kind of symbol of the line), a flagship camera and a quick, convenient shell One UI. The smartphone of the DepthVision camera and the small chips associated with it were lost, a little “lost weight” in battery and amount of memory. Which in fact has virtually no effect on autonomy and performance. Of the serious limitations, one can single out the absence of the microSD slot, which the “plus” has. Well, the well-known controversial moments of the older model also migrated to the Galaxy Note10: the high cost and lack of a 3.5-mm jack.

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7 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy Note10:

  • high-quality “frameless” AMOLED display;
  • very high performance;
  • 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

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Samsung's new phablet received a 6.3-inch"endless" display, Exynos 9825 processor, triple camera (12 + 12 + 16 megapixels), a 10-megapixel front camera and a 3500 mAh battery with support for fast charging. Of course, we did not forget about the corporate 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 (19: 9 aspect ratio), 401 ppi, HDR10 +, Gorilla Glass 6
curved on the sides Dynamic AMOLED, 6.8 inches, 3040 × 1440 (aspect ratio 19: 9), 498 ppi, HDR10 +, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions: 151 × 71.8 × 7.9 mm, weight: 168 g
dimensions: 162.3 × 77.2 × 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 ″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f / 2.1, 52 mm EGF, 1 / 3.6 ″, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra wide 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 ″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f / 2.1, 52 mm EGF, 1 / 3.6 ″, 1 µm, AF), optical stabilization, 2x zoom, ultra wide 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, fast charge 25 W, wireless charge 12 W, reverse wireless charge
4300 mAhfixed 45 W fast charge; 15 W wireless chargereverse wireless charging

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

Sim card
2xNanoSIM
2xNanoSIM

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

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