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Samsung Galaxy Note10+ review

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The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ brings a range of quite useful productivity features to Samsung's flagship phone, but battery life is still a concern.

  • Distinct style
  • Great display
  • Great camera for most shooting situations
  • S-Pen has good new features
  • Plenty of processing power
  • Where's my headphone jack?
  • Air actions aren't all that accurate
  • DeX on Mac is messy if you use other Android phones as well
  • Battery life falls below other Android flagships
  • 5G model is overpriced

6.8 inches

Display size

1440 x 3040px

256GB, 512GB

Internal storage

16MP + 12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

4,300 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
6.8 inches
Resolution
1440 x 3040px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
498 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.5 + f/2.1
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
10MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.3mm x 77.2mm x 7.9mm
Weight
196g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 20

Power, storage and battery

Processor
2.7GHz Octa-core
RAM
12GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
256GB, 512GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
4,300mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
Qi
PMA
Launch price (RRP)$1,699
Launch date2019-08

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Has it really been 10 years since the first Galaxy Note phone came to market?

No, it hasn't. Despite the name, and the fact that they're mostly annual upgrades, the very first 5.3-inch Galaxy Note was released back in 2011. The Galaxy Note10+ still keeps to Samsung's mantra of being a "productivity" phone thanks to the inclusion of the S-Pen and an extra-large display, although over the years, that's a distinction that's become increasingly blurred.

That's especially true in 2019, a year in which Samsung has released four Galaxy S10 models and has the Galaxy Fold waiting in the wings. The pressure on the Galaxy Note10+ to be more than just an iterative release is pretty intense.

Thankfully, for the most part, it delivers a great experience for the money, and jumps mostly over the S10 series if what you're after is a flagship productivity device.


Design

  • Gorgeous 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Single hole-punch camera at the front
  • Upside: No Bixby button!
  • Downside: No headphone jack
Galaxy Note10+

Camera

  • Quad camera array can deliver great images
  • Samsung's best low-light camera to date, but not the best you can buy
  • Excellent for video shooting
  • AR Doodles are this year's gimmick
Galaxy Note10+

Performance

  • Exynos 9825 plus 12GB of RAM equals power
  • DeX can provide a productivity boost
  • S-Pen handwriting recognition is astonishingly good
  • Air Actions are a gimmick
Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Battery life

  • 4,300mAh battery, but less stamina than other flagships
  • Super-fast charging, but you'll have to pay extra for it
  • Wireless PowerShare remains a gimmick
Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Verdict

  • Samsung's best phone this year, but not without challengers
Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Pricing and availability

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Alternatives

Within the Samsung Note10 family, you've got two alternative options. The Galaxy Note10+ 5G is the exact same phone as the Galaxy Note10+, but with 512GB and onboard 5G capability. However, at $1,999 outright, it's a pricey upgrade just for 5G.

You could save a few bucks and opt for the smaller 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note10. While it has much of the same feature set, you're getting an even smaller battery, less storage and no microSD card expansion, making it a tough recommendation in the lower end of the premium scale.

If you're after flagship camera performance, the phone to buy right now is the Huawei P30 Pro. The display isn't as large or sharp as the Note10+, and there's no stylus, but it truly stands alone for camera capabilities.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.8 inches
Resolution
1440 x 3040px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
498 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.5 + f/2.1
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
10MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.3mm x 77.2mm x 7.9mm
Weight
196g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 20

Power, storage and battery

Processor
2.7GHz Octa-core
RAM
12GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
256GB, 512GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
4,300mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
Qi
PMA

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