As we all know Samsung is one of the top leading brands which provides amazing phones at a good price point. We all know Samsung is going to launch its new Note series phone. So, therefore, today in this article we are going to review the newly launched Samsung Note 10+. So let’s jump into the Samsung Note 10+ Review.
So inside the box, as well as the device, you have some paperwork, a SIM card tool, a 25-watt superfast charger, which can charge the Note 10+ from zero to 100% in just an hour. Now the Note 10+ does support up to 45-watt charging, but that charger is sold separately.
You then have a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable. I’m assuming it’s USB-C on both sides to enable the faster charging. There’s a USB Type-A two USB Type-C adapter which you can use to connect an older device directly to the Note 10+ to transfer files and settings.
There are a couple of spare S Pen tips and a tool to remove the tips from the S Pen. And finally, you have some USB Type-C AKG earphones. And this earphone is because the Note 10+ does not have a 3.5mm jack.
I have the Aura Glow color here, which is the flagship color, there are other colors available as well, but this is the one that really stands out and it does look pretty dope. Depending on the angle that the light hits it you get a range of different colors, making it the Note 10+ pretty unique, but it’s definitely a fingerprint magnet.
We’ve got a Samsung’s signature build and design, so a metal frame with curved symmetrical glass panels on both the front and back. The Note 10+ is IP68 water and dust resistant. It looks and feels premium for sure, but it’s definitely a large device and less comfortable to hold compared to something like the S10+, which has more curved edges.
Having a look at the front, first thing you notice that we do have a pre-applied screen protector, which is nice as getting the screen protector on a curved display is not easy, trust me.
Now this display is a 6.8 inch dynamic AMOLED display with the very small bezels and a center punch out for the front-facing camera, which Samsung calls the Infinity-O design. I personally don’t mind this punch out, it’s actually smaller than we had on the Galaxy S10’s and it also prevents the phone from having moving parts like a pop-up camera, which would make the phone less durable.
Now the display is very good, one of the best out there, it has a quad HD plus resolution, which makes it very sharp. Its HDR10+ certified so the colors really do pop and it’s one of the brightest displays in the market, but it isn’t in 90 hertz displayed that I know a lot of people were hoping for. Now the Note series normally has the best display on any smartphone, but this year we do have some solid competition from the likes of OnePlus.
Taking a closer look at the punch out, we do have a 10-megapixel selfie camera with an F2.2 aperture and auto-focus. And although we don’t have a secondary depth sensor, this camera does support Live focus video.
Taking a look around back, we have a quad camera this time. There’s a primary 12-megapixel camera with a variable aperture, F1.5, and F2.4. There’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera with an F2.2 aperture. This has a 123-degree angle of view and it looks like it’s the same as what we’ve got on the S10+, which is definitely my favorite ultra-wide camera on a smartphone right now.
There’s a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with an F2.1 aperture. And finally, there’s a depth vision camera. This depth camera primarily seems to be for AR capabilities. So we have a feature called AR Doodle for example, which will let you doodle in 3D space and walk around it. It does seem to work pretty well, but I’m really not sure how much I’d use it.
The rear camera also supports a Live focus video and we have a few new features like Zoom-In Mic, which will isolate the sound more to where you zooming into. As well as improved Super steady, which records very stable footage at 1080p.
Inside Samsung Note 10+
Internally the Note 10+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Exynos 9825, depending on your region. So on the Exynos side of things we do have an improvement compared to the S10+. This is the new 7 nanometer, 9825. But it would have been nice to have had the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, just to separate the Note from at the S10 plus a little bit more.
Now regardless, this thing is a powerhouse, with 12 gigabytes of RAM and either 256 or 512 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage, which is much faster compared to UFS 2.1, which we had previously. So overall, no doubt, this is gonna be one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones out there.
Taking a look around, up top, we have a sim card tray, which has space for a micro SD card. So you can expand the storage on the Note 10+, on top of the already large base versions which we have. There’s actually nothing on the right-hand side and on the left-hand side there’s a volume rocker and a power button.
So this is traditionally where we’ve had the dedicated Bixby button, but Samsung has now integrated this within the power button. So you can still launch Bixby by pressing and holding the power button, but the big news is that you can remap this all together in the settings. This up until now hasn’t been fully possible, so it’s definitely nice to have this flexibility.
Moving on to the bottom, we have one of the two stereo speakers, the other one is in the earpiece. There are a USB Type-C port and no 3.5mm jack.
Samsung has said this is to allow more space for the battery which is now pretty large at 4300 mAh, but also for some more space for the S Pen. Samsung had been one of the only manufacturers still holding on to the 3.5mm jack, but I think it’s finally time to say goodbye.
Now let’s take a look at the S Pen, this is really what makes the Note series unique and this year we do have some more new features. So, for example, we’ve got improved algorithms for handwriting recognition, so you can convert your handwriting into actual text. And you can also search your handwritten notes, which is pretty cool.
We also have air gestures now which give you more control over your phone wirelessly. So if you’re in the camera app you can do things like a wave up and down to switch between the front and rear-facing cameras, left to right to switch between camera modes and a circular motion to zoom.
Personally speaking, I’m not sure how often I’ll be using these features, but Samsung is opening up the SDK for app developers to come up with more uses for this.
For the software, we do have Android Pie with the One UI skin and I have to say, One UI has become one of my favorite skins on Android. It’s clean, it’s simple, it’s useful. And we also have a few new features for the Note 10+ like screen recording with a bubble for the front-facing camera. This may be useful for gaming videos for instance. There’s also link to Windows and updated DeX, making it even easier than before to connect and control your device on a big screen.
There’s an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner which sits within the display, but it is slightly higher compared to the S10+, no big deal really. And we also have faster wireless charging than before. So we’ve got up to 15 watts, as well as wireless power share, which will let you use your Note 10 to charge other devices and accessories.
Finally touching on pricing the Note 10+ does start at 1000 pounds or $1,100, that’s for the 256GB model. And there is also a 5G model available, which will go up to 1,200 pounds or $1,300 with 512 gigabytes of storage. And it’s gonna be releasing on the 23rd of August, you can pre-order it now.
So there we have it guys, that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ unboxing and detailed first look. Definitely let me know what you guys think of this and what is the content you’d like to see with this in the comments below. In terms of my impressions, I have always been a Note fan, as a lot of you guys already know. Two things that, I think, I would have liked to have seen on this. Firstly, a 90-hertz display.
The Note series is usually like the benchmark of the best of the best, the powerhouse. And also the Snapdragon 855+ would have been nice on here as well. But apart from that it still does look like a promising device.
I’ll be spending lots more time with it and of course, it’s gonna be lots more content with this as well.