Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

We were amongst the few to get some hands-on time with the first few Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphones.

Here is our hands-on preview, with our first impressions of the brand new Galaxy Note10 smartphone!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (SM-N970) is the latest evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of premium smartphones designed for those who want or need a stylus.

Powered by the latest Samsung / Qualcomm mobile platform, it comes with a large 6.3-inch Infinity-O display, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

The iconic S Pen now supports Air Gestures, and Samsung introduced new Audio Zoom capabilities.

However, it drops the 3.5 mm audio port and iris scanner. Samsung giveth, and Samsung taketh away.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications Compared

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note9, the Note10 has a larger brother – the Note10+. We compare the specifications of all three devices in this table below :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note10+Samsung Galaxy Note10Samsung Galaxy Note9
Display6.8" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 ppi)
6.3" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (401 ppi)
6.4" dual-edge display
- Super AMOLED panel
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP RatingIP68IP68IP68
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9810
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory12 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM8 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options256 / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 1 TB
256 GB internal storage
No microSD slot
128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 512 GB
Front Camera10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear CameraQuad Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens

DepthVision Camera
38.4 KP ToF sensor
Triple Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Dual Lens Camera with dual-tone LED flash

Dual-Aperture Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, and OIS
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM (dual standby capability)Dual SIM (dual standby capability)Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps / 200 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, Rear Mounted
Iris ScannerNoNoYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYesYesYes
S PenYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LE
Battery4,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
DimensionsNANA76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight196 g168 g201 g
Colour OptionsAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura WhiteAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura PinkOcean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple (limited countries)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

It is available in these FIVE colours, with Aura Pink and Aura Red as exclusive colours.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura Glow
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura Pink
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura Red
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura Black
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura White

However, only two or three will be offered in most countries. Here in Malaysia, Samsung is only offering the Note10 in Aura Glow, Aura Pink and Aura Black, at least initially…

We got our hands on all three colours, so we can compare them in real-life :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Launch Price

Here are its official launch prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) $949.99 £869 A$1,499 RM 3,699

And here are the official Samsung ONLINE pre-order / purchase links in Malaysia :

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