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

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Hands On + Performance!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Hands On!

We were amongst the few to get our hands on the Note10 devices here in Malaysia.

And we managed to get three of them in the Aura Glow, Aura Pink and Aura Black colours!

Here is our hands-on videos of the three Note10 devices :

Samsung removed the Bixby button, and replaced it with the Power button. So you will find the Volume buttons and Power button now located on the left side.

You may recall that in the Galaxy Note9, the Power button was on the right side. Now, the right side is completely devoid of any buttons.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 left side

At the top, you will find the SIM tray, a microphone port and a speaker port.

The slightly larger hole is not an IR emitter, or the third microphone, as some sites have claimed. It is actually an extra speaker port for the top speaker.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 top

At the bottom, you will find the S Pen port, a speaker port, a second microphone port and the USB Type C port.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 bottomThe 3.5 mm audio port is gone. Unfortunately, the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle is not provided as part of the package.

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Faster Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms!

Globally, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will run on the new Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC..

It is a refreshed version of the Exynos 9820 that powers the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, fabricated on the smaller 7 nm process.

Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC

Here is a comparison of the Exynos 9825’s performance against other devices.

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Samsung Galaxy
Apple iPhone
P30 Pro
Single Core 4495 3443 4821 3317
Multi-Core 10223 8778 11610 9819

In the United States, it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 instead.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile SoC

This puts it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, or the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Here is a comparison table we created of the two mobile platforms :

Features Samsung Exynos 9825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Process 7 nm 7 nm
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Tri-Cluster (1+3+4)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 4 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A75 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12 Qualcomm Adreno 640
Memory LPDDR4x-3600 LPDDR4x-4266
5G Modem Separate Exynos 5100 Integrated Snapdragon X50
LTE Modem DL : Cat.20 8CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.20 3CA (316 Mbps)
DL : Cat.20 7CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.13 3CA (316 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0

Whichever mobile platform your Note10 comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note10 Display, S Pen + Cameras!


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