Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) In-Depth Review!

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus : Other Key Features!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes with a 6.8-inch Infinity-O display, with a WQHD+ resolution and a punch hole for the front camera.

This would make it quite a bit larger than the 6.4-inch display of the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note9, with a slightly higher display resolution but a slightly lower pixel density.

Its smaller brother, the Galaxy Note 10 has a smaller 6.3-inch display with Full HD+ display resolution.

The Infinity-O design, which was first introduced in the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, allows Samsung to deliver a screen-to-body ratio in excess of 95%.

Instead of Galaxy Note9‘s thicker bezel, the Galaxy Note 10+ uses a round, central hole to accommodate its front camera. Functionally, it works like a waterdrop display, with the area adjacent to the punch hole reserved for notifications.

Including the notification area, the display has a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 3440. However, the Galaxy Note 10+ defaults to a Full HD+ resolution to reduce power consumption and extend battery life.


Dynamic AMOLED Panel

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) uses the latest HDR10+ certified Dynamic AMOLED panel that was first introduced in the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

This is literally the best smartphone display in the industry right now, capable of producing 100% of the DCI-P3 colour range, with a maximum brightness of 1200 nits.

This Dynamic AMOLED panel was also engineered to reduce blue light by 42% without changing how colours appear. This would make for more comfortable viewing with less eyestrain, especially at night.


Gorilla Glass 6 Protection, Front + Back

Samsung started introducing Gorilla Glass 6 in the Galaxy S10 Plus (US | UK | MY), but even then, it was only in the front.

That changes with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus – both its front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

In case you are wondering, Gorilla Glass 6 is about twice as tough as Gorilla Glass 5. It will withstand over 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on a rough surface.


Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) borrows yet another Galaxy S10 Plus feature – the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.

In-display fingerprint sensors have already been introduced in smartphones like the OPPO R17 Pro, but these use optical sensors that basically take pictures for a 2D profile.

This in-display fingerprint sensor uses ultrasonic pulses to take 3D profiles of the user’s fingerprints. This allows it to be more accurate and secure.

In our tests, it proved to be surprisingly good. You just need to learn to press a little harder for the sensor to detect your fingerprint.

The bad news is – Samsung dropped the pressure sensor and haptic feedback for the virtual Home button. So you will need to tap twice on the Home button to activate it.


Iris Scanner + Intelligent Scan Removed

With the introduction of the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung removed the iris scanner. It was also removed to minimise the size of the punch hole in the display.

And with the iris scanner gone, there was no need for Intelligent Scan, which was first introduced in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

Intelligent Scan, as you may recall, combines the iris scanner with facial recognition for faster identification in both bright and dark conditions.

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Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen has been upgraded again, with the new version supporting Air Gestures.

It retains the single button, but comes with a built-in battery for about 10 hours of battery life, instead of a capacitor that powered the Note9 S Pen.

Now, Air Gestures is an interesting concept. However, after using it for 2 weeks, we have to be honest – it’s more gimmicky than useful.

For one thing – app support for Air Gestures is limited to a few built-in Samsung apps, like Camera, Gallery and Samsung Internet.

Secondly, control is pretty limited in certain instances – for example, it zooms in and out the camera in 0.1X increments. It’s much faster and more accurate to just pinch to zoom on the display!

Finally, it requires a fair bit of practice to get right. Otherwise, you will end up taking a photo, or flip the camera into selfie mode, when you want to just zoom in or out.

Overall, Air Gestures seem to be a solution looking for a problem. In our opinion, ignore it and use the S Pen for what it’s really meant to be – a stylus for writing and drawing!

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