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

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus : Audio Jack | DeX | Battery | IP68 | Ergonomics

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrected the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the Galaxy Note 10 series.

Unfortunately, they did not include the dongle for free. Instead, you are going to have to cough up $14.99 / £10 / ~A$ 21.99 / ~RM 62.99 for the dongle.

And if you are thinking of buying a third-party USB-C dongle, make sure you get one with a DAC. Otherwise, they won’t work. Here are some options to consider :

There is some good news though – the box includes a pair of AKG-tuned USB Type C active earphones. At the very least, you can listen to music right out of the box!

But again, if you intend to use another pair of USB-C earphones, you MUST make sure it has a built-in DAC, like these options :

Recommended : Warning : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Does Not Have A DAC!


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Has Built-In DeX!

While not mentioned at all by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has built-in DeX capability, that was first introduced in the Galaxy Note9.

This mean it does not require a separate DeX Station or DeX Pad accessory. All it requires is a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable!

It does not even require a Samsung-branded adaptor (looking at you and your MFi bullshit, Apple!) – ANY USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable will do.

After you use the USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable to connect the Galaxy Note 10+ to a TV or monitor, you just need to link a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it like a PC.

Best of all – you can continue to use your Galaxy Note 10+ while Samsung DeX is running!


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes with a 4,300 mAh battery – 300 mAh or 7.5% larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note9.

What’s new though is its improved 45 watt Fast Charging capability, which brings it close to OPPO’s 50 watt SuperVOOC charging technology after years of sticking with a 15 watt fast adaptive charger.

The downside – you will need to purchase a separate 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger (US | UK). Samsung only bundles a 25 W fast charger with the Note 10+.

Samsung also improved its wireless charging capability, boosting it by 50% from 10 watts to 15 watts.

Wireless PowerShare is also supported, which allows the Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) to can function as a wireless charger for any Qi-certified device!

However, its recharging speed is still rather slow, so it’s really only useful to recharge the Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch on a regular basis; and other smartphones in an emergency.


IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

It was rumoured that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) would boast improved IP69 water-resistance.

That would have been able to withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

In the end, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough to withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

This means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. However, because it’s not designed to withstand water pressure, we do not recommend you take it into the shower or while you swim.

In fact, it is specifically in their IP68 guidelines that it should NOT be exposed to “water moving with force“.

Swimming or placing them under running water from a tap or a waterfall could result in water leaking into the chassis, and leaving you with a very expensive brick.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Ergonomics

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has a larger display and battery than the Galaxy Note9, it is actually about the same size and amazingly – thinner and lighter.

However, it is still a large phablet that requires two hands to use effectively. However, it comes with a One-handed assistance mode, if you prefer to use only one hand.

The Dynamic AMOLED display is just fabulous. Not only is it incredibly bright at up to 1200 nits, the display is HDR10+ certified with Dynamic Tone Mapping and 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut.

To see how much better it is, you need to compare it side-by-side with the already impressive Super AMOLED display used in the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Galaxy Note9. In particular, compare them in bright sunlight.

The display has been stretched taller though, giving you a 21.5:9 aspect ratio. While the extra-wide view is great for games, it will result in significant pillar boxing – a black bar on each side of a video.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

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