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Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are powered by the Exynos 990 – the latest, greatest mobile platform developed by Samsung themselves.

But just how fast is the Samsung Exynos 990, compared to other mobile platforms? Let’s find out!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 : What You Need To Know

The Samsung Exynos 990 builds upon Samsung’s first mobile platform with an integrated 5G modem – the Exynos 980, but focuses on performance instead of 5G connectivity.

It boasts a range of significant improvements – new Samsung Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) and ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a new Arm Mali-G77 GPU.

Faster Processor + GPU

According to Samsung, its new custom Mongoose 5 (Exynos M5) cores are 20% faster than the Mongoose 4 (Exynos M4) cores used in the flagship-class Exynos 9825 used in the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones!

Its Arm Mali-G77 GPU uses the new Valhall architecture, and promises to offer a 20% boost in graphics performance or power efficiency.

Faster LPDDR5 Memory

The Exynos 990 will be the first Samsung mobile platform to use the new LPDDR5 memory, which offers a 31% higher clock speed – increased from 2093 MHz to 2750 MHz.

This allows it to deliver up to 5,500 Mbps or 687.5 MB/s in memory bandwidth. It should also allow for lower power consumption.

Faster NPU + DSP

Its AI capabilities also received a big boost with a new dual-core NPU and improved digital signal processor (DSP) that can process over 10 trillion operations (TOPS) per second!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 60Hz vs 120Hz Battery Life!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Exynos 990 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy S10+
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 9471 8981 8384 7846
Web Browsing 9287 7792 8293 6768 8583
Video Editing 6331 6038 9166 5948 5524
Writing 11660 10919 9579 9226 9076
Photo Editing 29560 20161 19376 17595 10710
Data Manipulation 6849 7356 6155 6339 6450

Well, this is quite a nice surprise! Samsung Exynos has historically been rather poor at work performance.

The last-generation Exynos 9825 and Exynos 9820, for example, were significantly slower than their Qualcomm counterparts – the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+.

But the new Exynos 990 was 36% faster than the Exynos 9820 (its predecessor), and 13% faster than the Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Exynos 990 using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5487 5037 4470
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4808 4794 4314
Sling Shot 8075 8127 7241 4883 4343

Not bad at all! Samsung caught up with Qualcomm in gaming performance as well.

The new Exynos 990 was 7.5% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, that powered high-end gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro, in Sling Shot Extreme, matching it in the easier Sling Shot benchmark.

Notably, the Exynos 990 was 50% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820 that powered the Galaxy S10+.

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Exynos 990 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820
Device Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 Galaxy Note10+ Galaxy S10+
AnTuTu Score 518159 434168 371473 348397 330549
CPU 151510 126170 126011 101187 100272
GPU 218164 188158 156318 156700 149930
Memory 78457 65052 77763 72051 68188
UX 70028 54788 11381 18459 12159

Will you look at that? The Samsung Exynos 990 was 19% faster than the Snapdragon 855+, and 57% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9820!

 

Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

In summary, the new Samsung Exynos 990 represents a whole new level of performance.

Compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 9820, it was generally 36% faster in work performance, and 50%-60% faster in games.

Compared to the Snapdragon 855+, it was 13% faster in work performance, and 7%~19% faster in games.

In just one year, Samsung has made significant strides in improving the performance of their Exynos mobile platforms.

Too bad we do not have access to the Snapdragon 865… but at least we know that the Exynos 990 can deliver excellent work and gaming performance!

 

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

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) is the latest evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of premium smartphones designed for those who want or need a stylus.

We finally got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and here is our in-depth review!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (SM-N975) 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 and Qualcomm mobile platforms, it comes with a very large 6.8-inch Infinity-O display, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.

The iconic S Pen now supports Air Gestures, and Samsung introduced both Video Bokeh and 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 Plus Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) is available only in these FOUR colours, with Aura Blue as an exclusive option.

Again, only two or three will be offered in most countries. Here in Malaysia, Samsung is only offering the Galaxy Note 10+ in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura White, at least initially…

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

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | Note 10+ Colour Comparisons!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Price Comparison

Here are its official launch prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB) $1099.99 £999 A$1,699 RM 4,199
Galaxy Note 10+ (512 GB) $1199.99 RM 4,799
Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (256 GB) $1299.99 £1099
Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (512 GB) $1399.99 £1199 A$1,999

And here are the online purchase options in various countries :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Specifications Compared

We compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) against last year’s Galaxy Note9, but do note that it is a larger version of the standard Note 10 model.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3440 pixels (498 ppi)
– HDR10+ support
6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP Rating IP68 IP68
Operating System Android 9 Pie Android 8.1 Oreo
System Platform Samsung Exynos 8925 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8910 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4x 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB / 512 GB eUFS 3.0 storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 1 TB)
256 GB / 512 GB UFS 2.1 storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/2.2) 8 MP camera (f/1.7)
Rear Cameras 12 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4, OIS)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.1, OIS)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
3D VGA ToF sensor
12 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4, OIS)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4, OIS)
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
– SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Dual SIM, dual active capable
– SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 20
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
4G : LTE Cat 18
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
Iris Scanner No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Bixby Yes Yes
S Pen Yes, Bluetooth LE Yes, Bluetooth LE
Battery 4,300 mAh
45 W wired charging
15 W wireless charging
4,000 mAh
18 W wired charging
10 W wireless charging
Dimensions 77.2 mm wide
162.3 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 196 g 201 g

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes in a premium black cardboard box. Let’s take a quick look at the box, before we take a look inside!

Once you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

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  • One Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus smartphone with S Pen
  • One Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Quick Start Guide
  • One Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus bumper case (not shown here)
  • One 25 watt Samsung fast adaptive charger
  • One USB Type C power and data cable
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C adaptor
  • One micro-USB to USB Type C adaptor
  • One pair of AKG-tuned USB-C earphones
  • One SIM tray extractor pin
  • One S Pen nib extractor with two spare nibs

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Hands On + Performance!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Hands On!

We were amongst the few to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) here in Malaysia.

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

Let’s start with our hands-on videos of the three Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ models :

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, which can be confusing initially for those upgrading from the Note9.

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.

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

The 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 Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) 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.

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

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note10
Samsung Galaxy
Note9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
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.

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 Note 10+ comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

 

More Memory + Faster Storage In Galaxy Note 10 Plus!

Along with a faster mobile platform, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes with 12 GB of LPDDR4x memory, of which a full 8 GB (67%) is available for use!

This is a crazy amount of memory, most of which will not be used. After all, even high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

You can literally run 6 different copies of PUBG Mobile simultaneously and have 800 MB of free memory left! In other words, you will never have to worry about running out of memory.

Like last year’s Galaxy Note 9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes with a choice of 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage. The main difference is that it uses UFS 3.0 storage, which is twice as fast as UFS 2.1 storage used in the Note 9.

Right out of the box, you will have 224.4 GB of available storage space. This should be more than enough to store 50,000 photos, or 27 hours of 1080p videos, or 10.5 hours of 4K videos.

256 GB of internal storage is definitely more than enough for the vast majority of users. If you need more space, you can add a microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage.

Unlike the smaller Galaxy Note 10, the Note 10+ comes with a hybrid SIM tray, where the second SIM slot can support a microSD card of up to 1 TB in capacity. If you don’t need the extra storage, you can use two nano SIM cards at the same time.

While some phones come with a dedicated microSD card tray, a hybrid SIM tray is generally good enough for most people. But if you need to use two SIM cards, you better opt for higher internal storage, because there is no way to add a microSD card.

Now, the internal storage should be more than enough for most users. But we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media for data safety reasons. In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus : Other Key Features!

 

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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!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus Cameras | Video Bokeh | Audio Zoom!

 

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Single Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera in the front, like the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones

However, they reduced the aperture from f/1.9 to f/2.2, which would slightly reduce the amount of light and its low-light performance.

And as many critics have noted, a 10 MP front camera is puny in the Megapixel Wars, especially compared to the 48 MP front shooters in Samsung’s own Galaxy A70, or HUAWEI nova 4e and the HONOR 20 Lite.

However, this 10 MP front camera is arguably a superior shooter for two reasons :

  • it uses a Samsung S5K3J1 Dual Pixel sensor, which allows for faster and more accurate autofocus
  • that image sensor also has much larger 1.22 µm pixels, for lower noise levels and better low-light performance

Still, we wished Samsung stuck with the f/1.9 aperture from the S10 series, or even reused the f/1.7 aperture from the Galaxy Note9.

 

Triple Rear Cameras

In the back, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has a quad camera system, that is made up of :

  • 12 MP Dual Aperture Camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) : 77°, Dual Pixel, OIS
  • 16 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2) : 123°, 0.5X optical zoom
  • 12 MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.4) : 45°, 2X optical zoom, OIS
  • 3D DepthVision Camera : ToF emitter and sensor with VGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution

The 3D DepthVision camera is actually a pair of ToF (Time of Flight) emitter and sensor that provide 3D data to the main camera for features like Video Bokeh and 3D scanning. It doesn’t take any photos.

Look at how useful the three cameras are in aiding your creative composition :

Note that only the main dual-aperture camera, and the telephoto camera (both with 12 MP sensors) support optical image stabilisation (OIS). The 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera does NOT support optical image stabilisation.

This is important when you take videos, because you will lose optical image stabilisation if you switch to the ultra-wide camera. Your video will still be stabilised by electronic image stabilisation though.

 

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus Camera vs The Competition

The 12 MP Samsung SAK2L4 image sensor used in the main and telephoto cameras is the fourth iteration of the S5K2L1 sensor from the Galaxy S7. It is still a great image sensor, but it is getting a little long in the tooth.

HUAWEI specifically pointed out how their recently-launched Mate 30 Pro uses far better image sensors. Not only do they have much higher resolutions, they are also much larger in size.

We should also point out that the 2X telephoto camera is also getting rather dated. The HUAWEI P30 Pro boasts a 5X optical zoom, and the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro comes with 3X optical zoom.

Now, megapixels are not important. Even 48 MP shooters used in the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Samsung Galaxy A80 default to 12 MP, combining four pixels into one to reduce noise and improve low-light performance.

However, Samsung definitely needs to increase the sensor size and the zoom range in their next flagship smartphone, or they will get left behind in the photographic department…

 

Video Bokeh

This is a really exciting feature for those who record videos. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) with its DepthVision camera can blur out the background of your videos using the Video Bokeh feature.

This will give your videos a real cinematic flair with adjustable depth-of-field effects. You can also add special effects in real-time!

Later in this review, we will share with you a video sample to show you just how easy or difficult it is to get the Video Bokeh effect, and how the effect looks like in real life.

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

In addition to the usual two microphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) comes with a third microphone, which is hidden in the edge of the rear camera bump.

When you turn on Audio Zoom, the Galaxy Note 10+ will use the other two microphones to cancel out noise recorded by this third microphone.

The effect is adjusted on the fly, so it will change the range of sound captured as you “zoom” into the action, letting you “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and reducing ambient noise.

This is probably its most important video recording improvement over the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones. But we will share with you later in this review, how well Audio Zoom works in real life.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus : Audio Jack | DeX | Battery | IP68 | Ergonomics

 

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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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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Camera Performance

Samsung continued to use the excellent 12 MP dual-aperture camera from the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note9, which automatically or manually switches between the f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.

Its sensor, however, has been slightly upgraded to the 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L4, which should offer some improvements in image quality.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

There is no doubt that this is still one of the better smartphone cameras in the market, even though it was introduced 1.5 years ago.

You can see the intricate detail of the cloves, the flower pollen, and even the individual buds of the broccoli florets.

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It also did a great job of bringing out the colour of the subject matter. Every colour is accurately rendered and automatically “amped up” by AI algorithms.

The f/1.5 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But if that’s not enough, you can use its Live Focus feature which allows you to create really awesome bokeh for the background.

No doubt, the Live Focus bokeh is artificially created, but the dual camera design allow for precise separation of the subject from the background. Live Focus also allows you to adjust the amount of bokeh for the background.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Recording Performance

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras.

Samsung no longer limits the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. So you can take 4K videos for as long as you wish.

However, there is still the 4 GB limit – if your video grows beyond 4 GB, the Note 10+ will cut it to 4 GB chunks with a slight delay between the chunks.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #1 : Piano (1080p)

You can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p. There was good control of the exposure, although the foreground was darker than we like.

You can also see how well its OIS capability worked, even when we switched between the main camera and the telephoto camera. Its ultra-wide camera does not support OIS, but still has good EIS capability.

Samsung appeared to have mostly eliminated the lag in switching between cameras that we saw in the Galaxy S10 Plus. But you can still see it sometimes, like at 0:15 when we switched from the wide-angle camera to the main camera.

The Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) still does not support Hi-Res Audio recording, but its new Audio Zoom capability helps to reduce background noise… a little. The effect could have been stronger IMHO, but it’s better than the Galaxy Note9 which lacks this feature.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can clearly read the notice outside the store, way behind Mr. Yang.

There is a slight lag and artifact issue at the 4K resolution when we switched cameras. You can see that at these points in the video :

  • 0:14, 0:40 and 1:33, when we switched from the main camera to the telephoto camera
  • 0:27, 1:16 and 2:16 when we switched from the main camera to the wide-angle camera

When we zoom right in, you can hear a drop in ambient noise. But again, it was milder than we would have liked. Perhaps Samsung can add the ability to adjust the Audio Zoom effect.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #3 : Video Bokeh

The new Video Bokeh feature uses its DepthVision ToF camera to judge the distance to the subject, and artificially apply a bokeh effect to the background.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) will automatically apply the effect when it is able to isolate the subject from the background.

However, the DepthVision ToF camera has a range of 150 cm – you must move in until the subject is closer than 1.5 m for Video Bokeh to work. And it is also limited to the 1080p resolution.

Notice how the effect is automatically turned off when the subject moves beyond range.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

The main camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has great image stabilisation capability, minimising handshake to deliver a silky-smooth video.

We also did not notice any wind noise, which is still a problem for some smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Its image stabilisation capabilities were not diminished with the higher resolution. Overall – very good OIS and EIS performance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Video Sample #6 : Super Steady

Samsung introduced the Super Steady mode in the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, which promises to deliver even better image stabilisation.

It does deliver better image stabilisation, but at the expense of resolution – you are limited to 1080p video recording with Super Steady turned on.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Work Performance

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus’ performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung
Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung
Galaxy S10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Mobile Platform Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9825 Exynos 9820 Exynos 9810
Performance Score
(Average)
9471 8981 7846 5557
Web Browsing 7792 8293 8583 5763
Video Editing 6038 9166 5524 5410
Writing 10919 9579 9076 5421
Photo Editing 20161 19376 10710 5898
Data Manipulation 7356 6155 6450 5316
Review Links Xiaomi Mi 9 Review Galaxy S10+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY USUK | AU | SGMY US | UK | MY MY | US | UK

The Samsung Exynos 9825 is much faster than the Exynos 9820 used in the Galaxy S10+. However, it is still not as fast as the Snapdragon 855 used in the US version of the Galaxy Note 10+ and of course, the Xiaomi Mi 9.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Gaming Performance

We tested the Galaxy Note 10 Plus’ gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung
Galaxy S10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Mobile Platform Snapdragon 855 Exynos 8920 Exynos 8925 Exynos 8910
Gaming Score 65518 56808 52693 42598
Graphics 106388 73362 63521 51199
Physics 27945 31741 33003 26825
Graphics Test 1 585.4 fps 397.5 fps 345.3 fps 330.2 fps
Graphics Test 2 382.3 fps 266.3 fps 230.1 fps 167.9 fps
Physics Test 88.7 fps 100.8 fps 104.8 fps 85.2 fps
Review Links Xiaomi Mi 9 Review Galaxy S10+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY US | UK | MY USUK | AU | SGMY MY | US | UK

The Samsung Exynos 8925 was not only slower than the Snapdragon 855 in gaming performance, it was actually slightly slower than the Exynos 8920!

Samsung really needs to work harder on improving the gaming performance of their Exynos platforms.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Battery Life

We then tested the Galaxy Note 10 Plus’ battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung
Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung
Galaxy S10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Battery Capacity 3,300 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,100 mAh 4,000 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 12 mins 10 hours 32 mins 10 hours 17 mins 10 hours 15 mins
Battery Utilisation 3.61 mAh / min. 5.44 mAh / min. 5.32 mAh / min. 5.20 mAh / min.
Review Links Xiaomi Mi 9 Review Galaxy S10+ Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check US | UK | MY USUK | AU | SGMY US | UK | MY MY | US | UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) uses slightly more power than the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note9 smartphones, but its larger battery lets it last a bit longer.

10.5 hours of battery life is nothing to scoff at, but we should note that the Xiaomi Mi 9 lasts over 12 hours on a much smaller 3,300 mAh battery.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with a new adaptive fast charger with a power output of 25 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 4,300 mAh battery.

Recharging Speed Samsung
Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung
Galaxy S10+
Xiaomi Mi 9 Samsung
Galaxy Note9
Battery Capacity 4,300 mAh 4,100 mAh 3,300 mAh 4,000 mAh
Charger Output 25 Watts 15 Watts 18 Watts 15 Watts
Recharging Time 63 minutes 91.6 minutes 84.5 Minutes 107 mins
Recharging Speed 54.6 mAh / minute 35.8 mAh / minute 31.2 mAh / minute 29.9 mAh/ / minute
Review Links Galaxy S10+ Review Xiaomi Mi 9 Review Galaxy Note9 Review
Price Check USUK | AU | SGMY US | UK | MY US | UK | MY MY | US | UK

Thanks to its new 25 watt fast charger, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) has significantly better battery charging performance.

It fully recharged its battery from 20% to 100% in just 63 minutes. That is 52.5% faster than the Galaxy S10+, and 82.6% faster than the Galaxy Note9.

That also gives it a much improved battery life : recharging ratio of 10:1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, just charge it for 6 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 80% level. This took just 34 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 29 minutes to top up the last 20%.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus – Our Verdict + Award

Samsung continues to refine and improve the Galaxy Note phablet, and the Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMY) is really quite impressive.

Adopting the punch hole design of the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung packed a larger 6.8-inch display and a larger 4,300 mAh battery into a thinner and lighter device!

Its Dynamic AMOLED display deserves special mention. It is incredibly bright at 1200 nits, with a wide colour gamut – 100% of DCI-P3 – and is HDR10+ certified! This is hands-down, the industry’s best display.

Credit also goes to Samsung for taking their time to perfect and introduce an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. This is definitely more secure and accurate than optical in-display fingerprint sensors. In our tests, it even works with damp fingers!

Samsung chose to reuse and enhance the triple camera system of the Galaxy S10+ with a ToF (Time of Flight) camera.

That gives you the Video Bokeh ability, as well as 3D scanning ability and a Quick Measure AR capability. However, that’s not as useful as the 5X or 3X telephoto camera in the HUAWEI P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro.

The addition of an ultra-wide angle camera, however, is a nice upgrade from the Galaxy Note9. It’s not something you would appreciate until you actually start using it.

Its new Audio Zoom capability is a nice touch, although it’s much milder than what we would prefer. We hope Samsung will add the option to adjust the Audio Zoom strength.

One of the biggest upgrade is actually the greatly-improved fast charging capability. It now comes with a 25 watt wired charging capability, and a 15 watt wireless charging capability.

Unfortunately, the new S Pen Air Gestures feature is not practical… yet. We can see its potential, but its implementation still leaves much to be desired. Samsung needs to greatly improve its usability, and expand its support.

We should also point out the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack. This will greatly reduce its appeal to those who rely on 3.5 mm earphones or external microphones. Even more so since the required USB-C dongle is not included in the package.

More critically – the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (USUK | AU | SGMYlacks a DAC. This means passive USB-C dongle or earphones that do not have a built-in DAC will fail to work. For more information on what you should buy, read our special article on this subject.

Now, if you are already using the excellent Samsung Galaxy Note9, it will be hard to justify upgrading to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. But that’s only because the Note9 continues to be an excellent phablet with a great S Pen.

We recommend upgrading to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, if you are using the Galaxy Note 7 or older. Or if you want to switch to a smartphone with a stylus.

Again, Samsung has a winning combination in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and we have no qualms awarding it our Editor’s Choice Award. Great job, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options in various countries :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 9

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3440 pixels (498 ppi)
– HDR10+ support
6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP Rating IP68 IP68
Operating System Android 9 Pie Android 8.1 Oreo
System Platform Samsung Exynos 8925 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8910 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4x 6 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB / 512 GB eUFS 3.0 storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 1 TB)
256 GB / 512 GB UFS 2.1 storage
microSD hybrid slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/2.2) 8 MP camera (f/1.7)
Rear Cameras 12 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4, OIS)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.1, OIS)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
3D VGA ToF sensor
12 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4, OIS)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4, OIS)
Dual SIM Capability Dual SIM, dual active capable
– SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Dual SIM, dual active capable
– SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Connectivity 4G : LTE Cat 20
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
4G : LTE Cat 18
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
Iris Scanner No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Bixby Yes Yes
S Pen Yes, Bluetooth LE Yes, Bluetooth LE
Battery 4,300 mAh
45 W wired charging
15 W wireless charging
4,000 mAh
18 W wired charging
10 W wireless charging
Dimensions 77.2 mm wide
162.3 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 196 g 201 g

 

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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!

 

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)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

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

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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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.

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.

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

The 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.

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

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note10
Samsung Galaxy
Note9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
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.

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.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Infinity-O Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 will come with a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display, with a Full HD+ resolution and a punch hold for the front camera.

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

On the other hand, the Note10+ comes with a massive 6.8-inch display and Quad HD+ display resolution.

 

Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen will get some upgrades, 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.

It will apparently let you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch between the different cameras. Get more details in our article – Samsung Galaxy Note10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

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Single Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 has a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera in the front, with f/1.9 aperture and a 80° field of view like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

 

Triple Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with a triple camera system, that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and 123° field of view.
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2X lossless zoom

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

There are three Audio Zoom microphones, which will “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and hopefully greatly reduce ambient noise.

Audio Zoom will also change the range of sound that it captures as you “zoom” into the action. Very interesting!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Dual SIM Tray

Disappointingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will NOT come with a hybrid SIM tray. Instead, it will have a dual SIM tray.

This means you are limited to the 256 GB internal storage.

While that is more than enough for most users, we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media.

In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

If you want the ability to add a microSD card, you will need to opt for the Note10+, which comes with the hybrid SIM slot.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, and supports 45W fast charging and 12W fast wireless charging.

However, it will not come with the new 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger, only a 25W fast charger.

 

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrects the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung removed the  headphone jack in the Note10 series.

Unfortunately, the dongle is NOT free. Samsung is going to sell it for US$10 / ~£8.30 / A$20 / ~RM 42  each.

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

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Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner?

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 comes with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like their Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e brethren.

It loses the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note9, but retains Face Recognition.

 

IP68 Water-Resistance

It was rumoured that the Note10 will boast improved IP69 water-resistance. This would mean it would be able to withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough for short immersions in water up to 1.5 m in depth, but not enough to withstand pressurised or forceful sprays of water.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been unveiled! And we managed to get our hands on the first few units in the world!

But while we are working on the videos and preview articles, let’s do a quick round-up of EVERYTHING we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 so far!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

This will become our central repository of everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Key Dates

Samsung Unpacked Launch

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 in New York City on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 1 PM PST / 4 PM EDT / 9 PM BST… and over here in Malaysia, at 4 AM on 8 August 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Pre-Order

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 pre-order will run globally from 8-18 August 2019, with collections starting from 22 August 2019 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Retail Availability

Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Note 10 globally beginning 23 August 2019.

Recommended : Galaxy Note 10 PRE-ORDER Promo + Details For Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Models

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note9, Samsung introduced three main models, with different storage capacities

Samsung Galaxy Note10 (SM-N970)

  • This will be the base model, with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 3,500 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB of internal storage with NO microSD card slot.
  • It will have a single front camera, with a triple camera system in the back.

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

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (SM-N975)

  • It will have a larger 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 4,300 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 1TB).
  • It will have a single front camera, with a quad camera system in the back.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G (SM-N976)

  • It’s the Galaxy Note10+ with an additional 5G modem

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

The Galaxy Note 10 is available in FIVE colours :

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  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Pink (exclusive)
  • Aura Red (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

The Galaxy Note 10+ is available in these FOUR colours :

  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Blue (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

To make it easier for you to choose a colour, we created this video comparison of the Aura Glow, Aura Pink, Aura Black and Aura White colour options!

For more details, and two additional colour comparison videos, please see Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | Note 10+ Colour Comparisons!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications

We compare the specifications of both models against the Galaxy Note 9.

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 Launch Price

To make it easier for you, we created this table to show the available models and prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) $949.99 £869 A$1,499 RM 3,699
Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB) $1099.99 £999 A$1,699 RM 4,199
Galaxy Note10+ (512 GB) $1199.99 RM 4,799
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (256 GB) $1299.99 £1099
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (512 GB) $1399.99 £1199 A$1,999

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

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price List In Malaysia CONFIRMED!

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Faster Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms!

Globally, they will all run on the new Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC, released just in time to power the Galaxy Note 10 devices.

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.

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

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note 10
Samsung Galaxy
Note 9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
P30 Pro
Single Core 4495 3443 4821 3317
Multi-Core 10223 8778 11610 9819

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

This puts them 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 Galaxy Note 10 comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Display Sizes

Both models will come with Infinity-O displays, with a punch hole for the front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will come with a 6.3-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution.

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

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will come with a massive 6.8-inch display and Quad HD display resolution.

 

Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen will get some upgrades, 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.

It will apparently let you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch between the different cameras. Get more details in our article – Samsung Galaxy Note10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

 

Single Front Camera

Both models will have a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 80° field of view like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

 

Triple Or Quad Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have a triple camera system, that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and 123° field of view.
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2X lossless zoom

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will have a quad camera system. In addition to the three cameras above, it will feature :

  • DepthVision Camera : a HQVGA (240 x 160 pixels) ToF (Time of Flight) sensor which provides 3D data – does not take pictures!

 

Video Bokeh

This is a really exciting feature for those who record videos. The Galaxy Note 10+ with its DepthVision camera will be able to blur out the background of your videos using the Video Bokeh feature.

This will give your videos a real cinematic flair with adjustable depth-of-field effects. You can also add special effects in real-time!

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

There are three Audio Zoom microphones, which will “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and hopefully greatly reduce ambient noise.

Audio Zoom will also change the range of sound that it captures as you “zoom” into the action. Very interesting!

Next Page > More Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Key Features!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hybrid SIM Tray

Disappointingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will NOT come with a hybrid SIM tray.

Instead, it will have a dual SIM tray. This means you are limited to the 256 GB internal storage.

While that is more than enough for most users, we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media.

In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

If you want the ability to add a microSD card, you will need to opt for the Galaxy Note 10+, which comes with the hybrid SIM slot.

Here’s a curious bit of oddity – the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does not have the hybrid SIM tray. Only the LTE version.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, while the Note 10+ has a larger 4,300 mAh battery.

They both support 45W fast charging and 12W fast wireless charging.

However, neither will come bundled with the new 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger. Only a 25W fast charger.

Samsung will introduce a new EP-N5200 wireless charging dock that will support 20W wireless charging across two coils.

 

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrects the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung will officially kill the headphone jack in the Galaxy Note10 series.

Unfortunately, the dongle is NOT free. Samsung is going to sell it for US$10 / ~£8.30 / A$20 / ~RM 42  each.

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

 

Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner?

Both models will come with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like their Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e brethren.

They lose the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note9, but retain Face Recognition.

 

IP68 Water-Resistance

It was rumoured that they will boast improved IP69 water-resistance. This would mean they will withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough for short immersions in water up to 1.5 m in depth, but not enough to withstand pressurised or forceful sprays of water.

 

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Revision History

2019-08-11 : Added more information about the Exynos 9825 and Snapdragon 855 mobile platforms, DepthVision camera, hybrid SIM tray, and IP68 water resistance.

2019-08-09 : Addedthe Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+ colour comparison, and details about their colour options.

2019-08-08 : Added the confirmed launch prices and specifications, as well as pre-order details and videos from the Galaxy Unpacked event, and the exclusive media preview.

2019-08-07 : Added the leaked Galaxy Note 10 prices, specifications as well as details on the S Pen, Air Gestures, Audio Zoom, etc.

Originally posted @ 2019-08-06

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