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  • Bundled charger is really fast
  • Very good battery life
  • Excellent cameras
  • Stunning display
  • Base model has a generous 256GB/12GB storage and memory configuration.
  • Retains the microSD card support and adopts fast UFS 3.0 storage.
  • Surprisingly compact and slim body given the hardware and screen size.
  • S-Pen with tons of unique features.
  • Nice camera experience all-around, with small exceptions.
  • Fast battery charging, supports even faster speeds with another wall charger.
  • Great-sounding stereo loudspeakers.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Bright OLED screen with small hole and razor-thin bezels.
  • S-Pen is more versatile than ever.
  • Size and weight could be issues for some users
  • Camera Scene Optimiser needs tweaks
  • No 3.5mm audio jack.
  • The ultra-wide angle camera lacks autofocus.
  • The Night mode needs more work.
  • Telephoto lacks a longer reach than 2x.
  • A high-refresh rate screen would have made it a lot more competitive.
  • The in-display fingerprint needs more optimization (mostly software-wise).
  • Controversial power button placement.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Specs

Samsung has launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in this review we’re gonna be focusing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus version of the phone and not the vanilla note because it has more features and it’s a bigger jump from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus .

now this is one of the shiniest and prettiest phones that we’ve seen recently, but does that mean that it’s premium enough for its high price tag, we are and this is a review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Design

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the design is gorgeous, this beast of a phone is practically bezel free it has a tiny hole punch and the ER glow color is the definition of eye catching, it actually reminds me of the back of a CD or like Matthew Mona said a disco ball .

in terms of ergonomics it’s also much comfier to hold in last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 despite the size this is probably because the aluminum frame is thinner also the phone is bounced quite nicely so it feels much lighter than it actually is .

the curve of the sides is also much more subtle than last year which adds to the elegant effect, the power button has been moved to the left or the Bixby key used to be .

one of our working theories is that Samson didn’t have a lot of space to put the button in a comfortable spot on the right since that’s where the bulk of the electronics for the s-pen are .

still the move isn’t much of a loss because that Bixby has been hanging around for three generations now and nobody really liked it very much and now you can remap the power button so you can choose whether you want Bixby, the camera app or something else .

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yeah taking screenshots is a little more awkward but you can also turn on the palm swipe shortcut, the fingerprint reader is noticeably faster than on the Samsung Galaxy S10 but it’s still slowed down by the unlocking animation  .

you can actually make it quicker by switching on faster recognition which is slightly less secure than a regular fingerprint scan, or if you don’t care about crazy good security there’s also a face unlock option .

on the top you’ll find a card slot which still supports external storage on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus what is missing on this device and its little brother is the headphone jack .

I’m honestly a little surprised that they did it first on a note line and not on the Galaxy S phones because the note is typically associated with having every important feature out there and the s-pen .

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if you can afford this phone you can probably afford a nice pair of bluetooth headphones or Samsung’s Galaxy buds but I’m still wary of the whole bluetooth headphone thing .

I’ve learned to live with the annoyance that is charging them and the occasional dysfunctional Bluetooth connection on even the best of phones but in general those super expensive headphones, Sony .

have mediocre microphones and I’m constantly forced to turn them off and use a phone normally like a plug, so yeah it’s official that jack is dead but can the headphone industry catch up already .

until it does you can buy a Samsung dongle because there isn’t one included in the box still if that’s the main way you listen to music you’ll be happy to know that the wired audio quality is excellent and surprisingly there’s still FM radio .

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also whether you’re dealing with Bluetooth cans or the dongle life the adapt sound option is still available so you can add a personalized sound profile depending on how good your hearing is .

while we’re on the topic of audio the stereo loudspeaker setup is surprisingly loud and well balanced especially once you consider how incredibly tiny that earpieces .

mid-tones and highs are nice but lows can be a little more powerful, still it’s one of the best you’ll find on a phone .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Screen

another feature that’s one of the best you’ll find is that gorgeous 6.8 inch dynamic AMOLED screen it’s a qHD display that supports HDR 10 plus and has excellent colors the vivid mode can be a bit bluish but the natural mode makes it incredibly accurate . Read More : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G

brightness can get it to a nice 381 nits in manual mode and a whopping 794 in auto mode so sunlight legibility should not be an issue .

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the whole bunch also isn’t much of a problem since it’s pretty small in comparison to the size of the display you hardly notice it even when you’re watching videos .

if it really bothers you there’s no way to hide it but this is an AMOLED display so anytime there’s something darker on the screen it’ll simply blend in .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Hardware

depending on where you live you’ll get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus that’s powered either by the Snapdragon 855 plus or the Exynos 9825 .

we tested the Exynos version of the phone and established that while it has slightly higher clock speeds on some of the cores performance is not substantially different from that of the galaxy s10 plus .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Battery

battery life however is much better with a massive 4300 milliamp hour battery, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus got a hundred and seven hours of endurance on our tests and you could probably even bump this up by going into settings and changing the power consumption options .

charging is also improved and the phone supports charging up to 45 watts if you shell out some extra cash for Samsung’s fast charger if you don’t want to give up the extra money and just use the standard keyboard a box then you’ll get 25 watt charging .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Software

the phone sports Android Pi with one UI on top, well the software is packed full of options it doesn’t feel as heavy as that of previous generations .

it also makes this behemoth a little easier to navigate than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from last year but it’s still far from a one-handed device .

gestures in particular make this phone much easier to navigate and we really recommend you use them instead of navigation buttons .

however even if you choose not to you can swipe down in almost every menu and what’s on the screen will drop down to the bottom half of the display for easier reaching .

in general if you’ve used any recent Samsung phone everything will be pretty familiar, there’s still edge lighting for notifications and they’ve brought a tapped awake function so you can activate the always-on display .

the S Pen also includes new gestures for the camera but there’s still a bit gimmicky, taking a photo from far away as super useful but now you’ll also have the option of air gestures which allow you to switch from one camera mode to another .

Galaxy Note 10 Plus Cameras

really I can’t think of many situations we’re just walking over and switching the camera mode isn’t easier, you can also use the combined powers of the time-of-flight camera and the s-pen to create a our doodles, the top flight sensor it doesn’t just aid with a are however .

tof cameras use infrared lights to determine depth distance and that’s the reason why even though the triple camera setup is pretty much the same as the one that you’ll find on the galaxy s 10 .

the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has way better portraits actually I think it’s time we talk about the cameras, they can make or break a flagship especially one as premium and expensive as this one .

the main 12 megapixel camera has a variable aperture and it’s pretty much the same hardware that we’ve been seeing on Galaxy phones since the s9 .

however since the chipsets and image signal processors have gotten better the photos and videos we’re seeing have also gotten better .

the main cam produces shots with low noise good detail and punchy colors during the day, we compared them to photos produce by the Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the Oneplus 7 pro .

the Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s to use a lower exposure than the S 10 better HDR but slightly softer images at times .

the oneplus 7 pro on the other hand has slightly less amazing HDR but more detail sometimes significantly so, on a telephoto camera there’s less detail than on the main cam, but the processing is very similar so we see the pattern repeats .

the dynamic range is still good in HDR is once again better than the equivalent on the s10 the note tends telephoto also has a slightly wider aperture which means less shaky photos .

as far as the ultra wide is concerned the note 10 plus has one of the widest fields of view on a phone but very little distortion despite that, once again HDR is better on the note then on the s10 .

at night however the results surprised us low-light photos are great with generally nice detail and good colors, if you switch on night mode the already good dynamic range is further improved .

however this mode isn’t necessarily better than the regular photo mode so whether it’s worth using or not depends on the scene your taking a shot of .

when we compared the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus to the Samsung Galaxy s10 we didn’t find any significant differences but when we compared it to the oneplus 7 Pro well the oneplus tended to capture better photos at night even without night mode the oneplus had more detail with sharper and dealt better with light sources .

the note 10 plus had better dynamic range but images were significantly softer despite the smaller sensor the ultra wide camera produces good images even without night mode .

in fact night mode only helps for improving the dynamic range at the cost of some softness, where the note 10 really shines is edge detection you can treat portraits with both the telephoto and main camera and the 3d tof sensor allows for excellent portraits on even difficult subjects .

the tof also allows for live focus and videos but the blur effect there is much less successful than what you get with stills .

the colorpoint and glitch effects seem to work a bit better and would be pretty effective for something like Instagram stories .

other than that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus excels in video recording and it even supports HDR 10 plus recording and 4k there’s plenty of detail excellent dynamic range and punchy colors .

you can use all three cameras when you’re shooting in 4k and you can choose whether you want to shoot in 30 or 60 frames per second .

Full HD video keeps the same characteristics albeit in a lower resolution and allows for a super steady stabilization .

last but not least .. the selfie camera .. it’s the same one as in the previous generation although with a slightly smaller opening because Samsung wanted to make the punch hole less obtrusive selfies have impressed some dynamic range and the autofocus means they’re pretty much always in focus .

the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one of the most premium phones you can buy at the moment but should you get, it well it depends on your priorities .

if the s-pen is not important to you then honestly you’re gonna get a really similar user experience with the oneplus 7 pro or the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus which are way cheaper than this phone .

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

if the s-pen is important to you then the verdict is pretty clear and you’re really gonna like this device it’s shiny and pretty and powerful and it has pretty much every feature you could want in a phone .

Update - 2019.09.30

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus



2G bands

CDMA 800 / 1900 – USA, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – USA, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300)


HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2048/150 Mbps, 5G (2+ Gbps DL)


2019, August


Available. Released 2019, August


162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 in)


196 g (6.91 oz)


Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame


Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

Stylus (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro), IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)

Display Type

Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

6.8 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~91.0% screen-to-body ratio)


1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~498 ppi density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Other screen features

HDR10+, Always-on display

Operation System

Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI


Exynos 9825 (7 nm) – EMEA/LATAM, Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) – USA/China


Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) – USA/China, Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA/LATAM


Adreno 640 – USA/China, Mali-G76 MP12 – EMEA/LATAM

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot) – dual SIM model only

Internal Memory

256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm, Super Steady video, TOF 3D VGA camera, Quad

Camera Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama


2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS

Selfie Camera

10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Single

Selfie Camera Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Selfie Camera Video


Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack


General Features

Tuned by AKG, 32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dolby Atmos sound


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot


5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX






FM radio (USA & Canada only)


3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector


Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)


Fast battery charging 45W, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W, Non-removable Li-Ion 4300 mAh battery, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W


Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Blue


SM-N975F, SM-N975U, SM-N9750, SM-N975U1, SM-N975W, SM-N975N

Specific Absorption Rate

0.35 W/kg (head) 0.70 W/kg (body)


About 1100 EUR

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