The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is a line of Android-based phablets designed, developed, produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. They were unveiled on 7 August 2019, as the successors to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
This is a hands-on review of the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10. The first time its Note flagship will be coming with a Plus version and with no headphone jack. For the first time, there is also a third version which is the 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10+.
Samsung built the Galaxy Note brand on delivering the best big-screen phones around, but the best thing about the new Galaxy Note 10 is how delightfully small it is. The 6.3-inch Note 10 is one of the most compact big-screen phones yet, thanks to its nearly bezel-free Infinity-O screen — and some features Samsung left on the cutting room floor. The Samsung Note 10 also boasts several S-Pen enhancements (including gestures), a better camera for video recording, and an easier way to mirror the phone on a PC.
Samsung Note 10 does involve some trade-offs. You won’t find a headphone jack, and the microSD card slot is gone, too (though it’s still on the larger Galaxy Note 10 Plus). The Note 10’s screen also isn’t as sharp as its predecessor’s screen, though I didn’t really notice the difference during my hands-on time. Here’s what we like — and what we don’t — about the Galaxy Note 10 so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Design
The Galaxy Note 10 is easily one of the most striking phones of the year, especially if you get it in the Aura Glow colour. That model gives off a silvery iridescence that changes hues as the light hits it at different angles. You can also get it in Aura White, Aura Black and Aura Blue. The most impressive thing about the Galaxy Note 10 is how it feels in your hand. At 6.3 inches, the Galaxy Note 10 has a slightly smaller screen than the 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9, but it’s remarkably thinner and lighter. The power button and volume controls are on the left side of the phone. Yes, the headphone jack is gone. Samsung ditched the 3.5-millimetre jack on the Galaxy Note 10, as well as the microSD card slot to achieve a sleeker design. So you’ll need to be aware of those trade-offs. On the plus side, Samsung is bundling active noise-cancelling AKG headphones in the box that use USB-C.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display, which has a cutout located in the top centre of the panel. Personally, I find the Note 10’s punch hole less distracting than the one on the Galaxy S10, which is on the right side, but it’s still noticeable on this Note when you’re using an app with a white background.
One notable downgrade from Note 9 to the Note 10 is the display. The Note 10’s Dynamic AMOLED screen packs 2280 x 1080 pixels, which is full HD+ compared to 3040 x 1440 or quad HD for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. I don’t think most people will notice, and you still get the same great colours and HDR+ certification.
S Pen: Air Actions, handwriting to text and AR Doodle
The S Pen has gained some new tricks on the Galaxy Note 10, but some of them come across as more gimmicky than useful, at least based on my hands-on impressions.
The S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10 lets you convert handwriting to text. Say you scribble a note using the Screen Off memo feature. From there, you can save the note and then export it to a Word doc, PDF or other file and send it out. We found this to be too many steps; I’d prefer an instantaneous conversion like PDAs did decades ago. You can convert handwriting to text directly in the Samsung Notes app. You just double-tap the word or words and then select the Convert button. But, we didn’t see a way to convert a whole note at once.
You don’t have to apply nearly as much effort to use the new Air Actions gestures for the S Pen. For instance, you can change camera modes in the camera app just by swiping the stylus in the air while you press the button, and you can zoom in by making a circular motion with the S Pen. This worked, but it took some practice to get the hang of it.
Last but not least, there’s a new AR Doodle feature that has the potential to create viral moments with your friends. Using the S Pen, you can draw on a live view of a subject or multiple subjects, and whatever you draw on them (a hat, moustache, etc.) will travel with them as they move about the frame. The AR Doodle feature seems like fun, as you can see in the above video demo. But it helps if you’re at least a decent artist if you want to get the most out of it.
Samsung Note 10 Cameras
Samsung decided to use the same camera sensors on the Galaxy Note 10 as on the Galaxy S10, which means you should not expect a leap in performance when taking still shots. The back of the phone houses a triple-camera setup that includes a wide-angle 12MP shooter, an ultra-wide camera that takes 123-degree pics, and a 12MP telephoto lens that’s limited to 2x optical zoom. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus offers a fourth sensor, a VGA depth camera that’s optimized for taking bokeh shots and better depth effects.
Where Samsung hopes the Galaxy Note 10 stands out is with its video prowess. The phone sports a Live Focus mode for video, which lets you blur out the background or add special effects– like colourizing just the subject while keeping the background black and white. We tried this out and it worked pretty well. We did not get to try the new Zoom-in mic feature, which can help minimize background sound so that, with a tap, you can focus just on the person you identify. There’s a single 10MP camera upfront that shoots wide-angle selfies (80 degrees), and it now offers a Night Mode that should deliver better results in dim conditions.
Samsung is also including an improved video-editing app on the Note 10 that’s optimized for the S Pen, so it should be relatively easy to trim clips and perform other tasks with more precision than using your finger. If you want even more versatility, you’ll be able to download Adobe Rush for Galaxy phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 battery
With a capacity of 3,500 mAh, the Galaxy Note 10’s battery is smaller than both the Galaxy Note 9 (4,000 mAh) and Galaxy Note 10 (4,300 mAh), but it should still provide good endurance. A lower screen resolution than the Note 9 should help the Note 10 sap less power. When it’s time to juice back up, you’ll be happy to know that the Note 10 ships with a 25-watt charger, which is the same that comes in the box with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. You’ll be able to get from 0% to 100% in a little less than an hour. Samsung will also sell an optional 45-W charger that promises to get you through the whole day after being plugged in for only 30 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 also features speedy wireless charging at 15 W, as well as the convenient Wireless Power Share feature pioneered by the Galaxy S10, so you’ll be able to charge other Qi-compatible phones and gadgets using the back of the Note 10.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price in Nigeria
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 8GB + 256GB is priced at $949.99, which is around N340,100 in Nigeria naira currency. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus goes for $1099.99, which is around N393,442 in Nigerian naira currency.
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