After endless leaks revealing the good, the bad và the brilliant, Samsung’s Galaxy cảnh báo 10 & Galaxy cảnh báo 10 Plus have landed. Samsung has split the range into two phones for the first time & there are some serious differences. Here’s everything you need lớn know…

Displays - Brilliant But Flawed

The most obvious (but not the most crucial) difference between the Galaxy lưu ý 10 and the Galaxy cảnh báo 10 Plus (written by Samsung as Note10+) are the physical sizes of their displays:

Galaxy chú ý 10 - 6.3 inches, Dynamic AMOLED+, 1080 x 2280 pixels (90.9% screen-to-body ratio), 401 ppi density), HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 6
Galaxy chú ý 10+ - 6.8 inches, Dynamic AMOLED+, 1440 x 3040 pixels (91% screen-to-body ratio), 19:9 ratio (498 ppi density), HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 6

Yes, the cảnh báo 10 Plus is a monster & the cảnh báo 10 is only 0.1-inches smaller than the note 9. Wisely, Samsung has dropped the pixels on the chú ý 10 as you won’t notice the PPI difference & it has added Gorilla Glass 6, which has improved scratch và impact resistance compared to GG5 on the chú ý 9.

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As always, Samsung is promising slightly brighter & more vivid displays compared khổng lồ last year but the reduction in blue light đầu ra is arguably more of a practical benefit for most. The physical headline changes are a new central punch-hole for the front-facing camera (which delivers industry-high screen-to-body ratios) and the addition of an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader lượt thích the Galaxy S10. Interestingly, Samsung has also upgraded the haptic feedback motor on both phones so you’ll get improved vibration feedback, though this comes at a cost.

The flaw, however, is neither phone supports a high refresh rate display. OnePlus (90Hz), Razer (120Hz) & Google (90Hz) are aboard this bandwagon which delivers noticeably smoother performance than the standard 60Hz panels on other phones, including the new Notes. It’s a disappointing omission, which will look even more of an oversight down the line.

Design - Bigger Yet Smaller

The punch-hole cameras are by far the most striking change khổng lồ the new Notes, & it has a highly beneficial impact on their dimensions:

Galaxy note 10 - 151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm (5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 in), 168 g (5.93 oz) Galaxy lưu ý 10+ - 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 in), 196 g (6.91 oz) Galaxy lưu ý 9 - 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in), 201 g (7.09 oz)

Yes, despite their massive new screens, the new Notes are far more compact than their predecessors with the 6.3-inch note 10 weighing 33g less than the 6.4-inch lưu ý 9. Meanwhile, note 10 Plus owners effectively get another 0.4-inches of display for no significant kích cỡ or weight penalty. That’s a huge win.

But the downside is both models chiến bại their headphone jack as the company finally buckles to industry pressure. For some lưu ý fans, this may be a dealbreaker.

The cảnh báo 10 also makes a further compromise, dropping microSD, though it is still present on the lưu ý 10 Plus. So yes, Samsung is clearly trying to lớn push nguồn users lớn the bigger (and more expensive) model. Nguồn buttons have changed too with the Bixby button gone and now integrated into the power nguồn button (this is customisable). At least the usual IP68 water resistance remains.

As for finishes, this is all change with Samsung adopting iridescent ‘Aura’ colours that are similar khổng lồ the mirrored multicoloured finishes which have proved popular on Huawei’s phones. They look great but are highly reflective fingerprint magnets you’ll probably put a case on anyway. There are slight differences in availability:

note 10: Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura Pink lưu ý 10+: Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura white

Cameras - Triple As Standard

As for the cameras, the differences are not as big as you might expect:

Front - 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, Dual pixel PDAF, 4k đoạn phim recording Rear - 12 MP, f/1.5-1.8-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm, 4K video clip recording (Note 10+ - TOF 3d VGA camera)

This is a quite bewildering array of specs, but the key points are the rear cameras remain unchanged from the Galaxy S10 line-up (primary, telephoto và 123-degree wide-angle) with the lưu ý 10 Plus adding a Time of Flight sensor lượt thích the Galaxy S10 5G. The ToF sensor measures distance to improve autofocus times, particularly in low light.

On the downside, Samsung is still recycling the same primary rear camera module it has used since the Galaxy S7 (the Galaxy S11 will mark “a new beginning”), but Samsung has greatly improved the image processing since then (improved stabilisation stands out here) and 4K 60fps video clip recording is available front & back with the option to địa chỉ Portrait Mode-style bokeh effects.

Where questions do remain, however, is the front camera. The new Notes use the same 10MP sensor as the S10 range (the cảnh báo 9 had an 8MP front camera) but with no dual camera option (like the Galaxy S10 Plus), it remains to lớn be seen how well Portrait Mode will work for selfies.

Performance - Cutting Edge, But Not For Long

Now, this is an area of some contention:

EMEA - Exynos 9825 Octa (7 nm), CPU: Octa-core (2x 2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A55), GPU: Mali-G76-MP12 US, trung quốc - Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm), CPU: Octa-core (1x2.8 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.4 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 485), GPU: Adreno 640

While Europe will get an upgraded version of the Exynos 9820 chipset used in the Galaxy S10 phones, the US and trung quốc will not get Qualcomm’s impending Snapdragon 855+ chipset which delivers a 15% graphics boost & incrementally better CPU performance than the S10’s SD855 chip.

This isn’t the end of the world, but with the Snapdragon 865 also coming early next year, it would’ve been nice to see the new Notes get the absolutely best chipset available right now across all regions. Samsung does claim lớn have fitted the Notes with a new ‘cooling vapor chamber’ though, which should help the phones stay cool & avoid throttling performance.

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The lưu ý 10s also have next-gen UFS 3.0 storage which is twice as quick as the UFS 2.1 storage inside the Galaxy S10 lineup & RAM is plentiful. The note 10 gets 8GB while the cảnh báo 10 Plus has 12GB, but with its lower native resolution don’t feel shortchanged if you go for the smaller model. The chú ý 10 Plus will also get a 5G option (using Qualcomm’s X50 modem), for those determined to lớn hop on the 5G bandwagon early.

In terms of software, the biggest changes are lớn the S Pen. The addition of an accelerometer brings ‘Air’ actions which let you control the phone’s screens just by making gestures in the air (swipe through photos with a flick, draw circles lớn zoom in & out with the camera, etc). This seems somewhat gimmicky, but with Google’s px 4 also going down the air gesture route (minus an S Pen) it seems customers are going lớn get plenty of opportunities lớn see if they like it.

Battery Life - Hello Super Charging

After the big battery capacity increase on last year’s chú ý 9 (4000mAh), this year it’s all about charge speeds:

Galaxy chú ý 10 - 3500 mAh, 25W fast charging, 20W wireless charging Galaxy lưu ý 10+ - 4300 mAh, 45W fast charging, 20W wireless charging

Compared lớn the Galaxy S10 and lưu ý 9 (15W wired), this is a huge step-up. That said, there is a bone of contention that 1. The note 10 doesn’t tư vấn 45W charging, and 2. The note 10 Plus only has a 25W charger in the box. Samsung will charge circa $50 for the 45W charger separately.

That said, Samsung really is stepping up here after years of falling behind. The company claims its 45W “super-fast charging” can deliver a full day’s worth of battery life in just 30 minutes with both phones lasting several days on a full charge. Samsung has also boosted its wireless charging speeds above the wired charging of its predecessor, which is very impressive, and added reverse wireless charging (like the S10 line-up).

An interesting aside: the loss of the tai nghe jack gave Samsung the ability khổng lồ increase battery capacities in both phones by 100mAh. Whether this is worth it, is likely khổng lồ be hotly debated.

Price và Storage - Subtle Price Increases

Compared to the Galaxy cảnh báo 9 (from $999), the cảnh báo 10 range appears khổng lồ have had a price reduction, but don’t be fooled:

Galaxy note 10 - $949 (8GB, 256GB) Galaxy note 10+ - $1,099 (12GB, 256GB), TBC (512GB) Galaxy lưu ý 10+ 5G - $1,299 (256GB), TBC (512GB)

Yes, the note 10 is cheaper than the note 9 but the latter was a genuine flagship while the new lưu ý is the entry-level device. As such, you’ll be paying $100 more for the “true” lưu ý 9 successor và this puts the note 10 Plus into iPhone XS Max territory. Meanwhile, the 5G option is eye-wateringly expensive, so 5G fans may want lớn wait until next year when it should come as standard.

Pre-orders are now live and shipping starts August 23.

Conclusion - Solid, If Unspectacular Upgrades

Samsung deserves great credit for the note 10 range’s design, they knock it out of the park. It’s also good to lớn see the company leap onto the cutting-edge of battery charging & continue to lớn find new ways lớn innovate with the distinctive S Pen.

That said, cutting microSD from the chú ý 10 & the tai nghe jack from both models is going khổng lồ irritate the Note’s typically hardcore audience and undermine its reputation as the ultimate do-all smartphone. It’s also a shame that Samsung hasn’t taken the option khổng lồ fit the lưu ý 10’s with Qualcomm’s faster Snapdragon 855+ chipset and the naming of the new phones is a little deceptive. What we really have here are a chú ý 10e & a chú ý 10, but that wouldn’t let Samsung get away with its new price points.

As such, while I think Samsung has done a solid job with its new models (and it’s good lớn see two screen sizes at long last), they are not revolutionary. For those who don’t need an S Pen, Samsung looks set to lớn up its trò chơi with the Galaxy S11 và 5G should be a standard feature by the time the Galaxy chú ý 11 launches. That"s food for thought.


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