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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review (early judgment): size really does matter

Samsung has taken off its new Galaxy Note 10 range. For the first time in years, the South Korean company has launched more than one handset for the Galaxy Note flagship. While the deciding factor for most buyers will be the screen size, it's far from the only differentiating feature between these two smartphones … but more on that later.

While the Galaxy Note 10+ packs the kind of thumb-straining screen you "I expect from the assortment of popularized phablets, the Galaxy Note 10 chooses a more conservative 6.3-inch screen. It might seem strange to describe a 6.3-inch screen retention – after all, it's bigger than both the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 – but the incredible work done by the Samsung R&D department to minimize the frame around the screen means that this really makes feel as a manageable handset.

Earlier launch of Galaxy Unpacked, T3 had the chance to grab Galaxy Note 9 successors, the following are our first impressions of the handset. Check back for an in-depth review complete with a star rating in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Price, release date

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be available in three colors – Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura Pink. It is incredible reflective and appears in a different shade each time it catches the light.

Photographs may look like the shimmering surfaces seen in the Huawei P30 series, but it's not quite as nice as that one. It is too reflective for to really shine the colors, which is a shame as the comparable Prism White color of the Galaxy S10 series which debuted earlier this year is fantastic and proves that Samsung can stand toe-to-toe with Huawei when it comes to this look.

Pre-orders are available online today, August 7, while the first smartphones will start appearing on the high street store shelves from August 23, 2019. Galaxy Note 10 starts from £ 899 for the 4G model with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB built-in storage, while the Galaxy Note 10+ costs £ 999 for the 256 GB variant, and max-out to £ 1,199 for the 5G-enabled handset with 512 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM. [19659008] Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review "class =" expandable lazy-image lazy-image-loading lazyload optional-image "sizes =" auto "data-normal =" https://www.t3.com/missing-image. svg "data-src =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-320-80.jpg "data-srcset =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAY 2560-80.jpg 2560w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1920-80.jpg 1920w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1680- jpg 1680w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1440-80.jpg 1440w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1366-.jpg : //cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1280-80.jpg 1280w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-1024-80.jpg 1024w, https // .mos.cms.futurecdn.net / 2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-768-80.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-415-80.jpg 415w, https: //cd .futurecdn.net / 2sg4MhdTmZV RYrwNAYtMfR-360-80.jpg 360w, https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR-320-80.jpg 320w "data-sizes =" auto "data-original-mos =" https: // cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR.jpg "data-pin-media =" https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/2sg4MhdTmZVRYrwNAYtMfR.jpg "/>

(Image credit: 19659009] Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Display, Design

Holds the Galaxy Note 10 in the palm, it just feels right . Sure, streaming the latest very binge Netflix series that everyone is talking about would undoubtedly be more fun on the 6.8-inch panel found on Note 10+, but is it really worth all the trouble a screen what size each day means? After playing with the Galaxy Note 10 for a little while, we are not convinced.

Samsung has done a phenomenal job of removing the border around the AMOLED screen on Note 10. The flagship phone now has a 93.2% screen-to-body ratio, up from 83.9% on Note 9 – that's the difference between the device feels cumbersome and cumbersome and manageable. As with the Galaxy S10 series, One UI deserves much of the credit here as well.

The Android Pie-based software was designed to make expansive smartphone screens easier to use – especially with one hand. To do this, One UI switches all elements of the user interface that you actually need to interact with – buttons, switches, menu options – to the lower third of the touch screen where they can be easily accessed, even for those with smaller hands.

Think of it as the function Reachability Apple introduced a few years back, which temporarily drops the entire screen in the lower half of the screen, but was applied over a user interface. Even if you swipe the message shadow, the quick action lets go far enough down the screen that you don't have to perform thumb-gymnastics to hit the right icon.

The comically big titles at the top of the screen look pretty odd – Sure Samsung could have found something more useful to do with all that extra space at the top of the screen instead of just WordArt & # 39; s every menu title as a redundant year 7 zhuzhing up his homework? But it's a small price to pay for a generous 6.3-inch screen that stays comfortable to use while on the move.

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With Galaxy Note 10, Samsung has fine-tuned its Infinity-O design and moved the O-shaped cutout (hence the name) used for to accommodate the front facing camera. While the Galaxy S10 series held the punch in the upper-right corner of the screen and the Galaxy A8s circled in the upper-left, the Galaxy Note 10 carries its embedded camera high and proud dead center.

At least there is no dual camera like the one on the Galaxy S10 Plus, which takes up a lot of space and feels like an outbreak of dead pixels has started in the corner of the screen. For our money, the new design is a little better .

The new punch camera does not get in the way of the small system icons found in the upper left and right corners of every Android smartphone. And if the notch on the iPhone X has taught us anything, it's that is very easy to get used to with an intrusion in the middle of the screen.

That being said, the cycloptic note 10 cannot reasonably be described as beautiful – a word that can definitely be used for previous iterations in the Galaxy Note series.

Unlocking the Galaxy Note 10 is handled with an on-screen ultrasound fingerprint scanner – just like the Galaxy S10 series. Samsung has moved the sensor a little higher up in the picture this time, so it falls into a much more natural position when holding the phone. Unfortunately, we couldn't test the accuracy or speed of the fingerprint scanner, but we were impressed by how well the technology worked – even when the screen was smooth with rain – on the S10.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Camera

The Galaxy Note 10 selfies are handled by a 10MP camera with f / 2.2. In our short time of using the handset, photographs from the front-facing camera looked good – with lots of details that will survive more than a few edits before being published on social media. Just like the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy Note 10 supports Live Focus images from the front camera, so you can add an artificial blurry style behind your face.

Samsung has also thrown in some crazy looks for those who want to stand out from the endless ocean of bokeh-filled selfies, including a new "glitch" effect that gives the background the look of a poorly maintained VHS – with tracking and moody colors. It's not something you are likely to use as often, but it is still a fun new addition.

Because it is completely application-based, it is possible that these new effects are rolled out to the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G, which can already boast a number of similar effects for the depth sensing feature, including a zoom and swirl look.

Unlike Google Pixel 3, there are no extremely wide-angle selfies here. So if you are vacationing with a large group of friends, you must either take a timer, the remote control feature included in the S pen or a selfie stick.

However, it is on the back of Note 10 where you will find the most important changes, especially for those upgraded from Note 9 or older. Note 10 has a triple camera system that combines a 12 MP wide-angle camera with the same variable aperture technology seen on the Galaxy S10 series – allowing the camera to instinctively switch between f / 1.4 and f / 2.4 for capturing images under challenging low light conditions, a 16MP ultra-wide with a 123 ° field of view, and finally a 12MP telephoto camera that handles 2x optical zoom and Live Focus images. [19659002] If that list sounds at all familiar, it's because it's the same blend of ultra-wide, telephoto and dual-aperture found on the Galaxy S10 Plus – so you'll find the exact same same photo option, including the artificial adjustable bokeh- blur Live Focus photos.

Like the selfie camera, you also get the same Live Focus option from the rear-facing set, including Glitch and Circles, which adds circular bokeh-style blur behind subject. Like the Galaxy S10 5G, Note 10 can add these Live Focus effects to real-time video . Unlike the former, the new flagship handles the effect with the help of software, although the results were seriously impressive during our short time with Note 10.

Samsung says the Note 10 was designed to add artificial bokeh behind people and items, so you won't be limited to just faces like the software-enabled solution featured on iPhone XR's Portrait Mode, for example.

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We have to spend a lot more time with the Note 10 and it is triple camera to get a good grip on what it can do, but the early signs is very promising. Photographs are packed with details – albeit not as sharp as what you get out of a Pixel 3. As you might expect from Samsung, the images are warmer and more vivid than competing phones from Google and Apple.

Unfortunately, Note 10 misses the new patented DepthVision camera that you find on the back of the Note 10+. This includes two separate sensors and differs from the Time Of Flight sensor available on the Galaxy S10 5G. Samsung says the new plant system should offer better bokeh-style blur behind the subject in photos and videos.

It should also offer more accurate results when measuring distances or placing computer generated objects in the real world with Augmented Reality (AR) apps.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: S Pen

The Galaxy Note would simply not be the Galaxy Note but an S Pen. The brand pin gets a modest update with the latest handset. The biggest new feature is Air Gestures, which uses the new six-axis sensors built into the S Pen to let you control the features of the phone by waving it around in the air, like a Nintendo Wii controller.

For example, holding down the button built into the trunk of the S Pen and tilting it upwards – like a trainee assistant at Hogwarts – switches between the front and rear facing cameras. Along with the ability to use the S Pen to remotely control the shutter button that was introduced last year, the Galaxy Note 10's rear-facing camera is completely hands-free.

During our short time with the Galaxy Note 10, Air Gestures felt pretty gimmicky. The technology itself works well and its impressive how very smart Samsung can now squeeze in svelte stylus … but when was the last time you wanted to switch between rear camera and selfie camera with a girly gesture a few meters from your handset ? Yes, neither do we.

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More interesting is that Samsung opens up Air Gestures for third-party developers, so we are likely to see some exciting new application surfaces in the Play Store in the coming months. If the team behind Harry Potter: Wizards Unite integrates stylus gestures to make a truly engrossing magical event, it could easily make the Galaxy Note 10 the definitive version of the mobile sensation, for example.

While the S Pen included in Note 9 included the ability to remotely control presentation presentations, the 30-minute battery life meant that you had to make a serious trim to your TED call to take advantage of the new feature. It has been fixed this time. The upgraded S Pen that you find with the Galaxy Note 10 has an amazing 10 hours of battery life and can be recharged from flat in just 6 minutes.

Finally, Samsung has added a new touch feature called AR Doodles. As the name suggests, it lets you scratch all the faces shown in the viewfinder with the hand-drawn crowns, glasses, facial and probably comic-discovered genitals with S Pen. Samsung will hold the drawing on its face as it moves. AR Doodle can be used for both photos and videos.

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It is a fun little feature and a good demo for the handset, but it does sit somewhat contrary to the productivity and business orientation of the Galaxy Note- series.

As I said, even the most spreadsheet-obsessed among us has to turn off every now and then, and if you pull a pair of glasses on a colleague's face and by watching it stick to them as they move around the room helps you to maintain a good work-life balance, then more power to you.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Specifications, other features

As you would expect from the Galaxy Note series flagship, there is no shortage of machining grain under the hood of the Note 10. Next generation phone Powered by 8GB of RAM, combined with 256GB of built-in storage. There's also a 3,500 mAh battery, which Samsung says is more than enough to keep the phone powered throughout the day and into the evening, largely thanks to the power efficiency of the new seven nanometer Exynos 9825 chipset.

Unfortunately, only the larger Note 10+ has a microSD for expandable storage, so those hoping to increase storage space by an additional 1 TB will have to pick for the more expensive 6.8-inch model. Given that this is supposed to be a work powerhouse, it's a little disappointing. Of course, 256 GB of built-in storage isn't something to sniff at, but the lack of expandable storage means that the handset isn't as future-proof as some of the previous Galaxy Note items.

Otherwise, Note 10 includes sounds set by AKG that are loud enough to enjoy a YouTube video without headphones, Wireless PowerShare – that lets you load Galaxy Buds or any other Qi-compatible gadget by placing it on the back of the handset, IP68 water and dust resistance and support for Wi-Fi 6, which means you are future-proof when your home and work routes are upgraded in the coming years.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 25W quick cable charger in the box and now supports up to 15W fast wireless with accurate wireless Qi pads, so there are many options when it comes to quickly charging the handset. Unfortunately, only the more expensive Note 10+ benefits from the all-new super-fast 45W wired charging, which Samsung claims can charge your smartphone with enough battery for a full day with just 30 minutes connected to the wall.

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It is a bit disappointing to see the Galaxy Note 10 miss out on so many features included in its more expensive cousin. It would be better if the only deciding factor between the two handsets in the Galaxy Note 10 range was which screen size do you prefer? How important is the size of the handset itself to you? Unfortunately, plumping for the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10+ also means you'll benefit from a brand new DepthVision camera system for improved AR, expandable storage, a larger battery with faster charging, more RAM and more built-in storage.

One thing that both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ have in common is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, that's true – after years of spitting Apple and other rivals for dropping the audio port, Samsung has released the once-ubiquitous contact. The company says it removed the door because space was needed inside the handset to squeeze more battery life into the new hung frame. OnePlus has used a similar excuse in the past.

We test the battery life thoroughly in our full, in-depth review to see if that argument holds water … but in the meantime, the missing port is so common that these days you are unlikely to be phased in. In the box, Samsung will throw in a pair of USB-C wired AKG headphones, but no dongle. Of course, this can be purchased separately from the Samsung Store, but the extra purchase is likely to frustrate people with wired 3.5mm headphones as they are reluctant to ditch a new phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: Our Early Verdict

The Galaxy Note series has always been known for its uncompromising power, branding pin and mother screen size. But picking up Note 10 for the first time, the new compact design just feels right .

Samsung is known for pushing the envelope with some beautiful designs from it – the widespread mockery of the & # 39; phablet & # 39; "the size of the first Galaxy Note, the cynicism of the first Edge version with a curved glass screen, to name but a few. But easily the most innovative aspect of the Galaxy Note 10 is the restriction .

The smaller The footprint – largely thanks to the Infinity-O design and a UI operating system – is infinitely more manageable than the gargantuan 10+, and as a result, it's more fun to download and use.

Unfortunately, choosing the superior, The smaller size means you miss some important features you will find on the more expensive Galaxy Note 10+, including increased battery life, expandable storage space, brand new DepthVision camera system, more RAM, faster wireless charging options and support for 5G networks.

Not on On their own, none of these are must-have features that motivate immediate plumping for the Note 10+, but overall, it feels like the Note 10 owners will be replaced with an uncompromising s experience compared to those with Note 10 +.

In our short time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, we have been deeply impressed.

It is a wonderful smartphone with a fantastic screen from edge to edge, some interesting new camera tricks and some serious firepower. However, it's a shame that those who choose Note 10 instead of Galaxy Note 10+ will miss so much more than just a little extra screen real estate. Especially since the Galaxy Note 10 is a better overall package.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review: News, Updates

Since we published our Galaxy Note 10 review, some new details about the Samsung phone have emerged. We will keep you updated on all the latest updates here, if they change how you feel about the handset …

August 13, 2019: Samsung has now confirmed that Galaxy Note 10+ is coming only to be sent with a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box – not USB-C to USB A as it came with Galaxy Note 9. What does it mean? Well, if you don't have a laptop or desktop computer with a USB-C port at hand – you'll struggle to connect your shiny new Samsung-branded phone to it. This also means that you will not be able to connect the charging cable to any old USB-A wall socket that you have probably been around from various previous purchases. It is not a dealbreaker, but it may mean that you are interested in adding a separate cable or adapter to your basket at check out.

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