Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review – Specs, Features and Price

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is the company’s series that concentrates on delivering smartphones with large screens. Recently a new member has been added to the series, it’s the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 10 which appears with a delightfully small size but a large screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review

The new smartphone rocks a 6.3-inch screen in the most compatible way. It was able to achieve this as a result of its nearly bezel-free Infinity-O screen. The Galaxy Note 10 was dished out in August 2019 and is currently on sale. It arrives with an enhanced S-Pen and several other enhanced features such as the video recording features, gestures, a new pattern to mirror the device on a Personal Computer.

The Galaxy Note may not really be representing Samsung’s phablets, considering the crazy idea of a compact phablet, but you will find out the device makes a lot of sense when you use it.

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Design

The Note 10 features a beautiful design and is constructed with quality materials which on the long run gives the Note 10 a premium look and feel. The new smartphone is built with the same material used in constructing the Note 10 Plus. It is constructed with an aluminum frame and glass.

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As mentioned earlier, the smartphone has a small shape with a large screen nearly bezel-free Infinity-O display, though there are some trade-offs. The microSD card slot, the headphone jack on the smartphone is gone, though you still find just the MicroSD card slot on the larger Note 10 Plus.

The Note 10 features an ultra-slim bezel at the sides, top, and bottom. And… if you are wondering about the selfie camera, it was technically placed inside a punch hole on the screen. The screen of this smartphone is one of its selling points.

Despite featuring an ultra-slim frame the Note 10 still rocks a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution and a 2280 x 1080 pixels, and a 401 pixels per inch. You will enjoy using the smartphone to read text files and streaming videos.

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One of the things we admire about Note 10 is its thinner look and lightweight. The smartphone has a body dimension of 72 x 151 x 7.9mm, while it weighs 168g. As mentioned before, you will find an improved S Pen stylus.

On the back of the smartphone, you will only find the triple cameras vertically positioned on the left-hand side. Meanwhile, a powerful LED flash is positioned by side of the triple camera setup, while the company’s name is written at the center of the back panel. There is no fingerprint scanner at the back because it is as usual still an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

The bottom contains the USB-C connector seated in the center, with the speaker and the S-Pen slot respectively seated on the right. The top of the smartphone only holds the SIM tray.

You will find the volume rocker with the power button below it all positioned on the left-hand side of the smartphone. There’s good news for most people, the Bixby button has been eliminated. In order to activate the Bixby features, you will have to hold the power button for a few seconds.

There are three color options that you can choose from when purchasing the Note 10; there is the Aura Black, the Pink, and Aura Glow which has a combination of blue and white.

Camera

The camera system of the Galaxy Note 10 is virtually the same thing as the ones you find on the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus. There is no exciting or major upgrade. You will still find the same triple 16-MegaPixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-MegaPixel regular lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens.

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The combination however still deliver an exciting and a beautiful photography experience just like we have on the Galaxy S10. The images produced were impressive like the ones produced by some of the recent high-end Samsung smartphones.

The major improvement of the Note 10’s camera is in its video recording capabilities. Samsung has improved the image stabilization technology and they have added a new video feature called the Live Focus Video. The Live Focus Video allows you to capture ‘bokeh’ background blur effects and also allows you to see in portrait-mode stills.

Performance

There are two types of the smartphone with different performance; the US version with a  Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and the UK (and other countries around the world) version which uses the latest Exynos 9825 chipset.

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The Exynos 9825 chipset is built the  7nm EUV technology. Inside the smartphones, you will find the large 8GB RAM for multitasking purpose. As we mentioned earlier, the microSD card is no more and we are left with just the 256GB internal storage.

The Samsung S Pen stylus was also available which allows you to draw, take down notes and a lot more. Like we mentioned earlier, the S Pen has been improved and features such as gesture controls, video or gallery, and as the cameras by moving the S Pen in different directions.

The smartphone does not support the 5G network, so if you want a smartphone that comes with a 5G network, then you should try the more expensive 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Battery

The Galaxy Note 10 has an Underwhelming battery life which we find a little bit disappointing. The Galaxy Note series has long been known for offering a long-lasting battery life which is sure to get you through the day even with heavy usage.

The same is not true for the Note 10, as it will require a little bit management to get through the day with heavy usage. The battery in the Note 10 is a 3,500mAh Non-removable battery about the same hours like the Note Galaxy S10 which is quite impressive.

You still get a wireless charging technology which allows you to quickly add extra battery juice. There is also the Wireless PowerShare feature which allows you to charge compatible devices such as smartwatches, headphones, phones, and more.

Other Features

  • FM ~ Yes,
  • 3.5mm Jack ~ No,
  • Expandable storage ~ No,
  • Triple Camera ~ Yes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price

The Galaxy Note 10 is currently on sale with a price tag of $940/£860. U.S. major authorized carriers who are selling the Note 10, includes AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The price will be way cheaper if you buy from the company’s official website which is Samsung.com. If you buy it from Samsung’s official website then the smartphone will cost you only $600/£400.

Verdict

If you are a fan of the S Pen but don’t want to handle a jumbo size smartphone, then the Galaxy Note 10 is the smartphone for you. Note 10 happens to be the smallest Samsung phone to rock the S Pen.

Most people are of the view that the only reason to buy the Galaxy Note 10 is because of its size alongside the S Pen. Thought the smartphone brings in a premium design, great performance, a huge and beautiful screen, but the Galaxy S10 which also brings the same interesting specifications and features sales for less than the Note 10.

The only difference is in the S Pen which is the reason why most people are of the view that the S Pen is the only reason to purchase the Galaxy Note 10. The new smartphone really derailed from the initial purpose of the Galaxy Note series which offers huge smartphones. The Galaxy Note 10 is currently more like a phone with a pen.

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