Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G review
Our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G review finds a phone with computer-like prowess. It is available from £64 per month on a 24-month contract with unlimited data, text, and calls. What more could we ask for?
Infinity-O Cinematic Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G has one of the largest screens on the market. The 6.8” Infinity-O Cinematic Display makes full use of its size with a very fine resolution. The resolution comes in at 498 pixels per inch with 3,040x 1,440 pixels (Quad HD+).
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Screen technologies include Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+, and Dynamic Tone Mapping. These ensure that your viewing experience is bright, colourful, and vivid under any light. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also removes harmful blue light, without compromising on colour, to lessen eye strain.
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Durability and performance
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 combines with a highly-polished metal to form the tough shell of the Galaxy Note 10+. You have two colour options with Aura Black or Aura Glow and IP68 certification protects the phone against water, splashes, and the rain.
The phone is fairly slim at 7.9mm and weighs in at 196g. The 7nm 2.73GHz processor with 12GB RAM gets enhanced NPU and improved AI for less lag and a better gaming experience. To ensure heat is managed effectively, there is a newly designed vapour chamber cooling system.
Phone Set Up
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G has an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner embedded into the display. Simply tap the fingerprint icon on the screen and the phone will scan the 3D ridges and valleys of your finger. If you wish, you can secure the Note 10 Plus 5G with Face Recognition or a good old-fashioned PIN.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G has up to 512GB of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot, which lets you boost the memory by up to another 1TB.
The S Pen is more useful than ever and you can instantly turn your handwriting into text with Text Export. You can quickly create a Screen Off Memo without opening an app and save it or pin it to the Always On Display.
You can have fun drawing in 3D with AR Doodle or use Air Actions to flick through photos, control the camera zoom, and adjust the volume. You can also control presentations, take a photo, or play and pause the video. With up to ten hours standby, you can really enjoy using the S Pen without worrying about draining its battery.
The One UI (user interface) is based on Android 9 Pie. The UI simplifies interactions and refines the experience. In particular, elements that you can tap, like buttons or contacts, are kept in the lower half of the display to make them easier to tap.
As on previous Galaxy Notes, you have Edge Panels and the option to use a 15-second Video Wallpaper.
The Bixby assistant is ready to make all tasks easier, from your daily routine to discover more about what you see around you. Some of the more interesting features of Bixby include:
- Home Decor
- Live Translation
- QR Code
AKG sound experience
Music on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G hits new levels with stereo speakers by AKG and 3D sound. There is also Dolby Atmos and AKG Type-C earphones in the box, along with spare S Pen tips.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G has five cameras:
1.16MP Ultra Wide Camera with 123o field of vision
2.12MP Telephoto Camera with 2x optical zoom in and 0.5 zoom out
3.12MP Wide-angle Camera with a dual aperture for light and dark environments
5.10MP Selfie Camera
The DepthVision Camera supports the Quick Measure app and this is ideal for measuring objects. If you are into DIY or interior decoration, then this app is for you. There is also a 3D scanner feature where you can take a 360-degree snapshot and turn it into an animated GIF, for sharing.
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Of course, we should mention the S Pen, which can be used in the special S Pen video editor. You can use your S Pen to add transitions, subtitles, and to adjust the playback speed.
Further video recording features include:
- Bokeh video (blur the background)
- Super smooth video (tackles hand shake)
- 4K UHD
- Zoom-in Mic
Further camera features include:
- Live Focus
- Scene Optimiser
- Flaw Detection
- Super Slow-mo
- Motion Photos
High capacity battery
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G has a fantastic battery capacity of 4,300mAh. With these reserves, you can use Wireless PowerShare to charge your Galaxy Buds or another wireless smartphone.
The battery adjusts to your usage habits to ensure the battery outlasts your day. This Samsung phone supports wireless charging and you can buy the wireless charger as an extra.
Written by: Michael Brown