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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Full Specifications, Review and Price

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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10 FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Galaxy Note 10 is the latest in the Galaxy Note series from one of the top mobile device manufacturers, Samsung. Traditionally, Note series devices from Samsung are known to feature a large screen but with the Note 10, a different approach was taken.

The Note 10 features a 6.3- inch display and is the smallest Note phone ever released. This small size means it can fit into your pocket easily, making it the premium smartphone as it comes with all the latest Samsung technology and features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications

Colours:

  • Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Pink, Aura Red 

Body

  • Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 168 g (5.93 oz)
  • Build:Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminium frame

SIM:

  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) / Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
  • IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
  • Stylus (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro)

Display

  • Type: Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours

Size: 

  • 6.3 inches, 98.6 cm2 (~90.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:

1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)

Protection: 

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6

HDR10+

  • Always-on display

Operating System

  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI

Processor

  • Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP12 – EMEA/LATAM

Memory

  • RAM: 8GB
  • Internal Storage: 256G

Card slot:

  • No

Main Camera

  • Triple Camera setup: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), and 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)

Features:

Selfie Camera

Network

  • Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE, 2G, 3G, and 4G
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2048/150 Mbps

Communications

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth:  

  • 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC: Yes

Radio:

  • FM radio (USA & Canada only)
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sound

  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm jack:  No
  • 32-bit/384kHz audio
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Dolby Atmos sound
  • Tuned by AKG
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Features

  • Sensors: Accelerometer, fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging:  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser:

  • HTML5 Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
  • ANT+
  • Bixby natural language commands and dictation

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 25W
  • USB Power Delivery 3.0
  • Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 12W
  • Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W

 Full Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Build and Design

The device is the easiest to use S Pen-toting phone from Samsung yet. It is easy to hold as it is not just smaller than the Note 9, it is also thinner and lighter. The device has a premium metal frame, while the back is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

The Galaxy Note 10 features a full-screen display with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera at the top-centre of the screen. The fingerprint scanner is also embedded under the screen. The volume rocker is on the left of the device, with the power button slightly below.

The bottom edge of the Note 10 houses the USB-C connector, a speaker, and the S-Pen slot. Located on the top edge of the phone is the SIM tray for either single or dual sim cards. Rated IP68, the phone is dust and water-resistant to an extent so you should not worry too much about your phone getting wet. The smartphone is available in four colour variants, Aura Glow, Aura Red, Aura Black, and Aura Pink.

Display

The Samsung Note 10 has a 6.3-inch screen which is still big despite its compact design. The screen is AMOLED, with a Full HD resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels, with 401 ppi. It also has HDR10+ technology. The display is bright, colourful and easy to read so the fact that the phone’s display is only FHD may be lost on you.

Interestingly, the Note 10 screen is set to display more muted colours which is unusual considering previous Samsung mobile devices are known for their punchy colours. Changing the display to ‘‘vivid’’ in settings will fix this.

Performance

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor backed by an 8GB RAM. It also runs the Android 9.0 Pie. Performance-wise, the phone measures up to standard although going for the Snapdragon 855 plus may have been a better choice. Multitasking and carrying out regular tasks on the device was effortless. Playing high graphics games on the phone did not prove to be much of a challenge either.

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S Pen

More effort has been put into making the Note 10 a more universal tool for productivity. The S Pen is still accessible from the bottom of the device and is now capable of Air Actions. The Galaxy Note 10 S Pen is a low-energy Bluetooth Stylus that communicates gesture commands with its paired smartphone wirelessly.

With its 6-axis motion sensor, including an accelerometer and gyroscope it can determine fairly accurately how it is being held, and in what direction in space it is moved. So you can hold the button on the S Pen and wave it in the air like a magic wand to switch between camera modes or control in-app features for Spotify, YouTube and other media apps.

The S Pen is also more useful professionally as it is now integrated with Microsoft Office. Notes written in the Samsung Notes app can be transcribed into editable text, and then exported to a Word document. The drawing functionality of the S Pen is enhanced through a new feature known as AR Doodle. This feature helps to transpose your doodles into real-life objects and faces with augmented reality and face-tracking technology.

Camera

The triple camera setup finally makes its debut on a Note phone as the Galaxy Note 10 features a rear camera setup similar to S10. There is a 12-megapixel main lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. Although the Note 10 and S10 have similar camera setups, there are slight tweaks to the camera in the Note 10 that brings about a noticeable difference in camera performance of the 2 phones.

For example, the telephoto lens of the Note 10 has a wider aperture than that of S10 and this makes a big difference when shooting in low light. Overall, the Note 10 has some of the best camera hardware you can get in a mobile device and as a result, it can create some of the best results. The front-facing camera is a 10-megapixel sensor and works well enough for taking selfies for your social media.

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Several camera modes allow you to take great pictures quickly such as the Automatic mode. There is the addition of a Night mode that you can enable manually and it works also for the selfie camera.

In the area of video recording, there are major upgrades from Samsung on the Note 10. Image stabilization has been improved, and a new feature called Live Focus Video has been added. This new feature allows you to capture ‘bokeh’ background blur effects just like in portrait mode for still photography. You can also add some other effects to your videos through this feature. There is also the AR Doodle feature that allows you to write over the top of moving images. While these new features are not major game-changers, they are a welcome development.

 

Battery

Galaxy Note 10 is powered by a 3500mAh battery which isn’t exactly great but is not bad either. It can comfortably carry you through a full day of normal usage. For heavy phone users, compensation comes in the form of fast-charging which the phone is capable of.

There is also wireless charging, and you will be able to charge other compatible devices such as headphones, smartwatches and other mobiles directly from your Note 10 through Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare feature.

Conclusion

The Note 10 maintains an excellent build quality despite its small size compared with its predecessors. The display is bright, and colourful while the performance is of top quality. The camera system is of a high standard while the battery life is just average. In all, the Note 10 represents an excellent buy for lovers of the Samsung Note series.

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