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Shootout: Flagship smartphones compared

By Marcus Wong - 18 Jan 2020

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 

Say Samsung Galaxy Note series and you’ll think bigger display, long battery life, high-end hardware and of course, the S Pen stylus. That’s hasn’t changed this year (though they do have a smaller Note10 option for the first time), with the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note10+ having a screen-to-body ratio of >94%, giving you all the screen real estate you would want.

The Note10+’s WQHD+ (3,040x1,440 pixels resolution)  Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display supports HDR+ and goes up to 1,200 nits brightness, with a Display contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. We thought it provided good contrast and natural colours and didn’t have any issues viewing the screen even in bright noon sunlight.

The Note10+ has Samsung’s new 7nm 64-bit octa-core Exynos 9825 processor. Two configurations are available: 12GB RAM/256GB and 12GB RAM/512GB. It’s the first Samsung phone to adopt the speedier UFS 3.0 storage spec for internal storage and it also has a microSD slot that takes up to 1TB more of storage, so you can literally have as much storage space as some of today’s laptops.

The signature S-Pen also gets new tricks too. You can now use it to remotely zoom the camera in and out, as well as to switch camera modes with a literal flick of the wrist. Your handwriting can also be digitized to text with just a tap, so you don’t have to retype your notes to get them on your computer. The Galaxy Note10 also features what Samsung says is the world’s slimmest vapour cooling system, which delivers optimal performance during gameplay without adding additional bulk. Here's a good video overview that touches upon everything new and improved on Samsung's latest Note:-

Samsung has taken great pains to make the Note10+ more of a productivity tool than before, with the addition of in-camera video editing capabilities and better integration with computers via Samsung DeX and the Your Phone app for Windows10. These two apps let you project and control the Note10+’s screen onto your monitor, so you can easily drag and drop files or just take advantage of the computer’s larger display as well as the keyboard and mouse.

The Note10+ has an Ultra-Wide 16MP F2.2 camera, a Wide-angle 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 main camera, a telephoto 12MP F2.1 camera, and a VGA DepthVision Camera for Augmented Reality and 3D applications, like the AR Doodle feature and the 3D Scanner app. Both the main and the telephoto camera have OIS, and the Note10+ even has a microphone zoom feature, which concentrates audio capture on your subject as you zoom in.

Video has definitely become a point of emphasis for the Note10+, as Samsung has added a native video editor app that lets you do simple edits like cuts and transitions. What’s nice is that you also get ready access to an online library of free soundtracks for your personal projects, so you can quickly complete your piece.

For a more detailed assessment, features, and capabilities, check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+.