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Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Operating system

    Android 9.0

  • Screen size

    6.3 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.8 GHz

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While the Galaxy Note has long been one of the most imposing smartphones available, Samsung has taken the opposite approach on this version 10 by making it a little more compact, while remaining in the same rather high-end sector.

The design and the grip do not deceive on the care that Samsung has taken to this smartphone. Very elegant, perfectly finished, it gives the impression that the screen occupies the entire front surface. If the Galaxy Note 10 is large, it can be used with one (but large) hand, with keys that fall naturally under the fingers. The little regret comes from the fingerprint reader, under the screen and therefore sometimes a bit capricious, but it is also supported by a facial recognition module. The S Pen is also part of the game, still just as pleasant and really very useful. If it is not possible to add a micro-SD card, the waterproofness is there.

For the screen, Samsung has as usual signed a perfect or almost perfect slab. Very well defined, it is therefore pleasant even over a prolonged period of time. Similarly, the Korean brand has very well ensured the respect of colors and their temperatures, so very faithful and flattering. Finally, the infinite contrast goes hand in hand with a luminosity that will be perfect in all circumstances, in full sun as well as in darkness. Once again, this Galaxy Note 10 is flawless.

The nasty surprise comes from the power of this smartphone, which is well below what you'd expect in this range. While the experience remains fluid, there are a few unfortunate hiccups. Likewise, for games, this Samsung smartphone is frankly worth the effort.

It's quite recent, but Samsung has also removed the mini-Jack port, so you have to do without on this Galaxy Note 10. No USB-C adapter for old earphones, but there are some in the right format that are provided. As for the loudspeakers, they are of good level.

For the photo, the Korean brand has equipped this smartphone with three modules that are complementary. The most classic one, with 12 million pixels, has almost nothing but good qualities, since the details are there and the colors are faithful, and the only thing that's a bit worrying is the slightly exaggerated contrast. In a low-light environment, the Galaxy Note 10 does well, with a smoothing that's too pronounced and a little too much contrast, but the rendering is still readable and pleasant. The very wide-angle module is almost flawless, with a faithful, dynamic and even quite homogeneous rendering when the light is there. Of course, darkness, as always, disturbs the rendering and makes it unpleasant, but this is very common with this kind of optics. The 2x zoom has exactly the same qualities as the previous module, i.e. very good in full light and even inoperative in the dark. For the rest, the portrait mode is generally very good, with an efficient management of the different shots, the front sensor produces good selfies, once the filters are disabled to limit smoothing, and the video capture is also satisfactory.

Samsung clearly could have done better in terms of battery life. It is indeed unfortunate that a smartphone of this quality does not go beyond the day and even requires a bit of thriftiness to not run out of battery at the end of the day.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 done by Julien Hany the 2020/07/31

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Key points

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Rugged

Yes

CDMA

Yes

Capacity

3500 mAh

Photo resolution (Front camera)

10 MP

Video resolution

2160 p

SAR

0.209 W/kg

Thickness

7.9 in

Screen size

6.3 in

Processor frequency

2.8 GHz

RAM

8192 MB

Internal storage

256 GB

Weak points

Removable storage

No

Audio

No

Weight

168 oz

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Technical specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has several versions, you will find the features of the 256GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (256GB / 8GB RAM, Dual SIM) alternative version, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 9.0
Available Yes
Released (US) August 2019
Released (FR) August 2019
Street price (EUR) 959 €
Design Candybar
Color
White
Black
SAR 0.209 W/kg
Rugged Yes
Type Waterproof
Dust
Splash proof
Ingress Protection IP 68
Display
Screen type AMOLED
Resolution 2280x1080 pixels
Screen size 6.3 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 400
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA Yes
CDMA Frequencies 2000
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1800
1900
2100
2600
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 2160 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 10 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
71.8 in
7.9 in
151 in
168 oz
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Height 151 in
Width 71.8 in
Thickness 7.9 in
Weight 168 oz
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SDM855
Processor frequency 2.8 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 8192 MB
Internal storage 256 GB
Removable storage No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM No
eSIM No
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio Yes
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 3500 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes



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