This year Samsung released two Galaxy Note phones at the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
When you look at the Galaxy Note 10 you will notice that the bezels are smaller than they have ever been before.
This phone features the Infinity-O display screen and there’s a punch hole for the camera which is located at the top of the display screen in the center.
Samsung normally releases only one Galaxy Note phone per year, it’s normally a big powerful phone with all the latest bells and whistles.
But this year, Samsung opted to release two Galaxy Note phones instead. The Galaxy Note 10 is smaller and less powerful than it’s sibling the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The question is, do we really need two of these phones, instead of one?
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn’t just bigger and more powerful than the Galaxy Note 10, it also has additional features and the software that powers the cameras offer a bit more value.
Now I will tell you everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 10.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Design:
I think the introduction of a Plus smartphone in the Galaxy Note line is Samsung’s way letting us know that the normal smartphone Galaxy Note 10 is not as big as its sibling.
Maybe Samsung is trying to target a different demographic with the release of the Galaxy Note 10.
This phone is unquestionably easier to handle than the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
However, it’s also easier to handle than its predecessor the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Note 10 is smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Galaxy Note 9.
The dimensions of the Galaxy Note 10 are 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm (HWD) and it weighs 168g, this is one of the lighter Samsung flagship phones.
Even though this is the smaller of the two Galaxy Note phones, this phone wasn’t made for people with small hands.
A person with small hands may struggle to use this phone with one hand, so keep this in mind as you’re reading this review.
This was the first time that Samsung had featured this technology on its phones. But the punch hole is located in the upper right-hand corner on these phones.
When you look at the Galaxy Note 10 in comparison to the previous premium Galaxy phones, there are two noticeable differences.
The Bezels are smaller and the punch hole is located at top of the display screen in the center.
The frame of the phone is made of aluminum and there’s glass on the front of the phone and the back.
There are three color variants which include Aura Glow, Aura Pink, and Aura Black. The Galaxy Note 10 is IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch AMOLED display screen with Full HD resolution, the resolution is 2280 x 1080 pixels, with 401 pixels per inch.
This display screen has HDR10+ technology, I’m not sure why Samsung didn’t opt for a QHD display screen instead.
Nevertheless, this is an attractive display screen and it’s difficult to notice the lack of a QHD display screen when you look at this phone.
However, if you’ve been using a phone that has a resolution higher than Full HD, you may be able to notice that the resolution on this phone is slightly lower.
The peak brightness for this display screen is 1,308 nits, so this is a bright display screen.
The display screen looks good but the placement of the punch hole camera may be a turn off to some people.
The punch hole camera is much less intrusive than the notch that’s featured on the latest iPhones.
The Galaxy Note 10 features the same Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s present on the Galaxy Note S10 and S10 Plus.
This fingerprint scanner is built into the display screen, unlocking the phone this way is convenient and it’s very fast.
However, it’s not very secure, a few days ago warnings were issued for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones.
According to an article published on Forbes.com, someone recently discovered that the Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner featured in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones can be easily bypassed by using a cheap silicone phone case.
This phone case covers the back and front of the phone which somehow confuses the fingerprint scanner. As a result of this, the fingerprint scanner will accept any fingerprint that’s offered to it.
Samsung is currently trying to fix this problem, hopefully, it will find a solution soon.
Located on the bottom edge of the Galaxy Note 10 in the center you will find the USB-C connector along with a speaker and the S-Pen slot.
The SIM tray is located on the top edge of the phone on the left side. Located at the left edge of the phone is the volume rocker and the power button.
The Galaxy Note 10, as well as the other premium Samsung phones that were released this year, do not have a Bixby button.
Nevertheless, the Bixby feature is still here, to access this feature you must hold down the power button for a few seconds, this was a brilliant idea.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Cameras:
The cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 have been upgraded from that of its predecessor the Galaxy Note 9.
Even if you compare the cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 to the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus which were released earlier this year you will notice that the cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 are better.
This phone features a triple camera setup that is located on the back panel, these cameras consist of a 12MP regular camera, 12MP telephoto camera, and a 16MP ultra-wide camera.
These three cameras working together as a unit do a good job when taking photos in different settings.
By no means is this the best camera phone on the market, however, it performs well.
If the phone you currently have is at least two years old then the triple camera setup on this phone will be better.
The Galaxy Note 10 video recording capabilities have also been improved. The image stabilization technology is better and there is a new feature called Live Focus Video.
This feature gives you the ability to capture the “bokeh” effect in videos. You have the ability to make the subject stand out while blurring the background.
You can also keep the subject in color while making the background black and white. This is a new concept, I think other smartphone manufacturers will follow this trend in the near future.
On the Galaxy Note 10, these effects are achieved via the software. However, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a separate DepthVision camera to add a special touch. So this feature is more impressive on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Another new camera feature is called AR Doodle. This feature gives you the ability to write on top of moving images, this feature works in conjunction with the S-Pen.
The selfie camera, located at the front of the phone is housed in the punch hole at the top of the display screen in the center. This is a 10MP camera, this camera works well when taking selfies.