Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+ Hands-on: Is two better than one? [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+ Hands-on: Is two better than one? [Video]

The Samsung Galaxy Note 1o and Note 10+ were finally officially unveiled yesterday. Consumer reaction has been quite a bit different than previous Note launches. A lot of people are not terribly impressed with what Samsung had to show off, even though they added a new addition to the Note family. Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera and XDA TV’s TK Bay had a chance to get their hands on both new Notes.

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Samsung took an approach that has become pretty common in recent years. Instead of launching just one phone, they split the Note into two sizes. We saw the same thing with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. But Samsung already had two versions of the same phone, they were just separated by 6 months and different names.

Jaime talks about how the rumors missed the mark on what is important about the Galaxy Note 10 series. Samsung focused on four areas: Power, Productivity, Creativity, and Performance. It’s interesting to hear Samsung not talk as much about specs when that has been the core component of the Note series. They ditched the headphone jack and the faster charging feature requires a separate charger. So does more models mean a better Note? Check out both full videos below to see the hands-on.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Display Type6.3-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, 19:9, 60hz6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display, 19:9, 60hz
Size71.8 x 151.0 x 7.99mm, 168g77.2 x 162.33 x 7.9mm, 196g
Display Color PaletteHDR10+HDR10+
System-on-chipSnapdragon 855/Exynos 9825Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9825
RAM Capacity8GB (LPDDR4X), 12GB (5G only)12GB (LPDDR4X)
Storage Capacity256GB UFS 3.0256GB/512GB UFS 3.0 + MicroSD slot up to 1TB
Speaker System
  • Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
  • Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
  • Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
Headphone Jack
  • No
  • Active Noise Cancelling USB C earbuds in the box
  • No
  • Active Noise Cancelling USB C earbuds in the box
Front Camera10MP 2PD AF F2.2 (80°)10MP 2PD AF F2.2 (80°)
Rear CamerasTriple Camera

  • Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°)
  • Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°)
  • Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°)
Quad Camera

  • Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°)
  • Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°)
  • Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°)
  • DepthVision Camera: VGA
Battery Capacity3500 mAh4300 mAh
Wireless ChargingYes, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Power Share 15WYes, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Power Share 15W
Fast Charging
  • Yes, Samsung SuperFast Charging, 45W PD
  • 25W charger in box
  • Yes, Samsung SuperFast Charging, 45W PD
  • 25W charger in box
BiometricsUltrasonic In-display Fingerprint scannerUltrasonic In-display Fingerprint scanner
Water and Dust ResistanceIP 68IP 68
SoftwareAndroid 9 Pie with One UIAndroid 9 Pie with One UI

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.