Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hands-On: A New Model Changes The Game, For Better Or Worse

PCWorld|September 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hands-On: A New Model Changes The Game, For Better Or Worse
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, dividing the line between ‘good enough’ and ‘great
Michael Simon

When I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, it felt like I was holding the most powerful and beautiful phone on the planet. A 6.3-inch display, near-bezel-less design, triple-camera array, and supercharged S Pen are all crammed into an impossibly compact design.

And then I picked up the Note 10+. For the first time in the Note’s storied history, there are two sizes to choose from, and the difference between the two models couldn’t be clearer. While Samsung has set up the Galaxy S10 and S10+ smartphones to be mostly larger and smaller versions of the same device, the Note 10+ is a clear upgrade from the Note 10—so much so that many fans likely won’t even consider the smaller, lower end model.

First, let’s review the specs, which really don’t tell the whole story.

GALAXY NOTE 10

Dimensions: 71.8 x 151 x 7.9mm

Display: 6.3-inch AMOLED FHD 2280 x 1080

Processor: Snapdragon 855

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 256GB

Camera: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.1, OIS + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4, OIS + 16MP Ultra wide (123 degrees), f/2.1

Battery: 3,500mAh

GALAXY NOTE 10+

Dimensions: 77.2 x 162.3 x 7.9mm

Display: 6.8-inch AMOLED QHD 3040 x 1440

Processor: Snapdragon 855

RAM: 12GB

Storage: 256GB/512GB

Camera: 12MP telephoto Camera, f/2.1, OIS + 12MP wide-angle, dual f/1.5-f/2.4, OIS + 16MP Ultra wide (123 degrees), f/2.1 + DepthVision

Battery: 4,300mAh

While the 6.8-inch display might make the Note 10+ seem like a monster on paper, it’s not nearly so big in person. In fact, its frame is roughly the same size as the 6.4-inch Note 9’s (76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8mm). That’s because Samsung has seriously trimmed down the bezels on the Note 10 series, so much so that the non-plus version feels downright puny. It’s not just smaller than the Note 9 and the Note 8 either. Millimeter for millimeter, it’s the most compact Note since the Note 2, and its display is actually a tenth of an inch smaller than the Note 9’s.

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