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These Galaxy Note 10+ features are why I’m getting one

It’s been a week since the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ went official, and as always, I have decided to go for the Plus variant of Samsung’s latest flagship. Not everyone on the SamMobile team wants to buy the Note 10+, which might surprise some of our readers. The Galaxy Note 10’s more compact design has caught the fancy of some of us, but for me, having a large battery has always been an important requirement, so the Note 10+ is what I’ll be getting.

Of course, it’s not just a large battery that makes the Galaxy Note 10+ attractive, and here are a few features — some of which apply to the Note 10 as well — that I liked on the phone and why I’ll be getting one. Once you’re done reading, do let me know what your favorite Galaxy Note 10+ features are and why you decided to purchase the phone.

7nm Exynos 9825 chipset

I love the Galaxy S10+, and Samsung has fixed all of my major complaints with software updates, making the device better than it was at launch. However, one thing that has never stopped troubling me is the not-so-impressive battery life. I can get through an entire day and the S10+ never leaves me worried, but it simply doesn’t offer the kind of battery life I had expected with that 8nm Exynos 9820 chip inside the phone.

The Note 9 lasted nearly as long for me with its 4,000 mAh battery, and that phone had a 10nm Exynos chip (the Exynos 9810). I guess what I’m saying here is that the shift from a 10nm process to an 8nm process didn’t bring the kind of benefit I had expected, which is why I’m excited to see the 7nm Exynos 9825 in the Note 10 and Note 10+, especially after having seen how the 7nm Snapdragon 855 inside the Galaxy S10 performs in the battery endurance department. Fingers crossed the Exynos 9825 actually delivers on higher efficiency on the Note 10+.

25W fast charging

I’ve always looked forward to faster charging speeds on Galaxy phones. The 15W Adaptive Fast Charge tech Samsung has been using for years is not slow when it comes to 0 to 100 charging times, but shorter bouts of charging are almost painfully slow, especially when you don’t have a lot of time and want to quickly top up your phone’s battery. And that’s where 25W super fast charging comes into the picture.

We’ve already seen the Note 10+ go from 0 to 100 in record time with the bundled 25W charger, and it’s a feature that’s excited me more than the larger battery on the device. Will I buy the 45W charger later down the line? Probably, as that will no doubt be even faster at topping up the battery in a short duration, but even 25W charging will be enough for me.

The improved telephoto camera

I’m glad to see Samsung finally brought an important upgrade to the telephoto camera that every flagship since the Galaxy Note 8 has featured: The 12MP telephoto camera on the Note 10 and Note 10+ has an F2.1 aperture, slightly wider than even the ultra-wide camera, which has an aperture of F2.2. I always hated how previous phones used digital zoom in low-light conditions, and while DxOMark’s camera testing implies that’s the case on the Note 10 and Note 10+ as well, I’m hopeful they don’t rely on digital zoom as often as previous Galaxy flagships did with their F2.4 telephoto sensors.

Even if they do, well, Night mode can now be used with the telephoto camera, so there is a way to make sure the phone won’t switch to digital zoom. Night mode is supported on the front camera as well – that’s not something I’ll use much, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be useful for others. Here’s hoping Samsung brings Night mode for selfies and 2x zoom photos to existing devices as well.

Single, centered front camera punch hole

I’m also happy to see Samsung didn’t opt for a dual camera setup on the Plus model this time around. The Galaxy S10+’s pill-shaped cutout isn’t exactly a nuisance once you’ve used the phone for a few weeks, but the second front camera offers no substantial benefits in general nor in my day-to-day life, so I’m not sad to see it go.

And it helps that the Note 10’s camera cutout is at the center. That’s better than a corner cutout for one major reason: Android’s status bar has no icons in the middle of the screen, and you won’t see the network and battery indicators pushed to the left. That just looks bad on the Galaxy S10+, and Samsung will hopefully stop with its experiments and settle on the centered punch hole position for future flagships as well.

256GB of base storage

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Why does this guy need all that storage if he’s just gonna switch to another phone six months or a year down the line?” Well, it has to do with recording videos for me: With just 128GB of storage, I was always worried about running out of space and having to go back and delete existing videos to record new ones. I hate file management and I’m not very orderly (my work desk is a sorry sight and my PC desktop is littered with shortcuts), so having more internal storage is always an advantage.

And since I use two SIM cards, a microSD card is not an option for me, so 256GB of storage should be just right. I’ll be able to record videos without concern of running out of space and the 256GB won’t be too excessive for someone changing their phone every six to twelve months. Of course, there’s also the matter of price. The 512GB Galaxy S10+ was too costly compared to the 128GB model, partly because Samsung chose to use a ceramic back on the 512GB and 1TB variants. The Note 10+ has 256GB of base storage for $1,100, and even the 512GB variant is priced slightly lower than the 512GB S10+.

And, of course, the S Pen

The S Pen, naturally, is a general feature of the Galaxy Note lineup that sets it apart from the rest, and I like having access to the stylus for a variety of things. Selecting part of a text (especially in the Messages app, as you can only copy the entire message if you don’t have the S Pen), cutting out snippets from images to share them on WhatsApp, and swiping more precisely on the keyboard are my primary use cases for the S Pen, and every time I have to use a non-Note phone for work at SamMobile, I seriously miss having access to the stylus.

The remote functionality added to the S Pen last year with the Galaxy Note 9 is also quite handy, especially for taking photos. Whether you’re setting the phone on a surface and taking photos of yourself with a group of people with the rear camera or taking a selfie while the phone is in your hand, it’s great to be able to capture photos remotely by pressing the S Pen button. Well, just as long as you remember to hide the stylus from sight instead of having it stick out from your hand, which can somewhat ruin a picture in my opinion.

  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 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

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locarno
locarno

“Will I buy the 45W charger later down the line? Probably, as that will no doubt be even faster at topping up the battery in a short duration, but even 25W charging will be enough for me.” I can’t wait for comments that say that 45w charging kills the battery. “I always hated how previous phones used digital zoom in low-light conditions” Explain this more. “and 2x zoom photos to existing devices as well.” This feature is already available since Note8 ? “That just looks bad on the Galaxy S10+, and Samsung will hopefully stop with its experiments and settle… Read more »

shanghaichica
shanghaichica

Still undecided as to whether to go for this or the S10+. I’ve had notes before and never really used the S-pen. I would also prefer to have the headphone jack, compatibility with gear VR. It’s also not available in white at launch in the UK but the S10+ is.

Gunter2
Gunter2

If you don’t use the SPen definitely go for the S10 plus. My niece has this, it’s a great phone.

locarno
locarno

Wait for s11 or note11.

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

There is no proper improvements in note10 tbh, well if u own note9 i wud suggest stay on note9 else s10 u can go for, we need features which samsung removed without adding major stuff but increasing price and making accessories a separate purchase for exm. Usb c earphones seriously.

Samsung made mistake with note5 it didnot sell that much brought the features back and i guess its time to abandon this as this doesnot seem major upgrade save ur $$ if u buy they wont do anything for next iteration dont test us specially on flagships

locarno
locarno

Have money = buy
Don’t have money = don’t buy.

kaoniao
kaoniao

just 2 feature turn me off – no 3.5 Jack & punch hole – skipping this note 10 and I never like curve screen which is why I’m still using my note 5

Gunter2
Gunter2

I’m surprised. Our engineers used every Note model from Note 2, and complained about Note 5 so much because of lack of storage they had to carry a flash drive to plug into the phone because of no sd card. They were even more unhappy when they had to wait another year after the Note 7 problem. I think the Note 5 was the worst Note that Samsung ever made. Whatever about no headphone jack on Note10, I understand people still want to use it , I’d get over the curved screen issue and get a Note9 at a great… Read more »

locarno
locarno

You didn’t used Note 1?

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I own both Note 9 and Note 5 (T-mobile unlocked 32GB, I live in the UK). I still think Note 5 wasn’t the worthy successor the legendary Note 4 deserved but as a secondary device for back ups is doing a very good job plus it has the pixel 2 camera app installed and produces really nice live focus pics. I also prefer a flat screen over the curves but with my rough case I’m fine with the curves on Note 9 and it’s a worthy upgrade from Note 5 and the only true successor to Note 4 in my… Read more »

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

My guess is that finances are what keep you from getting the Note 10.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I agree with ALL those points Abhijeet which is why I went a year early to trade in the S9 plus. I got to try my business colleagues early received device and it’s very impressive in terms of camera, looks, feel, speed etc. I’m not a game enthusiast but I tried PUBG and the only heat the phone had was from my own hand!

redzuanaqw
redzuanaqw

I tested Note10+ camera. And it superb 👍

SamBo76
SamBo76

Abhijit, does the Note 10+ have a hybrid dual SIM capability in the US? I’m on the fence because I can’t seem to be able to confirm this. Even Samsung tech support was unable to help me. Thank you for your answer in advance.

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

Always wanted to get a note device as opposed to the S device, but now I think I will settle with my current fleet of S5 S7 S9+ and the original Note N7000. After seeing how much my coworkers struggle with their iPhone 7’s craptastic battery life and forced to try to use mobile hotspot and listening to music at the same time (constantly switching between charging and listening to music with their in box earphones), I am more than determined to use devices with excellent battery life and maximal connectivity options. Note 10 is definitely not such a device… Read more »

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Lets not forget the depth vision camera on the Note 10+. Additionally a zoom mic,ability to convert s-pen notes to word or pdf document + newer software overall and much more not mentioned here.

Samcurve
Samcurve

Galaxy Note series punch hole will be in the middle, while the S-series will be in the corner, as their both identity. S12 Plus punch hole will be separated…hmm 😏😁

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I tested the camera on the Note 10 plus and I can say it has improved especially the front facing one compared to Note 9 👍and I really like the new Spen gestures which I think are useful and not a gimmick since I use the Spen to take pics on my Note 9 often. Also it feels slightly better in your hands (if you are going to use it without a case) but apart from the camera and obviously processor and the small and the negligent increase of 300mAh battery aside I still think it’s a downgrade from Note… Read more »

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

I saw the MrWhoseTheBoss camera comparison, and was genuinely surprised by how awesome the Note 10 camera is. Can’t wait!

Nullstein
Nullstein

I always used the available Samsung Note since the first release.
Now I’m happy with the S10+ 1TB. The storage makes the difference for me. I’m a frequent business traveler and I like to have all my (un-)necessary data with me as well as use the dual sim feature(private + company). Online(cloud) storage is not thing I consider because of horrible roaming data costs.
I really liked the S-Pen, but as long as there’s no variant with more than 512GB it’s unfortunately useless for me….

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o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Where are you from? Roaming charges don’t apply in most places anymore

Nullstein
Nullstein

I’m from Germany. My private contract includes unlimited LTE, but only in my home country. As soon as I’m in any other EU country it’s limited to 30GBs/Month. I’m a software tester in automotive business, and after 8h of test drive I need to upload at least 40GB of logs…(CAN, LIN, MOST and so on…) So I need to store the data and hope for an good connectivity in hotels… Furthermore I update some devices ‘on the road’ and so data can become VERY expensive, especially outside EU like Russia and further to the east… I know, my employer should… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

I know exactly what you mean!! 30 gigs is enough for me but I can see the huge price of big data transfer. I’m lucky that I don’t need roaming data generally as I use WiFi and I’m not on the road so much when outside. Russia is hugely expensive, I found that out back in 2014 at an exhibition in Moscow! In Istanbul where I go the most, there is free WiFi everywhere, even on buses and the metro!

kaoniao
kaoniao

lots of other countries other than Europe still have roaming charge

Gunter2
Gunter2

Outside Europe they do. When I visit our Turkish customers, I used to ask one of them to get a local prepaid sim for me, very cheap for internal calls compared to roaming. But now, with free WiFi everywhere in Istanbul it’s not as important as I can use Skype and WhatsApp for calls.

JamesDiman
JamesDiman

I have had the Note 4,7,8,9 and will be getting the Note 10+. I love the big screen size, and that is one main reason why I get the Note. The biggest reason why I get the Note, is for the S-Pen. Once you go S-Pen, you don’t go back. I am so used to having a stylus, I had the Palm and Treo devices, that I can’t imagine having a phone without a stylus. I know some people will get the Note 10 for the smaller size, and yes it fits in the hand nicely, but I want that… Read more »

locarno
locarno

Do you still have N7 ?

andyshannon3
andyshannon3

You know the note 10 was only announced 1 week ago right?