There was an idea. Gather a group of exceptional features in the same mobile, to see if the conventional smartphone could become something else. And offer what the other terminals in the market could not. Ace, The Galaxy Note family was born, whose story is already well known to all.
But in 2015, Samsung made the decision not to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe, marking a precedent and thus annoying the horde of enthusiasts of the family of phones for power users that the South Korean He had been congregating year after year since 2011. The company was justified by offering the Galaxy S6 edge + in this part of the planet, which in broad strokes was nothing more than a Galaxy Note 5 without S-Pen. But Samsung rained critically everywhere, to the point of being forced to finally launch the device in Europe a few months later. Now the question arises, And if Samsung wasn't wrong?And if the only thing you want is for us to realize that the fate of the S and Note series happened to come together in the same family?
Be that as it may, since that time the terminals of this saga have become untouchable, and year after year Samsung has tried to justify the existence of the Note family through new models with more and more cutting-edge features, exclusive functions – of greater or lesser use, but exclusive after all – and, in short, more and more complete mobile phones, with the aim of pleasing those who refuse to admit that the differences between the models of the S and Note series are dissipating more and more. And that that special spirit of the beginnings of the Note series began to disappear at the moment that the screens of more than 5.5 inches became the industry standard.
We arrive in 2019. Samsung, for the first time, presents two different variants of the Galaxy Note series, formed by the Galaxy Note10 and Note10 +, again following the wake of the Galaxy S series, and again trying to justify that the Note family makes sense in the middle of 2019. But, you know what? Not even having lost part of its essence prevents the Galaxy Note10 + from being the best mobile jams created by Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 +, features and specifications
|Dimensions||151 x 71.8 x 7.99 mm / 168 grams||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm / 196 grams of weight|
|S-Pen dimensions||4.25 x 5.8 x 105.08 mm / 3.04 grams||4.25 x 5.8 x 105.08 mm / 3.04 grams|
|screen||Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O 6.3 inch HDR10 +||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O|
|Resolution||Full HD + (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) 401 ppi||Quad HD + (3,040 x 1,440 pixels) 498ppi|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 9825 7 nm and 8 cores at 2.7 GHz (2.7 GHz + 2.4 GHZ + 1.4 GHz) GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12||Samsung Exynos 9825 7 nm and 8 cores at 2.7 GHz (2.7 GHz + 2.4 GHZ + 1.4 GHz) GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR4x||12 GB LPDDR4x|
|OS||One UI based on Android 9 Pie||One UI based on Android 9 Pie|
|Storage||256 GB UFS 3.0 not expandable||256/512 GB UFS 3.0 expandable by microSD|
|Cameras||Triple rear: – Ultra Wide 16 MP f / 2.2 – Wide Angle 12 MP 2PD f / 1.5-2.4 with OIS and AF – Tele 12 MP f / 2.1 with OIS Frontal: – 10 MP f / 2.2 2PD with AF||Rear cudruple: – Ultra Wide 16 MP f / 2.2 – Wide angle 12 MP 2PD f / 1.5-2.4 with OIS and AF – Tele 12 MP f / 2.1 with OIS – DepthVision Camera (ToF) VGA f / 1.4 Frontal: – 10 MP f / 2.2 2PD with AF|
|Battery||3,500 mAh with fast charging (25W), wireless fast charging (12W) and Wireless PowerShare||4,300 mAh with fast charging (45W, includes 25W charger), wireless fast charging (12W) and Wireless PowerShare|
|Others||Ultrasonic on-screen fingerprint reader, face unlock, USB Type C, S-Pen Bluetooth-LE with gyroscope and accelerometer||Ultrasonic on-screen fingerprint reader, face unlock, USB Type C, S-Pen Bluetooth-LE with gyroscope and accelerometer|
|Connectivity||5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (2.4 / 5GHz) MU-MIMO Bluetooth 5.0 ANT + NFC GPS, Galileo, Glonass BeiDou||5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax (2.4 / 5GHz) MU-MIMO Bluetooth 5.0 ANT + NFC GPS, Galileo, Glonass BeiDou|
The unit we are testing corresponds to the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + 12/256 GB in Aura Glow color.
The best of Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
Although there is nothing written about tastes, Samsung has been nailing the design of its terminals for years. The Samsung Galaxy Note10 + is further proof of that; It is impressive how a mobile with 6.8 inch screen can become so light and thin, and in turn maintain impeccable construction quality, with glass panels that blend perfectly with the aluminum chassis – and not stainless steel as Samsung had indicated at the beginning -, and a spectacular “Aura Glow” color that reveals new tones as the light hits the back of the phone, as long as dirt and fingerprints allow. In addition to that, the phone maintains the – in my opinion, attractive – classic square appearance of the Note, where the elegant straight lines and marked corners are protagonists at the expense of an ergonomics that looks somewhat damaged.
It's a big cell, that's clear -Good luck when trying to use it with one hand-, but Samsung has been able to maintain relatively contained dimensions taking into account the diagonal of its panel, and the fact that inside it includes a whole column-shaped hole in the that stays the new S-Pen of something more than 10 centimeters high. It is also worth admiring the design and engineering work carried out by Samsung by incorporating the front speaker at the top of the screen, that much I fear more than one will have to look several times and very closely to appreciate that, indeed, it is there.
In addition to beautiful, it is also a practical design, because it does not lack anything. Thanks to the use of glass we find features such as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, and Samsung protects its terminal against water and dust with an IP68 certification level. The connector is also present USB Type C 3.0 at the bottom, while the upper edge is exclusively for the microphone, a small hole that helps the propagation of audio through the front speaker, and the SIM card slot and microSD card. What's missing? The headphone port, which Samsung decided to withdraw with the aim of introducing a battery with a somewhat higher capacity, and a better quality optical engine.
Another detail that Samsung has decided to withdraw – in my opinion, rightly – is the button to invoke the assistant Bixby. Instead, we only have the volume up and down buttons, and the on or off button, both located on the left edge of the phone, in a position that takes a few days to get used to, but which is finally comfortable.
His (huge) screen
A good part of the essence of the Note series resides on its screen, and that of the Galaxy Note10 + does not disappoint. A huge glass panel Gorilla Glass 6 curved on both sides occupies almost the entire front of the phone, thanks to reduced margins to its minimum expression and a small hole located in the upper central part that houses the camera for selfies, with a smaller diameter than phones such as the Galaxy S10 or S10e, and that due to its position, at no time becomes intrusive since Android does not show content in the center of the status bar. Everything adds up to make the Galaxy Note10 + a mobile that seems to come directly from the future.
It is convenient to appreciate that The device arrives with a plastic screen protector applied, soft touch and not too much plastics, and unlike other models, it can be removed without damaging what is hidden underneath.
The Galaxy Note10 + screen makes it look like a mobile come straight from the future.
In the most technical, it should be noted that The Galaxy Note10 + screen, 6.8 inches diagonal and Infinity-O format, is based on Dynamic AMOLED technology, and its resolution lands at 3,040 x 1,440 pixels, which translates into a pixel density of almost 500 dots per inch. There is no lack of compatibility with HDR10 + content, support for the complete DCI-P3 color spectrum and Eye Comfort certificate issued by TV Rheinland, so that the panel is able to reduce the –supposed– harmful effects of blue light.
At the moment of truth, Samsung Galaxy Note10 + screen behaves excellently. Consuming multimedia content on a screen of this size and of such quality is simply wonderful, and as is customary in Samsung panels, excels in all the important aspects that must be measured when assessing a panel.
Its maximum brightness of 1,200 nits allows to see the content outside even in the central hours of the day, and OLED technology translates into optimal levels of contrast.
As the only detail to improve, I would have liked that Samsung introduced a color mode beyond "Natural" – enabled by default – , to show some more vivid colors without reaching the point of extreme saturation in the "Intense" mode. However, with the default option we get quite faithful colors.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 + is one of the fastest mobile phones that have passed through my hands. What a surprise. The jump of the Exynos 9820 of the S10 to this 9825 is practically imperceptible in the use with the phone during the day, as is also the passage of 8 to 12 GB of RAM. However, the Galaxy S10 + that we tested in March was already one of the best functioning terminals in the entire Android landscape at the time, so it is not surprising to see that nothing has changed in that regard in the tenth generation of the Note series.
S is more remarkable the existence of UFS 3.0 memory chip, which places the Note10 + in a select club of which only phones such as the OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro, or the Galaxy Fold itself are part. Transfer speed, access to files stored in memory and other operations carried out in the internal storage of the system they feel somewhat lighter when compared with other terminals with UFS 2.1 memory.
Of course, that does not make it stand out more than other mobile phones several hundred euros cheaper as OnePlus 7 Pro itself can be. S does, however, Samsung's own software, One UI, which in the Note10 + reaches its version 1.5 introducing interesting news, including some exclusive of the two models that make up this series.
One UI works fine. The agility of the software does not reach the level of other lighter layers such as OxygenOS, nor does it manage to stand up to the fluidity of the Google Pixel software, but it is undeniable that Samsung has advanced by leaps and bounds in this field, and finally it has a software that, although I find it loaded, confusing and redundant, has left behind the ghosts of TouchWiz and Samsung Experience, and can offer a more than satisfactory experience.
Where s the existence of Exynos 9825 is noted in this Note10 + is in the autonomous. From the mediocre results of the Samsung Galaxy S10 + we get to get some somewhat better numbers, but not excellent. The 4,300 mAh of the Galaxy Note10 + – only 200 ms than the S10 + – allow go through the day of use without problems, and arrive at night with about 30-35% of the battery having used the phone relatively intensively.
As usual, each one's experience be different Depending on configurations, installed apps, habits of use and a host of aspects that make my words serve as mere guidance only. In any case, the 25W fast charge It allows you to recharge the battery from 0 to 100 in just over 70 minutes, and thanks to the fact that the technology is based on the USB Power Delivery system, it will not be difficult to find chargers that allow you to take advantage of the 45W of charge that the Note10 + supports, both Universal as Samsung's own.
Your multimedia section
It says at the beginning that the terminals of the Note family raise passions between the power users, and is mainly due to complete multimedia section with which Samsung used to provide these devices. At least that was until Note9.
It is true that the lack of minijack for headphones Slightly limit its capabilities in this regard – and you better have an adapter handy, because Samsung does not include it in the box. For the rest, the Note10 + approves with note in the rest of the aspects related to the multimedia section.
To start, the audio through the stereo speakers is excellent. The sound generated by the device is balanced and sharp even at high volume levels. It is advisable, that is, to keep it around 80% to avoid vibrations in the body of the phone. The USB Type-C AKG headphones included in the box, despite not having noise cancellation, they sound well and the audio quality is good, in addition to being especially light.
Special mention deserves the new vibration motor built into the device, according to Samsung bigger and more powerful than in previous versions. The answer is firm. and powerful, comparable to models like the Pixel 3, and certainly one of the best we can find in the Android landscape. Far from that, the Taptic Engine of the latest iPhone.
In honor of his legacy, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + allows its holders to expand storage through miscroSD card up to 512 GB, which allows us to obtain up to 1 TB of storage in the 512 GB model. This is one of the details that give the “Plus” model that last name, since the Galaxy Note10 lacks microSD expansion.
Beyond all that, Samsung provides the terminal with useful functions as a tool to measure diustances and objects in augmented reality using the depth sensor, 3D scanner – it is necessary to download the corresponding app from the Galaxy Store to be able to use it -, a complete video editor, and of course all the tools that enable the device's star accessory, the S-Pen.
The new S-Pen
Now that being able to differentiate yourself from the rest of the phones on the market is more difficult than ever, the Galaxy Note10 + plays with the advantage of the S-Pen, and this year is the most advanced we have seen so far in a model of the Note series.
The stylus Intelligent integrated releases changes that, without being revolutionary, will probably be welcomed by all those lovers of this small accessory of little more than 3 grams of weight.
The first novelty is hidden inside: a gyroscope, whose function is to enable the possibility of controlling the smartphone through gestures in the air, for example, by moving the S-Pen up or down in the camera app to change modes if moving from left to right or vice versa, or to switch between the front and rear camera with gestures up or down. It is also possible to configure gestures to perform different actions depending on the application that is open.
On paper, it seems an interesting function, even more taking into account the possibility of configuring gestures and that the detection of movements is precise enough. I'm sure someone be able to find a way to take advantage of this function. I personally have not been able to do it.
Leaving aside the “magic wand mode”, the Galaxy Note10 S-Pen also incorporates all the classic functions of this accessory, such as the possibility of write notes on the screen off, take screenshots of specific sectors, a real-time text translator, animated messages, take “distance” photos and a new tool that allows detect and copy any text that appears on the screen despite not being selectable.
Regardless of the usefulness of the functions of the stylus included in the terminal software, no doubt the extra precision offered by the S-Pen is appreciated when performing photo or video editing tasks, when writing freehand or any other operation that requires some thoroughness when touching the screen.
The least good of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
That One UI has improved significantly compared to previous versions of Samsung software, does not mean that it remains one of the few negatives of the experience with the South Korean terminals. Even with those who seem to touch excellence.
Just turn on the phone, uncheck all the bloatware unnecessary that Samsung offers in the initial configuration, reduce the size of the gigantic desktop icons and modify the position of the navigation bar buttons that Samsung continues to place with the “back” button to the right, the only thing what you will have to do to start enjoying your brand new terminal fully is get lost in the settings to enable options as simple as the fact that the content of notifications appears on the lock screen, and not just the application icons; get rid of duplicate applications, that once again they are present everywhere; deactivate the various options of the "device maintenance" system if you do not want your 1,000 euros mobile to ask you to restart it once a week, or that the antivirus signed by McAfee tells you that an analysis is needed urgently despite having started using it exactly ten minutes ago.
All this, taking into account that you do not need to install a system update and have to wait several more minutes for the application optimization process to finish that it should have disappeared from all Android there had been and for having after the arrival of Android 7, but that it has not done so because firms like Samsung are reluctant to implement the A / B update system.
Now, you can enjoy your mobile.
Many, everything mentioned above may be common at this point and no longer see it as an inconvenience. I get it. The idea that I intend to convey is that One UI It is a software that requires more configuration than it should be necessary, especially in a mobile of this price, instead of offering the user the experience they want from the first minute.
One UI puts forces the user to work, when it is the software that should work for the user.
But even within the bad there are good things: the aesthetics of the software is logical, pleasant and consistent. Many of the tools introduced by Samsung are useful, integration with Windows computers is extremely convenient if you use a computer with the Microsoft operating system and the new version of Samsung DeX is more useful than ever. The bases are solid, and One UI only needs a refinement process to become a software capable of maximally squeezing the company's mobile capabilities. One worthy of being in a mobile like the Note10 +.
Other small details
There is no perfect mobile, and as much as the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + approaches excellence, there are details that move it away from this concept that Samsung has been pursuing for a decade.
The fingerprint reader on screenFor example, not only is it clearly inferior to any capacitive sensor included in a mobile launched in the last two years, but both its speed and accuracy are lower to those of the third-generation optical fingerprint readers such as the OnePlus 7 Pro or the Huawei P30 Pro, despite the fact that the Note10 + makes use of ultrasonic technology. We had this same experience with the Samsung Galaxy S10 +, and unfortunately nothing has changed this time. During the first week of use with the phone, I ended up using facial unlock more often – faster, but less secure since no dedicated hardware is used – or the dot pattern than the fingerprint reader itself.
Nor is it understandable that the mobile created for users who want it all Be the first to do without the headphone port. It is worth the future of the industry to end any physical connector – and I support that trend myself – but, They really couldn't have waited for S11?
And speaking of shortcomings, I still don't understand why Samsung has decided that The 1,109 euros that the unit I tested costs is not enough to include the 45W charger, and instead have to go back to checkout and spend another 50 euros. It is worth the 25W of the original charger are more than enough to obtain an ultra-fast load, but promoting that the device can charge at a higher speed, acquiring an accessory that is sold separately is a strategy with a certain apple aroma.
On the other hand, I would not have been more than Samsung would have dared to get on the train of the screens with high refresh rate, providing this model with a 90 Hz AMOLED panel such as the one Samsung Display itself provides to firms such as OnePlus for its 7 Pro, or – probably – Google for its future Pixel 4 This would have been a good way to give the Galaxy Note10 + of a key advantage over the Galaxy Note10, and incidentally revive in part the philosophy of the Note series by introducing advances never seen before in the other models of the brand.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 +, as are its cameras
Four sensors they form the configuration used by Samsung to bring the photographic system of the Note10 + to life, and They are not very different from those we already saw in the Galaxy S10 + at the beginning of the year. For better and for worse.
The main sensor is from 12 megapixels with variable aperture f / 1.5-2.4 inherited from the Galaxy S9 series of 2018. Next to it is a Ultra Wide 16 megapixel f / 2.2, and finally a 12 megapixel f / 2.1 telephoto lens, which as the main sensor is equipped with a optical stabilizer. As a novelty – which is not so much if we consider that it was already present in the Galaxy S10 5G – we found a DepthVision sensor with VGA resolution, which is nothing more than a ToF sensor responsible for capturing depth information.
The front, however, is led by a single 10 megapixel f / 2.2 sensor with auto focus, which among other things is capable of recording video at 4K resolution.
As for modes and options, again we will not find too many differences with respect to the S10 series models. A function that comes for the first time to Samsung's high-end catalog – something curious, since it was already present in the Galaxy A80 – is the possibility of blur the background and keep the subject in the foreground focused when recording video, which enables other functions and effects that we will see in the video test.
The photographic modes do not change either. Dynamic Blur modes, Instagram mode, food, “Pro”, and night mode, which is also compatible with the front camera of the phone for the first time.
Day behavior, portrait and night mode
To say that I had more fun taking pictures of the Note10 + that with the Note10 + will summarize my experience quite well. It is not that the camera is bad, far from it. In fact, The quality of the catches is excellent in most environments. The downside is that this system cudruples just bring nothing new that did not already exist in the Galaxy S10, and the addition of new sensors does not translate into results clearly superior to those offered by the Galaxy Note9 last year.
This also implies that the defects of the S10 series camera are present again. It is true that Samsung has improved the photo processing algorithm, and it shows especially in those situations in which the HDR mode is forced to fulfill its function, because the results are more natural and not as aggressive when raising the shadows as was the case of the models announced in February of this year. However, Samsung stumbles again with the stone of excessive smoothing of faces, a white balance something more warm than we would like, and some inconsistency – although it is not as noticeable as in other terminals – in the colors depending on the sensor that is being used to capture the images.
What is undeniable is that it is a very versatile configuration, thanks to the fact that it is possible to choose a sensor for each different situation. Of course, the best results are offered by the 12 megapixel main sensor, with luminous captures in any situation, well-defined images, full of detail and with the colors most faithful to reality.
The Ultra wide it brings a different point of view and, although I'm not the biggest fan of this type of lens, I admit that it can become truly useful and convenient to have l on occasion. It is also appreciated that Samsung offers the option to correct the natural distortion generated by cameras of this style.
Finally, the "TV", despite being the same sensor used by the S10 and S10 +, is also benefited by these improvements in terms of processing of which he spoke earlier, and now offers more detailed captures and not as flat as in the models of the S family.
In general, It is a complete system, versatile and capable of offering excellent results If the factors are on our side. To play with the different sensors to obtain the perfect capture it is fun, especially when seeing that any of them will offer a very good image quality. The portrait mode, of course, is still far from standing up to models like the Pixels, although I fear that it is the fault of Samsung's tendency to soften the faces too much.
On the night mode, say that fulfills its function of capturing more light and generate photographs, at a minimum, usable even when the light has completely disappeared, but that is not comparable to Google's Night Vision modes, or Huawei's own Night Mode. However, it is certainly useful considering that the quality of the camera in low light situations is not precisely the strong point of the Note10 +, despite the greater opening of the main sensor.
The similarities with the Samsung Galaxy S10 also extend to the results obtained with the front camera. Samsung has decided to do without this secondary depth sensor, and the truth is that the difference in the quality of self-portraits is so small that it is appreciated to have such a clean front.
The 10 megapixel camera offers good results, although face smoothing of the South Korean makes the selfies captured with the Note10 + camera are somewhat flatter than those captured with other terminals. It is appreciated, that s, that can be taken selfies group thanks to the wide angle mode of the front camera.
One more year, Samsung remains a leader in relation to the video recording, and their reference phones are the only ones able to get closer to the image and audio quality of Apple's iPhone. The Galaxy Note10 + allows you to capture excellent videos, and the speed of autofocus is appreciated in those scenes where several moving subjects appear.
As new features, the modes of directional audio recording, which allows focusing the captured audio in that part of the image in which it is made zoom, Y the dynamic blur effect, which as in the Galaxy A80, is like a curious addition since the results are not all the good things to expect.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 +, opinion and final thoughts of Andro4all
The effect wow that the first Note woke up for being phones full of functions, with which no other market model could compete little by little has disappeared. Somehow, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + marks the end of an era and the beginning of another. One in which the Note series models are no longer just for those who want to have it all, but, like the Galaxy S, they point to a much broader and not so concrete market. And that, like it or not, goes by saying goodbye to features that once seemed inherent in the models of this family, and that by the philosophy of it seemed that they would never disappear. Until today.
But in spite of everything, and leaving aside philosophies and concepts, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + is a round terminal, it may not be as complete as Galaxy Note9 itself last year, but after all it is a step forward in most key aspects.
Now, the Galaxy Note10 + has a tough rival, and you don't even have to leave home to meet him. Knowing that it is possible to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 + for 350 euros less than the 1,109 that this Note10 + costs, you must want the S-Pen and everything that entails to justify the extra outlay which is the last member of the Note series. Otherwise, few other reasons may lead you to choose it over the S10 Plus.
If I had to bet, I would say that in the future Samsung's high-end segment will be divided into two families: on the one hand, the Galaxy S, leading the South Korean conventional mobile catalog as before; for another, the Galaxy Fold, which at some point in their history, their own nature of large-sized mobile verstiles take them to adopt the functions of the Note series, including support for S-Pen. It will be then when, then, the Note will lose all sense of being.
The Galaxy Note10 + has a tough rival, and you don't even have to leave home to meet him.
But this is only conjecture, and in the meantime, we continue to live in a present in which The Note family may have lost part of its essence, but still maintains the course, and while Samsung is building such good phones, We are still condemned to enjoy smartphones like the Note10 +.
Price and where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note10 +
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 + lands on the market in August 2019, in two different variants with 12 GB of RAM, and 256 or 512 GB of internal storage at a price of 1,109 or 1,209 euros respectively. Any of the two variants can be purchased at regular stores such as Amazon or the main operators, or through the official Samsung store itself. It is available in colors black –Aura Black–, white –Aura White– y el modelo ms extremo con un acabado ms propio de un CD que de un mvil, Aura Glow,
Si bien su elevado precio puede restarle cierto atractivo, no hay que olvidar que Samsung est ofreciendo un plan renove por el que se ofrecen hasta 355 euros de descuento al entregar un mvil antiguo para comprar el Note10+.
|Conclusions||Cuanto ms usas el Galaxy Note10+, ms te das cuenta de las pocas ventajas que aportan ya los Galaxy Note frente a los Galaxy S. El ltimo miembro de esta serie es el mejor telfono creado por Samsung hasta la fecha… como tambin lo fue el S10+ unos meses atrs. Por tanto todo se reduce a una pregunta: compensa pagar ms por el S-Pen?|
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Otro mvil almost perfecto de Samsung. Y ya van…
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