Samsung has enjoyed the top position globally for a long time in terms of total shipments. But in recent times Samsung hasn’t really come out with a smartphone which has excited the general public to a huge degree. Don’t get me wrong, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus were great models. But they didn’t have enough oomph factor in order to really take away attention from already existing models in the market. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus feels like an incremental upgrade at best. Both of these smartphones do have a superlative design but the problem arises from the fact that flagship smartphones have a heavy burden of delivering on all fronts and these smartphones aren’t really able to pull that off. Let’s talk about the specifications firstly.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Note 10 specifications
The Galaxy Note 10 is the smaller sibling while the Note 10 plus is slightly more feature-packed.
The Note 10 Plus is heavier at 196 grams compared to the 168 grams of the Note 10. This can also be attributed to the bigger 4300 mAh battery on the Note 10+ compared to the 3500 mAh battery of the smaller model.
Both the smartphones comer with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a top of the line AMOLED display. Sadly none of them is packing a high refresh rate display. This severely undermines the phone when compared to something like the OnePlus 7 Pro or ROG Phone 2.
The bigger model has a 6.8-inch display while the latter has a 6.3-inch display. The resolution is also QHD+ on the plus model.
Both the phones are dust and waterproof and come with Exynos 9825 chipset based on a 7nm process. Only in selected markets like the USA and China would Samsung ship the phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.
The option for expandable storage is present only on the plus model and option for up to 12 GB RAM is present only on the plus model.
Camera capabilities are similar on both the models with a 12 MP variable aperture main sensor, a 12 MP telephoto sensor, a 16 MP ultra-wide sensor and a Time of Flight 3D VGA camera.
4K 60 fps video recording is the maximum that’s possible via the Note 10 Plus.
Note 10 Plus also has a slight edge in terms of supporting fast battery charging up to 45W. Both phones also support fast wireless charging up to 20W.
The pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949 and the price for the Note 10 Plus model starts at $1099.
Why do we feel the Note 10 Plus doesn’t cut it anymore?
While the smartphone does pack in a lot of punch but the premium pricing and the lack of things like a headphone jack, high refresh rate display, improved camera sensors etc. make the whole package seem like a minor upgrade compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro or some other top of the line smartphones.
There are also issues like Samsung’s poor edge detection in portrait mode and the lack of a robust camera image processing. These all kind of make it hard to recommend the Note 10 to anyone who’s looking for a really top of the line experience. Also, the Samsung One UI is definitely great but it’s no match for stock Android or Oxygen OS experience.
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