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Finally, years of criticism, the voices are heard— the Bixby button is no longer here.
Here comes another flagship from the Korean Tech Giant, Samsung. The awaited, Samsung Note 10 and 10+— despite the noticeable hole on Samsung Note 10/10+ phones’ screen, other features definitely make up for it.
It was around 2014 when the “Plus” versions came and changed the game, now it’s basically a default for flagship phones to release two versions of it— the bigger and commonly more powerful one and the compact and cut out version of the bigger one. There are subtle differences with the Note 10 and 10+ but as a typical consumer, you wouldn’t go wrong either way. But these subtle differences when put on paper can clearly see who’s more superior.
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Body and Display
It’s vast, isn’t it? One thing’s for sure, the display looks phenomenal. It’s truly bezel-less, its curvature definitely looks amazing with the boxy-edgy aesthetic, Samsung has been doing with their previous phones now. Despite having a stunning display, it fails to deliver a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate that can put them as a frontrunner for the Best Flagship Phone of 2019. Though, I know, the hole in the middle, it’s so noticeable. But at least it’s smaller compared to the Samsung S10. It does make sense, the notifications will fill the bar mostly at the edges.
It comes with a variety of colors; Aurora Black, Aurora White, and the unique Aurora Glow. It does come with Aurora Blue but is only available for the Note10+.
The camera is nothing but great. The front selfie camera features a 10MP Camera, it has three rear cameras; a 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, 12MP Wide-Angle Camera, and a 12MP Telephoto Camera. There is also a 4th one for the Note 10+ for AR Video and Drawing. Though you’ll notice at the back part of the phone the Note 10 has one flash while the Note 10+ has two additional “sensors”.
10 / 10 +
Other than the size and battery difference. Some features are only exclusive for the Note10+ such as the stunning color, Aurora Blue. Expandable storage up to 1TB, the Note10+ has a hybrid sim-tray. 256GB for the Note10 and 256GB to 512GB for the Note10+. In terms of RAM, the Note10 has 8GB of RAM meanwhile the Note10+ has 12GB of RAM. 45W super-fast charging is supported by the Note10+ as well as 5G.
Good news! There’s no more dedicated Bixby button, though the power button acts as a Bixby button when pressed too long. Bad news! The headphone jack is gone. The era of wireless or dongle-based headphones is officially here now. The S-Pen now functions as a “remote” for the camera’s features, gestures will trigger the different features. The S-Pen notes can now be searched from the menu, just type the word you wrote and the note will appear. The button layout, the power button, and the volume rocker are both at the left side— there are no more buttons on the right side. This is the first phone to benchmark a Samsung Exynos 9825. The new gimmick? The VR Video— you can draw on a video and it will stay where it is drawn. So, for example, you draw a heart on a table and moved the camera until the drawing is out of frame, it’ll still be there when you bring back the camera.
At the end of the day, you need to know what you’ll need, what you’ll do with your phone. If you’re a casual consumer, you can’t go wrong with any of these phones though as a person who values budget, this may be out of your choices. Take note, the Samsung Note10/10+ is a powerful phone that uses a stylus as its main feature, with that, know that if you really need the extra power— then go. Because, rationally speaking, other phones perform either the same or sometimes better, that are half the price. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a great phone. An upgrade to the tad bit underwhelming 9 series. Though despite it all, if you want a more compact but powerful and reliable phone, get the Note10. But if you want a go-hard-or-go-home situation, get the Note10+.