Power – The fastest Google Android device on the planet with the most competent GPU for all mobile games – there is no better.
The Samsung Exynos 9825 is a powerhouse processor loosely akin to the Qualcomm SD855 that drives the US and Chinese versions. But in multi-core tests and overall compute power it blitzes the SD855.
The Exynos has two ‘heavy lifting’ Mongoose cores, two A75 cores (also heavy hitters) and four A-55 for most work. We call that Thumping Big/Big/Little, and it means you only use the power you need when you need it.
GeekBench5 is 832/2262 which is faster than the S10 at 789/2096 (multiply by five to get equivalent GeekBench4 ratings).
The 15-minute CPU Throttling test shows 153,312GIPS to 127,555GIPS (average 141,660GIPS or 88%). That is excellent and shows that Samsung has perfected the vapour chamber cooling for this super chip. Interestingly the four smaller cores are the ones that throttled – the two Mongoose and two A-75 are rock solid.
And 12GB of RAM – well if that does not support Android 10 or later nothing will. Its uses the new UFS 3.0 storage standard, and it is nearly twice as fast at data transfer as the Note9.
LTE – a real world phone
If I had one concern about the previous Note9 was that despite its Telstra Blue Tick rating (for regional and remote use) it was not as sensitive as other smartphones I have tested. Neither could it easily find the next adjacent tower, which is essential for efficient tower hand-off.
The Note10/10+ shines at -86dB (Note9 was -101-141), and it finds the next tower.
Plus, it is a dual sim and supports two active sims as well as VoLTE, VoWi-FI, Wi-Fi calling and HD Voice. I find dual sim the only way to go and now have separate numbers for private and business callers as well as being able to manage mobile data better.
Download/upload speeds are insane – up to 2Gbps/150Mbps courtesy of up to seven Carrier Aggregation bands.
Add to that a 22-band modem so if you are travelling, it’s a world phone
Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.0, NFC, Dual-band GPS
If you have a Wi-Fi 6 router is will support 2Gbps DL. Using a reference NETGEAR AX12 AX6000 router it achieves 1200Mbps (using VHT aggregation – not WI-Fi 6) at the router and out to five metres. At 10 metres it was 102Mbps – a record.
BT 5.0 supports most high res sound codecs (AAC, LDAC, FLAC and many more) as well as multi-point connections (two headphones or speakers at the same time). The AKG tuned Dolby Atmos speakers are convincing.
GPS is dual-band, very fast and accurate.
Face unlock – good but not perfect
@D Face Unlock is excellent in reasonable light but slower in low light. It still works, but you may have to wait a few seconds, by which time you have put in the pin instead. You need to be face-on to the phone for it to work best.
Or use the fast, ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint detector.