Comms (Same for Note 10+ /5G)

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi AX VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
1.2Gbps DL/UL
BT BT 5.0 aptX
Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices
NFC NFC (Samsung and Google Pay)
USB USB-C 3.1 gen 1
Supports Alt DP HDMI over USB-C
GPS GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou

It is one of the few smartphones to support Wi-Fi 6 (AX), but you need a suitable router. In that case, it should support over 2Gbps. At 1m from our reference, D-Link AC 5300 router it was 1.2Mbps (exceeds the 866Mbps limit by using VHT80 aggregation).

At 5 metres from the router (standard test) Network Cell Info shows -52dBm compared to the Note9 at -48dBm (lower is better) but both achieve 243Mbps. The Note10 held the 5Ghz signal to 10 metres – a record.

GPS was fast to find a signal, recalculate routes, and to report on traffic conditions. It appears to have a 4-6 metre accuracy (most phones are 10 metres), so we expect it is dual-band GPS. You can safely use it as a turn-by-turn navigation device.

Comms Summary: The Note10 has later Wi-Fi aerial technology and Wi-Fi AX support that we cannot yet test.


Sim Single *Dual – both active Single SIM
LTE Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA Cat.20 Up to 2.0Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload   Same Same plus Samsung 5G modem
Bands (20) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,12, 13, 18,19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 34, 39, 40, 41 Same Same plus Telstra 5G
VoWi-Fi Wi-Fi calling
HD Voice
Yes on both sims
Same Same
SAR (Exynos SoC) Head: .209W/kg
Body: 1.523 W/kg
Same We expect 5G to be a little higher

*Dual sim may depend on the sales outlet.

The Note10 LTE signal strength shines at -86dBM compared to the Note9 at -101dBm.

But the most significant differences are a very good signal stability and finding the next nearest tower/s.

The Note10 varies little between -86 and -90 whereas the Note9 varies between -101 and -141. The Note10 finds the next tower at -101 and several further towers as well. The Note9 does not.

LTE Summary: The Note10/+/5G has Telstra’s coveted Bluetick for remote area reception and has almost all bands for international travellers.

Sound (should be the same for Note 10+ /5G)

Sound Stereo (earpiece/bottom-firing)
3.5mm – no
USB-C premium AKG earphones provided
2 x ANC mics
UHQ 32-bit and DSD64/128 support
PCM: Up to 32-bit, and DSD64/128 support
Volume 85dB ring, 73dB voice and music
  Dolby Atmos
AKG tuning
LDAC (Sony)
Radio No

It has a very loud 85dB ring – perfect for me as I have grown to rely on my vibrating Samsung Galaxy Watch to draw my attention. Maximum voice and music are 73dB which is better than almost all we have tested.

Now, we are sceptical about different (earpiece and down-firing) speakers being capable of stereo, let alone Dolby Atmos. Yes, they are different, but AKG tuning takes care of that. And they swap L/R as you rotate the device.

Subjectively it is a pleasure to listen to music with good bass from 70Hz and a flat response up to 18kHz.

The AKG tuned, USB-C buds have offset ear tips for better canal fit and a braided cable for tangle-free use. They sound superb, if a little treble heavy, accentuating the Dolby Atmos effect.

Our reference Sony WH-1000XM3 headphone was in its element with aptX, AAC, and LDAC (Sony Hi-res support). I could have listened all day to this.

Sound signature

We tested in the default flat mode, and that is what we got – excellent. It has pre-set for Normal, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Custom. These allow +-10dB from 53Hz to 17kHz – very good. It also has Dolby Atmos pre-sets for Auto, Movie, Music or Voice.

And one that should appeal to the baby boomers – Adaptive sound for the AKG buds/headphones based on age – it can also create a personal profile.

  • Deep Bass: 20-40Hz – none
  • Middle Bass: 40-100Hz – building
  • High Bass: 100 to 200Hz – flat
  • Low-mids: 200-400Hz – flat
  • Mids: 400-1000Hz – flat
  • High-mids: 1-2kHz – flat
  • Low-treble: 2-4kHz – flat
  • Treble:4-6kHz – flat
  • High Treble: 6-10kHz – decline*
  • Dog whistle: 10-20 – flat to 18kHz

(*This is intentional to remove the harshness of this band)