Sound Summary: Hi-res sound, high res codecs and effective implementation of Dolby Atmos 3D sound. One of the best, if not the best smartphone sounds, I have heard.
Security (should be the same for Note 10+ /5G)
|Security||Fingerprint sensor under the glass|
|Knox||On-device encryption of Pin, Pattern, Password and files|
I started using the Face ID in the Note9, and it is excellent in reasonable light conditions. But the new Face ID is faster and works in lower light. Face ID is 2D, not the more secure 3D or iris scanning.
The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor takes a little practice, but once you find and memorise the sweet spot it is 99.999% accurate and fast.
What I was not aware of is the two settings – quick check (less secure default) and full check (more secure but slower and failed about 10% of the time).
You can also unlock it via the S Pen (not tested).
105.8 x 4.35 x 5.8mm x 3.04g|
.07mm tip 4096 pressure levels
BT LE, Active 10m maximum distance
Lithium titanate battery ten hours standby
6-axis sensor, including Gyro and acceleration sensor.
S Pen is the main reason you buy a Note. It is now a BT device so it can act as a gesture initiated remote control, navigate a presentation, play and pause videos, or snap a photo – oh, and write and draw.
S Pen also works when the Note10 is asleep.
I particularly like the new ability to turn handwritten notes into readable text although it only does a viewable page instead of a long multipage note.
The S Pen is as natural as writing on paper, and you can select different pens, pencils and colours. It features
You can read more about the S Pen here.
S Pen summary: More functional than ever – the reason to buy a Note is to take notes!
Battery (5G is same as Note10+)
25W USB-C, PD 2.0|
Charge time 0-100%: 1.5 hours
Quick charge: 57% at 30 minutes
and 5W USB cable.
|Wireless||Accepts up to 20W Qi charge||Same|
We expect the Note10 and +/5G to have similar battery life as the latter have a larger battery but need to drive a higher resolution screen and the 5G modem.
- Using GFX T-Rex test at 100% load, it lasts nearly 7 hours and apart from minor throttling delivers close to 100% horsepower from start to finish.
- A 1080p video loop at 50% at screen brightness in aeroplane mode is 18 hours
- Heavy use of GPS, web surfing (Wi-F) and music streaming (BT) is nearly 12 hours
- Battery temperature started at 27° and slowly rose to 32° – again testament to the vapour chamber cooling.
We had heard about the 45W charging option, and alas, it does not apply to the Note10 – only its bigger brothers. Why?
In theory any 45W USB-C PD 3.0 charger works. These generally provide 5V, 9V and 15V to 3A (45W). It starts at 15V/3A for about 60% top-up, then drops to 9V/3A for about 20%, and the remaining charge is 5V/3A. That is why you can get 57% charge in 30 minutes, but it takes 1.5 hours to get to 100%.
Samsung’s 45W goes from 3.6V-20V has added some smarts that allow it to charge at 10V/4.5A (45W) instead of 9V/3A (27W) as PD 3.0 does. The Samsung adapter will not damage other USB-C PD 3.0 devices as its smarts only deliver 9V/3A (27W) to these.
At present most Qi chargers are 5 or 10W (and the Note9 uses a 15W version), so you are going to need a new 20W charging pad to reap the ultra-speedy charge benefits. We understand that it will charge the Note10 in about 3 hours.
The Catch 22 is that Samsung currently only sells its 15W fast wireless charger 2.0 stand at $129 until it, Belkin et al., come out with approved 20W versions. Below is a render of the new dual charger but we cannot find it for sale anywhere.