GeekBench 5 shows a respectable 305/1308 single/multi-core performance (multiply by 5 to get GeekBench 4 figures), and that puts it pretty close to the Kirin 960 (Huawei P10) or Qualcomm SD835 (Note 8 and Pixel 2).
Pass – CPU, ram and storage – 6GB and 128GB plus a dedicated microSD means it ticks all the boxes.
As a phone
It scores very well on signal strength reception at -89dBM (Note10+ is -100 – lower is better) and picks up the second nearest tower at -93 (Note 10 is -110). It has bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8,28, 38, 39, 40 and 41 – perfect for Australia.
Volume is excellent for ring and hands-free. Music is listenable – better over the 3.5mm jack or BT 5.0
Pass – with flying colours
Comms – Wi-Fi and GPS (no NFC)
Its Wi-Fi AC and has good sensitivity at -52 (Note10 is -46). It achieves 390Mbps out to 5 metres.
GPS is capable of turn-by-turn navigation, and it has an eCompass.
Pass – would have loved NFC but its hard at this price.
Android 9 and Funtouch 9
The Chinese need a User Interface because Google apps and services are banned there. Funtouch 9 is a little quirky compared to its brother OPPO’s Colour OS 9.
You need to swipe to get a shortcut (other Android you swipe down), and there are things Jovi, Ultra Game Mode, Smart motion/split and more. It is Android 9 underneath (no mention of its upgrade policy) with a September security patch.
As far as I can tell, Jovi is a voice assistant, and you can use Google Assistant instead.
Pass – small learning curve but its still Android 9
Battery 4500mAh battery and fast charge 5V/2A and 9V/2A (18W) support
4500mAH is huge, and in two days of heavy use, it still had 30% left. At 100% load, it exhausts in seven hours but playing a 720p video gets that to 19 hours.
Micro-USB is so yesterday, but the supplied charger can intelligently charge at 5V/2A (10W) or 9V/2A (18W).
Pass – excellent battery life and fast charge (don’t lose the charger)