About Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus — Review, Specs & more
Giant display, new CPU: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is the largest smartphone in the Note series so far. Is the extra cost of the "Plus" worth it, when compared with the regular Note 10? And who has the cheapest monthly contract price?
Summary of contents
- Huge AMOLED display
- Noet 10+: A Windows phone - 2.0?
- What are the alternatives to the Note 10 Plus?
- Galaxy Note 10+ price in the UK
When it was announced all the way back in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note was considered a large-screen phone – it probably kick-started the phablet trend all by itself – with its 5.3-inch display. But that's tiny by today's standards.
Now Samsung’s largest traditional phablet is this baby right here: the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, with an expansive 6.8-inch display that fills your entire hand and will fill most of your pocket too – let's hope they're deep enough to afford it. The smaller Note10 is a little bit cheaper if you want to save a bit of cash.
Samsung’s largest-screen phone is the Galaxy Fold, which is finally expected to be released this September, but as that’s a folding device it’s arguably easier to pack away on your person. So for now the Note10 Plus holds that title - but is bigger always better, without wanting to sound coarse? Let's find out...
Huge AMOLED display
First things first: you need to know that this is a very large phone. It’s likely to be the largest phone you’ll have ever used, with a 6.8-inch AMOLED Infinity-O display sporting a 3040 x 1440 (that’s QHD) resolution – that’s 498 pixels per inch, and it supports HDR10+ content too, so your Netflix shows, games, and other content should look eye-poppingly good.
The dimensions are 77 x 162 x 7.9mm, and the Note 10 is relatively light considering its size, tipping the scales at 196g. With rounded edges on its rear it sits comfortably in the hand – assuming you have big enough hands to hold it.
Noet 10+: A Windows phone - 2.0?
The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus are more connected to Microsoft and Windows computers than other smartphones. So you can display the screen of the smartphone on a USB-connected Windows PC (or alternatively a Mac). Samsung has installed a customised version of the Samsung DeX desktop mode in the Note 10 / Note 10 Plus for this purpose, so that apps run in a separate window on the computer. In addition, the "Link to Windows" software is integrated directly into the smartphone at the factory. This software can be accessed via Windows PC photos, SMS and other content on the smartphone.
The larger and sharper display aside, the differences in memory and the additional microSD slot are hardly noticeable.
But there are other important features: the Note 10 Plus has a much stronger battery than the Note 10. The battery comes with a minimum capacity of 4,170 milliamp hours (typically Samsung advertises the Note 10 Plus but with 4,300 mAh).
The fast charging is even more exciting: Samsung also adds a 25-watt PSU to the Plus model at the factory. But if you want, you can also use a USB-C power supply with a full 45 watts for the Note 10 Plus (optional accessories from Samsung or other manufacturers with USB-C power delivery standard). So far, no Samsung smartphone has yet come so fully loaded!
When it comes to wireless charging, a 20-watt power supply with twice the performance is the same as the Note 9, but not as fast as when charging via USB-C. And even if 5G is not really common today: Only the Plus version of the Note 10 Plus is also available as a 5G version. This acquisition will be future-proof, because by 2021 at the latest 5G will be standard for smartphone high-end users.
What are the alternatives to the Note 10 Plus?
If you find the Note 10 Plus exciting because of its features and the great display, but you do not necessarily need the big pen, you should take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the S10 5G here - incidentally, the display of the S10 Plus is a bit smaller (6.4" instead of 6.8") and it lacks the ToF camera for videos with bokeh effect, but it is about £200 cheaper now.
The S10 5G is worthwhile only if you are lucky enough to get a particularly good bargain, because the RRPs are the same otherwise.
Galaxy Note 10+ price in the UK
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has an RRP of £1,099 in the UK. Yes, it's over a grand. Thankfully, that was the launch price - and the cost in the UK has dropped by about 300 quid since then. Phew!
If you prefer to buy your devices on contract, then check out our Galaxy Note10 Plus deals above. The cheapest pay monthly price on Foned for the Note 10 Plus is currently £50 a month with no upfront. It's available now for instant delivery too.