Samsung’s mastery of smartphone screens is well-known, and the 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED one here is nothing short of excellent. (If it means something to you, DisplayMate has a fairly gushy evaluation you can read here.)

What people have been more concerned about is whether the center-aligned front-facing 10-megapixel camera is any more distracting than the cutouts on the Galaxy S10 series.

Well, I’m pleased to report I never really notice it. Yes, its placement is somewhat more prominent, but Samsung’s work in making the cutout smaller means it’s very easy to ignore.

The cameras

No surprises here — the Note 10+ more or less uses the same rear triple camera system and time-of-flight sensor as the Galaxy S10 5G, and they’re still excellent.

Colors are lush and vibrant, and photos come out with a remarkable level of detail, though some of you might not like the extra sharpening Samsung’s software does. One of the more notable changes here is that the 12-megapixel telephoto camera has a slightly wider aperture, which helps when shooting in the dark.

The handful of telephoto shots I’ve taken in the do look surprisingly good, but I haven’t had time to make a direct side-by-side comparison with the Galaxy S10 yet.

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