AT&T & Verizon Samsung Galaxy S10 & Galaxy Note 10 One UI 3.1 update begins rolling out
Samsung has been sending out the One UI 3.1 update for eligible devices over the past couple of months and recently made its way over to the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series in a few countries.
Like most Android OS updates, the update has been rolling out in batches and thus it’s yet to go live for devices in certain regions.
Now, we’ve come across reports from users (1, 2, 3, 4) claiming that the One UI 3.1 update is finally live for the AT&T and Verizon models of the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e as well as the Note 10, Note 10+, and Note 10 5G in the U.S.
Verizon has also updated its official software updates page to reflect the new One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series.
The update carries the firmware version number G97xUSQU5GUBH for the Galaxy S10 models and N97xUSQU6FUBH for the Galaxy Note 10 models.
AT&T is yet to reflect the changes on its official software information pages for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices.
Apart from the new skin along with all the features it has to offer, Samsung has thrown in the March 2021 security patch for good measure.
Verizon has also shared a changelog for the new update that we’ve added below:
– What’s changing:
This software update introduces One UI 3.1, with new Camera features, app enhancements (Calendar, Messages, Duo, DeX), and new Settings (Eye comfort shield, Game Priority mode).
The latest Android security patch is also included in this update.
– Single Take – Shot Customization
Now you can customize what shots to capture when using Single Take feature.
– Eye Comfort Shield
Keep your eyes comfortable by limiting blue light and using warmer colors. Automatically adjust your screen’s colors based on the time of day.
– Game Booster – Priority Mode
For the serious gamers, you can use Priority Mode in Game Booster to block incoming calls and notification alarms. It will also optimize your network connection and processor power for your games.
– Video Call Enhancements
When using 3rd party apps (i.e., Google Duo), the video call now supports HDR, Beauty features, and improved low-light quality.
– Wireless DeX – PC Connection
Extend your Galaxy phone to your desktop PC using Wireless DeX. Simply download the DeX app on your PC and connect to the same Wi-Fi network to start DeX.
– Galaxy Buds – Seamless Earbud Connection
When logged into your Samsung account, quickly switch your Galaxy Buds to nearby devices without disconnecting your earbuds or turning on pairing mode.
That being said, now that the One UI 3.1 update has begun rolling out to AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series, it’s likely we’ll see the T-Mobile variants bag it as well.
So be sure to keep an eye out on our dedicated tracker to know more about the status One UI 3.1 for the S10, Note 10, and all other eligible models for that matter.
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Galaxy Note 10 vs. S10: Honestly, we don't think the S Pen is worth it
Though both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 launched last year, Samsung's 2019 flagship phones and ultraluxe phones are still fantastic devices. Both offer high-end specs that include brilliant AMOLED displays, powerful cameras and ultrafast processors. In addition, now that the 2020 Galaxy S20 is out, Samsung has discounted the Galaxy S10 significantly from its original price of $900 (£799, AU$1,349). Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are also out now, if you want to splurge.
If you're deciding between the two 2019 phones, we recommend the Galaxy S10. You'll get similar specs and performance to the Note 10 (give or take a few things that we'll go in detail about later), but at a lower cost.
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Our detailed walk-through below compares these on the basis of design, camera, performance and storage. And for more comparisons, read CNET's Note 10 Plus vs. Note 9: Which Galaxy Note is the better buy? and Galaxy Note 20 vs. Note 20 Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung flagship specs compared.
With its big display, cheaper price tag and comparable hardware specs to the Note 10, the Galaxy S10 is the better value. The phone's display is a tad smaller than the Note 10's by just 0.2 inch, but it has the same processor and nearly the same triple rear-camera setup. It also has a sharper display, a headphone jack and expandable memory. What you won't have, of course, is the embedded S Pen. But if you're not a power user and won't have much use for it anyway, go for the S10 and pocket the extra cash.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S10 review.
S Pen: The Note 10's ultimate benefit
You can't compare the Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 without first addressing the former's one big advantage: the S Pen smart pen stylus. Stored inside the Note 10, the S Pen adds extra functionality to productivity apps and features that are baked into the phone. In addition to quickly jotting down notes and doodles, you can use the S Pen as a remote, firing off the camera's shutter or controlling music on Spotify from a distance.
The S Pen is essentially the biggest draw of the Note 10 and you should ultimately decide if this is an important enough tool for you to pay more money for it. If you see yourself using the stylus often and have the budget for the Note 10, go for it. On the other hand, if it's not a necessary feature, save your money now and check out the Galaxy S10. If you're still on the fence between the two, then read on.
Design: Galaxy S10 has a sharper screen and headphone jack
When Samsung's first Note phone launched, its screen was notably much bigger than those of the phones that were out during the time. These days, however, many phones have generously sized screens, including the Galaxy S10. With its 6.1-inch display and the Note 10's 6.3 inches, you'll get a big-screen experience with either phone.
But the phones' displays differ in another way. The Galaxy S10 has a sharper 1440p resolution and a higher pixel density than the Note 10 (550 ppi compared with 401 ppi). Side by side, your eyes might not notice a difference between 1440p and 1080p. But if you watch a lot of video or play graphics-intensive games on your phone, the Galaxy S10's screen offers crisper details, at least on paper.
Because the Note 10 houses its stylus pen inside, the phone is slightly heavier and thicker. The phone also doesn't have a headphone jack, unlike the Galaxy S10. That means you'll have to use a dongle, wireless headphones or USB type-C headphones to listen to music and calls.
Lastly, both phones have black and white variants, but the Galaxy S10 comes in four more colors as well: green, blue, silver and red. The Note 10 has one extra "fun" color, known specifically as Aura Glow. With its iridescent shine and striking color gradient, though, this third color variant is really, really fun.
Camera: Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are nearly identical
For the most part, both phones have the same triple rear-camera setup and video features: a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle shooter and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Both have a 10-megapixel front-facing camera too.
But Samsung did tweak the camera hardware slightly between the two phones. For the selfie and telephoto cameras, the Galaxy S10 has a fixed aperture lens at f/1.9 and f.2.4 respectively. The Note 10 uses a slightly narrower f/2.1 aperture on the selfie camera and f/2.2 on the telephoto by comparison. Generally, the larger the aperture (or the smaller the f-stop number), the more light the camera can capture. This can help capture sharper low-light photos that don't suffer from camera shake. However, despite the slight differences in hardware, in most scenarios, you shouldn't notice much difference in photo quality between either of these phones. (Note that on both phones, the main wide-angle camera has a variable aperture that can shift between f/1.5 and f/2.4.)
At launch, the Note 10 did have a few extra camera features that the Galaxy S10 didn't have, like applying bokeh blur on video and Night Mode on the front-facing camera. However, many of those features have been ported over to the Galaxy S10 with an October 2019 update. Both phones also have newer Galaxy S20 camera updates like Single Take and Night Hyperlapse.
For more on photo quality, check out photos taken with the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 here .
Galaxy S10 and Note 10's performance and battery: About equal
Both phones have 8GB of RAM and are equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, but depending on what market you're in, some models of the Note 10 have a Samsung Exynos 9825 processor.
We didn't run benchmark tests on these two specific phones, but we did on the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10 Plus, which also share the same Snapdragon 855 processor. Both phones scored similar Geekbench 4 and 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited test results. However, the Galaxy S10 Plus did have a lower score on 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited test (57,320) than the Note 10 Plus (79,190). In any case, both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 have lightning-quick processors and there should be little difference in performance and speed when it comes to day-to-day tasks.
Given its slightly larger screen, it makes sense that the Note 10 has a slightly larger battery. But the Note 10's 3,500-mAh battery actually clocked in the same 18-hour runtime as the Galaxy S10's 3,400-mAh battery for continuous video playback in Airplane mode.
Storage: Note 10 doesn't have expandable memory
One important thing to note is that unlike the Galaxy S10, the Note 10 does not have expandable memory. This shouldn't be a huge deal given that the phone comes with 256GB of onboard storage, but for those who shoot a lot of photos or 4K video, this is something to consider.
Meanwhile, you can use a microSD card with the Galaxy S10. However, it has two storage tiers that, funnily enough, sit below and above the Note 10's: 128GB and 512GB. Only you can decide how much storage is enough, but opting for the 128GB model of the Galaxy S10 and investing in a microSD card later (a 128GB card runs for about $30) is the cheapest way to go.
Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy Note 10
|Samsung Galaxy S10||Samsung Galaxy Note 10|
|Display size, resolution||6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040x1,440 pixels||6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||550 ppi||401 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.9x2.77x0.31 in||5.94x2.83x0.31 in|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||149.9x70.4x7.8 mm||151x71.8x7.9 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||5.53 oz; 157g||5.93 oz; 168g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Camera||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor or Samsung Exynos 9825|
|Expandable storage||Up to 512GB||No|
9 reasons you should buy Samsung's Galaxy S10 instead of the new Galaxy Note 10
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Samsung's newest, most luxurious smartphone to date — the Galaxy Note 10 — is now available.
But if you're in the market for a Samsung phone, you have a lot to choose from.
Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled four versions of its Galaxy S10 smartphone, which is its flagship device for the year. The cheapest model, the Galaxy S10e, starts at $750; we also think that's the phone worth buying for most people. Meanwhile, the regular Galaxy S10 starts at $900, the larger S10 Plus starts at $1,000, and the 5G-enabled S10 starts at a whopping $1,300.
Read more: People are mad at Samsung for killing the headphone jack in its latest phone, but it's a smart business decision
Samsung's latest phone, the Note 10, is the company's latest and greatest. But we think there are several compelling reasons to buy the Galaxy S10, which is almost six months old now, compared to the new Galaxy Note 10 that released this week.
1. Price is by far the biggest and most important consideration here, and provides important context for how these other features compare.
To make this comparison simpler, we're only going to compare the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10. The "Plus" models of these phones, as well as the Galaxy S10e and the 5G versions of these phones, are completely different value propositions altogether, and are worth their own separate discussions.
In other words: You'll save at least $50 by going with a Galaxy S10 instead of the Galaxy Note 10.
2. The Galaxy Note 10 has a slightly larger display, but the Galaxy S10 is extremely similar, and probably more comfortable for most people.
The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen. The Note 10 has a 6.3-inch AMOLED.
The difference between 6.1 inches and 6.3 inches might seem notable on paper, but when you hold these phones in person, you'll hardly notice a difference. Samsung is using top-of-the-line technology for both of these phones' displays, and they're a real treat to look at.
Also, while I'd call my hands medium-sized, I still prefer phones be a little smaller so they're more comfortable to hold in one hand. I like the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.1-inch iPhone XR, for example, more than the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. In this sense, I'd also recommend buying the phone that's more comfortable to hold, and that's why I like the Galaxy S10 here.
3. The Galaxy S10 has a different "hole-punch" style notch for its front-facing camera compared to the Note 10 — and it's probably better on the S10 for more situations.
To accommodate having both an edge-to-edge display and the ability to take selfies, Samsung's front-facing cameras for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 look like someone took a hole-punch to it.
But on the Galaxy S10, the hole punch is off to the side. On the new Galaxy Note 10, that camera is smack dab in the middle of the display.
While it's ultimately up to preference, I think I like the Galaxy S10'scamera design a bit more. It doesn't seem like it gets in the way of software, and if you're watching videos on your phone, there's a good chance it won't cut into your content since it's away from the center of the screen. On the Galaxy Note 10, you might notice the hole punch more when you're watching videos in landscape mode.
4. The Galaxy Note 10 has a slightly bigger battery compared to the Galaxy S10, but you won't really notice a difference.
The Note 10 lineup has bigger batteries compared to the Galaxy S10 series, but the difference is minimal.
mAh, or milliampere hour, is a unit of measurement that describes how long a battery can hold a charge before it needs recharging — but it's not always the greatest representation of a phone's battery life. How software utilizes the hardware, and minimizes drain, has a greater influence on a device's battery life.
It's still early days for the Galaxy Note 10, so we don't have a great picture of how long it lasts compared to the Galaxy S10 just yet, but early impressions from most critics say to expect "all-day" performance from both of these phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10: What's the difference?
(Pocket-lint) - Samsung's Note series arrived last summer, with two models on offer. But how do they stand up against the Galaxy S10 range?
We've compared the specifications of the Note 10 and Note 10+ to the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G to see how they differ and help you work out which is the right Galaxy device for you.
Also check out how all these devices compare to the new Galaxy S20 series, too.
What's the same between the Note 10 and S10?
- Software experience
- Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
- Reverse wireless charging
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 devices feature a similar hardware setup to the Galaxy S10 series. The Note 10 and the Note 10+ both run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9825 chipset. The S10 models run on either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820, so a slight variation but only slight.
All models have punch hole front cameras, meaning full Infinity O displays across both ranges, but the front camera specifications and designs differ slightly between the Note and S10 models - more on that below.
The two series do share features including reverse wireless charging, or Power Share as Samsung calls it, an under-display fingerprint sensor and a very similar software experience too. The Note 10 models bring a couple of new tricks thanks to the S Pen however.
The overall software experience is the same too. They all use One UI on Android and the majority is the same, with a few differences in the camera, the S Pen functions - but it's largely the same visual experience.
What's different between the Note 10 and S10?
Whilst the Galaxy Note 10 and S10 models share a number of similarities, there are plenty of differences between the two series.
- Note 10/Note 10+: Punch hole front camera in centre, vertical rear cameras
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: Top-right positioned punch hole front camera, horizontal rear cameras
The Galaxy Note 10 series has a slightly different design to the S10 series, as usual.
The punch hole front camera is in the centre of the display for the Note 10 devices rather than the right-hand top corner like the S10 models. The camera system on the rear of the Note 10 is arranged vertically in the top left corner too, while the S10 models have a horizontally aligned rear camera system in the centre at the top.
An IP68-rated glass and metal body is present on both series though and both have USB Type-C charging ports.
The Note is slightly squarer in the corners than the Galaxy S, which gives space for the S Pen to slot into the bottom. There's no 3.5mm headphone socket and no Bixby button on the Note 10.
As many Note fans would expect, the Note 10 series offers a built-in S Pen, which is Bluetooth-enabled and now has a six-axis motion sensor. This will allow all the normal S Pen functions - like writing and drawing - but now offers more functions away from the phone. It will give you motion gestures to swipe through camera modes, for example, including the ability to zoom in with a spiral motion.
The S Pen is positioned in the right corner at the bottom of the device, next to the charging port.
The Galaxy S doesn't offer an S Pen.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 6.3-inch/6.8-inch display
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 6.1-inch/6.4-inch/6.7-inch display
The Galaxy Note series has typically had a larger display than the Galaxy S series, though this year is a little different.
The Note 10 has a 6.3-inch screen while the Note 10+ has the largest screen (just) at 6.8-inches.
The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch screen, the Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4-inch screen and the Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch screen.
All models have Super AMOLED panels and all are HDR 10+ compliant. The S10 models and the Note 10+ all offer Quad HD+ resolutions, but the smaller Note 10 features a Full HD+ screen, making it the softest if the five devices being compared here.
- Note 10, S10 and S10+: Triple camera system
- Note 10+ and S10 5G: Triple camera system with depth sensor
The standard Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 and S10+ all share the same camera specifications, with a triple rear camera made up of a dual aperture main 12-megapixel camera, 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 12-megapixel telephoto lens.
The Galaxy Note 10+ and the S10 5G have this triple rear camera setup too, but they add a fourth VGA 3D Depth Sensor too. That should mean that these cameras are better placed to capture depth information.
Otherwise we expect the performance to generally be the same.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 10MP
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 10MP / 10MP+8MP / 10MP+3D Depth Sensor
Both the Galaxy Note 10 models have a single 10-megapixel punch hole front camera in the centre of the display. The Galaxy S10 also has a single front camera, but offset to the right.
The Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G have dual punch hole front cameras, but they aren't the same. The S10+ adds a second 8-megapixel sensor, while the S10 5G adds a 3D depth sensor. In out review of the Galaxy S10+, we didn't find this expanding front camera to really offer much extra over the single offering.
We can't help feeling that with Samsung only offering a single camera on the front of the Note, that reducing the impact on the display is more important - and the features offered by the additional front sensors really aren't worth it.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm / 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm / 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm / 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9mm
The Galaxy Note series is normally larger than the Galaxy S range but that's not the case this time round.
The Note 10, despite offering a 0.2-inch larger screen is only slightly larger than the standard S10. The Note 10+ meanwhile, is bigger than the S10+ but ever so slightly smaller than the S10 5G, even though it has a 0.1-inch larger display.
- Note 10/Note 10+: No 3.5mm headphone jack
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 3.5mm headphone jack
The Galaxy S10 devices all come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and AKG-tuned headphones in the box.
The Note 10 ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack however, which sees both models rely on wireless headphones or USB Type-C heapdhones.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 3500mAh/4300mAh
- S10/S10+: 3100mAh/3500mAh/4500mAh
The standard Note 10 comes with a 3500mAh battery, while the Note 10+ has a 4300mAh battery.
The S10 meanwhile, has a 3100mAh battery, the S10+ has a 3500mAh battery and the S10 5G has a 4500mAh capacity.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 256GB / 256GB and 512GB
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 128GB and 512GB / 128GB, 512GB and 1TB / 256GB
The Galaxy Note 10 comes in a 256GB storage option only and it is the only model of the five in this feature not to offer microSD support for storage expansion. The Note 10+ comes in 256GB and 512GB storage models.
The S10 is available in 128GB and 512GB storage models, the S10+ is available in 128GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options and the S10 5G comes with 256GB.
Exactly why microSD has been dropped on one model, we can't be sure - but it might mark the start of Samsung finding a way to reduce costs.
- Note 10/Note 10+: 8GB / 12GB
- S10/S10+/S10 5G: 8GB / 8GB and 12GB / 8GB
The Note 10 has 8GB of RAM support, while the Note 10+ has 12GB of RAM.
The S10 and S10 5G both have 8GB of RAM, while the S10+ is available with 12GB of RAM if users select the 1TB storage model.
- S10 5G/Note 10/Note 10+: 5G capabilities
- S10/S10+: 4G LTE
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are available in 4G LTE and 5G enabled models in some countries. In the UK, only the Note 10+ will be available as a 5G model. Only the Galaxy S10 5G model features 5G for the S10 range.
Both the S10 and S10+ are 4G LTE only.
There are several differences between the Note 10 and the S10 ranges, but the decision will likely fall down to whether you want the S Pen functionality or not, as that's the biggest real difference.
The designs of the two ranges are slightly different, as are the screen sizes and dimensions. But on the whole, the day-to-day experience of most of these phones is very similar. If you're really after a 3.5mm headphone socket then that might shift you towards the Galaxy S, but otherwise, your decision is likely to be made on what deals you can get - and the older phone is likely to be cheaper.
Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on .
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