The OnePlus 7 Pro is the biggest, fastest, and most expensive device the company has ever offered. Its edge-to-edge display trades the notch for a mechanical pop-up selfie camera, and the new high-resolution 90Hz display looks and feels amazing. In adding these features, however, the 7 Pro trades a key benefit for which the company has traditionally been known: battery life.
But when you look at everything as a whole, it's clear what guided the direction of the Note this generation. With the Note 9, Samsung slung huge banner ads reading “4,000mAh” and “1TB.” These were the major selling points for the phone. With the 10 series, it's not about that at all. The Note 10 Plus is still better than ever, because if it wasn't Samsung's “best Note ever,” it wouldn't sell any units. But if you look at the key marketing points of the Note 10 series, it is all about design.
Huawei is having a bad time. You wouldn't know it by looking at the Mate 30 Pro, a gleaming piece of kit that exudes luxury and cutting-edge tech. But then you unlock the phone and reality comes crashing in: there's no Gmail on this thing, or YouTube, or Google Maps. Worse, there's nothing Huawei can do to help. You're supposed to find your own alternatives, hunt down APKs on third-party app stores, or resort to web apps.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is Samsung's biggest, boldest Galaxy Note yet. It has a slimmer design, more screen than ever before, and an S Pen that has learned some new tricks. Almost all of its new features are in the name of refinement, but that refinement is dictated by design and mass-market appeal, not necessarily by functionality.