Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: Power Of The Pen And Much More

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Galaxy Note 10+ Gaming And Graphics Performance

Next we'll see how the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ holds up with GFXBench, which has been one of our standard mobile graphics performance benchmarks for years. In order to ensure display refresh (v-sync) and resolution are not limiting factors, we are comparing off-screen test results here. GFXBench tests OpenGL ES graphics workloads and we're specifically testing GLES 2.0 and 3.0 rendering performance in the following two benchmark modules. 

3D Graphics Benchmarks: 3DMark & GFX Bench
Pushing The Pixels

GFXBench Trex Galaxy Note 10 Plus

GFXBench Manhattan Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Though the Galaxy Note 10+ lands near the bottom of the top quadrant of Snapdragon 855-powered phones here, the group is tightly coupled, with little variability. Only Apple's iPhone XS Max breaks out from the top of the pack to forge a notable lead over the Android army. The next series of 3DMark tests should exercise more general system performance in gaming workloads, however. 

Futuremark's 3DMark has been a staple 3D graphics benchmark at HotHardware across all mobile and desktop platforms alike. In this case, we were running 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which is targeted for mobile devices and also runs at 720p in offscreen mode, so as to take display resolution out of the equation. This test and its 3D graphics engine are also based on the legacy OpenGL ES 2.0 API. 

3DMark Ice Storm Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Almost strangely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is able to ace the Ice Storm test by a comfortable margin over the other Snapdragon 855-powered competitors here, with strong Physics and Graphics scores leading the charge.

Next up, let's take a look at the more current-generation 3DMark Sling Shot test, which is powered by an OpenGL ES 3.1-based graphics engine. 

3DMark Sling Shot is a newer benchmark module that's been added to the 3DMark mobile suite, though we do have a few top-shelf Android phones, the iPhone X, and the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ and LG G8 ThinQ in the mix. Sling Shot is a much more advanced OpenGL ES 3.1 and Metal API-based test that employs more advanced rendering techniques, like volumetric lighting, particle illumination, multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback.

3DMark Sling Shot Test
Futuremark 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Benchmark

In this test we again run it in off-screen mode, so as to remove display resolution differences from the equation and thus can compare cross-platform results more reliably.

3DMark Slingshot Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Once again 3DMark Slingshot is kind to the Galaxy Note 10+ and it scores the top slot by the smallest of margins. Anecdotally, we'll say that whatever you throw at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, it feels fast and fluid. Clearly, virtually all Snapdragon 855 powered premium Android handsets with 8 - 12GB of RAM perform pretty similarly, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the Galaxy Note 10+ consistently produced best-of-breed level scores in our gauntlet of performance benchmarks.

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