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USB-C to 3.5mm dongle with the Galaxy Note 10

Galaxy Note 10

You can’t use Tab S5e USB-C to 3.5mm dongle with the Galaxy Note 10

Not all USB-C to 3.5mm dongles are the equivalent, and as it turns out, the dongle included for nothing alongside the Galaxy Tab S5e is not perfect with the Galaxy Note 10 series. We’ve tested and can confirm that this is the case. What it means is that you will have to buy the new Galaxy Note 10 dongle sold separately by Samsung if you wish to use 3.5mm-based headphones with your latest flagship.

Galaxy Note 10

It all might be related to the DAC

A DAC, or digital-to-analog converter, is required to deliver audio signals to your 3.5mm headphones, regardless of whether your smartphone does or doesn’t have a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack. Therefore, this conversion can take place either on the smartphone itself – this is always the case for phones equipped with a 3.5mm port – or on the USB-C dongle.

In the case of the Galaxy Note 10, it seems like the digital-to-analog conversion for 3.5mm headphones might be handled by the optional USB-C dongle itself. The product description states that it “provides ultra high-quality audio by converting digital files to analog,” therefore it’s pretty clear that the Note 10 optional dongle does incorporate a DAC.

It all might be related to the DAC

This doesn’t seem to be the case with the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle offered by Samsung for free along with the Galaxy Tab S5e. In this case, the conversion seems to take place on the tablet itself, and the free dongle merely acts as a bridge between the differently-shaped ports. It doesn’t convert audio signals; it simply converts one port to another, therefore it can’t deliver audio from the Note 10/10+ to 3.5mm headphones.

This turn of events suggests that the latest flagship phones might not incorporate a DAC capable of delivering audio to 3.5mm headphones. At this point, we don’t have a lot of info on how the Note 10 series handles audio signals, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we find out more. For now, what’s clear is that the Galaxy Tab S5e dongle does not work with the Note 10 series, and you will have to buy the Note 10 USB-C.

Galaxy Note 10 GALAXY NOTE 10 SM-N970F

GENERAL INFORMATION

Model name: Galaxy Note 10

Model Number: SM-N970F

Color: Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Glow

Announced: 2019, August

Released: 2019, August

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 151.0 x71.8×7.9mm

Weight: 168g

IP Rating: IP 68 : Totally protected against dust, Protected against the effect of immersion to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

OPERATING SYSTEM

Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie)

NETWORK/BEARER

Dual SIM

WiFi Only: No

SIM card size: Nano-SIM (4FF)

Network

2G,

3G,

4G/LTE

2G GSM

3G UMTS

4G LTE

DISPLAY

Technology (Main Display): Super AMOLED

Size (Main Display): 6.3″(160.02mm)

Resolution (Main Display): QHD + 2280×1080

Colour Depth (Main Display): 16M

Pixel Density: 401 PPI

Gorilla Glass: Version 6 Front & Back

S Pen Support: Yes

PROCESSOR

Type: Exynos 9825

Clock Speed: Dual Core 2.7 GHz & Dual Core 2.4 GHz & Quad Core 1.4GHz

Cores: 8 Cores (Octa-Core)

GPU: Mali-G76 MP12

MEMORY

RAM Size (GB): 8GB

ROM Size (GB): 256GB UFS 3.0

SSD: No

eMMC: No

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer,
  • Barometer,
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor,
  • Gyro Sensor,
  • Geomagnetic Sensor,
  • Hall Sensor,
  • Proximity Sensor,
  • RGB light sensor
  • Samsung Pay (MST),
  • Bixby,
  • Samsung Pay (NFC) ,
  • Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG,
  • Wireless PowerShare

AUDIO AND VIDEO

Video Recording Resolution: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)@60fps

Video Playing Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WBEM, DNG

Video Playing Resolution: UHD 8K (7680 x 4320)@30fps

Audio Playing Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DFF, DSF, DSF, APE

CAMERA

Triple Main Camera

Front Camera: Single

Rotating Camera: No

Front Camera – Resolution: 10 MP, CMOS F2.2

Main Camera – Flash: No

Front Camera – Flash: No

Main Camera – Auto Focus: No

Front Camera – Auto Focus: No

CONNECTIVITY

ANT+: No

USB Version: Type C

Location Technology: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

MHL: No

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Direct: Yes

DLNA Support: No

NFC: No

Bluetooth Version: Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

PC Sync.: Samsung Smart Switch

BATTERY

Standard Battery Capacity: 3,500mAh

Removable: No

Fast charging: Yes

Super Fast charging: Yes

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10+SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10+

GENERAL INFORMATION

Model name: Galaxy Note 10+

Model Number: SM-N975F

Announced: 2019, August

Released: 2019, August

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 162.3×77,2×7.9mm

Weight: 196g

IP Rating

OPERATING SYSTEM

Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie)

NETWORK/BEARER

Dual SIM

Network

2G,

3G,

4G/LTE

2G GSM

3G UMTS

4G LTE

DISPLAY

Technology (Main Display): Super AMOLED

Size (Main Display): 6.8″(172.7mm)

Resolution (Main Display): QHD 3040×1440

Colour Depth (Main Display): 16M

Pixel Density: 498 PPI

Gorilla Glass: Version 6 Front & Back

S Pen Support: Yes

PROCESSOR

Type: Exynos 9825

Clock Speed: Dual Core 2.7 GHz & Dual Core 2.4 GHz & Quad Core 1.4GHz

Cores: 8 Cores (Octa-Core)

GPU: Mali-G76 MP12

MEMORY

RAM Size (GB): 12GB

ROM Size (GB): 256GB, 512GB UFS 3.0

SSD: No

eMMC: No

External Memory Support: Up to 1TB

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer,
  • Barometer,
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor,
  • Gyro Sensor,
  • Geomagnetic Sensor,
  • Hall Sensor,
  • Proximity Sensor,
  • RGB light sensor
  • Samsung Pay (MST),
  • Bixby,
  • Samsung Pay (NFC) SamsuStereo Speakers tuned by AKG,
  • Wireless PowerShare

AUDIO AND VIDEO

Video Recording Resolution: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)@60fps

Video Playing Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WBEM, DNG

Video Playing Resolution: UHD 8K (7680 x 4320)@30fps

Audio Playing Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DFF, DSF, DSF, APE

CAMERA

Main Camera: Quad

Front Camera: Single

Rotating Camera: No

Front Camera – Resolution: 10 MP, CMOS F2.2

Main Camera – Flash: No

Front Camera – Flash: No

Main Camera – Auto Focus: No

Front Camera – Auto Focus: No

CONNECTIVITY

ANT+: No

USB Version: Type C

Location Technology: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

MHL: No

Wi-Fi: 

Wi-Fi Direct: No

DLNA Support: No

NFC: No

Bluetooth Version: Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

PC Sync.: Samsung Smart Switch

BATTERY

Standard Battery Capacity: 4300mAh

Removable: No

Fast charging: Yes

Super Fast charging: Yes

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