For the first time, with the Galaxy Note10 series, Samsung launched more than one version at once. We are talking about the vanilla version of the Galaxy Note10 and its Plus version. Aside those, there is 5G variants for both the devices.
The two devices came with great specs and feature and also varies as such very different specifications. It’s possible to be thinking of which to pick from the two version. Is it the base model of the new Galaxy Note series or the most advanced variant of the Galaxy S series, similar to what happened with the iPhone XR and the iPhone X? The top-tier model from the older line-up or the base model from the most recent one?
We anticipate that it depends essentially on your personal needs and there is not a device which is universally better than the other: this comparison between Note10 and Galaxy S10+ will clear your ideas.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+
Design And Build
Talking of aesthetics, it is just about tastes. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ features a more rounded shape, while Samsung Note10 comes with a more serious and professional design. I prefer the latter because it has a more symmetric display thanks to the front camera placed in the middle, a higher screen-to-body ratio as well as a cleaner glass back with a less invasive camera module placed on the upper left part. It is even a more compact and lightweight handset, despite it integrates an S Pen which allows handwriting and drawing. The renewed S Pen can also be used as a motion controller thanks to a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and the Bluetooth connectivity. It allows controlling the phone via gestures without even touching the display.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 is not able to beat the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on the display side. Simply means, you can’t have it all.
In order to guarantee a more affordable price, Samsung decided to equip the Note10 with a Full HD+ panel instead of a 2K one, while the Galaxy S10+ has a higher Quad HD+ resolution and a higher level of detail. Note10 still has an amazing display, but given the lower level of detail, it can not compete with its rivals. However, note that the Galaxy Note 10 is the only which supports the S Pen and all its advanced features.
Hardware & Software
In the European version, Note10 has a better chipset built at 7 nm which guarantees more speed and efficiency. However, the Galaxy S10 comes in a better memory configuration with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of internal storage. Further, the Galaxy S10+ features an expansion slot, while the Note 10 does not. When it comes to the U.S. and Chinese version of the handsets, we got the same chipsets, so the Galaxy S10+ wins due to its memory configurations and the lack of a micro SD slot inside its opponent.
Due to brighter focal apertures and improved OIS, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 wins the rear camera comparison. But if we talk about selfies, then Galaxy S10+ is way better as it features a dual front camera with a brighter aperture instead of a single camera like the Galaxy Note 10.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ has a way bigger battery than Note 10 and it lasts a lot more on a single charge. Both feature wireless charging, but when it comes to traditional wired charging, Note 10 is faster due to a higher power and a smaller battery capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ – Table
|Samsung Galaxy Note10||Samsung Galaxy S10+|
|Dimensions and Weight||151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm,168 grams||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm,175 grams|
|Display||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2280p (Full HD+), 401 ppi, 19:9 ratio, Dynamic AMOLED||6.4 inches, 1440 x 3040p (Quad HD+), 522 ppi, 189:9 ratio, Dynamic AMOLED|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 9825, octa-core 2.73 GHz or Snapdragon 855 octa-core 2.84 GHz||Samsung Exynos 9820, octa-core 2.73 GHz or Snapdragon 855 octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|RAM and Storage||8 GB RAM, 256 GB||8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 512 GB – 12 GB RAM, 1 TB – micro SD slot|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie, One UI||Android 9 Pie, One UI|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Cameras||Triple 12 + 12 MP + 16 MP f/1.5-2.4 and f/2.1 and f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 12 + 12 + 16 MP f/1.5-2.4 and f/2.4 and f/2.2
Dual 10 and 8 MP f/1.9 and f/2.2 front camera
|Battery Capacity and Charging||3500 mAh
Fast charging 25W, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging
|4100 mAh, Fast Charging 15W, Wireless Charging and reverse wireless charging|
|Other Features||Dual SIM slot, IP68 certification, stylus support||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, IP68 certification, stylus support|
Samsung Galaxy S10+ carries an €830/$940 listing price in its base variant (now it is way more affordable thanks to street prices), while Samsung Galaxy Note10 starts from €950/$1075. If you want a better multimedia experience, more performances, and a longer battery life, Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the best choice for you. Samsung Note 10 wins when it comes to camera quality, it offers the S Pen, and it has a slightly more optimized design. But overall (if you do not need the S Pen) I think the Galaxy S10+ has more strong points.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+: PRO and CONS
Samsung Galaxy Note10
- S Pen
- Better chipset (EU version)
- More compact
- Faster charging
- Smaller battery
- Worse display
Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Better display quality
- Bigger battery
- Better selfie camera
- More affordable
- Inferior processor (EU version)