Samsung’s fancy new Galaxy Note now comes in two different screen sizes, but that’s not the only difference you’ll want to consider before you buy one. In this Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Galaxy Note 10 comparison, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know.
We go over what’s new compared to the Note 9, what changed, what to expect, and what’s different between the two phones. If you’re on the fence with one vs the other, we’re here to help.
While these are Samsung’s best new phones for 2019, not a lot changed compared to the Galaxy S10 from earlier this year. These are very similar devices, only one comes with a slew of neat features thanks to the S-Pen stylus, an extra rear camera, and faster charging.
Basically, Samsung is still offering a massive device that’s bigger than almost any phone they’ve ever released. The Note continues to get bigger, better and faster, and that’s true again this year. However, they also delivered a compact 6.3-inch Note 10 for those that want the Note experience without the massive screen. In fact, the smaller model is very compact and physically smaller than the Galaxy S10.
Each area and aspect of the phone has a few subtle changes though, which Samsung hopes will steer people to the bigger and more expensive model. So, our slideshow will break down the screen, specs, camera and charging so you know exactly what you’ll miss if you get the smaller phone, or what you’ll get for paying top-dollar or rupees.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus Display:
Perhaps the single most important part of your decision will come down to the size of the screen. With the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung went bigger than previous years and smaller.
- Galaxy Note 10: 6.3-inch 2280 x 1080p Full HD Display
- Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 6.8-inch 3040 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
Yes, the smaller Galaxy Note 10 only has a 1080p HD screen. It’s still a beautiful AMOLED panel with everything you know and love from Samsung displays, it’s just smaller and lower resolution than most.
However, every Galaxy device for the last several years with a Quad-HD screen is actually lowered to 1080p resolution out of the box. So, you’re not really missing anything going down to a 1080p screen, and in fact, could actually get better performance and battery life.
Thanks to tiny bezels and both the fingerprint scanner and camera being inside the screen, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10 is actually pretty compact. Physically, it’s almost as small as the Galaxy S10, a Galaxy S9, or even the Galaxy S8+. It’s for people with smaller hands.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus however, is large and in charge. It’s packing a big-boy 6.8-inch Quad-HD display. Again, due to small bezels and the fancy under-display fingerprint technology, it’s not all that much bigger than the Galaxy Note 9 from last year. The physical size isn’t bigger, even if the screen is substantially larger than previous generations.
Oh, they both look great, and they both support HDR10+ for what it’s worth.
At the end of the day, we recommend you go to a near store, and try them in-hand first before you buy. Know that size you would like, need, or will manage before spending huge on the latest Galaxy Note.
Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+ Cameras:
While there are a few specification differences between these phones, which we’ll mention in our next slide, the second biggest and most important difference between the two is in the camera department.
Both the Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus have amazing cameras, better than any Samsung, but the bigger model has a slight advantage. Honestly though, I don’t think it’s big enough of a difference to sway someone one way or the other.
Galaxy Note 10+ Quad Cameras:
- Main 12 Megapixel f/1.5 through f/2.4 variable aperture camera
- 12MP f/2.1 telephoto zoom
- 16MP super-wide angle f/2.2 camera
- 4th ToF “DepthVision” sensor.
- 10MP centered front-facing camera
Then, there’s a similar setup on the smaller Galaxy Note 10, only without the 4th DepthVision camera. That means it enjoys the same great main lens, wide-angle, and telephoto camera experience. You simply miss out on some fancy focus, bokeh, and portrait photography (and video) features if you go the smaller phone route.
Honestly, it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker to anyone.
Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+: Specifications
Next, we’ll share a spec list for those curious. Functionally, not a whole lot differs between these two devices. However, there are a few differences on the inside you’ll at least want to be aware of before moving forward.
Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ Specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor in the US and Samsung Exynos in select regions Like an India
- 8GB RAM on Galaxy Note 10 vs 12GB RAM on Note 10 Plus
- 256GB storage on Note 10 vs 256/512GB on Note 10 Plus
- MicroSD slot on Galaxy Note 10+ only
- Android 9 Pie With Samsung One UI
- 12, 12, 16MP cameras with dual OIS, 960 FPS slo-mo,
- 4K, 10-scene optimizer, Night Sight (same as S10) Extra 4th DepthVision lens on Plus model
- 10MP Front Selfie Camera and Improved 3D AR Emoji
- Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- 3,500 mAh & 4,300 mAh (on bigger Note 10) battery
- New 25w Faster Charging, Wireless Charging 2.0 (12w) and Powershare Reverse Wireless Charging
- Faster 45w wired and 15w wireless charging on Note 10+
- IP68 Dust & Water-resistance, S-Pen Stylus
- USB Type-C, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, new Air Gestures & stylus controls, wireless Dex Live, etc
- Heart-rate sensor, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
- No 3.5mm headphone jack and no Bixby button
These are still great devices no matter which model you buy.
The important parts are more RAM and storage on the Plus model, and the smaller model doesn’t have a microSD slot.
Basically, the smaller Note 10 has a lower resolution screen, less RAM, no expandable storage, it’s missing the 4th camera and it while it has faster charging, it didn’t get Samsung’s newest and best 45w wired charging technology. It’s still faster than the Note 9 or Galaxy S10, and has most the other improvements.
Plus, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is more than most of the competition, so you’re still doing good in every other area.
Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+ Price:
That’s literally all that matters between these two phones.
Both devices are readily available which means you can go buy one today. They’re also really expensive, and more expensive than we expected. However, it’s nice that Samsung doubled the storage to 256GB as the baseline.
- Galaxy Note 10 (6.3-inch): ₹69,999 with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM
- Galaxy Note 10+ (6.8-inch): ₹79,999 with 256GB storage and 12GB RAM
- You can also get the Plus with 512GB of storage for ₹ 89,999, or a 5G model for $1,299
- Click here to buy one today
That’s all you really need to know. The smaller 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 10 is about the same price as the Galaxy S10+ and has similar specs and features.
In my opinion, unless you really want the S-Pen stylus, we recommend you just get the Galaxy S10 instead.