The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 The Note 10+ is finally here, but which one is right for you?
We've compared the specs for the Galaxy Note 10 with the Note 10+ to help you figure out which ones you should buy.
What about Note 10 and Note 10+?
- No 3,5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth With Handle
- Ultrasound in-display fingerprint sensor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Note 10 and+ offer a similar design to each other, including IP68 standard, glass and metal body, minimal bezels, centralized hole-punch 10-megapixel front camera and vertical rear camera.
Both devices also offer the same processor - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 or Exynos's 9825 (region dependent) - and both ditched the 3,5mm headphone jack.
Other features include a built-in, Bluetooth-enabled pen on both devices, as well as an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and identical software experience from a single interface. They both came in LTE 4G and 5G variants, country dependent - and in Europe, only 10+ is available in 5G.
What has changed on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+?
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ share a few features and design attributes, there are just too many differences.
- Note 10: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm, 168g
- Note 10+: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm, 196g
Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Note 10 and+ differ in physical size and weight.
The Note 10+ is only very slightly larger than the Note 9, making it the most natural Note replacement - just like the previous two devices. The Note 10, meanwhile, is closer to the standard S10 in terms of footprint offering a smaller handset but with the advantage of a pen. This means it's more manageable, so if you wanted less, take note - there's one for you now.
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- Note 10: 6,3-inch, 2280 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi, RVB 10+
- Note 10+: 6.8-inch, 3040 x 1440, 498ppi, HDR, 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch display, while the Note 10+ offers a 6.8-inch screen, making it the largest Samsung has to offer.
Both are super AMOLED panels and both support HDR10+. The resolutions of the videos are different, though. The Note 10 offers full HD+ resolution, while the Note 10+ has Quad HD+ resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi and 498ppi respectively.
It's a bit of an odd shift for Samsung, which is pretty consistent in offering high resolution on smaller devices like the Galaxy S10. The drop in resolution may not make a huge difference in real terms, but it does look slightly like Samsung's direction is changing. Ultmately, when used with a pen, size matters, so we wanted to go for larger devices.
RAM and storage
- Note 10: 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, no microSD cards
- Note 10+: 12GB RAM, 256/512GB storage, microSD card
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has 8GB of RAM on board and it comes in one model with 256GB of storage and no microSD card support - something that might be a deal breaker for some.
The Note 10+, meanwhile, has 12GB of RAM and comes in 256GB and 512GB variant, both of which have microSD support. The Notes 10+ therefore bills itself as a slightly more powerful machine, though we suspect actual performance will be similar.
- Note 10: 3500mA/h
- Note 10+: 4300mAh
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 3500mAh battery. Notes 10+ meanwhile offers a 4300mAh battery. We suspect power users will opt for larger devices because the experience with Galaxy S devices is that smaller devices can struggle to keep up.
Both offer 45W charging when plugged in, although the charger is sold separately, and both offer reverse wireless charging or power share as Samsung calls it.
Specifications of the rear view camera
- Note 10: triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 16MP)
- Note 10+: Quad rear (12MP + 12MP + 16MP + TOF)
As on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Note 10+ there is a vertical triple rear camera system consisting of a main 12MP camera with dual aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4) and a 16MP ultra-wide camera with f aperture /2.2 and telephoto 12-megapixel camera with f/2.1 aperture and ROI.
The Note 10+ also offers a fourth time-of-flight sensor on the rear too, which Samsung calls the DepthVision camera. It has a VGA resolution and f/2.4 aperture and should result in a more complete depth of capture.
- Note 10: Radiant Aura, Aura Black, Aura Pink
- Note 10+: Aura, Glow, Aura Black, Aura White
On the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the Note 10 and+ both come in three colors, with Aura Glow and Aura Black available in both models.
The Note 10 comes albeit also in a Pink aura, while the Note 10+ comes in a White aura. These colors may vary by region.
- Note 10: From $949.99/£899
- Note 10+: From $1049.99/£999
There is a price difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, as you might expect.
In the US, note 10 starts at $949.99 and note 10+ starts at $1099.99. In the UK, the Note 10 starts at £899 and the Note 10+ starts at £999. Notes 10+ 5g starts at £1099.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ offers a bigger battery, more RAM, more storage options, microSD support, a bigger and sharper display, and a quad rear camera setup rather than a triple one compared to the regular Note 10.
The Note 10+ is more expensive than the standard Note 10 however, and it's bigger, so it might not be to everyone's taste, even if it offers more in the specs department and is essentially a Note 9 successor.
So what we really see as a punchline is this: existing Note users will go into Note 10+ - since that's the size of the device they want; Note 10 is really there to attract those who were previously turned off, pay attention to the size.