Opinion

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy S10?

I’ve asked this question to myself quite a few times already. Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy S10? Based on what we know so far about the Galaxy S10 series – and we know quite a bit – it might make sense to take the plunge.

Like many of you, I am also very excited to see the Galaxy S10 in the flesh. It will be Samsung’s 10th anniversary flagship and there are a lot of expectations from this device. Whether or not it meets them is another matter.

With Samsung offering as many as four different models of the Galaxy S10, we’ll be spoiled for choice. So let’s use the process of elimination for a bit. The absolute beast of the Galaxy S10 model with a 6.7-inch display and 5G will be of no use to me. There won’t be any 5G networks coming online where I live at least, for the foreseeable future. So it would make little sense to opt for this model when I can’t utilize its unique selling point.

To opt for the entry-level Galaxy S10 would make even less sense in my case. Even if I were to get enticed by the latest Exynos processor or the Infinity-O display, it wouldn’t make much sense going down from a device with a 4,000mAh battery to one that has a rated capacity of 3,000mAh. None of the other specs would make a strong case for shifting over, either.

The Galaxy S10+ is the most attractive proposition

This leaves me with the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10 and the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+. One of the reasons why I moved from the Galaxy S8+ to the Galaxy Note 9 was the larger display, battery and the overall improvements. This effectively rules out the Galaxy S10. So the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ appears as a viable option for Galaxy Note 9 owners like me.

Let us zero in on the specs. The Galaxy S10+ will feature a 6.4-inch Infinity-O display, possibly with a dual front camera. It will have an Exynos 9820 processor under the hood (or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in select markets). The base version should have at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It may also include a triple camera system at the back. A primary 12-megapixel Dual Aperture lens, a 123-degree 16 MP (f/1.9) wide angle and a 13 MP f/2.4 lens telephoto lens will make up the system.

It’s clear that the Galaxy S10+ edges out the Galaxy Note 9 in some specs, at least on paper. Throw in additional features such as reverse wireless charging and an in-display fingerprint sensor and you’ve got yourself a rather compelling package. So this is where the price consideration comes in. At nearly $1,000 for the base model, the Galaxy Note 9 wasn’t a cheap smartphone. Reports suggest that the base model of the Galaxy S10 could start from $1,100.

This leads to an immediate difference of a few hundred dollars for customers who buy their devices outright. It might make enough sense for some customers to go ahead and upgrade and might not for others. Those who do upgrade will be leaving behind the S Pen-specific features on the Galaxy Note 9, which I’ve found to be quite useful in my line of work. Not to mention the fact that Galaxy Note fans may not want to give up their S Pens in the first place.

But those who aren’t diehard fans of the S Pen are sure to wonder if they should upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy S10, and the answer is relatively simpler if you can justify the added cost and don’t have much use for the S Pen. If you’re in the other camp, then perhaps it would make more sense to wait it out. All of what you get on the Galaxy S10+ will eventually arrive on the Galaxy Note 10. And we already know that there’s going to be a 5G variant of that as well.

It’s a shame the 5G Galaxy S10 will be limited in availability

Personally, I wouldn’t have hesitated in upgrading to the 5G Galaxy S10 (reportedly called Galaxy S10 X) if I could use its marquee feature where I’m based. There’s no use buying it otherwise and that’s one of the reasons why it will only be sold in select markets. Of course, the limited availability will still disappoint many, as the 5G variant is expected to get some crazy specs, like a 6.7-inch display, a 5,000 mAh battery, and possibly six total cameras.

Now, if you’ve got a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, then it’s an entirely different proposition. I’d upgrade in a heartbeat. But already owning a Galaxy Note 9 gives me cause to think prudently about this question. I may have a different opinion once I get to try the Galaxy S10+ for real, which is going be the case for many of you as well. I’ll be sure to update you on that after February 20.

What are your views on the matter? Does owning a Galaxy Note 9 make you feel less interested in upgrading, or have you already decided the Galaxy S10 is going to find its way into your pocket? Let’s get a conversation started in the comments below.

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mariusmuntean
mariusmuntean

Note 9 owner here. I have already spent 800 EUR on this one, so if ever gonna upgrade to something else, it could be the Note 10 when the price will go down. No way I’m gonna pay 1000 EUR on a phone again, after the mistake I made with the iphone XS Max.

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

I don’t understand those who buy a new phone every 6 months. If you have a Note9 then absolutely NO way you need to upgrade to the S10. Give it at least a year and go for Note 10 but even yearly is excessive. Too many people who foolishly burn money. 2 years is good, 1 year is pushing it but every 6 months? COME ON! More money than sense I guess.

gudodayn
gudodayn

If you need the pen …. NO

If you are Exynos Note 9 > Exynos S10 …. NO

If you are Exynos Note 9 > Snapdragon S10 …. YES

mariusmuntean
mariusmuntean

Unfortunately the QC models have no warranty coverage in Europe 🙁

lu93lu
lu93lu

woww is wow

stondec
stondec

If you recognize the value of the S Pen, then the S 10 is a huge downgrade from the Note 9.

I’ll see what the Note 10 has to offer or maybe wait for the Note 11. Samsumg will have to deliver a huge update with the Note 10 to draw me from the already almost perfect Note 9.

EliasChew1999
EliasChew1999

I got a galaxy Note9 and it’s by far the best phone i have ever owned, I use the S Pen a lot also so I’ll wait for the Note11 to come out

chanchan05
chanchan05

The way prices are going I might end up getting a Note 10 when the S11 or Note 11 comes out.

90s Baby
90s Baby

what makes you think the S11 or Note 11 will be any way cheaper

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

Pretty sure he/she means when the S11 or Note11 come out the Note10 will price drop since it’s no longer the current mode and noot expecting the 11’s to be price dropping like you seem to think that is what’s being said.

Read and pay attention to what is said “end up getting a Note 10 when the S11 or Note11 comes out” means waiting for Note10 to price drop once it’s no longer the current model a year or so after because the prices are getting absolutely ridiculous lately.

viorelianasi
viorelianasi

For me, it will always be a “downgrade” considering the display. From a niece a clean display to one with an ugly hole in it! I remember the times when I used to hate the SONY Triniton CRTs due to the lines that there were stretching along the entire display. No, a big NO-NO! I don’t like notches but the holes are even worse!

90s Baby
90s Baby

i feel you man, notches are bad

andyseam
andyseam

I have a galaxy S9 plus. I won’t be upgrading to a S10 plus because of the screen size. However I would if the 5G was available in my Country, as it has a larger screen 6.66 inch I believe. I will wait until the note 10 specs are available and make a decision then. We have info the note 10 may have a 6.7 screen. which I would buy . otherwise I may move to Apple. At least apple have major upgrades lasting longer thank 2 years. SAMSUNG PEOPLE LISTEN….RETENTION of customers is what you need. Extend your upgrades… Read more »

90s Baby
90s Baby

True RETENTION of customers is what they need

pdajah
pdajah

Tech journalist in general don’t appreciate the Note Use Cases and therefore ask silly questions to Note owners.

stondec
stondec

I absolutely agree with you. It boggles my mind how they don’t realize that for those who actually value the Note series, the S series is an unacceptable downgrade.

I’ll even take the Note 5 over the S10 any day.

Santoss07
Santoss07

NO, I definitely wait for Note 10

90s Baby
90s Baby

That’s a rather stupid idea, you don’t know the future
the Note 10 may end up exploding and gets discontinued meaning no Note for another year
It may come out to be tooooo expensive or with some bad design and features

Just enjoy a phone when it comes out if you can afford it
i enjoyed the Nokia’s, Blackberry’s and Motorola’s during their time i didn’t have to wait for some damn upgrade
This is tech it comes and goes

HenDrake
HenDrake

I prefer a clean screen with no holes or notches so I’ll stick with my S9plus for quite some time. Also I don’t see why the jump from the 9-series to the 10-series would be that much bigger than any other jump. The only time I remember we had a really big difference was from the 5 tot the 6, because of the materials used.

insaner
insaner

The same …holes, notches, tear drops are ugly and taking screen size.

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

I say no! 2 reasons… first, it’s not a Note and I have stuck with Samsung because nobody offers anything similar and I need the s-pen; secondly, it has a stupid hole/notch and I hate that crap so for me, I’m sticking with my Note8 and if the Note10 has a hole/notch then I’ll skip and stick with my Note8 until this stupid fad/phase of notches passes.

Damn you Samsung for giving in to this ridiculous trend.

Biransahin
Biransahin

The Note customer base is very well established now I think, and those people, like me, will always wait for the next Note, though if there’s a hole in the screen it will lose its practicality in my line of work and we’ll keep the Note9 a bit longer. Newer Note buyers will have gotten used to the extra functionality of the Bluetooth enabled Spen, and from using it a lot more than the older stylus will most likely also wait for the next Note. Living in the Note world of engineers, designers, architects et al, I don’t see any… Read more »

tiljes
tiljes

Now if they could just get rid of the edge display for the Note series…who would voluntarily write on a curved paper? So why should you write on a curved display? It has no practical use. It’s just for the bling.

Biransahin
Biransahin

We actually use engineering schematics and AutoCad files on our Note devices, the small curve is absolutely no problem. The problem for us could be the hole in the screen on Note10 as it will impinge itself on measurement data which will probably result in us not upgrading our eight Note devices for the first time since Note 1 (not counting Note7 of course). I think Note11 should figure out getting rid of the hole, but the curve isn’t a problem as I also do some art work using Pen-up as a hobby and it’s a non issue. Far from… Read more »

tiljes
tiljes

I write notes a lot or sometimes formulas to automatically convert them, but the edge has always annoyed me. Also, it causes extra reflections. I find it a big issue.

gourav92
gourav92

why people will think if we dont have 5g network we dont need 5G mobile ?
I would say wait till price of 5G drops and than buy 5G S10 as one day you might require 5G mobile.
Eg: My L950XL was broken now i dont have 4G mobile my saving grace was L1020 with 4G capabilities.
I will shift to android or iphone once samsung or apple come up with no punch hole or no notch design. until than windows mobile L1020 🙂

chanchan05
chanchan05

The S9 and Note 9 has no punches. Windows Mobile is dead. Even Microsoft said so.

mariusmuntean
mariusmuntean

Why are you even here,if you are a Microsoon fan? You compare a phone running a dead OS, or more like a junk OS like win10 mobile with the current devices?

oldeasis
oldeasis

got an Upgrade from S7 to Note 9 for half the price just a couple months ago, I’ll be sticking with this for around 2 years and will surely ready for note 11.

GS7edge
GS7edge

When the “New Infinity” display is ready then it’s the time for me to upgrade

kkb2018
kkb2018

Nope

johanneslol
johanneslol

I just upgrades my S7 edge to a 9+ I really love it. 🙂 And it is only around 350 euro after cashback from Samsung. I personally do not see a lot of difference between the S9+ and the 10 as far as I can see. Especially not with a 1100 euro pricetag… It is just not worth it in my eyes. 🙂 Smartphone evolution became boring. The only reason why I upgraded was because my screen was horrible burned in.

gurmeet056
gurmeet056

Right s7 note 7 looks better with thineer bazel

dwin89
dwin89

Nope but I’m from S7 Edge and definitely upgrading to S10 plus because of the screen size and storage capacity and the under the display fingerprint scanner. The folding phone is a no-no for me.

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

I think with this Samsung’s price level most users will not go for S10. Probably can be nice change try a new brand.

highdiver
highdiver

Note 9 is the best

popm
popm

who changes his phone every 6 months it’s a stupid question

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Many do, actually, even if not many, especially with trade-ins. Just an opinion post, though, for that reason.

JamesDiman
JamesDiman

With the Samsung Galaxy Forever program with Sprint, you can upgrade every 12 months.

locarno
locarno

In Note 9 user manual they removed mention about schedule for night mode. On S9+ is is mentioned. But on Note 9 they removed it.

locarno
locarno
Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Ah, interesting, so we can expect the Note 8 and S8 to not get it, either.

djcbs
djcbs

It makes no sense. People who bought the Note 9 did it for the S pen. Therefore, they’ll be buying the Note 10, NOT the S10+.

This question is only a real question for people who bought the S9+. And there the answer is still no. The S10 will offer nothing that justifies spending another 1000€, EVEN if you have the disposable income.