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Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy Note 10?

This is a question that I’ve been asking myself and many have asked me over the past few weeks: Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 9 to the Galaxy Note 10? We do know quite a bit about the device now as the leaks and rumors have picked up in recent days, so I believe one can begin to debate the question now.

I’m a Note loyalist. I’ve been using my Galaxy Note 9 since it came out last year and didn’t switch to the Galaxy S10. That’s despite the fact that it brought some interesting new features and a better camera. This has been the case for many users and they will now be wondering whether an upgrade to the Galaxy Note 10 makes sense.

Upgrading from Galaxy Note 9 to Galaxy Note 10: The options

Let’s look at the options first. We have exclusively revealed before that there will be two models of the Galaxy Note 10. Each will get its own 5G variant (the regular one will only have it in South Korea), but let’s keep 5G out of the equation for now as only a handful of markets have it (US and South Korea) and the coverage leaves a lot to be desired. The first decision for most customers will be whether they opt for the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10 or the 6.75-inch Galaxy Note 10+.

I’m already pretty sure that I’ll opt for the Galaxy Note 10+ because of the larger display. I often have to get some work done on my phone when I’m out and about. It’s the reason I shifted from the Galaxy S series to the Galaxy Note in the first place. That may also be the case for many other customers as well. No concrete figures related to the battery have surfaced as yet. Earlier reports have suggested that the Galaxy Note 10+ may have a 4,500mAh battery. If that’s true, it would be an even more compelling option for customers looking for a workhorse.

Galaxy Note 10+ will be a no-brainer for most customers

Both models will use an Exynos 9825 processor or the Snapdragon 855 in select markets. There should be at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on the base variant, if not more. A recent report has claimed that the Galaxy Note 10 isn’t going to have a microSD card slot, only the Galaxy Note 10+ will have it. For many, including myself, this will be another reason why they opt for the larger model instead, even though there’s a lack of any solid evidence that the microSD slot will be missing on either model.

Expect the new flagship to feature a 12-megapixel primary camera paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel telephoto camera. Samsung is expected to add a three-stage variable aperture to the device, a first for any smartphone. The Galaxy Note 10+ may get an additional Time of Flight sensor as well. For anyone upgrading from the Galaxy Note 9, the camera system is going to be a significant improvement. If you live the influencer lifestyle or simply have a knack for photography, the Galaxy Note 10 will prove to be a worthy upgrade.

It won’t be priced any cheaper than the Galaxy Note 9 was. According to reports, the Galaxy Note 10 will start at 999 euro which means it will be about the same in USD. The Galaxy Note 10+ will start at 1149 euro.Β You may consider paying the premium if you want a larger display, bigger battery and a ToF sensor at the back. It may even offer 45W fast charging but you’ll have to purchase a 50 euro charger separately to take advantage of that. Larger models have historically performed better and we may see that with the Galaxy Note 10+ as well.

Having to choose between the two models will come after you first decide whether you want to give up your Galaxy Note 9 or not. There are some significant generational improvements in the Galaxy Note 10 for which I absolutely will upgrade. I’d like the larger display and the significantly improved camera (even if there’s no three-stage aperture, having an ultra-wide camera would be a neat feature to have). They alone give me reason enough to purchase the upcoming flagship.

Some may think otherwise or they may simply not be ready to give up the 3.5mm headphone jack. What’s your position on this? Do you feel that the Galaxy Note 10 will be a worthwhile upgrade for you from its predecessor? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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gleonard
gleonard

As a Note 4, 6, and 9 user, I’ve missed a few models in the upgrade path, but the detail I want to know about is the FM tuner chip. Losing a headphone jack eliminates the antenna, and thus eliminates that feature, which could be the deal-breaker for me. Radio keeps me company on the walk from the carpark to my office every morning, as the news station I listen to drops off in the streaming version. I don’t know if this is a USA feature only, or if it’s used in worldwide markets. Any other fans of being prepared… Read more »

locarno
locarno

Note 6 ?

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Yes, you’ll need to make sure you keep your Type C headphones around or a 3.5mm to Type C converter if you want to listen to the radio. Very problematic move for radio listeners indeed. But then Samsung isn’t even giving a radio chip on the Exynos models, they said years ago that their flagship phone buyers don’t use the radio much when they first removed it from a flagship.

force70
force70

I have a Note 9 and an S10 plus, i buy a new Note and new S device every year. Note 10 plus is a given for me if they do not eliminate the stereo speaker’s. If they use the sound through screen technology seen on the P30 pro then I will pass on it.

kingrohan
kingrohan

As seen on the FCC images, there is a speaker grill on the top.

locarno
locarno

P30 pro screen soudn technology is bad ?

cjmawuana
cjmawuana

My S7 edge has been great, but I need a power house now and so want to jump on the note wagon. These articles confuse me more than they help me decide whether to choose the Note 9 or wait for 10+.
Please I need sound advice based on longevity (software support, hardware, value for money etc.)

locarno
locarno

Note 10 have better software support and hardware than Note9.

preime101
preime101

actually, if history repeats itself the note 10 will have a worse update schedule to the Note 9 for at least half a year, then match it and then get updates for about half a year to a year more after about 36 months. Not remotely worth worrying about when buying.

preime101
preime101

by the looks of it I would go with the Note 9. The 10 offers very little worthwhile improvement hardware wise but makes some significant cuts. Meanwhile the Note 9 will be significantly cheaper and much better value for money.

preime101
preime101

“Galaxy Note 10+ will be a no-brainer for most customers” quite right, you’d have to be lacking a brain to consider it an upgrade. Like going from the Note 4 to the Note 5, this is a step backwards, offering little improvement to trade-off the loss of functionality.

Gunter2
Gunter2

My colleague has had all the Notes since Note 3 and according to him the Note 9 has been the biggest improvement of any Note and is a much bigger upgrade over Note8 than the Note9 is over Note10 if rumours are correct and in fact apart from camera, it might be a downgrade with the hole in the screen and no headphone jack. The Note9 has a much bigger battery than 8, much better cameras, better base storage options, and a better brighter screen. It was voted best phone of 2018. So, as you might have guessed that if… Read more »

NorthernArbiter
NorthernArbiter

No, you should not upgrade from the Note 9 to Note 10. Not a chance I’d upgrade from my Note 8 either.

I have no interest in spending about $1700 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ or spending $500 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and paying the rest through a 2 year contract.

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ at long last got reasonable unlimited calling and data plans from two major carriers….. Reasonable when contract free.

The Note 8 is/was great and does everything I want very, very well. There are only superficial reasons to consider upgrading….. Certainly not five good reasons.

martindale
martindale

Struggling to find a reason to give up:
1) aux out socket (aka headphone jack)
2) IR blaster
3) Bar code emulator
4) flat screen
5) quick-change battery (0 to 100% in 20 seconds!)
6) notification LED
Thanks, I’ll keep my Note 4!

warlockba
warlockba

Meh, if the Flash memory would not have died in my Note 4 – would have posted same comment πŸ˜€ But now I parted the Samsung world for good, to bail on the revenge of the glass slabs …

Gunter2
Gunter2

Why are you on a Samsung fan site if you have left Samsung for good? Are you like that guy who just cannot forget his old girlfriend? πŸ˜‰

martindale
martindale

Yeah, the memory died on my Note 4 also, just out of warranty too. But hey, Sammy fixed it for me, for free. I had to ask, but they said yes. So it’s still going strong, and I’ll still buy another Samsung – when they get it right.

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s a dinosaur!! Wipe the cobwebs off your wallet!!!

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

A $70 Moment 170Β° lens takes care of the wide-angle camera upgrade on a Note 9, and far better than Samsung’s 120Β°. Pro mode with the exposure dropped 1x takes care of blown-out photos in bright daylight. The cameras are otherwise identical.

Then I have to give up the iris scanner, uninterrupted screen, headphone jack, and expandable storage.

I’m torn. An upgrade should be a “NO-BRAINER.” The Note 10 isn’t that.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

To be fair, it’s never easy to upgrade to the very next device in the series. And for S9 and Note 9 owners, if you aren’t interested in the ultra-wide camera, the other camera stuff is pretty much the same, including Night mode quality. And if there’s no 4,500 mAh battery, then Note 10 is a very unnecessary upgrade over the Note 9. Note 8 owners, however, will have good value if they decide to upgrade.

NorthernArbiter
NorthernArbiter

You got to be joking….. The Note ten is a downgrade from the Note Eight.

egoroff1987
egoroff1987

According to rumors, I really like Note10 +, but I will not switch to it from Note9. I don’t like the absence of a led indicator, an iris scanner, or a heart rate sensor. I calmly relate to the hole in the screen. I believe that the next Note after Note10 will surely be the best upgrade for me after Note9 – I hope to improve the cameras, including the front one. I will miss note10.

leomaxi
leomaxi

I have note from Note 2 and note3, 4, edge, 8 and 9 512gb…. I want Note 10 + 1TB 12gb πŸ™‚

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

The more I hear about Note 10 the more I’m in love with my Note 9, the only true successor to Note 4 (camera UI a lo iPhone apart) in my very personal opinion.
Camera and battery size (on the plus variant) it looks like Note 10 (both) is mostly a downgrade from Note 9. Note thanks, I’m keeping my Note 9.

ER Records
ER Records

I did not like the location of the front camera of NOTE 10. You had put it in the upper right corner, as in S10…
In this form resembles the HUAWEI P SMART 2019

Ingmang
Ingmang

I’m asking the same question to myself, since the first leaks on the Note 10. I definitely would go for the Note 10+ for all of the advantages and generational improvements, but tbh, I don’t see the need to upgrade my Note 9. I can handle all my work and personal stuff on my N9 smoothly and I know it will be a long time for it to start struggling, so even though I’d like what Sammy is offering, I don’t see the need to upgrade from my loved Note 9.