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Specs comparison: Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+

Smartphone innovation has slowed down in the last couple of years, making upgrades incremental and of questionable value. The just-launched Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ fall into the same category. On their own, they are an impressive feat of engineering, but when compared to their predecessors, the changes seem far less exciting and expensive.

This is particularly true in case of the Galaxy Note 9 customers looking to upgrade to the Note 10. But what about Note 8 users? Does it make sense for them to upgrade to the latest Galaxy flagship? The answer is yes for the Note 10+ and debatable for the regular Note 10, as evident from the spec comparison table below.

The Galaxy Note 10+ is better than the Note 8 in almost all aspects. We say almost because the older model has a headphone jack and a notch-free screen, which some might find more important than all the improvements the latest flagship brings to the table. If you can live with that and can afford the premium price, the Note 10+ offers a bigger screen, increased RAM and storage, better cameras, super-fast charging, bigger battery, more powerful chipset, and more.

The upgrade path from the Note 8 to the standard Note 10, on the other hand, is not so straightforward. Despite the high price, the latter comes with a lower-resolution display and lacks a headphone jack and a MicroSD slot. Of course, the regular Note 10 offers substantial improvements in other areas, but customers are better off paying the premium and opting for the uncompromising Plus variant instead.

For more information on the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, check out our devices section. Also, see our initial impressions of the two phones in our hands-on article and tell us if you’re pondering an upgrade to either of these new flagships from your Galaxy Note 8 down in the comments!

Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+

Galaxy Note 8Galaxy Note 10Galaxy Note 10+
Display6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9, 521 ppi6.3-inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O, 2280×1080 pixels, 19:9, HDR10+ certified6.8-inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O, 3040×1440 pixels, 19:9, HDR10+ certified
S PenYes, 4,096 pressure levelsYes, 4,096 pressure levels, Bluetooth control, 6-axis sensor including gyro and acceleration sensor for gesture controlYes, 4,096 pressure levels, Bluetooth control, 6-axis sensor including gyro and acceleration sensor for gesture control
ProcessorExynos 8895/Snapdragon 835, 64-bit, 10nmExynos 9825/Snapdragon 855, octa-core, 7nm, 64-bitExynos 9825/Snapdragon 855, octa-core, 7nm, 64-bit
RAM6GB8GB12GB
Rear CameraCamera 1: 12-megapixel primary, F1.7, Dual Pixel, OIS

Camera 2: 12-megapixel telephoto secondary, F2.4, 2x optical zoom, OIS

Camera 1: 12MP, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video recording, F1.5/F2.4

Camera 2: 12MP telephoto, 2x optical zoom, F2.1, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus

Camera 3: 16MP super wide-angle, 123-degree FOV, F2.2

Camera 1: 12MP, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video recording, F1.5/F2.4

Camera 2: 12MP telephoto, 2x optical zoom, F2.1, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus

Camera 3: 16MP super wide-angle, 123-degree FOV, F2.2

Camera 4: DepthVision 3D ToF, VGA, F1.4

Front Camera8-megapixel, autofocus, f/1.910MP, F2.2, Dual Pixel (2PD) autofocus10MP, F2.2, Dual Pixel (2PD) autofocus
Storage64GB/256GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)256GB/512GB, non-expandable256GB/512GB, microSD slot (up to 1TB)
SoftwareAndroid 7.1.1, upgradeable to Android 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie, One UI 1.5Android 9 Pie, One UI 1.5
Battery3,300 mAh, fast wired (15W) and fast wireless charging3,500 mAh, fast wired charging (25W) and fast wireless charging (12W), reverse wireless charging (PowerShare)4,300 mAh, fast wired charging (up to 45W, charger sold separately) and fast wireless charging (15W), reverse wireless charging (PowerShare)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE Cat.16, MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou4G LTE (Cat.20), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MIMO, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou4G LTE (Cat.20), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MIMO, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Dimensions162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195g151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm, 168g162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm, 196g
SensorsIris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Heart rate sensorAccelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor (in-display), Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensorAccelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor (in-display), Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
Other featuresSamsung Pay, Bixby, IP68 water & dust resistance, AKG earphones, DeX supportAKG earphones, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, AR Emoji, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, face recognition, Zoom-in MIC, Screen Recorder, AR DoodleAKG earphones, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, AR Emoji, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, face recognition, Zoom-in MIC, Screen Recorder,  AR Doodle, 3D Scanner

 

  • Model: SM-N950F
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
  • Display: 6.3" (160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12 MP, 2x, 1 telephoto F2.4 and 1 wide angle F1.7 OIS
  • Model: SM-N970F
  • Dimensions: 151.0 x71.8x7.9mm
  • Display: 6.3"(160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F2.2 Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°) & Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°) & Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°) & DepthVision Camera: VGA

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locarno
locarno

“less exciting and expensive.”
More expensive

Why you not added Note 8 screen resolution to the table ?
Why you not added Note 10/10+ ppi display info to the table ?