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Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 10+: Which should you buy?

It’s that time of the year again when those looking for a new smartphone will be torn between deciding which of Samsung’s flagship phones they should spend their money on. For many, the choice will be between the Galaxy Note 10+, which was just announced alongside the Galaxy Note 10, and the Galaxy S10+. There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S10+ will see plenty of discounts now that the Note 10+ has arrived to take up the mantle of the most feature-packed Galaxy flagship, making it an attractive purchase, but is there something the new Note offers that could justify spending a couple hundred extra dollars?

For those who don’t like to read too much and quickly want to know why they should buy the Galaxy Note 10+, let us lay it out in one sentence: If you want the S Pen stylus, a bigger screen, a bigger battery with faster charging, more internal storage and RAM, and don’t mind the $100 markup over the Galaxy S10+’s non-discounted price tag of $999, the Note 10+ (which costs $1099) is for you.

Need more details on what makes the Galaxy Note 10+ better or why you should buy the S10+ instead? Well, let’s dive right into it.

Why get the Galaxy Note 10+

First off, you get a bigger screen without a sizable increase in the overall dimensions – a 6.8-inch screen on the Note 10+ vs a 6.4-inch panel on the S10+. In terms of display quality, both should be the same, which is to say both are amazing displays with no rivals. The Note 10+ also has its front camera cutout in the center and has only one of them, making for a more balanced design, if you care about that sort of thing.

Then there’s the processor that powers these devices. If you’re in the US or China, the S10+ and Note 10+ are the same: Both are powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor. However, for everyone else, the Note 10+ has an advantage: It is powered by the Exynos 9825 chipset, which is a 7nm chip that should be more power efficient than the 8nm Exynos 9820 on the Galaxy S10+. Combine that with the bigger battery on the Note 10+ (4,300 mAh vs the S10+’s 4,100 mAh battery) and the former’s support for up to 45W charging (the S10+ maxes out at 15W), the Note is the device to get if you care about battery endurance.

The Note 10+ also gets you more RAM and storage out of the box. It has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of (expandable) storage on the base variant, and if you throw in another $100, you get 512GB of storage. The Galaxy S10+ has 12GB of RAM and 1TB storage for a similar price, but what it doesn’t have is the new UFS 3.0 storage found on the Note 10+. UFS 3.0 storage is nearly twice as fast as UFS 2.1 that’s used on the S10+, so you’ll theoretically get better performance in storage-intensive tasks, like saving Super Slow-mo videos or installing big games and apps on the Note 10+.

Next up is the S Pen, and, well, the Galaxy Note 10+ has one and the Galaxy S10+ doesn’t. That should be enough of a reason to choose the former – the S Pen not only lets you doodle and take quick notes with higher precision than what you could achieve with your fingers, but it also has remote control functionality that makes it very useful. You can take pictures in the camera by tapping the S Pen button, add doodles to videos in real-time by drawing over a subject in the camera app, control PowerPoint presentations, and more. The S Pen puts the Note lineup apart from every other Android device in the market, not just the Galaxy S10+ or other non-Note Galaxies.

Why get the Galaxy S10+

There are three reasons we can offer for why you want want to get the Galaxy S10+, and two are related to each other. First is the headphone jack. The Note 10+ has none, and if you really can’t make do without one and don’t want to carry a dongle around, the Galaxy S10+ is a solid purchase. It offers many of the same features and is quite close to the Note 10+ even when considering the Note’s improvements. It’s got a similar rear camera setup, similar performance, a big battery (albeit with a slightly less efficient processor if you buy the Exynos variant), and a display that’s as good in quality and, at 6.4 inches, is still plenty big for you to enjoy all kinds on content.

The other reason is pricing. The Galaxy S10+ retails for $999 while the Note 10+ is priced at $1099, but if you read through the “Why get the Galaxy Note 10+” section above, you have likely understood that the Note 10+ gives you a lot in return for those hundred extra bucks. So, once again, it boils down to how important the headphone jack is for you. If you really must have a headphone jack, the S10+ is what you should choose, especially if you can find a good deal that further reduces its price.

The final reason is screen size/dimensions. The Note 10+ isn’t that much larger than the Galaxy S10+ despite having a 6.8-inch screen, but if you prefer a design as compact as possible, the S10+ will better fit the bill. As we said earlier, the 6.4-inch screen on the S10+ is plenty big for enjoying all kinds of content, and you’re not missing out on anything as far as display quality is concerned. There is the wider pill-shaped front camera cutout on the S10+, but believe us when we say you won’t really notice that cutout after a few weeks of using the phone.

Final verdict

It’s simple: If you want the best and latest that Samsung has to offer, want the S Pen stylus, and don’t mind the headphone jack or higher price tag, you can get the Galaxy Note 10+ with your eyes closed. If the S Pen doesn’t excite you, you should still get the Note 10+ because of all the other awesome features it provides. If you would rather have the headphone jack, the Galaxy S10+ is where it’s at. It’s also the winner if you really cannot afford the additional $100 the Note 10+ commands or if you find a deal that knocks another $100 or so off the final price tag.

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° 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

Did you updates this article ? Because I read it already earlier.

gtone339
gtone339

None. Going to hold on to my S8 until Samsung shows big improvements on their next Galaxy S11 model next year.

Gunter2
Gunter2

The best option for a buyer now in my opinion is Note10 plus or if you don’t need an sPen, the S10 plus. The standard Note10 just isn’t worth the money.

DaVinciDevice
DaVinciDevice

In my country for pre-order, pay for the Note10 Plus 256GB … but they’ll give me the Note10 Plus 512GB. I don’t have to make choices, they’ve made choices for me.

djcbs
djcbs

If you want the S pen, get the Note 9.
If you don’t, get the S10+.

The Note 10 line is colossal waste of money and will give you nothing worth losing the headphone jack and paying over 1200€ for it.

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

You were not using the headphone jack anyway!

FRBonvoyage
FRBonvoyage

Em, Note10+ doesn’t exist in China…
It’s Note10 ou Note10+ 5G
And btw, in China the Note10+ 5G is cheaper than the 4G Note10+ in other countries, and the price will get down with the official China launch event on August 21st…

Moosehead1
Moosehead1

Lets not forget the depth vision camera on the Note 10+. Additionally a zoom mic,convert s-pen notes to word or pdf document,newer software overall and much more not mentioned here.

locarno
locarno

“and don’t mind the $100 markup over the Galaxy S10+’s non-discounted price tag of $999, the Note 10+ (which costs $1099) is for you.”

S10+ is cheaper !

“The Galaxy S10+ has 12GB of RAM and 1TB storage”

Only in 1TB variant. Other have only 8 GB Ram.

Why there is no Note 10 1TB ?

” if you really cannot afford the additional $100″

Those who buying flagship don’t look at price.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The s10+ is much cheaper than $100, just check today you can pick a new s10+ UK from Amazon prime for £789 and that is even cheaper than the waste of time normal note 10 by £90. Against the note 10+ that is around £210 difference!

The s10+ is much better value unless you really need the spen

Or better yet get the standard s10 model for £699 brand new that has headphones jack and microsd support.

popm
popm

note 9 same camera !!! this best buy

cabbe86
cabbe86

S10 + new
680 euro, so s10+ wait for note to be more less pricely😀

iceguyver
iceguyver

The choice is simple. If you are gonna make good use of the S-Pen then get the Note 10+. Otherwise get the SGS10+

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

I’ve been on the checkout page twice already. Having a really hard time justifying the money for this device over the Note 9. And as accessory choices start to go out of stock, I’m getting pissed at the whole prospect of ordering.

locarno
locarno

Don’t worry about accessories. They will certainly not be missing.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

None, Note 4 and Note 9 forever!!!

locarno
locarno

Note 4 ? Are you still using it ?

juliospinoza
juliospinoza

I am more than happy with my Note 8 since 2017, I was thinking to upgrade for the Note 9 but not very impressed, now with the Note 10 I feel that is an upgrade, what do you think? does it worth it? PS I dont mind about the 3.5mm jack since I feel more confortable with wireless earpieces (I use it for running).

bayfisher
bayfisher

Neither, as I have other addictions that doesn’t cost as much and until I see true innovation, I will stay s10 plus and keep paying my bills.

locarno
locarno

So buying phones is an addiction?
What are your other addictions?