「Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus」: What’s new? Which model is better?


Samsung announced Samsung’s new two flagship smartphones Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus at Galaxy UNPACKED 2019 event in NewYork on August 7th,2019.

The release date is on August 23rd globally.

Although, we are still not sure about the release date in Japan.

This time, Samsung gave us two different size options for the first time in Galaxy Note line.

In this article, I will tell you about the difference of Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus and which one is better option for you.


Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy Note 10 Plus
System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie)
Prosessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855(USA,China)

/Exynos 9825(Europe and other areas)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855(USA,China)

/Exynos 9825(Europe and other areas)

Memory ROM: 256 GB / RAM: 8 GB ROM: 256/512GB / RAM: 12 GB
Main Camera

Main Camera:12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

Telephoto Camera:12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Wide Camera:16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 1.0µm, Super Steady video


Main Camera:12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

Telephoto Camera:12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Wide Camera:16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 1.0µm, Super Steady video

TOF 3D VGA camera

Selfie Camera 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Battery 3500 mAh battery 4300 mAh battery
Fast charging 25W 45W


151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm/168 g 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm/196 g
Display Size

6.3 inchs, 98.6 cm2

(Screen to body ratio~90.9% )

6.8 inchs, 114.0 cm2

(Screen to body ratio~91.0% )

Screen Resolution

/Aspect Ratio

1080 x 2280(Full HD plus)

/19:9  (~401 ppi )

1440 x 3040 (WQHD plus)

/19:9 (~498 ppi)

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Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus

If Galaxy Note 10 was identical to Galaxy Note 10 Plus except the size, it was easier to choose one.

However, Galaxy Note 10 is missing some features so I will tell you the differences.


4 main differences

The first difference is storage and memory option.

You can get a Galaxy Note 10 only with 256gb rom/8gb ram. On the other hand, you can pick up a Galaxy Note 10 plus from 256gb rom/12gb ram up to 512gb rom/12gb ram. No 1TB option though.

Second difference is cameras.

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

shares same three camera modules as Galaxy Note 10 but in addition to the three cameras Galaxy Note 10 Plus got an extra 3D camera for depth sensing.

In the result, you can get beter photos with bokeh effect and shoot video with bokeh effect in real-time.

Third difference is charging speed.

Galaxy note 10 only supports 25w fast charging.

However, on the other hand Galaxy Note 10 Plus supports 45w fast charging.

Therefore, though Galaxy Note 10 Plus got bigger battery, you can charge up the device firster than Galaxy Note 10.

Forth difference is screen resolution.

Galaxy Note 10 only supports Full HD plus.

But, Galaxy Note 10 Plus can support up to WQHD Plus.

Considering the price point, it is a little bit shame to have Full HD plus screen resolution. But, when it comes to display  density, Galaxy Note 10 has 401ppi.

In addition, Samsung makes one of the best displays for smartphones.

In the result, you can expect really good display.

Galaxy Note 10’s attractive form factor

This is the prices of 2 smartphones.

Galaxy Note 10 $949.99

Galaxy Note10+ (256GB) $1049.99

Galaxy Note10+ (512GB) $1149.99


Galaxy Note 10 is indeed 100 dollar cheaper than the plus model.

However, Galaxy Note 10 is not just a cheaper model of the two.

Galaxy Note 10 is 30g lighter than the plus model.

You may think it is not a significant difference.

But,30g difference for a smartphone is a huge difference.

Nowadays,smartphones are getting bigger and heavier every year and Galaxy Note series has been a gigantic and feature packed phone over past 5 years.

So,it is great that Samsung sells a smaller and lighter version of Galaxy note and Galaxy Note 10 has almost all features that Galaxy Note 10 Plus has.

So,for people who have small hands and people who want to have small phones with no compromises.

This is the phone for you.

Big Dissapointments of the Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus

1.Samsung ditched 3.5mm headphone jack.

yes. No headphone jack.

I understand it  is  a big trend.

But, there are many people who still want to plug their headphones.

Dongle is not included too.

So,you have to buy the dongle for 10 dollars.


2.Front camera is inferior to Galaxy S10 Plus.

Galaxy S10 Plus has two pill shaped cameras on the front.

But, Galaxy Note 10 series only have a one camera on the front.

This time no depth sensor camera (8 MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), 1.12µm).

I am not sure if the depth sensor camera makes are big difference.

But, there is one missing feature.

So, if you are crazy about taking selfies, Galaxy S10 Plus or Galaxy S10 Plus 5G might be a better choice for you.

New features of S pen

Galaxy Note Series is known for its S pen.

Samsung brought us new features of S pen.

I am going to tell you all new features.

The first new feature is that you can put handwriting texts into text data with one touch and from this note series you also can save as a word file.

Additionally, in Samsung’s editing mode called 「Video Editor」 is more refined.

Now,you can use S pen to controll video speed and make 2 videos into 1 video.

New S pen got brand new wapping six motion sensors.

Thanks to the motion sensors, you can change camera mode or taking pictures withought tocuhing display.

What you have to do is just swiping in the air.

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New Samsung DeX

This time, Samsung was working hard with Microsoft.

As before, 「Samsung DeX」 feature is still there but now we can connect to Windows PC or Mac and use 「Samsung DeX for PC」.

This new feature allow you to move from 「Samsung DeX」 to your PC and vice versa.

Transfering flies is now easier than ever.

Do you really have to buy a Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus?

I wrote about the specs and new features but do you really have to buy the phone?

The answer is 「Yes and no」


Galaxy Note 10/10 Plus is probably the best android phones you can get in 2019 and compare to the predecessor its got better in almost all aspects and its still got an amazing S pen.

However, I am not sure about the price tag.

I think its not overpriced.

Compare to the iPhones, it  is still cheaper.

But, nowadays, you can get a pretty good phone for under 500~700 dollars.

I think those cheper phones are pretty enough for most people including me.

Thank you for reading.

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