Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 9: What’s New and Different

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lacks the 3.5mm audio jack as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 9: What’s New and Different

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (extreme left) has a 3,500mAh battery on board

  • All three Samsung phones offer Bluetooth v5, support NFC
  • The Galaxy Note 9 is the only one that has a rear fingerprint sensor
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is powered by Exynos 9825 SoC in India

Samsung unwrapped its latest flagship Galaxy Note 10 at a global event yesterday, and the phone brings premium specifications and design offerings. It sports a curved dual-edged hole-punch display that Samsung likes to call Infinity-O display, with the cutout placed in the top centre of the screen. In India, the phone comes with an Exynos 9825 SoC that was announced hours before the launch event, a triple rear camera setup, a 3,500mAh battery, and more. There is a 10-megapixel front camera inside the cutout on the screen.

We pit the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, as well as last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to see how the three phones are different, and which new features and specifications the new Samsung flagship brings to the table.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 9: Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price in India is set at Rs. 69,999 for the sole 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. It will be offered in Aura Black, Aura Glow, and Aura White colour variants beginning August 23. The pre-bookings will open today via Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, Samsung Online Store, and Tata Cliq.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ price in India is set at Rs. 73,900 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 91,900 for the 8GB RAM + 512GB storage variant and Rs. 1,17,900 for the 12GB RAM + 1TB storage option. The 128GB Galaxy S10+ model is available in Prism Black, Prism Blue, and Prism White colour variants, while its 512GB and 1TB variants come in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White colour options. It is available for purchase through online sources, including, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, and Samsung Online Store, as well as via various offline retailers.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in India starts from Rs. 67,900 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while the 8GB RAM + 512GB storage variant is currently listed for Rs. 76,900. It comes in four colour options - Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, and Lavender Purple. The phone is also offered in an Alpine White edition, however it is limited to the 128GB variant. The smartphone is available to buy via Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, and the Samsung Online Store, and offline galaxy note 10 hole punch g360 Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a single front shooter for selfies

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 9: Specifications

Talking about design first, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 sees a big shift with a new glossy back panel design, triple rear camera alignment to the top left placed vertically, and an Infinity-O display with the cut-out placed in the top centre. The bezels are a bare minimum, and the dual-edged curved display remains. The Samsung Galaxy S10+, launched earlier this year, also offers minimal bezels, but has two cutouts for the dual front camera sensors and they are placed on the top right of the screen. The triple rear camera setup is placed at the top centre, aligned horizontally. Last year's Galaxy Note 9 has thicker bezels at the top and bottom, compared to the other two, with the front camera placed on the top bezel. The back panel has a dual camera setup placed horizontally in the centre, and a rear fingerprint sensor is also integrated. The Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy Note 10, on the other hand, sport in-display fingerprint sensors.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 9 both have S Pen stylus support, while the Galaxy S10+ lacks it.  The Galaxy Note 10 has an all-new S Pen featuring a 6-axis sensor with a gyroscope and acceleration sensor.

Coming to the specifications, all three phones sport dual-SIM slots and run on Android Pie based on One UI. The Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch (1080x2280 pixels) 401ppi display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Its predecessor Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display panel, while the Samsung Galaxy S10+ packs a 6.4-inch QHD+ (1440x3040 pixels) Curved AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy Note 9: Processor

Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 10 is powered by octa-core Exynos 9825 SoC in India, however, in US and China, the phone will integrate the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC or the Snapdragon 845 SoC. Similarly, the Galaxy S10+ is powered by the Exynos 9820 SoC in India, while US and China get the Snapdragon 855 SoC.

The Galaxy Note 10 is the only phone out of the three that doesn't offer expansion of memory, while the other two offer a hybrid microSD card slot memory expansion (up to 1TB). The Galaxy Note 10 packs onboard storage of 256GB, while the Galaxy S10+ internal storage options max out at 1TB. The Galaxy Note 9 internal storage options top at 512GB.

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In terms of the imaging capabilities, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 houses a triple rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel wide-angle (77 degrees) primary sensor that has a variable aperture from f/1.5-f/2.4 as well as optical image stabilisation (OIS). The setup also features a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide angle (123 degrees) lens and an f/2.2 aperture. Finally, it includes a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens (45 degrees), an f/2.1 aperture, and OIS.

The Galaxy Note 9 has a horizontally-placed dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor along with a wide-angle lens that has a variable f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture and a 12-megapixel sensor along with a telephoto, f/2.4 autofocus lens. Both sensors have dual OIS (optical image stabilisation) and support features such as 2x optical zoom as well as 10x digital zoom.

For photos and videos, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ also has a triple rear camera setup like the Galaxy Note 10, but it includes a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto f/2.4 auto-focus lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with wide-angle f/1.5/ f/2.4 auto-focus lens, and a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 fixed-focus lens.

On the front, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has a 10-megapixel sensor with autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture, and a 80-degree field of view. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 9 sports a 8-megapixel sensor at the front along with an f/1.7 aperture. The Galaxy S10+, however, comes with a a dual selfie camera setup that comprises an 8-megapixel RGB depth sensor with an f/2.2 fixed-focus lens and 10-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 auto-focus lens.

Coming to the battery, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ packs a 4,100mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 9 packs a 4,000mAh battery, while the latest Galaxy Note 10 packs a smaller 3,500mAh battery. The thinnest of the lot is the Galaxy S10+, but the lightest is the Galaxy Note 10. The Galaxy S10+ measures 157.60 x 74.10 x 7.80mm and weighs 175 grams, the Galaxy Note 10 measures 151.00 x 71.80 x 7.90mm and weighs 168 grams, while the Galaxy Note 9 is the heaviest and thickest at161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80mm and weighs 201 grams. All the three phones support Bluetooth v5 and NFC. The Galaxy Note 10 is the only one that doesn't support a 3.5mm audio jack, while the other two come with the headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comparison
  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy S10+ Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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ModelGalaxy Note 10Galaxy S10+Galaxy Note 9
Release dateAugust 7, 2019February 1, 2019August 1, 2018
Launched in IndiaYes--
Body typeGlass--
Dimensions (mm)151.00 x 71.80 x 7.90157.60 x 74.10 x 7.80161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80
Weight (g)168.00175.00201.00
IP ratingIP68--
Battery capacity (mAh)350041004000
Wireless chargingYesYes-
ColoursAura Black, Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura RedCeramic Black, Ceramic White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism White,Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple
Removable battery-No-
Fast charging-Proprietary-
SAR value-0.35-
Screen size (inches)6.306.406.40
Resolution1080x2280 pixels-1440x2960 pixels
Aspect ratio19:919:9-
Pixels per inch (PPI)401--
Processor1.9GHz octa-core (4x1.9GHz + 2x2.4GHz + 2x2.7GHz)1.9GHz octa-core1.7GHz octa-core
Processor makeSamsung Exynos 9825Samsung Exynos 9820Samsung Exynos 9810
Internal storage256GB128GB128GB
Expandable storageNoYesYes
Expandable storage type-microSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)-512512
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/1.5-2.4) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) + 12-megapixel (f/2.1)12-megapixel (f/1.5) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2)12-megapixel
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocus-
Rear flashYes--
Front camera10-megapixel (f/2.2)10-megapixel (f/1.9) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2)8-megapixel
Front autofocusYesYes-
Operating systemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9.0Android 8.1
SkinOne UIOne UISamsung Experience UX
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/ac/Yes802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYes-
Number of SIMs222
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYesYes-
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYes
Face unlockYesYes-
3D face recognitionYes--
Fingerprint sensorYesYes-
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Stunning display
  • Excellent design
  • Versatile cameras
  • Powerful CPU
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Hole-punch design might not appeal to everyone
Display 6.40-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 9820
Front Camera 10-megapixel + 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4100mAh
OS Android 9.0
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent battery life
  • Versatile S Pen
  • Good display and sound quality
  • Very good cameras
  • Bad
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Screen reflections are unavoidable
Display 6.40-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 9810
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 8.1
Resolution 1440x2960 pixels

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to More
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