For the first time, Samsung is releasing not one but two Galaxy Note phones simultaneously — the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus. You might be thinking that the all-new Plus-sized model is just a larger version of the latest Samsung phablet, but the differences between the two phones are more than skin deep. Which phone is right for you? Check out our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus comparison to find out!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Design, display, and hardware

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura White back at angle

There’s very little that separates the two Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones in terms of overall aesthetics. The pair opt for more glass than their predecessors, have smaller bezels, and feature a relatively small punch-hole selfie camera located in the middle of the display, just below the “forehead.” As for general size, the vanilla Note 10 is more or less the same size as the regular Galaxy S10, while the Note 10 Plus almost matches the Galaxy S10 5G.

The Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O displays greatly differ in size and resolution, with the Note 10 sporting a 6.3-inch panel with a 2,280 x 1,080 resolution (401ppi) and the Note 10 Plus bumping things up to a mighty 6.8-inches and 3,040 x 1,440 (498ppi). The former is a fairly significant drop as we haven’t seen a 1080p display on a Note phone since the Galaxy Note 3 in 2013. Both displays are HDR 10+ certified.

Under the hood we find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC (not the newer Snapdragon 855 Plus, notably) or the Exynos 9825 in selected regions. This is backed by 8GB RAM on the Note 10 or a whopping 12GB RAM on the Note 10 Plus. Storage-wise, both handsets come with 256GB storage and UFS 3.0, but only the Plus has a larger option (512GB) and expandable storage via microSD.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Blue button layout

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Those looking for a larger, faster charging battery will also want to opt for the Note 10 Plus with its 4,300mAh cell, 15W wireless charging, and 45W fast charging — though you’ll need a Superfast Charge adapter sold separately for the latter. The Note 10 settles for a surprisingly small 3,500mAh cell, 12W wireless charging, and 25W fast charging. Wireless Powershare is featured on both phones.

Other notable hardware features shared by the duo include an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, an IP68 rating, and Bixby functionality now baked into the power button. They also share a significant omission: Neither phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

There’s minor tweaks to the S Pen for both devices, including the addition of Air Actions from the Galaxy Tab S6, while Dex improvements mean you can connect either the Note 10 or Note 10 Plus to any PC just using a basic USB cable.

The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus come in Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, and Aura Blue colorways, though the latter is exclusive to Samsung’s online store and Best Buy.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Blue at angle

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus gains an extra camera sensor over the regular model. The quad camera setup is made up of an ultra-wide 16MP sensor (f/2.2) with a 123 degree field-of-view, a wide-angle 12MP camera (f/1.5-f/2.4, OIS), a 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.1, OIS), and a VGA “DepthVision” camera (f/1.4). The Galaxy Note 10 is identical, but loses the depth sensor.

You also get the same front camera no matter why Note 10 phone you buy — a 10MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. All the new camera features like AR Doodle, Zoom-In Mic for louder audio recording when using zoom while capturing video, Live-Focus Video for real-time effects, and Super-Steady mode for smoother video, are all present on both phones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Display6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O
2,280 x 1,080 resolution
401ppi
HDR10+
6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O
3,040 x 1,440 resolution
498ppi
HDR10+
SoCGlobal: Samsung Exynos 9825
U.S.: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Global: Samsung Exynos 9825
U.S.: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
GPUGlobal: Mali-G76
U.S.: Adreno 640
Global: Mali-G76
U.S.: Adreno 640
RAM8GB (LTE model)
12GB (5G model, Korea only)
12GB
Storage256GB
No microSD card slot
UFS 3.0
256/512GB
microSD card slot
UFS 3.0
CamerasRear
Ultra-wide: 16MP sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 123-degree field-of-view
Wide-angle: 12MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/1.5+ƒ/2.4 apertures, OIS, 77-degree field-of-view
Telephoto: 12MP sensor, ƒ/2.1 aperture, OIS, 45-degree field-of-view

Front
10MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 80-degree field-of-view
Rear
Ultra-wide: 16MP sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 123-degree field-of-view
Wide-angle: 12MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/1.5+ƒ/2.4 apertures, OIS, 77-degree field-of-view
Telephoto: 12MP sensor, ƒ/2.1 aperture, OIS, 45-degree field-of-view
Depth Vision camera: VGA, ƒ/1.4 aperture, 72-degree field-of-view

Front
10MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 80-degree field-of-view
AudioNo headphone jackNo headphone jack
Battery3,500mAh
12-watt wireless charging
4,300mAh
15-watt wireless charging
IP ratingIP68IP68
SensorsNote 10: Accelerometer, barometer, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, proximity

S Pen: 6-axis sensor including gyro and acceleration sensors
Note 10 Plus: Accelerometer, barometer, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, proximity

S Pen: 6-axis sensor including gyro and acceleration sensors
Biometric authenticationFingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Fingerprint sensor
Face recognition
NetworkLTE
- Enhanced 4x4 MIMO
- Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 20
- Up to 2.0Gbps download, up to 150Mbps upload

5G
- 5G None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
LTE
- Enhanced 4x4 MIMO
- Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 20
- Up to 2.0Gbps download, up to 150Mbps upload

5G
- 5G None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz)
Wi-Fi 6
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Up to 1.2Gbps download, up to 1.2Gbps upload
Bluetooth 5.0
ANT+
USB-C
NFC
GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz)
Wi-Fi 6
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Up to 1.2Gbps download, up to 1.2Gbps upload
Bluetooth 5.0
ANT+
USB-C
NFC
GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
SoftwareAndroid 9 Pie
Samsung OneUI
Android 9 Pie
Samsung OneUI
Dimensions and weightNote 10: 71.8 x 151 x 7.9mm
168g

S Pen: 5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08mm
3.04g
Note 10 Plus: 77.2 x 162.3 x 7.9mm
196g

Note 10 Plus 5G: 198g

S Pen: 5.8 x 4.35 x 105.08mm
3.04g
ColorsAura Glow, Aura White White, Aura Black, Aura BlueAura Glow, Aura White White, Aura Black, Aura Blue

Price

With so many contrasting specs and features between the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, you’d be forgiven for thinking there might be a significant price difference.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949 in the U.S., while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus costs $1,099. That $150 saving on the regular Note 10 is a decent chunk of change, but whether or not the trade-offs are worth it for the cheaper model will depend on how important those missing features are to you.

No matter which phone you choose, pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10 series open on August 8, with a release date date set for August 23.

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