Note 10 vs S10 Plus: Which Phone You Should Buy

The latest Samsung Galaxy Note flagships, Galaxy Note 10 lineup, have officially been available for sale all over the world. The flagship is released to compete with other rival flagships from other OEM Android manufacturers. However, Galaxy Note 10 lineup is not the only Samsung flagships this year. Early 2019, Samsung has already introduced the Galaxy S10 lineup, including Galaxy s10 Plus. Thus, the difference between the two phones is a question and newcomers are wondering about which phone is the best for them.

How do Galaxy Note 10 and S10 Plus compare? Let’s take a detailed look and choose which one is the most suitable for you.

Galaxy Note 10 vs S10 Plus: Specs Comaprison

    Galaxy S10 Plus   Galaxy Note 10
Base Price $999 $949
Display Resolution 6.4-inch Edge AMOLED (3040 x 1440) 6.3-inch AMOLED (2280 x 1080)
CPU Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB
MicroSD Yes (up to 512GB) No
Rear Cameras 16-MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 12-MP dual-pixel wide (f/1.5, f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.4) 16-MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 12-MP dual-pixel wide (f/1.5, f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.1)
Front Cameras 10-MP dual pixel (f/1.9), 8-MP depth-sensing (f/2.2) 10-MP dual pixel (f/2.2)
Battery Size 4,100 mAh 3,500 mAh
Battery Life 12:35 Not yet tested
Dimensions 6.2 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
Weight 198 gram 168 gram


The Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.3-inch Super Dynamic AMOLED display while the Galaxy S10 Plus sports a slightly bigger 6.4-inch display with the same panel. But, the main display difference comes from the resolution. The standard Galaxy Note 10 just stops at FullHD+ resolution while the resolution of Galaxy S10 Plus is QuadHD+, which is much sharper than the FullHD+ panel on the Note 10.

Galaxy Note 10 display

According to Samsung revelations, the new Galaxy Note 10 reaches 686 nits of brightness, which is a little brighter than the S10 Plus that is only 625 nits. Both Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10 have a cutout on the front holding the selfie camera. The cutout of the Note 10 is in the top middle of the screen while the Galaxy S10 Plus’s cutout is on the top right corner and bigger. Whether or not the new position on the Note 10 is better than the other, you feel it bad and you like a pop-up camera or notch display, it depends on you.

CPU, RAM, Memory

Many people hope that the Note 10 lineup will be equipped the upgraded Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, it only appears on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus variant. The Galaxy Note 10 is still equipped the same Snapdragon 855 chipset like on the Galaxy S10 Plus.

In terms of RAM, the maximum option you can get on the Note 10 is 8GB, while the Galaxy S10 Plus can boost that up to 12GB. About ROM storage, Note 10 is fixed at 256GB of internal memory without micro SD card support and other storage options. In comparison, the Galaxy S10 Plus will have more ROM storage options available, including 128GB, 256Gb, and 512GB. There is a special version of the S10 Plus with 12GB RAM and 1TB   ROM for extra paying $300 over the standard version.

However, a plus point of the Galaxy Note 10 is that Samsung has equipped the UFS3.0 memory for faster data access than it’s on the Galaxy S10 Plus that still uses UFS2.1.


It’s pity when there is not much upgrade in cameras on the new Galaxy Note 10 over the S10 Plus. Basically,  the cameras on the new phone are identical to the most power S series phone.

Both the phones feature a triple camera system with a 12MP dual-pixel lens, a 16MP snapper for ultra-wide angle and a 12MP telephoto lens. The only difference here is the aperture of the telephoto lens. The Note 10 comes with an f/2.1 over f/2.4 on the S10 Plus. It means that you will have better zoom photography as the wider aperture can capture more light.

Furthermore, Samsung has added a time-of-flight sensor (TOF) in Note 10, which was previously found on Galaxy S10 5G variant. The TOF will bring better portrait photos with bokeh effect.

With the front-facing camera, both the phones feature a 10MP camera, but Note 10 has now a smaller aperture (f/2.2 over f/1.9). The Galaxy S10 has another camera on the front for selfie portrait.

Battery Capacity

You should accept a truth that the battery capacity on the Note 10 smaller than the Galaxy S10. The Note 10 is only powered by a 3,500 mAh battery capacity, which is lesser than 4,100mAh on the S10 Plus. With the approximate similarity in the screen size, the Galaxy S10 Plus absolutely has a more impressive battery usage over the Note 10.

For charging, the Note 10 supports fast 45W charging, but you will get have a 25-watt charger in the box. But it still much faster than the 15W charging on the S10 Plus, which is sluggish. The Wireless PowerShare feature appears both the phones that can reverse charge for other devices.

Missing Features on Galaxy S10 Plus

The big difference between the S10 Plus and Note 10 is S-Pen. The Spen in the Galaxy Note is 1 noticeable upgrade. You can find the new Air Command feature for gesture performance, AR functions as well as the ability to save handwritings as text documents.

But, it’s worth noting that 3.5mm headphone jack has been eliminated on the Galaxy Note 10. So if you opt for the Note 10, you might need to buy wireless earbuds or Bluetooth headphones.


Overall, the new Note 10 is not much different over the Galaxy S10 Plus in terms of specs. The biggest differences are just S-Pen and battery capacity. Note 10 is more compatible for those who need the helpful stylus pen, but if you choose the S10 Plus, you will save a little money.

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