If you prize refined design and big screens, then Samsung has plenty to offer. Two of its best, similarly priced phones are the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 Plus, but how do you choose between them? That’s where we come in, with this spec comparison that will explain exactly what each phone offers and highlight the areas where they differ. If you’re ready to step up to 5G, then check out our comparison of Samsung’s 5G handsets.
|Samsung Note 10 Plus
||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus|
|Size||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches)||157.6 × 74.1 × 7.8 mm (6.20 × 2.91 × 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||196 grams (6.91 ounces)||175 grams (6.17 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED||6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||3,040 × 1,440 pixels (498 pixels per inch)||3,040 × 1,440 pixels (526 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie (under One UI)||Android 9.0 Pie (under One UI)|
|Storage space||128GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||Yes|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Camera||Quad-lens 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 12MP variable aperture, 12MP telephoto, and DepthVision lens rear, 10MP front||Triple lens 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, 12MP variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto rear, 10MP, and 8MP front dual lens|
|Video||2160p at 60 frames-per-second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C||3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, ultrasonic in-display||Yes, ultrasonic in-display|
45W fast charging (25W charger included)
15W Qi Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
15W fast charging
12W Qi Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||All major U.S. carriers||All major U.S. carriers|
|Colors||Aura glow, aura white, aura black, aura Blue||Prism black, prism white, prism blue, flamingo pink, ceramic black, ceramic white|
|Buy from||Samsung||Samsung, Amazon|
|Review score||4.5 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
Performance, battery life, and charging
Both phones use the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which offers fast, smooth performance. The Note 10 Plus comes with 12GB of RAM, regardless of whether you opt for the 256GB or 512GB model. The 128GB and 512GB versions of the S10 Plus make do with 8GB of RAM, but the 1TB version jumps to 12GB of RAM. You’ll have to be a monster multitasker to feel the difference here. For all intents and purposes, you can expect the same level of performance from both of these phones.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Design and durability
Samsung’s refined design is a real sight to behold, and both of these smartphones are among the best-looking around. The glass front and back curve into a metal frame, but the
Both are fragile, so cases are advisable. Water is nothing to worry about, though, because they both boast IP68 ratings, which means they can survive submersion unscathed.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy
You’ll enjoy a vibrant, bright Dynamic AMOLED screen, no matter which of these phones you choose. It’s a gorgeous display that’s HDR10+ certified and boasts a resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels. Because the
The single central lens in the
The cameras are very similar, but the
Samsung has also added a new Zoom-in Mic feature to enable you to zoom in on audio when recording video. It also worked to improve stabilization in the
Around front, the
Software and updates
With Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s One UI skin over the top, you’re in for a great software experience here. The
Sadly, Samsung does not have a great update record and can take a while to roll out new Android versions, but that’s going to be much the same with both phones, so it doesn’t differentiate them.
There’s a versatile camera suite, A.I. assistant Bixby, DeX mode to enable your phone to double as a desktop, and a whole lot more in Samsung’s bag of tricks, but what sets these phones apart is the S Pen. Only the Note has a pop-out stylus that can be used to jot notes, sketch, or even doodle on your friends’ faces in 3D with augmented reality. Samsung also boosted the Note’s productivity credentials with a few Microsoft tie-ins that make it easy to mirror your phone’s screen to your desktop, though these may also come to the
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy
Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
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