Samsung is due to announce the Galaxy Note 10 and possibly the Galaxy Note 10+ at its next Unpacked event on 7 August. 

With rumours and leaks in full swing for the new flagship smartphones, the question is how will they compare to their predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9? Here are the specifications compared, based on the rumours.

Design

  • Redesign for Note 10 expected
  • Under display scanner for Note 10
  • Punch hole camera for Note 10 likely

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, or Note 10 Pro as it has also been called, are expected to offer quite a big generational leap in terms of design compared to the Note 9. 

Based on leaked images, the Note 10 devices will ditch any bezels and feature the Infinity O display like the Galaxy S10 devices, but they will move the punch hole camera to the centre of the display at the top.

The Note 10+ has appeared in leaks with a quad camera on the rear in a vertical arrangement, while the standard Note 10 is expected to have a triple camera. Neither are expected to have a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear like the Note 9, with both expected to opt for an under-display sensor

The Note 9 has a glass and metal waterproof body, a dual rear camera in a horizontal format and a built-in S Pen. On the front, it has slim bezels at the top and bottom of the display and it comes in six colour options.

The Note 10 and Note 10+ are both likely to stick with the waterproof glass and metal build and there will be an S Pen on board, though rumours suggest it may offer a camera.

Display

  • Larger display expected for Note 10
  • Infinity O display expected for Note 10
  • Super AMOLED 
  • Quad HD+ resolution

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is rumoured to come with a larger display than the Note 9. Leaks suggest it will increase to 6.66-inches, which would make sense given the rumours of the new design. The reduction in bezels would allow for a larger display within a similar footprint.

In terms of the Galaxy Note 10+, no rumours have suggested what size display to expect as yet, but it will no doubt be larger than the standard Note 10 if it launches at all. 

The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Quad HD+ resolution, delivering a pixel density of 516ppi.

We'd expect the Note 10 to offer a Quad HD+ resolution too, along with a Super AMOLED panel. It is not currently clear if the Note 10+ will do the same in terms of resolution or increase it to 4K like the Sony Xperia 1

Cameras

  • Note 10: Triple rear rumoured
  • Note 10+: Quad rear rumoured
  • Note 9: Dual rear camera 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is reported to be coming with a triple rear camera, while the Note 10+ is said to have a quad rear camera. No details have leaked in terms of camera specifications as yet though. On the front, both models are expected to come with a punch hole front camera.

The Note 9 meanwhile, has an 8-megapixel front camera that sits within the top bezel above the display. On the rear, there is a dual camera comprised of a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor.

Though camera specifications haven't appeared in rumours for the newer Note models, it is likely there will be a focus on camera improvements given the fierce competition from the likes of Huawei's P30 Pro and Google's Pixel 3 XL.

Hardware

  • Note 10/10+: Qualcomm SD855/Exynos 9825
  • Note 9: Qualcomm SD845/Exynos 9810
  • Note 10/10+: Reverse wireless charging expected

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is expected to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Exynos 9825. Both processors have appeared in benchmark rumours, with the Snapdragon featuring 12GB of RAM and the Exynos featuring 8GB of RAM. 

It's not currently clear what the variants of the Note 10 and Note 10+ will be, but at least one is expected to be 5G-enabled. No battery capacities have been detailed as yet either, but expect reverse wireless charging like the S10 devices offer.

The Galaxy Note 9 comes in different variants depending on region. In the US, the Note 9 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, while in the UK it runs on the Exynos 9810. There is a choice of 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM with 512GB storage. 

Both support microSD expansion up to 512GB and the Note 10 models will no doubt offer microSD support too. The Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery and it offers wireless charging but not reverse wireless charging.

Price

Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ haven't been revealed in leaks as yet but we don't expect the Note 10 to start any cheaper than the Note 9 and the Note 10+ will no doubt be more expensive.

The Galaxy Note 9 originally started at £799 when it first launched, though it's now available for around £650.

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Conclusion

Based on the rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will offer quite big design changes compared to the Note 9. They will also likely feature hardware improvements and camera improvements, as well extra features like reverse wireless charging.

The Note 9 will probably end up looking quite dated compared to the new devices, if the rumours are accurate, but it will also no doubt be better value, especially given it's still a powerful device.

We will update this feature as soon as official details on the next Galaxy Note devices are here. For now, you can read our Galaxy Note 10 rumour round up for all the latest.

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