Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are finally here, but which is the right one for you?

We've compared the specifications for the Galaxy Note 10 against the Note 10+ to help you work out which one you should buy.

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What's the same on the Note 10 and Note 10+?

  • Design
  • Front camera
  • Processor
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack 
  • Bluetooth S Pen
  • Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ offer a similar design to each other, including an IP68-rated glass and metal body, minimal bezels, a centralised punch hole 10-megapixel front camera and a vertical rear camera arrangement.

Both devices also offer the same processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 (region dependant) - and both ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Other similarities include a built-in, Bluetooth-enabled S Pen on both devices, as well as an Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and an identical software experience from One UI. They also both come in 4G LTE and 5G variants, country dependant - and in Europe, only the Note 10+ will be available in 5G.

What's different on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+?

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ share several features and design attributes, there are plenty of differences too.

Physical dimensions

  • Note 10: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm, 168g
  • Note 10+: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm, 196g

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ differ in terms of physical size and weight. 

The Note 10+ is only very slightly larger than the Note 9, making it the most natural Note replacement - it feels like the previous two devices. The Note 10 meanwhile, is closer to the standard S10 in terms of footprint offering a smaller handset but with the advantage of an S Pen. That means that it's more manageable, so if you have wanted a smaller note - now there's one for you.

Display 

  • Note 10: 6.3-inch, 2280 x 1080, 401ppi, HDR 10+
  • Note 10+: 6.8-inch, 3040 x 1440, 498ppi, HDR 10+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch display while the Note 10+ offers an 6.8-inch screen, making it the largest Samsung offers.

Both are Super AMOLED panels and both support HDR10+. Resolutions are different though. The Note 10 offers a Full HD+ resolution, while the Note 10+ offers a Quad HD+ resolution, resulting in pixel densities of 401ppi and 498ppi respectively.

That's a slightly strange shift for Samsung who has been fairly consistent on offering high resolutions on smaller devices, like the Galaxy S10. The drop in resolution might not make a huge difference in real terms, but it does look like Samsung changing direction slightly. Ultmately, when using the S Pen, size matters, so we'd choose the larger device.

RAM and storage

  • Note 10: 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, no microSD
  • Note 10+: 12GB RAM, 256/512GB storage, microSD

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has 8GB of RAM on board and it comes in one model with 256GB of storage and no microSD support - something that might be a deal breaker for some.

The Note 10+ meanwhile, has 12GB of RAM and is available in a 256GB option and a 512GB option, both of which have microSD support. The Note 10+ therefore positions itself as the slightly more powerful handset, although we suspect the real-world performance will be similar.

Battery

  • Note 10: 3500mAh
  • Note 10+: 4300mAh

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 3500mAh battery capacity. The Note 10+ meanwhile, offers a 4300mAh battery. We suspect that power users will choose the larger device because the experience from Galaxy S devices is that the smaller capacity devices can struggle to keep up.

Both offer 45W charging when plugged in, though the charger is sold separately, and both offer reverse wireless charging too, or Power Share as Samsung calls it.

Rear camera specifications

  • Note 10: Triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 16MP)
  • Note 10+: Quad rear (12MP + 12MP + 16MP + ToF)

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ have a vertical triple rear camera system made up of the main 12-megapixel camera with Dual Aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4) and OIS, an ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a telephoto 12-megapixel camer with an aperture of f/2.1 and OIS.

The Note 10+ also offers a fourth Time of Flight sensor on the rear too however, which Samsung calls a DepthVision Camera. It has a VGA resolution and an aperture of f/2.4 - and should allow more comprehensive depth information capture.

Colours

  • Note 10: Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura Pink
  • Note 10+: Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ both come in three colours, with Aura Glow and Aura Black available in both models.

The Note 10 comes in an Aura Pink too though, while the Note 10+ comes in Aura White. These colours are likely to vary by region.

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Price

There's a difference in price between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, as you would expect.

In the US, the Note 10 will start at $949.99 and the Note 10+ will start at $1099.99. In the UK, the Note 10 will start at £899 and the Note 10+ will start at £999. The Note 10+ 5G will start at £1099.

The devices will be available from 23 August.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ offers a larger battery, more RAM, more storage options, microSD support, a larger and sharper display and a quad rear camera setup rather than triple compared to the standard Note 10.

The Note 10+ is more expensive than the standard Note 10 however, and it is larger so it might not be to everyone's taste, even if it offers more in specs department and is essentially the Note 9 successor.

The way that we really see this as breaking down is this: existing Note users will go to the Note 10+ - because that's the size of device that they want; the Note 10 is really there to attract those who have previously been turned off by the Note's size.