Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comparison is here. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are the latest and greatest smartphones from the Korean tech giant. The Galaxy Note 10+ is considered to be superior to the Galaxy Note 10, but the difference between the two is not that big… at all.

These two phones are very similar, in many ways. We've already listed their differences, and it's not time to do a proper comparison between the two devices. We've recently compared the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Note 10+, so it seems only natural to compare two new Note 10 phones now.

As per usual, we'll compare them across a number of categories. We'll kick things off with specifications and design, and go from there. This will hopefully help some of you decide which phone to buy, as you may want to save some cash, and get the Note 10.

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Specifications

Design

These two phones look almost identical. The Galaxy Note 10+ is larger of the two, and it has one extra camera on the back, but that's about it. Those are the only differences between the two devices.

The Galaxy Note 10+ is a bit more difficult to handle due to its size, though. Both phones are extremely slippery, and their boxy design does not help. Holding them seems to be more of a chore than doing the same with Samsung's previous flagship offerings.

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Both devices include a display camera hole on the front, and that hole is centered this time around. You will also find vertically-aligned cameras on the back of both devices, while a fingerprint scanner lies below the display on both phones.

The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ feature curved backs, only the very edges, though. A 3.5mm headphone jack is not a part of the design on either phone, which may be a deal-breaker for some of you.

Winner: Tie

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Display

Both devices include Samsung's Dynamic AMOLED curved displays, but the two displays are different in resolution and size. The Galaxy Note 10 includes a 6.3-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) panel. The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, sports a 6.8-inch QHD+ (3040 x 1440) display.

Both phones offer displays with a 19:9 aspect ratio, and both displays are protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 6. HDR10+ certification is also present in both cases, so you can enjoy proper HDR10+ content.

In terms of sheer image reproduction, the Galaxy Note 10+ offers more. That is not surprising considering that it comes with higher resolution, despite using the same technology. Most users, though, will not notice the difference, at all. The Galaxy Note 10's fullHD+ panel is great, one of the best, if not the best fullHD+ panel in the market.

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You'll get those deep blacks on both panels, along with great contrast and color reproduction. Both displays are extremely punchy, and chances are you will enjoy using them.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Performance

So, what about performance? Well, truth be said, we cannot see the difference. The Galaxy Note 10+ does offer more RAM, 12GB compared to 8GB, but that's not noticeable in real-life usage.

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We did not get much time with both devices, but the performance was on par when we used them. The Galaxy Note 10 does come with a lower-res display, so the lower RAM count doesn't really mean much. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for any smartphone, so don't worry about that.

You should not have any problems playing high-end games on these two phones. That goes for pretty much anything else you're planning to use the two phones for. It remains to be seen what will happen with performance in a couple of months, though.

Winner: Tie

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Battery Life

We did not get a chance to fully test battery life on the two phones, but it's safe to say that the Galaxy Note 10+ will offer more in this regard. The Galaxy Note 10+ does come with a noticeably larger battery. It has a 4,300mAh unit, compared to a 3,500mAh battery in the Note 10.

Battery size does not necessarily mean much, but these two phones are extremely similar in other ways. On top of that, they will have almost identical software. The Note 10+'s display will drain more battery, but that battery size will more than makeup for it.

On top of that, the Galaxy Note 10+ offers faster charging. If you purchase a 45W charger, you will be able to take advantage of 45W charging. If not, you'll get the same 25W wired charging as on the Galaxy Note 10.

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The Galaxy Note 10+ comes with 20W fast wireless charging. The Note 10, on the other hand, offer 12W fast wireless charging. So, the Galaxy Note 10+ has an upper hand in this regard as well.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Cameras

So, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are almost identical in the camera department. The two devices include the same camera on the front, and three same cameras on the back. The Galaxy Note 10+ does have an extra, fourth camera, on the back, though.

That is the only difference between the two devices. That fourth camera is Samsung's DeepVision unit, a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. That camera captures depth data in pictures, in other words, provides a bokeh effect.

You should be able to get better bokeh effect on the Galaxy Note 10+, but other than that, you can expect the same camera performance. That goes for both regular and low light conditions, and video as well. The Galaxy Note 10+ will get an advantage here, though, because of the DepthVision camera.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Audio

The two devices are completely identical in the audio department. Neither of the two phones offer a 3.5mm headphone jack, which may be a letdown for some of you. Both phones do offer stereo speakers, though.

You will be able to get 32-bit/384kHz audio out of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, while both phones come with Dolby Atmos support. Speakers on the two phones are tuned by AKG, which is also a good sign.

If you prefer wireless audio, Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, LE, and aptX) is supported on the two devices. All in all, audio performance is completely identical on these two phones.

Winner: Tie

Conclusion

So, what's the conclusion of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comparison? Well, there's no doubt that the Galaxy Note 10+ is a more powerful device, which puts more cards on the table, but is it much better? Well, no. It has an advantage in the display department, same goes for charging, battery life, and cameras. That advantage is not that pronounced, though, and in all those categories it's really close to the Galaxy Note 10.

If you'd like to save some cash, and you don't need a huge phone, the Galaxy Note 10 is a good option. The price difference between the two phones is not huge, though, so if you're spending that much, you may opt for the "+" model. It's up to you.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+