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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 VS Note 10+ VS Note 9 Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 VS Note 10+ VS Note 9 Comparison

Every year Samsung releases an annual upgrade of its Galaxy Note flagship. At this year’s Galaxy unpacked Event, they released not one new Note, but two.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy Note 10 are the best phones it has released by far. However, there are some differences between the two that are worth noting. Also, last year’s Galaxy Note 9 was a fantastic phone but this year’s Galaxy Note 9 is even better. If you’re wondering if you should upgrade from Galaxy Note 9, here’s an interesting comparison of the three latest Galaxy Note lines from Samsung:

Physical Design

Out with the old, and in with the new. From a design standpoint, the new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are a big upgrade from the Note 9. Note 9 was majorly a functional form that relied on practical aesthetics and conservative colours. On the other hand, the Note 10 line took an aggressive and vivid approach when it comes to the design sector.

Note 10 has very bold and expressive colors that make you want to take a second look at the back of the phone. Note 9 poses a classier, reserved exterior design that suits white-collar Note users.

As the three of them are part of the same premium series, both lines share tons of hardware and functionality similarities. This includes the S Pen Styluses, IP68 water resistance and stereo speakers. However, one thing that stands out from the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus is the missing 3.55mm headphone jack.

Samsung has been pushing the Bixby feature for quite some time now. Evidently, on the Galaxy Note 9, it has a dedicated Bixby button on the left while the volume keys are on the right. However, on both Note 10 lines, the left side has one volume rocker and a combo button below that is used to power the phone on or off with a single press, or launch Bixby with a long press.

It may take some time to adjust to the lack of a power button on the right of the Note 10s for the loyal Note Samsung users. Note 10 no longer has the notification light and fingerprint scanner present at the back of the Galaxy Note 9. The Note 10s, however, have an in-screen fingerprint scanner that is not as fast as the 100% accurate Note 9.








·        6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

·        161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm


·        5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

·        151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm


·        6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 inches

·        162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm


·        7.09 oz (201 g)


·        5.89 oz (167 g)


·        6.91 oz (196 g)


Display quality is a department Samsung outdoes itself consistently. The Note 9 comes in a 6.4-inch screen, while the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus comes in a 6.3 and 6.8-inch screen respectively. Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 10 is the smallest display Samsung has ever had in its Note line.

The Note 10s have Dynamic AMOLED screens that offer more brightness than Note 9’s Super AMOLED. Note 9 is HDR10 certified but the Note 10s have an HDR10+ certification. It also has the highest Pixel density at 516 pixels per inch. The Note 10 has 401 and the Note 10 Plus has 498 pixels per inch. The Note 10s feature a revolutionary front-facing camera punch-hole which takes little time getting used to.


The quality of a new flagship is determined by the quality of its camera. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 features three rear cameras with a 12MP combining a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, with a 12-megapixel variable aperture lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens.

The Note 10 Plus kicks it up a notch by adding a Time-of-Flight VGA Depth Vision camera to the Note 10’s triple-lens setup. Both Note 10s have 10-megapixel front-facing cameras and some outstanding video capture options that are absent from Note 9. The 12MP wide-angle camera can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures, with optical image stabilization (OIS). The 12MP f/2.1 telephoto lens has OIS, and the 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, which lacks OIS.

The Note 9 features dual 12-megapixel lenses and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It is the same 12MP variable aperture the Note 10 has, while the other one features an f/2.4 aperture. Meaning Note 9’s telephoto lens can’t be compared to Note 10’s in low light.

The Galaxy Note 9 lacks the ultra-wide lens. The Note 9 and Note 10s have a single selfie camera with the Note 10 being a 10MP f/2.2 unit, while the Galaxy Note 9 is 8MP and f/1.7.

Performance and Battery Life

Galaxy Note 10

The Galaxy Note 9 features last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Note 10 will feature the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in most markets but may have a different Samsung Processor in other areas. The Note 10s will be 33% faster and will house 42% faster graphics. While the Note 9 had 6GB or 8GB of RAM, Note 10 comes with 8GB RAM and the Note 10 Plus comes with an incredible 12GB of RAM. Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will have better performance supported by Wi-Fi 6 and the adoption of UFS 3.0 storage.

The Galaxy Note 10 has a smaller battery than the Note 9. It also as the smallest screen a more power-efficient processor which may be preferable for most users. Note 10 Plus has the biggest battery and the largest screen to power ratio. When it comes to battery life, all three phones are likely to offer the same results.

The difference comes in the charging speeds. One gets a charger in the box with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus that goes up to 25W while the Note 9 maxes out at 18W. This means that charging time will drop significantly up to the hour mark. The Note 10 Plus has the super-fast charging option where it charges at 45W.


As of September 2019, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus starts at $1,099 while the Note 10 costs $949. Note 9 reduced to $899 in various retail stores.