While Samsung‘s Galaxy S-series flagships are the brand’s headliners each year, it’s the Galaxy Note series through which the chaebol always pushes the envelope in terms of performance and productivity. The Note series has come a long way since the original Note in 2011, and has gained a loyal fan following over the years. Last night, the South Korean brand launched the latest generation of the Note flagships, and this time the company has put out not one but three new models. Samsung has launched an affordable Galaxy Note 10, its more powerful sibling Galaxy Note 10+ and the 5G variant called Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G will appeal to those who have access to 5G connectivity, for most users, the choice lies between the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. The Galaxy Note 10+ is the true successor to the Galaxy Note 9, while the Note 10 is a slightly toned down variant of the same. So what separates these two? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+: differences
Unlike the Galaxy S-series, the difference between the regular and plus variant of the Galaxy Note 10 is not restricted to a larger display and bigger battery. Let’s start with these two obvious differences. Both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ flaunt Dynamic AMOLED panels with HDR10+ support. However, while the Galaxy Note 10 has a smaller 6.3-inch full HD+ display, the Galaxy Note 10+ ships with a 6.8-inch screen with sharper QHD+ screen resolution.
As for the battery, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ come with 3,500mAh and 4,300mAh cells respectively. The former gets 25W wired charging and 12W wireless charging. The Galaxy Note 10+ on the other hand offers much faster 45W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
The next major difference between the two flagships is in the camera department. The latest Galaxy Note 10 duo carry the forward the multiple camera baton from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. The vertical camera module on the back of smaller Galaxy Note 10 retains the same 12-megapixel primary camera with a variable aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4, a 12-megapixel telephoto shooter enabling up to 2x zoom, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, adds a fourth camera to the mix. There’s an extra 3D ToF sensor that helps in clicking better portraits and works for both photos and videos.
Moving on, the next important difference between the two is in RAM and storage. The regular Galaxy Note 10 is being offered in a single configuration of 8GB RAM and 256GB storage with no support for expansion. The Galaxy Note 10+ has 12GB RAM and can be bought with either 256GB or 512GB storage variants. Not only that, but the plus variant also gets a hybrid SIM slot, which means you can swap out the secondary SIM card for microSD card if you want.
Lastly, while both Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ feature identical design and colour options (Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black), the Galaxy Note 10 is much more compact and manageable. The smaller size of the smartphone makes it an ideal choice for those who want a powerful phone that can be managed with one hand. The Galaxy Note 10+ is considerably larger and will require both hands to operate effectively.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+: Similarities
Both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ come with the S Pen, which is tucked away in the bottom right side. The new S Pen retains the Bluetooth connectivity from last year, but is now updated with improved “Air Actions”. A lot of new gestures are now supported, including toggling between the front and rear cameras, switching modes and more.
Speaking of the front camera, the centrally mounted display hole on both phones houses a 10MP f/2.2 sensor for selfies and video calling. The use of an Infinity-O display and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on both has allowed Samsung to shave off bezels even more than last year. As a result, the Galaxy Note 10 duo flaunt an impressive screen-to-body ratio. On the topic of the screen, both smartphones have dual-curved edges for the display. Additionally, both smartphones get a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.
Let’s talk about the most important aspect now, performance. Samsung has kept the core of both smartphones the same as they both come with Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 SoCs depending on the region. Both these chipsets are 7nm processors and India gets the latter of the two. On the software front, both Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ boot OneUI 1.5 based on Android 9 Pie.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ price in India and availability
Coming to the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a starting price tag of Rs 79,999 and the Galaxy Note 10 is priced at Rs 69,999. Samsung has already opened pre-registrations for both phones through multiple platforms like Samsung India’s online store, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm and Tata CLiQ, as well as select retail stores in the country. The shipping of the same will start on August 23rd, which is also the global availability date.
Customers who pre-book either of these phones using HDFC or ICICI bank cards will get Rs 6,000 cashback through purchase of the smartphone. Apart from this, they can get the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active for a discounted price of Rs 9,999, with their Note 10 purchase.
Clearly, Samsung has managed to distinguish between the two offerings enough that they don’t cannibalise each other. If you want a larger display, better battery life and the ability to expand storage up to 1TB, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is the way to go. However, if these aren’t make or break factors for you, the Galaxy Note 10 brings all the flagship features of the Note series at a cheaper price. So, which one are you going to pick? Let us know in the comments below.