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Galaxy Note 10 vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: Which should you buy?

OnePlus 7 Pro

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The OnePlus 7 Pro represents the best value in the flagship smartphone space. Despite the low price tag compared to a lot of its competitors, the 7 Pro manages to offer incredibly fast performance, clean software, a gorgeous design, and one of the best displays available on a smartphone in 2019.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Incredible value

Quad HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate
Buttery smooth performance
Clean, up-to-date software
Larger 4,000 mAh battery
Hundreds of dollars cheaper
It's massive
Telephoto and ultra-wide cameras disappoint

Galaxy Note 10

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The Galaxy Note 10 is an interesting entry in Samsung's Note series. It ditches longtime staples such as a headphone jack and expandable storage, and even decreases its display resolution to just 1080p. Despite those drawbacks, it still stands out thanks to the S Pen and a more manageable form factor.

Galaxy Note 10

If you need a stylus

More manageable size
Comes with the S Pen
Powerful processor and lots of RAM
Samsung's One UI software is great
The display is only 1080p
No headphone jack or expandable storage
Considerably more expensive

If you're all about getting the most bang for your buck, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the clear winner. Not only does it cost almost $300 less than the Note 10, but it also has a better display, a simpler software experience, and a larger battery. The Galaxy Note 10 is certainly worth a look, but unless you absolutely need the S Pen, we think the OnePlus 7 Pro is the better choice for most people.

We recommend getting the OnePlus 7 Pro

Whenever a new phone is released, it can be easy to assume that it's automatically better than anything else that came out before it. While this is sometimes the case, it's not necessarily true when comparing the Galaxy Note 10 against the OnePlus 7 Pro. Despite the Note 10 coming out in August while the 7 Pro was released back in May, OnePlus's phone gets our top recommendation between the two.

For starters, both of these phones have a lot in common. They're both powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor, meaning you've got more than enough horsepower for all of your apps and games. There's also plenty of RAM in either phone, with the OnePlus 7 Pro offering you the choice of 6, 8, or 12GB with the Note 10 available in 8 and 12GB configurations.

OnePlus 7 ProGalaxy Note 10
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
OxygenOS
Android 9 Pie
One UI
Display6.67-inch
3120 x 1440
516ppi
AMOLED
90Hz refresh rate
6.3-inch
2280 x 1080
401ppi
AMOLED
60Hz refresh rate
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM6/8/12GB8/12GB
Storage128/256GB256GB
Rear Camera 148MP main camera
f/1.6 aperture
12MP main camera
f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture
Rear Camera 28MP telephoto camera
f/2.4 aperture
12MP telephoto camera
f/2.1 aperture
Rear Camera 316MP ultra-wide camera
f/2.2. aperture
16MP ultra-wide camera
f/2.2 aperture
Selfie Camera16MP camera
f/2.0 aperture
10MP
f/2.2 aperture
Battery4,000 mAh
30W Warp Charge
3,500 mAh
25W Adaptive Fast Charge
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Expandable Storage
Water Resistance✔️
Dimensions162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm151.0 x 71.8 x 7.9mm
Weight206g168g

As for where the OnePlus 7 Pro has the advantage, it beats out the Note 10 in the display department. Samsung phones typically have the best phone screens around, but the Note 10's can't hold a candle to the display found on the 7 Pro.

Resolution-wise, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the clear winner at 3120x1440. That's a true Quad HD+ resolution and considerably sharper than the Note 10's 2280x1080 Full HD+ panel. Furthermore, the OnePlus 7 Pro benefits from a 90Hz refresh rate. Very few phones offer this feature, and it means everything on the 7 Pro looks and feels smoother compared to the Note 10.

We also have to give the 7 Pro a win in the software department. OnePlus's custom OxygenOS interface is easy to navigate, free of unwanted clutter, and the features it adds on top of Android are genuinely useful — such as a powerful theming system, reading mode, quick gestures, and more.

Why you should still consider the Galaxy Note 10

With so much in the OnePlus 7 Pro's favor, why should anyone still consider the Galaxy Note 10? For a lot of people, that will boil down to one thing — the S Pen.

The S Pen has always been one of the greatest strengths for Note phones, and that holds true with the Note 10. This year's S Pen is just as powerful as ever, allowing you to draw and take notes with incredible precision, use it as a remote camera shutter button, or just as another way to navigate the phone when you don't feel like using your finger.

There isn't anything like the S Pen on any other phone, so if it's important to you, the Note 10 is the way to go.

Elsewhere, the Note 10 also benefits from better cameras. The OnePlus 7 Pro's main 48-megapixel camera takes great shots, but its telephoto and ultra-wide angle cameras fall short compared to the quality of sensors on the Note 10.

Finally, the Note 10 also benefits from existing in Samsung's Galaxy ecosystem. If you have things like the Galaxy Buds (opens in new tab) or Galaxy Watch Active (opens in new tab), the Note 10 offers a more seamless experience of using them compared to other Android phones.

It all comes down to price

Last but certainly not least, there's the matter of price.

The OnePlus 7 Pro isn't a cheap phone, but with a starting price of $669, it's considerably more affordable than the $950 Galaxy Note 10.

And, as we've detailed here, that price difference doesn't make the 7 Pro considerably worse in any manner. Not only does it have a lot in common with the Note 10, but it's noticeably better in some important regards.

As such, unless you really, really want the S Pen, we'd advise saving some cash and picking up the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.