Galaxy Note 10+ vs. Galaxy Note 10: Which should you buy?

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+
Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

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The Note 10+ is the true flagship of the Samsung line. It has the biggest display, highest specs, and every capability you could ask for. Just be ready to open up your wallet and expand the reach of your hand.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Go big

Samsung's biggest and best display
microSD expansion slot
Longer battery life
Faster charging
Too big for many hands
Considerably more expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

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The Note 10 brings the S Pen experience down to a phone that's smaller than the Galaxy S20+. That's an appealing proposition if you value both aspects, but it comes with trade-offs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Compact option

Smaller than Galaxy S20+
$150 less than Note 10+
Full S Pen in compact phone
Smaller battery
No microSD expansion
Lower resolution display

What's the difference between the Note 10+ and Note 10?

A whole lot is shared between the two Note 10 variants, but there are distinct differences between them that will make each appealing to a different group of people.

There are just a few technical differences between the phones, but ones you should be aware of.

Let's address the technical differences first. The Note 10 has a smaller screen, of course, but the screen is also lower resolution: 1080p rather than 1440p. The smaller phone also has less RAM — 8GB rather than 12GB — and while it has the same 256GB base storage, it doesn't have the option to bump up to 512GB like the Note 10+. And speaking of storage, you can't expand the Note 10 with a microSD card like you can the Note 10+.

The Note 10's battery shrinks to 3500mAh to fit its compact size, which is 800mAh smaller than the Note 10+. Recharge speeds from the in-box charger are at 25W for both, but the Note 10+ has the option to charge up even faster if you bring your own power adapter that puts out at least 45W.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Galaxy Note 10+Galaxy Note 10
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
One UI 1.5
Android 9 Pie
One UI 1.5
Display6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED
3040x1440, HDR10+
6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED
2280x1080, HDR10+
ProcessorSnapdragon 855Snapdragon 855
Memory12GB8GB
Storage256/512GB256GB
ExpandablemicroSDn/a
Rear Camera 112MP, f/1.5-2.4, OIS, 77° FoV12MP, f/1.5-2.4, OIS, 77° FoV
Rear Camera 216MP, f/2.2, 123° FoV16MP, f/2.2, 123° FoV
Rear Camera 312MP, f/2.1, OIS, 45° FoV12MP, f/2.1, OIS, 45° FoV
Rear Camera 4VGA DepthVision
f/1.4, 72° FoV
n/a
Front Camera10MP, f/2.2, 80° FoV
auto focus
10MP, f/2.2, 80° FoV
auto focus
SecurityUltrasonic in-display fingerprint sensorUltrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, 4x4 MIMO 7CA LTE Cat.20, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4x4 MIMO 7CA LTE Cat.20, Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB-CUSB-C
AudioUSB-CUSB-C
Battery4300mAh
45W wired
15W wireless