Aug 13, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note10 VS Galaxy Note9: The Ultimate Comparison

The Galaxy Note9 was an awesome piece of hardware when it first came out, and it still is by its reliability and how it can still hold up well despite the advance in smartphone technology. We take a closer look at the Galaxy Note10 series and compare it to the Galaxy Note9 and see what their differences are.

Samsung has just recently released the Galaxy Note10 line of smartphones that both have new features, a slimmer form factor, and very thin bezels. There's no denying that these smartphones are one of the best smartphone releases we've seen so far this year. For owners of the previous-generation Galaxy Note9, which is still very powerful by today's standards, the biggest question is this, "is it worth the upgrade?"

Galaxy Note9Galaxy Note10Galaxy Note10+
Display
Screen size6.4-inch6.3-inch6.8-inch
TypeSuper AMOLEDDynamic AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED
ResolutionWQHD+ 1,440 x 2,960 pixelsFHD+ 1,080 x 2,280 pixelsWQHD+ 1,440 x 3,040 pixels
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Camera
Front camera8MP, f/1.7, AF10MP, f/2.2, Dual Pixel PDAF10MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF
Rear camera12MP(wide)
12MP(telephoto)
12MP(wide)
12MP(telephoto)
16MP(ultrawide)
12MP(wide)
12MP
16MP(ultrawide)
TOF 3D VGA camera
S Pen
Usage30 minutes on stand-by
200 times - button clicks
10-hrs on a single charge10-hrs on a single charge
Remote functionS Pen remote (single/double click)S Pen Air actions (gesture control)S Pen Air actions (gesture control)
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Exynos 9810
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Exynos 9825
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Exynos 9825
RAM6GB/8GB8GB12GB
Storage128GB/512GB256GB256GB/512GB
Storage ExpansionUp to 1TBNoUp to 1TB
Other Features
Battery4,000mAh3,500mAh4,300mAh
Fast Charge15W25W45W
Wireless ChargeYesYesYes
PowerShareNoYesYes
SecurityIris scanner
Rear fingerprint scanner
Face Recognition
Ultrasonic Fingerprint(under display)
Face Recognition
Ultrasonic Fingerprint(under display)
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
Upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
Android 9.0 (Pie); One UIAndroid 9.0 (Pie); One UI
Official SRP
Official PricePHP 55,990 (128GB)
PHP 75,990 (512GB)
PGP 53,990(256GB)PHP 60,990 (256GB)
PHP 72,990 (512GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Images

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Samsung Galaxy Note9

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Samsung Galaxy Note10 Images

Samsung Galaxy Note10

Samsung Galaxy Note10

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Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Images

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

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We took a closer look at the Galaxy Note9 and the new Galaxy Note10 smartphones. This is the first time Samsung is offering 2 different models for the Galaxy Note series, namely, the standard Galaxy Note10 and the beefed-up Galaxy Note10+. The Galaxy Note10+ is by far the largest Galaxy Note device ever released. The device features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with a WQHD+ 1,440 x 3,040 pixel resolution, while the standard Galaxy Note10 features the same display type but on a smaller 6.3-inch screen with FHD+ 1,080 x 2,280 pixel resolution. In contrast, last year's Galaxy Note9 came with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a WQHD+ 1,440 x 2,690 pixel resolution.

In terms of design, Samsung has gone to great lengths and achieved in giving the Galaxy Note10 a slimmer and lighter form factor, using new components that are lightweight but don't compromise on performance. As a result, the Galaxy Note10 base model now weighs 168 grams, while the Galaxy Note10+ weighs 196 grams. The Galaxy Note9 weighs 201 grams, so the weight difference may not be very noticeable, but what is noticeable here is that the new Galaxy Note10 smartphones are now thinner with a width of just 7.9mm compared to the Galaxy Note9's 8.8mm. This makes a big difference, especially for users who prefer to have slimmer devices especially for travel purposes.

The Galaxy Note10 smartphones also feature an upgraded camera setup. A triple-camera setup for the standard Note10 and a quad-camera setup for the Galaxy Note10+. Samsung's quad-camera setup consists of a main 12MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens, and the VGA depth sensor.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note9 only features a dual-camera setup that comprises of a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. Aside from the new camera sensors, the Galaxy Note10 series also comes with improved camera software helping achieve cinematic-level images and videos.

The front-facing camera got an upgrade as well, as the Galaxy Note10 series now has a 10MP front-facing camera versus the Galaxy Note9's 8MP sensor, though the slight edge goes to the Galaxy Note9 thanks to its faster aperture of f/1.7 versus the Galaxy Note10's f/2.2.

When it comes to processing power, the Galaxy Note10 series dominates as well as it features the latest Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets that are manufactured using a 7nm process versus the 10nm process used on the Galaxy Note9's processors. The Galaxy Note10+ also packs a larger 12GB of RAM versus the Galaxy Note9's 8GB of RAM - there's also more storage as well as the Note10 series comes with 256GB of ROM by default versus the Note9's 128GB.

Battery-wise, the Galaxy Note10+ has a slightly larger 4,300mAh battery versus the Galaxy Note9's 4,000mAh battery, which is not that big of a difference at first glance but combining the Galaxy Note10's 45W fast charge support with the power efficiency of its new processors, the Galaxy Note10 series should definitely have the upper hand here.

Should Galaxy Note9 users consider upgrading to the Galaxy Note10 series? It depends. The Galaxy Note10 got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which means that users with legacy headphones would have to carry around an extra dongle just to listen to music, which is not ideal for some. And although the new S Pen for the Galaxy Note10 comes with longer battery life and gesture controls, you probably won't use it daily.

But looking at the bigger picture, there's really not much of a difference overall as the Galaxy Note9's hardware still holds up well and will continue to do so for the next few years at least. However, if you're in the market for a bigger, more powerful smartphone with the latest hardware, then this is well worth the price of admission.

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