The Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G vs. Galaxy S10 Plus 5G: all its nuances | Digital Trends Spanish
As 5G networks continue to roll out, you are probably already thinking about buying a cell phone capable of taking advantage of this technology. If you think you are ready to take the leap, here we compare two good options that Samsung offers you: the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G vs. Galaxy S10 Plus 5G. While the S10 Plus 5G is the largest and most expensive in the S10 range, it is also significantly different from its siblings, while the Note 10 Plus 5G is identical to the Note 10 Plus, with the exception of 5G support. Although at first glance the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G vs. Galaxy S10 Plus 5G seem similar, they have several differences that we will explain below.
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|Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G||Samsung Galaxy S10 5G|
|Size||162.3 × 77.2 × 7.9 mm (6.39 × 3.04 × 0.31 inches)||162.6 × 77.1 × 7.9 mm (6.4 × 3.04 × 0.31 inches)|
|Weight||198 grams (6.98 oz)||198 grams (6.98 oz)|
|Screen size||Dynamic AMOLED 6.8 inches||Dynamic AMOLED 6.7 inches|
|Screen resolution||3040 × 1440 pixels (498 pixels per inch)||3040 × 1440 pixels (502 pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie (under user interface)||Android 9.0 Pie (under user interface)|
|Storage space||256GB, 512GB||256GB, 512GB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||No|
|Tap to pay services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Camera||16 megapixel quad lens, ultra wide angle, 12MP variable aperture wide angle, 12MP telephoto and DepthVision rear lens; 10MP front||Quad-lens 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 12MP standard, 12MP telephoto lens and 3D Time-of Flight rear camera; 10MP dual lens front camera and time of flight|
|Video||2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps||2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C||USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, on ultrasonic display||Yes, on ultrasonic display|
|45W fast charge (25W charger included)||Fast charging (25W charger included)|
|15W Qi Fast Wireless Charging 2.0||15W Qi Fast Wireless Charging 2.0|
|Application market||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||Major US carriers||Major US carriers|
|Colors||Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Blue||Crown Silver, Majestic Black, Royal Gold|
Performance, battery life and charging
No one may be surprised to find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor in both phones, as it is a guarantee of fast performance. The Note 10 Plus 5G has an advantage with 12GB of RAM, while the S10 5G comes with 8GB of RAM. Although realistically, only multitaskers will see benefit from the additional RAM. As for storage, both come with 256GB or 512GB, but you can only expand that of the Note 10 Plus 5G thanks to a MicroSD card slot.
The S10 5G has a bigger battery, with a capacity of 4,500 mAh, and since its screen is a bit smaller, it should last longer than the Note 10 Plus 5G. But the Note 10 Plus 5G has an advantage: while they both have 25W chargers, the Note supports charging up to 45W, although you will need to buy a separate special charger. Both phones support fast wireless charging at 15W.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
Design and durability
- 1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
- 2. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
In terms of design, these phones have clear similarities: curved screens, which are fused into metal frames. They both also have in-display fingerprint sensors. The most noticeable difference is in the rear set of cameras, which is located horizontally on the S10 5G and vertically on the Note 10. Also, only the S10 5G has a button to activate the Bixby assistant and 3.5 mm connectors for headphones. .
At the front, the S10 5G has a dual-lens camera that pierces the top right of the screen, while the Note has only one in the center. The latter also includes an S Pen stylus. When it comes to colors, the Note’s Aura Glow is sure to turn heads.
It is a difficult choice. We prefer the more rounded corners of the S10 5G, but Samsung has included a larger screen in the Note without expanding its footprint and both teams weigh the same. Although no one will likely miss the Bixby button, the same will not be the case with the headphone port. On the other hand, many will want the S Pen that comes in the Note.
The Note has a 6.8-inch screen, while the S10 has a 6.7-inch screen. Both have Dynamic Amoled displays with the same resolution and HDR10 + certification. They are two of the best and brightest displays that you will find on any phone. The Note has a slightly larger screen, but only because it has a hole-punched camera in the center, while the S10 loses a bit more screen space with its dual-lens front camera lens.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
With incredible quad-lens setups, the S10 5G and Note 10 Plus 5G feature some of the most versatile cameras on the market. Both include a 12 megapixel main lens with a variable aperture from f / 1.5 to f / 2.4 and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS); a 12 megapixel telephoto lens, also with OIS; and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle with an f / 2.2 aperture, along with a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor that is capable of capturing accurate depth information. The Note’s telephoto aperture size is slightly larger, at f / 2.1, compared to the S10’s f / 2.4. This should allow for slightly better low-light performance, although we don’t expect a huge difference either.
On the front, the S10 has a dual-lens setup that combines a 10-megapixel lens with f / 1.9 aperture and a second TOF sensor. The Note only has a 10-megapixel lens, with a smaller aperture of f / 2.2, so it will perform less in low light. If you are a fan of selfies, the S10 5G offers you more.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Software and updates
With Android 10 (11 coming soon) and Samsung’s great OneUI user interface, they both offer basically the same software experience. The Note has some extras tied to the S Pen, but you won’t miss them either if you’re not a user of this tool. Samsung is not the fastest to update Android versions, but both teams should receive them simultaneously.
Samsung adds a lot of value with special features and both phones have their thing. From Bixby to augmented reality and video features like Live Focus, which blurs the background in real time, you’ll have plenty of options. While they share many attributes, only the Note has an S Pen, which allows you to take notes and draw, but also fun features, such as drawing in 3D or on your friends’ faces. DeX mode, for connecting your phone to a monitor, works with both phones. Samsung announced some integrations with Microsoft at the launch of the Note, such as mirroring your phone’s screen to PC or laptop, but we assume they will make their way to the S10 5G as well. For now, the S Pen gives the Note the win.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Price and availability
The Galaxy S10 5G started at $ 1,300 and you could buy it from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, though it’s already out of stock at these carriers. That said, you can also find it at Best Buy and Amazon, albeit in limited quantities.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G also started at $ 1,300 and, like the S10 5G, is no longer available from carriers (although it is supported by Verizon and T-Mobile). You can find it on Amazon, as long as they have it in stock. Both will probably only work on the 5G network of the carrier you buy from, because they all offer different technologies.
Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G
This is an extremely difficult decision. There are no elements for one phone to clearly impose itself on the other. The S10 5G has the headphone port, a better front camera, and a slightly more rounded design. The Note 10 Plus 5G features the S Pen, more RAM, faster charging, a larger screen, and space for a MicroSD card. While both are great alternatives, we narrowly win the Note 10 Plus 5G. Obviously you have to choose what is most important to you, because both are great phones.