Samsung Note 10 Plus Vs. Note 9: Which Xxl Smartphone to Choose?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a very good phone, it’s even the best phone Samsung has made in years. But the entrance ticket has a high cost: 1109 euros for the basic 256 GB version.

So, if you want a widescreen smartphone with a stylus, excellent performance and one day Battery Life do you need to spend that much money on this year’s flagship product, or will last year’s GALAXY NOTE 9 (also excellent) be enough?

To answer this question, we used the two phantoms for a week comparing them side by side on all aspects, from camera quality to design to performance in everyday use.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and Note 9, differences on paper

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+


161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm


201 g

196 g


6.4 inch, Super AMOLED,

1440 x 2960 pixels (516 dpi),


6.8 inch, Dynamic AMOLED,Infinity-O, 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 dpi),HDR 10+,HDR 10+,Infinity-O, 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 dpi)


Exynos 9810

Exynos 9825

Random Access Memory

6 GB or 8 GB

12 GB

Internal memory

128 GB or 512 GB

256 GB or 512 GB

Expandable storage



Photo part at the back

An ultra-wide angle lens of 12 MP (f/1.5 – 2.4)A telephoto lens of 12 MP (f/2.4)

16 MP 123° ultra wide angle (f/2.2)12 MP wide angle (f/1.5-f/2.4)12 MP telephoto lens (f/2.1)Depth sensor (f/1.4) Depth sensor (f/1.4)

Front photo section

One 8MP sensor (f/1.7)

A 10MP sensor (f/2.2)

fingerprint sensor

On the back

Ultrasonic under the screen

facial recognition










4000 mAh

4300 mAh

The little extras

Variable aperture, IP68, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC,

wireless charge / quick charge, dual SIM

Largest display ratio with Infinity O, 4 photo sensors, IP68, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC,

wireless charge / fast charge, dual SIM

Galaxy Note 10 Plus, the king of Android smartphones

You want the best that Android has to offer? You’ll find almost everything you need (except a headphone jack) in Note 10 Plus. It has an excellent 6.8-inch screen, expandable storage and a wide-angle camera. At EUR 1109, there is no doubt that this is an expensive telephone, but its performance can justify the cost.

Galaxy Note 9: the widescreen alternative

Last year’s Galaxy Note 9 is still a great choice, especially if you like some of the options it offers over the Note 10 Plus, such as the headphone jack and iris scanner. Although it doesn’t have all the finery of Note 10, the screen is still beautiful and the cameras are very good. And its price has gone down since Note 10 came out, so it’s a much better deal.

Adios the headphone jack

The headphone jack has disappeared on Note 10 Plus. So if you’re a fan of wired headphones, the choice is easy: the Note 9. Oh, and there’s also no 3.5mm adapter included in the Note 10 Plus box.

Note 9 offers other important ergonomic features, such as the notification light and a fingerprint reader on the back. Note 10 Plus is equipped with a fingerprint reader below the display. He’s very responsive, but there were one or two times when he didn’t register our prints, even though the Note 9 reader was almost 100% accurate.

As far as the display quality is concerned, both phones are excellent. Note 10 Plus offers more screen space (although the overall dimensions are similar to Note 9), thanks to the 6.8-inch Infinity-O side-by-side display with the integrated front camera at the top of the screen. The Note 9’s 6.4-inch screen is also very pleasant to look at, but has thicker edges at the top and bottom.

The latter is a little easier to use with one hand because it is narrower than the Note 10 Plus. But we still preferred the new phone when we could use it with both hands to watch videos or use the S Pen.

The finish of the Note 10 Plus is fabulous, but it’s a fingerprint magnet. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 reinforced glass at the front and back. Note 9 uses the previous generation Gorilla Glass 5.

The S Pen is doped with Note 10

One of the reasons to buy a Galaxy Note compared to any other Galaxy or Android smartphone is the stylus. We did not find much difference between sensitivity and accuracy with the S Pen of Note 10 Plus and the S Pen of Note 9. But you get some extra features if you choose the 10 Plus. New gestures have been introduced that allow you to control certain applications (such as the camera or YouTube) by pressing the S Pen button and moving the stylus from side to side, up and down or even in a circle. It may sound like a gadget on paper, but we really enjoyed using it, especially when it came to switching modes remotely on the camera or changing tracks in a music application like Spotify.

Note 10 Plus can also automatically transcribe handwriting from the S Pen. It’s pretty accurate, although there can be errors if you have too much clutter in your handwriting. Note 9 does not recognize the stylus’s airborne gestures, but it has Bluetooth which allows the S Pen to be used as a remote control to take pictures.


Wide-angle camera and night mode: Galaxy advantage Note 10 Plus

One of our favorite additions to Note 10 Plus is the ultra-wide angle camera that comes with the regular wide angle and 2x telephoto lens. However, this configuration is not new to the Galaxy family, as it is the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus 5G.

On Note 9, you only have a wide lens and a 2x telephoto lens on the back. Overall, camera performance is pretty much the same, except for the wide-angle lens that we love to use on the Note 10 Plus. The dynamic range is a little wider on the Note 10 Plus, although for most people you won’t notice much difference between the pictures taken by the two smartphones in good light.

Where there’s a bigger difference is in the dedicated night mode of Note 10 Plus. It helps to illuminate the scene and bring out details in the shadows. Note 9 should also benefit from this dedicated night mode via an update.

4K video recording is excellent on both. The Note 10 Plus has better stabilization with its super stable mode, but it is only active at 1080p. There is also live focus for video that blurs the background behind the subject to make it stand out.


Autonomy and performance: it’s tight

These two phones are workhorses in terms of performance. In real life, we noticed no noticeable difference between the two when we were shooting and editing 4K videos, playing graphically intensive games or a multitude of open applications in the background.

Battery life will vary depending on how you use your phone. For our use, which generally included watching videos, making a few calls, using assisted navigation, filming in 4K and editing photos, we were able to spend a whole day with 15 to 25% battery life remaining on Note 9 and Note 10 Plus. Note 10 Plus has a slightly larger battery capacity. In addition, it is 45W fast charge compatible but it comes with a 25W block in its box.



The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 remains in 2019 an excellent smartphone that competes with the most premium phones on the market in many areas. It has one of the best screens, delivers a very good technical performance and offers a high quality photo part. In addition, its price has fallen dramatically. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Note 10+ takes the experience one step further with its impressive size/screen ratio, supercharged technical configuration, ultra-wide-angle lens and bluffing ToF sensor but, above all, with its S Pen that brings real added value. He forgets, however, the mini-jack port so much appreciated by a large majority of consumers, but this omission is quickly forgiven. We can only recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ if you want to enjoy the best Android smartphone of the moment and the most successful proposal of the South Korean brand.

Image : Angela Lang/CNET

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