Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy S10: What's the rumoured difference?

Samsung’s Note series is expected to be revealed at the beginning of August during the company’s next Unpacked event, but how is it expected to compare to the Galaxy S10 range?

We’ve compared the rumoured specs of the Note 10 and Note 10+ to the Galaxy S10 and S10+ to see how they differ and help you work out which might be the right device for you.

What’s expected to be the same between the Note 10 and S10?

  • Processor
  • Camera specifications 
  • Software experience
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Reverse wireless charging

Based on the rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will feature a similar camera performance and a similar hardware setup to the Galaxy S10 series.

Both the Note 10 and the Note 10+ are expected to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9825 chipset with at least 8GB of RAM. They are also both expected to have a punch hole front camera and a triple rear camera, though there were talks of a quad camera for the Note 10+ model.

We’re also expecting similar features like reverse wireless charging, an under-display fingerprint sensor, microSD expansion and a similar software experience too, though the Note 10 will no doubt bring in new tricks.

What’s expected to be different between the Note 10 and S10?

Whilst the camera or processor isn’t expected to be upgraded for the Note 10 – not the standard model anyway – rumours suggest there will be plenty of differences between the two series.

Design

  • Note 10/Note 10+: Punch hole camera in centre, vertical triple rear camera
  • S10/S10+: Top-right positioned punch hole camera, horizontal triple rear camera 

Based on the leaks, the Note 10 series will have a slightly different design to the S10 series, as usual. 

The punch hole front camera is expected to be in the centre of the display for the Note 10 rather than the right corner and the triple camera on the rear is expected to be in a vertical alignment positioned in the top left corner, rather than horizontal in the centre at the top. The Note 10+ is also expected to add a fourth ToF sensor to the triple rear camera.

A glass and metal body is expected though, like the S10 series offers, and IP68 waterproofing is also likely.

S Pen

  • Note 10/Note 10+: Built-in S Pen
  • S10/S10+: No S Pen

As many Note fans would expect, the Note 10 series is expected to offer a built-in S Pen. This will likely be positioned in the left corner at the bottom of the device, next to the USB Type-C charging port. 

Display 

  • Note 10/Note 10+: 6.28-inch/6.75-inch display 
  • S10/S10+: 6.1-inch/6.4-inch display

The Galaxy Note series typically has a larger display than the Galaxy S series. The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch screen, while the Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4-inch screen.

Rumour suggests the Note 10 models will come with a 6.28-inch screen and a 6.75-inch screen. We’d expect both to be Super AMOLED like the S10, and HDR10+ compliant.

Both the S10 models offer Quad HD+ resolutions, though the Note 10 is claimed to be coming with a Full HD+ screen, reserving the Quad HD+ resolution for the Note 10+.

Dimensions

  • Note 10/Note 10+: 162.5 x 77.6mm
  • S10/S10+: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm / 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm

The Galaxy Note series is normally larger than the Galaxy S range and rumour suggests this won’t be changing for the Note 10. 

Leaked measurements put the Note 10 at 162.5 x 77.6mm, though it isn’t clear if this is the smaller or larger model. The S10 and S10+ are both smaller than this though, suggesting it is likely the rumoured 6.75-inch Note 10 model rather than the 6.28-inch model, if either.

Headphone jack

  • Note 10/Note 10+: No 3.5mm headphone jack 
  • S10/S10+: 3.5mm headphone jack

The Galaxy S10 devices all come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and AKG-tuned headphones in the box. The Note 10 is expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack however, which will see it rely on wireless headphones or USB Type-C heapdhones.

Battery

  • Note 10/Note 10+: 3500mAh/4300mAh
  • S10/S10+: 3100mAh/3500mAh

The Note 10 is reported to come with a 3500mAh battery, while the Note 10+ is reported to come with a 4300mAh battery. 

The S10 meanwhile, has a 3100mAh battery and the S10+ has a 3500mAh battery.

Storage capacities 

  • Note 10/Note 10+: 256GB
  • S10/S10+: 128GB and 512GB / 128GB, 512GB and 1TB

It’s claimed the Note 10 and Note 10+ will both come in 256GB storage options. We would expect microSD support for storage expansion up to at least 512GB, though nothing is detailed in leaks as yet. 

The S10 is available in 128GB and 512GB storage models, while the S10+ is available in 128GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options. All offer microSD support.

5G connectivity

  • Note 10/Note 10+: 5G capabilities for at least one model likely
  • S10/S10+: Only 4G LTE models

While the processor isn’t expected to change between the Note 10 series and the S10 series, many rumours suggest the Note 10 will be 5G enabled

Only the Galaxy S10 5G model features 5G capabilities for the S10 range. It is currently not clear if all Note 10 models will be 5G enabled or if Samsung will opt for a specific model again.

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Price

  • Note 10/Note 10+: Pricing TBC
  • S10/S10+: From £799/From £899

Traditionally, the Galaxy Note series has been more expensive than the Galaxy S series. The Galaxy S10 starts at £799 and the S10+ starts at £899. 

No pricing information has leaked for the Note 10 devices as yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Note 10+ start at over the £1000 mark like the Apple iPhone XS Max.

Conclusion

For now, this feature is based on speculation but there do appear to be several differences between the Note 10 and the S10.

Rumour suggests the design will be different, along with the screen size, dimensions and the addition of S Pen functionality for the Note series. We also expect to see some new software features launch on the Note 10 and Note 10+, as well as a higher price tag and at least one model with 5G connectivity.

We will update this feature when official details for the Galaxy Note 10 series are announced. You can keep up to date with the rumours in our Galaxy Note 10 rumour round up.

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