For the first time ever, Samsung released not one, but two new Galaxy Note devices this year.

We have the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. These two devices will finally give long-time Note fans two options. And if you can’t decide which between the two to get, you can check out our comparison here.


But, if you already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, should you upgrade? Or if this is the first time you’re purchasing a Note device, should you really pick the new one, or get the predecessor instead to save money?

Here in our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 9 specs comparison, we shall see which between these two devices is right for you. Let’s start.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
Display6.3-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED
2280 x 1080 pixel resolution
Infinity-O notch
6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED
2960 x 1440 pixel resolution
Processor2.7GHz Exynos 9825 octa-core2.7GHz Exynos 9810 octa-core
GPUMali-G76 MP12Mali-G72 MP18
Non expandable
expandable via microSD card up to 512GB
Front camera10-megapixel
Dual-Pixel AF
Rear Camera12-megapixel (Dual-Pixel AF, OIS, f/1.5/2.4)
16-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
12-megapixel (2x telephoto, f/2.1, OIS)
Dual-tone flash
4K video recording
960fps @720p
AI scene optimizer
960fps @720p
Live focus video
Super Steady
12-megapixel (Dual-Pixel AF, OIS, f/1.5-f/2.4)
12-megapixel (2x telephoto, OIS)
Dual-tone flash
4K video recording
960fps @720p
AI scene optimizer
AudioAKG-tuned stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
AKG-tuned stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Headphone jack
SecurityUltrasonic Fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Iris scanner
Rear-mounted Fingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
Connectivity4G LTE Cat.20
WiFi 802.11 ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
4G LTE, Cat. 18
WiFi 802.11 ac, Hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
OthersS-Pen (6-axis sensor for gestures)
IP68 dust and water-resistant
Built-in Samsung DeX
S Pen with Bluetooth
IP68 dust and water-resistant
Built-in Samsung DeX
Dimensions151.0 x 71.8 x 7.9mm161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
ColorsAura Glow
Aura Black
Aura White
Aura Pink
Aura Red
Ocean Blue
Midnight Black
Metallic Copper
Reverse wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
Price Php53,990128GB: Php39,990
512GB: Php49,990


The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 surely brings a lot of new features on the table. But as ironic as it may sound, the Galaxy Note 9 offers better numbers in some key areas.

One of which is in the display department. The Note 10 might have a cleaner look with its ultra-thin bezels and punch-hole for the camera, but, it only has an FHD+ resolution instead of QHD+. That’s really disappointing, especially for a device at this price.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 also has a smaller 3,500mAh battery compared to the 4,000mAh capacity that the Note 9 has.

The latter also lacks a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Plus, it’s only limited to 256GB of storage. If you want bigger memory, go with 512GB models of the Galaxy Note 9 or Note 10 Plus.

If a straight-up powerful smartphone for productivity is all you’re up for, then you might be better settling with the Galaxy Note 9. This one already has a large display, powerful processor, bigger battery, and S-Pen support for your power-users out there.



But if you are really considering the Note 10, then you might find these extra features worth it to justify your move.

For starters, the Galaxy Note 10 has a better set of cameras. In fact, it was just hailed as the best smartphone camera in the market as of writing.


Both devices have an identical 12-megapixel wide and telephoto cameras. But with the Galaxy Note 10, you’re getting an extra 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter. Plus other software extras like Live Focus support on videos, and a Super Steady feature that greatly stabilizes handheld videos.

The front camera sensor was also bumped up to 10-megapixel from the 8-megapixel of the former.


Of course, we also have a new and faster processor. The Galaxy Note 10 is the first device to come with the new Exynos 9825 chipset, which shall deliver better performance in basic tasks and gaming.

The S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 10 has also learned a couple of new tricks. This now has a 6-axis sensor so it can take gesture commands when you flick it like a magic wand.


There are also the little things like the improved Samsung DeX, which you can now mirror directly to your PC or Mac and copy files directly. Although since this is a software feature, it may also arrive in the Note 9 sometime in the future.

The Galaxy Note 10 also features a faster 4G LTE connectivity at it levels up from category 18 to 20.


So, if all those extras really matter to you, then, by all means, go with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

But if just a reliable workhorse is what you’re after, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can still be worth your money. The best part is, you’d also be saving cash by doing so.

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