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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Note 9 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Note 9: Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is finally official, how does it compare to last
year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

And is it worth upgrading from the Note 9 to the Note 10+?

Well, that’s what we’re gonna try to answer in this video by breaking down all of the key differences,

So initially looking at the design, we do have a similar design language, Samsung’s usual metal and glass sandwich.

So we’ve got a metal frame with curved glass panels on the front and back.

So both devices do feel very, very premium.

Both are also IP68 water and dust-resistant, which is great.

Now, size-wise, they’re actually very, very similar.

So the Note 10+ is slightly larger in terms of height and width, but it is slightly slimmer and it also weighs less.

So when you’ve got them side-by-side, in hand, then they do feel very, very similar.

Now, this is quite impressive because the Note 10+ has a larger 6.8-inch display, compared to the 6.4-inch display on the Note 9.

Now the main reason for this is that we’ve got much slimmer bezels on the Note 10+ and we’ve got a punch out in the middle for the front-facing camera.

With the Note 9, we do have those top and bottom bezels, which some of you guys may actually prefer.

But this way, by having those minimal bezels and that punch out, you do get more screens in a very similar size.

Now both displays are really, really good.

The Note 9 was one of the best displays last year, but the Note 10+ does improve on that.

We’ve got a Super AMOLED on the Note 9, we’ve got Dynamic AMOLED on the Note 10+, and it is also HDR 10+ certified.

It’s a little bit brighter compared to the Note 9 as well.

And although the resolution is the same on both devices, so in terms of sharpness they are going to be quite similar, you are getting an overall better display on the Note 10+.

Now moving on to the internals, we do have some big improvements here as well.

The Note 9 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset or Samsung’s 9810.

On Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ we have either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or Samsung’s Exynos 9825.

So these are newer generation chipsets, they’re 7 nanometers and they are gonna perform better compared to last year’s chipset of course.

And you also get more RAM on the Note 10+, you have 12 gigabytes as a base.

On the Note 9, you have six or eight gigabytes of RAM, depending on the version you go for.

So speed and performance, you are gonna be getting a better overall experience on the Note 10+.

It’s also got the world’s slimmest vapor chamber to cool the phone down if you are gaming for longer sessions as well.

Now when it comes to software, Notes 10+ does have Android Pie with Samsung’s new One UI which is a big, big improvement compared to the previous version, which we’ve got currently on the Note 9.

It’s the version that I’ve currently got on my Note 9 anyway, it’s the Samsung Experience skin and One UI is just so much cleaner.

It makes it so much easier to use the device with one hand and with the Note 10+, you also have lots of new additional features.

So you’ve got screen recording, and screen recording also allows you to use the front-facing camera.

So if you’re gaming and you wanna record your reactions or anything like that then you’re gonna be able to do that on the Note 10+.

You’ve got improved DeX support, so now you’re gonna be able to just connect your Note 10+ using a standard USB Type-C cable.

And we also have a Link to Windows, so you’re gonna be able to connect your Note 10+ wirelessly to your Windows machine and
then you’re gonna be able to see text messages and images and things like that, straight up, pop up on your desktop.

And you’re gonna also be able to stream games directly from your PC onto your Note 10+.

So there are lots of these new features that you have.

So on the software side of things as well, you are getting lots of improvements here on the Note 10+.

The Note 10+ is also gonna be coming with a 5G variant.

So this is something that, of course, isn’t available on the Note 9.

And the Note 10+, if you are somebody who wants to adopt 5G, there is gonna be that one option there too.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs Note 9

Now let’s talk about Bixby, so the Note 9 has a dedicated Bixby button.

The Note 10+ doesn’t have a dedicated Bixby button, you can still activate Bixby by pressing and holding the power button, but it’s not a separate button altogether as well.

You’ve got an AI game booster which is gonna help with gaming performance.

And generally speaking, because the Note 10+ is a newer device, you are going to be getting software updates longer
compared to the Note 9.

For storage, the Note 9 comes with a base of 128 gigabytes, the Note 10+ doubles on that and you have 256 gigabytes as a base.

Not only that, this is UFS 3.0 storage, so this is much faster compared to what you’ve got on at the Note 9.

Read and write speeds are gonna be, definitely, a lot more superior.

Both devices are also available in a 512-gigabyte version and they both do have a micro SD card slot, which is great, so you
can expand the storage on both of these.

Now let’s talk about the cameras.

So the Note 9 has a dual-camera setup, a primary camera with a variable aperture and then you have a telephoto camera, which is gonna give you two times optical zoom.

The Note 10+ has four cameras in total.

So you have a primary camera, which seems pretty similar in terms of the hardware, with a variable aperture.

The telephoto camera has been improved, so you’ve got a wider aperture of F2.1 versus F2.4.

And then you have the ultra-wide camera, this is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and this is gonna let in a lot more into your shot, and this is something that I use a lot.

And you have a fourth camera as well and this is a true depth sensor, and this is gonna help with depth information.

And because of that, as well, you do have a Live focus video, so when you’re taking video you can have that blurry background effect.

This is something that you can’t do on the Note 9.

There are some further additions to the Note 10+.

So you’ve got Zoom-In Mic, if you do zoom in, it’s also gonna isolate the sound better.

And you’ve got Super steady video.

So this is at 1080p, but it gives you almost action camera-like stabilization.

It works really well on the S10+, but it has been improved on the Note 10+ and it also works in the Hyperlapse feature.

Now for the front-facing cameras, the Note 9 has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a wider F1.7 aperture, compared to the Note 10+, which has a 10 megapixel front-facing camera with an F2.2 aperture.

Now how much different the Note 9 is gonna be in terms of low-light performance because of that wider aperture, we’re gonna have to wait and see and I’m gonna have to do some more tests.

But one advantage that the Notes 10+ does have, is the fact that I can record at 4K from the front-facing camera.

You can only record up to 1440p from the front-facing camera on at the Note 9.

So if you are somebody who does lots of videos and does lots of vlogging and things, then the Notes 10+ might be appealing.

Now the security the Note 9 does have a physical fingerprint scanner at the back and it’s also got an iris scanner, so you do have two methods of security.

It’s got, Intelligence Cam, which uses the iris scanner as well as facial recognition.

The Note 10+ has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner.

So it is definitely more convenient because it’s on the display, but it’s definitely not as fast and as accurate as the physical fingerprint scanner on the Note 9.

The Note 10+ no longer has the iris scanner, so this is something that you’re missing out on.

Now let’s talk about audio, both devices do have stereo speakers tuned by AKG, so you’ve got one in the earpiece on one bottom-firing.

But the Note 9 has something that the Note 10+ does not and that is the 3.5mm jack.

Samsung has finally said goodbye to that 3.5mm jack, unfortunately, it’s not here on the Note 10+.

So that’s just something to bear in mind, definitely.

The reason for getting rid of it, Samsung has said, is to create more space within the device to give you a bigger battery and that’s something that you do have, you have a bigger battery on the Note 10+.

4,300 mAh versus 4,000 mAh on the Note 9 and you’ve got lots of improvements in terms of the charging as well.

So the Note 10+ comes with a 25-watt charger out of the box and on top of that, if you do get a separate 45-watt charger, which is not included so you have to buy that separately, you can get much faster speed, so you’ll be able to go from zero to 70% in just around 30 minutes.

You also got faster wireless charging, up to 15 watts on the Note 10+.

And you’ve got Wireless PowerShare which you don’t have on the Note 9.

So this is where you can use your Note 10+ to charge, maybe, some wireless earbuds or another device altogether.

Now let’s talk about the S Pen.

So, of course, both devices do come with the S Pen, but the S Pen has been improved on the Note 10+.

Firstly it’s unibody, so it’s much more contained and then it’s got some additional features.

The Note 9 initially introduced the S Pen where you’ll be able to use it remotely to take pictures and maybe, like, flip through
slideshows and things, but the Note 10+ improves on that and you’ve got Air Actions.

So not only can you take pictures with it, but you can also wave it around.

So if you go from up and down, if you’re in the camera, is gonna flip the camera from front to back.

If you go left to right, it’s gonna go between the different modes of your camera.

And if you rotate around like this, like a magic one, then it’s gonna zoom in and if you go anti-clockwise it’s gonna zoom out.

So they have improved a lot of these features here on the Note 10+.

How much I’m gonna use them, I’m not too sure.

They’ve also updated the algorithms to recognize text.

So if your handwriting it’s gonna be able to better convert that into actual text which you’re gonna be able to use in Word documents on the Note 10+.

They’ve also opened the SDK to third-party developers, so we should be seeing some more integration, potentially, in certain apps which can utilize that S Pen.

Now, finally looking at the pricing.

So the Note 9 initially started at around $1,000 on release, but now you can’t pick it up much cheaper because it is now a year.

So between six or $700 is where I’ve seen it, you might even be able to get it cheaper if you buy it secondhand.

The Note 10+ is gonna be starting at around $1,100, so that’s only $100 more than what the Note 9 released at, but if we do compare it at the current price, of course, you’re gonna be paying a lot less for the Note 9.

So if you are on a bit of budget and you still want a really good phone, but you can’t afford the Note 10+, then the Note 9 may be
a really good deal for.

So to answer the question that starts this video, should you upgrade from the Note 9 to the Note 10+?

Well, you are getting some additional features on the Note 10+, such as the improved performance with the newer chipsets, UFS 3.0 storage, and also the improved cameras.

You’re getting better cameras, you’re getting that additional ultra-wide camera as well as the depth sensor.

And quite importantly you’re getting a better display, better screen-to-body ratio, as well as the improved S Pen features.

Now if all of those are important to you then it might be worth upgrading from the Note 9 to the Note 10+, but if you’re currently
happy with your Note 9 and you wanna hold on to it for a little bit longer then you can check it out in a few more months time.

When we’re gonna have, I think around 6 months time, we’re gonna have the S11, as well as the S11+.

And the Note 9 is still a very, very capable device, which I think should last you some more time.

That’s what I think anyway, what do you guys think?

Would you upgrade from Note 9 to Note 10+?

Do you think there’s enough new Note 10+?

Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

There’s gonna be lots more Note 10 and 10+ coverage here on the channel.

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful.

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