Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Note 9, the differences

Old versus new, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 versus the one-year-old Galaxy Note 9. We compare list differences. Is the new Note a  must, or does the older version turn out to be a bargain?

Old versus new, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 versus the one-year-old Galaxy Note 9. We compare list differences. Is the new Note a  must, or does the older version turn out to be a bargain?

Almost the same size: the Galaxy Note 10 Plus on the left, the Note 9 on the right

Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs Note 9

It has been almost a year since the Galaxy Note 9 appeared on the scene. Since then, the phone has made the leap to Android 9 Pie, including many new (camera) functions. But how does it compare to the new Galaxy Note 10. Is the gap big? Or is the much cheaper Note 9 the better deal? Below we look at what you get for the additional price of the Note 10, but we also list what the Note 9 may do better.

This is better on the Galaxy Note 10 …

Let’s get straight to the point: if we forget the price for a moment, the Note 10 is of course the better phone. Or rather: the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are better phones, because in 2019 there are two models, of course. And in a number of areas, these simply surpass the Galaxy Note 9:Galaxy Note 20 cameras

  • The Note 10’s hardware is faster, thanks to the newer Exynos 9825 processor. In addition, the Note 10 has 8GB of RAM as standard, and the Note 10 Plus even 12GB – the Note 9 has 6GB (128GB version) or 8GB (512GB variant).
  • The cameras offer more options and are (slightly) better. With its triple camera (main, wide-angle and zoom lens), the Galaxy Note 10 simply has more to offer than the Note 9’s dual-camera (main, zoom lens). The Note 10 Plus also has a ToF ( Time of Flight ) sensor.
  • You get more screen (or a more compact device). The 6.3-inch display of the Galaxy Note 10 is barely smaller than that of the 6.4 inch Note 9. However, the device is almost half an inch narrower and an inch shorter, due to the minimal screen edges. Or: the Note 10 Plus is almost the same size as the Note 9, but has a much larger 6.8-inch screen.
  • In-screen finger scanner: Galaxy Note 10 has an in-screen finger sensor. Although it is not as fast as the scanner of the Note 9, the placement is (in our opinion) a lot better because you can also reach it when the device is on the table. And fair is fair: Samsung has optimized the sensor-in-the-display very nicely since the launch of the Galaxy S10 so that the speed difference is no longer great.
  • More S Pen tricks: The Galaxy Note 10 has the same S Pen functions as the Note 9, but also has gesture recognition. This allows you to operate your phone with the stylus without having to touch the device itself. Handy, for example, for presentations.
  • Faster charging: The Note 10 supports 25 Watt fast charging with the included battery. Even the Note 10 Plus with a battery that is larger than the Note 9 (4300 mAh vs 4000 mAh) charges from 0 to 100% in about an hour.
  • Longer update period from now: As the Note 10 is a year younger, the support period will be one year longer from now on. The Note 9 cannot do anything about that. This is simply the advantage of buying a new model of smartphone.

In summary, you can say that the Galaxy Note 10 is faster, offers more camera options, charges faster and has an S Pen with more tricks. Moreover, it keeps up to date with software updates for a year longer.

However, for less money, the Galaxy Note 9 offers…

Yet the Galaxy Note 9 also does a lot of good in 2019, especially when considering that it is at least € 300 cheaper – and even costs € 450 less than the Note 10 Plus.

  • Headphone Jack: Unlike the new devices, the Galaxy Note 9 simply has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You simply connect your favorite wired headphones without a dongle.
  • A battery larger than the Note 10 no-plus – 4000 mAh vs 3500 mAh (but no bigger than the Note 10 Plus)
  • A camera that perhaps offers fewer options, but is actually not inferior in everyday life in terms of photo quality.
  • Slightly wider bezels: not everyone wants screen edges as thin as possible, after all.
  • Screen without notches or holes. The wider screen edges also accommodate things like the front camera, so that the screen is not interrupted by notches or holes.
  • A finger sensor of the old trusted type. Admittedly, the placement of the scanner under the camera on the back is not equally practical for everyone, but in terms of operation, it is precisely these ‘old’ sensors that are unsurpassed: fast and accurate.
  • Iris scanner: the Note 9 has an iris scanner – a feature that you no longer encounter on the Note 10. With the iris scanner, you can unlock your device by holding the device in front of your face only. The iris scanner also works in the dark but is just not as fast as the fingerprint sensor.
  • Memory card: You can put a memory card in the Note 9. This option is available on the Note 10 Plus, but not on the smaller Note 10. Of course, the Note 9 has standard ‘only’ 128GB of storage, while the new devices start at 256GB. But at least it can hold an SD card.
  • S Pen: The Note 9’s stylus may not recognize gestures, but it does have a Bluetooth connection, so you can do more with it than just write and draw.

All in all, depending on what you want, the Galaxy Note 9 has a few clear stripes: 3.5 mm headphone jack, old-fashioned fingerprint sensor, iris scanner, wider bezels. And in other areas – camera, S Pen – it still offers great quality and possibilities, especially when you consider that it costs a lot less.Galaxy Note 10 vs Note 9

Galaxy Note 10 vs Note 9: conclusions

As said: of course the Galaxy Note 10 is ultimately just better (hardware, camera, S Pen, more updates). But let’s be honest: the differences are not huge in some areas (camera). In addition, we saw that the Note 9 has a few details that can weigh very heavily for some (3.5 mm connection, iris scanner, faster finger sensor). With the price difference in mind, you can now hopefully make a good decision if you are planning to purchase a Note phone.


The Galaxy Note 10 (Plus) will be in Dutch stores from 23 August. You can already pre-order, for example in Samsung’s own shop HERE. There you will also find more information about the Galaxy Note 10 pre-order promotion, where you will receive an extra € 100 back for your old phone until August 22.

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