Galaxy S10 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 9: What is the best cell phone?


We face the last two flagship phones of the Korean giant, which one is best for you?

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Before the arrival of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the last flagship cell phone of the Korean manufacturer was the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Both phones have pretty good specifications, but the months that have passed between the release date of both make the differences noticeable.

Either way, each one offers different things depending on your needs and also a substantial difference in their price. But how are both devices different? What is the best purchase today?

Similar, but different design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is built in glass and is much larger than the Galaxy S10 Plus, with more than 16 centimeters in height. It has a Super AMOLED screen with 6.4-inch Quad HD + resolution, without notch, with bezels above and below the panel. The fingerprint sensor is located at the rear, while the S10 Plus goes on to incorporate it into the screen, one of the current trends in the mobile market.

In the case of the Galaxy S10 Plus, although we recognize the characteristic design of Samsung, the screen is much more adjusted to the front thanks to a hole in it for the double front camera, which makes the bezels disappear. The screen is 6.4 inches with Quad HD + resolution and Dynamic AMOLED technology, superior technology to the Super AMOLED of Note 9.

Enhanced power

If there is something that usually improves between generations of devices is the power. In this case the Note 9, the cell phone has an Exynos 9810 eight-core processor accompanied by two RAM configurations of 6GB or 8GB and 128GB or 512GB of internal storage. The battery is 4,000 mAh, compatible with fast charging and wireless charging, but does not have a reverse charge like the Galaxy S10 Plus.

In the case of the new Galaxy, it comes with an Exynos 9820 processor, the model immediately superior to the one that incorporates the Note 9 and with 8GB and 12GB of RAM in addition to 128GB, 512GB or even 1TB of storage. As we see, much more power for the S10, something that as we say, is normal in a generational leap.

Three cameras are better than two?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a dual rear camera and a front camera. For its part, the S10 Plus has three rear and two front cameras.

In Note 9 the front camera is formed by a 12 megapixel sensor and variable aperture f / 1.5-f / 2.4 focused on the wide angle and another 12 megapixel with 2x optical zoom. The Note 9 offers effect bokeh or blur

The Galaxy S10 Plus has three 16 + 12 + 12 megapixel sensors on its back. The 16 megapixel is also dedicated to the wide angle, the second has variable aperture f / 1.5-f / 2.4 and the third takes care of the depth to offer effect bokeh.

Despite the differences in hardware, the changes in processing terms are not so obvious, and as we have seen in our different analyzes, there is no substantial difference between both cell phones in photographic terms that can signal one of the two as a winner in this field.

What do I stay with?

In general, the Galaxy S10 Plus is a cell phone that offers better specifications due to its recent release. It incorporates a better screen, a design more in line with the current trend and more power, although in the photographic section the differences are very subtle.

If you want to get the latest on the market, the Galaxy S10 Plus is your man, but if you want a phone with great features (and an S-Pen) for a much lower price, the Galaxy Note 9 is also an excellent option to give from today.

Then we compare the specifications and other features of the Galaxy S10 Plus with the Galaxy Note 9 to better understand their differences and help you make a better purchase decision.

S10 Plus vs Note 9



Pixel density




Storage expansion

Rear camera

Slow motion recording

Front camera



Removable battery




Fingerprint reader

Iris reader

Face recognition

Wireless charging

Important characteristics




Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy S10 Plus

6.4 inches (AMOLED)

6.4 inches

2,960×1,440 pixels

3,040×1,440 pixels



Android Oreo

Android Pie (One UI)

2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (eight cores) / 2.7GHz Samsung Exynos 9810 (eight cores)

Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820

128GB or 512GB

128GB, 512GB (ceramic edition) or 1TB (ceramic edition)


S, up to 512GB

12 megapixels with optical image stabilization, double photodiode (double pixel) and variable aperture of f / 1.5 and f / 2.4

Triple: 12 megapixels (variable of f / 1.5 and f / 2.4) with optical stabilization (77 degrees) + wide angle of 16 megapixels (f / 2.2 of 12 degrees) + 12 megapixel telephoto (f / 2.4 of 45 degrees) with optical stabilization

960fps in HD, 240fps in Full HD, 60fps in 4K

960fps in Full HD, 240fps in Full HD, 60fps in 4K

8 megapixels of f / 1.7

Double: 10 megapixels (f / 1.9) + 8 megapixels (to detect depth and with f / 2.2)

6GB or 8GB

8GB or 12GB (ceramic only)





4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz)

4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6



S (IP68: up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes)

IP68 (up to two meters deep for up to 30 minutes)

S (bottom of the rear cameras)

S, on the screen (peak)

S (Intelligent Scan: activates iris and facial recognition at the same time)





S (Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and reversible charging (Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices

Double speaker with Dolby Atmos, camera with optical image stabilization and variable aperture, water resistance, microSD card slot, USB-C, Google Play and Samsung Pay, Bixby, iris scanner, curved screen with Edge screen functions, brings headphones optimized by AKG, it can be converted into virtual reality glasses with Gear VR and desktop computer without Samsung DeX Pad or DeX, S Pen with more colors and works as a remote control and your camera brings artificial intelligence functions.

Curved screen, the most advanced S10 without 5G, fingerprint reader on the screen, option of 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM, three rear cameras and two front for better photos with blurred background, has microSD slot and heart rate sensor, it is resistant to the water and can charge other devices in the manufacturer (needs more than 30% charge)



201 grams

175 grams

$ 600

$ 999

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