Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256GB is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256GB  Samsung Galaxy Note 20 
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Excellence Score
78.3
85.8
Value for Money Score
57.5
54.1
Price ₹ 54,999 onwards ₹ 75,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.8 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3040 pixels (~ 495 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 12 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera 64MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-1.8-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 27mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.1 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP (Ultrawide): F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; 1.0µm Pixel Size, TOF 3D VGA Camera, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording, Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.76" Sensor Size; 1.8um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto Camera; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide Lens; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], HDR10+, Stereo sound rec., EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 10MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.3 mmMedium
Weight 196 gmHeavy 192 gmHeavy
Width 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh 4300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 45W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay In-display Fingerprint Sensor; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); 15W Fast Wireless Charging; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; UFS 3.1 Storage; 9W Reverse wireless charging; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, beautiful, refined design - the “Aura Glow” version where the back reflects surrounding light transforming into all sorts of gradients, shapes and colors, looks especially mesmerizing
  • The front is really sharp looking as well with a nearly bezel free display and a center punch hole front camera
  • Samsung’s remarkable job of improving screen to body ratio continues here - in fact, the 6.8-inch Note 10+ has roughly the same footprint as the 6.4-inch Note 9 - this is a really sleek phone
  • High quality build with glass on the front and the back, and an aluminum frame in the middle
  • The power button can be programmed for long presses and double presses to launch Bixby (default) or other apps
  • Of course, one of the key highlights of the Note series is the S-Pen: it's one of those things that some people don't use at all, while some swear by - apart from taking notes, handwriting recognition (much improved), it can be used to control music, advance slideshows and snap photos via air gestures
  • Incredibly good looking, 6.8-inch, sharp AMOLED display - it has excellent outdoor legibility, displays beautiful, vibrant colors, has excellent contrast, and excellent viewing angles - it's basically as good as smartphone screens get
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimized for single handed use with more controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen, looks stylish, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • If you like the idea of using your Note 10 on a bigger screen, Samsung makes it easy with its upgraded 'DeX' functionality - all you need is the provided USB Type-C cable that comes with the phone, as well as the DeX desktop app for your Windows PC or Mac, and you can run Android applications on your computer's display and manage your files through a phone-like interface, only on the big screen
  • Top-end performance with the flagship Exynos 9825 - as expected, it's a performance beast: it flies in benchmarks, receiving top scores, it performs excellent in games, and it features an immense 12GB of RAM which is a sweet overkill
  • The storage is also of the new UFS 3.0 standard and it is the absolute fastest storage of any phone yet - the real life implications of having such fast storage it is just that everything loads and runs faster, from large games and videos, to smaller files
  • Top-end quad camera setup on the rear - 12MP standard + 16MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto + DepthVision sensor
  • The camera setup continues to be one of the best in mobile - and the inclusion of telephoto and ultra-wide lenses allow for a wide range of different shots, and the hardware coupled with machine learning makes it a lot more difficult to take a bad photo
  • The live focus feature (Portrait mode, essentially) comes to video, with four different filters, including Color Point, which makes everything but the subject black and white
  • Samsung’s also brought a very simple video editor into the mix here, which is nice on the fly - it's also one of the better uses for the S Pen
  • There is also an improved Super Steady offering for videos, which smooths out shaky video, including Hyperlapse mode, where handshakes are a big issue
  • There is clever Zoom-on Mic functionality - while shooting video, pinch-zooming on something will amplify the noise from that area
  • The DepthVision Camera allows for many interesting AR use cases - including Quick Measure to measure object dimensions, 3D Scanner to click '3D images' and animate them, AR Doodle which uses depth sensing to orient live drawings, and of course AR emojis
  • The 10-megapixel camera for selfies is very good as well - and it also supports Live Focus so you can blur the background and it does a very good job, with a good amount of detail and with vibrant colors
  • Overall, as you would expect, this is one of the best, most versatile camera setups on any smartphone - you are going to love photography with your Note 10+
  • Excellent stereo loudspeakers - they are capable of blasting music with quite the powerful punch
  • Good battery life with a 4300mAh battery - you will get close to 1.5 days with moderate use, and 1 day with heavy use
  • Very fast charging with the included 25W charger (and support for up to 45W chargers) - you will get 61% charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 1 hour - one of the highest recorded charging speeds for any smartphone
  • Support for (fast) wireless charging and wireless power sharing
  • Like always, the new Note, is Samsung's and the Android world's top-end 'everything phone' - if you have the moolah to spend, you won't go wrong with it - it succeeds as both a productivity device (thanks to additions like DeX and added cross-platform functionality with Windows 10) and an everyday handset - so if you need a new phone, are looking for something big and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note continues to be the one to beat
  • Looks iconic and stunning - not only is this the most premium smartphone design ever by Samsung but is also one of the most cohesive implementations around - the Mystic Bronze colour exudes class
  • The front looks striking as well with a center punch hole front camera and nearly bezel-less display
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • Gorgeous 6.64-inch Dynamic AMOLED display - the OLED panel offers great color and contrast, and images really pop on the screen
  • Running the Galaxy Note Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.5 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well-thought-out experiences
  • The Note 20 houses the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865+ - apps open quickly, scavenging through files is swift and multi-tasking is a breeze, it is a top-tier experience
  • The Note 20 boasts an very good triple camera system at the back - the standard lens is a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra-wide-angle 12MP camera, and an optical telephoto 64MP camera
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - Samsung's mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the Note 20)
  • The Galaxy Note 20's 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the Note 20 is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode
  • The Galaxy Note 20 has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - it captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • One of the biggest reasons to consider dropping so much cash on a phone has to be the S-Pen experience - the main upgrade is the new reduced input latency of just 18ms, sketching, annotating, signing documents, or taking down notes feels more responsive - apart from the usual slew of features new additions include gestures to navigate through the interface (back, home, recents, screenshot) without having to be near the phone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Even though the phone has a surprisingly small footprint for the screen of that size, the ergonomics are not exactly stellar - the sharp edges and corners, tend to make it harder to use with one hand
  • The ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner is not quite as fast as 2nd gen optical fingerprint readers on the likes of the OnePlus 7
  • The screen does have occasional issues with phantom touches - since it has such tiny bezels, there are sometimes unintended touches from just holding the phone that interrupt your experience - Samsung could do here with a better palm rejection algorithm
  • Samsung matches the industry trend here and lets go of the the headphone jack (you do get a nice pair of AKG USB-C headphones in-box)
  • That said, the Note 10 series is no longer the 'best at everything' phones they used to be at one time - you will get a more fluid feeling experience on the OnePlus 7 Pro (thanks to the 90Hz display), an even better all-round camera on the Huawei P30 Pro or the Google Pixel 3, and some powerful 10x zoom on the Oppo Reno 10x - so there are lots of options to look around at now, many of them cheaper too
  • The "Glasstic" back for a phone at this price feels cheap
  • The 208g weight is mostly on the higher side and one-handed usage isn't easy at all
  • The Note 20 has a ‘standard’ 60Hz refresh rate and for a phone at this price, it is unacceptable to not have higher refresh rate
  • The Note 20 also misses out on the Higher resolution screen, which is common for this price
  • For its price, the Exynos 990 isn't the best of the best, the Qualcomm's flagship chips are a step ahead and you see the performance lag when running intensive games or apps
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • Average battery life from the 4300mAh cell - with the regular use the Note20 would last till evening and you might need to recharge it between the day
  • The 25W Fast charging is a downgrade from last year's Note 10 Plus' 45W fast charging - it takes the bundled 25W charger about 80 minutes to fill up the phone completely, a lot behind the competition as other players are offering up to 65W fast charging which is much faster
  • The Galaxy Note 20 is not a bad phone, but it does lack almost all of the wow factor features you might expect from a premium phone in 2020 - there's no high refresh rate or high resolution display, battery doesn't last a whole day, fast charging isn't the fastest
Expert Reviews
  1. Goes head-to-head with the best in the industry...but the high price makes it hard to sell, unless you are a fan of the stylus
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. An excellent, beautiful all-around phone...We do, however, wish it pushed the boundaries a little more in certain aspects
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The most premium Android phone for your money
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Eccentric but excellent...the best big phone out there
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Not a matter of need, but a matter of want...The Note10+ is a shiny spectacle of a phone, it’s overkill, and if that's what you want, then you’re going to love it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you need a new phone, are looking for something big and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note continues to be the one to beat
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Smartphone opulence
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you don't mind spending this much money, the Galaxy Note 10+ is one of the best devices that money can buy at the moment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Will leave you fully satisfied
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are designer or a productivity freak, paying for the Note 10+ is worth it
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The best big phone (again)
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A wonderful phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The do-it-all phone worth paying premium for
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. For me, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is most productive and trustworthy Android phones you can buy at the moment
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. If you like large, powerful phones, this is nearly perfect
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. A complete phone with everything consumers will ever need from a flagship and more
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. The most exciting phone we have seen in a while
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. It might require two hands and a mountain of cash, but it really doesn’t get much better than this
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. The big-screen phone to beat
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Almost great...At the end of the day, picking up the Note 10+ is based on how much you care about the stylus
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. A very capable and glamorous Android phone with a touch too much swagger for most
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  22. Best business phone
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Does its stuff with aplomb and excess...if your hand, and your wallet, are each large enough, and your need for a stylus unrelenting, you won’t be disappointed
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. A big, powerful phone that's good for artists and note-takers...but if you don't care for the stylus then there are other less expensive, and still excellent options out there
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. Expensive, but full of surprises
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. An evolutionary Note for Samsung loyalists
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. A class apart
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. The Galaxy Note 10+ is a great smartphone in just about every way, but there are a lot of phones that offer the same specs, same features, and equally great designs for a whole lot less money....unless you want the S-Pen
    9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. A truly premium Note, but only for those who love the S Pen
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. The Note10+ is big, it's unquestionably powerful, and it's the objectively best Samsung phone you can buy right now...but unless the S Pen really lights your fire, the high price is hard to justify
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. Has it all in abundance...but keeping the maxed out specs aside, the one thing you need to ask yourself is whether you see yourself using the S Pen and all its gestures - if not, you'd be better off sticking with the Galaxy S10 Plus instead
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  32. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  34. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  35. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  36. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  38. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Plastic jewellery
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung has made more compromises here than it did with the drop down from the Galaxy S20 Ultra to the Galaxy S20, which makes the Note 20 overpriced
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy Note 20 is infused with just enough Samsung pedigree to be worth consideration but is ultimately dragged down by a laundry list of compromises and an indefensibly high price tag
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Despite a number of hardware compromises compared to the Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 20 is a surprisingly great phone with versatile cameras
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
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