Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 512GB is a significantly better phone, but the realme X2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 512GB  realme X2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus realme X2 Pro
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Excellence Score
89.6
77.2
Value for Money Score
52.5
88.3
Price ₹ 89,999 onwards ₹ 28,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Nov, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.8 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3040 pixels (~ 495 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 1000 Nits Max brightness, 90Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, DCI-P3 100%
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.73 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Adreno 640
RAM 12 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes 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 + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 64MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: F/2.5 Aperture; Telephoto; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1/3.2" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 10MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, EIS
Internal Memory 512 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 196 gmHeavy 199 gmHeavy
Width 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh 4000 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, 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25W Fast Charger Yes, 50W 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 UFS 3.0 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Premium, stylish glass-sandwich design - two glass sheets joined by an anodized aluminum frame
  • The back has a nice gradient effect - there's a subtle "X" pattern if you shine a light at it
  • Cold glass, colder metal, all curved and melded into one another, the Realme X2 Pro feels great in hand
  • Excellent, fast in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock
  • Beautiful, large, bright, vibrant OLED display, with a cool 90Hz refresh rate - the best display panel you will get at this price point
  • The 90Hz refresh rate means everything feels super snappy on the phone - from UI animations, webpage scrolling, to games
  • The screen also delivers HDR10+ support and a bunch of colour modes too, as well as a dark mode to take advantage of the OLED’s inky blacks
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined (and less bloat-y) than before, and still packs a bunch of useful add-on features, like Game space
  • Top-end flagship performance with the Snapdragon 855+ beast at the core (the cheapest phone with the flagship 855+ at present) - the X2 Pro steamrolls through anything you throw at it, including high-end games
  • Gaming on the phone is especially a treat, also because of the 90Hz screen
  • Nice, versatile quad camera setup: 64MP primary + 13MP telephoto + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the 64MP camera can grab some great shots - detail is great and dynamic range is fair
  • Very good portrait mode
  • The ultra-wide, and macro modes provide for some interesting framing options (though quality wise, they are not quite up there with the primary camera)
  • The telephoto lens is capable of 2X optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, and a total of 20X digital zoom - and, up to 5x zoom, the quality is pretty good, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Very good video capture with impressive electronic image stabilisation from the main camera - comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Good selfie camera too - its 16MP resolution captures detailed shots, and it shoots at up to FullHD video
  • Overall, the camera setup on the X2 Pro is very good for the price bracket, but it's not the best (Redmi K20 Pro, and Oneplus 7T do slightly better)
  • Excellent Dolby tuned stereo speakers - they are both loud and hard to cover up - listening to music on the phone is a joy
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - will give you up to 1.5 days of use with moderate usage
  • Includes crazy-fast 50W fast charging - the fastest in the industry till date - even beating top-end flagships like the Mate 30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (by a massive margin) - it goes flat to 100% in just 30 minutes!
  • The X2 Pro is a smashing entry by Realme in the flagship space - it's crazy good value for money, completely changes the affordable flagship landscape, and is a power user's dream - as long as you are ok with a not-the-best-at-this-price-range camera, it will be hard to do better than the X2 Pro
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
  • A bit beefy at 199g and 8.7mm thick
  • Like all glass backs, this one too is slippery and attracts fingerprints and smudges
  • It's still not as clean/simple as stock Android of course - very few custom skins are
  • Low light performance and the night mode aren't that great, with the lack of OIS
  • If you do want the best-camera-for-the-buck, or a notch-less screen however, consider the Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro - and if you are really keen on a clean, stock like Android experience, consider the OnePlus 7T (at a slightly higher price point)
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. Unrivaled in the affordable flagship category...at this price, it's an offer that's hard to pass on
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent all-round choice
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme X2 Pro is a great offering at this price - you essentially get most of the features of the OnePlus 7T, barring the leaner software, at a much more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The newest offering from realme is built to impress, with some seriously out of paper specifications
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Well-rounded flagship with crazy fast charging...strongly recommended
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best value smartphone of 2019
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Checks all the boxes...ideal for those looking for flagship-level specs at a mid-range price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. With 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, it has already set new benchmarks for its price segment
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A winner when it comes to offering value for your money
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The hardware you're getting here is incredible, particularly considering how much it costs
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme X2 Pro clearly brings more to the table than the Xiaomi flagship in terms of hardware, display performance and camera output
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The definition of excellent value for money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Realme X2 Pro performs like a beast and charges at an almost impossibly fast rate, while the 90Hz display looks fantastic
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A near-perfect smartphone
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The Realme X2 Pro has got everything that is hot in the flagship smartphone market right now. Fluid 90Hz AMOLED display, 50W charging, 855+ chip, sturdy build
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A great flagship...and a total steal against the Redmi K20 Pro
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the flagship killer of 2019, and OnePlus should be worried
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. One of the best phones you can buy at this price...a good premium smartphone that falls in between the K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. A deal that's impossible to beat right now....The best flagship killer of the year
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The king of flagship killers
    moneycontrol.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. More bang for the buck than Redmi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7T
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Realme X2 Pro is hands-down, the best value you'd get for your hard-earned money in the budget flagship segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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