Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
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Excellence Score
69.0
87.1
Value for Money Score
57.5
61.1
Price ₹ 42,999 onwards ₹ 62,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch) 1440x3040 pixels (~ 526 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, Infinity Display Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, 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/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video (2160p@60fps; 1080p@240fps; 720p@960fps), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 10MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, 25mm Focal Length, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel PDAF; Dual Video Call; 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.8 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 201 gm 175 gm
Width 76.4 mm 74.1 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4100 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, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Big, stylish, premium, high-end phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a reasonably manageable footprint
  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length
  • Absolutely gorgeous, vibrant, bright, big display - one of the best displays in a smartphone, period
  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful, but not always useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • Top-end, top-notch performance backed by flagship hardware - the Note 9 will steamroll through anything you throw at it
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera too
  • Surprisingly loud and powerful stereo speakers - there's one on the bottom, and the earpiece doubles up as the second - all your music, games and videos will sound rich, crisp and clear without any distortion
  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and zero bezels - with punch holes for the front cameras
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • The new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor also works well, and even with wet/greasy fingers - plus it's more secure than the 2D optical sensor on the likes of the OnePlus 6T, since it creates a 3D map of your finger
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Brilliant, killer display - the new quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s best display yet and arguably the best smartphone display yet, and absolutely immersive, with its all-screen design
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus’s panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10 Plus is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 5 cameras on the S10 Plus (3 rear + 2 front) pack quite some punch are are easily among the best on any phone available currently - taking the top spots along with the Pixel 3/XL and the iPhone XS/Max
  • The three cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), a 12-MP telephoto lens (f/2.4) with a 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10 Plus can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front cameras are great too, and give you the option of snapping a normal or wide-angle selfie, and you can apply all of the same Live Focus effects when taking portraits - though the overall image comes out a bit too smooth and over-processed compared to the Pixel 3
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Excellent battery life with a large 4100mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops - in battery tests it beats every other major flagship phone in recent times
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10 Plus to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus is easily one of the best Android phones money can buy, with a slick design, a gorgeous display, blazing fast performance, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, further improved cameras and extra-long battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Of course, as is usually the case with all Note series phones, a lot of people might still find the size a bit too large, and unwieldy, for their taste - it's also fairly heavy - beyond the 200g mark
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus is pretty large, and not really a one-handed phone - you will be shifting the device in your hand as you reach the Recent Apps button on the left side with your thumb (though it's still a bit easier to handle than the iPhone XS, because of being narrower, and lighter)
  • The punch holes for the front cameras can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • Overall, while the cameras on the Galaxy S10 Plus are right up there with the very best, they are still a shade behind the Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, in terms of low-light photography
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is strong competition though - while the S10 Plus is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, brighter display, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you should look at the iPhone XS
  • And if you prefer a easier-to-use-one-handed device, then the Galaxy S10 might be a better suited option
Expert Reviews
  1. The most smartphone packed in a single device you can buy...If that's what you're after, the Galaxy Note9 is an easy recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 9 certainly has the convincing package to earn our recommendation, but it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the year's best phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Note 9 is a satisfying update that will please power users
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s too expensive for a lot of us. But it remains the phablet to beat.
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. For the Note 9 to make sense, you need to want more than just “more,” you need to want the most
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best phone money can buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An 'ALMOST' perfect flagship smartphone
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. In a world full of nearly identical smartphones, the Galaxy Note 9 does stand out, and while it is expensive, you get what you pay for
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Compelling experience for consumers that want it all
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  27. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
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  1. We'd happily recommend the Galaxy S10+ if you want the absolute best Samsung has on offer right now
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung wanted to create something remarkable for the Galaxy line's 10th anniversary, and for the most part, it succeeded
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Killer screen, triple cameras and battery life make Samsung's phone a hit
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S10+ continues Samsung's excellent track record as one of the best Android phone makers
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10+ is culmination of 10 solid years of cutting-edge smartphone work, that’s resulted into one of today’s most solid mobile devices
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you’re looking for the best Android phone available today, the S10 Plus is it
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung’s biggest and best phone at the moment..If you're after the do-it-all-smartphone, the Galaxy S10 Plus is for you
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The best Android flagship you can buy right now
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are in the market for a smartphone that stands tall among its peers, then the Galaxy S10+ is the one to pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are sleek, gorgeous, powerful, cutting-edge devices
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Worthy of your money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Galaxy 10 isn’t just a big step forward for Samsung, it’s a giant leap ahead of the competition
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Almost apex
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The closest an Android phone has been, to a perfect 10
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Absolutely sublime
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. The ultimate Android phone is here
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. The best big flagship available
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. We have a new king
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Close to perfection
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. The Galaxy S10 family of devices are fantastic phones with high-end features, but there aren't enough things here that are going to make this the must-have phone of the year
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
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