The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (see our full review) has been my primary smartphone for the past six months and remains the best smartphone available. Samsung just announced its newest high end flagship, the S10 Plus, and there is a lot to like.
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ZDNet's Larry Dignan lays out all of the new devices, including the S10 5G, in his decision tree article. With the Galaxy S10 Plus the top new device that will be available in a couple of weeks, Note 9 users will be checking it out to see if they should make a move from a Note to a S series device.
Tale of the tape
Specifications don't provide the complete picture regarding the capabilities of a smartphone, but they are useful for comparison purposes and to provide you with an indication on what each device offers.
|Feature||Galaxy S10 Plus||Galaxy Note 9|
|Display size||6.4 inches||6.4 inches|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 845|
|Dimensions||157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm|
|Rear cameras||Three; 16MP ultra-wide and two 12MP (wide/tele)||Two: 12MP wide and tele|
|Front cameras||Two: 10MP and 8MP||One 8MP|
|Other||Wireless PowerShare, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor||S Pen, iris sensor|
Both Samsung devices have a microSD storage card, 3.5mm headset jack, fast wireless charging, IP68 dust/water resistance, and other elements of the Samsung Galaxy foundation.
The new S10 Plus has a newer processor, ultra-wide 123 degree camera, wireless power sharing capability, slightly larger battery, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, two front-facing cameras, and is about 1 mm thinner. The Note 9 has the S Pen and all that it offers, 0.1 inch more in display size, and iris scanner. If you don't use the S Pen regularly, then the S10 Plus is the better device. However, if you love your S Pen like I do, then we will just have to wait until later this year for the Note 10.
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We will be testing out the Galaxy S10 Plus in great detail so will reserve final judgement until after further testing. The
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