With the Samsung Galaxy S20 nearly here, Android shoppers will have a more difficult time considering whether to go for the brand new or stick with proven models. The Galaxy Note 10 is one of the brand’s best efforts in years, but how does it compare against the latest from Samsung? Here’s a look at what’s been revealed so far about the Galaxy S20 put side-by-side against the Note 10.
Samsung Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy Note 10 Comparison Chart
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S20||Samsung Galaxy Note 10|
|Price||Coming Soon||Check Price|
|Display||120 Hz WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display||60 Hz FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display|
|Resolution||3200 x 1440 pixels||2280 x 1080 pixels|
|Pixel Density||563 ppi||401 ppi|
|Dimensions||152 x 68 x 7.9 mm||151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight||164 g||168 g|
|CPU||Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Exynos 9825 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Rear Cameras||12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide||12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto, 16MP Ultra-Wide|
|Zoom||Up to 30X Digital Zoom||Up to 10X Digital Zoom|
|Front Cameras||10MP IMX 374||10MP|
|Video||Back: up to 8K 30 fps|
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
|Back: up to 4K 60 fps|
Front: up to 1080p 60 fps
|Water Resistance||IP68, up to 5 meters||IP68, up to 1.5 meters|
|OS||Android 10 with One UI 2.0||Android 9 with One UI|
|Fingerprint Sensor||3D Sonic Max||Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor|
The Samsung Galaxy S20 looks like a slimmer, rounded version of the Galaxy Note 10.
A side by side look shows you the essential design differences between the two smartphones, as well as the more startling similarities. The Galaxy S20 features a smoothly rounded profile that’s a bit skinnier than the Note 10. Otherwise though, you’ll find that the S20 inherits more from the Note 10 than from previous S models like the S10.
For one, the S20’s Infinity-O display hugs the edges as closely as the Note 10, a bit thicker at top and bottom but practically vanished at the sides. Samsung also copied the centered punch hole of the Note 10, rather than the top-right placement in the S10. Similar shifting was done at the back, with the S20’s camera array grouped up to the top left rather than the horizontal alignment of nearly all previous Galaxy S phones.
One thing that isn’t apparent in these unofficial renders of the Galaxy S20 is the speculated move away from the rounded Edge display. Ever since the Edge 6 came out, Samsung’s Galaxy models have sported the rounded screens providing additional functionality. It seems that the S20 will be going for a 2.5D display instead, similar to other flagship phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a higher refresh rate and resolution than the Galaxy Note 10 5G.
Samsung is taking another big step with the display of the Galaxy S20, bumping its max resolution to 3200 x 1440 pixels. In contrast, the Note 10 is only capable of 2280 x 1080 pixels, and with a 6.3-inch screen, you get 401 pixels per inch. The S20 will have a nearly similarly-sized 6.2-inch, but with its higher resolution it tops at 563 pixels per inch. That’s a lot of bright dots, way more than other current Android and Apple flagships.
That’s not all though. It’s almost certain that Samsung is finally increasing the refresh rate of the Galaxy S20 to 120 Hz. It will lower the WQHD+ resolution to FHD+ though, but the resulting smoothness will be worth it. Meanwhile, the Note 10 has the same 60 Hz rate as most other phones, but its Dynamic AMOLED display is arguably better than the majority.
When Samsung moved its fingerprint reader under the screen, it continued looking for improvements on the technology with new models. The Galaxy S20’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor will use Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max which enables dual fingerprint security for financial transactions and the like. It’s around 17 times larger than the one on the S10 so the area where you place your finger(s) is less restrictive.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 will be much faster than the Galaxy Note 10.
It’s already confirmed that the Galaxy S20 will be powered by the next generation of chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung. North American users will get units with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which has 5G connectivity built in, while everyone else will get the Samsung Exynos 990. These will also sport a massive 12GB RAM compared to the 8GB of the Note 10, which has the current-gen system-on-chip from the two manufacturers.
Already, benchmarking sites have seen scores from purported Galaxy S20 models. All three sizes post scores comparable to the current fastest smartphone, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. These also match early testing done with Qualcomm’s reference devices for the Snapdragon 865 earlier in 2019. Compared to the Note 10, we can confidently expect that the Galaxy S20 will set a new standard for Android smartphones.
The S20 will also be running on the latest Android OS, Android 10.0, with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 skin. It will have the newest features available on the platform as well as more custom functionalities new to the Galaxy. The Note 10 meanwhile ships with Android 9 Pie and One UI.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 packs better cameras than the Galaxy Note 10.
Samsung is focusing on camera upgrades for the Galaxy S20. While the S20 Ultra will receive the biggest and baddest, those on the ‘regular’ S20 are still going to be impressive. A 12MP Wide-angle sensor performs as the primary camera for all S20 sizes, while a 16MP Ultra-Wide angle lens and a 64MP Telephoto camera appears on the S20 and S20+.
To compare, the Note 10 only has a 12MP Telephoto lens. Moreover, the improved telephoto sensor on the Galaxy S20 is capable of up to 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. On the Note 10 you’re limited to up to 10x digital zoom, and there’s noticeable noise when it’s set to max.
The S20’s selfie camera is also expected to be a 10MP Sony IMX 374, which will enable video recording at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. It’s speculated the Samsung is also removing Dual Pixel AF technology for the front camera, so we’ll have to see whether Live focus photos and videos will still be available on the S20 like it is on the Note 10.
Of course, camera specs only get you so much image quality. There’s a lot hanging on what improvements Samsung made on the S20’s image processing software as well as on additional modes and features.
Battery and Other Features
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a larger battery capacity, but the Galaxy Note 10 includes a built-in stylus.
With enhanced displays and more powerful cameras, the Galaxy S20 requires a beefier battery. Which it will have, a 4000mAh battery compared to the Note 10’s 3500mAh capacity. The new chipset on the S20 is also listed as having 35% better power efficiency than the S10. This will hopefully provide even longer battery life than a simple size-up gives.
Now, for the biggest difference between these two: the S Pen. The Galaxy Note 10’s stylus has received numerous improvements, as Samsung increased its sensitivity while adding extra functionalities. You can now use it as a remote control and you can doodle with it in 3D using augmented reality features. Most of those who opt for the Note 10 versus the more mainstream flagship Galaxy S series choose it simply because the stylus can become indispensable for their needs.
Storage-wise, the Galaxy Note is fixed at 256GB, while you can go for a more standard 128GB internal storage option on the S20. Still, the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot on the Galaxy S20 can be a pretty big deal, since you can bump available memory by up to 1TB. Finally, anyone hoping to plug in their 3.5 mm headphones will need to look elsewhere as neither supports it anymore.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has the superior specs and features, but the Galaxy Note 10 remains attractive because of its stylus.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
There’s no doubt that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 will overshadow any current smartphones from the brand. It will be faster, bigger, and shoot better, and we’re still not talking about the fully revealed models here. They will feel like a big leap from all of the S10 and Note 10 phones, especially with built-in 5G and larger batteries. Still, you’ll have to ask how much you need or want a stylus, since that’s still solely the territory of the Galaxy Note 10. You’re not going to be disappointed at all if you go for the Note 10, as it’s easily one of the best phones of 2019.