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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: comparing three small-ish flagship phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: comparing three small-ish flagship phones


A spec comparison between a few popular phones

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is, by no means, a small phone. Its 6.3-inch AMOLED screen is just a few millimeters smaller than the iPhone XS Max’s display. But, as Dieter Bohn noted in his hands-on impressions post, the Note 10 is something different for Samsung.

While the Note 10 Plus feels more like the true Note 9 successor, the Note 10 has a similar feel in the hand to smaller phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the iPhone XS. So it’s worth comparing to other smaller flagship phones that you might also be considering.

There’s a lot that sets the Note 10 apart from those other devices. For example, the Note 10 has the S Pen stylus, which puts Samsung’s new phone above the rest if you like to jot down notes or take advantage of other quirky S Pen features, like being able to trigger the camera remotely.

On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy S10, which was released earlier this year, has microSD support and a headphone jack, two features that are missing from the Note 10. It also has a higher-resolution display that’s more pixel-dense (550 vs 401ppi) than Samsung’s latest phone.

Comparing the Note 10 to the iPhone XS isn’t as straightforward. The Note 10 lineup certainly offers enough highlights to interest some iPhone users, such as the S Pen and the Note 10 Plus’ support for 45W fast charging. However, that might not be convincing enough for iOS adherents to jump over to Android.

We’ll publish a full review of the Note 10 soon, but until then, checking out how it stacks up against some of its other pocket-friendly competition might help you make an informed decision if you’re committed to preordering the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS

CategorySamsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy S10Apple iPhone XS
Starting price$949$899$999
OSAndroid 9 Pie (One UI)Android 9 Pie (One UI)iOS 12
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) AMOLED 6.1-inch QHD+ (3040 x 1440) AMOLED 5.8-inch (2436 x 1125) OLED
Dimensions (mm)71.8.9 x 151 x 7.970.4 x 149.9 x 7.870.9 x 143.6 x 7.7
Battery capacity3,500mAh3,400mAh2,659mAh
ProcessorUS: Snapdragon 855US: Snapdragon 855A12 Bionic
Storage256GB (no microSD support)128, 512GB (microSD support allows an additional 512GB)64, 256, 512GB
PortsUSB-C charging portUSB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jackLightning charging port
Rear cameras12MP (F/2.1, OIS, 45 degree) telephoto, 16MP (F/2.2, 123 degree) ultra wide, 12MP (variable F/1.5-2.4, OIS, auto focus, 77 degree) wide angle12MP (F/2.4, OIS, auto focus) telephoto, 16MP (F/2.2, fixed focus, 123 degree) ultra wide, 12MP (variable F1/5-2.4, OIS, auto focus, 77 degree) wide angle12MP (F/1.8, OIS, auto focus) wide-angle, 12MP (F/2.4, OIS, auto focus) telephoto
Front cameras10MP (F/2.2, auto focus, 80 degree)10MP (F/1.9, auto focus, 80 degree)7MP (F/2.2)
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint sensor, face unlockIn-display fingerprint sensor, face unlockFace ID unlock
Wireless chargingYesYes, also has 4.5W reverse wireless chargingYes