Should You Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Or Note 10+?

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Samsung has just unveiled its Galaxy Note 10 lineup, due out on August 23, surprising everyone with three separate offerings. Not only will there be a regular Note and jacked up Note 10+, a 5G model will be available too. The phones were announced at a Samsung event in New York City this morning but which one should you get? Let's take a look under the hood to find out what's different.

All The Ways To Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 In Australia

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 range is finally available for pre-order. This morning, Australia's major telcos unveiled their plans and pre-order goodies for the new phones - but if you don't want to be saddled with a contract, there are other purchasing routes available. Here are all the ways to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in Australia.

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Specs

Note 10 Note 10+ Note 10+ 5G
Dimensions Height: 151mm, Width: 71.8 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 168g Height: 162.3mm, Width: 77.1 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 196g Height: 162.3mm, Width: 77.1 mm, Depth: 7.9mm, 196g
CPU Exynos 9825 (Octa Core) Exynos 9825 (Octa Core) Exynos 9825 (Octa Core)
Memory 256 GB (no MicroSD slot), 8 GB RAM 256 GB (Expandable storage), 12 GB RAM 512 GB (Expandable storage), 12 GB RAM
Display 6.3 inches Infinity-O Display, 2280 x 1080 pixels (401ppi), Full HD, Dynamic AMOLED 6.8 inches Infinity-O Display, 3040 x 1440 pixels (498ppi), Wide Quad High Definition, Dynamic AMOLED 6.8 inches Infinity-O Display, 3040 x 1440 pixels (498ppi), Wide Quad High Definition, Dynamic AMOLED
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie)
Cameras Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide) / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2) Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide), VGA 3D Depth Camera / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2) Rear: 12MP (Wide) + 12MP (Telephoto) + 16MP (Ultra Wide), VGA 3D Depth Camera / Front: 10MP (Wide, F2.2)
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+ Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+ Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, Satnav (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo), NFC, USB Type C, ANT+
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB light sensor
Battery 3500 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging 4300 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging 4300 mAh battery, fast wireless charging, super fast charging
Price From $1499 From $1699 From $1999

Phew, break all that down for me

There's a lot there to unpack but at first glimpse, the main differences between the entry level model and its slightly more expensive sibling, aside from price, is a less-powerful battery, screen size and resolution, the phone's smaller dimensions as well as its absence of the VGA 3D Depth Camera.

As for how the 5G model differs to the Note 10+, the main departure we've gathered is, of course, its 5G capability, its larger memory capacity (the 5G comes with 512GB compared to the 256GB) and, ultimately, the price.

So, what's the best Note for me?

There's going to be a few telcos offering the Galaxy Note 10 range straight off the bat, with customers who pre-order receiving a free pair of AKG Wireless Headphones valued at $499.

But given the steep price points for each model, the entry-level Galaxy Note just doesn't seem worth the money. While all models are without a headphone jack (boo!), the MicroSD slot is also absent on just the Note 10. The Note 10+ and the 5G come with 12GB RAM (as opposed to the Note 10's 8GB RAM) and a better display.

If you're going to pay this much for a phone, it seems like the better option is to pay the extra few hundred dollars and get the Note 10+, or the 5G if you can, so your pricey investment lasts more than a year when the next shiny thing is released.

Best Plans For The Galaxy Note 10 Models

Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (512GB) plans

Optus Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (256GB) plans

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (256GB) plans

Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) plans


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