Galaxy S10 deserves your attention and not the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Here’s why

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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Note 10

Galaxy S10 will lose its title as Samsung’s newest flagship next month (Image: Samsung • WinFuture • Getty)

Galaxy S10 was unwrapped by Samsung back in February and was showcased in four models – the Galaxy S10e, standard Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G.

All four models represent a huge advancement for the smartphone range – each comes with a gorgeous design, a capable camera system and rapid performance.

Galaxy S10 is easily Samsung’s most diverse lineup of flagships to date, every model comes with a range of nuances that make it unique – Galaxy S10e is great for those that want a cheaper device that can also be used in one hand while the S10+ is certainly catered towards those craving more features and a larger panel.

Rumours have suggested Samsung is going to employ a similar tactic with its Note range – the esteemed flagship series has been rumoured to debut in two models this year.

Tipped to be called the Note 10 and Note 10+, the former is expected to come with a 6.28-inch display while the latter could boast a colossal 6.75-inch screen.

Both have been claimed to come with a cavalcade of new features that Express.co.uk has compared with Samsung’s S10 range.

While this outlet is confident the Note 10 is going to be one of the best flagships of the year, here is why we think Samsung’s S10 series deserves your attention instead.

Design

The Galaxy S10 series and the Note 10 could look very similar – alleged images of the latter have shown it with similarly minuscule bezels and a circular cutout within its display for a front-facing camera.

Unlike the S10 however, the Note 10 and Note 10+ are anticipated to place their cutouts in the middle of their display at the top rather than off to the side.

It is unclear if the different position will make the Note 10’s hole punch more noticeable than the S10’s.

Apart from its typically more square-like shape, the Note 10 is also expected to come with a vertically aligned camera system rather than a horizontal one present on the S10.

Moreover, the device is anticipated to once again come with a signature S Pen stylus tucked away inside the device ready for deployment at any time.

Finally, the Note 10 is expected to be the first Samsung flagship without a headphone jack – a port which every S10 model has.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Note 10

Note 10 and Note 10 will launch on August 7 (Image: WinFuture)

Camera

The smaller Note 10 has been claimed to come with three cameras on its rear while the Note 10+ has been said to boast four.

Both are anticipated to flaunt a primary, telephoto and ultra wide-angle module but the Note 10+ has been speculated to benefit from an additional time-of-flight (TOF) sensor.

The Note 10’s camera system has been rumoured to come with a three-stage variable aperture that can change from f/1.5 to f/1.8 to f/2.4.

If true, this could give the phablet an advantage over the S10 that only touts a two-stage variable aperture that allows the device to switch from f/1.5 to f/2.4.

Essentially, the added aperture variation means the Note 10 could more finely vary the amount of light its lens lets in when taking photos in particular scenarios.

Besides its improved aperture, the Note 10 has been rumoured to boast some additional artificial intelligence (AI) camera features that could allow the phone to automatically adjust its camera ISO in different situations.

While the Note 10 could build upon the solid camera foundation laid by the S10, all rumours surrounding the hardware have insisted the phone will sport only a single front-facing camera.

This means the hardware could come without an additional depth sensor exhibited on the Galaxy S10+ and S10+ 5G that is supposed to deliver more accurate portrait mode effects.

Performance

Samsung varies the processors inside its flagship handsets depending on the region they are sold in.

Galaxy S10 models sold in the US are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset while those in other territories, such as the UK, are treated to Samsung own Exynos 9820 silicon.

Although the Exynos 9820 only debuted mere months ago, the Note 10 has been tipped to boast a new Samsung processor in the form of the Exynos 9825.

Renowned tipster Ice Universe recently posted an alleged Geekbench benchmark of the new silicon.

The claimed Exynos 9825 was awarded a single-core score of 4,495 and a multi-core figure of 10,223.

For reference, the Exynos 9820 housed inside the S10 was handed a single-core of 4,282 and a multi-core of 9,834.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Note 10

The Note 10 is anticipated to come with four cameras on its rear (Image: WinFuture)

Assuming Ice Universe’s tweet is accurate, the newer Samsung processor will be undeniably more powerful than its predecessor.

However, the extent to which that added horsepower will be noticed throughout day-to-day use is currently unclear.

It is not confirmed if the US version of the Note 10 will be granted Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The American semiconductor manufacturer claims the 855 Plus should be more capable than the standard 855, especially when under heavy loads.

Tipster Roland Quandt from WinFuture has said the Note 10 will miss out on Qualcomm’s latest and greatest while leaker Evan Blass has claimed the contrary.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Note 10

The Galaxy S10 series and the Note 10 could look very similar (Image: Samsung)

Battery

According to WinFuture, the standard Note 10 will boast a 3,500mAh battery while the larger Note 10 will tout a 4,300mAh cell.

For reference, the standard Galaxy S10 has a 3,400mAh capacity while the S10+ features a 4,100mAh power pack.

The increased capacities of the Note models, combined with a potentially more efficient processor, mean the hardware could deliver better life than the S10.

Price

WinFuture has claimed the standard Note 10 will be priced from €999 (£899.47) while the larger Note 10+ will start at €1,149 (£1,034.52).

If the prices listed are accurate, the new Note devices could be priced higher than the Galaxy S10 and S10+ respectively.

While the former retails from £799 and the latter from £899 – a score of tantalising deals for the duo have appeared since they launched in February.

This is the biggest reason Express.co.uk believes the S10 series deserves your attention.

One of the greatest of which comes from Mobile Phones Direct that is selling the Galaxy S10 on Vodafone with unlimited data, minutes and texts for £45 per month.

Making the deal even more temping however is the fact customers are able to claim £240 cashback with the plan, effectively cutting the monthly cost of the tariff down to just £35.

In order to redeem cashback, customers will have to claim instalments throughout the 24-month term.

• Samsung Galaxy S10 on a two-year Vodafone contract through Mobile Phones Direct with unlimited data, minutes and texts – £45 per month with £240 cashback GET THE DEAL HERE

The outlet is providing a similar deal for the Galaxy S10+ – the Samsung phone is being sold in a deal from O2 that comes with 10GB of data in addition to unlimited minutes and texts for £52 per month.

Once again though, customers are able to claim back £240 cashback over the term, effectively cutting the price of the plan down to £42 per month

• Samsung Galaxy S10+ on a two-year O2 contract through Mobile Phones Direct with unlimited data, minutes and texts – £52 per month with £240 cashback GET THE DEAL HERE

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Note 10

Galaxy Note 10 is anticipated to launch in two models (Image: WinFuture)

Verdict

While rumours are suggesting the Note 10 could be one of the best Android flagships of the year, the claimed specifications mentioned above indicate the phone may not radically outperform the S10.

The device has been alleged to come with an improved camera system, processor and of course will feature an S Pen that is not available on any other Samsung handset – however, this publication does not feel these upgrades are worth the suggested price of admission because of all the great deals around for the Galaxy S10.

The two offers for the device through Mobile Phones Direct discussed earlier are just some of many that will surely be incredibly tantalising for Android fans.

While Express.co.uk believes fans should focus on the Galaxy S10 instead of the Note 10, it is worth no details about the latter have been officially confirmed.

Samsung is holding a hardware event on August 7 that is expected to reveal the phone in full – Express.co.uk will be covering proceedings live.



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