The battle of the titans yet again!
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ is finally official, and it is arguably a big step-up over last year’s Galaxy Note 9. With all its new features, the Galaxy Note 10+ is set to give Huawei’s P30 Pro a run for its money. Both have gorgeous dual curved displays, quadruple rear camera setups, big batteries, and all the best internals you’d expect in a 2019 flagship.
Is Samsung’s new phablet offering a match against the P30 Pro? Let’s take a rundown with the spec sheet:
- HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor
- 8GB RAM
- 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Curved display, 18.7:9 Aspect ratio, DCI-P3 HDR support, 2340×1080 resolution
- 256GB/512GB internal storage, expandable via Nano memory card
- Quadruple Leica rear cameras: 20-megapixel 17mm f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera; 40-megapixel 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle lens with OIS; and 8-megapixel 52mm f/3.4 periscope telephoto camera with OIS; Time of Flight Sensor; with Ultra Macro Mode, Huawei AIS, 10X Hybrid Zoom, 5X Optical Zoom, Master AI, Dual View Video, up to ISO 409600 sensitivity
- 32-megapixel front camera
- Dual SIM
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-band GPS, NFC
- In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, IP68 rating
- 4200mAh battery with 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging
- Android 9 Pie (EMUI 9.1)
- Exynos 9825 octa-core processor
- 12GB of RAM
- 6.8-inch 3040 x 1440 resolution Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display with HDR10+ certification
- 256GB/512GB of storage, expandable via MicroSD
- Quadruple rear cameras: 12-megapixel f/1.5-2.2 main camera with OIS; 12-megapixel f/2.1 telephoto camera 2x optical zoom and OIS; 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; Time of Flight (ToF) camera; with Dual Pixel, 960FPS Super Slo-Mo video
- 10-megapixel f/2.2 front camera with AF and 4K video recording
- 3G, LTE
- Dual SIM
- WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, USB-C, ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
- S-Pen with 6-axis sensor
- 4,300mAh battery with 45W fast charging capability, Wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
- Android 9.0 Pie with OneUI
One of the main changes with the Galaxy Note 10+ is its Exynos 9825 processor. While it also has the same 7nm process with the P30 Pro’s Kirin 980 processor, the Exynos 9825 uses Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV), where the circuit is printed using extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, leading to a more power-efficient processor.
Both phones have the same internal storage configuration, though Huawei’s P30 Pro offers internal storage expandability, something that Samsung has taken away with the new Note 10. The Galaxy Note 10+ also comes with more RAM at 12GB.
The Galaxy Note 10+’ display trumps the P30 Pro for several reasons: aside from being bigger at 6.8-inches, the Galaxy Note 10+’ display runs a Quad HD+ panel and has support for HDR10+.
Both come with an in-display fingerprint scanner and sport a dual-curved design to maintain a near-bezel-less look.
As far as notches and punch-holes are concerned though, we prefer Huawei’s non-intrusive water-drop notch compared to the totally distracting punch-hole on the Note 10 series.
While both come with quadruple rear cameras, the P30 Pro has a better setup—at least on paper—with its 40-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel periscope camera with 5x optical zoom. The Galaxy Note 10+ comes quite close, with its 12-megapixel main camera sporting a variable aperture design and its 12-megapixel telephoto camera equipped with a brighter f/2.1 aperture at the expense of a lower 2x optical zoom.
Both phones come with an ultra-wide-angle lens and a Time Of Flight camera, with the P30 Pro having a higher resolution ultra-wide-angle snapper. The same goes with the front camera, as the P30 Pro has a high-resolution 32-megapixel snapper.
We’ll have to see on head-to-head tests if the Note 10+’s cameras can match the ones on the P30 Pro.
Aside from the Galaxy Note 10+ having a slightly bigger battery, Samsung is finally caught up with charging speeds with the Galaxy Note 10+’s 45w fast charging—also better than the P30 Pro’s 40w SuperCharge solution.
Big batteries and fast charging aside, both phones also come with wireless charging and reverse charging.
New features come at a price
While the Galaxy Note 10+ sports more RAM, a bigger display, and a cool S-Pen, it comes with a price: the 256GB variant is priced at Php 60,990 while the 512GB is priced at Php 72,990. That makes it significantly more expensive than the P30 Pro, which is currently priced at Php 55,990 for the 512GB variant and Php 45,990 for the 256GB.