August 23, 2019 5 min read

Samsung solidifies its position once again as one of the top three smartphone manufacturers in the world. Their Note 10 flagship series may very well be the best phablets on the market right now—and you got that right, they now offer two phablets instead of just one.

The most notable difference between this year's Note iterations and last year's models is the display. The Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus now boast of an all-screen display, making them sleeker than ever. It uses Samsung's Infinity-O edge-to-edge display technology, which allows for crisp videos and images.

You'll also notice that the front-facing camera now aligns at the center of the phone rather than pushed to the top right corner of the screen. This gives the Galaxy Note phablets a distinct look, which could be difficult to get used to. And now that sneak peeks into Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 line are out, it looks like this cyclops-look is bound to stay.

With two stellar choices, how can you choose which one is the right phablet for you? Our experts here at Pur Carbon weigh in on the battle between the two latest Galaxy Note phones, their features, pricing, and why you should also invest in a durable, lightweight, and sleek carbon fiber case.


Design and Size

Owners of the previous Note phones have often complained about them being too big and uncomfortable in the hands. Samsung has addressed this issue by making both the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus more ergonomic.

The Galaxy Note 10 is smaller, lighter, and thinner than the Note 9, with dimensions of 72 x 151 x 7.9 mm. It weighs just 168g, so you shouldn't have any problems using the phone comfortably even for hours on end.

The Note 10 Plus is a bit bigger with dimensions of 77.2 x 162.3 x 7.9 mm. It's also 30g heavier than its smaller counterpart. Some users might find this one more troublesome to use, especially those with smaller hands. But this should be a small price to pay for all the power and features that both phones bring to the table.



As noted earlier, both Note phones feature a full-screen display. Despite the central punch-hole at the top-center of the screen, the display itself looks nice.

The Note 10 is equipped with an AMOLED display, measuring 6.3 inches. It has a Full HD resolution, 2280 x 1080 pixels. Some users wonder why Samsung opted for Full HD instead of QHD. Nevertheless, it's still an excellent display as the difference between Full HD and QHD in screens of such a small size is hardly noticeable.

The Note 10 Plus also features an AMOLED display with Full HD, but it's slightly bigger at 6.8 inches and has a higher resolution of 3040 x 1440.


Speed and Performance

Now here's where the Samsung Galaxy Note phones have always shined. As the company's flagship series, you can expect nothing but the best in terms of speed and performance.

The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are powered by the Snapdragon 855 CPU, but the US version comes with Samsung's first-ever 7nm chipset, the Exynos 9825.

If you're a 5G user, however, you need to go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G model. Take note that the Note and Note 10 Plus are 4G models only.

The Snapdragon 855 has a Geekbench 4 score of 11,167, one of the highest ratings across all smartphones on the market. Needless to say, these two phablets are ultra-fast. You'd have more than enough power to run even the most resource-intensive apps.

Of course, you'd want that power to be backed up by enough memory. The Note 10 has 8GB of RAM while the Note 10 Plus has a larger 12GB RAM. Even if you opt for the Note 10, you should be able to use multiple apps at the same time. No more worries about apps restarting when you often switch from one to another.

When it comes to storage space, both Note 10 phones have generous offerings. The Note 10 is only available at 256GB storage without microSD support. If this isn't enough for you, then the Note 10 Plus proves to be the better choice as it comes with 256GB up to 512Gb as well as microSD support.



The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus both use the tried and tested combination of 16M ultra-wide lens, 12MP regular lens, and 12MP telephoto lens.

This isn't a huge upgrade compared to the previous Note phones and the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. However, these lenses make for an enjoyable photography experience. Even complete beginners can take fantastic photos using the camera's automatic mode.

While other high-end smartphones can compete against the Note in terms of camera quality, you won't feel disappointed as it captures high-quality images and videos even in low light settings.

One huge improvement is in the Note's video recording capabilities. Both phones use an improved image stabilization technology. There's also the Live Focus Video that enables you to apply a bokeh blur effect to your videos.


The Best Protection for the Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus

The Note 10 is priced at $949. The Note 10 Plus comes with a steeper price tag at $1,199. Regardless of the phone you choose, you're making a significant investment. The last thing you want is to damage your phone when you drop it accidentally. Even a minor scratch can be so frustrating, considering the price you have to pay for these top of the line smartphones.

While you have plenty of choices when it comes to smartphone cases, you'd want to give your new phone the protection it deserves. And we have two great options for you. First is our ultra-light, sleek and luxurious AraMag Case, made from premium aramid fiber and scratch proof. And the second isour Purshock 2.0. Made from real carbon fiber, this case offers the optimal combination of durability and aesthetics. Both of these great options are stunningly beautiful and lightweight, so you wouldn't have problems carrying your phone anywhere without compromising durability.

If you're willing to spend on the new Samsung Galaxy Note series, then you should also invest in a high-quality case that can protect it from all kinds of damage. Pur Carbon offers the best Note 10 and Note 10 Plus carbon fiber and aramid fiber cases made from the highest quality material, so you know that the results are second to none. You can also get a tempered glass screen protector to avoid scratches and cracks on your screen. Pur Carbon uses screen protectors with 9H hardness as well as A+ impact ratings.

With our aramid or carbon fiber case and high-quality screen protector, you'll erase all your worries whenever you take out your phone.

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