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Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone XS: duel to death of the Titans

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the younger brother of the Note 10 Plus, in the same way that the iPhone XS is the most compact version of the iPhone XS Max. Both phones cost about $ 1,000 dollars and are designed to integrate the best of the best in most reasonable size formats. But unlike the iPhone, the Note 10 loses more than the size with respect to its older brother. We face Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone XS

Can the new Note 10 outperform the iPhone XS for almost a year even with those lacks? We put them in a comparison of specifications face to face to find out.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10iPhone XS
Size151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm (5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches)143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches)
Weight168 grams177 grams
screen6.3 inches Dynamic AMOLED5.8 inch Super Retina HD OLED True Tone display
Resolution2280 1080 pixels (401 ppi)2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi)
OSAndroid 9.0 PieiOS 12
Capacity256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Micro SDDo notDo not
Payment system Google Pay, Samsung PayApple Pay
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855Apple A12 Bionic
CameraThree rear lenses: 16-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle; 12MP standard and 12MP telephoto, front 10MP12MP rear dual camera (with two OIS), and 7MP TrueDepth front camera front
Video2160p at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps4K at 24, 30, or 60 fps. 1080p at 30, or 60 fps. OIS
Fingerprint sensorYes, on the screenDo not

QC2.0, AFC, PD3.0

Qi, Fast wireless charging 2.0


Fast charge capable (Additional charger needed)

Qi wireless charging

StoresGoogle Play StoreApple App Store
OperatorsT-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, SprintT-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
ColorsAura Glow, Aura White, Aura BlackSilver, Space Gray, Gold
Price$ 950 dollars$ 1,000 dollars
Available inSamsungManzana

Design and durability

None of the phones have a headphone jack, so we save this debate and none of the phones include an adapter in the box.

With regard to the aesthetics of these phones, we are seeing two different, but decidedly futuristic aspects. The iPhone XS is made of stainless steel and "durable" glass, while the Note 10 is built in aluminum and Gorilla Glass 6. This means that the iPhone XS will be better off in case of falls and not suffer so many scratches.

The iPhone XS opts for edges and larger metal bezels, while the Note 10 uses a thinner and rounded curve on its glass sides. This and the iPhone notch in front of the Note hole for the selfie camera are the most immediate differences. Oh, and we can't forget the beautiful Aura Glow color that the Note 10 sports.

Except for these differences, the two devices show a very similar format, the Note 10 being just slightly higher, but lighter than its rival. The Note 10 offers half an inch more screen in its frame thanks to extremely thin frames. These bezels offer less protection against falls, but expect both phones to crack into one powerful one.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Samsung wins this round for its increasingly futuristic design and refinements.

Winner: Galaxy Note 10


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We are facing two magnificent screens with excellent color and quality accuracy.

The 5.8-inch OLED screen of the iPhone XS tries to look its best according to the lighting you are in with its True Tone screen function enabled, but it does not offer many settings apart from the Night Shift option to reduce blue light . It is a well colored screen that changes its nuances in a subtle and subtle way, which diminishes the need to adjust the screen modes.

The dynamic AMOLED display on the 6.3-inch Note 10 is equally excellent, and that of the Note 10 Plus is specifically the most accurate display that DisplayMate has tested, but the Note 10 does not have the same resolution. It also has some color modes to choose from, as well as a blue light filter.

The pixel density and screen resolution on the iPhone XS (459 pixels per inch, 2436 x 1125, respectively) are higher than that of Note 10 (400 PPI, 2280 x 1080), but the difference may not be perceived. The Note 10 offers a larger screen without noticing the size in the hand.

We approached the draw in this section, but we will give the victory to the iPhone XS for its strongest screen.

Winner: iPhone XS


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With a triple camera configuration on the back, the Note 10 Plus has a 16 megapixel wide-angle camera that surpasses the iPhone XS and allows wider shots. But the XS and the Note 10 have similar cameras and 12-megapixel telephoto lenses with similar apertures, although the Note has variable mechanical aperture on its main shutter for better low-light photography.

The Note 10 also has a dedicated night mode for the front and rear cameras. We have seen that the Galaxy S10 produces better results in low light conditions compared to the iPhone XS, due in part to the variable aperture, and the night mode is likely to increase that disparity.

On the front, we find a camera for 10 megapixel selfies in the Note 10 compared to the iPhone 7 megapixel; both have dedicated portrait modes, but the iPhone uses additional hardware to achieve its portrait mode, while the Note is only software based.

Both are excellent telephones for photography, but the Note 10 has wicker to offer a better photo with low light and more versatility, thanks to the wide-angle lens.

Winner: Note 10

Overall winner

The Note 10 is a magnificent, powerful and elegant device, but by reducing its performance with respect to its older brother, with only one storage option and no way to expand, it becomes even more a niche device. Being able to take notes with the stylus on a phone is not a sufficiently convincing advantage against the solid, stable and unsurpassed iPhone ecosystem. Photo lovers may find that Note 10 is a better option in this field, but with a new iPhone only a month or two away, Note 10 may not reign over iPhones in this category for a long time.

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