After a long wait, Samsung has finally introduced the much-awaited flagship in 2019, Galaxy Note 10. With two variants of the Galaxy Note 10, customers will have more choices when buying this new phone. By making the phone smaller than its sibling, Galaxy Note 10 Plus, the new Galaxy Note 10 has been cut down a few certain features to get a more comfortable price. By this way, Samsung targets to compete with the Apple budget flagship, iPhone XR. If you are wondering to choose the new Galaxy Note 10 or a one-year-old iPhone XR, read on this post about the comparison.

While Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s price is a little higher than the iPhone XR’s knowing that it’s a 2019 flagship and the phone has some grade trade-in offers or discounts that you can purchase it at an approximate price of an iPhone XR.

Here is a comparison between the new Galaxy Note 10 and the iPhone XR.

Battle Between iPhone XR vs Galaxy Note 10


Both Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone has a trendy design when they are made of glass and an aluminum chassis. Both of them brings a premium feeling when holding. Aside from that, excellent build quality is another plus point of these phones.

Note 10-Design

While the new Galaxy Note 10 is equipped a higher IP68 certification for dust & water resistance and the iPhone XR just stops at IP67, the difference is not much. If you use these phones daily, the IP certifications on them are good enough.

The Galaxy Note 10 does not follow the notch trend, instead, there is a hole-punch in the top middle of the screen, containing the front-facing camera. Many people don’t like the notch on iPhone XR, but the choice depends on you. The Galaxy Note 10 accompanies the familiar S-Pen, but it’s now IP68 certified as well. Samsung has also added a new feature, called Air motion, allowing users to control functions of the phone through motion gestures, thanks to 6-axis accelerometer integrated into the S Pen.


  • iPhone XR: A 6.1-inch True Tone Retina LCD screen, HD+ resolution (1792 x 828 pixels), Non-support 3D Touch
  • Galaxy Note 10: A 6.3-inch curved Infinity-O AMOLED screen, Full HD+ resolution (2280 x 1080), HDR 10 support

Although the Galaxy Note 10 does not has the QuadHD+ resolution like its sibling, the Dynamic AMOLED display on the phone is still one of the best panels currently in the market. While the iPhone XR display is only equipped with a Retina LCD panel. It’s the best LCD panel in smartphone word, but when comparing to the AMOLED panel on Galaxy Note 10, it has no door.


  • iPhone XR: A12 Bionic SoC , 3GB RAM| 64GB-128GB-256GB ROM
  • Galaxy Note 10: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825| 8GB – 256GB ROM

The Galaxy Note 10 is powered by either the Snapdragon 855 or the in-house developed Exynos 9825 SoC. The Snapdragon 855 chipset appeared on many Android flagships in 2019 and it’s currently the most powerful chipset available for Android devices. There is an upgraded version of Snapdragon 855 SoC recently released by Qualcomm, it is only available for Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Asus Rog phone 2.

With Exynos 9825 chipset, it is an upgraded version of Exynos 9820 on the Galaxy S10. It’s the first Samsung chipset that is manufactured 7nm process, which is faster than the 8nm Exynos 9820 chipset. However, in terms of performance, it’s still lower than the A12 Bionic chipset.

One area where the iPhone XR truly shines is in terms of performance. It might be a watered-down version of the iPhone XS but it packs the same A12 Bionic chip as it. The Galaxy Note 10 is fast but the A12 Bionic inside the iPhone XR is at a different level altogether.

The Note 10 is not packed with 12GB as its bigger sibling, but the Galaxy Note 10 has 2.5 times more RAM than the Apple iPhone XR.

Both the phones ships with 256GB storage, but the iPhone XR has a lower 64GB variant.  Unlike other Galaxy flagships, the Galaxy Note 10 does not support microSD card slot, so you will have no choice to increase the storage.


  • iPhone XR: A single 12MP camera setup with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, Smart HDR, Portrait mode with bokeh.
  • Galaxy Note 10: A triple-camera setup, a 12MP with variable f/1.5 – f/2.4 aperture, OIS; a 16MP ultra-wide snapper; and a 12MP f/2.1 telephoto sensor supporting OIS, 2x zoom, HDR, Live Focus with adjustable bokeh

The Galaxy Note 10 completely beats the iPhone XR in this area. Since the Apple budget flagship just comes with a single 12MP camera at the back, the Note 10 features a triple-cameras. While the image quality is not much different, Note 10 has a more detailed level of flexibility over the iPhone XR. The telephoto snapper and the ultra-wide-one one will attract those who love photography.


  • iPhone XR: Face ID
  • Galaxy Note 10: In-display fingerprint reader, 2D Face unlock

Apple has added a specific TrueDepth camera system into its iPhone XR to have the Face ID unlock feature. Although it’s reliable, the unlock speed is the same as Touch ID.

The front-facing 10MP camera on the Note 10 takes responsibility for the face unlock as well, aside from the in-display fingerprint scanner. Although Samsung offers more choices for its users, they are are not as secure as Face ID on iPhone XR. Both these biometrics can easily be fooled.

Battery Capacity

  • iPhone XR: A 2942Ah battery, USB-C fast charging, 7.5W wireless charging
  • Galaxy Note 10: A 3500mAh battery, USB-Type C fast charging, 15W wireless charging

When seeing the battery specification, Note 10 has a bigger battery over the iPhone XR. Furthermore, the Note 10 also comes with faster wireless charging. Samsung is very generous when budling a 25W fast charger while Apple just gives a 5W charger with its iPhone XR. In battery usage, both phones can easily meet your requirements in a day with hard tasks.


While the Note is a little more expensive than the iPhone XR ($949 over $749), it has more great features than the latter one even when we make a comparison between two devices. From now, if you opt to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, you can grab it a more comfortable price.

How do you think about iPhone XR and Galaxy Note 10? Which one is your choice? Let’s know in the comment below.