Note 10 Plus specs vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 ThinQ

We see how the new Note 10 Plus compares to its competitors head-to-head.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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The Note 10 with the iPhone XS Max.

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At a Brooklyn press event on Aug. 7, Samsung announced the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G, three phones that have big screens, an embedded S Pen stylus and multiple rear cameras. Since the first Galaxy Note launch in 2011, the Note phones have stood out as part of Samsung's ultraluxe line. The devices are usually outfitted with a steep price and top-of-the-line hardware, and represent the best of Samsung's best.   

But Samsung is not alone. With phone sales slumping globally, the crowded phone industry is more competitive than ever. Samsung's main rival, Apple, has the iPhone XS Max, a phone with a brilliant 6.5-inch screen, a superfast processor and excellent dual rear cameras. On the Android side is the OnePlus 7 Pro, a cheaper phone that ultimately earned CNET's Editors' Choice award in June. Lastly, LG, which is based in South Korea along with Samsung, released the V50 ThinQ 5G. The V50 features a headphone jack, five cameras and next-gen 5G connectivity.

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All phones have their strengths and weaknesses, at least on paper. For instance, the Note 10 Plus has the biggest screen and battery, the iPhone XS Max has secure face scanning, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the least expensive of the bunch and the LG V50 has the sharpest display. To see how the devices stack up against one another, check out our chart, which compares each phone spec-by-spec.

Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 specs

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 PlusiPhone XS MaxOnePlus 7 ProLG V50 ThinQ 5G
Display size, resolution 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,040x1,440 pixels6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688x1,242 pixels6.67-inch AMOLED; 3,120x1,440 pixels6.4-inch OLED; 3,120x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 498 ppi458 ppi516 ppi564 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.39x3.04x0.31 in6.2x3.0x.3 in6.4x2.99x0.35 in6.26x3.0x0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.3x77.2x7.9 mm157.5x77.4x7.7 mm162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm159.1x76.1x 8.3mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.91 oz; 196g7.3oz; 208g7.27 oz; 206g6.46 oz.; 183g
Mobile software Android 9.0 PieiOS 12Android 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
Camera 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA) 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto)48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel7-megapixel16-megapixel8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide)
Video capture 4K4K4K4K
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825Apple A12 Bionic2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 256GB, 512GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB128GB
RAM 12GBNot disclosed6GB, 8GB, 12GB6GB
Expandable storage Up to 1TBNoNo2TB
Battery 4,300-mAh3,174-mAh (unconfirmed by Apple)4,000-mAh4,000-mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screenNone (Face ID)In-screenBack
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoNoNoYes
Special features Wireless PowerShare; water resistant (IP68); S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity and Air actions Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, dual-SIM, Warp Charging5G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0
Price off-contract (USD) $1,099$1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)$669 (128GB/6GB); $699 (256GB/8GB); $749 (256GB/12GB)$1,000 (Verizon); $1,152 (Sprint)
Price (GBP) TBD£1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB)£649 (128GB/6GB); £699 (256GB/8GB); £799 (256GB/12GB)Starts at £69 (EE)
Price (AUD) TBDAU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)Converted: AU$962 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,006 (256GB/8GB); AU$1,076 (256GB/12GB)Starts at AU$1,728

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